Last updated: June 14, 2018
Collection of Information
STC uses certain services provided by third parties such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, PayPal, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and YouTube. Those third parties may be able to obtain and track your personally identifiable information through the Website. Please visit the websites of the third parities to understand how and what information they collect.
Cookies are small data files that are stored by your web browser or transferred by a web application to the user’s hard drive. These files are used to store information related to the user, such as your login ID, passwords, etc. and provide a method of distinguishing among visitors to the Website. This information is provided by the user via interaction with a web application or site. Cookies do not access information on the user’s computer. Their primary purpose is to improve the user experience, analyze your use of the Website, and for basic web metrics. You can remove or block cookies by changing the settings of your browser. The applications on the Website may at times transfer cookies to the user’s hard drive. These cookies expire in a very short time frame or when a browser window closes.
Third Party Data Sharing
STC does not share information provided by the user with third party organizations except: 1) as necessary to provide you with the products and services offered by STC; 2) when required by law or court order; 3) upon a good faith belief that such action is necessary to abide by any laws, statutes, codes, regulations or comply with any legal process served on STC; 4) to protect and defend the rights or property of STC, its affiliates, its business partners, STC Contractors (defined below), or the users of the Website; 5) to act under any emergency circumstances for the safety of the public or the users of the Website; or 6) where you have given STC permission to share information.
STC does however reserve the right to share information with individuals or organizations (“STC Contractors”) who act on STC’s behalf or provide certain products or services to STC or its users, including those individuals or organizations that create, manage, or host this Website and the Distribution Lists, handle payment transactions for STC, or assist STC to provide STC’s products and services to you.
In addition, you will have to leave the Website to process a payment (“STC Payment”) to purchase a STC product or service or to purchase a product or service that STC promotes or recommends. The company from which you completed a STC Payment or you purchased a non-STC product or service will inform STC of the STC Payment or the non-STC product or service purchased and will provide certain identifying information about you. Any information forwarded to STC from those STC Contractors will be kept confidential and used only for the purposes identified in the capturing transaction.
Email Distribution Lists
STC uses a third party vendor (“Email List Vendor”) to prepare and maintain the Distribution Lists. STC uses the Distribution Lists to keep interested individuals informed about important topics. Certain STC Contractors have access to the Distribution Lists in order to assist STC to provide STC’s products and services to you. Individuals must affirmatively request to join the Distribution Lists. STC, the STC Contractors, including the Email List Vendor, will not divulge the email addresses of subscribers of the Distribution Lists unless otherwise authorized or required by law or court order. However, STC shall not be responsible for any failures of the STC Contractors, including the Email List Vendor, to preserve subscriber anonymity.
STC does not knowingly contact or collect personal information from children. This Website is not intended to solicit information of any kind from children. It is possible that by fraud or deception STC may receive information pertaining to children. If STC is notified of this, as soon as STC verifies the information, STC will immediately delete the information from its servers.
Disclosures Pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
STC complies with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA“), 17 U.S.C. §512. If STC receives a copyright infringement claim, STC will abide by the safe harbor requirements of the DMCA, which may require STC to disclose your identity if you are either the party who allegedly infringed on another party’s copyright or you are the party filing the copyright infringement claim.
STC has taken reasonable precautions to protect personally identifiable information that is either available from or collected by this Website from disclosure, loss, misuse, or alteration of your information. Unless a particular web page on STC’s Website indicates that encryption technology is being used, the user should not assume that information uploaded through that web page will be treated as confidential. If a user submits information through a web page containing visible indicators of active encryption technology, STC will take all reasonable precautions to safeguard the confidentiality of such information, but shall nevertheless not be held liable for any injury caused by the disclosure of that information, whether caused by security breach, accident, inadvertence, or any other act resulting in disclosure, loss, misuse or alteration of your information.
The Website and its Content is owned by Melvin Varghese, Owner, of Selling the Couch. The term “you” refers to the user or viewer of our Website (“Website”).
Information We May Collect
We collect personal information from you so that we can provide you with a positive experience when utilizing our Website or content. We will only collect the minimum amount of information necessary for us to fulfill our obligation to you. We may collect:
- A name and an email address so we can deliver our newsletter to you – you would be affirmatively consenting to this by providing this information to us in our contact forms.
- Billing information including name, address and credit card information so that we can process payment to deliver our products or services to you under our contractual obligation.
- A name and an email address if you complete our contact form with a question. We may send you marketing emails with either your consent or if we believe we have a legitimate interest to contact you based on your contact or question.
Please note that the information above (“Personal Data”) that you are giving to us is voluntarily, and by providing this information to us you are giving consent for us to use, collect and process this Personal Data. You are welcome to opt-out or request for us to delete your Personal Data at any point by contacting us at email@example.com.
If you choose not to provide us with certain Personal Data, you may not be able to participate in certain aspects of our Website or Content.
Targeted Social Media Advertisements
We may use the data you provide to us to run social media advertisements and / or create look-alike audiences for advertisements.
Share with Third Parties
We may share your information with trusted third parties such as our newsletter provider in order to contact you via email, or our merchant accounts to process payments, and Google / social media accounts in order to run advertisements and our affiliates.
You may unsubscribe from our e-newsletters or updates at any time through the unsubscribe link at the footer of all email communications. If you have questions or are experiencing problems unsubscribing, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We take commercially reasonable steps to protect the Personal Data you provide to us from misuse, disclosure or unauthorized access. We only share your Personal Data with trusted third parties who use the same level of care in processing your Personal Data as we do. That being said, we cannot guarantee that your Personal Data will always be secure due to technology or security breaches. Should there be a data breach of which we are aware, we will inform you immediately.
We have a no spam policy and provide you with the ability to opt-out of our communications by selecting the unsubscribe link at the footer of all e-mails. We have taken the necessary steps to ensure that we are compliant with the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 by never sending out misleading information. We will not sell, rent or share your email address.
Third Party Websites
We may link to other websites on our Website. We have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of any other individual, company or entity whose website or materials may be linked to our Website or its content, and thus we cannot be held liable for the privacy of the information on their website or that you voluntarily share with their website. Please review their privacy policies for guidelines as to how they respectively store, use and protect the privacy of your Personal Data.
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