Table of Contents
How the Information We Collect is Used
How the Information We Collect is Shared
How We Protect the Information We Collect
The Choices Regarding the Information You Collect
Right to Removal of Posted Information – California Minors
Your California Privacy Rights
WHAT INFORMATION WE COLLECT
When you visit US African Immigrants Gist Inc., make use of US African Immigrants Gist Inc. Tech Resources or visit us, whether at our retail locations, at trade shows or elsewhere, or otherwise contact us through phone or email, you may be asked to provide us with information in order for us to provide you with the products or services that you have requested. This information may include:
• Name• Shipping and billing addresses• Date of birth• Email address• Phone number• Credit card number or other payment-related information
If you request one of our newsletters or send an inquiry to one of our customer service representatives, we will also store a record of your request along with your email address. When you order a giftcard or eGiftCard you are given the opportunity to include the name and a message for the recipient. We record this information, along with the shipping information.
We may enhance your customer profile and combine information you send us with other generally or publicly available information from third party vendors and data brokers to help us identify your preferences and interests and to help us complete and verify your contact and demographic information.
Automated Online Information CollectionFor each visitor to our Tech Resources, our web server automatically recognizes where possible the web site or email (and associated email address) referring you to our Tech Resource. In order to monitor and improve our Tech Resources as well as personalize your experience with US African Immigrants Gist Inc. through direct online advertising, our web servers track various other technical details about your visit, such as your computer’s Internet protocol (IP) address, browser information, device type, internet service provider (ISP), date/time stamp, clickstream data and which US African Immigrants Gist Inc. pages you visit. This information is collected and stored using a variety of common technologies such as cookies, web beacons, tags and log files. We use this data to gather analytics and to participate in ad networks. Learn more about our automated online information collection, tracking technologies and how to manage them.
TRACKING TECHNOLOGIES AND HOW WE USE THEM
A cookie is a block of text placed in a file on the user’s hard drive by a web site you’ve visited. These types of cookies cannot identify an individual user specifically, such as by name or address. We use both first party cookies, and as set forth below in more detail, third party cookies.
US African Immigrants Gist Inc. uses first party cookies to observe visitor’s navigation throughout our web site. US African Immigrants Gist Inc. also has the ability to tie cookies to an individual through online registration and purchase information. This helps us identify ways to improve the shopping experience, personalize our web site, and collect information to provide direct online advertising.
US African Immigrants Gist Inc. also uses both session cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies are only used to track your browsing session, while persistent cookies are used to identify you when you come back to the Tech Resource in a different browsing session. For example, our shopping cart cookie is a persistent cookie, saved for a designated period of time in case the users’ session expires and they return to complete a purchase within that time frame.
We use third party ad networks (called third-party ad servers or network advertisers) including Google and various social media platforms (as discussed below) to deliver ads to you on our behalf. These third party ad networks may place their cookies, web beacons, pixel tags or other technology on the Website or the Application or in your browser to collect non-personal information about you when you visit this Website or use this Application (such as browser type, time and date, browsing or transaction activity, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over, or a platform-provided identifier during your visits to this and other websites) to enable those third party ad networks to deliver to you advertisements on third party websites and mobile applications for our products or services or those of third parties that are likely to be of greater interest to you. We may receive reports based on the use of these technologies by these companies on an individual and aggregated basis.
Third parties with whom we partner to provide certain features on our website or to display advertising based upon your web browsing activity also use HTML5 to collect and store information. Various browsers may offer their own management tools for removing HTML5.
You can also visit the website http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices or http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ to learn more about interest-based advertising and third party ad networks and to opt-out of receiving ads from ad networks. Please remember that changing your settings with certain browsers and ad networks will not carry your privacy choices across browsers and other ad networks.
Our Tech Resources may allow you to connect and share information with various social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. These features may require us to implement cookies, plug-ins and/or APIs provided by such social media platforms to facilitate the communications and features. We may share information that you provide us or that we may collect about your use of the Tech Resources with these platforms, which information becomes subject to their privacy and data policies. We encourage you to visit the privacy policies of these platforms for further information:
In addition, by choosing to use any third party social media platform or choosing to share content or communications with any social media platform, you allow us to share information with the designated social media platform. We cannot control any policies or terms of such third party platform. As a result, we cannot be responsible for any use of your information or content by a third party platform, which you use at your own risk.
We may also use the advertising services and networks offered by these social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter to deliver ad content. Use of these services requires the social media platform to implement cookies and/or pixels to deliver ads to you while online with such platforms.
If you are a member of one of these networks but do not wish the operator to collect data relating to you via our Tech Resources, you can take the following steps:
Always log out completely from the network in questions before visiting other websites, and delete any related cookies, as the plug-in providers have represented to us that your personal details such as your IP address are only collected and processed when members are logged in to the social network;
Hide the plug-ins using an ad blocker; or
The platform may allow you to disable such interest based advertising, which you would need to investigate with the particular platform provider. For example, you may opt out of interest-based advertising on Twitter by notifying Twitter through one of the methods they describe online:https://support.twitter.com/articles/20170405
Like many websites, we use a number of analytics and optimization vendors. These vendors, such as Google Analytics, Webtrends and Yahoo Analytics, collect information that your web browser automatically sends, such as the web address of the page that you visit and your IP address. These vendors may also set cookies or read preexisting cookies. This information is stored on the vendor’s servers and the vendor uses this information to provide us with reports about traffic to our website and your visit to our website (such as the domain from which you access the internet, the web address of the website from which you linked to our site, the time and date of your visit to the web pages that you view and click through). We will use this data to improve our website structure and content.
GOOGLE ANALYTICS ADVERTISING FEATURES
We have also enabled the following Google Analytics Advertising Features: Google Display Network Impression Reporting, Remarketing with Google Analytics and Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting. The Google Display Network Impression Reporting uses the Google Analytics cookie to track our ad impressions and your interactions with those impressions, including the effectiveness of those ads, which generates reports for us to help us analyze our advertisements. Remarketing with Google Analytics uses the Google Analytics cookie to serve advertisements to you across the Internet based on your visit to our Web Site. Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting uses a third party cookie to collect information about our website traffic by tracking users across websites and across time, which generates a report for us to better understand our website users.
For the Google Analytics Advertising Features, you may also opt-out of our use of Google Analytics as described below. Please remember that changing your settings with certain browsers and ad networks will not carry your privacy choices across browsers and other ad networks.
MOBILE WEBSITE AND APP DATA COLLECTION
If you access our mobile website or have downloaded our mobile app, we may also automatically collect information about the type of mobile device you use, your mobile device identifier, your mobile operating system, pages you visit on our mobile site, search terms, the type of mobile internet browsers you use and information about the way you use our mobile website and app. We use this information to obtain data about your visits to our stores, your general shopping habits, how you use our mobile platforms and how we might improve them.
If you choose to share your location with us, we use a service provider to approximate your position based on one or more of the following, as available: network location (cell tower triangulation) technology, GPS, wi-fi signals and/or Bluetooth signals. In addition, we may also send you push notifications based on your location if you activate your location settings on your device. IF YOU DO NOT WANT US TO HAVE ACCESS TO YOUR LOCATION, YOU MAY CHANGE YOUR LOCATION SETTINGS AS PERMITTED BY YOUR MOBILE DEVICE. SUREARMS.COM HAS NO RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY FOR THE FUNCTION OF THE LOCATION SETTINGS FEATURE WITHIN ANY MOBILE DEVICE.
Once you allow location based tracking through a mobile application or mobile website, you are agreeing that we can collect and use your location data and can continue to do so until you turn off your location settings and/or opt out of that usage, as may be permitted by your mobile device. We use this location based data to track your general shopping patterns and stores that you visit and we also aggregate this data to help understand general consumer patterns and trends.
OTHER TECH RESOURCES
“DO NOT TRACK” TECHNOLOGY
As you may be aware, there are on-going discussions regarding “Do Not Track” technology. “Do Not Track” technology allows a user to choose in each separate browser environment (i.e. Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, etc.) whether he or she wants his or her browsing to be tracked across websites. However, industry efforts to standardize “Do Not Track” technology and policies are ongoing. Since “Do Not Track” technology has not been fully standardized, we currently do not honor “Do Not Track” requests at this time. We will continue to monitor “Do Not Track” developments so that we can work towards honoring the preferences of our customers as efficiently as possible.
HOW THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT IS USED
The information we collect is used to provide the products and services that you have requested and may be used to provide you information that we think you might have an interest in through marketing outreach to you directly or indirectly. It is also used to improve the content of our Tech Resources and to notify you about your order status. If you provide us with your postal address, you may receive periodic catalogs from us or others containing information about new products and services or upcoming events.
We may request your telephone number or facsimile (FAX) number, and if you provide it, you may receive telephone or FAX contact from us with information regarding your orders, requests for information or in reference to valuable offers from us. We do not sell or rent phone numbers.
If you provide us with a cell phone number and provide us your prior express written consent by opting-in, we will send you text messages to your mobile device. To opt out of a specific mobile messaging campaign at any time, reply “stop” to 247365. Your carrier’s data and messaging rates may apply.
HOW THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT IS SHARED
In order to operate our Tech Resources and in order to provide you with the products and services you have requested, we occasionally need to share information with third parties. We may transmit your information to service providers who may assist us with services such as processing orders, shipping products to you and processing your payment information. In addition, service providers help us with the services described in greater detail below. Their only role is to help us conduct our business. They are not permitted to use your information for any secondary purpose. We have agreements with these service providers and strive to ensure protection of your information by such service providers consistent with this Policy. Some of those organizations may have their own Privacy Policies which may give you additional protections, so you are encouraged to read those policies when presented to you.
We use software tools and service providers to help us gather and analyze information about our customers on our web site. By reporting and tracking ads served on our Tech Resources and providing additional information about our customers, these service providers help us conduct our business, optimize our ad campaigns, and deliver the most relevant products and services.
If required by law, we may provide any and all information we have about you to law enforcement or other government agencies, pursuant to a subpoena, bankruptcy proceedings, warrant, or other order by a court of competent jurisdiction or when we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, protect your safety or the safety of others, investigate fraud, or respond to a government request. In all cases, we will require written documentation of the request, proof of the identity of the law enforcement official making the request, and we will take steps to authenticate the validity of the request. Any law enforcement or government agency request submitted with less than a court-issued order will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis according to the need and urgency, as well as the particular law enforcement agency making the request.
If you complete the form to receive our investor package or sign up for SEC alerts via email your information is provided to a third party specifically for those services and will not be used in any other manner.
THE CHOICES REGARDING THE INFORMATION YOU COLLECT
If you do not want to receive email from us, please let us know by calling, sending us an email, opting out by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email you received from us or by writing to us at the above postal address and telling us that you do not want to receive email from our company. If you are a registered member at US African Immigrants Gist Inc., you may change your preferences in the My Account Section.
If you do not wish to receive postal mailings from US African Immigrants Gist Inc., its subsidiaries, or third-party organizations, please let us know by calling, sending us an email, subject to our terms and conditions, or writing to us at the above postal address. Please provide us with your exact name and postal address and state which lists you wish to be removed from so that we can be sure your information is removed from future mailing lists.
When you download a mobile application from us, we have the ability to use a service provider to provide you with push notifications containing marketing messages to your mobile device. Your device may allow you to opt out of these push notifications by accessing your device’s application or notification settings for the US African Immigrants Gist Inc. app. US African Immigrants Gist Inc. has no control over the application permission notifications that may be provided to you on download from a third party app store or the ability of your device to opt-out of these push notifications.
You may opt-out of our use of Google Analytics by visiting the Google Analytics opt-out page and installing the Google Analytics browser add-on, currently made available by Google athttps://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
You may opt out of Yahoo’s collection of analytics information outside of the Yahoo distribution network, by clicking on the following link: http://info.yahoo.com/privacy/us/yahoo/opt_out/targeting/details.html.
If you choose to opt-out out of our use of your information for direct marketing purposes, this does not remove your information from our data database entirely. We will retain your information to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements. In addition, if you include your email in an order, you will continue to receive transactional messaging about your order status.
If you are a registered user of the web site, you can manage many aspects of your registration information. If your information changes, you may correct or update the information by making the changes on our member information page. For security reasons, however, some parts of your information may not be changed online and may require you to call or write to us in order to verify your identity before such changes can be made. We will respond to your request within a reasonable timeframe. To request that we no longer use your information to provide our services, the removal of your testimonial, or the removal of your information from a blog or public forum, please contact us via email.
Our website and other Tech Resources are not directed at children. In accordance with federal law, we do not solicit or knowingly collect information from children under age 13 without the verifiable permission of a parent or guardian. If US African Immigrants Gist Inc. learns that a child under the age of 13 has submitted information online without parental consent, it will not use such information for any purpose (except where necessary to protect the safety of the child or others as required or allowed by law) and will take all reasonable measures to delete such information from its databases by identifying such information for a purge process. If you become aware of any information we have collected from children under 13, please contact us as provided below.
RIGHT TO REMOVAL OF POSTED INFORMATION – CALIFORNIA MINORS
If you are under 18 years of age, reside in California, and have a registered account with US African Immigrants Gist Inc., you have the right to request removal of unwanted information that you publicly post on the Tech Resources. To request removal of such information, you can contact US African Immigrants Gist Inc. as provided below. Upon receiving such a request, US African Immigrants Gist Inc. will make sure that the information is not publicly available on the Tech Resources, but the information may not be completely or comprehensively removed from our systems and databases.
YOUR CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS