Your Personal Information may be processed by us in the country where it was collected as well as other countries (including the United States) where laws regarding processing of Personal Information may be less stringent than the laws in your country.
Children under the age of 13 are not permitted to use Fortique and we do not intentionally collect or maintain Personal Information from those who are under 13 years old. Thus, if we obtain actual knowledge that a user is under 13, we will take steps to remove that user's Personal Information from our databases. By using Fortique, you are representing that you are able to form a binding contract in your jurisdiction.
Collection and Use of Information
Information Submitted to Fortique
In general, we collect both Personal Information and Non-Identifiable Information that you submit to us voluntarily through Fortique. We collect information that you submit in the process of submitting service requests or information requests on Fortique. For example, to request service, you must provide us with your name and a valid email address. We also collect information in the form of the content that you submit during your use of Fortique, such as photos, reviews, ratings and other information you choose to submit, including information from other social networks that you choose to link to your Fortique profile.
If you send an e-mail to us, we will collect your e-mail address and the full content of your e-mail, including attached files, and other information you provide. When you finalize transactions with other Fortique users, you may need to submit your credit card or other payment information so that our service providers can process your payment for those products and services. When you participate in contests, sweepstakes, or other activities that we make available on Fortique, we will collect the information designated along with such activity, which may include your Personal Information to permit us to contact you in connection with that activity. If you choose to sign up to receive information about products or services that may be of interest to you, we will collect your email address and all related information. Additionally, we collect any information that you voluntarily enter, including Personal Information, into any postings, comments, or forums within the Fortique community.
Information from Other Sources
We may receive information, including Personal Information, about you from other sources with which you have registered, companies with whom we have partnered (collectively, "Partners") or other third parties. We may associate this information with the other Personal Information we have collected about you. If you connect to Fortique through another social network, we may collect information about you and your friends from that social network in order to provide you with a more personalized experience. For instance, we may collect your user ID or profile information from that third-party social network that you have permitted to be displayed through Fortique in order to display you as a friend or in association with your profile and connections. Fortique will treat this information in the same manner as we treat the information we collect directly from you. However, please remember that the third party providers of such information handle it according to their own privacy policies.
Information Collected Via Technology
An "Internet protocol address" or "IP Address" is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the Internet. In some cases your IP Address stays the same from browser session to browser session; but if you use a consumer internet access provider, your IP Address probably varies from session to session. We, or our service providers, may track your IP Address when you access Fortique to assist with ad targeting.
"Cookies" are small pieces of information that a website sends to your computer’s hard drive while you are viewing a website. We may use both session Cookies (which expire once you close your web browser) and persistent Cookies (which stay on your computer until you delete them) to provide you with a more personal and interactive experience with Fortique. Persistent Cookies can be removed by following your Internet browser help file directions. In order to use our services offered through Fortique, your web browser must accept Cookies. If you choose to disable Cookies, some aspects of Fortique may not work properly, and you will not be able to receive our services.
Additionally, we may use your Non-Identifiable Information in connection with compiling Aggregate Information about general site usage in order to perform statistical analysis to help us analyze patterns in the use of Fortique. Such Aggregate Information will not include your Personal Information.
Use and Disclosure of Information
Fortique’s Use of Information
In general, both the Personal Information and Non-Identifiable Information you submit to us is used to provide you access to Fortique, to improve Fortique, to better tailor the features, performance, and support of Fortique and to offer you additional information, opportunities, promotions and functionality from us, our partners or our advertisers. For example, we may use and display your full name and email address when you send an email notification to a friend through Fortique or the social network from which you have connected to Fortique (such as in an invitation, or when sharing your content).
Additionally, we use your email address to contact you on behalf of your friends (such as when someone sends you a personal message or notifications from a social network or other website with whom you have registered to receive such notifications). We may use this e-mail address to contact you, for things such as notifications of limited edition shop sales, changes to Fortique policies, and other types of service and/or legal notices. You may indicate your preference to stop receiving further promotional communications as further detailed below.
Fortique’s Disclosure of Information
We may share your content preferences and other information with the social network from which you have connected to Fortique, along with those companies and persons with whom you have asked or authorized us to share your information.
We may provide your Personal Information to third-party service providers who work on behalf of or with us to provide some of the services and features of Fortique and to help us communicate with you. Examples of such services include sending email, analyzing data, providing marketing assistance, processing payments (including credit card payments), and providing customer service. We may share some or all of your Personal Information with our third-party partners, those with whom we have a co-branding or promotional relationship, or other third-parties about whom you are otherwise notified and do not request to opt out of such sharing. We require our third-party service providers to promise not to use such non-public information except as necessary to provide the relevant services to us.
We may disclose your Personal Information if we believe in good faith that such disclosure is necessary to (a) comply with laws or to respond to subpoenas, court orders, warrants or other legal demands or to establish or defend Fortique from legal claims; or (b) to protect and defend our rights or property, you, or third parties from fraud, abuse or violations of the Terms of Service or illegal acts; or (c) to protect the safety or integrity of Fortique, its users, the public or other parties as it is deemed appropriate, in our sole discretion. You hereby consent to our sharing your Personal Information under the circumstances described herein.
The Ability Of Others To View You Information
It is up to you to make sure you are comfortable with the information you choose to provide us and the information you choose to publish. You understand that when you use Fortique, certain information you post or provide through Fortique, such as your name, profile, comments, collections and reviews, may be shared with other users and posted on publicly available portions of Fortique, including without limitation, chat rooms, bulletin and message boards, along with other public forums. Please keep in mind that if you choose to disclose Personal Information when posting comments or other information or content through Fortique, this information may become publicly available and may be collected and used by others, including people outside the Fortique community. We will not have any obligations with respect to any information that you post to parts of Fortique available to others, and recommend that you use caution when giving out personal information to others in public forums online or otherwise. We also share the information you publish with other third parties.
Third Party Sites and Advertising
Your Choices Regarding Your Personal Information
We offer you choices regarding the collection, use, and sharing of your Personal Information. When you receive promotional communications from us, you may indicate a preference to stop receiving further promotional communications from us and you will have the opportunity to "opt-out" by following the unsubscribe instructions provided in the promotional e-mail you receive or by contacting us directly here.
We use a variety of industry-standard security technologies and procedures to help protect your Personal Information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. Even though we have taken significant steps to protect your Personal Information, no company, including us, can fully eliminate security risks to Personal Information.
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