Privacy Policy

PRIVACY POLICY

Your privacy is important to us!

Last updated November 22, 2019 

Thank you for choosing to be part of our community at Tips4Gamers, Inc. (“Company”, “we”, “us”, or “our”). We are committed to protecting your personal information and your right to privacy. If you have any questions or concerns about our policy, or our practices with regards to your personal information, please contact us here.

When you visit our website, https://www.tips4gamers.com, and use our services, you trust us with your personal information. We take your privacy very seriously. In this privacy policy, we seek to explain to you in the clearest way possible what information we collect, how we use it and what rights you have in relation to it. We hope you take some time to read through it carefully, as it is important. If there are any terms in this privacy policy that you do not agree with, please discontinue use of our Sites and our services.

This privacy policy applies to all information collected through our website (such as https://www.tips4gamers.com), and/or any related services, sales, marketing, or events (we refer to them collectively in this privacy policy as the "Services"). 

Please read this privacy policy carefully as it will help you make informed decisions about sharing your personal information with us.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT?

2. S2MEMBER; DIGITAL MEMBERSHIPS; DIGITAL PRODUCTS; SECURITY/PRIVACY

3. HOW DO WE USE YOUR INFORMATION?

4. WILL YOUR INFORMATION BE SHARED WITH ANYONE?

5. DO WE USE COOKIES AND OTHER TRACKING TECHNOLOGIES?

6. WHAT IS OUR STANCE ON THIRD-PARTY WEBSITES?

7. HOW LONG DO WE KEEP YOUR INFORMATION?

8. HOW DO WE KEEP YOUR INFORMATION SAFE?

9. CHILDREN'S PRIVACY

10. WHAT ARE YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS?

11. CONTROLS FOR DO-NOT-TRACK FEATURES

12. AKISMET

13. EMBEDDED CONTENT FROM OTHER WEBSITES

14. MEDIA

15. COMMENTS

16. DO CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS HAVE SPECIFIC PRIVACY RIGHTS?

17. DO WE MAKE UPDATES TO THIS POLICY?

18. HOW CAN YOU CONTACT US ABOUT THIS POLICY?

 

1. WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT?

Personal information you disclose to us

In Short:We collect personal information that you provide to us such as name, address, contact information, passwords and security data, and payment information.

We collect personal information that you voluntarily provide to us when registering at the Services expressing an interest in obtaining information about us or our products and services when participating in activities on the Services (such as posting messages in our online forums or entering competitions, contests or giveaways) or otherwise contacting us.

The personal information that we collect depends on the context of your interactions with us and the Services, the choices you make and the products and features you use. The personal information we collect can include the following:

Publicly Available Personal Information. We collect first name, maiden name, last name, nickname, social media, email addresses, and other similar data.

Personal Information Provided by You. We collect data collected from surveys and other similar data.

Credentials. We collect passwords, password hints, and similar security information used for authentication and account access.

All personal information that you provide to us must be true, complete and accurate, and you must notify us of any changes to such personal information.

Information automatically collected

In Short:Some information – such as IP address and/or browser and device characteristics – is collected automatically when you visit our Services.

We automatically collect certain information when you visit, use or navigate the Services. This information does not reveal your specific identity (like your name or contact information) but may include device and usage information, such as your IP address, browser and device characteristics, operating system, language preferences, referring URLs, device name, country, location, information about how and when you use our Services and other technical information. This information is primarily needed to maintain the security and operation of our Services, and for our internal analytics and reporting purposes.

Like many businesses, we also collect information through cookies and similar technologies. You can find out more about this in our Cookies Policy: https://www.tipsforgamers.com/tips4gamers-inc-cookie-policy/. 

Online Identifiers. We collect cookie identifiers, or others such as the ones used for analytics and marketing, tools and protocols, such as IP (Internet Protocol) addresses, and other similar data.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information. Tips4Gamers, Inc. discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors, and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Tips4Gamers, Inc.'s behalf or to provide services available at Tips4Gamers, Inc.'s website, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Tips4Gamers, Inc.'s website, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Tips4Gamers, Inc. will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Tips4Gamers, Inc. discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Tips4Gamers, Inc. believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Tips4Gamers, Inc., third parties or the public at large.

If you are a registered user of https://www.tips4gamers.com and have supplied your email address, Tips4Gamers, Inc. may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what's going on with Tips4Gamers, Inc. and our products. We primarily use our blog to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Tips4Gamers, Inc. takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

2. S2MEMBER; DIGITAL MEMBERSHIPS; DIGITAL PRODUCTS; SECURITY/PRIVACY:

s2Member® is a membership software that allows you to register, sign in, and make purchases through our site. s2Member® nor our server stores any billing or credit card information. At the time of purchase, the billing and payment information is sent securely to the payment gateway (e.g., Stripe) using modern encryption technologies (SSL). s2Member® retains no records of the information that was sent to the payment gateway for billing purposes (with one special exception: when logging is enabled; see below). Instead, s2Member listens for messages from the payment gateway so that if a recurring payment (or a one-time payment) fails, s2Member can use the success/failure notification to determine what to do (to grant access, deny access, or revoke existing access). All of that is handled by s2Member automatically behind the scenes, between s2Member and the payment gateway.

What personal information does s2Member collect? The only personal member information that s2Member will store inside WordPress' database are the member's First Name, Last Name, Email Address, Username, IP Address used during registration, Payment Gateway used (e.g., PayPal, Stripe, Authorize.Net, etc.), Subscriber ID, and/or Transaction Number from the payment gateway, and your acceptance of our Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Refund Policy (again, excluding any billing address or specific payment details).

One Special Exception: s2Member Logging. s2Member® log files do contain personally identifiable information and even credit card numbers, expiration dates, CVV codes, API credentials, and more. s2Member® does their best to XXXX those out, but the purpose of log files is to gather information for the purpose of debugging the software and/or our site. Our Site/s2Member has been tested for making purchases before our site went live just as s2Member recommends. Therefore, the logging mode is turned off. If, however, we do have to turn on debugging mode, all of your information will be secure and never shared. The logging information is sent to a separate and secure file that stores the logging information.

Unique Security Encryption Key. Our website takes advantage of a "Unique Security Encryption Key" (running in combination with the s2Member® software application and WordPress®, a PHP framework). This Unique Security Encryption Key works to further protect all User/Member accounts from being accessed or abused by hackers. This website's Unique Security Encryption Key, allows it to operate with a unique instance of the s2Member® software application (i.e. slightly different from other sites on the web, possibly using s2Member® as well). As a consumer, this protects you! Sites like ours, using a Unique Security Encryption Key with s2Member®, along with randomly generated Salt Keys, and other WordPress® security standards, greatly reduces the risk of someone stealing and/or sharing your personal information. Security Encryption Keys are also used in some data storage routines, and extensively in Cookie-based authentication, to further safeguard your information during server-based sessions.

Brute Force Login Protection. In cryptography, a Brute Force Attack is a strategy that can, in theory, be used against any encrypted data, by an attacker who is unable to take advantage of any other weakness. One example of a Brute Force Attack occurs when multiple/repeated logins are strategically attempted with various username/password combinations until a correct guess is made. This website takes an important step to further protect your account from being hacked, by implementing what's known as "Brute Force Login Protection"; made possible by the s2Member® software application. s2Member® thwarts this behavior by monitoring failed login attempts that occur within a short period of time. When/if s2Member® detects an IP address (i.e. a remote User), who is consistently failing to enter a valid username/password, a temporary ban is created; preventing additional attempts from taking place for several minutes (or even hours), as configured by the site owner.

Unique IP Access Restrictions. As with any website granting account access through a username/password combination, it is possible for one User to signup, and then share their username with someone else; a User can even post it online for the whole world to see. This is known as "link sharing" (aka: "username sharing"). This website takes an important step toward preventing this bad behavior; both for consumer safety and for the safety of the site itself; along with associated products/services made available. The s2Member® software application assists in this regard. With s2Member®, a single username, access link, and/or entry point, is only valid for a certain number of unique IP addresses, as configured by the site owner. When/if an upper limit is reached, s2Member® will assume there's been a security breach. At that time, s2Member® will ban (i.e. prevent access) to a specific URL, and/or to an entire account associated with a particular username.

One-Way Password Encryption. Our website stores passwords with a One-way Encrypted Hash, using only a "hashed" version of your password for future comparison. This means that your plain text password is not stored anywhere, and therefore cannot be stolen and/or shared through this website. Only an encrypted "hash" is known, with no way to decode the actual value of the password itself (e.g. a One-way Encrypted Hash). This One-way Encrypted Hash allows the site to verify a cryptographic hash algorithm, and if the hash value generated from your entry (during an attempt to log in) matches the One-way Encrypted Hash stored in the password database, you are permitted access. The One-way Encrypted Hash value is created by applying a hash function (using cryptographic methodologies) to a string consisting of the submitted password, and another value known as a Salt. The Salt is unique to this site, and it prevents attackers from easily building a list of One-way Encrypted Hash values for common passwords.

We have put security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, or alteration of all information under our control. All orders are processed via a secure server (SSL) and credit card details will never be emailed. We use s2Member's security measures to verify daily that our Site is secure so that your registration, logins, and payments are secure. We are also Security-Verified and regularly monitored by McAfee for malware, malicious links, and phishing-free.

We do not retain or store any credit card information or billing information on our servers or at our place of business. All credit card and billing information that is used to purchase Digital Products and/or Digital Memberships from https://www.tips4gamers.com is processed and stored by Stripe.com on their secure servers.

We use secure payment forms and are connected and verified by Stripe using SSL encryption. If the payment service provider provides the payment form, it is protected by SSL encryption through the payment service web site. If the payment form is hosted on the local server, the domain where the payment form is located must have SSL support and a secure URL (https) is required in order for the browser the payment form is on to connect to Stripe. If you are off-line for whatever reason on a payment form, the credit card information you entered will still be secure and the payment will not go through as well as your account creation.

Customer information such as first and last name, email, and username will be saved when orders are processed through. After orders are processed through, you will have an account with us as this is the only way you can access the content. Make sure you use a VALID email when making a purchase because you will receive a password link to finish setting up your account. When a payment service is used to process orders, credit card numbers, expiration dates, and security codes are NOT saved through us.

Read more on Stripe's security measures for your credit card information, encryption, and more: https://stripe.com/docs/security/stripe. Here is Stripe's Privacy Policy: https://stripe.com/privacy.

We use s2Member, and as with any membership system, s2Member stops simultaneous logins for each member and only allows a certain amount of IP's being logged into one account. Your IP is secure.

3. HOW DO WE USE YOUR INFORMATION?

In Short: We process your information for purposes based on legitimate business interests, the fulfillment of our contract with you, compliance with our legal obligations, and/or your consent.

We use personal information collected via our Services for a variety of business purposes described below. We process your personal information for these purposes in reliance on our legitimate business interests, in order to enter into or perform a contract with you, with your consent, and/or for compliance with our legal obligations. We indicate the specific processing grounds we rely on next to each purpose listed below.

We use the information we collect or receive:

  • To protect our Services. We may use your information as part of our efforts to keep our Services safe and secure (for example, for fraud monitoring and prevention).
  • To enable user-to-user communications. We may use your information in order to enable user-to-user communications with each user's consent.
  • To enforce our terms, conditions and policies for Business Purposes, Legal Reasons and Contractual.
  • To respond to legal requests and prevent harm. If we receive a subpoena or other legal request, we may need to inspect the data we hold to determine how to respond.
  • To manage user accounts. We may use your information for the purposes of managing our account and keeping it in working order.                           
  • To respond to user inquiries/offer support to users.  We may use your information to respond to your inquiries and solve any potential issues you might have with the use of our Services.

4. WILL YOUR INFORMATION BE SHARED WITH ANYONE?

In Short:We only share information with your consent, to comply with laws, to provide you with services, to protect your rights, or to fulfill business obligations.

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

We may process or share data based on the following legal basis:
  • Consent: We may process your data if you have given us specific consent to use your personal information for a specific purpose.
  • Legitimate Interests: We may process your data when it is reasonably necessary to achieve our legitimate business interests.
  • Performance of a Contract: Where we have entered into a contract with you, we may process your personal information to fulfill the terms of our contract.
  • Legal Obligations: We may disclose your information where we are legally required to do so in order to comply with applicable law, governmental requests, a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process, such as in response to a court order or a subpoena (including in response to public authorities to meet national security or law enforcement requirements).
  • Vital Interests: We may disclose your information where we believe it is necessary to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding potential violations of our policies, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the safety of any person and illegal activities, or as evidence in litigation in which we are involved.

More specifically, we may need to process your data or share your personal information in the following situations:

  • Vendors, Consultants, and Other Third-Party Service Providers. We may share your data with third-party vendors, service providers, contractors or agents who perform services for us or on our behalf and require access to such information to do that work. Examples include payment processing, data analysis, email delivery, hosting services, customer service, and marketing efforts. We may allow selected third parties to use tracking technology on the Services, which will enable them to collect data about how you interact with the Services over time. This information may be used to, among other things, analyze and track data, determine the popularity of certain content and better understand online activity. Unless described in this Policy, we do not share, sell, rent or trade any of your information with third parties for their promotional purposes.  
  • Business Transfers. We may share or transfer your information in connection with, or during negotiations of, any merger, sale of company assets, financing, or acquisition of all or a portion of our business to another company.

Third-Party Advertisers. We may use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit the Services. These companies may use information about your visits to our Website(s) and other websites that are contained in web cookies and other tracking technologies in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. For information about and to opt-out of interest-based ads from many ad networks, go to:

5. DO WE USE COOKIES AND OTHER TRACKING TECHNOLOGIES?  

In Short:  We may use cookies and other tracking technologies to collect and store your information.

We may use cookies and similar tracking technologies (like web beacons and pixels) to access or store information. Specific information about how we use such technologies and how you can refuse certain cookies is set out in our Cookie Policy: https://www.tips4gamers.com/tips4gamers-inc-cookie-policy/.

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select "Remember Me", your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

 6. WHAT IS OUR STANCE ON THIRD-PARTY WEBSITES? 

In Short:  We are not responsible for the safety of any information that you share with third-party providers who advertise, but are not affiliated with, our websites. 

The Services may contain advertisements from third parties that are not affiliated with us and which may link to other websites, online services or mobile applications. We cannot guarantee the safety and privacy of data you provide to any third parties. Any data collected by third parties is not covered by this privacy policy. We are not responsible for the content or privacy and security practices and policies of any third parties, including other websites, services or applications that may be linked to or from the Services. You should review the policies of such third parties and contact them directly to respond to your questions.

7. HOW LONG DO WE KEEP YOUR INFORMATION? 

In Short: We keep your information for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this privacy policy unless otherwise required by law. 

We will only keep your personal information for as long as it is necessary for the purposes set out in this privacy policy, unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by law (such as tax, accounting or other legal requirements). No purpose in this policy will require us keeping your personal information for longer than 90 days past the termination of the user's account.

When we have no ongoing legitimate business need to process your personal information, we will either delete or anonymize it, or, if this is not possible (for example, because your personal information has been stored in backup archives), then we will securely store your personal information and isolate it from any further processing until deletion is possible.

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website, we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

8. HOW DO WE KEEP YOUR INFORMATION SAFE?  

In Short:  We aim to protect your personal information through a system of organizational and technical security measures.

Your security is very important to us. We have implemented appropriate technical and organizational security measures designed to protect the security of any personal information we process. However, please also remember that we cannot guarantee that the internet itself is 100% secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal information, transmission of personal information to and from our Services is at your own risk. You should only access the services within a secure environment.

9. CHILDREN'S PRIVACY 

In Short:  We do not knowingly collect data from or market to children under 13 years of age.

We do not knowingly solicit data from or market to children under 13 years of age or knowingly allow such persons to register. By using the Services, you represent that you are at least 13 or that you are the parent or guardian of such persons and consent to use of the Services. If we learn that personal information from users under 13 years of age has been collected, we will deactivate the account and take reasonable measures to promptly delete such data from our records. If you become aware of any data we have collected from children under age 13, please contact us at [email protected]

10. WHAT ARE YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS? 

In Short:  You may review, change, or terminate your account at any time.

If you are resident in the European Economic Area and you believe we are unlawfully processing your personal information, you also have the right to complain to your local data protection supervisory authority. You can find their contact details here: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/bodies/authorities/index_en.htm.

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us.  If you would like to download your exported file yourself head to "Account Settings". You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Account Information

If you would at any time like to review or change the information in your account or terminate your account, you can:

  • Log into your account, head to "Account Settings", then choose "Delete Account".

Upon your request to terminate your account, we will deactivate or delete your account and information from our active databases. However, some information may be retained in our files to prevent fraud, troubleshoot problems, assist with any investigations, enforce our Terms of Use and/or comply with legal requirements.

Cookies and similar technologies: Most Web browsers are set to accept cookies by default. If you prefer, you can usually choose to set your browser to remove cookies and to reject cookies. If you choose to remove cookies or reject cookies, this could affect certain features or services of our Services. To opt-out of interest-based advertising by advertisers on our Services visit http://www.aboutads.info/choices/. For further information, please see our Cookie Policy: https://www.tipsforgamers.com/tips4gamers-inc-cookie-policy/.      

Opting out of email marketing: You can unsubscribe from our marketing email list at any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link in the emails that we send or by contacting us using the details provided below. You will then be removed from the marketing email list – however, we will still need to send you service-related emails that are necessary for the administration and use of your account. To otherwise opt-out, you may:

  • Log into your account, head to "My Account", then choose "Email Preferences".

11. CONTROLS FOR DO-NOT-TRACK FEATURES 

Most web browsers and some mobile operating systems and mobile applications include a Do-Not-Track (“DNT”) feature or setting you can activate to signal your privacy preference not to have data about your online browsing activities monitored and collected. No uniform technology standard for recognizing and implementing DNT signals has been finalized. As such, we do not currently respond to DNT browser signals or any other mechanism that automatically communicates your choice not to be tracked online. If a standard for online tracking is adopted that we must follow in the future, we will inform you about that practice in a revised version of this privacy policy.

12. Source: Akismet

We collect information about visitors who comment on Sites that use our Akismet anti-spam service. The information we collect depends on how the User sets up Akismet for the Site, but typically includes the commenter's IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself).
13. EMBEDDED CONTENT FROM OTHER WEBSITES

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

14. MEDIA

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

15. COMMENTS

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

16. DO CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS HAVE SPECIFIC PRIVACY RIGHTS? 

In Short:  Yes, if you are a resident of California, you are granted specific rights regarding access to your personal information. 

California Civil Code Section 1798.83, also known as the “Shine The Light” law, permits our users who are California residents to request and obtain from us, once a year and free of charge, information about categories of personal information (if any) we disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes and the names and addresses of all third parties with which we shared personal information in the immediately preceding calendar year. If you are a California resident and would like to make such a request, please submit your request in writing to us using the contact information provided below.

If you are under 18 years of age, reside in California, and have a registered account with the Services, you have the right to request removal of unwanted data that you publicly post on the Services. To request removal of such data, please contact us using the contact information provided below, and include the email address associated with your account and a statement that you reside in California. We will make sure the data is not publicly displayed on the Services, but please be aware that the data may not be completely or comprehensively removed from our systems.

17. DO WE MAKE UPDATES TO THIS POLICY? 

In Short:  Yes, we will update this policy as necessary to stay compliant with relevant laws.

We may update this privacy policy from time to time. The updated version will be indicated by an updated “Revised” date and the updated version will be effective as soon as it is accessible. If we make material changes to this privacy policy, we may notify you either by prominently posting a notice of such changes or by directly sending you a notification. We encourage you to review this privacy policy frequently to be informed of how we are protecting your information. 

18. HOW CAN YOU CONTACT US ABOUT THIS POLICY? 

If you have questions or comments about this policy, you may email us at [email protected] or by post to:

Tips4Gamers, Inc.
1600 Broadway # 900
Denver, CO 80202
United States

How can you review, update, or delete the data we collect from you?

Based on the laws of some countries, you may have the right to request access to the personal information we collect from you, change that information, or delete it in some circumstances. To request to review, update, or delete your personal information, please submit a request by clicking here. We will respond to your request within 30 days.