Bluelink Ventures, LLC, dba Thankster.com ("Thankster") respects your right to privacy, and we want you to be aware of how we collect and handle information on each website covered by this policy.
Information Thankster Collects
Protection of Recipient Information Provided by Users
The use of recipient data provided by users, including names and mailing addresses, shall be limited to the purpose of providing the service for which our Clients have engaged us (in the main, for mailing and shipping of our product). We do not sell or share your information with anyone else.
Information gathered by This Website
When you visit This Website, Thankster may collect the following types of information: personally identifiable information you knowingly provide, information Thankster collects automatically, and non-personally identifiable information you knowingly provide.
Thankster collects personally identifiable information that you knowingly provide to us. For example, Thankster may ask you to provide personally identifiable contact information (such as name, address, e-mail address and telephone number). In some cases (for example, if you register with us (or sign-in on This Website) or purchase a product or service), Thankster may also ask you to provide other information such as a personal ID, password, and security question and answer.
Use of information collected on This Website by Thankster
When users supply personally identifiable information about themselves for a specific purpose (for example, to register to use a feature on This Website, to purchase a product or service, to obtain a free listing, to receive information, or to apply for a job), we may use such information for such purpose.
When users provide personally identifiable information to order products or services through This Website, we may also use such personally identifiable information as we would use the same information obtained in a traditional non-electronic manner. For example, we may use such personally identifiable information to assess your credit rating, to publish your name, address, and phone number in our directories (unless you have requested a non-published number), to contact you in connection with user reviews and/or to evaluate your service needs and contact you regarding additional services you may find useful. When users provide personally identifiable information in connection with a feature on This Website, we may also use such personally identifiable information in connection with the operation of such feature. When users provide personally identifiable information in connection with a contest, sweepstakes or other promotion that we may run on This Website, we may use such information to administer such contest, sweepstakes or promotion and to notify winners.
We may also use personally identifiable information you provide to communicate with you (e.g., to send you e-mails) and to otherwise serve you. For example, we may use your name and e-mail address to send you e-mails to (a) provide information regarding our company, marketing information about products and services, and newsletters, (b) conduct online surveys, (c) confirm orders placed online and (d) otherwise communicate with you. However, you may request not to receive (i.e., “opt-out” of receiving) commercial e-mail messages (the primary purpose of which is the commercial advertisement or promotion of a commercial product or service) from us (on a category-by-category basis), by notifying us through our Contact Us page. Please note that we reserve the right to send certain types of e-mail messages that are not subject to opt-out (see information about e-mails, below) to online users, including those who have opted out of receiving commercial e-mail messages.
In addition, Thankster may use personally identifiable information you provide and information Thankster automatically collects through this website (and may combine personally identifiable information you provide with information Thankster automatically collects through This Website and non-personally identifiable information you knowingly provide) as it deems appropriate to protect its property or other rights (for example, to enforce any policies or contractual provisions regarding use of the “ratings and reviews” feature or the “send a listing” feature).
We may use information Thankster automatically collects through This Website to improve This Website, to monitor its performance, to make This Website easier for you and other users to use, and to manage features and programs made available through This Website. For example, Thankster may use information Thankster automatically collects in the ways described later in this document.
Review and request of changes to personally identifiable information that users provide through registration forms on This Website
If you register with us and create a profile on This Website, at any time after you register and create a profile, you may review and request changes to any personally identifiable information you provided through the registration form, by viewing and updating your profile within the application.
In addition, (i) you may request not to receive (i.e., “opt-out” of receiving) commercial e-mail messages from us (on a category-by category basis), by notifying us through our Contact Us page. Please note that we reserve the right to send certain types of e-mail messages that are not subject to opt-out (see information about e-mails, below) to online users, including those who have opted out of receiving commercial e-mail messages.
Sale or provision of user information collected through This Website to companies outside of the "Thankster Family"
We do not sell or disclose personally identifiable information you provide to us through This Website to anyone outside of the "Thankster Family" unless (i) you specifically authorize it, (ii) it is to complete a transaction, service or activity that you initiated or requested, (iii) it is to provide a service on behalf of Thankster (for example, Thankster may contract with an entity outside of the “Thankster Family” to send e-mail messages on behalf of Thankster), in which case such non- “Thankster Family” entities are not permitted to use such information for any purpose other than to provide such service, (iv) it is to assess your credit ranking or report your failure to fulfill your payment obligations in connection with the purchasing of (or application to purchase) products or services through This Website, (v) it is required by law or we believe that such action is necessary in order to conform to the edicts of the law, (vi) we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order or legal process served, (vii) we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect the safety of customers, employees or property, or (viii) Thankster transfers all or substantially all of its assets to another entity (in which case Thankster may disclose, sell and/or otherwise provide personally identifiable information to such entity). If you provide personally identifiable information to us in the context of an event Thankster sponsors on This Website with another company, such as a contest, or if you register on a co-sponsored section or feature of This Website, you may also be providing such personally identifiable information to the co-sponsor. When you provide your personally identifiable information to any third party, Thankster is not responsible for any third party’s use of such personally identifiable information.
Thankster may share information it automatically collects through This Website with non-"Thankster Family" companies in order to assess the results of a promotion, event or third party relationship, to complete a transaction, service, search or other activity that the user initiated or requested or to otherwise enhance your online experience. For example, we may provide information Thankster automatically collects: when you link to another site from This Website, when you request certain information that Thankster obtains from a third party, when we host co-branded versions of This Website (or portions of This Website). Our co-branded websites may also contain clear .gif files (electronic images that allow This Website to automatically collect information about your visit to the website), or when we use third party tracking services to help us analyze automatically collected information in the aggregate to evaluate the effectiveness of This Website. The third parties performing such tracking services are not permitted to use the information for any other purpose.
Links to other sites
If and when Thankster intends to combine personally identifiable information you provide through This Website with offline information about you, this intent will be clearly stated. You will then have the ability to choose not to have that information combined.
Other types of information we may collect when you use the Offerings
Information such as browser type, operating system, searches, Web pages visited, age, gender, locality and other information that is not Private Information is referred to as "General Information." We may collect General Information in the following circumstances:
Server log information.. As you browse the Sites, our servers collect information about your visit. Such information may include your browser type, Internet Protocol (IP) address, the date and time of your browsing sessions, which Web pages you viewed, searches and other communications with the Offerings and the IP address of the Web page you visited immediately prior to visiting the Sites.
Information other companies and advertisers may collect:
Advertising networks. We may allow third-party advertising companies and networks to serve cookies and similar technologies in connection with the Offerings and to serve ads to you when you visit the Sites or other Web sites. These companies and networks may use General Information about your use of the Offerings in order to provide advertisements about goods and services that they believe may be of interest to you.
The Information that you provide for the purpose of publication. Information that you provide for the purpose of publication in connection with the Offerings is referred to as “User-Contributed Information”. You acknowledge that we may use your User-Contributed Information for the purpose of which it was provided, and in accordance with any terms and conditions which apply to such User-Contributed Information.
The information that you provide using the Offerings (not for the purpose of display). Information that you provide when using the Offerings which is not provided for publication or display in connection with the Offerings but which identifies you by full name, full postal address, phone number, email address or includes information necessary to process payment for the service, such as a credit card number, expiration date and billing address, is referred to as “Private Information." You may provide Private Information to us in various circumstances including registration based services, user panels and surveys, and communications to us. We will use the Private Information for the purposes for which it was collected and to provide you with the Offerings you have requested. We do not collect any Private Information about you through the Offerings unless you choose to provide it. This means that you can use most functions of the Offerings without providing us any Private Information.
How we may use and share information. We use the information we collect through the Offerings for the purpose for which it was provided. We may use all the information described in this policy in combination with other information about you received from cookies and third-parties in order to provide you with a better user experience, develop new offerings, deliver targeted advertising, improve the quality of our existing Offerings, and for internal business purposes.
We are not in the business of selling or disclosing your Private Information. However, we may disclose your Private Information for the following reasons:
Internal business purposes. We may share Private Information with third parties to complete transactions you have requested and to perform services on our behalf. When these third parties perform services on our behalf, they are obligated to keep such information confidential and to only use the information for the purpose it was provided.
You authorize it. We may disclose your Private Information if you authorize it. Sometimes, your authorization may be implicit. For example, if you use our "Send Listing to Email" or SMS message service, information you provide which may include your name, email address and phone number, as well as any message content is sent to the recipient.
To protect ourselves or others. We disclose Private Information when we believe it is appropriate to comply with the law (e.g., a lawful subpoena, warrant or court order); to enforce or apply this policy, or our other policies or agreements; to initiate, render, bill and collect for amounts owed to us; to protect our or our users' rights, property or safety; to protect our users from fraudulent, abusive or unlawful use of the Offerings; or if we reasonably believe that an emergency situation requires or justifies disclosure of communications or Private Information without delay.
Certain business transfers. Information about you, including Private Information, may be disclosed as part of any merger, acquisition, debt financing or sale of company assets, as well as in the event of an insolvency, bankruptcy or receivership in which Private Information could be transferred to third parties as one of our business assets.
Thankster may send you commercial e-mail messages (unless you have chosen to opt-out of receiving them, with some exceptions, as explained below) and non-commercial e-mail messages (which are not subject to opt-out, as explained below). For example, Thankster may send you e-mails to (a) conduct online surveys, (b) provide information regarding our company, information regarding our website(s), marketing information about products and services, and newsletters, and (c) confirm orders placed online and to otherwise communicate with you as a customer. In addition, occasionally, we may use opt-in e-mail lists from third parties to promote our latest specials.
You may request not to receive (i.e., “opt-out” of receiving) commercial e-mail messages (the primary purpose of which is the commercial advertisement or promotion of a commercial product or service) from us (on a category-by-category basis), by notifying us through our Contact Us page. Please note that we reserve the right to send e-mails to online users, including those who have opted out of receiving commercial e-mail messages, to (a) facilitate, complete or confirm a commercial transaction the user has agreed to enter into with Thankster; (b) provide warranty information, product recall information, or safety or security information with respect to a commercial product or service used or purchased by the user; (c) provide notification concerning a change in the terms or features of, notification of a change in the user’s standing or status with respect to, or at regular periodic intervals, account balance information or other type of account statement with respect to, a subscription, membership, account or comparable ongoing commercial relationship involving the ongoing purchase or use by the user of products or services offered by Thankster; (d) provide information directly related to an employment relationship or related benefit plan in which the user is currently involved, participating or enrolled, (e) deliver goods or services, including product updates or upgrades, that the user is entitled to receive under the terms of a transaction that the user has previously agreed to enter into with Thankster, (f) communicate other non-commercial e-mail messages, and (g) communicate commercial e-mail messages that the user consents to receiving.
Thankster may accept advertisements from third parties that serve advertising into This Website. Thankster may use clear .gif files (also known as “web beacons”) provided by such third parties in the pages containing the ad(s) that Thankster sends to your browser. These "clear gifs" allow the third parties to automatically collect information (e.g., usage pattern information) about your visit to This Website.
As an online advertiser, Thankster may use information supplied from third party companies in several ways, such as to: evaluate and prioritize site selection when developing online media plan, geographically target advertising, deliver product and pricing advertising/information applicable to the customers' state, or to gauge the effectiveness of our online advertising.
Thankster uses reasonable security measures to protect your Private Information from unauthorized use and disclosure while in our control. We use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption to protect highly confidential Private Information, such as credit card information, that is transmitted over the Internet. Despite our best efforts, however, no security measures are perfect, and we cannot guarantee that your information will be secure from unauthorized access, use or disclosure.
A cookie is a small data string our server writes to your hard drive that contains your unique User ID for This Website. Cookies help us to identify new and returning users to This Website, analyze click-stream data, and track historical activity on This Website, which allows us to give you a more personalized, useful experience on This Website.
Cookies help Thankster to enhance the user's online experience and can be used to: deliver the appropriate geographic message, manage frequency of ad exposure; avoid over delivery of the same message, tailor an advertisement or other content to better match your interests and preferences, ensure that you see the correct products and pricing applicable to the state in which you live, keep track of your order as you order services, understand advertising effectiveness, or to manage features and programs made available through This Website.
A cookie cannot be used to access or otherwise compromise the data on your hard drive. However, customers are free to delete website cookies. Most internet browsers enable you to erase cookies from your computer hard drive, block all cookies, or receive a warning before a cookie is stored.
You can choose to change your browser settings to disable cookies if you do not want us to establish and maintain a unique User ID. Please be aware that cookies may be required to complete certain functions on This Website, such as ordering products or services and My Thankster. To disable cookies, see "Setting Cookie Preferences", below.
However, you need to understand that some websites/ad serving companies have the ability to reestablish your history even after cookie deletion, if you reenter the same site on another occasion, or some other site tracked by the ad serving company/network, and specifically provide personal data.
Deletion of cookies alone does not prevent ad serving companies from reestablishing history on a user. The user must either continue to decline cookies each time it reenters the site to keep the tracking severed, if desired, or opt-out. When you opt-out, your unique user ID cookie is erased and you are reassigned an anonymous, non-id cookie. This new cookie tells websites that you have opted out and they will then know not to attempt to assign other cookies to you in the future. Opt-out cookies do not contain a unique user ID number therefore websites are not able to identify your computer uniquely.
Users who choose to continually delete cookies and not opt out can have their browser advise them each time a website attempts to send a cookie to your system. At that time, you can choose to either Accept or Cancel a cookie. Users who choose to "opt out" after deleting cookies will receive an anonymous/non personally identifiable cookie.
Thankster does not knowingly collect personal information from children through This Website. Thankster does not request that users provide any personal information through any area of This Website that is directed towards children. Thankster may, however, automatically collect certain information regarding users’ visits to This Website (for example, the user’s IP address, the user’s domain name, the user’s user agent, which pages the user visits and for how long, the date and time the user accessed This Website and the referral URL) including areas of This Website that are directed towards children. (See Section entitled “Information Thankster Collects”.)
We cannot always determine the age of persons who access and use This Website. If a child visits This Website or provides us with the child’s information, we encourage the parent or guardian of the child to Contact Us to have such information deleted. This Website, and any site to which users may link from This Website, may contain content provided by advertisers or other third parties that may not be suitable for children. Thankster asks parents or legal guardians to assist Thankster by supervising any activities of children at This Website.