Effective Date: 11/19/2019
TheExplorerBlog ("us", "we", or "our") operates the theexplorerblog.com website service(the "Service")
This page informs you of our policies, regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal data when you use our Service and the choices you have associated with that data.
Information Collection and Use
We collect many different types of information for various purposes to provide and improve our Service to you which may include personal data.
Types of Data Collected
We use first and last names for identification in our database. We also use username and email address for signing in to accounts. Passwords are encrypted and stored into the system as well. Finally, IP Adresses are used solely for site security and anti-abuse purposes.
Registration And Content Data
When you create an account on the Service, you are required to input the following information:
Displayed Name ("Username")
First and Last Name
Email Address and Password
Our Service may offer public forums or communication platforms that allow you to communicate with other users, write and post information, content, images, photos or videos, and post your opinions. Your content is associated with your account or user profile. Your content and account or user profile are public, nonconfidential, and unencrypted which means that these may be read, shared, or used by others, including advertisers. We are not responsible for the information you choose to input and submit to our Service. You should be cautious when submitting personal information on our Service.
When you use our Service, certain information will be automatically collected, including, but not limited to, information about the use of our Service, content that you post, submit/upload, and or contribute, and technical data, which may include, but not limited to, the URL you are using our Service from, your IP address, unique device ID, network and computer performance, browser type/User Agent, language and identifying information, location, and operating system.
Tracking And Cookies Data
Cookies are files with small data which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent from your browser and stored in your device. Other tracking technologies used include beacons, tags, and scripts to collect and improve our Service. You can instruct your browser to decline all cookies or show when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept these, some parts of our Service may not be usable.
Examples of Cookies we use:
Saving of username for easy login (upon checking "Remember Me" checkbox)
Session Storage, which temporarily contains user information such as name, email address, account permissions, username, and identification number.
We also track IP addresses for security purposes.
Use of Data
This Service uses collected data for various purposes including:
To Provide and Maintain the Service including to create an account and facilitate the use of our forum and communication platforms
To Notify about Changes to the Service, your user profile/account, terms, conditions, policies, and to provide administrative messages, updates, legal notices, technical notices, or security alerts
To Customize the User Experience, including advertisements that are displayed to you to help you via a third party
To conduct research and development, analyze, and understand trends to improve our Service via first and a third party.
To provide you with newsletters, information, promotional offers, and other advertising from us and/or our partners
To enforce the user terms, including to protect our property, rights, and safety, and the property, rights, and safety of a third-party
To fulfill requirements by law
To ensure a secure user session
For Other Purposes with your consent
Disclosure of Data
Our Service may disclose your Personal Data in good faith/belief that this action is necessary to:
To comply with a legal obligation
To protect and defend the rights of our Service
To prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with our Service
To protect the personal safety of users of the Service or the public
To protect against legal liability
Our service is a public platform which means that all photos, articles, posts, and videos are visible by anyone who has internet access. When you create an account on our Service, your profile is visible to anyone who has internet access, and you have the option of limiting information like location. Note that our Service cannot control the actions of other users or people who are using our Service. Our service cannot guarantee that your account will be viewed by unauthorized persons. Remember to use a strong and unique password and to keep your login information secret. Our service is not responsible for the evasion of security measures or privacy settings contained in the services by any party.
Security of Data
The security of data is important to us. However, no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. We strive to use commercially adequate means to protect your Personal Data, but we can't guarantee its absolute security.
We may use third-party companies and individuals to assist our service ("Service Providers"), to provide the Service on our behalf, to provide services related to our Service, or to assist us in analyzing how our service is used.
These third parties have access to your Personal Data only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose it or use it for any other purpose.
We may use third-party Service Providers to monitor and analyze the use of this Service.
We use Google Analytics to help understand how our Service visitors use our site and how we can better adapt to suit your needs. Google Analytics is a web analytics service offered by Google that tracks and reports website traffic. The data collected is shared with other Google Services. Google may use the data to study and personalize the ads of its own advertising network.
Links to Other Sites
Our Service is not directed to and our Service does not knowingly request or collect personal information from children - people under age 13, or another specified age if required by applicable law, without prior verifiable parental consent. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your child has provided us with Personal Data, don't hesitate to contact us. If we become aware that we have unknowingly collected personal information about a child without verifiable parental consent, we will take steps to remove it from our records or, if that is not reasonable, we will take reasonable identifiable steps to de-identify the information.
You can opt-out of our newsletters and comment notifications.
You may be able to control the information we receive from your device of from third parties by changing your device settings, browser settings, and privacy settings.
You may withdraw your consent to our collection, use, and disclosure of your personal information, subject to legal restrictions and reasonable notice. However, if you withdraw your consent, some portions of the site may not be accessible.