SandStories.org

Privacy and Cookies Policy

Privacy and Cookies policy

SandStories.org takes your privacy very seriously and we're committed to protecting your personal information online. This statement explains how we collect and use the information which you give us. 

1.      What information do we collect?

SandStories.org strives to offer its visitors the many advantages of Internet technology and to provide an interactive and personalized experience. How we collect and store information depends on the page you are visiting, the activities in which you elect to participate and the services provided.

 1.1  Personal information:
SandStories.org collects and securely stores the personal information that you provide such as name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and date of birth (where appropriate) in order to satisfy the expectations and requirements of our users, e.g. by communicating with them or registering them for specific events. SandStories.org does not keep credit card details. 

We collect the information only in connection with specific activities, such as, petitions, campaigns, feedback or email newsletter subscriptions, etc. You don't have to disclose any of this information if you do not wish to. We keep a log of the amounts and dates of your financial support for our own financial auditing records.

 1.2  Non-personal information:
For each visitor to our website, our webserver automatically recognises only the visitor's domain name (its IP address), but not the e-mail address. This information helps us generate broad demographic statistics on what types of organisations are visiting the site, which pages they visit and for how long. This helps us to determine how many individuals use our site, how many people visit on a regular basis, which pages are most popular, and which pages are least popular. This information doesn't tell us anything about who you are, it simply allows us to monitor and improve our service.

 2.      COOKIES

2.1.   The Website uses cookies. Cookies are small data files created by a web server and stored on your computer when you access the Website. Cookies cannot read your hard disk or make any information collected by use of a cookie available to any third party. A cookie can only be read by the organisation that installs it. The Website uses cookies to track user traffic patterns. We do this in order to determine the usefulness of our website and to see how effective our navigational structure is. We do not release this information to unauthorised third parties.

2.2.   If you prefer not to receive cookies while browsing our website, you can set your browser to refuse all cookies that are stored on your computer. You do not need to have cookies turned on to use or navigate through many parts of our website. But if you do restrict cookies, you may be unable to access certain portions of the site or may be asked to re-enter your user name and password, and we may not be able to customize the site’s features according to your preferences.

 2.3.   If you are a registered user of the Website and wish to sign in to password protected sections, you will need to allow “per-session” cookies. These are only stored on your computer for the duration of your visit and are deleted when you close your browser or sign out of the Website.

 3.      What do we do with the information we collect?

3.1.   Like other web publishers, we collect information to enhance your visit and deliver more individualized content and advertising. We respect your privacy.

3.2.   Aggregated Information (information that does not personally identify you) may be used in many ways. For example, we may combine information about your usage patterns with similar information obtained from other users to help enhance our site and services (e.g., to learn which pages are visited most or what features are most attractive). Aggregated Information may occasionally be shared with our corporate partners. Again, this information does not include any Personally Identifiable Information about you or allow anyone to identify you individually.

 3.3.   We may use Personally Identifiable Information collected on SandStories.org to communicate with you about your registration and customization preferences; our Terms of Service and privacy policy; services and products offered by us and other topics we think you might find of interest.

 3.4.   Personally Identifiable Information collected by SandStories.org may also be used for other purposes, including but not limited to site administration, troubleshooting, processing of e–commerce transactions, administration of contests, and other communications with you. Authorised third parties who provide technical support for the operation of our site (our Web hosting service for example) may access such information. We will use your information only as permitted by law. If we're involved in a reorganization, merger, acquisition or sale of our assets, your information may be transferred as part of that deal. We may also disclose your information in response to a court order, at other times when we believe we are reasonably required to do so by law, in connection with the collection of amounts you may owe to us, and/or to law enforcement authorities whenever we deem it appropriate or necessary. Please note we may not provide you with notice prior to disclosure in such cases.

 4.      Where is this information held?

Personal information submitted through the forms on this site is held only in the SandStories.org database.

5.      Information from under 18s

If you are under 18, be sure to obtain your parents' or guardians' permission before you send any information about yourself (your name, address, e-mail address, etc.) to us or anyone else over the internet. We encourage parents to get involved with their children’s use of the internet and to be aware of the activities in which they are participating.

6.      External links

SandStories.org expects its partners, advertisers and affiliates to respect the privacy of our users. Be aware, however, that third parties, including our partners, advertisers, affiliates and other content providers accessible through our site, may have their own privacy and data collection policies and practices. For example, during your visit to our site you may link to, or view as part of a frame on SandStories.org pages, certain content that is actually created or hosted by a third party. Also, through the Website you may be introduced to, or be able to access, information, websites, features, contests or sweepstakes offered by other parties. SandStories.org is not responsible for the actions or policies of such third parties. You should check the applicable privacy policies of those third parties when providing information on a feature or page operated by a third party.

While on our site, our advertisers, promotional partners or other third parties may use cookies or other technology to attempt to identify some of your preferences or retrieve information about you. For example, some of our advertising is served by third parties and may include cookies that enable the advertiser to determine whether you have seen a particular advertisement before. Other features available on our site may offer services operated by third parties and may use cookies or other technology to gather information. SandStories.org does not control the use of this technology by third parties or the resulting information, and are not responsible for any actions or policies of such third parties.

You should also be aware that if you voluntarily disclose Personally Identifiable Information on message boards or in chat areas, that information can be viewed publicly and can be collected and used by third parties without our knowledge and may result in unsolicited messages from other individuals or third parties. Such activities are beyond the control of SandStories.org and this policy.

7.      Changes to this Policy

SandStories.org reserves the right to change this policy at any time. Please check this page periodically for changes. Your continued use of our site following the posting of changes to these terms will mean you accept those changes.

For more information, please contact us at info@sandstories.org