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.
If you have questions about deleting or correcting your personal data please contact our support team.
DhammaTime Markus Echterhoff (“DhammaTime”) operates DhammaTime.org. It is DhammaTime’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating these websites.
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.org 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.org 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.
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.org. 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.
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.