Privacy Policy

Your privacy is critically important to us. At DhammaTime we have a few fundamental principles:

  • We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it.
  • We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.
  • We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of one of our services.

Below is our privacy policy which incorporates these goals.

If you have questions about deleting or correcting your personal data please contact our support team.

DhammaTime Markus Echterhoff (“DhammaTime”) operates DhammaTime.com and DhammaTime.de. It is DhammaTime’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating these websites.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, DhammaTime collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as an anonymized version of the Internet Protocol (IP) address, the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. DhammaTime’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how DhammaTime’s visitors use its website. From time to time, DhammaTime may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g. by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

If you don’t want for such anonymous data to be collected about your usage, you may opt out below.

DhammaTime also collects potentially personally-identifying information like IP addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on the DhammaTime.com blog. DhammaTime only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to DhammaTime’s websites choose to interact with DhammaTime in ways that require DhammaTime to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that DhammaTime gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who register an account at DhammaTime.com to provide an email address. Those who engage in transactions with DhammaTime are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, DhammaTime collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with DhammaTime. DhammaTime does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

DhammaTime may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, DhammaTime may monitor which are the most popular guided meditations on DhammaTime.com. DhammaTime may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, DhammaTime does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Online Community Members

All forum posts created by a community member are publicly accessible. All community members have a public profile page, showing their chosen community name and Gravatar picture. Community members may upload a custom profile picture which then replaces the Gravatar. For any other potentially personally identifying information displayed on the profile page, the user may choose a privacy setting. Members can send each other messages. These messages are considered private. DhammaTime respects the privacy of its community members. However, no guarantees are given, as undiscovered software bugs etc may lead to information leaks. Therefore, DhammaTime strongly advices users never to publish sensitive information on DhammaTime in any way, whether in a public or private area.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

DhammaTime 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 DhammaTime’s behalf or to provide services available at DhammaTime’s websites, 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 DhammaTime’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. DhammaTime 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, DhammaTime discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request (if that happens, we will blog about it, unless we are legally forced not to, but let’s hope that never happens), or when DhammaTime believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of DhammaTime, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of a DhammaTime website and have supplied your email address, DhammaTime 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 DhammaTime and our products. We primarily use our newsletter 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. DhammaTime takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. DhammaTime uses cookies to help DhammaTime identify and track visitors, their usage of DhammaTime websites, and their website access preferences. DhammaTime visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using DhammaTime’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of DhammaTime’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Business Transfers

If DhammaTime, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that DhammaTime goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of DhammaTime may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

Ads

Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by DhammaTime and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, DhammaTime may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in DhammaTime’s sole discretion. DhammaTime encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

License

This Privacy Policy is an adaptation of the Privacy Policy written by Automattic. The original Privacy Policy is licensed under a Creative Commons Sharealike license and, by consequence, so is this document. If you choose to use our Privacy Policy for your own project, be warned that it comes without warranty to be fit for any purpose and we are not to be held liable for any damages you might suffer from using it.