Information We Collect and How We Use It
Personal Information that You Provide Us Actively
When you fill out registration forms, or provide us with other information actively, you will know what information we are collecting because you are actively submitting it. Because we change our offerings and features from time to time, the options you have to provide us with personal information also may change, but here are some examples of situations in which you may decide to provide personal information to us:
- Creating an account;
- Signing up for email alerts;
- Completing a form related to one of our products or services;
- Contacting us for technical support or customer service.
Depending on how you interact with Data Science Cult, the personal information we collect from you may vary. For example, to create an account we may ask only for an email address and password. In other circumstances, such as when you complete a form related to a particular service offering, we may ask you to provide other information, which may include your name, phone number, and/or postal address. On a voluntary basis, you may also decide us to provide us more sensitive information.
If you connect to Data Science Cult using Facebook, Google+, or another social networking site (each a “Social Networking Site”), we will receive information that you authorize the Social Networking Site to share with us, including information about your friends and connections on that Social Networking Site. Any information that we collect from your Social Networking Site account may depend on the privacy settings you have set with the Social Networking Site, so please consult the Social Networking Site’s privacy and data practices.
Information We Collect by Automated Means
When you use Data Science Cult, your device is automatically providing information to us so we can respond and customize our response to you. The type of information we collect by automated means may vary, but generally includes technical information about your computer, such as your IP address or other device identifier. The information we collect also may include usage information and statistics about your interaction with Data Science Cult. That information may include the URLs of our web pages that you visited, URLs of referring and exiting pages, page views, time spent on a page, number of clicks, platform type, location data, and other information about how you used Data Science Cult.
Automated means of data collection include the following:
Web Browser. When you visit a Data Science Cult website, your browser automatically sends us your Internet protocol (“IP”) address so that the web pages you request can be sent to your computer or device. We use your IP address to determine additional information, such as whether the computer or device has ever been used to visit Data Science Cult before, which Data Science Cult features were used the most often, and how much time was spent on a page.
Web Beacons and Log Files. We use “web beacons” (also known as Internet tags, pixel tags, tracking pixels, and clear GIFs) on our websites. These web beacons allow us and third parties to collect information such as the IP address of the device, the URL of the web page, the time the page was viewed, the type of browser used, and any additional information in cookies that may have been set by the third party. The information is typically collected in log files, which generally track traffic on our websites. We use this information for a variety of purposes, including the management of our online advertising by establishing which ads brought users to our websites. The information also is used for analytical purposes and to manage technical issues that may arise. We do not attempt to identify individual users through this information.
Location Data. If you access Data Science Cult using a mobile device, we will collect your physical location if you have enabled this feature. Even if you are not using a mobile device, information about your general location may be discernable from your device’s IP address or the URLs we receive.
Cookies. We also collect information using cookies to help us identify you when you visit Data Science Cult and we may share cookies with third-party advertisers or advertising networks to serve you relevant, targeted ads.
Information Third Parties Collect from Data Science Cult
Via “web beacons” (also known as Internet tags, pixel tags, tracking pixels, and clear GIFs) on our website, third parties can collect information such as the IP address of the device, the URL of the web page, the time the page was viewed, the type of browser used, and any additional information in cookies that may have been set by the third party.
If you respond to ads posted by third parties or submit information to third parties via Data Science Cult, such third parties receive information about you subject to their privacy policies.
If you come to Data Science Cult through social media sites, from other websites or with devices that enable third parties to collect information from or about you, such third parties receive information about you subject to their privacy policies.
We may set Cookies when you visit Data Science Cult. They may also be set by other websites or services that run content on the page you’re visiting. After you register on Data Science Cult, we may connect information stored in Cookies with other information received from you.
What types of Cookies do we use?
We use two types of Cookies on Data Science Cult: “session cookies” and “persistent cookies.” Session Cookies are temporary Cookies that remain on your device until you leave Data Science Cult. A persistent Cookie remains on your device for much longer until you manually delete it (how long the Cookie remains will depend on the duration or “lifetime” of the specific Cookie and your browser settings).
What are Cookies used for?
Cookies may transmit information about you and your use of Data Science Cult, such as your browser type, search preferences, job titles, data relating to advertisements that have been displayed to you or that you have clicked on, and the date and time of your use. The data stored in Cookies is anonymous and is not linked to your personally identifiable information without your permission. Cookies may link to certain unique, non-personally identifiable information such as the job titles that you entered at time of registration or on your profile, but this is not linked to your name or any personally identifiable information.
- Authentication: to help us authenticate you to deliver personalized content.
- Performance: to make Data Science Cult easier and faster to use.
- Features: to enable features and store information about you (including on your device or in your browser cache) and your use of Data Science Cult.
- Advertising: to deliver, evaluate, and improve advertising, such as by using non-personally identifiable information about you to provide you with relevant, targeted advertising (but using unique identifiers, that do not identify you personally, such as job titles that you entered at time of registration or on your profile).
- Analytics and Research: to monitor and evaluate the use of Data Science Cult.
Ad Choices and Managing Cookies
Data Science Cult works with several third parties to provide you with personalized, interest-based advertising. We may target ads to you on and off Data Science Cult using:
- Cookies (both on and off Data Science Cult);
- Location information, to the extent you have enabled location tracking on your mobile device;
- Member-provided profile information;
- Your use of Data Science Cult (for example, your Data Science Cult search history); and
- Information from third-parties (including advertising partners, publishers, and data aggregators) which we use to help deliver relevant ads to you.
We work with third parties, such as Google Analytics, to provide analytics services that may use the Cookies set on your device to measure the performance of advertising and track traffic to Data Science Cult generally.
If you enable location data for the mobile version of Data Science Cult (including any version installed as a native application), you are expressly agreeing that we may use your location data (after de-identifying it) to serve you geo-targeted ads and offers for businesses or employers that are local to you. In such instances, we do not share your location with the advertiser or advertising network, rather, we provide the advertiser or advertising network with a means to push ads through to users located in certain areas or zip codes. You may disable location services at any time in your “settings.”
Other Important Privacy Information
Choices Regarding Your Personal Information
We provide you with the opportunity to ‘opt-out’ of having your personally identifiable information used for certain purposes and to unsubscribe from newsletters and marketing emails.
We may send you notifications, promotional communications, or other messages using the contact information (e.g., your e-mail address) you provided to us when you registered or when you requested information from us. You may opt-out of continuing to receive optional messages by following the instructions included in each message. Also, you can control most of the e-mails you receive from us by editing your e-mail preferences within “My Account” settings on the site. You release us from any responsibility for communications you do not receive.
We may send you service-related announcements when we believe it is necessary to do so. Generally, you may not opt-out of these announcements, which are not primarily promotional in nature. If you do not wish to receive these announcements, you have the option to deactivate your account.
Security. We employ physical, electronic, and managerial measures to safeguard the information we collect online. However, no company can fully eliminate security risks, so we cannot make guarantees about any part of our services. You are responsible for keeping your username and password secret. Once you have registered with us, we will never ask you for your password. Please create a unique password for Data Science Cult and do not use it for any other web services or applications. Do not share your password with anyone else.
If you enter credit card information on Data Science Cult in connection with a purchase, that information is sent directly from your browser to the third-party service provider we use to manage credit card processing and we do not store it on our servers. The service provider is not permitted to use the information you provide except for the sole purpose of credit card processing on our behalf.