Terms of Service
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Your privacy is very important to us. At Archtoolbox.com, 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 on-going operation of one of our services.
The following policy is an attempt to provide you with a clear understanding of what information we collect. We have kept the principles above in mind while creating this document.
Like most website operators, Archtoolbox.com 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. The purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how archtoolbox.com visitors use the website. From time to time, archtoolbox.com may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
Google Analytics is a web analytics tool Archtoolbox.com uses to help understand how visitors engage with this website. It reports website trends using cookies and web beacons without identifying individual visitors. You can read more at the Google Analytics Data Privacy and Security.
Archtoolbox.com also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users sending messages with archtoolbox.com's various contact forms. We only disclose logged in user and form-submitter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that logged in user and form-submitter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of archtoolbox.com.
Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to Archtoolbox.com websites choose to interact with Archtoolbox.com in ways that require us to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that is gathered depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask companies who sign up for an account at archimat.archtoolbox.com to provide a number of pieces of information to help our website visitors get in contact with them. Those who engage in transactions with Archtoolbox.com – by purchasing products or business listings, for example – are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, Archtoolbox.com collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with archtoolbox.com. Archtoolbox.com 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
Archtoolbox.com 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 Archtoolbox.com’s behalf or to provide services available at Archtoolbox.com’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 Archtoolbox.com’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Archtoolbox.com 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, Archtoolbox.com discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Archtoolbox.com believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Archtoolbox.com, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an Archtoolbox.com website and/or have supplied your email address, Archtoolbox.com 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 our websites and our products. If you send us a request (for example via 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. Archtoolbox.com takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
- Google Analytics (third party): to understand how many people visit our site, where they come from, and what content they read.
- Google Adsense (third party): to serve advertisements to visitors.
- Shopify (third party): to handle purchases from our store, including the shopping cart and checkout features.
- Mailchimp (third party): to manage our mailing list signup process.
- Archtoolbox (first party): to allow users to log in to the website and maintain their settings.
- AdThrive (third party): to serve advertisements to visitors. Read more about AdThrives's cookies below.
This Site is affiliated with AdThrive, LLC (“AdThrive”) for the purposes of placing advertising on the Site. AdThrive uses standard and widely-available tools for the placement and serving of ads, including those provided by Google, Inc. and its affiliates. We publish interest-based advertisements on the Site; that is, ads that are tailored to reflect your interests. To help understand your interests, AdThrive, Google and our other advertising partners will track your behaviour on our website and on other websites across the Internet using cookies.
A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. Cookies may be either "persistent" cookies or "session" cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed. Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.
- March 16, 2020: Updated advertisers.
- December 21, 2019: Updated Affiliate section; added Copyright heading.
- May 19, 2019: Clarified affiliate relationships and product recommendations.
- March 3, 2019: Updated advertisers.
- August 19, 2018: Added cookie information.