Privacy Policy

Who we are

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

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to Realskiers’s websites choose to interact with Realskiers in ways that require Realskiers to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Realskiers gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for a newletter or membership at https://realskiers.com to provide a username and email address.

Membership

We collect your email, username, first and last names and optionally your location information when you sign up for a membership.  We also request payment via credit card or Paypal, but at no time is any of your payment information retained on our website or server.  All payment details are handled as per PCI-DSS regulatory requirements and we maintain the highest levels of security standards to protect the information at all time.  We use Paypal and Stripe to process cards and each has privacy policies that explain their systems in depth.

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

We use very simple contact forms on our site.  All forms simply forward the requested information, including your name, your email address needed for a response and a subject line.  Any info you enter into a form is promptly sent via email and no data is retained on our servers.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Realskiers uses cookies to help Realskiers identify and track visitors, their usage of https://realskiers.com, and their website access preferences. Realskiers visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Realskiers’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of Realskiers’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.
By continuing to navigate our website without changing your cookie settings, you hereby acknowledge and agree to Realskiers’s use of 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 have an account and you log in to this site, 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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website. We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy and terms and conditions of every site you visit.  We have no control over, and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites, products or services.

Analytics

We use Google Analytics to track and improve our site.  Realskiers collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Realskiers’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Realskiers’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Realskiers may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

Realskiers also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on https://realskiers.com blog posts. Realskiers only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below. For more info on Google Analytics, see their privacy policy here.

Advertisements

Ads appearing on our website may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Realskiers and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Remarketing

Realskiers.com may from time to time use remarketing services to advertise on third party websites (including Facebook and Google) to previous visitors to our site. It could mean that we advertise to previous visitors who haven’t completed a task on our site, for example using the contact form to make an inquiry. This could be in the form of an advertisement on the Google search results page, or a site in the Google Display Network. Third-party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on someone’s past visits. Of course, any data collected will be used in accordance with our own privacy policy and Google’s privacy policy.  You can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Preferences page, and if you want to you can opt out of interest-based advertising entirely by cookie settings or permanently using a browser plugin.

Who we share your data with

We value your data and do not share with any outside services except as follows. Realskiers 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 Realskiers behalf or to provide services available at Realskiers website, 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 Realskiers website, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Realskiers 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, Realskiers discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Realskiers believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Realskiers, third parties or the public at large.

 

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.

How we use your data

If you are a registered user of realskiers.com and have supplied your email address, Realskiers 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 Realskiers, our products and your account. We primarily use our mail system 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. Realskiers takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Aggregated Statistics

Realskiers may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its website. Realskiers may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Realskiers does not disclose your personally-identifying information.

Additional information

Security

The security of your Personal Information is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

How we protect your data

We employ SSL on the website and use only secured servers to host our website.  We use PCI-DSS compliant credit card authorization providers and do not store any payment information on our servers at any time.  We use ICSA rated firewall configured to strict access rules and have enhanced monitoring and logging in place.

What data breach procedures we have in place

Should a data breach occur, we will promptly send out emails requesting that all users reset their passwords and will immediately invalidate all current passwords in the system.  We will notify the appropriate agencies that a breach has occurred and will submit their their policies and procedures to mitigate and remediate any threat.

Affiliate Disclosure

This site uses affiliate links and does earn a commission from certain links. This does not affect your purchases or the price you may pay.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Realskiers may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Realskiers’s sole discretion. Realskiers encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

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