Please read this entire policy before using or submitting information to us through this website or any online resource. By using our website, you are agreeing to the terms of this policy, and any information you submit to AFROTHREADS through a website or online resource will be collected, processed, used, and disclosed in accordance with these terms.
1. What Data Do We Collect and How Do We Use It?
Personally Identifiable Information. AFROTHREADS’ website may collect Personally Identifiable Information, which is information that either directly identifies you or could reasonably be used in combination with other publicly available information to identify you. Examples of Personally Identifiable Information include your name, contact information, email address, and other information in combination with such identifiers.
Certain areas of our website and online resources allow you to submit your Personally Identifiable Information to us. For example, you may contact AFROTHREADS through our Contact Us functionality. We may use the information you provide to send you requested information, respond to your inquiry, improve our website, verify your relationship with AFROTHREADS, and take other actions that may be necessary to respond to your request.
Where permitted by law, we may combine Personally Identifiable Information collected through our website and online resources with AFROTHREADS’ offline records and other information provided to us by third parties. We use this consolidated information to improve our website and online resources, enhance our marketing activities, better design our offerings, and facilitate other business functions.
Other Information. Our website and online resources also collect other basic information about you which does not directly identify you but which may correspond with you or a particular device. We use this information to learn more about how our website and online resources are used and to otherwise improve and administer the website. We also use this information to enable us to deliver information tailored to your interests and preferences, based on your use of the website. For example, we may collect the Internet Protocol Address assigned to your network or device by your internet service provider. This address may change from time to time (a “dynamic” IP address), or it may remain the same (a “static” IP address).
To collect basic information, we use the techniques described below:
Cookies. Our website may use a tracking technology called a “cookie.” A cookie is a small data file that a website can place on your device’s storage, where your internet browser files are kept. Cookies enable us to recognize when a device being used to browse our website has previously visited an AFROTHREADS website or online resource. Cookies can also be used to enable a website to “remember” the information a visitor has previously inputted. Cookies may be placed on your device both by us and by third parties with whom we have a relationship, such as web analytic services and advertising network services. Further information concerning the use of third-party cookies on our website can be found below, in the section titled Our Policy on Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies.
Web Beacons. On certain web pages or in emails we send to you, we may utilize a technology called a “web beacon” (also known as an “action tag” or “clear GIF technology”). We may use web beacons to help determine which email messages sent by us were opened and whether a message was acted upon. Web beacons also help analyze the effectiveness of websites by measuring the number of visitors to a website or how many visitors clicked on key elements of a website.
Social Plugins. This website may use social plugins (e.g., the Facebook “Like” button) to enable you to easily share information with others. When you visit our website, the operator of the social plugin may be able to place a cookie on your device, enabling that operator to recognize individuals who have previously visited our website. If you have previously logged into the associated social media website (e.g., Facebook) before browsing on our website, the social plugin allows that social media website to receive information about your visit to particular pages on our website. The social plugin may collect this information for any such visitors who have logged into social networks, whether or not they specifically interact with the plugin on our website (e.g., by clicking “Like” or “Share”). The social plugin may also allow the social media website to share information about your activities on our website with other users of their social media website. For further details about the information shared via a particular social media plugin, you should refer to that social media website’s privacy statement.
2. Does AFROTHREADS Disclose Your Information to Third Parties?
We do not sell, share, or otherwise disclose the information we collect through our website or online resources, except as provided in this policy. We may disclose information to third parties who provide us with various business services, including monitoring and maintaining the website and preparing newsletters and mailings. We may also share Personally Identifiable Information with third parties with whom we are working to provide you with products, services, or information.
We may also disclose information we collect in special cases, including when we have a reason to believe that such disclosure is necessary to identify, contact, or bring a legal action against someone who may be causing injury to or interference with our rights and property or those of any other person. We may also disclose information when we believe the law requires it and in any situation that involves threats to any person’s physical safety.
If all or part of AFROTHREADS is merged into another entity, the information we have about you may be transferred to a third party as part of that transaction. We will try to obtain assurances that no Personally Identifiable Information that is transferred in such a transaction will be used or shared in a manner inconsistent with this policy without your consent. Your information may also be included among the assets affected by financing agreements undertaken by AFROTHREADS. Your continued use of this website would, however, signify your agreement to be bound by the privacy statement and other applicable terms of the subsequent owner or operator.
3. Will AFROTHREADS Transfer Your Information Internationally?
Our website and online resources are owned and operated in the United States, but the information you provide may be accessible by our affiliates and vendors in other countries. If you are visiting this website from a country other than the United States, your information will cross an international boundary. The level of protection for your information in the United States may not be the same as the level of protection in your country. By using this website, you consent to the collection, storage, and processing of your information in the United States and in any country to which we may transfer your information in the course of our business operations.
4. Is this Website Intended for Children?
Our website and online resources are not intended for children. We do not knowingly collect any Personally Identifiable Information from children under 13-years old. However, if the parent or the guardian of a child under 13 years old believes that the child has provided us with Personally Identifiable Information, the parent or guardian of that child should contact us via our contact form to request the information’s deletion. Anyone under 18 years old should seek their parent’s or guardian’s permission prior to using or disclosing any Personally Identifiable Information to AFROTHREADS.
5. How Can You Control and Update Your Information with AFROTHREADS?
AFROTHREADS wants to keep only accurate information about you. To update or correct your contact information, please contact us via our contact form. At any time, you may also contact us via our contact form to ask that we remove your name, contact information, and email address from the lists we use to send our mailings and contact you. We may retain a copy of your Personally Identifiable Information, however, for our record-keeping purposes.
6. How Does AFROTHREADS Keep Your Information Secure?
AFROTHREADS takes certain steps to protect your information from unauthorized access. However, no internet transmission is ever completely secure or guaranteed to be error free. In particular, email sent using this website or another online resource may not be secure. You should take special care before deciding to send us information via email, including through the Contact Us functionality.
7. Is AFROTHREADS Responsible for the Websites It Links to?
8. How Can You Contact Us About this Policy?
Questions about this policy may be submitted via our contact form.
Your California Privacy Rights: California law permits California residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please contact us via our contact form.
9. What Else Do You Need to Know?
AFROTHREADS reserves the right to amend this policy at our discretion. When changes are made, we will post the updated policy and the date of its revision.
Our Policy on Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies
Cookies save you the trouble of reentering certain information in some registration areas, help to deliver content-specific information to you, and track which sections of the website are most popular. A “cookie” is actually a file that our web server or the web server of one of our third-party partners may send to your device when you access one of our websites. This file is then stored on your device.
2. How does our website respond to web browser “Do Not Track” signals?
Certain web browsers and other programs may be used to signal your preferences to AFROTHREADS about how or whether AFROTHREADS or third parties may collect information about your online activities. Currently, our website and online resources do not respond to such signals.
3. What choices do you have about cookies?
The Digital Advertising Alliance maintains a website where consumers can opt out from receiving interest-based advertising from some or all of the network advertising companies participating in the program (www.AboutAds.info/choices/).