What information do you collect about me?
Gracious Gardening collects personal identifying information (“PII”) from you only if you voluntarily submit such information to us on website(s) and through e-mail. We also collect PII during transactions, sponsored events, mobile marketing campaigns, and contests/sweepstakes. When visiting one of our online sites, we collect user-specific information on what pages are visited and volunteered information such as survey information and/or site registrations. PII includes your name, postal address, e-mail address, telephone and cell phone numbers, wireless service provider, and all other information you provide to us.
We may collect information about your interaction with Gracious Gardening sites and services. For example, we may use Web site analytics tools on our site to retrieve information from your browser, including the site you came from, the search engine(s) and the keywords you used to find our site, the pages you view within our site, your browser add-ons, and your browser’s width and height. We may also use technologies, such as cookies and web beacons (described below), to collect information about the pages you view, the links you click and other actions you take on our sites and services. Additionally, we may collect certain standard information that your browser sends to every website you visit, such as your IP address, browser type and language, access times and referring Web site addresses.
When you receive newsletters or promotional e-mail from Gracious Gardening, we may use web beacons (described below), customized links or similar technologies to determine whether the e-mail has been opened and which links you click in order to provide you more focused e-mail communications or other information.
In order to offer you a more consistent and personalized experience in your interactions with Gracious Gardening, information collected through one Gracious Gardening site or service may be combined with information obtained through other Gracious Gardening sites or services. We may also supplement the information we collect with information obtained from other companies.
What’s in it for me?
Plenty! The information we collect allows us to customize the content and/or layout of our page for each visitor. Plus, it enables us to notify you about updates to our Website… contact you with special offers of interest… and customize your Website experience. In addition, information is shared with reputable organizations that may contact you with special offers of possible interest.
Your Privacy Rights
From time to time, we make your PII available to other reputable businesses whose products or services might be of value to you. If you do not want us to share your PII with other companies or organizations, please let us know by writing to us.
What if I don’t want commercial/promotional e-mail from Gracious Gardening?
Easy. If you do not want to receive commercial/promotional e-mail from Gracious Gardening, please let us know by contacting us or by utilizing the unsubscribe option available on e-mail communications.
Transfers of Information for Legal Purposes
Gracious Gardening Inc. may need to disclose certain information to comply with a legal requirement, such as a law, regulation, court order, subpoena, or search warrant, in the course of a legal proceeding or in response to a law enforcement agency request. If there is a change of control in Gracious Gardening’s business (whether by merger, sale, or otherwise) or a sale or transfer of its assets, customer information could be sold or transferred as part of that transaction and your PII potentially used by the Purchaser or other recipient of said customer information.
You acknowledge that Gracious Gardening is located in the United States of America (“U.S.”) and will process and store your information in the U.S., and that as a result, U.S. governments, courts or law enforcement or regulatory agencies may be able to obtain disclosure of your information through the laws of the U.S.
Mobile Devices/Third Party Fees
From time to time, Gracious Gardening may deploy mobile marketing campaigns and may allow you to register for services that involve messages and/or e-mails being sent to your mobile device. You are responsible for obtaining access to the mobile device services and that access may involve third-party fees, including mobile carrier, text messaging, or airtime charges. You are solely responsible for those fees, including any and all fees associated with the delivery of the messages, e-mails or other materials to your mobile device. Please consult your mobile service provider’s pricing plan prior to registering for any such service to determine the charges for sending and receiving text messages from/to your mobile device. You will be given the opportunity to opt-out of receiving text messages or emails to your mobile device at the time you register and with each message or email you receive.
Mobile marketing campaigns may involve your sending an e-mail from your mobile device to Gracious Gardening or a third-party campaign operator. An e-mail or other response will then be sent to your mobile device. Opting to participate in a campaign is 100% your choice. When you engage in these mobile marketing campaigns, Gracious Gardening and the third-party campaign operator collect your cell phone number, the name of your wireless service provider, images that you send using your cell phone as part of the campaign, and other relevant information.
Third Party Advertising Campaigns
We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads and collect information when users visit our site. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements on our site, other websites and other forms of media about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, check out http://www.
What are “cookies” and what do they do for me?
If you want to disable cookies, there is a simple procedure in most Internet browsers that allows you to turn off cookies. Please remember, however, that cookies may be required to allow you to use certain features of our sites.
We may also use third-party advertising, data analytics and online targeting companies to serve ads when you visit the Sites. When online advertisements are displayed to you, one or more persistent cookies may be placed on your computer. Some of these companies may use anonymous information (not including PII) about your visits to this Site and other websites in order to provide data and targeting recommendations based on which we may provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. To opt-out of this practice please click here.
Use of Web Beacons
Gracious Gardening Website pages may contain electronic images known as Web beacons – sometimes called single-pixel gifs – that may be used to assist in delivering cookies on our sites and allow us to count users who have visited those pages and to deliver co-branded services. We may include Web beacons in promotional e-mail messages or our newsletters in order to determine whether messages have been opened and acted upon.
Gracious Gardening may also employ Web beacons from third parties in order to help us compile aggregated statistics regarding the effectiveness of our promotional campaigns or other operations of our sites.
Gracious Gardening sites may, on occasion, contain links to other sites with information gathering practices different from our own. Visitors should consult privacy policies for all other sites, as Gracious Gardening has no control over information submitted to or collected by such third parties.
Gracious Gardening sites sometimes offer contest, sweepstakes, or promotions sponsored or co-sponsored by third parties. These third parties may obtain PII that visitors voluntarily submit to participate in the contest, sweepstakes, or promotion. Gracious Gardening has no control over the third-party sponsor’s use of this information. The Gracious Gardening site will notify you at the time of requesting PII if third-party sponsors will be provided with such information.
What about data security?
To ensure the security of your data – including address information and credit card numbers – Gracious Gardening always uses industry-standard encryption technologies when transferring and receiving consumer data exchanged with our site. We have appropriate security measures that protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of information that we have collected from you.
Rules for Submissions and Messages
Responsibility for what is posted in the discussion groups or other public forums lies with each user – you alone are responsible for the content of your messages and the consequences of any such messages. We cannot and do not review every submission a user may make. We neither endorse nor guarantee the accuracy or propriety of any submission. We do, however, reserve the right but do not assume the obligation to restrict or prohibit your use of our sites if we believe you are violating any of the terms of the agreement and to remove, edit, or relocate any submission as we see fit whether for legal or other reasons.
You understand that all information, data, text, software, music, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages or other materials (“Content”), whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, are the sole responsibility of the person from which such Content originated. This means that you, and not Gracious Gardening Inc., are entirely responsible for all Content that you upload, post, or otherwise transmit. Gracious Gardening does not control the Content posted and, as such, does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity, or quality of such Content. You understand that by using a Gracious Gardening site, you may be exposed to Content that is offensive, indecent or objectionable.
Please contact Gracious Gardening’s Copyright Agent with any questions.
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Additionally, you may contact your state or local consumer protection office, The Direct Marketing Association’s Committee on Ethical Business Practices, the Better Business Bureau, or The Federal Trade Commission by phone at (202) FTC-HELP (202/382-4357) and online at www.ftc.gov.