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Privacy Policy

PRIVACY POLICY

Our Privacy Commitment

This website and affiliated websites (including but not limited to BobThePleo.com, BobProject.com, and Weedovia.com) including all features and services available from the site such as RSS feeds, podcasts, blogs, email newsletters, software downloads, and embeddable photos and videos, (collectively known as "BobThePleo.com", "the forums" or "the site") is committed to respecting the privacy rights and concerns of all users of the site where this Privacy Policy is posted.  As such, we have established and implemented this Privacy Policy to inform visitors to the site and users of the site how we use and protect the information we collect through the site.  By visiting the site or using any of the features, you consent to BobThePleo.com’s collection, use, storage, deletion and disclosure of information relating to you as set forth in this Privacy Policy.  This Privacy Policy is only applicable to the site and not to any other website that you may be able to access from this site which may have its own data collection and use practices and policies.

What information do we collect about you and how do we use it?

Personal information means information that can be used to identify and contact you. You do not need to submit personal information to access certain areas of the site, but if you do not want to disclose certain personal information to us, you will not be able to access certain aspects of the site or its features (i.e., view certain forum boards, post, enter contests, etc.). 

We collect personal information when you create an account through the forums; participate in chat rooms, forums, polls, surveys, and questionnaires; participate in contests or other promotions; purchase a product through any of the forum stores; or receive customer or technical support.

To create an account for the forums, we require you to provide your name, email address, age, sex, and country in which you reside.  You will also need to create a screen name.  When you are purchasing services or products through the online stores you may have to submit personal information to the billing partner, including your email address, billing address and additional billing information depending on your preferred method of payment, such as your credit card number. When you enter a contest, in addition to your screen name, name and email address, we will ask for your mailing address in case we have to mail you a prize.

Additionally, we may also collect other types of information (known as demographic information) such as your gender, hobbies, occupation, platform preferences, and other robot ownership information. This demographic information may be associated with your personal information.

The personal information you provide to us will allow us to handle/route your questions or issues; and/or notify you of contests, promotions, or special events and offers. We also use your e-mail address to send you messages about the forums and other general announcements.  We keep track of your interactions with us and other forum members, including but not limited to your activity within the forums. We may use personal information that you provide to us to send messages to you in response to your request to perform an activity in connection with your use of any of the forum features. We may also use your personal information to contact you when necessary.

Like many websites, we employ cookies in certain areas of the site to allow us to provide information which is targeted to your interests and to make your online experience more convenient. For example, when you return to our site after logging in, cookies provide information to the site so that the site will remember who you are.  Should you disable cookies in your browser, you will have to provide your screen name and password each time you log in.  Additionally, advertisements that are managed by third parties which may appear on the site use cookies. Advertisers use cookies to collect non-personal information when you click on or move your cursor over one of their banner advertisements. You may not realize this information is being collected. Advertisers use this information to monitor the performance of their advertisements. In some cases, we may have access to information from cookies used by these advertisers on the site and this information may permit us to identify other sites that you have visited that are also associated such advertisers.   

Our servers automatically record information that your browser sends whenever you visit the site.  This information includes your Internet Protocol (IP) address, your browser type and version, the search engine you used to find the site, if any, the operating system your computer uses, the type of computer hardware you have (such as the amount of RAM, the type of GPU or type of CPU in your computer), which features you use and when and how long you use them.  We use this information to monitor and analyze how users use the forums, to provide customer service and to maintain and improve the site.

We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13, and do not knowingly allow children under 16 to register. We take children’s privacy seriously, and encourage parents to play an active role in their children’s online experience at all times.

Sharing of information

The site has message boards, forums and chat areas, where users can exchange ideas and communicate with one another.  When you post to a message board, forum or chat area, please be aware that the information you post is made publicly available on-line and you do so at your own risk.   Even though different areas and boards have different access rights, you should never assume anything posted here is "private", including using the Personal Message (PM) system.

The information collected automatically by the site through cookies and the server is never shared publicly, but only at appropriate times through approved methods as described elsewhere in this policy.

Contact information such as member names, email addresses, and physical addresses is never shared with other members without the permission of the member or direct posting of the information by the member.   However, we do encourage members to share non-personally identifying demographic information such as gender, nationality, hobbies, and interests through the member profile as a way for members to get to know each other and better help and support each other.

Will we share your personal information with third parties?

We do not sell and will share the personal information we collect from you only under the following circumstances:

    Protection of rights.  We will share personal information if we have a good faith belief that (i) access, use, preservation or disclosure of such information is reasonably necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process, such as a court order or subpoena, or a request by law enforcement or governmental authorities, (ii) such action is appropriate to enforce the Terms of Service, including any investigation of potential violations thereof, (iii) such action is necessary to detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues associated with the site, or (iv) such action is appropriate to protect the rights, property or safety of BobThePleo.com, its owners, users of the site or others.
    Asset transfers.  If we become involved in a merger, acquisition or other transaction involving the sale of some or all of BobThePleo.com’s assets, user information, including personal information collected from you through your use of the site, could be included in the transferred assets.  Should such an event occur, we will use reasonable means to notify you, either through email and/or a prominent notice on the site.
    Service Providers.  We may share your personal information with service providers that we engage for the purpose of processing information on our and your behalf.  For example, have partnered with other companies to host and manage contests, fulfill product orders and prizes, and process payments.  Additionally, we may partner with other companies to process consumer surveys, or to process, analyze, and/or store data.  While providing services for us, these companies may access your personal information.  To the extent applicable, we require these entities to comply with this Privacy Policy and appropriate confidentiality and security measures.

Additional Information You Should Know About Third Parties

This Privacy Policy does not cover the information practices of third party websites linked to or linked from from or referenced by this site.  Although we encourage such third parties to adopt and follow their own privacy policies, we are not responsible for their collection and use of your personal information.  You should refer to the privacy policies and statements of other websites or contact the respective webmasters of those websites to obtain information regarding their information collection, use and disclosure policies.

When you have clicked on an advertisement or third party logo displayed on our site which links you to a different website, our Privacy Policy no longer applies and you must read the privacy policy of the advertiser to see how your personal information will be handled on their website.

What choices do you have about the collection and use of your personal information?

You may update or delete your personal information or modify your account preferences for the forums by accessing the "My Profile" area of the forums, or sending us an email to support@BobThePleo.com requesting us to update or delete your personal information.  Please note that when you delete your account, we may retain your account information for a reasonable period of time afterward for the purpose of internal account management and fraud prevention activities.

If you no longer want to receive our newsletter, e-mails or other announcements, you may unsubscribe by un-selecting options in the “My Profile” section of your account, or writing to us at support@BobThePleo.com.  Please note that you cannot unsubscribe from certain correspondence from us, including messages relating to your account transactions.

Mediation

You also agree that, in the event any dispute or claim arises out of or relating to this Privacy Policy that you and BobThePleo.com will attempt in good faith to negotiate a written resolution of the matter directly between the parties.  You agree that if the matter remains unresolved for forty-five (45) days after notification (via certified mail or personal delivery) that a dispute exists, all parties shall join in mediation services in Dallas, Texas with a mutually agreed mediator in an attempt to resolve the dispute.  Should you file any arbitration claims, or any administrative or legal actions without first having attempted to resolve the matter by mediation, then you agree that you will not be entitled to recover attorney’s fees, even if you would otherwise be entitled to them.

What security measures do we take to safeguard your personal information?

The personal information that you provide to us is stored on servers, which are located in secured facilities with restricted access, and protected by protocols and procedures designed to ensure the security of such information.  In addition, we restrict access to personal information to BobThePleo.com owners, independent contractors and agents who need to know this information in order to develop, operate and maintain the forums.  All BobThePleo.com personnel who have access to this information are trained in the maintenance and security of such information.  However, no server, computer or communications network or system, or data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure.  As a result, while we strive to protect user information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us or through the use of any of the site and you acknowledge and agree that you provide such information and engage in such transmissions at your own risk.  Once we receive a transmission from you, we will endeavor to maintain its security on our systems.

European Union and Switzerland Directive on Data Protection - Safe Harbor

BobThePleo.com does not knowingly and will not knowing violate and does it's best to comply with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework and the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information from European Union member countries and Switzerland.  To learn more about the Safe Harbor program, please visit http://www.export.gov/safeharbor/.

Notification of Changes

This Privacy Policy may change from time to time and when it does, we will post all changes on this page.

Questions?  Contact Us

If you have any questions about our privacy practices or this Privacy Policy, please contact us by email at support@bobthepleo.com.

Terms of Service

Please read the Terms of Service governing the use of the site.