Privacy Policy


Date of last revision: August 29, 2013
Sticks & Stones (hereafter "we", "our", "us") recognizes the importance of privacy and the sensitivity of personal information. This privacy policy ("Privacy Policy") outlines how we manage your personal information and safeguard your privacy. Capitalized terms not herein defined shall have the meaning ascribed to them in the Sticks & Stones Terms and Conditions of Use.

1. COLLECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

If you register and create an Account at www.mysticksandstones.com or mysticksandstones.com (the "Site") you will provide Sticks & Stones with certain Registration Data including your first name, last name, and e-mail address. Additionally, when creating a private personal profile, you may provide Sticks & Stones with such information as age, gender, geographic location, interests, biography, time zone and language preferences (Registration Data and information provided by Users upon creation of a private profile hereafter collectively referred to as "Personal Information").

When you send email or other communications to Sticks & Stones, we may retain those communications and any information contained therein to process your inquiries, respond to requests and improve our Service.

Sticks & Stones will only ask for Personal Information about you when such Personal Information is required and you will be informed as to why it is so required and how it will be used.

2. COLLECTION OF SITE INFORMATION

When you enter the Site, we collect information with respect to your browser type and IP address. Additionally, Sticks & Stones also stores certain information from your browser using cookies (all information collected automatically through interaction with the Site is hereafter referred to as "Site Information"). Cookies are pieces of data stored on the User's computer and contain information about that User. Many major browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. You can reset your browser to either refuse to accept all cookies or to notify you when you have received a cookie. However, if you refuse to accept cookies, you may not be able to use some of the features available on the Site.

3. USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

Sticks & Stones collects and uses your Personal Information primarily for the purpose of providing you with the Service. Your Personal Information is also used to communicate with you about your Account and to provide you with information related to other products and services. To unsubscribe from any email communications from Sticks & Stones, Users can contact Sticks & Stones.

Sticks & Stones may also contact you from time to time to conduct market research and surveys in an effort to continually improve our product and service offerings.

We do not sell or rent any personally identifiable Registration Data to third parties without your explicit consent. Unless you specifically authorize us to release such information, or release is required or permitted by law, we will not exchange, sell, lease, trade or otherwise give away such information to other third parties.

If we propose to use your Personal Information for any other purpose than those described in this Privacy Policy, we will obtain your consent first and offer you the option of opting out of such use of your Personal Information.

4. USE OF SITE INFORMATION

Site Information is collected for statistical purposes, research purposes and to better serve our users. All information collected will not be identifiable by User. Our cookies are used to store session data and to help with the usability of our Site. We monitor the Site and analyze traffic patterns to help us with our research and development and create a better experience for you on the Site. Sticks & Stones may also keep track of whether external links presented on the Site are followed. We do not link IP addresses to Personal Information nor do we distribute or share IP information with any third party.

5. DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

We will seek your prior consent to the collection, use and disclosure of the Personal Information as required by applicable privacy legislation. Subject to legal and contractual requirements, you can refuse to consent to our collection, use or disclosure of Personal Information about you. You may also withdraw your consent to any further collection, use or disclosure of Personal Information about you at any time by giving us reasonable notice. Such withdrawal of consent may limit your ability to use all or parts of the Service.

Sticks & Stones shall disclose Personal Information if we have a good faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of such information is reasonably necessary to (a) satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request, (b) enforce the Sticks & Stones Terms and Conditions of Use, including investigation of potential violations thereof, (c) detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues, or (d) protect against imminent harm to the rights, property or safety of Sticks & Stones, its Users or the public as required or permitted by law. In the event that we have Personal Information that falls under any of these scenarios, we will do our best to uncover it.

Any User Content that you make available to other Users, including, but not limited to, information in your User profile, granting access to other Users to all or part of your online journal or sending messages to other Users, is done so at your own risk. Any Personal Information that is Posted or sent by any User is the sole responsibility of such User and Sticks & Stones shall not be held responsible for any Personal Information or other information that you make public.

6. ACCURACY

Sticks & Stones will try to ensure that Personal Information about you is accurate, complete and up-to-date. Please inform Sticks & Stones of any change of name or other Personal Information. In the event that you have questions about the accuracy of factual information we have collected about you, you will be provided with access to that information in order to verify and update it.

7. PRIVACY AND SECURITY OF USER CONTENT AND PERSONAL INFORMATION

Sticks & Stones is committed to protecting your privacy and the privacy and security of your User Content.  Although we take measures to ensure the privacy and security of your User Content, we cannot guarantee its absolute privacy and security, as no privacy or security measures are perfect or impenetrable. We cannot control the actions of other users whom you have shared any Personal Information or Account information with, and therefore we do not guarantee that unauthorized individuals will not obtain access to your private User Content or Personal Information. We are also not responsible for any circumvention of our privacy or security systems. Users are encouraged to password protect any journal entries which they do not want to share with others.

Furthermore, we recognize that User Data is private and confidential.  Any unauthorized reading or sharing of User Data or User Entries is forbidden by Sticks & Stones and Sticks & Stones Employees. Doing so would violate this Privacy Policy and the ethos of our Company and Service.

8. MINORS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 13 AND 18 YEARS

We require that minors over the age of 13 ask their parents or legal guardians for permission before sending any Personal Information about themselves to anyone over the Internet, and such parents or legal guardians must agree to the Sticks & Stones Terms and Conditions of Use on behalf of such minors. Parents or legal guardians that register their minor children on Sticks & Stones authorize and/or give permission to allow the minor to send Personal Information about themselves over the Internet and have agreed to the Terms and Conditions of Use on behalf of the minor.

9. EXTERNAL WEBSITES

The Site contains links to other external websites, including those of any advertisers on the Site. Sticks & Stones is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of third party websites and Users are strongly advised to read the privacy policy of all such websites. This Privacy Policy applies only to the information collected by Sticks & Stones.

10. THIRD PARTY SERVICE PROVIDERS

Sticks & Stones may use third parties to provide us with information regarding our Users' activities on the Site. Such third parties may set cookies on our behalf and receive Site Information. However, no such third parties will have access to any Personal Information which would reveal the identify of any of our Users.

11. CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP

If all or substantially all of the ownership of Sticks & Stones changes, your Personal Information and Site Information may be transferred to the new owner(s) in order for the Service to continue to operate. In any such transfer of information, your information would remain subject to any pre-existing Privacy Policy.

12. ACCESS TO INFORMATION

If you have any questions about the collection, use or disclosure of your Personal Information by Sticks & Stones, or if you want to know whether we have any of your Personal Information on file, you may contact us. Except in limited circumstances, as specifically provided by applicable privacy legislation, Sticks & Stones can inform you whether we hold Personal Information about you. We can also disclose the source of the Personal Information, allow you access to your Personal Information and provide a brief description of use that has been made, or is being made, of the Personal Information, and the third parties to which it has been disclosed.

Sticks & Stones will only refuse your access to your Personal Information in those limited exceptions permitted or required by applicable privacy legislation. Such exceptions may include information that contains references to other individuals, information that cannot be disclosed for legal, security or commercial proprietary reasons, and information that is subject to solicitor-client or litigation privilege. Sticks & Stones will respond to your requests for access in accordance with applicable privacy legislation.

Should you no longer desire to use the Service, you may deactivate your Account with Sticks & Stones by contacting us. In the event of any deactivation of your Account, your User Content and/or Personal Information may not be deleted by Sticks & Stones.

Sticks & Stones may also terminate your Account, in its sole discretion and without any notice, for any reason including, without limitation, violation of this Privacy Policy or the Sticks & Stones Terms and Conditions of Use. In the event of a termination of your Account, all User Content and Personal Information may be lost.

If you have any concerns in respect of the Site, this Privacy Policy, practices followed by the Site or your dealings with the Site, please email us your concerns at www.mysticksandstones.com/contact.

13. NOTICE

We may amend this Privacy Policy at any time by posting the amended terms on the Site. All amended terms shall automatically be effective immediately and we are not required to notify you of the changes. Your continued use of the Service after any such changes constitutes your acceptance of the revised Privacy Policy. If you do not agree with a revised Privacy Policy or any future revisions, do not use or access (or continue to use or access) the Service. It is your responsibility to regularly check the Site to determine if there have been changes made and to review such changes.