Privacy Policy

This is our new privacy policy that will go in effect on the 25th of May 2018. You can read our old Privacy Policy below.

Your privacy is critically important to us. At KKSBlog, we have a few fundamental principles:

  • We are thoughtful about the personal information we ask you to provide and the personal information that we collect about you through the operation of our services.
  • We store personal information for only as long as we have a reason to keep it.
  • We aim to make it as simple as possible for you to control what information on your website is shared publicly (or kept private), indexed by search engines, and permanently deleted.
  • We help protect you from overreaching government demands for your personal information.
  • We aim for full transparency on how we gather, use, and share your personal information.

Below is our Privacy Policy, which incorporates and clarifies these principles.

Who We Are and What This Policy Covers

Hare Krishna! We are the folks behind KKSBlog and provide you regular news about Kadamba Kanana Swami (Paul Kok), media, downloads and our daily and weekly newsletters.

This Privacy Policy applies to information that we collect about you when you use:

  • Our websites (including kksblog.com, kkswami.blogger.com (not in use) and kkscontacts.com

Throughout this Privacy Policy we’ll refer to our websites and other products and services collectively as “Services.”. Below we explain how we collect, use, and share information about you, along with the choices that you have with respect to that information.

Creative Commons Sharealike License

This Privacy Policy is available under a Creative Commons Sharealike license. You can grab a copy of this Privacy Policy and other legal documents on Github. You’re more than welcome to copy it, adapt it, and repurpose it for your own use. Just make sure to revise the language so that your policy reflects your actual practices. Also, if you do use the policy please include a credit and link to Automattic somewhere on your site.

Information We Collect

We only collect information about you if we have a reason to do so–for example, to provide our Services, to communicate with you, or to make our Services better.

We collect information in three ways: if and when you provide information to us, automatically through operating our Services, and from outside sources. Let’s go over the information that we collect.

Information You Provide to Us

It’s probably no surprise that we collect information that you provide to us. The amount and type of information depends on the context and how we use the information. Here are some examples:

  • Basic Account Information: We ask for basic information from you in order to set up your account. For example, we require individuals who sign up for a kksblog.com account to provide a username and email address–and that’s it. You may provide us with more information–like your name–but we don’t require that information to create an account.
  • Public Profile Information: If you have an account with us, we collect the information that you provide for your public profile. For example, if you have a kksblog.com account, your username is part of that public profile, along with any other information you put into your public profile, such as a photo or an “About Me” description. Your public profile information is just that–public–so please keep that in mind when deciding what information you would like to include.
  • Transaction and Billing Information: If you buy something from us – a product, digital media, etc – you will provide additional personal and payment information that is required to process the transaction and your payment, such as your name, credit card information, and contact information.
  • Content Information: Depending on the Services you use, you may also provide us with information about you in draft and published content. For example, if you write a blog post that includes biographic information about you, we will have that information, and so will anyone with access to the Internet if you choose to publish the post publicly. This might be obvious to you…but it’s not to everyone!

Information We Collect Automatically

We also collect some information automatically:

  • Log Information: Like most online service providers, we collect information that web browsers, mobile devices, and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, IP address, unique device identifiers, language preference, referring site, the date and time of access, operating system, and mobile network information. We collect log information when you use our Services.
  • Usage Information: We collect information about your usage of our Services. For example, we collect information about the actions that site administrators and users perform on our site, in other words, who did what, when and to what thing on KKSBlog.com

Information We Collect from Other Sources

We may also get information about you from other sources. For example, if you connect your website or account to a social media service (like Twitter) through our Publicize feature, we will receive information from that service (such as your username, basic profile information, and friends list) via the authorization procedures used by that service. The information we receive depends on which services you authorize and any options that are available.

How And Why We Use Information

Purposes for Using Information

We use information about you as mentioned above and for the purposes listed below:

  • To provide our Services–for example, to set up and maintain your account or charge you for any of our paid Services;
  • To monitor and prevent any problems with our Services, protect the security of our Services, detect and prevent fraudulent transactions and other illegal activities, and protect the rights and property of KKSBlog and others, which may result in us declining a transaction or the use of our Services;

Legal Bases for Collecting and Using Information

A note here for those in the European Union about our legal grounds for processing information about you under EU data protection laws, which is that our use of your information is based on the grounds that:

(1) The use is necessary in order to fulfill our commitments to you under our Terms of Service or other agreements with you or is necessary to administer your account–for example, in order to enable access to our website on your device; or

(2) The use is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation; or

(3) The use is necessary in order to protect your vital interests or those of another person; or

(4) We have a legitimate interest in using your information–for example, to provide and update our Services,  to safeguard our Services, to communicate with you, to monitor and prevent any problems with our Services; or

(5) You have given us your consent–for example before we place certain cookies on your device and access and analyze them later on

Sharing Information

How We Share Information

We do not sell our users’ private personal information.

We share information about you in the limited circumstances spelled out below and with appropriate safeguards on your privacy:

  • Third Party Vendors: We may share information about you with third party vendors who need to know information about you in order to provide their services to us, or to provide their services to you or your site. This group includes vendors that help us provide our Services to you (like payment providers that process your credit and debit card information, postal and email delivery services that help us stay in touch with you,  registrars, registries.
  • Legal Requests: We may disclose information about you in response to a subpoena, court order, or other governmental request.
  • To Protect Rights, Property, and Others: We may disclose information about you when we believe in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights ofKKSBlog, third parties, or the public at large. For example, if we have a good faith belief that there is an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury, we may disclose information related to the emergency without delay.
  • With Your Consent: We may share and disclose information with your consent or at your direction. For example, we may share your information with third parties with which you authorize us to do so, such as the social media services that you connect to your site through our Publicize feature.

Information Shared Publicly

Information that you choose to make public is–you guessed it–disclosed publicly.

That means, of course, that information like your public profile, posts, other content that you make public, and your “Likes” and comments, are all available to others–and we hope you get a lot of views!

Public information may also be indexed by search engines or used by third parties.

Please keep all of this in mind when deciding what you would like to share.

How Long We Keep Information

We generally discard information about you when we no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collect and use it–which are described in the section above on How and Why We Use Information–and we are not legally required to continue to keep it.

Security

While no online service is 100% secure, we work very hard to protect information about you against unauthorized access, use, alteration, or destruction, and take reasonable measures to do so, such as monitoring our Services for potential vulnerabilities and attacks.

Choices

You have several choices available when it comes to information about you:

  • Limit the Information that You Provide: If you have an account with us, you can choose not to provide the optional account information, profile information, and transaction and billing information. Please keep in mind that if you do not provide this information, certain features of our Services–like our products –may not be accessible.
  • Opt-Out of Electronic Communications: You may opt out of receiving promotional messages from us. Just follow the instructions in those messages. If you opt out of promotional messages, we may still send you other messages, like those about your account and legal notices.
  • Close Your Account: While we’d be very sad to see you go, if you no longer want to use our Services Please keep in mind that we may continue to retain your information after closing your account, as described in How Long We Keep Information above–for example, when that information is reasonably needed to comply with (or demonstrate our compliance with) legal obligations such as law enforcement requests, or reasonably needed for our legitimate business interests.

Your Rights

If you are located in certain countries, including those that fall under the scope of the European General Data Protection Regulation (AKA the “GDPR”), data protection laws give you rights with respect to your personal data, subject to any exemptions provided by the law, including the rights to:

  • Request access to your personal data;
  • Request correction or deletion of your personal data;
  • Object to our use and processing of your personal data;
  • Request that we limit our use and processing of your personal data; and
  • Request portability of your personal data.

You can usually access, correct, or delete your personal data using your account settings and tools that we offer, but if you aren’t able to do that, or you would like to contact us about one of the other rights, scroll down to How to Reach Us to, well, find out how to reach us.

EU individuals also have the right to make a complaint to a government supervisory authority.

How to Reach Us

If you have a question about this Privacy Policy, or you would like to contact us about any of the rights mentioned in the Your Rights section above, please contact us.

Other Things You Should Know (Keep Reading!)

Transferring Information

Because KKSBlog Services are offered worldwide, the information about you that we process when you use the Services in the EU may be used, stored, and/or accessed by individuals operating outside the European Economic Area (EEA) like third party data processors. This is required for the purposes listed in the How and Why We Use Information section above.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, KKSBlog may change its Privacy Policy from time to time. KKSBlog encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. If we make changes, we will notify you by revising the change log below, and, in some cases, we may provide additional notice (such as adding a statement to our homepage  or sending you a notification through email. Your further use of the Services after a change to our Privacy Policy will be subject to the updated policy.

That’s it! Thanks for reading.

Change log

  • May 25, 2018: Added more specific information to help clarify our practices and added information to reflect the requirements of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.

 

 

This is our old privacy policy in effect until the 25th of May 2018

Your privacy is critically important to us. At KKSBlog, we have a few fundamental principles:

  • We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it.
  • We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.
  • We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the ongoing operation of one of our services.

Below is our privacy policy, which incorporates these goals. This privacy policy is made available by WordPress.com under a Creative Commons ShareAlike license, which means you’re more than welcome to steal it and repurpose it for your own use. Just make sure to replace references to us with ones to you, and we’d appreciate a link to wordpress.com somewhere on your site.

If you have questions about deleting or correcting your personal data please contact us.

KKSBlog (“KKSBlog”) operates several websites including KKSBlog.com, kkswami.blogger.com (deprecated) and kkscontacts.com. It is KKSBlog’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, KKSBlog collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. KKSBlog’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how KKSBlog’s visitors use its website. From time to time, KKSBlog may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

KKSBlog also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on KKSblog.com. KKSBlog only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to KKSBlog’s websites choose to interact with KKSBlog in ways that require KKSBlog to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that KKSBlog gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for a blog at kksblog.com to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with KKSBlog – by purchasing products, for example – are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, KKSBlog collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with KKSBlog. KKSBlog does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

KKSBlog discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on KKSBlog’s behalf or to provide services available at KKSBlog’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using KKSBlog’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. KKSBlog will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, KKSBlog discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when KKSBlog believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of KKSBlog, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an KKSBlog website and have supplied your email address, KKSBlog may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with KKSBlog and our products. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. KKSBlog takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. KKSBlog uses cookies to help KKSBlog identify and track visitors, their usage of KKSBlog website, and their website access preferences. KKSBlog visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using KKSBlog’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of KKSBlog’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Transfers

If KKSBlog, or substantially all of its assets, are transferred, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of KKSBlog may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, KKSBlog may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in KKSBlog’s sole discretion. KKSBlog encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. If you have a kksblog.com account, you should also check your blog’s dashboard for alerts to these changes. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.