We understand that privacy is very important to every internet user these days. That is why we’d like to inform you on this matter. What data we collect; how we collect it; what we do with this information and how we treat it: you will read all about it on this page. flashposts.com places a lot of value on the privacy of every visitor to our website. That’s why we make sure that the data you leave with us is kept completely confidential. Flashposts acts in accordance with the Personal Data Protection Act and, since May 25 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation, as far as this is applicable to us, and California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA).

At the present time our website does not offer the possibility to create user profiles, comment on articles, or buy products. We also don’t provide the option to register for a newsletter with your personal information. Only by filling in our contact form will we receive your personalized data, but this is limited to the information you fill in yourself. We do use (depersonalized) data to make sure our website runs properly/better. We collect this information through functional and analytical cookies. We also place marketing cookies, but only with your consent. You can read more about this in our Cookie Statement.

It is obligatory for all of Flashposts’s employees to respect the confidentiality of your data.

Who are we?

Flashposts is a private company, that deals with web content on interesting topics, stories and other events.

We use “Flashposts”, “we”, “us” and “our” to refer to it.

What type of personal data do we collect and process?

Our services using personal data
As stated before, Flashposts does not provide the possibility to create a user profile. It’s also impossible to comment on articles, buy products via our website or register for a newsletter. This already precludes a very common reason for collecting your personal data from applying to us.

Collecting and processing contact information
We do offer the possibility to fill in a contact form in order to contact our editorial team with a question or remark. This contact form requires you to fill in your email address and name, so our team can process the question/remark and provide you with an answer. Without this information, we can’t approach you. Before you send your contact form, you are asked to give permission for us to save your filled in information.

Collecting and processing automatically generated statistical data
To make sure the website runs optimally and to keep improving, information about your use of our website is automatically processed. Optimizing our website mostly has to do with technical adjustments that, for example, make sure our pages are shown properly and that they are secure and protected. The information that is processed consists of, for example, the type of device you use (desktop, mobile, tablet), your IP address (your device’s internet address that is often linked to your general location), which browser you use, the operating system you use, the pages you visit on our website and where you came from before landing on our website. This is depersonalized data and it’s impossible to trace it back to you. This information is gathered through placing analytical cookies. You can read more about this in our Cookie Statement.

Processing data for marketing purposes
Of course, we hope that you visit our website because you’re interested in our content. To be able to finance new content appearing on our website on a frequent basis, we have to get our revenue from advertisements. Our goal is to make the advertisements we show you as relevant to you as possible. To be able to do this we turn to third parties for help, but only with your explicit permission. These third parties collect data about websites you’ve visited previously, products you’ve viewed, your clicking behaviour or your online interests to consequently show you an advertisement you will find interesting. This data is processed, with your consent, by placing an advertisement. You can read more about this in our Cookie Statement. Flashposts does not have access to this information and does not save it anywhere.

Processing data for social media purposes
On our website, we provide the option to share articles, videos and images via social media. For this purpose we’ve placed social media share buttons for Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. To make sure these buttons function properly social media cookies are placed, after you’ve given your consent. The minute you click one of the share buttons, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest know who you are and you don’t have to log in to your social media account again. flashposts.com does not save or have access to the data used by these parties. You can read more about this in our Cookie Statement.

Sources of Personal Information

We obtain the categories of personal information listed above from the following categories of sources:

  • Directly from you. For example, from forms you complete or products and services you purchase.
  • Indirectly from you. For example, from observing your actions on our Websites.
  • From third-party business partners such as social media sites, ad networks, and analytics providers.

What do we use the collected data for and what legal bases do we rely on?

Collecting and processing the necessary contact information and processing depersonalized statistical data is necessary to:

  • Enable you using the website;
  • Be able to respond to questions and remarks you send us via the contact form;
  • Draw up anonymous statistical data;
  • Protect, adjust and improve the website.

Collecting and processing contact information and processing statistical data is necessary for safeguarding the legitimate interests of Flashposts, and can therefore not be refused.

If you are okay with Flashposts providing information about you to third parties for marketing or social media purposes, you will need to give your explicit consent on our website. You can read more about this in our Cookie Statement. With your permission, depersonalized data will be processed to be able to:

  • Show relevant and interesting advertisements
  • Share our articles
  • Make sure the same advertisement isn’t shown again and again
  • Track what other websites you visit

Processing depersonalized data intended for marketing and social media purposes is not obligatory and it up to you as a user of our website to give your permission or not. Flashposts is legally obligated to obtain your permission before processing this data.

Usage of your data by third parties
The data we collect and process does not get shared with third parties, unless you have explicitly given us permission to do so. Personal information filled out by you in the contact form will never be sent to third parties, unless you have given your explicit permission to us. You can withdraw your permission at any time. You can do this by contacting us.

In our Cookie Statement you will find a list of the partners with whom we share the depersonalized analytical and functional cookies and, only with your permission, the data used for marketing and social media purposes.

Flashposts will make sure appropriate measures will be taken if we have provided your personal information to third parties. For example, Flashposts will, if need be, conclude a processing agreement with a third party. This agreement will include limits regarding the usage of your personal information as well as obligations regarding the protection of your personal information.

Finally, Flashposts can provide your personal information to third parties when we are obligated to do so based on laws and regulations, or if we are forced to do so due to a lawsuit and/or in case we deem it necessary for the protection of our own rights.

Hyperlinks by third parties
Our website can contain hyperlinks. If you click this hyperlink you will leave our website and go to another company’s website. At that point, Flashposts does not have any influence on the services offered by the website in question or on the website’s methods. These websites have their own privacy policy that is completely separate from our privacy policy. Our privacy policy only refers to data processed by Flashposts.  Therefore, Flashposts does not accept any responsibility or liability for services and/or websites by third parties or their methods and/or contents.

Personal Information We Do Not Collect

Special Categories. We do not collect any sensitive personal information about you, which includes details about your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sex life, sexual orientation, political opinions, trade union membership, information about your health and genetic and biometric information.

Age Restrictions/Limitations.  If you learn that anyone younger than 18 has unlawfully provided us with personal data, please Contact Us and we will take immediate action to delete such information.

Flashposts suggests to watch over children when they use the website. Flashposts is not responsible for consequences of children’s access to the website. (edited)

How long do we keep your personal information for?

The data that is collected automatically (so, the statistical, marketing and social media data) isn’t saved by us, but merely forwarded directly by us. You can check with the receiving party how long this data is saved for. Read more about this in our Cookie Statement.

We will only store your personal data submitted via the contact form for as long as necessary for the purposes they were collected and processed in the first place. Your personal information can often be deleted as soon as we’ve dealt with your question or remark. Only when we are legally obliged to do so or when we need it to defend our interests (for example, in case of a dispute between you and us) will we store your personal data for a longer period of time.

How is your personal information protected?

Flashposts does everything in its power to make sure the collected data is stored safely. That is why we have a couple of very handy technical staff members who are always busy to take technical and organizational measures to enable this. We do this to protect your data from being lost or being processed unlawfully in any way. Do you want to know more about how we do this? Contact us via the contact form.

Cookies

As stated before, we use cookies, pixels (or similar techniques) and social media plugins on ours website. Some of these cookies are necessary to make sure the websites functions properly and others help us to improve our website and to enable us to show you the right advertisements and articles. We provide you with an elaborate explanation in our Cookie Statement.

California Residents: CCPA Disclosures

The CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act) provides consumers (California residents) with specific rights regarding their personal information. This section describes your CCPA rights and explains how to exercise those rights.

As a California resident and within 45 days, Flashposts will respond to your right to:

  1. Request a copy of the specific personal information collected about you during the 12 months before your request (a “personal information request”);
  2. Have such information deleted (with exceptions);
  3. Request that your personal information not be sold to third parties, if applicable; and
  4. Not to be discriminated against because you have exercised any of these rights.

Should you choose to exercise any of your rights above, CCPA allows consumers to make a personal information request no more than twice in a 12-month period and that business will need to collect information from the requesting party so that it can verify a Consumer’s identity. However, because Flashposts collects very limited personal data that is further pseudo-anonymized, most times we will not be able to provide you with copies of specific personal information or delete it.

Non-Discrimination
We will not discriminate against you for exercising any of your CCPA rights. Unless permitted by the CCPA, we will not:

  • Deny you goods or services or access to our content.
  • Provide you a different level or quality of goods or services.

Children Under 13 Years of Age.
This website is not directed to children. You must be 13 years and older to register to use the website. As a result, we do not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 13. If we learn that information has been collected from a child under the age of 13, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. We recommend that minors between the ages of 13 and 18 ask and receive their parents’ permission before using this website or sending information about themselves or anyone else over the Internet.

Do Not Track Disclosures.
We may also use tracking technologies to collect information about your visits over time and across third-party websites or other online services. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies and to opt-out of most third-party tracking, you may go to:
http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/ or
http://www.aboutads.info/choices/

California Consumer Rights – Do Not Sell My Personal Information

For California Residents Only: You can contact Flashposts to ask us not to sell your personal information, by sending an email at dataprotection @ flashposts .com

Access, improvement and transferability of your data

If you want to know which of your personal data we have stored, you can submit a request via our contact form. This is only possible for the personal data we gather. The data we merely process cannot be called upon retroactively. This means that the only data you can have access to is the information you have submitted to us by means of the contact form. If you want to apply any changes to the information you have requested, you can let our member of staff who has helped you with the request know about it. You can request from them that Flashposts changes, improves, complements, deletes or screens off your data in another way.

You also have the right to be supplied with the personal data you submitted in a common, structured and readable form and to consequently transfer this data yourself. The same procedure applies here: you can send your request to us via the contact form. Flashposts will respond to your request within one month. In exceptional cases, Flashposts has the legal right to respond to your request within a three month period, for example when the request is very complex. If this is the case, Flashposts will let you know within one month.

If Flashposts refuses your request, we will notify you in writing.

Limitation of Liability

Under no circumstances, including, but not limited to, negligence, shall we be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, or consequential damages that result from the use of, or the inability to use, the site or materials or functions on our site, even if we have been advised of the possibility of such damages.

Can I refuse my personal data being used?

We need the personal data you provide us with when you contact us to be able to respond to your question or remark. We cannot respond to anonymous submissions. The usage of depersonalized data we process for functional and analytical purposes cannot be refused, except by completely blocking the use of cookies in your web browser. Read more about this in our Cookie Statement. The usage of depersonalized data for marketing and social media purposes can be refused by not consenting to it when you are asked permission while visiting our website.

Changes to Privacy Policy

This privacy policy can be changed from time to time. Laws, regulations and industry standards evolve, which may make those changes necessary, or we may make changes to our business. This statement can be altered without our visitors actively being informed. That’s why we recommend you to regularly visit this page to find out if anything has changed since your last visit.

We will be happy to answer your questions!