When the phrase ‘personal information’ is used, it only means information used to identify the user, i.e. your name, telephone number, address, email address and any other information that could be linked or associated with you. However, when the phrase ‘Anonymous information’ is used here, it means information that is not linked to you or your personal information. It does not enable us to identify or contact you.
Interconnected Lives may collect your personal information in several ways. This includes, but not limited to, your subscription, registration, features, services and other activities offered on our site.
We also collect information from users who visit the site anonymously, which is referred to as the ‘Anonymous information’ above; however, we will do so only if the users voluntarily submit their information. In case the user refuses to submit his/her personal information, we will not collect the data, but this will prevent the user from engaging in certain activities offered in the site.
Interconnected Lives may also collect non-personal information from users whenever an interaction with the site is detected. The information may also include your browser name, computer type and any other types of technical information that may be used as a means to connect with the site. In addition, we may also collect information about the operating system and the ISP (Internet Service Provider).
Interconnected Lives is only meant for adults above the age of 13. Interconnected Lives also contains content that might not be suitable for children. Therefore, our site and services is only meant for adults and not for children. At the Interconnected Lives, we take our policies very seriously and do not maintain or collect any sort of information, either personal or non-personal, from children.
Our site is not designed to attract children who are under 13 and once we are notified that a user is below 13 years of age, we will take necessary steps to restrict the user from using the features and other services offered in the site. In addition, we will also remove all the information about the user that is collected in our data base.
How does Interconnected Lives Collect Information?
As mentioned above, we collect both personal and anonymous information.
Generally, we collect personal information so that it helps us provide the best services and features to you. Additionally, it also helps us understand more about the site and the features. We only collect the information that is submitted voluntarily by you as you browse through the services and features. In addition, we also use personal information whenever any sort of communication occurs between the user and us.
For instance, if a user sends an email, then his/her personal information will be collected. It is important to note that you should only provide information you want other users to see about you. Having said that, you can choose not to offer your personal information but it will also limit you from using certain features of the site.
Interconnected Lives can be accessed by anybody across the world (users above the age of 18), but if you want to enjoy all the features offered in the site, it is recommended that you open an “Account”. In order to open an account, you can go through different steps, but it’s suggested that it’s easier to do so through social media sites such as Facebook.
Once you open your account through a third party site by using your separate id and password, you can easily access all the features of our site. Note that by doing so, you are granting us the permission to gain access to your personal information. Essentially, you are also agreeing to the terms and conditions on our site and the third party site too.
Once a user opens an account through another third party site, our site receives information from that site in order to make it easier and faster for you to create an account on our site. Again, we will only collect information you have made public, which means that you set your privacy settings in that manner.
The information collected by our site may very well depend on the kind of settings you have set on that particular third party site. However, if you don’t want other users to view your information, you can alter your privacy settings on that site.
You can also disable your Facebook or any other third party site login by logging into your account you have created on Interconnected Lives. In case you don’t want to follow the procedure outlined above, you can simply open your account by submitting information about your email address.
We post many articles on Interconnected Lives and if you want to participate in the forum by commenting on the articles, you are welcome to do so. In this case, you will need to register and open an account, as already mentioned and our site might use another third party site to deliver the particular functionality.
In such cases, we will not be collecting your information since it will be the third party site that is collecting the data. In any case, please review all your personal information before you provide it and please ensure that you are careful while disclosing your information.
Please note that the information you provide will be visible to all users, including the non-registered users (guests) who browse through the site. By providing your information, you are agreeing to our terms that it can be viewed by other users.
While personal information is the data submitted by you, anonymous information is technical, which is related to the system and provider you use. We, at the Interconnected Lives, collect several types of your anonymous information and they are:
Data collected by the servers: In order to make a site work in a good condition, most sites need servers. Similarly, Interconnected Lives also uses servers that could be hosted by another third party site to collect anonymous information from the users. This is done in order to make the site more accessible to users browsing through the site all across the globe.
The data collected by the servers may include the type of the browser you are using, your operating system, IP addresses (Internet Protocol), and name of your domain and a time and date stamp that refers to the date or the time you visit our site. IP address is assigned automatically on your computer whenever you use your internet and it could also vary from one session to another, depending on whether it’s dynamic or static IP.
Most sites operate in a manner where all the information is collected automatically and then stored in log files. Similarly, Interconnected Lives uses Log files to store information and this data may include the type of browser you use, your ISP or Internet Service Provider, your IP addresses, the operating system, date and time stamp, exit or referring pages and click stream data.
The information collected here is not linked to your personal information. The collected information assists us only to improve our services that are offered to the end user. Furthermore, the information is used to analyze certain trends and manage the site to make it fully operational. It is also used for technical aspects that include tracking the movements of the users on the site and also to gather geographical information in order to provide better features.
This information also helps us recognize the system when you are a returning user. This means that we will be able to provide information and advertisements that are tailored according to your needs and requirements.
Cookies are used in most sites as an integral part to collect information. Basically, there are two types of cookies we use. Cookies are actually small tidbits of information any website sends to the user’s hard drive whenever the user is browsing the site.
For instance, if you are browsing through Interconnected Lives, our site will send cookies to your hard drive to gather information. As mentioned above, there are two types of cookies that include the session and persistent cookies. While session cookies expire as soon as you close the browser window and exit the site, persistent cookies will stay on the user’s computer unless it is deleted.
Both types of cookies are used to gather data about the user in order to provide a better experience. Using cookies enables us to provide you with interactive features that enhance your experience on the site. In addition, cookies also help us tweak and ensure that we tailor the site according to your needs and requirements.
Cookies are used by most websites only to gather information; however, if you are not comfortable and want to prevent the site from using your information, you can disable the cookies by changing your settings in your browser.
Once you change your settings available in your browser, you are essentially instructing your browser to prevent other websites from using your cookies.
Advertisers Collecting Information
At Interconnected Lives, we might use other third party sites to serve advertisements on our site. The third party sites involved might collect your anonymous information and this includes your browser type, IP address and ISP. These sites might also collect information regarding your visits to Interconnected Lives and other websites as well.
However, please note that these sites will not collect your personal information including your name, email id, address, telephone number or any other personal information.
This is also done to understand you, the user, in a better manner and to ultimately provide better features. Please note that this policy will not apply to pixel tags or cookies used in third party sites and Interconnected Lives does not assume responsibility for it.
Thereby, we also encourage users to read through the cookies policy of the third party websites to ensure their privacy. By doing this, users can also understand how the advertising services work. If you still have questions about this policy, and would like to know about your choices and options to not divulge information to these companies, please click here:
Information About Third Party Cookies and Google Analytics
At Interconnected Lives, we use Google Analytics as well as other third party sites to analyze the way users use our site and to also gather more information for our own business purposes.
The cookies may also be used to gather data as to which site you visited prior to visiting our site. Basically, this information is collected only for the purpose of our betterment and to increase and improve the features offered on the site.
It is also important to mention here that your personal and anonymous information will never be misused by our site and the information collected by Google Analytics will not be combined with your personal information.
How Interconnected Lives Uses User’s Information
At Interconnected Lives, your information may be used for several purposes and they include:
- Providing excellent services to users and also personalizing the site and services according to the user’s needs.
- Marketing some products to you that could be useful to you. For instance, advertisers are allowed to choose user’s characteristics in order to determine the users who could be interested in viewing the ads. We may also use our own information collected from you to select users that can view the advertisements.
- Respond and provide a better customer satisfaction. Our site may use your personal information to communicate with the user to respond to any requests or issues that may arise while you interact and browse the site. We may also use it to improve the features of the site and resolve any disputes put forward by the users.
In addition, we may also use the user’s personal information to create other anonymous records, but these records will not include any information that could be personally identifiable to the user. In case of communication between the user and our site, we primarily communicate through emails.
If you want to alter the frequency of emails you are receiving from us, you can alter the settings displayed on the site. Additionally, if you aren’t interested in receiving any kind of emails from us, you can simply click on the “Unsubscribe” button, which is displayed at the bottom end of every email.
However, it is important to note that even after you unsubscribe from the newsletter or any form of emails, you may still receive our communication that is related to the services and features offered by the site. This communication could also include any other emails that could relate to your account on the site.
In addition, your anonymous information may also be used to provide better features to the site and also improve and personalize the content of the site and software. Your anonymous information may also be used to help us get in touch with you for marketing our services and products.
How the Information is Disclosed
The users’ personal information can be disclosed by Interconnected Lives:
- With other third party sites that help us provide the services and features displayed on the site.
- With other third party sites to whom the user asks us to send his/her information.
- If any case warrants the transfer or disclosure of the user’s personal information and is done in good faith. This can be done for several reasons including:
- Resolving any issues or disputes and investigation of any other problems.
- To ensure that the terms and conditions stated by Interconnected Lives are enforced.
- In case of any legal complications where we are requested by authorities to provide the information without warrants or subpoenas served to us.
- To defend and protect our company’s property and rights and also to protect rights of you and third parties as well.
When a user provides information to our company where it can be utilized in the public area, make note that said information will be displayed publicly on the site. This can be done using SNS services (social media) and this is done for our own business purposes.
- Your usage of such SNSs
- The accuracy or the availability of the SNSs
- Products, features and services of the SNSs
Interconnected Lives reserves the right to disclose a user’s anonymous information without any kind of restrictions publicly.
How the Information is Controlled
As mentioned above, as a user of the site, you hold the rights to alter any sort of information you have provided by using the account settings provided on the site.
It is important to note here that if you are receiving information about our site through your selected SNS, then you may have to alter your information through that SNS as you may not be able to do that through our site.
Any information you want to change should be done directly through the SNS site. Any inaccuracies found in our previously collected information will be altered if you request for such a change. At Interconnected Lives, we do our very best to process such changes as soon as we can; however, this process could take at least 30 days in order to take effect.
Interconnected Lives always strives to provide the best features to its users; however, in the rare case that you want to close your account, you can send us an email requesting for the termination of your account.
However, please note that we might retain a user’s personal information in order to comply with any sort of legal issues or laws that include fraud, dispute, resolve problems and other investigations.
Information Shared with Other Third Parties
Interconnected Lives contains quality content and the user might see links or content that is associated with other third party sites. Please note that we are not responsible or liable for such content that is displayed on those websites. We do not hold the rights to review the content posted on such websites.
If you have any questions, please contact us.