Privacy Policy

Your privacy is very important to us. At ImpactSteps we have a few fundamental principles that we follow:

  • We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it. (We can’t stand services that ask you for things like your gender or income level for no apparent reason.)
  • 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 our site.

Impact Steps operates ImpactSteps.com. It is Impact Steps’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, Impact Steps 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. Impact Steps’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Impact Steps’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Impact Steps may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

Impact Steps also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on our blogs. Impact Steps 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 are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to Impact Steps’s websites choose to interact with Impact Steps in ways that require Impact Steps to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Impact Steps gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who comment on our blog to provide a name and email address. Those who wish to receive ImpactSteps updates via email, we collect their names and emails. In each case, Impact Steps collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Impact Steps. Impact Steps 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.

Aggregated Statistics

Impact Steps may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, Impact Steps may monitor the most popular pages or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. Impact Steps may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Impact Steps does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Log data

Impact Steps may collect information that browser sends whenever visitors interact with Impact Steps’s websites (“Log Data”). This Log Data may include information such as your computer’s IP address, browser type, browser version, the pages of our Service that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages and other statistics.

In addition, we may use third-party services such as Google Analytics that collect, monitor and analyze this type of information in order to increase our Service’s functionality. These third party service providers have their own privacy policies addressing how they use such information. To read Google’s Data Compliance information, click here.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

Impact Steps 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 Impact Steps’s behalf or to provide services available at Impact Steps’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 Impact Steps’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Impact Steps 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, Impact Steps discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Impact Steps believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Impact Steps, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an Impact Steps website and have supplied your email address, Impact Steps 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 Impact Steps and our products. We primarily use our various product blogs to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. 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. Impact Steps 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. Impact Steps uses cookies to help Impact Steps identify and track visitors, their usage of Impact Steps website, and their website access preferences. Impact Steps visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Impact Steps’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of Impact Steps’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Business Transfers

If Impact Steps, or substantially all of its assets were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Impact Steps goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Impact Steps may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

Ads

Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Impact Steps and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Comments

Comments and other content submitted to Akismet anti-spam service are not saved on our servers unless they were marked as false positives, in which case we store them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Impact Steps may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Impact Steps’s sole discretion. Impact Steps encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.