The Post-Modern Lifestyle Project (herein “PMLP”) is a research and educational organisation operated by Stephen M Brown in the Province of Ontario, Canada.
PMLP serves its Community Members by providing websites, forums, chat rooms, health and nutritional tracking tools, and other community services (herein the “Platform”) and produces or sponsors the production of publications, seminars, audio recordings and video recordings (herein the “Content”) available to its Members and to the general public.
PMLP is committed to protecting the privacy of its Customers, Members and other users of the Platform. This document discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices and is applicable to the Platform, including our websites.
Information Gathering and Visitor Tracking
Certain information is trackable about you when you visit any of the PMLP websites.
Your IP Address
Your IP address is assigned to you by your Internet service provider and is visible and trackable by all web servers. Your IP address can be used to pinpoint your geographical location (country and city) and identify your internet service provider.
Our web servers automatically record details of your activities referenced by your IP address.
Your Web Browser
Your web browser information about the identity and version of certain software installed on your computer. That includes information about your computer operating system, your web browser and plugins installed in your web browser. Your web browser may also identify your screen resolution, your language preferences.
When information provided by your web browser is combined with your IP address web servers are able to distinguish visitors from each other and, in some cases may be combined with other information that would lead to personally identify you.
All modern web browsers are capable of storing and retrieving information sent to it by web servers in the form of a “session token”, more commonly referred to as a “cookie”.
Cookies are primarily used to positively identify your interactions with a website as distinct from other visitors. Specifically cookies make it possible for visitors to login to a website to provide secure authentication of your identity, as required for preventing visitors from impersonating each other or accessing each other’s personal information, stored on the server.
Cookies may also be used to track your activities on the website, include pages visited or purchases made.
- to enable session persistence. If you are a registered User, you will not have to re-enter your password for every page you view.
- to profile individual site visitors. This gives us a better sense of your preferences, for the purpose of increasing the relevance of content suggestions we make to you.
- to generate aggregated visitor demographics and statistics to further improve our content and services to all our Users.
For security reasons, we encrypt the content of the cookies we send to your browser. Furthermore, we do not store personal information in your cookies, such as your User ID, email address or password.
All modern web browsers are capable of storing and retrieving information sent to it by web servers in the form of a “local storage”. Our websites do not utilise local storage in your web browser.
When you register for an account on any of our websites, we ask for certain personal information such as your name, your postal address, your telephone number and email address.
Information provided by third Parties
PMLP uses the services of outside companies such as Bing, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google to provide additional demographic info about our visitors, such as age, interest and location. We use that information in aggregate to provide statistics about our visitors.
How we use information we collect from you.
In the normal course of your visits to our websites, we record your IP address along with each request made by your web browser. For example, if you click on a link within any of our websites, we record the corresponding requests for the content associated with that link and the results (success or failure of delivery of the requested content). This helps us to administer our sites, diagnose problems, and to provide traffic patterns and demographic information about the visitors to our sites.
In the event of an attempted breach of web server security we use identifying information such as IP addresses or cookies to facilitate blocking access to our websites.
We use your personal account information for the purpose of communicating with you. Such communication includes email newsletters, product or service offerings, confirmation of purchases you make, requests for payments or any other correspondence retaliated to the administration of your account and your relationship with us.
Tracking Via Other Sites
PMLP websites may contain links to other websites. PMLP has no control over the information gathering and privacy practices of such websites.
PMLP uses the services of an outside service provider to screen for content submissions that may violate our Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). Specifically we use this service to block any forum posts and blog comments that contain unsolicited commercial messages (also known as “spam”) or vulgar language, and to report such violations to a central registry. This central registry facilitates blocking violators from posting on other websites as well.
Public Forums and Personal Data
PMLP provides public forums (sometimes referred to as electronic bulletin boards or BBSes) Blogs and Articles which may be used by its members and visitors to contribute messages or comments, to be read by other members and/or visitors. Any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public and you should exercise caution if you intend to disclose information of a personal nature. Please refer to our Submissions Policy before making such contributions.
We endeavour to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. PMLP has measures in place to protect the security of our network servers and the information under our control. Still, there is no guarantee that such information is 100% safe. You should exercise caution when disclosing information of a personal nature, including but not limited to your name, personal contact information, bank and credit details.
Credit Card Transactions
In accordance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard, we do not collect or store credit card information on any of our computer servers or any other electronic or printed form.
All credit card transactions are performed by third-party payment processors which are PCI compliant. When PMLP websites request payment for which you have selected Credit Card as your payment method, your web browser will be redirected to such payment processor for completion of your payment transaction.
If anyone claiming to be PMLP staff asks for such bank or credit card details, do not comply with that request and contact us directly to notify us of such request.
Contact Information and Opt-Out
When you register an account with us, we will request personal information from you (such as your name, email address, postal address or telephone numbers). We keep that information in the strictest confidence. It is never given, loaned or sold to third parties. We, of course, will use that information in the normal coarse of doing business with you for our contact and billing purposes.
Corrections & Updates
We provide the ability for you to update or modify the information previously provided. If you are a Client or Member with a User ID and Password, you are able to update certain information by yourself, via our websites. If you are unable to make those modifications yourself, you may send your corrections via our Contact Page (a “Contact” link is at the top of this page) and the information will be updated for you.
If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of The Post-Modern Lifestyle Project, our websites, or your dealings with us, please contact us via the contact page link at the top of this page.