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Privacy Policy

Last updated: (2019/07/11) WoodenBoat Publications operates this website (https://skills.woodenboat.com/). This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use and disclosure of Personal Information we receive from users of the Site.

We use your Personal Information only for providing and improving the Site. By using the Site, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this policy.

This Privacy Policy discloses the privacy practices for Mastering Skills and our affiliated applications and email newsletters.

Please note that skills.woodenboat.com contains links to third-party websites for your information and convenience. This policy does not cover those sites or services.

  • We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it. (We can’t stand services that ask you for things like your gender or income level for no apparent reason.)
  • 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 ongoing operation of one of our services.

Website Visitors

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

Mastering Skills also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on skills.woodenboat.com. Mastering Skills only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to Mastering Skills’s website choose to interact with Mastering Skills in ways that require Mastering Skills to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Mastering Skills gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for a subscription at skills.woodenboat.com to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with Mastering Skills – are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, Mastering Skills collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Mastering Skills. Mastering Skills 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

Mastering Skills may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, Mastering Skills may monitor the most popular articles on the skills.woodenboat.com site. Mastering Skills may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Mastering Skills does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

Mastering Skills 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 Mastering Skills’s behalf or to provide services available at Mastering Skills’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 Mastering Skills’s website, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Mastering Skills 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, Mastering Skills discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Mastering Skills believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Mastering Skills, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of at Mastering Skills website and have supplied your email address, Mastering Skills 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 Mastering Skills and our products. Mastering Skills takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Cookies

Cookies, Beacons, Local Storage and Other Similar Technologies. We may use “cookies,” Web beacons, HTML5 local storage and other similar technologies.
These technologies allow us to manage access to and use of Mastering Skills and its service, provide customized services to you based on your subscription level and preferences, and help us understand how our audience uses Mastering Skills. You may not be able to access certain areas of our website if your computer/device does not accept cookies from us. Enabling “do not track” features may inhibit your ability to use our website and services.

Third Parties. Some of the services and advertisements included on Mastering Skills, including within our mobile apps, may be delivered or served by third-party companies (such as Google), which may collect information about your use of Mastering Skills and its services.

These companies may place or recognize cookies, Web beacons or other technology to track certain non-personal information about our website users. For example, in the course of serving certain advertisements, an advertiser may place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser in order to collect certain information about your use of Mastering Skills.

We do not have access to, nor control over, these third parties’ use of cookies or other tracking technologies or how they may be used.

About Our Email Newsletters

Mastering Skills will periodically send you email newsletters or promotional email about services offered by Mastering Skills and its advertisers. You can choose not to receive messages in the future by following the “unsubscribe” instructions located near the bottom of each email. We will not share, sell, rent, swap or authorize any third party to use your email address for commercial purposes without your permission.

Unsubscribing from Email Newsletters. Mastering Skills offers email newsletters. If you no longer wish to receive a specific newsletter, follow the “unsubscribe” instructions located near the bottom of each newsletter.

Survey Emails. We may invite you to participate in user surveys asking for feedback on Mastering Skills and existing or prospective products and services, as well as information to better understand our users. User surveys help us serve you better. Any information we obtain via surveys will not be shared with third parties, except in aggregate form.

Emails From You. If you send us an email, we will use your email address to respond directly to your questions or comments.

Business Transfers

If Mastering Skills, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Mastering Skills 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 Mastering Skills may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

Ads

Ads appearing on the Mastering Skills website 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 Mastering Skills and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Mastering Skills may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Mastering Skills’s sole discretion. Mastering Skills 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.