If you have questions or concerns regarding this statement, you should contact our staff through the Contact Us form available. If your concerns require immediate personal attention, we can also be reached at 406-249-8752.
The Information We Collect
When you visit The Giggle Guide® you provide us with two types of information: personal information you knowingly choose to disclose that is collected by us and Web Site use information collected by us as you interact with our Web Site.
When you register with The Giggle Guide®, you provide us with personal information, in particular a chosen username, your e-mail address, and your relation to the children’s industry.
When you enter The Giggle Guide®, we identify your browser type and IP address. We also collect a variety of statistical information via a 3rd party service provided by Google (Google Analytics). This information is collected for all visitors. In addition, we store certain information using “cookies.” A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user’s computer tied to information about the user. We use session ID cookies to confirm that users are logged in. By default, we use a persistent cookies for convenience. You may log out at any time and/or remove or block this cookie using the settings in your browser if you want to disable this convenience feature.
When you use The Giggle Guide®, you may add to your personal profile, send messages, perform searches, submit business profiles, create authorized content, Gigglemark content of interest, and transmit information through various channels. We collect this information so that we can provide you the service and offer personalized features. In most cases, we retain the information so that, for instance, you can return to view prior content you have posted or quickly find content you have Gigglemarked. When you update information, we usually keep a backup copy of the prior version for a reasonable period of time to enable reversion to the prior version of that information.
By using The Giggle Guide®, you are also consenting to have your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States where we operate.
Children Under Age 13
The Giggle Guide® does not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register. If you are under 13, please do not attempt to register for The Giggle Guide® or send any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address. No one under age 13 may provide any personal information to or on The Giggle Guide®. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us through the Contact Us form available.
Children Between the Ages of 13 and 18
We recommend that minors 13 years of age or older ask their parents for permission before sending any information about themselves to anyone over the Internet.
Use of Information Obtained by The Giggle Guide®
When you register with The Giggle Guide®, you may enhance your own personalized member profile. With the exception of e-mail address and your relation to the children’s industry, all profile information you supply is made available to other registered members of The Giggle Guide®. Non-member “visitors” of The Giggle Guide® do not have access to such member profile information.
Member profile information is used by The Giggle Guide® primarily to be presented back to and edited by you when you access the service and to be presented to other members of The Giggle Guide®.
The Giggle Guide® may send you service-related announcements from time to time through the general operation of the site or via e-mail.
The Giggle Guide® may use information from your member account without identifying you as an individual. We do this for purposes such as aggregating how many members are active in certain market segments (ie. consumers vs. tradespeople), or totaling the number of Gigglemarks placed on different items throughout the site. We may also use the information to personalize your experience at The Giggle Guide®. We believe this benefits you, by providing a more relevant online experience.
The Giggle Guide® is about sharing business and personal information with others — other members, peers and visitors. However, we do not provide contact information to third party marketers without your permission. We share your information with third parties only in limited circumstances where we believe such sharing is 1) reasonably necessary to offer the service, 2) legally required or, 3) permitted by you.
We may provide information to service providers to help us bring you the services we offer. Specifically, we may use third parties to facilitate our business, such as to host the service at a co-location facility for servers, to send out e-mail updates about The Giggle Guide®, to remove repetitive information from our database, or to process payments for products or services. In connection with these offerings and business operations, our service providers may have access to your personal information for use for a limited time in connection with these business activities. Where we utilize third parties for the processing of any personal information, we implement reasonable contractual and technical protections limiting the use of that information to our specified purposes.
We may be required to disclose user information pursuant to lawful requests, such as subpoenas or court orders, or in compliance with applicable laws. We do not reveal information until we have a good faith belief that an information request by law enforcement or private litigants meets applicable legal standards. Additionally, we may share account or other information when we believe it is necessary to comply with law, to protect our interests or property, to prevent fraud or other illegal activity perpetrated through the The Giggle Guide® service or using our name, or to prevent imminent bodily harm. This may include sharing information with other companies, lawyers, agents or government agencies.
When you use The Giggle Guide®, certain information you post, such as member profiles, business profiles, product/service announcements, sale/promotion announcements, trade show events, trade show notices, trade show reports, breaking news, classified ads, blog postings, comments, messages, photos, and videos, may be shared with other members and visitors. All such posting of information is done at your own risk. Please keep in mind that if you disclose personal information in your profile or when posting comments, messages, photos, videos, or other items, this information may become publicly available.
Changing or Removing Information
Access and control over most personal information on The Giggle Guide® is readily available through the
“My Account” section and its related forms. Members of The Giggle Guide® may modify or delete any of their personal information at any time by logging into their account. Information will be updated immediately. Individuals who wish to deactivate their account on The Giggle Guide® may do so by contacting us directly. Removed information may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time but will not be generally available to members of The Giggle Guide®.
Where you make use of the communication features of the service to share information with other individuals on The Giggle Guide®, however, (e.g., sending a personal message to another user) you generally cannot remove such communications.
The Giggle Guide® takes appropriate precautions to protect our users’ information. Your account information is located on a secured server running firewall software. If you have any questions about the security of The Giggle Guide® Web Site, please contact us directly through our Contact Us form.