Privacy Policy

The following describes the Privacy Policy for An Orchid Otter website (henceforth known as “the website”).

Your Privacy

Your privacy is important to the website. To better protect your privacy this notice is provided to explain the website’s online information practices and the choices you can make about how your information is collected and used. You agree to these policies by virtue of using the website your actions lend to you providing personal information to An Orchid Otter.

State Law & Accompanying Rights

You could have additional rights through State laws based on where you live. These State-based rights could strengthen, augment, or otherwise complement privacy rights you inherently have or by Federal law. This website fully complies with the privacy policies of every jurisdiction under which the website operates. Accordingly, you can use our Contact Information to communicate any State rights.

Our Commitment To “Under the Age of 18” Privacy

Protecting the privacy of the young is important. The website will never collect or maintain information from those who are actually known to be under the age of 18. No part of the website is set up to attract anyone under 18.

Under our Terms of Service and Conditions of Use, children under 18 and without parental supervision are not allowed to use the website and access its services. It is not the intention of An Orchid Otter to offer products or services to minors.

Google Analytics

An Orchid Otter uses Google Analytics to help analyze how users are using the website. Google Analytics uses “cookies” (text files placed on your computer, to collect standard Internet log and visitor behavior information in an anonymous form). The information generated by the cookie (including your IP address) is transmitted to Google. This information is then used to evaluate each visitor’s use of the website and to create statistical reports about activity on the website.

The website will never use the statistical analytics tool to track or to collect any Personally Identifiable Information about visitors to the website. Google does not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. The website and Google will not link or seek to link an IP address with the identity of a computer user.

You can refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. If you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of the website. By using the website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes explained above.

Other Collection of Personal Information

When visiting the website, the IP address used to access the website might be logged as well as the dates and times of access. This information is used for administering the website, analyzing trends, tracking users movement, and gathering broad demographic information for internal use for improving the website and statistical assessments. Any recorded IP address is not linked to personally identifiable information.

Other information might be collected as well. For example, the referring source to the website is generally known, your total time on the website, and your destination when you leave the website can be tracked. Other data collected might be the type of operating system on the computer used to access our website and the type of web browser. This is “common” data collection and helps to improve end-user experience.

At times you are the direct source providing information such as when you comment on a blog post, reply to an email, provide an email address, complete a survey, requests SMS, or otherwise. Likewise, purchases necessarily involve collecting certain information, such as credit card, Paypal address, physical address for billing and/or shipping, phone number, etc. Refusing to provide some of this information might prevent you from receiving the product(s) or service(s) you requested.

For example, limited access to the website occurs when content is protected by a username and password. When a username and password is generated by our website or by you, these are almost always connected to other information related to or connected with you. This is true because some content that is protected on the internet is subscription-based and is often paid for through credit cards or online payment service. So, the username and password are tied to your other account data. Remember to keep Usernames and passwords private.

Handling of Personal Information

All personal information you provide to others, apart from An Orchid Otter and third-party vendors, is totally optional. For example, you might disclose something in a blog post comment. That “private” information is now “public,” and the website has no control and no responsibility for this. Similarly, by you sharing information with any third party not functioning as a service provider to the website is beyond our control and becomes subject to the policy that the party has in place.

The website collects personal and private information from you solely to conduct business. The website internally uses this to better serve you. Accordingly, there is no reason to share your personal information with other parties and outside interests without your authorization.

There are instances when your information is stored with third-party service providers, like email service providers, whose quality and security is far superior to those provided by the website. You are never required to deal with any such third-party directly and they are limited in how they use your information and cannot sell or transfer it to others in any way.

Your information comprises part of an overall whole and by contrast, might be used to understand the overall user base. Additionally, it might be included in the website’s visitors as a whole, not individually, and be shared with third parties for various purposes, at the website’s sole discretion.

At times the website might be legally required to share your personal information. Illegal activity or other serious acts or allegations could create legal liability for the website. In these cases, An Orchid Otter reserves the right to share your information or be compelled to do so by law. Also, there might be times when the need to share your private information is required in order to protect the website’s interests. For example, when copyright infringement or other intellectual property violations are suspected or alleged, it might be necessary to share personal information.

Google Adsense and the Double Click DART Cookie

Google, as a third party advertisement vendor, might use cookies to serve ads on the website. The use of DART cookies by Google enables them to serve advertisements to visitors based on their visits to the website (including past visits) and on visits to other websites on the internet.

To opt-out of the DART cookies, visit the Google ad and content network privacy policy at http://www.google.com/privacy_ads.html. Tracking of users through the DART cookie mechanisms are subject to Google’s own privacy policies.

Other Third Party ad servers or ad networks might also use cookies to track user’s activities on the website for reasons that are provided in their own privacy policies. The website has no access or control over these cookies used by third-party advertisers. You can opt-out of some, possibly all, of these cookies at http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp.

Links to Third-Party Websites

The website might have included links for your use and reference to other, third-party sites. An Orchid Otter is not responsible for the privacy policies on these websites. Be aware that the privacy policies of these websites might differ from An Orchid Otter policies.

Comments Policy

These ground rules are provided and must be followed so conversations do not turn into a shouting match that discourages others from entering into the conversations.

An Orchid Otter’s comments policy is as follows…by posting on the website, you agree to the following:

You must register before commenting.

You can post follow-up questions. If you have a question, chances are others have the same or similar thoughts. By posting a question on the website, questions can be addressed to a group rather than individually, thus creating better use of time.

You can disagree and debates are welcome and often offer new ideas. However, disagree with respect. Shouting in public is not and will not be tolerated. Disrespect will get you banned.

An Orchid Otter reserves the right to delete your comments and/or ban you. This is my website. so I am not obliged to publish your comments. The First Amendment gives you the right to express your opinions on your website/blog, but not on my website.

I will delete your comments if you post something that is cruel, obnoxious, abusive, harassing, offensive, obscene, snarky, off-topic, libelous, defamatory, false, threatening, profane, pornographic, misleading, or which otherwise violates or encourages others to violate any law, including intellectual property laws, or my sense of civility and polite policy. Spam is not allowed and any attempt to solicit, advertise, solicit, or promote goods and services is also against the rules. You can post a link to your site or your most recent blog post.

You retain ownership of your comments. I do not own them and expressly disclaim all liability that could result from them. By commenting on the website, you agree that you retain all ownership rights in what you post on the website and that you will relieve An Orchid Otter and the website from any and all liability that might result from the postings.

You grant An Orchid Otter license to post your comments. This license is worldwide, non-exclusive, irrevocable, and royalty-free. You grant the website the right to use, transmit, store, display, publish, reproduce, and distribute your comments in any format, including but not limited to the website, a blog, in a video, or presentation, or an e-book or book.

Conversations are to be conducted with and between caring, honest, respectful people.

NOTICE for CHANGE: The contents of this page might change over time. Accordingly, this page could read differently at any time. These changes are necessitated, and carried out by An Orchid Otter, in order to protect you and the website. If this is important to you, you should check back frequently since no additional notices of changed content will be provided at any time.

All concerns, comments, and questions you have should be addressed to [email protected].