PATH OF BLISS ONLINE PRIVACY POLICY AGREEMENT
Updated as of May 25, 2018

Thank you for visiting a website of the Path of Bliss!   We welcome you to our socio-spiritual community. 

We know how important the privacy of your online information is to you, & we are committed to full transparency about how we utilize, share & protect that information.  To communicate our commitment, we have developed this revised Privacy Policy to help you understand our commitment to security, what kinds of information we may gather about you when you visit our website(s), why we collect it, how we may utilize that information, & how you can manage &/or correct that information in conjunction with your access to & use of Path of Bliss website(s), products, & services.  This Privacy Policy is intended to solely govern the specific website(s) it is posted on, unless otherwise noted.  Please read it carefully.  When this Policy mentions “Path of Bliss,” “we,” “us,” or “our,” it refers to Path of Bliss.

Any information that we collect on our website or elsewhere is used to provide the best possible experience for our visitors & participants.  By using any website maintained by Path of Bliss, you agree to the terms set forth below.  If you do not agree to this Privacy Policy, please do not use any of these websites.  If you have any questions or if you want to communicate with us about any aspect of our Privacy Policy, please reach out to us using the information in the Contact Us section at the very end of this document.

DATA PROTECTION LAWS

This policy explains how we comply with laws & regulations in both our respective countries as well as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) & the Privacy & Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 (“the PECR”) relating to electronic communications (jointly & severally, “the Law”).

Scope of this Privacy Policy

This Privacy Statement describes our privacy practices for the personal information we collect in the usual course of business, including through our services, sites, products, online facilities, services & other initiatives such as retreats, marketing, seminars, webinars & trainings.

Privacy Policy

Path of Bliss reviews our Privacy Policy periodically, & we reserve the right, at our discretion, to modify or remove portions of this Privacy Policy at any time.  We suggest you review this page from time to time so that you can be aware of any changes.  This Privacy Policy applies to all websites produced & operated by Path of Bliss.

Collection & Use

Path of Bliss acknowledges the understandable general privacy concerns you may have as a user of any website on the Internet as well as the specific importance of protecting the privacy of all personally identifiable information (PII) you may give us.   PII is any information about you as an individual that would enable someone to contact you – for example, your name, address, telephone number or email address.  As a general rule, no PII, such as any visitor’s name, address, email address, telephone number or credit card information is automatically collected on our websites.

PII is collected only when you knowingly & voluntarily submit the same, such as when we collect information to allow us to set up / open a user account on your behalf, &/or when you complete surveys, use our services &/or reach out to us for support, such as your name, shipping address, billing address, email address, phone number, user ID, & password.  Path of Bliss websites utilize PII only for the purpose for which it was submitted, unless we disclose other uses in this Policy or at the time of collection, or when we are required by law to disclose it.

We do not & will not collect any PII about you unless you willingly provide it.  Providing PII to us is entirely voluntary.  If you do not want us to obtain PII about you, please do not submit any.

We ask for PII when you subscribe to an email newsletter, order a product or a website subscription or other product or service, participate in an online survey, post a comment or use a service or tool such as emailing a page.

When you visit a Path of Bliss website, certain anonymous information about your visit is automatically logged, as it is at most websites, which may include information about your IP address, domain name, browser type, mobile device type, access time, & referring website address.  This information is not personally identifiable in any way & is only used in the aggregate & not in any way that personally identifies you.

On some Path of Bliss web pages, you may choose to submit information about other people.  For example, you might submit a recipient’s name & address to send a gift or to register your children for a retreat or similar event.  We will use this information only to fulfill your request & for no other purpose.

Path of Bliss does not & never will knowingly collect PII from children under the age of thirteen (13) without verified parental consent.  Anyone under the age of thirteen (13) must seek & obtain parent or guardian permission to use this website, & the same must be provided to us in writing.  If it is determined that such information has been inadvertently collected on anyone under the age of thirteen (13), we will take whatever immediate steps needed to ensure that such information is removed from our system’s database.

You can visit & browse our web pages without revealing any PII, but you may not be able to access certain content, features or services if you choose not to disclose PII.

Security, Data Retention & Erasure

We maintain reasonable & appropriate safeguards to ensure the security, integrity, & privacy of all information in our possession.  Path of Bliss does not sell PII to third parties.  Path of Bliss will never disclose, sell, trade or rent PII it collects to outside parties, though we may be required to disclose such information by law, in which case Path of Bliss may provide your information, including personal information, to courts, law enforcement or governmental authorities or authorized third parties, to the extent we are required to do so by law or if such disclosure is reasonably necessary.  We reserve the right to monitor visitor traffic patterns & website usage to help us develop the design & layout of our websites to enhance your online experience.

Our technology providers use industry-leading Internet security technology & practices.  They use secure server software (SSL) that encrypts the information you input before you send it to us.  All of the data is protected against unauthorized access, as indicated by the secure icon on your browser.  We process information you provide given our legitimate interest & legal obligation to protect our websites & to comply with applicable laws.

We generally retain your PII for as long as is necessary to comply with our legal obligations.  If you no longer want us to use your PII to provide the account to you, you can request that we erase your PII & close your Path of Bliss account.

Please note, however, that if you request the erasure of your personal information:

* We may retain some of your PII as necessary for our legitimate business interests, such as fraud detection & prevention & enhancing safety.  For example, if we need to suspend an account for fraud or safety reasons, we may retain certain information from that Path of Bliss account to prevent that user or customer from opening a new Path of Bliss account in the future.

* We may retain & use your PII to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations.  For example, Path of Bliss may keep some of your PII for tax, legal reporting & auditing obligations & requirements.

* Information you have shared with others (e.g., forum postings) may continue to be publicly visible on our website, even after your Path of Bliss Account is canceled.  However, attribution of such information to you will be removed.  Additionally, some copies of your information (e.g., log records) may remain in our database, but are disassociated from any personal identifiers.

* Because we maintain our website to protect from accidental or malicious loss & destruction, residual copies of your PII may not be removed from our backup systems for a limited period of time.

Withdrawal of Consent, Unsubscribing, Opting Out & Restriction of Processing

Wherever & whenever you have expressly provided your consent to the processing of your PII by Path of Bliss, you have the automatically-reserved option & right at any time & without reservation to discontinue receiving communication from us by way of email or newsletters.   You may withdraw your consent in whole or in part at any time by changing your account settings or by sending a communication to Path of Bliss specifying which consent you are withdrawing.  Please note that the withdrawal of your consent does not affect the lawfulness of any processing activities based on such consent before its withdrawal.  Additionally, in some jurisdictions, applicable law may give you the right to limit the ways in which we use your PII, in particular where (i) you contest the accuracy of your PII;  (ii) the processing is unlawful & you oppose the erasure of your personal information;  (iii) we no longer need your PII for the purposes of the processing, but you require the information for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims;  or (iv) you have objected to the processing & pending the verification whether the legitimate grounds of Path of Bliss override your own.

If you wish to unsubscribe or opt out from any third party websites, you must go to that specific website to unsubscribe and/or opt-out.

EU / EEA Model Clauses

If you are located in the European Union (“EU”) / the European Economic Area (“EEA”), this agreement may incorporate the basis of the EU Model Clauses (a set of clauses issued by the European Commission relating to the EU GDPR [General Data Protection Regulation]).  Please note that this Privacy Policy only applies where we process personal information about you as a data controller.  A “Data Controller” is the entity that determines the purpose for which PII is collected & processed.  A “Data Processor” is the entity processing PII on behalf of the Data Controller.

All PII relating to persons resident in the EEA acquired from or relating to such persons accessing the website for any purpose including, without limitation:

  1. making a donation;
  2. registering yourself, a family member of friends for any event;  &/or
  3. acquiring goods or services through this website

will be handled with in accordance with this Policy & the Law, & such information will be kept confidential & only be provided to third parties, who assist us, provide goods or services requested by such persons or with their prior consent.

We adhere to the Principles of Data Protection as detailed in GDPR.   Your information will be:

  1. processed lawfully, fairly & in a transparent manner;
  2. collected for specified, explicit& legitimate purposes& not further processed in a manner that is incompatible with those purposes;
  3. adequate, relevant& limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which they are processed;
  4. accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date;
  5. kept in a form which permits identification of data subjects for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the personal data are processed;  and
  6. processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security of the personal data, including protection against unauthorizedor unlawful processing& against accidental loss, destruction or damage using appropriate technical or organizational measures.

Registering Complaints or Concerns

We highly recommend & suggest that you review privacy policies from any other website(s) of your choosing as a means to better understand the way in which other websites gather, make use of & share information collected as well.  With respect to GDPR, you have the right to submit complaints about the data processing activities carried out by Path of Bliss before Information Commissioner’s Office in the UK;  for complaints unrelated to GDPR, nothing in this Privacy Policy is intended to limit your right to file a complaint in the appropriate jurisdiction.

California Privacy Rights

California law permits users & customers who are residents of that State to request & obtain from us once a year, free of charge, a list of the third parties to whom we have disclosed their PII (if any) for their direct marketing purposes in the prior calendar year, as well as the type of PII disclosed to those third parties.  Please see the Contact Us section at the end below for where to send such requests.  Path of Bliss does not & will not share PII with third parties for its own direct marketing purposes without your prior consent.  Accordingly, you can prevent disclosure of your PII to third parties for direct marketing purposes by withholding consent.

Cookies

Cookies are small bits of information that are stored by your browser on your computer’s hard drive to enable us to do a number of things to make your visit & future visits more enjoyable.  Our cookies do not contain any PII about you.  Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually change your browser settings to prevent that from happening if you wish.  If such is the case, please consult your browser help files for instructions on how to refuse cookies.  Visitors may also receive cookies from third parties, but Path of Bliss cannot control the content of those cookies.

Promotions

We may run promotions on our websites that require submission of PII by participants.  Path of Bliss may use the information collected in the aggregate so we can determine, for example, how many visitors to our website participated in the promotion.  Our promotions are subject to change without notice.

Technology Providers & Linked Websites

Path of Bliss partners with technology providers Wild Apricot & Mail Chimp in order to deliver the best possible online experience for you.  We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the Privacy Policies of these providers by going to:  https://www.wildapricot.com/privacypolicy & http://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/ respectively.

Our websites is also linked to websites operated by companies &/or individuals associated with Path of Bliss at https://www.pathofbliss.com/more/links/.   Visitors to those websites are directed to familiarize themselves with their separate privacy policies & practices.

Legal Disclaimer

Thank you for taking the time to visit this Path of Bliss website & reviewing our Legal Disclaimer which follows.

Disclaimer of Liability

In preparation of this site, every effort has been made to offer the most current, correct, & clearly expressed information possible.  Nevertheless, inadvertent errors in information may occur, &/or information may become dated.  In particular, but without limiting anything stated herein, Path of Bliss disclaims any responsibility for typographical errors & accuracy or timeliness of the information that may be contained on Path of Bliss websites.  Path of Bliss also reserves the right to make changes at any time without notice.  If misleading, inaccurate or otherwise inappropriate information is brought to our attention, every reasonable effort will be made to fix or remove it promptly.  Again, if you want to communicate with us about any aspect of our Privacy Policy, please reach us using the information in the Contact Us section at the end of this document.

Links to Third–Party Websites

Some pages on this website provide access to the World Wide Web.  Because the Path of Bliss website connects to the Internet, once you leave the Path of Bliss website, Path of Bliss cannot control the information you access.  Path of Bliss links to external websites in the hope that users will find reference material of interest to them on related topics.  Path of Bliss does not control those external sites & is not responsible for the content  or privacy practices contained in them, including without limitation, any subsequent links that are within a linked site or any changes or updates to any linked site.  Each such site has its own set of policies about what information is considered by them to be appropriate for public access.  Path of Bliss is not responsible for any information or material located at any site other than official Path of Bliss websites.

Disclaimer of Reliability

Path of Bliss makes no representations or warranties regarding the condition or functionality of this website, its suitability for use or that this web service will be available uninterruptedly or without errors, though every reasonable effort will be made to help ensure reliability.

Disclaimer of Damages

By using any Path of Bliss website, you assume all risks associated with the use of the site, including any risk to your computer, software or data being damaged by any virus, software or any other file that might be transmitted or activated via any Path of Bliss website or your access to it.  Path of Bliss shall not be liable for any damages of any kind (general, special, incidental or consequential damages, including, without limitation, lost revenues or lost profits) resulting from the use or misuse of the information contained in any Path of Bliss website.

Disclaimer of Endorsement

Reference made on our website(s) to any specific commercial product, process or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation or favoring by Path of Bliss.  The views & opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of Path of Bliss, & shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

Copyrights & Trademarks

All material on this website is copyrighted by Path of Bliss, All Worldwide Rights Reserved, except for some material that is copyrighted by others & used here by permission.  Copyrighted material may not be copied, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without the written permission of the copyright holder.  This website also contains some trademarks, which may not be appropriated by persons other than the trademark owner & may not be used contrary to trademark law.  If you wish to request permission to use materials in a manner otherwise prohibited herein, please communicate with us in writing.

Contact Us

If you want to communicate with us about any aspect of this Privacy Policy, please:

  1. send an email to info@pathofbliss.com;
  2. contact us via telephone at 518-323-9642;  or
  3. write us at Path of Bliss, 22 Joel M Austin Road N, Cairo, NY 12413-3267.

Thank you!

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