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Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Effective Date of Privacy Policy: May 20, 2018

Invisible Publishing Collective Inc. (“Invisible Publishing”, “we”, “us”, or “our”) respects your privacy and values the relationship we have with you. This Privacy Policy describes our privacy practices with respect to information collected through our websites and any other online service that links to this Privacy Policy, including any websites and online services we operate on behalf of our authors (collectively referred to as the “Sites”).

Please review our full Privacy Policy below before using our Sites. In particular, please review the sections: What Information We Collect About You (including information about cookies and similar technologies), How We Use Your Information, and Who We Share Your Information With. By using our Sites, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy, please do not use the Sites.  We reserve the right to modify or amend the terms of our Privacy Policy from time to time without notice.   

What Information We Collect About You

The term “personal information” means information about an identifiable individual, including, for example, name, postal address, telephone number, email address, payment card information, signature, demographic information such as age and gender, and other information about an individual. We collect this personal information in the following ways:

Information You Provide Directly To Us:

We may ask you to provide your personal information, including demographic information or information about your preferences or interests when you:

  • Register for an account on the Sites
  • Sign up to receive email newsletters from us
  • Make a purchase on the Sites
  • Enter a contest
  • Participate in surveys or special promotions
  • Participate on social media accounts involving our authors, books or brands
  • Participate in communities or forums on the Sites
  • Submit user generated content on any part of the Sites that permit it
  • Knowingly volunteer information on any other part of the Sites (e.g., request for customer service, submit a job application)

Information Collected Using Technology:

In addition to any information you provide directly to us, we and our third-party service providers may use a variety of technologies that automatically collect certain tracking information when you interact with the Sites or emails sent to you.  By using our Sites, you consent to our use of tracking technologies as described below:

Device Information

We may collect certain information about your computer or other device that you use to access the Sites, including IP address, geolocation information, unique device identifiers, browser type, browser language, and other transactional information.

Usage Information

We may log certain information about your use of the Sites (e.g., log files, clickstream data, a reading history of the pages you view, your search terms and search results) and additional “traffic data” (e.g., time of access, date of access, software crash reports, session identification number, access times, referring website addresses).

Location Information

Some of our Sites may deliver content based on your current location if you choose to enable that feature of the Site (e.g., enabling location tracking settings on your mobile device or browser). If you enable the location-based feature, your current location will be stored locally on your device, which will then be used by the Site. If you elect to have a location-based search saved to your history, we will store that information on our servers. If you do not enable the location-based service, or if a Site does not have that feature, the Site will not transmit to us, and we will not collect or store, location information.

Cookies, Web Beacons, Local Storage and Other Similar Technologies

Invisible Publishing and the third-party service providers with whom we work may place, view, and/or use cookies, web beacons, local storage objects or similar technologies to collect information about your use of the Sites and other websites. This information may include information about the web pages you view, the links you click and other actions you take on our Sites and in response to our advertising or email newsletters. Invisible Publishing and our third party service providers use the information collected for various reasons, including to remember you and your preferences, track your use of our Sites, facilitate your payment transactions, manage access to and use of the Sites, and provide a personalized experience.

A “cookie” is a small text file stored on your computer or other device when you visit certain web pages that record your preferences and actions. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but, if you prefer, you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies. However, please note that refusing a cookie may limit your access to or use of the Sites. Please click here for more information about managing cookies. We work with third parties to provide us with analytics reports about your usage of our Sites using cookies or similar technologies. To opt out of Google Analytics, please click here.

A “web beacon” (also known as an “action tag”, “tracer tag”, or “single-pixel GIF”) is an invisible graphic that is programmed only to collect information about your use of our Sites or emails sent to you. Web beacons may be used for a number of purposes, including counting visitors to the Sites, monitoring how users navigate the Sites, counting how many emails were opened or how many links were viewed, and providing you with content customized to your interests.

We may use local storage objects such as “HTML5” (the language some websites are coded in) to store information on your computer or device about your Site usage activities.  This information can be retrieved by us to determine how our Sites are being used by our visitors, how they can be improved, and to customize them for our users.

A “flash cookie” is a data file placed on your device via the Adobe Flash plug-in, which may be built-in or downloaded by you to your computer or other device.  Flash cookies may be used for various purposes, such as enabling a Flash feature and remembering your preferences. If you choose to adjust your Flash privacy settings in your device, some features of the Sites may not function properly. For more information about the privacy choices Adobe offers, click here.

Collection of Information From Other Third Party Sources

We may also collect personal about you from other sources to, among other things, enable us to supplement the information contained in our database, check the accuracy of your user records and to better customize your experience with Invisible Publishing.

How We Use Your Information

We use the information we learn about you to help us personalize and continually improve your experience with Invisible Publishing. We may use your personal information in the following ways:

General Uses

  • Provide you with the products and services you request
  • Process your payments
  • Post your user generated content to our Sites, as you request
  • Communicate with you about your account or transactions with us and send you information about features on our Sites
  • Communicate with you about changes to our policies
  • Send you newsletters, offers and promotions for our products and services, third party products and services, or special events by email or another medium
  • Personalize content and experiences on our Sites and within emails sent to you, including providing you recommendations based on your preferences
  • Administer our loyalty programs
  • Administer contests, sweepstakes, promotions, and surveys
  • Optimize or improve our products, services and operations
  • Detect, investigate, and prevent activities that may violate our policies or be illegal
  • Perform statistical, demographic, and marketing analyses of users of the Sites and recipients of our emails, including browsing and purchasing patterns

Combination of Your Information
When you use more than one of our Sites, we may match information collected from you through each of those Sites and combine that information into a single user record. We may also use and/or combine information we collect off-line with the information we collect through our Sites.

Who We Share Your Information With

Personal Information

Except as disclosed in this Privacy Policy, we do not disclose, trade, rent or sell your personal information without your consent.

Service Providers

We use third party service providers (including affiliates) to perform functions on our behalf, such as hosting, billing, payment processing, marketing, analytics, customer service, fraud protection, etc. We may transfer personal information to these entities or these entities may have access to your personal information only as needed to perform their functions and they are obligated to maintain the confidentiality and security of that personal information. They are obligated not to use, sell, distribute or alter this information in any way other than to provide the requested services to the Sites. Your personal information may be maintained and processed by Invisible Publishing, its affiliates or their third party service providers in the U.S. as well as in Canada.

Third Parties with Whom We Do Business

With your consent, we may share your personal information with certain third parties with whom we do business, such as our authors or promotional co-sponsors, so that they can provide you with special offers, promotional materials, and similar materials that may be of interest to you. Although our treatment of your personal information is governed by this Privacy Policy, the third party’s treatment of your personal information will be governed by its privacy policy. You may withdraw your consent to our sharing of your personal information with such third parties at any time by sending us an email at info@invisiblepublishing.com.

Corporate Parents and Affiliates

We may share your personal information with our corporate parents and other affiliated entities for a variety of purposes, including to provide business and operational services on our behalf (as set out under “Service Providers” above) and, with your consent, marketing purposes.

Other Third Parties When Required by Law or In Emergency Situations

Invisible Publishing may provide your personal information in response to a search warrant or other legally valid inquiry or order, to another organization in the case of a breach of an agreement or contravention of law or to detect, suppress or prevent fraud, or as otherwise required or permitted by applicable Canadian, US or other law (which may include lawful access by US or other courts, law enforcement and government authorities).

We may also use or disclose personal information in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to (a) conform to applicable law or comply with legal process served on us or the Sites; (b) protect and defend our rights or property, the Sites or our users, and (c) act under emergency circumstances to protect the personal safety of us, our affiliates, agents, or the users of the Sites or the public.

Non-Identifiable Information

Nothing in this Privacy Policy is intended to restrict our use of your non-identifiable information, and we may disclose or share non-identifiable information in any manner that we deem appropriate or necessary.

Social Media

Our Sites may provide you with the ability to register, log into, “like” or otherwise interact with third party social media services, including, but not limited to, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and other social media services. These features may enable integration and/or access to your social media accounts. We do not control these social media services or your profiles on these services, and we do not establish privacy settings or rules for how your personal information on these services will be used. If you choose to log on to or submit information through any of these social media services, your personal information will be subject to the applicable social media service’s terms and conditions and your current privacy settings on such social media service. By accessing any social media service, you will be assuming the risk that the personal information you provide on that service may be viewed and/or used by third parties for any purpose. You agree that we are not responsible for any acts or omissions by these social media service providers.

In addition, by choosing to log in to our Sites using your credentials from a social media service, you are asking that service to send us certain information from your account with the service, and you authorize us to collect, store and use such information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Security of Your Personal Information

Invisible Publishing has implemented reasonable administrative, technical and physical safeguards to help protect and secure personal information in our custody and control against unauthorized access, use, modification and disclosure. However, please remember that no data storage or data transmission over the Internet, or by other means, can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Thus, Invisible Publishing cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us.

Third Party Content and Links to Third Party Websites

Our Sites may contain content hosted or served by third parties or link to websites operated by affiliates of Invisible Publishing or third parties. Please be advised that the practices described in this Privacy Policy for Invisible Publishing do not apply to information gathered by these third parties on their own websites. We are not responsible for the actions and privacy policies employed by any third party, and our hosting of third party content or linking to third party websites does not constitute an endorsement of the content or business practices of those third parties.

Public Areas, Forums, Reviews, and Community Areas

Please remember that any information you share in public areas, such as forums, message boards or feedback sections, becomes public and anyone may take and use that information. Please be careful about what you disclose and do not post any personal information that you expect to keep private. Please consult our Terms of Use and the applicable guidelines, if any, for use of our forums and other community areas for more information.

Assignment

We may change our ownership or corporate organization while providing the Sites. We may also sell certain assets associated with the Sites. As a result, please be aware that in the event of a prospective or completed business transaction we may transfer some or all of your information to a company acquiring all or part of our assets or to another company with which we have merged or as part of a corporate reorganization or other change in corporate control. Under such circumstances we would, to the extent possible, require the acquiring party to follow the practices described in this Privacy Policy, as it may be amended from time to time. Nevertheless, we cannot ensure that an acquiring company or the merged company will have the same privacy practices or treat your information the same as described in this Privacy Policy.

Rights With Respect To Your Personal Information

Depending on the jurisdiction, you may have the right to access, correct, delete, restrict use of or receive a copy of, certain information covered by this Privacy Policy. Depending on the jurisdiction, you may also have the right to request that we refrain from processing such information. Please bear in mind that if you exercise such rights this may affect our ability to provide our products and services. Please contact info@invisiblepublishing.com with any such requests. While Invisible Publishing will make reasonable efforts to accommodate your request, we also reserve the right to impose certain restrictions and requirements on your requests, if allowed or required by applicable laws.

Changes to This Privacy Policy

As our Sites continue to develop, we may add new services and features to them. In the event that these additions affect our Privacy Policy, or if other changes in our privacy practices or applicable laws necessitate changes to the Privacy Policy, this document will be updated accordingly. If we make a material change in the way we use your personal information, we will provide prominent notice of the change on the Sites and we may notify you using the contact information we have about you (including email address).

How to Opt-Out of Email Newsletters

You may always opt-out of receiving future commercial emails and newsletters from Invisible Publishing. We provide you with the opportunity to opt-out of receiving such communications from us by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link within the email you receive. You may also opt out of receiving further communications from us by sending us a message at info@invisiblepublishing.com. Please note that your request not to receive commercial emails from us will not apply to messages that you request or that are transactional or account-related. For example, we may contact you concerning any purchases you have made with us, even if you opt out of receiving commercial messages.

You may access, update and correct inaccuracies in your personal information in our custody or control at any time, subject to limited exceptions prescribed by law. You can request access, corrections or updates to all personal information by contacting us as set out in the “How To Contact Us” section below. We may request certain personal information for the purposes of verifying the identity of the individual seeking access to their personal information records.

How to Contact Us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, or the manner in which we or our service providers treat your personal information, you may contact us as follows:

By mail:

Attn: Online Privacy
Invisible Publishing
289 Main Street, Suite 1
Picton, Ontario, Canada
K0K 2T0 

Email:

info@invisiblepublishing.com

Terms of Use

Acceptance of Terms of Use

Welcome to www.invisiblepublishing.com (the “Site”). This Site is operated by Invisible Publishing Collective Inc. (hereafter “Invisible Publishing,” “we,” or “our”). Materials on the Site are owned by Invisible Publishing and the Site may also contain materials owned by third parties and posted on the Site by virtue of a licence, grant, or some other form of agreement between the third party and Invisible Publishing.

You (hereafter “you” or “your”) may only access or use the Site if you agree to abide by all applicable laws, and to these Terms of Use and our Privacy Policy (hereafter the “Terms of Use”), regardless of whether your access or use is intended.

The Terms of Use constitute an Agreement (hereinafter the “Agreement”) between you and Invisible Publishing. Please read the Terms of Use carefully and if you do not agree with them please exit the Site immediately.

If at any time you do not comply with this Agreement, Invisible Publishing reserves the right to cancel or terminate your access to the Site or any part thereof and/or your user account. You agree that we may effect any such termination or cancellation of your access to, or use of, the Site without prior notice.

Invisible Publishing reserves the right, at our sole discretion, to change, modify, add, or delete portions of the Terms of Use at any time without notice. We will post any changes to the Terms of Use on the Site. We ask that you revisit this page from time to time to review the Terms of Use in case we have made changes.

Please alert us to any problems with the Site, or send any questions or comments regarding the Site, to the Site Administrator at info@invisiblepublishing.com.

Lawful Use of Intellectual Property

This Site contains material that is protected by international copyright and/or trademark laws and this material may only be used for personal, non-commercial purposes. You may only view or download material from this Site for your own use, and you must not delete any copyright and other proprietary notices attached to the downloaded material.

The reproduction, duplication, distribution (including by way of email, facsimile, or other electronic means), publication, modification, adaptation, copying, or transmission of the materials published on this Site is strictly prohibited unless you have obtained the prior written consent of Invisible Publishing (to send a request please email info@invisiblepublishing.com) or unless it is expressly permitted by this Site. The material covered by this prohibition includes, without limitation, any text, images, graphics, logos, photographs, audio or video material, or stills from audiovisual material available on this Site. The use of materials from this Site on any other website or networked computer environment is similarly prohibited.

User Conduct

You agree to use the Site or its contents for lawful purposes and only as expressly permitted in these Terms and Conditions and for no other purpose. Except where otherwise noted, you may download, print, or view individual pages for non-commercial use only, provided you do not delete or change any of the information, including copyright or trademark notices.

Your privilege to use the Site and to contribute to discussions on the Site depends on your compliance with the Terms of Use. All communications on the Site, including but not limited to user reviews, are public and not private communications. You will not violate or infringe in any way upon the rights of others, or do or cause to be done anything which is unlawful, threatening, abusive, defamatory, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, obscene, profane, or otherwise objectionable, or that which encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense or give rise to civil liability. You will not contribute to the Site anything that contains advertising or any solicitation with respect to products or services, commercial or otherwise. We may revoke your privileges to use all or a portion of the Site and/or take any other appropriate measures to enforce our Terms of Use if you violation any of the terms.

Privacy Policy

Your use of this Site and our collection of information from you through this Site is governed by the terms of Invisible Publishing Privacy Policy, which can be viewed on this page or here.

Linked Sites

We may provide links from the Site to other websites run by third parties. This is only for the convenience of the users of our Site. If we have provided links to other websites we make no representations whatsoever about the content of any of these websites and no assumption should be made and no representation should be implied that Invisible Publishing is connected with or controls these websites or that we are responsible for the content of the websites. Invisible Publishing is not responsible for the content or practices of third party websites that may be linked to this Site. The Terms of Use are applicable only when you are on the Site and when you visit other websites you should refer to that website’s own “Terms of Use” and policies and not rely on this Agreement

Disclaimer of Liability and Warranties

You agree that you use this Site and rely on material contained in this Site at your own risk. The Site, and all materials and information on the Site, are provided “as is” and “as available,” for your use and are provided without warranties of any kind either express or implied. This means, without limitation, that Invisible Publishing DOES NOT warrant: that the Site is fit for a particular purpose; that the functions contained in the materials on the Site will be uninterrupted; that defects will be corrected; that the Site is free of viruses and other harmful components; that the Site and materials therein is accurate, error free or reliable; or that the e-books delivered to your personal computer, computer system, network, or other device will not damage your hardware or any software or electronic files stored thereon.

You acknowledge that Invisible Publishing and its affiliates together with their respective employees, agents, directors, officers and shareholders, are not liable for any delays, inaccuracies, failures, errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, viruses, communication line failures or for the theft, destruction, damage or unauthorized access to your computer system or network.

You acknowledge that Invisible Publishing is not liable for any damages, including, without limitation, direct, incidental, special, consequential or punitive damages, in connection with or arising from your use of or from your inability to use the Site.

Indemnity

You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Invisible Publishing and its affiliates together with their respective employees, agents, directors, officers, and shareholders, from and against any and all liabilities, claims, damages and expenses (including reasonable legal fees and costs) that arise from your use or misuse of the Site or the materials therein, including without limitation your breach or alleged breach of this Agreement or your breach or alleged breach of the copyright, trademark, proprietary, or other rights of third parties.

International Use

If you access the Site from any location other than Canada, you accept full responsibility for compliance with all applicable local laws.

Other

This Agreement operates to the fullest extent permissible by law. If any provision of this Agreement is unlawful, void or unenforceable, that provision is deemed severable from this Agreement and does not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

This Agreement is governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Province of Ontario, and the applicable laws of Canada therein, without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law. You agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the Province of Ontario or, if appropriate, the Federal Court of Canada for resolution of any dispute, action or proceeding arising in connection with this Agreement or your use or non-use of the Site, and you further irrevocably waive any right you may have to trial by jury in any such dispute, action, or proceeding.

Contact

This website is owned and operated by Invisible Publishing Collective Inc.
We are registered in Ontario, Canada as doing business as Invisible Publishing.
Our principal place of business is at 289 Main Street, Suite 1, Picton, ON K0K 2T0.
You can contact us: (a) by post, to the postal address given above; (b) using our website contact form; or (c) by email, using the email address published on our website from time to time.

Respectful Workplace Commitment

We believe in R-E-S-P-E-C-T, and we expect you to, too

Employees, board members, volunteers, and authors acting on behalf of Invisible Publishing, as well as members of the public attending Invisible Publishing affiliated events, are entitled to, and are expected to contribute to, a respectful workplace, and no form of discrimination, harassment, or bullying will be tolerated.

A “Respectful Workplace” means a positive, safe and healthy workplace that results in the preservation of equal dignity and creates a culture that supports an individual’s physical, emotional and social well-being.

The “Workplace” includes all locations where individuals acting on behalf of Invisible Publishing conduct business or social activities and where their behaviour may have a subsequent impact on work relationships, environment and/or performance. Incidents that occur by way of electronic communication (e.g. unwelcome phone calls, messages on e-mail or voice mail, and the display of offensive materials) are considered to have occurred in the workplace.

Members of the general public, visitors to Invisible Publishing events and offices, and individuals conducting business with, or performing work on behalf of, Invisible Publishing, are required to adhere to the following Respectful Workplace Statement of Commitment.

Respectful Workplace Statement of Commitment

Based on its values of trust, quality, and excellence, Invisible Publishing is committed to providing an environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Employees, contractors, board members, volunteers, and authors and all those interacting with Invisible Publishing have the right to a climate of understanding and mutual respect.

In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Invisible Publishing will not condone or tolerate any forms of harassment or discrimination because of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex (includes pregnancy), sexual orientation, age, record of offences, marital status, family status, or disability.

Invisible Publishing recognizes that disrespectful behaviours can jeopardize an individual’s dignity and well being and/or undermine workplace relationships. If the provisions of this Statement of Commitment are not adhered to, Invisible will take the necessary steps available to ensure a respectful environment is restored and maintained.

The following links are listed as additional resources:
The Ontario Human Rights Commission
The Ontario Human Rights Code (1990)
The Ontario Occupational Health & Safety Act (1990)