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Our website address is: https://gamesstories.com.

Introduction

This privacy policy (“Privacy Policy“) applies to information collected by Gamesstories.com. (“Gamesstories”) though our arena gaming platform (the “Service“) and the various sites on which such Services are provided, whether located on a wholly-owned website or on a third-party publisher site (the “Sites”).  All of the applicable Sites will have a link to this Privacy Policy when you click on “privacy statement,” “privacy policy,” “privacy” (or similar phrasing) in the website footer.

As used herein, the words “user,” “you” and “your” mean users of a Service and the words “the Company,” “we,” “us” and “our” mean Gamesstories.  If you access the Company’s games through a third-party website, you may be required to also read and accept the third-party’s terms of service and privacy policy.

We are committed to protecting your information.  We have established a comprehensive privacy program, including appointment of a Data Privacy Officer, designed to help us respect and protect your data privacy rights.  This Privacy Policy explains what information we may collect through the Service, how such information may be used and/or shared with others, how we safeguard it and how you may access and control its use.

Please read this Privacy Policy carefully, because when you access or use the Service, you acknowledge that you understand and agree to this Privacy Policy, including the manner in which we use your personal information.  If you do not agree to this Privacy Policy, or to any changes we may subsequently make to the Privacy Policy, you must immediately stop using the service.

INTERNATIONAL USERS – CONSENT TO PROCESSING AND TRANSFER OF INFORMATION

The Service is operated and based in the United States, with our servers and offices headquartered in the United States. Please be aware that information you provide to us or that we obtain as a result of your use of the Service may be processed and transferred to, and be subject to the laws of, the United States. The privacy and data protection laws in the United States may not be equivalent to privacy and data protection laws in your country of residence. By using the Service, or by providing us with any information about your preferences or about you, including information that could reasonably be used to contact you or to identify you personally, such as your name, e-mail address, telephone number or home address you consent to the collection, transfer, storage, and processing of any and all such information to and within the United States and other applicable territories in which the privacy laws may not be as comprehensive as or equivalent to those in the country where you reside and/or are a citizen.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Information You Provide to Us

In connection with the Service, the Company may collect information that can identify you, including, but not limited to your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and other similar information that you provide the Company (“Personal Information”) when it is voluntarily submitted to us, including when you log on directly, or using a social network or other third-party log-in.

Information We Collect Automatically

Whenever you visit or interact with the Service, Gamesstories, as well as any third-party vendors and/or service providers, may use a variety of technologies that automatically or passively collect information about how the Service is accessed and used (“Usage Information“). Usage Information may include, in part, browser type, operating system, device type, an estimate of your geographic location associated with your IP address, the location of your mobile device, the page served, the time, referring URLs and other information normally transmitted in HTTP requests. This statistical data provides us with information about the use of the Service, such as how many visitors visit a specific page on which the Service is installed, how long they stay on that page, the type of content on that page, which hyperlinks, if any, they “click” on and how they generally engage with that page.  Usage Information is generally non-identifying, but if Gamesstories associates it with you as a specific and identifiable person, Gamesstories treats it as Personal Information.

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

Questions, comments and requests regarding this Privacy Policy are welcomed and should be addressed to contact@gamesstories.com

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics

We use third-party analytics services to analyze various data.  We currently use Google Analytics, a service which transmits website traffic data to Google servers in the United States.  Google Analytics does not identify users or associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.  We use reports provided by Google Analytics to help us understand website traffic and webpage usage.  You can find out more about the information Google collects, and controlling the information collected by Google at https://policies.google.com/technologies/partner-sites.  You can find more about the cookies used by Google at https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cookie-usage.

We also use Microsoft Application Insights.  Application Insights places a cookie in the browser of the visitor of the web pages which allows for an analysis of your use of the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of our website is usually transferred to a server of Microsoft in the US and stored there.  This information may include your activity on the site, as well as your operating system, browser, screen resolution, approximate location, and IP address.  On our behalf as a website operator, Microsoft will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other information on website usage and internet related services to us as a website operator.   All this information is anonymous statistical data and referencing these to a person is not possible. The evaluations serve only for troubleshooting and optimization of the website and the application.  Further information from Microsoft about privacy can be found at: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/TrustCenter/Privacy/default.aspx

HOW WE USE THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT

Gamesstories uses the information we collect about and from you for a variety of business purposes.  Generally, the information we collect about you, your interests, and your activities helps us to improve the Service and deliver a better and more personalized service to you by enabling us to customize the Service according to your individual interests, estimate our audience size and usage patterns and speed up your searches.  For example, we may use information collected from you in any one or more of the following ways:

  • to create your account and post your scores on the leaderboard;
  • to respond to requests you may make of us; including requests regarding technical support or other inquiries;
  • to prevent fraud or potentially illegal activities, resolve disputes, and enforce our Terms of Service;
  • to solicit input and feedback to improve the Company’s products and services and customize your user experience;
  • We may also send promotional e-mail messages (“Promotional Communications”) directly or in partnership with parties other than the Company;  to communicate about new and current games; and to inform users about new products; and
  • Usage Information may be included in databases owned and maintained by the Company or its agents. The Company retains all rights to these databases and the information contained in them.  For example, anonymized Usage Information is used to better understand users’ needs, how we can improve our websites, products and services, to analyze trends and user traffic and gather statistical information, and to administer games and improve game play.

HOW WE SHARE INFORMATION

Except as provided in this Privacy Policy or in the applicable Additional Privacy Terms, we will not provide any of your Personal Information to any third parties without your specific consent. We may share non-Personal Information, such as aggregate user statistics, demographic information and Usage Information with third parties.   We may remove data elements, such as an e-mail address, or other Personal Information as previously defined, and summarize or aggregate the remaining information in order to analyze web traffic trends, preferences and activity across the Service. The resulting operational data is no longer considered Personal Information.

We may combine your Usage Information with those of other users of the Service in order to share trend information with third parties, always in aggregated and anonymized form. For example, we may use your Usage Information as part of an aggregated number to tell a prospective partner how many people in the Gamesstories network visit sports web sites each month.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

Questions, comments and requests regarding this Privacy Policy are welcomed and should be addressed to contact@gamesstories.com

Additional information

Legal Disclosure

Gamesstories may transfer and disclose information, including your Personal Information, Usage Information and Device Identifier, to third parties to comply with certain legal obligations when we believe in good faith that the law requires it; which may include, at the request of governmental authorities conducting an investigation; to verify, enforce or applicable terms or other applicable policies; to respond to an emergency; or otherwise to protect the rights, property, safety, or security of Gamesstories, our customers or others. This may also include exchanging information with other companies and organizations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.

CHILDREN

The Service is not directed to children under 13 years of age.  Additionally, if you are under 16, do not log in or provide any personal information on the Service or on or through any of its features or register on the Service or otherwise provide any information about yourself to us.  We are not responsible for independently verifying the age of users. Should you, as a user’s parent or legal guardian, become aware that a user who is under the age of 16 has provided us with Personal Information, please notify us immediately by e-mail at contact@gamesstories.com

HOW WE STORE, SECURE, RETAIN AND DELETE YOUR INFORMATION

Gamesstories takes reasonable administrative and electronic measures designed to safeguard and protect your Personal Information from accidental loss or unauthorized access, disclosure, or use. This may include using technologies such as Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and may include one or more firewalls designed to block access from outside our network. Some of these protections may only be available to the extent that you are using an up to date and supported browser.  Information we collect may be stored or processed on computers in any country where we do business. Although Gamesstories strives to protect your Personal Information and privacy, no security method or firewall can be guaranteed to protect information from hackers or human error, and we therefore expressly disclaim responsibility and/or liability for the loss, theft, destruction or inadvertent disclosure of your Personal Information. In the unfortunate event that your Personal Information is compromised, we may notify you by e-mail at the last e-mail address you have provided to us, in a reasonable time under the circumstances and as required under law. Delays in notification may occur while we take necessary measures to determine the scope of the breach and restore reasonable integrity to the system, as well as at the legitimate request of law enforcement should it be determined that such notification would impede a government investigation.

In accordance with our routine record keeping, we may delete certain records that contain Personal Information or Usage Information. We are under no obligation to store such Personal Information or Usage Information indefinitely and disclaim any liability arising out of, or related to, the destruction of such Personal Information or Usage Information. In addition, you should be aware that it is not always possible to completely remove or delete all of your information from our databases without some residual data because of backups and other reasons.  Gamesstories may also retain and use your Personal Information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.

Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password that enables you to access certain features of the Service, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential.

HOW WE TRANSFER INFORMATION WE COLLECT INTERNATIONALLY

We collect information globally and primarily store that information in the United States. We transfer, process and store your information outside of your country of residence, to wherever we, our publishing partners (on whose websites our Service may appear) or our third-party service providers operate for the purpose of providing you the Services. Whenever we transfer your information, we take steps to protect it.

  • International transfers within Gamesstories: To facilitate our global operations, we transfer information to the United States and allow access to that information from countries in which Gamesstories has operations for the purposes described in this policy. These countries may not have equivalent privacy and data protection laws to the laws of many of the countries where our customers and users are based. When we share information about you within our company, including to our subsidiaries, we make use of standard contractual data protection agreements.
  • International transfers to third parties: Some of the third parties described in this privacy policy, which provide services to us under contract, are based in other countries that may not have equivalent privacy and data protection laws to the country in which you reside. When we share information of customers in the European Economic Area, we make use of contractual data protection clauses, binding corporate rules for transfers to data processors, or other appropriate legal mechanisms to safeguard the transfer.

Third Parties and Other Sites

The Service may also contain links to other sites that we do not own or operate.  We do not control, recommend or endorse and are not responsible for these sites or their content, products, services or privacy policies or practices. These other web sites may send their own cookies to your Device, they may independently collect data or solicit Personal Information and may or may not have their own published privacy policies.  The policies and procedures we described here do not apply to those sites.  We suggest contacting those sites directly for information on their privacy, security, data collection, and distribution policies.

Advertisements

When interacting with the Service, if you click on a link to an advertisement, the advertiser may place a cookie on your Device as well, in which case you will be subject to their privacy policy.  Once a cookie is placed by such third parties, we have no access to or control over these cookies.

Third parties also place cookies on your Device to engage in interest-based advertising and display advertisements tailored to end users’ preferences. These third party technologies are not covered by our Privacy Policy; please consult the privacy policy of each third party for details. If you do not wish to have cookies placed on your Device, you can block cookies from your web browser.

You may be able to opt out of receiving personalized advertisements from other companies who are members of the Network Advertising Initiative or who subscribe to the Digital Advertising Alliance’s Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising. For more information about this practice and to understand your options, please visit:

http://www.aboutads.info,
http://optout.networkadvertising.org/ and
http://www.youronlinechoices.eu.

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