Privacy of Information, Cookies & Personal Data
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In brief, some interesting things about cookies and privacy of personal data: A cookie is created whenever you vista website, any website at any time. A cookie is a small piece of data that is sent from a website browsed by a user to the user's computer. The cookie stays in a browser like Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer. It can stay in the browser from 1 day to 540 days (like in the case of Google Search Ads) and it lives long enough to give enough information about you until you delete it. A cookie can store a maximum of 4096 Bytes of data about what you like: what browser you use, what device, what operating system, age, gender, preference to sports and so on.
There's been an increasing concern around the world on how personal information (data) is captured, stored, shared and, sold from those who capture data to those who use it. This generated, in addition to trade and federal privacy laws, the development of laws regarding information privacy, data privacy or data protection.
Information privacy, data privacy or data protection laws provide a legal framework on how to obtain, use and store data of natural persons. Most websites collect information about their users, either submitted by the users or collected automatically through cookies and other technologies. Business owners need information to deliver their products, advertise their services, communicate with customers and prospective customers, and improve their website functionality.
Information privacy, data privacy or data protection laws provide a legal framework on how to obtain, use and store data. The various laws around the world describe the rights of natural persons to control who is using its data. This includes usually, the right to get details on which data is stored, for what purpose and to request the deletion in case the purpose is not given anymore.
Many countries and states have enacted some sort of data privacy laws to regulate how information is collected, how data subjects are informed, and what control a data subject has over his information once it is transferred, among these:
GDPR: The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) aims to protect the fundamental right to privacy and the protection of the personal data of European Union (EU) citizens. This regulation affects any entity (including websites) that processes EU citizens' personal data.
CCPA: The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) aims to protect the consumer rights of California residents. The act serves to encourage stronger privacy for consumers and promote greater transparency for companies who have an online presence in the state.
LGPD: The Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados (LGPD) serves to protect the fundamental right to privacy and the protection of the personal data of Brazilian citizens. This regulation affects any entity (including websites) that processes Brazilian citizens' personal data.
US Data Privacy Laws
The United States has not adopted a comprehensive information privacy law, but rather having adopted limited sectoral laws in some areas like the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). These laws are based on fair information practice guidelines developed by the U.S. Department for Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) (later renamed Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)), by a Special Advisory Committee on Automated Personal Data Systems, under the chairmanship of computer pioneer and privacy pioneer Willis H. Ware. The report submitted by the Chair to the HHS Secretary titled "Records, Computers and Rights of Citizens (07/01/1973)", proposes universal principles for the privacy and protection of consumer and citizen data.
In addition, the Federal Trade Commission Act (15 USC § 41 et seq.) has broad jurisdiction over commercial entities under its authority to prevent unfair or "deceptive trade practices." While the FTC does not explicitly regulate what information should be included in website privacy policies, it uses its authority to issue regulations, enforces privacy laws, and take enforcement actions to protect consumers.
In addition to federal laws and regulations, the US has multiple State data privacy and data security laws. The most comprehensive state data privacy legislation to date is the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), signed into law on June 28, 2018, and went into effect on January 1, 2020. In July 2019, New York passed the Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security (SHIELD) Act, fully enforceable as of March 2020. Many other US states are also considering data privacy laws.
Regarding Cookies (Information Collected for Tracking and Customization)
Cookies and similar technologies have different functions. They are either necessary for the functioning of the services provided through the website, and help companies improve performance, give the visitor extra functionalities.
A cookie is a small file that a website transfers to your computer to allow it to remember specific information about your session while you are connected. Your computer will only share the information in the cookie with the website that provided it, and no other website can request it.
You can choose to delete existing cookies, allow or block all cookies, and set preferences for certain websites.
There are two types of cookies:
Session Cookies: Session cookies last only as long as your web browser is open. Once you close your browser, the cookie is deleted. Websites may use session cookies for technical purposes such as to enable better navigation through the site, or to allow you to customize your preferences for interacting with the site.
Persistent Cookies: Many websites use "persistent cookie" technology. A persistent cookie is a small text file that this website places on your web browser so that it can gather anonymous summary demographic information, and remember your browser when it is used to visit our site again later—kind of like cookie crumbs! (Hence the name.) These cookies uniquely identify a browser on a computer, but never a person. Although using persistent cookies creates a much better experience for you while using the site, most sites will also work without them. If you do not want to accept cookies, you can edit your browser's options to stop accepting persistent cookies or to prompt you before accepting a cookie from the websites you visit.
Important: You are free to block, delete, or disable these cookies if your device permits so. You can manage your cookies and your cookie preferences in your browser or device settings. If you choose to set your browser to reject cookies from a particular website or, every website you visit, this may adversely affect the functionality of non-government websites you visit. If you do not wish to have session or persistent cookies stored on your machine, you can turn cookies off in your browser. You will still have access to all information and resources our website. However, turning off cookies may affect the functioning of our website. Be aware that disabling cookies in your browser will affect cookie usage at all other websites you visit as well.
First & Third Party Cookies
Third party cooking are small files inserted on a website by related service providers. The most common third-party are advertisers, marketers, and social media platforms. From a technical perspective, all cookies track information and are similar. The difference resides mainly on how they are used.
First Party Cookies, are created by the site you visit. The site is shown in the address bar. They collect data, typically stored by the website you are visiting directly (based domain name). They allow website owners to collect analytics data, remember language settings, and perform other useful functions that help provide a good user experience.
Third Party Cookies, are created by other sites. These sites own some of the content, like ads or images, that you see on the webpage you visit. They are created by domains other than the one you are visiting directly, hence the name third-party. They are used for cross-site tracking, retargeting and ad-serving. In our website www.beyond-borders.net, own by Beyond Borders Mediation, third party cookies are wix.com (the editor we used to create this website), and PayPal.com (the provider we use to process payments).
Second Party Cookies, also considered 2nd Party Data. Their existence is controversial. Nonetheless, they can be considered as tracking data that is transferred between service providers via some sort of data partnership; in a way similar to vacation/travel packages with "bundled" services.
Where possible, Beyond Borders Mediation will apply security measures in place to prevent unauthorized access to our cookies and similar technologies.
Beyond Borders Mediation
Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
As a general rule, Beyond Borders Mediation does not collect PII about you when you visit our website, unless you choose to provide such information to us. Submitting PII through our website is voluntary. When you conduct a transaction on our website, for example, processing payment for services, as part of the process, we receive, collect, and store any information you enter on our website or provide us in any other way. In addition, we collect the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet; login; email address; password; computer and connection information and purchase or payment history. We may use software tools to measure and collect session information, including page response times, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information, and methods used to browse away from the page. We also collect personally identifiable information (including name, email, password, communications); payment details (including credit card information), comments, feedback, product reviews, recommendations, and personal profile.
By providing this information, you are giving Beyond Borders Mediation your permission to use the information for the stated purpose. However, not providing certain information may result in Beyond Borders Mediation inability to provide you with the service you desire. If you choose to provide us with PII on a Beyond Borders Mediation website (www.beyond-borders.net), through such methods as completing a web form, sending us an email, or processing payment for services, we will use that information to help us provide you the information or service you have requested or to respond to your message. The information we may receive from you varies based on what you do when visiting our site.
Generally, the information requested by Beyond Borders Mediation will be used to comply with any applicable laws and regulations, to respond to your inquiry or, to provide you with the service you request, which includes scheduling service and payment through PayPal.com, a third-party application.
Storage, Use and Disclosure of Information
Beyond Border Mediation is hosted on the Wix.com platform; payments are processed through PayPal.com applications. Wix.com and PayPal.com provides us with the online platform that allows us to process payments and sell our products and services to you. Your data may be stored through Wix.com and PayPal.com data storage, databases and the general Wix.com and PayPal.com applications. They store your data on secure servers behind a firewall.
All direct payment gateways offered by Wix.com and PayPal.com used by Beyond Borders Mediation adhere to the standards set by PCI-DSS as managed by the PCI Security Standards Council, which is a joint effort of brands like Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. PCI-DSS requirements help ensure the secure handling of credit card information by our company, store applications and its service providers.
Contacting you, Clients and Website Visitors
Beyond Borders Mediation may contact you via email, telephone, text messages, and postal mail with the purpose to notify you regarding your account, to troubleshoot problems with your account, to resolve a dispute, to collect fees or monies owed, or as otherwise necessary to contact you to enforce our mediation and scheduling agreements, applicable state or national laws, and any agreement we may have with you. Occasionally we may contact you through surveys or questionnaires to poll your opinions, and to send updates about our company. The purpose of our contact will be clearly state in communications and contact.
Many of our programs and websites allow you, (identified as a client for services and website user) to send us an email. We will use the information you provide to respond to your inquiry. We will only send you general information via email. You should be reminded that email may not necessarily be secure against interception. Therefore, we suggest that you do not send sensitive personal data (such as your Social Security number or credit card information). If your intended email communication is very sensitive, or includes information such as your bank account, or credit card, you should instead contact us directly through the contact information provided on our website (www.beyond-borders.net). Electronic mail messages are not considered records and are deleted when no longer needed.
Automatically Collected Information
We collect and temporarily store certain information about your visit for use in site management and security purposes only. We collect and analyze this information because it helps us to better design our website to suit your needs.
We may also automatically collect information about the web content you view in the event of a known security or virus threat. This information includes: The Internet domain from which you access our website (for example, “xcompany.com” if you use a private Internet access account, or “yourschool.edu” if you connect from an educational domain); The Internet Protocol (IP) address (a unique number for each computer connected to the Internet) from which you access our website; The type of browser (e.g., Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome) used to access our site; The operating system (e.g., Windows, Mac OS, Unix) used to access our site; The date and time you access our site; The Universal Resource Locators (URLs), or addresses, of the pages you visit; Your username, if it was used to log in to the website; and, If you visited this website from another website, the URL of the forwarding site.
We may share the above information exclusively with named representatives with in a “need-to-know” basis for the performance of their duties and to quickly process your request or transaction. This information is only used to help us make our site more useful for you and to process the service and information you requested.
Third-Party Websites and Applications
Beyond Borders Mediation uses third party application for payment processing, such as PayPal.com. Beyond Borders Mediation may use now or in the future social media websites and other kinds of third-party websites, proper notice will be displayed on our website as the occasion arises. Social media websites are intended to engage with members of the public. Beyond Borders may also use web measurement and customization technologies to measure the number of visitors to our website and its various sections to help make our website more useful to visitors.
Beyond Borders Mediation does not use third-party websites to solicit and collect PII from individuals. Any PII passively collected (i.e., not solicited) by the third-party website will not be transmitted or stored by Beyond Borders Mediation. No Personally Identifiable Information (PII) will be disclosed, sold nor transferred to any other entity, unless required for law enforcement purposes or by statute.
Information Collected for Tracking and Customization (Cookies)
Beyond Borders Mediation uses service providers, such as Pay Pal for processing payment for service. Service providers as posted on our website, are companies that help us with various aspects of our business, such as site operations, services, applications, advertisements and tools. These service providers may also place cookies on your device via our services (third party cookies). They may also collect information that helps them identify your device, such as IP-address or other unique or device identifiers.
Beyond Borders Mediation is committed to our own security and that of our clients and visitors. As such, we take precautions to maintain the security, confidentiality, and integrity of the information we collect at this site. Such measures include security software and authorized access controls designed to limit access to the information to the extent necessary to accomplish our business. We also employ various security technologies to protect the information stored on our systems. We periodically test and update our security software to ensure that they remain operational and effective.
Visiting Other Websites
Our website contains links to agencies, private organizations, and some commercial entities. These websites are not within our control and may not follow the same privacy, security, or accessibility policies. Once you link to another site, you are subject to the policies of that site.
Mail: Beyond Borders Mediation, 12605 E. Euclid Dr #208, Centennial, Colorado, 80111
Last Updated: October 9, 2020 | BBM | RHF