Crary Boots is deeply committed to the relationship of trust we have with you, our consumers, and as such we want be transparent about what data we collect and how that data is used. We also feel that it is only fair to share information related to opting out and otherwise controlling collection of your information and data.
Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”)
Any information that can be used to identify you is considered personally identifiable information or PII. This includes your name, physical address, e-mail, phone number, fax number, and credit card information.
Information we collect about your activities on our websites through the use of technology such as cookies and web beacons is referred to as browsing information. This browsing information is linked to an anonymous IP identifier and not to you personally. If for any reason your browsing information is linked to information that can personally identify you, we’ll treat it as PII.
Information You Post
All information that you share about yourself, whether PII or not, in a public open forum – on a social network, in user-generated content elements of our websites, etc. — will be considered public information for the purposes of this policy. If you don’t want it to be public, don’t post it.
Who Collects Information?
We collect information from you when you interact with our websites. We may also collect information about you from third parties. Our trusted business partners also collect information from you on our behalf in the course of helping us operate our website and provide services of interest to you. Any reference to “we” or “us” may also refer to our trusted business partners. We also permit third-party advertising companies to collect your browsing information as well to provide ads on our behalf that are tailored to your interests.
Use and Sharing of Collected Information
We use information collected on our websites for four primary purposes:
- We use information collected to facilitate your online shopping and to offer you information and promotional material about the products and services you see on our websites.
- We use your browsing information to help us analyze our websites, services and offerings. We consider such information analytics data.
- Your browsing and shopping information is used to provide you with interest-based advertising.
- We may use information you post in public areas to provide you with an interactive social media experience that brings aspects of your social networking community to our websites.
We do not share your PII with third parties for marketing purposes, other than as described in this privacy statement. Any trusted business partner receiving PII is contractually prohibited from discussing, disclosing or making any use of such PII except as directly necessary to provide us with the services for which we have contracted. We will get your consent first if at any time we would like to share your PII with other third parties for marketing purposes.
Web Beacons: When you visit our ecommerce site, web beacons will recognize specific cookies that have been placed on your browser. Web beacons can convey information that a browser with a recognized cookie has accessed a page or a certain part of a page on our website, depending on where the web beacon is located on the website. For example, a web beacon located on our purchase confirmation page will record that a browser with a recognized cookie accessed that page which means that we can conclude that the browser was used to purchase a product. The web beacon does not, however, tell us that you specifically (by reference to PII) have purchased a product because the cookie is only the browser’s identification card; it is not your personal identification card.
We use web beacons to measure the effectiveness of our advertising campaigns and to improve our websites by recognizing which pages are visited and whether those visits result in purchases. Web beacons also allow third-party advertising companies we work with to select and serve banner advertisements to your browser that you would be most likely to be interested in.
Third-Party Advertising Companies: We allow certain companies to collect information from browsers of our websites to use to serve interest-based ads. These companies are usually third party ad servers, ad agencies, technology vendors or providers of sponsored content. Using cookies and web beacons, these companies collect data from a particular browser about web viewing behaviors over time and across unrelated websites and use such data to predict user preferences and to deliver advertisements to that browser which are calculated to target that browser’s predicted preferences.
Analytics Data: Information collected through cookies and web beacons to keep track of what products you viewed and purchased and what areas or pages you viewed on our websites is called “analytics data”. We use analytics data to improve the design and content of our website, to help us learn things like what pages are most attractive to all of our visitors and what promotions visitors like to see, and to gauge the success of our advertising campaigns.
Interest-Based Advertising: Interest-based advertising has become commonplace across the Web. It is the term we use for the activity that enables us to tailor ads to your interests and activities. Either Crary Boots or third-party advertising companies we work with may look at your browsing activity, such as the types of content you access, ads you click on, and searches you conduct. We can then infer certain interests you have and place ads and offer you deals that meet your needs. Our goal for interest-based advertising is to show ads to people likely to be interested in the products we offer at Crary Boots.
We keep your PII confidential, and we require, by contract, that each of our trusted business partners who may have access to any such PII information keep it confidential as well. Our trusted business partners, in turn, may share information with their own service providers pursuant to similar confidentiality restrictions.
We will not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer any of your PII to any other outside parties without getting your consent first. “Outside parties” do not include companies owned by or affiliated with Crary Boots or our trusted business partners who help operate and provide services on our websites.
Of course, to the extent we reasonably believe that a disclosure is required by law, to enforce our website policies, or to protect your or others’ rights, property or safety, we reserve the right to do so.
Safeguarding Your PII
We use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology to encrypt transmissions of sensitive information from your computer to our servers. However, when you communicate with customer service via email or chat on our websites, these communications are handled via unsecured transmissions. Please be aware that information provided (such as email address, payment information, etc.) may be accessible to others. For that reason, we ask that you protect yourself and not share sensitive information via these communication channels.
CHOICES REGARDING YOUR INFORMATION
With your PII—like the information you give us to fulfill an order or sign up for an online offer or contest—we will always give you the right to change or correct your information and the choice to not hear from us again. There are several ways you can control our use of any submitted PII in connection with promotional communications.
If you receive email communications from us and want to opt out of receiving such communications in the future from that brand, you can opt out by clicking the “Unsubscribe” link at the bottom of the promotional email.
If you have any difficulty managing your communication preferences, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Browsing Information
We work with third-party advertising companies that may collect your browsing and shopping information in order to provide Crary Boots and other advertisements of interest to you. We refer to this practice as interest-based advertising. We believe these interest-based ads are more useful to you than randomly-generated ads because they are tailored to your shopping and product interests as indicated by your browsing habits.
If you would like to learn more about interest-based advertising and see what choices you may have about how companies use your information, please go to http://aboutads.info/choices/ or http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/. We do not operate or control these sites, and are not responsible for the opt-out choices available there. The only way to fully opt-out of online tracking is to adjust your browser settings to reject cookies or to notify you when a cookie is set. Please remember, even if you opt-out of interest-based advertising on or through http://aboutads.info you may still receive ads from Crary Boots, as interest-based ads are only one form of advertising.
Finally, it is important to note that in most cases opting out drops an “opt-out cookie” on your browser. As a result, if you delete, block or otherwise restrict cookies or use a different computer or Internet browser, you’ll need to renew your opt-out choice.
Interacting with Social Media on our Websites
Social Media provides tools that many of our customers use and enjoy, and we include links to various social media platforms on our website. If you interact with these social media tools through our website, your experience on those social media sites will be governed by the privacy and other policies of those sites. So, the privacy settings you have chosen on those sites will determine the degree to which your information is made public. We encourage you to choose your privacy settings on those sites accordingly.