Privacy Policy

Updated June 28, 2016

This Privacy Policy discloses the privacy practices for The Ambassadors Circle, LLC (“The Ambassadors Circle”, “us” or “we”).  TheAmbassadorsCircle.com website (the “Site”), The Ambassadors Circle’s mobile sites and applications, other downloads, and/or current or future features such as an RSS feed or an API, and any services provided by The Ambassadors Circle in connection with them (collectively, the “Services”) may contain links to other websites for your convenience and information. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of those sites. 

This Privacy Policy, covers the following:

  • Information we gather about you
  • What we do with the information we gather about you
  • Sharing of the information we gather
  • The Ambassadors Circle’s email policy
  • Changing or updating your personal information
  • Email opt-out policy
  • Other information, including our compliance with legal process and your California privacy rights

INFORMATION WE GATHER ABOUT YOU

The information The Ambassadors Circle, LLC gathers falls into two categories: 1) personal information, which includes personal information you supply when you subscribe, order, complete a survey, register for any Services, enter a contest, or provide your e-mail address and 2) non-personal information collected through technology, including tracking information collected when you utilize the Services.

Registration Information. Registration for The Ambassadors Circle, LLC Services may require that you supply certain personal information, including a unique e-mail address and demographic information (e.g., zip code, age, gender) to register.

Billing and Credit Card Information. To enable payment on The Ambassadors Circle, LLC services, we may collect and store name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, credit card information and other billing information. This information will only be shared with third parties who perform tasks required to complete the purchase transaction, such as fulfilling orders and processing credit card payments.

User Generated Content. We offer you opportunities to post content and engage in public activities through the Services. “Public activities” are any actions you take through the Services that are designed to be visible to other users, including comments, recommendations, ratings or any other items that you submit. Any information you disclose through your Public Activities, along with your screen name or ID, or any image or photo, becomes public and may be used by The Ambassadors Circle for online and offline promotional or commercial uses in any and all Media.

If you choose to engage in Public Activities, you should be aware that any personal information you submit there can be read, collected, or used by other Service users, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. We are not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in these forums, and The Ambassadors Circle, LLC has no responsibility to publish, take down, remove or edit any of your public activities or any of your submissions that are a result of your Public Activities.

When you share or recommend any of The Ambassadors Circle, LLC content to any social media profile, that action is governed by the privacy policy of the applicable social media platform, and The Ambassadors Circle, LLC is not responsible for the use or treatment of such content by any such social media platform or any third party.

If you have registered for an account with The Ambassadors Circle, LLC  (“Ambassadors Circle Account”), we may track and aggregate information generated by your Public Activities on the Services. By choosing to participate in Public Activities, you are electing to share and display such public activities via the Services. Also, Public Activities may be included in RSS feeds, APIs, and made available to other websites via other formats. As a result, your Public Activities may appear on other websites, blogs, or feeds. Keep in mind that we are not responsible for any personal information you choose to make public via your Public Activities, and you agree that such sharing will be deemed to have been done by you, not The Ambassadors Circle.

Contests, Sweepstakes and Special Offers. The Ambassadors Circle, LLC may collect personal information from you in connection with optional sweepstakes, contests or special offers. If this information is also being collected by a third party other than The Ambassadors Circle, we may notify you at the same time. If you do not want any personal information shared, you may always decline to participate in the sweepstakes, contest or special offer.

Reader Surveys, Reader Panels and Market Research. The Ambassadors Circle, LLC may collect personal information from you in connection with voluntary surveys. Data may be collected through the Services, on the phone or through the mail. The information you provide in response to optional survey questions may be shared, but only in the aggregate, with advertisers and partners unless we notify you otherwise at the time of collection.

Special Events and Promotions. We often receive information regarding readers who may attend The Ambassadors Circle, LLC conferences, events and promotions from sign-in and registration lists. Unless we indicate otherwise at the time we collect the information, we may use such information in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

Information Collected by Us Using Technology. We use various Internet technologies to manage The Ambassadors Circle, LLC Services and track use of the Services. Non-personal information that we collect using these technologies may be combined with other information about you, including information about your activities on our Site.

Device Information. We may collect non-personal information about the computer, mobile device or other device you use to access The Ambassadors Circle, LLC Services, such as IP address, geolocation information, unique device identifiers, browser type, browser language and other transactional information.

Cookies, Beacons, Local Storage and Other Similar Technologies. In providing The Ambassadors Circle, LLC Services, we may use “cookies,” Web beacons, HTML5 local storage and other similar technologies to manage access to and use of the Services, recognize you and provide personalization, as well as to help us understand where our visitors are going and how much time they spend there. You can usually configure your browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies, or notify you when cookie is set.  You are always free to decline our cookies if your browser permits, although you may not be able to access certain aspects of the Services, including portions of the Site, if your computer does not accept cookies from us.

Analytics Technologies. The Ambassadors Circle, LLC may hire third parties to provide us information, reports and analysis about the usage, browsing patterns of The Ambassadors Circle users. Google Analytics tracks and analyzes non-personally identifiable usage and volume statistical information from our visitors and customers on The Ambassadors Circle.com. All data collected by Google Analytics on our behalf is owned and used by us. For more information about how Google Analytics collects data, please read their privacy policy at http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/

IP Addresses. The Ambassadors Circle, LLC may log Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, or the location of your computer on the Internet, for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes. We use this information in an aggregate fashion to track access to our websites and mobile applications.

Log Files and Your Reading History. The Ambassadors Circle, LLC may automatically log certain usage information about your use of the Services, including a reading history of the pages you view on the Site. The software enabling the Site and other aspects of the Services have associated log and temporary files that are stored on The Ambassador Circle’s servers, or on servers operated for The Ambassador’s Circle by third parties.  These files store your account information, preference settings, system notifications, as well as other data necessary to enable you to utilize the Services.  Your information may also exist within regularly performed server backups.

We may use this information in order to provide you with customized recommendations on the Site based on your viewing history. We also use log files in the aggregate to analyze usage of our websites and mobile applications.

Information Collected by Third Parties Using Technology. Some of the services and advertisements included in the Services, including on the Site, are delivered or served by third-party companies that may place or recognize cookies, Web beacons or other technology to track certain non-personal information about our website users. For example, in the course of serving certain advertisements, some advertisers may place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser in order to collect certain information about your use of The Ambassadors Circle Services. In many cases, this information could be used to show you ads based on your interests on other websites.

We do not have access to, nor control over, advertisers’ or service providers’ use of cookies or other tracking technologies or how they may be used. Your access to our Site or to the Services should not be affected if you do not accept cookies served by third parties.


WHAT WE DO WITH THE INFORMATION WE GATHER ABOUT YOU

Providing the Services You Request. We use the information we gather about you to enable your use of the Services, fulfill your requests for certain products and services, such as sending out electronic newsletters and enabling you to participate in and renew paid services, polls, contests, and message boards.

Statistical Analysis. We perform statistical, demographic and marketing analyses of users of the Services, and their subscribing and purchasing patterns, for product development purposes and to generally inform advertisers about the nature of our subscriber base. We use this information for analysis purposes, including analysis to improve customer relationships.

Customizing Your Experience. We may use the information that we collect to allow advertising to be targeted to the users for whom such advertising is most pertinent. We may also use this information to customize certain features of The Ambassadors Circle, LLC to provide you with an enhanced experienced based on the type of device you are using to access The Ambassadors Circle, and in certain cases, provide you with requested services. 

Relevant Advertising. We may use demographic and preference information to allow advertising on The Ambassadors Circle, LLC Services to be targeted to the users for whom they are most pertinent. This means users see advertising that is most likely to interest them, and advertisers send their messages to people who are most likely to be receptive, improving both the viewer’s experience and the effectiveness of the ads. Except as otherwise specified in this Privacy Policy, we disclose information to third parties only in aggregate or de-identified form.

E-Mail Newsletters. The Ambassadors Circle will periodically send you e-mail newsletters or promotional e-mail about services offered by The Ambassadors Circle and its advertisers.


SHARING OF THE INFORMATION WE GATHER

The Ambassadors Circle, LLC. If you have registered to use the Services, we will not sell, rent, swap or authorize any third party to use your e-mail address or any information that personally identifies you without your permission, unless otherwise specified in this Privacy Policy.

We also share information about our audience in aggregate or de-identified form. Nothing in this Privacy Policy is intended to restrict The Ambassadors Circle’s use of aggregated or de-identified information in any way.

In the future, we may sell, buy, merge or partner with other companies or businesses. In such transactions, we may include your information among the transferred assets.  You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of The Ambassadors Circle, LLC or its assets may continue to use your information as set forth in this Privacy Policy.

Service Providers. We may contract with other companies to provide services on our behalf, including credit-card and billing processing, shipping, e-mail distribution, list processing and analytics or promotions management. We provide these companies only with the information they need to perform their services. These service providers are restricted from using this data in any way other than to provide services for The Ambassadors Circle, LLC and the Services, and they may not share, resell or use the data for their own direct marketing purposes.

We reserve the right to disclose your opt-out decisions to third parties so they can suppress your name from future solicitations, in accordance with applicable laws. We may occasionally release personal information as required by law, for example, to comply with a court order or subpoena. (For more information, see the “Compliance with legal process” section of this policy.)

E-MAIL POLICY; OPT-OUTS

Account and Service-Related E-Mail. The Ambassadors Circle,LLC reserves the right to send you e-mail relating to your account status. This includes order confirmations, renewal/expiration notices, notices of credit-card problems, other transactional e-mails and notifications about major changes to The Ambassadors Circle Services and/or to our Privacy Policy. If you have registered for online discussions or other services, you may receive e-mail specific to your participation in those activities.

E-Mail Newsletters. The Ambassadors Circle, LLC offers monthly e-mail newsletters and may offer more in the future. If you no longer wish to receive a specific newsletter, follow the “unsubscribe” instructions located near the bottom of each newsletter. 

Survey E-Mail. We may send you an e-mail inviting you to participate in user surveys, asking for feedback on The Ambassadors Circle.com and existing or prospective products and services, as well as information to better understand our users. User surveys greatly help us to improve The Ambassadors Circle Services, and any information we obtain in such surveys will not be shared with third parties, except in aggregate form.

HTML E-Mail. When you sign up to receive e-mail from us, you will receive an HTML (with images) format. As such, we may place a one-pixel gif to determine whether or not readers viewed the e-mail. This process does not leave any information on your computer, nor does it collect information from your computer. The Ambassadors Circle, LLC may share this data with others in aggregate only.

E-Mails From You. If you send us e-mails, you should be aware that information disclosed in e-mails may not be secure or encrypted and thus may be available to others. We suggest that you exercise caution when deciding to disclose any personal or confidential information in e-mails. We may use your e-mail address to respond directly to your questions or comments.

Content Sharing Features. The Ambassadors Circle, LLC may provide features in the Services that allow you to e-mail links to articles (or other Content) or post Content to social media platforms, such as Facebook. The e-mail addresses or other information that you supply in connection with such features are saved for your convenience for future Content you may wish to share; these addresses are not used for any other purpose, and will not be shared with any third parties.

E-Mail Promotions. If, at any time, you prefer not to receive e-mail marketing information from us, simply follow the unsubscribe options at the bottom of each e-mail. 

Protection of Your Information.  To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy and ensure the appropriate use of information, we have put in place commercially reasonable physical, technical and administrative controls to protect the information. Please note that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure.  Specifically, we do not encrypt in any manner any information you choose to share or distribute through use of the Services.  With respect to on-line payments, if any, we may employ other companies and individuals to perform functions on our behalf, such as processing credit card and on-line payments and providing customer service in connection with them. 

OTHER INFORMATION

Compliance With Legal Process. We may disclose personal information if we are required to do so by law or we have a good faith belief that such action is necessary to (1) comply with the law or with legal process; (2) protect and defend our rights and property; (3) protect against misuse or unauthorized use of The Ambassadors Circle Services; or (4) protect the personal safety or property of our users or the public (among other things, this means that if you provide false information or attempt to pose as someone else, information about you may be disclosed as part of any investigation into your actions).

Children’s Guidelines and COPPA Compliance. The Ambassadors Circle, LLC does not knowingly collect or store any personal information about children under the age of 13. If you are the parent of guardian of a child under the age of 13, and you believe that The Ambassadors Circle, LLC may have inadvertently collected personal information about your child, please contact The Ambassadors Circle immediately at 411@theambassadorscircle.com.

Your Right to Opt Out.  You may choose, at no charge, to opt out of the sharing of your personal information with third parties for marketing purposes at any time by submitting a request in writing to 660 4th Street, Ste. 227, San Francisco, CA 94107 or by e-mailing us at 411@theambassadorscircle.com. You should note that this opt-out does not prohibit disclosures made for non-marketing purposes. 

Because The Ambassadors Circle, LLC provides its California users with the ability to exercise “opt out” rights as described above, pursuant to Section 1798.83 (c)(2) of the California Civil Code, The Ambassadors Circle, LLC is in compliance with the California “Shine the Light” law and is not obligated to provide California users with the names and addresses of all the third parties that received personal information from The Ambassadors Circle for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes during the preceding calendar year.

Changes to This Policy. This Privacy Policy may be amended from time to time. Any such changes will be posted on this page. If we make what is in our discretion a significant or material change in the way we use your personal information, the change will be posted on this page thirty (30) days prior to taking effect and registered users will be notified via the e-mail address associated with the user’s Ambassadors Circle Account.

CONTACT US

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, you may contact us at 411@theambassadorscircle.com