Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy sets out our privacy practices and explains how we (“The Fireside Journal”, “we”, or “us”) treat the information we collect when you visit and use (the “Site”) or any other sites, services, mobile applications, products, and content provided by The Fireside Journal (taken together, the “The Fireside Journal Service”). This policy applies to all visitors, users, and others who access or use The Fireside Journal Service (taken together “Users”).

By using The Fireside Journal Service you are consenting to collection, transfer, manipulation, storage, disclosure and other uses of your information consistent with the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy and those set out in our Terms of Service. You understand and agree that we are providing a platform for you to post content, including photos, graphics, audio and video clips, text and other materials (taken together, “Content”) to The Fireside Journal Service and to share this Content publicly.

This policy does not apply to the practices of third parties that we do not own or control, or to individuals that we do not employ or manage.

Some of the concepts below are a little technical, but we have done our best to explain what information we collect, how we use it, and what choices you have regarding your information. We take your privacy very seriously, and you should too, so please read this policy carefully.

The effective date of this Privacy Policy is January 1, 2017.

1. Collecting and using your information

We use the information we collect when you use The Fireside Journal Service to provide our products to you, to improve and enhance your experience of them, and to protect The Fireside Journal and our Users. In addition, we use the information we collect to offer you customized content while you are using The Fireside Journal Service, to send you updates about your account and The Fireside Journal Service, and to respond to your questions or comments.

a. Account information

When you register for a The Fireside Journal account, you may be required to provide an e-mail address, your first name and a username. Unless you choose to use a third party service to authenticate your account, you may also be required to provide a password. Some of the information you provide, for example, your name and username, is listed publicly on The Fireside Journal Service, including on your profile page and in search results. Your e-mail address will always remain private. You may also choose to provide other select pieces of personal information in order to express yourself beyond the required information, such as a short biography, your location, your website, or a picture.

If you choose to authenticate your The Fireside Journal account through a third party service, like Twitter or Facebook, you are linking that account to your The Fireside Journal account. Once those accounts are linked, we may collect and store personally identifying information that you have provided to that third party service. Please be aware that the information we obtain from that third party service is often dependent on their privacy policies and/or on your settings regarding what information you have consented to share with services like The Fireside Journal.

b. Content

The Fireside Journal is primarily designed for public, not private, content and you should keep this in mind when submitting, posting and sharing information or content on The Fireside Journal Service. You should assume that most of the Content you provide to The Fireside Journal will be made public by default. However, we do provide some drafting tools that allow you to save and edit some types of Content prior to posting them publicly, and we may also give you the option to make some of your Content more private if you want.

Once Content has been posted and shared publicly on The Fireside Journal Service it is accessible to everyone, including search engines, and you may lose any privacy rights you might have regarding that Content. Protecting your copyright is of the utmost importance to us, and we have put special measures in place that prevent any of the images you upload to The Fireside Journal being displayed or indexed by major search engines. However, please bear in mind, that as these other services are out of our control, we can’t guarantee this.

c. Metadata

Metadata is usually technical data associated with Content you submit, post or share on The Fireside Journal Service. Users can add or may have Metadata added to their Content including geolocation, date, attribution, or other data. We may also collect metadata information about the Content you provide to us. For instance, when you provide images, we may collect metadata that describes geolocation and the date the image was taken.

d. E-mail communications

We may send you notification e-mails about certain activity related to your account, for example when someone likes, comments, or collects your Content. Depending on your preferences, we may send you a weekly update that includes Content on The Fireside Journal you might like. From time to time, we may also send e-mails with news, products, offers, surveys or promotions related to The Fireside Journal. Please be aware that we may embed information, such as a web beacon or tag, into our emails in order to measure the deliverability of these e-mails to our Users. However, we respect your inbox and if you do not want to receive e-mail from us, simply click on the “unsubscribe” link contained within the unwanted e-mail message. Please be aware that you will not be able to unsubscribe from system e-mails or legal notices, for instance e-mails that tell you something important about your account, about changes in our services, or about updates to our policies. We will never provide your e-mail address to a third party without your explicit permission.

e. Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that we transfer to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser, and that your browser provides to us each time you visit our website. We use cookies to help us identify and track visitors, their usage of the website, and their website access preferences. Our cookies do not collect personal information, nor do they, by themselves, contain any information that personally identifies you. However, we may associate cookies with your account if you have one, and we may sometimes use cookies to personalize your experience of the The Fireside Journal Service if you are logged in. Some third party services that we use may also place their own cookies on your browser, however, note that this policy only covers use of our cookies and not those of third parties.

By visiting the “help” section in the majority of browsers you can find out how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to tell the browser to notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to fully disable cookies. However, we recommend that you do not deactivate cookies, otherwise you will not be able to use some of The Fireside Journal’s features.

f. Log data

When you use The Fireside Journal Service, for example when you visit our website, sign into The Fireside Journal Service, or interact with our email notifications, our servers will automatically record information about your interaction (“log data”). We use log data to provide, measure, customize and improve The Fireside Journal Service. This log data may include the date and time of your web request, your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, your browser type and settings, the web page you were visiting before you came to The Fireside Journal, the pages you visited, the number of clicks you made and how you interacted with links on The Fireside Journal Service, your mobile carrier, device and application IDs, search terms, and other such information about how you used The Fireside Journal Service. We may also use third party applications and services to collect and analyze such information.


2. Sharing your information

We will never share information we receive from you unless we have your permission, or have given you prior notice that the information will be shared, and with whom. Except as noted in this policy, we will never disclose potentially personally identifying or personally identifying information, nor will we rent or sell your personal information to third parties outside The Fireside Journal without your consent.

a. Information you share with the public

Any information you voluntarily disclose for posting to The Fireside Journal Service, including your profile page information, is accessible to anyone and indexable by search engines, subject to any applicable privacy settings you have chosen. When you submit, post or share Content on The Fireside Journal Service, it is made public by default and may be re-shared by others.

b. Information you share with third party services

We enable you to share Content that you have submitted, posted or shared to The Fireside Journal Service with other third party services. For instance, you may share your posts on Twitter and Facebook. You may also access third party websites and services through links that have been embedded by other Users within their Content on The Fireside Journal Service.

c. Employees and consultants/contractors

The Fireside Journal employees and authorized third party consultants and/or contractors, who are acting on our behalf, based on our instructions, and in compliance with this Privacy Policy, may have access to your information if necessary in the normal course of The Fireside Journal business. For instance, if we need to respond to user support requests. Unless we tell you otherwise, these third parties will not have any right to access your personal information beyond the scope and duration of what is necessary to assist us in operating and/or improving The Fireside Journal Service.

d. Legal requests and preventing harm

If we believe in good faith that disclosure of personal information is necessary, we reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to release personal information to (a) comply with a law, regulation, legal request, governmental request or governmental order, (b) enforce or apply this Privacy Policy and/or our Terms of Service, (c) protect the rights, property, health or safety of The Fireside Journal, our employees, our Users, or others, (d) or detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues.

e. Business transfers

In the event that The Fireside Journal is involved in a merger, acquisition, bankruptcy, dissolution, liquidation, reorganization or sale of assets, your information, such as name and email address, Content and any other information collected through The Fireside Journal Service, may be among the items sold or transferred as part of that transaction. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of us or our assets may continue to use your personal information as described in this policy. The commitments made in this Privacy Policy must be honored by the new entity.

f. Aggregated information

We may share or disclose anonymized data, aggregate information, non-private information, or other non-personally identifying information with others, or with people and entities with which we are doing business.


3. Storing your information

By consenting to this Privacy Policy and submitting information to The Fireside Journal Service, you are agreeing that such information may be transferred to computers that are located outside of your state, province, territory or country. If you are register for and use The Fireside Journal Service outside the United States, the information you provide, including personally identifiable information, will be transferred to the United States for storage and processing.


4. Keeping your information secure

We take the protection of your private information very seriously and your The Fireside Journal account information is protected by a password for your privacy and security. You are responsible for preventing unauthorized access to your account and personal information, and for controlling access to any e-mails we send you. You should choose and maintain a strong unique password for your The Fireside Journal account and remember to logout once you have finished using The Fireside Journal Service on a shared computer. Please be aware that we cannot ensure the security of any information or guarantee that information on tThe Fireside Journal Service may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed.


5. Your choices about your information

a. Your account information and settings

You may correct, amend, add or delete personal information from your The Fireside Journal account at any time by logging in and visiting your profile page. As noted above, you may unsubscribe from unwanted The Fireside Journal e-mail communications by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link contained within such communications. However, until your account is deleted you will continue to receive all system e-mails. You may also prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, as explained earlier, however, if your browser does not accept cookies you will not be able to use some features of the The Fireside Journal Service.

b. Deleting your account

You may delete your The Fireside Journal account at any time by logging in and visiting your settings page. Account deletion is permanent and cannot be reversed. Your username will immediately be made available for someone else to register. Following termination or deletion of your account, The Fireside Journal may retain your account information and Content for a commercially reasonable time for backup, archival, and/or audit purposes.


6. Other websites and services

Content on The Fireside Journal may include links to third party websites or services that are not owned and controlled by The Fireside Journal. We are not responsible for the practices employed by any websites or services linked to or from The Fireside JournalService, including the information or content contained within them. This policy does not apply to those third party websites or services.

7. Children’s privacy

The Fireside Journal Service and its Content are not directed at anyone under the age of thirteen (13) and we do not knowingly collect or solicit any information from children under the age of thirteen, or knowingly allow such persons to register for The Fireside Journal Service. If you believe that we might have any information from or on a child under the age of thirteen, or become aware that your child has created an account, please contact us immediately and we will delete that information as quickly as possible.


8. Changes to our Privacy Policy

Although most changes are likely to be minor, we may amend this policy from time to time and at our sole discretion. If you continue to use The Fireside Journal website after those changes are in effect, you agree to the revised policy. We will notify you of any changes by posting them on this page or by more prominent notice if the changes are significant or as required by law. In all cases, use of information we collect now is subject to the Privacy Policy in effect at the time such information is used.