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bitLens may also collect any anonymous demographic information you provide, that is not unique to you.
Beyond the above, you may be required to provide certain personal information to us when you elect to use certain products or services available on any of our sites. This could include (a) registering for an account; (b) signing up for an email newsletter; (c) entering a sweepstakes or contest; (d) sending us an email message; (e) submitting payment, credit card, or billing information when ordering or paying for products and services; or (f) other scenarios.
bitLens will use information you provide in order to communicate with you in relation to the services and/or products you have requested, and to operate and deliver our products, services, and content. We may also use it to communicate with you about bitLens offerings that might be of value to you, and we may also gather additional personal or non-personal information in the future.
Some bitLens websites, such as the Cyber Risk Report, allow user-to-user interactions through forums or comments associated with content we have published. Most such features are accessible only to users with paid subscriptions for our service, but may occasionally be accessible to the general public, or be converted to public access in the future. Users must remember that if you choose to directly disclose personally identifiable information, or sensitive personal information through such interactive features, that information is not moderated or reviewed by bitLens and may be publicly accessible. That information may be collected and used by others.
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bitLens may disclose your information, without notice, if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary: to (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on bitLens or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of bitLens; and/or (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of bitLens sites, or the public.
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This information is used both directly and through third party tools such as Google Analytics, in order to operate and maintain the security of bitLens websites and its underlying infrastructure; statistically track visitors to our sites and readers of content; and to maintain quality and availability of our content, products, and services.
bitLens may keep track of websites and pages our users visit in order to determine which of our products, services, and content are most popular, and how users navigate and find their way to it. This data is anonymous and is not based on personally identifiable information.
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From time to time, bitLens may link to outside products or services. Those links may sometimes include affiliate tracking information that allows us to earn monetary compensation from other companies for products or services they sell to you after you found it through our link.
bitLens websites secure your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. On our websites, we use the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol to ensure personal information transmitted to/from our website is encrypted.
We strive to take appropriate security measures to protect against unauthorized access to or alteration of your personal information. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or any wireless network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your information, you acknowledge that: (a) there are security and privacy limitations inherent to the Internet that are beyond our control; and (b) security, integrity, and privacy of any and all information and data exchanged between you and us through this Site cannot be guaranteed.
bitLens does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen. If you are under the age of thirteen, you must ask your parent or guardian for permission to use this website.
The Cyber Risk Report is an email newsletter that requires explicit opt-in to receive. Beyond our newsletter, bitLens may contact you via email to provide announcements, promotional offers, alerts, confirmations, surveys, and/or other general communication. In order to improve our products and services by understanding what users find of value, we may receive a notification each time you open an email from bitLens or click on a link within it.
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Your information may be stored in files on bitLens computers, or on data servers provided by third party hosting vendors with whom we have contracted to host data and/or maintain, manage, or operate our websites.
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Effective as of 09 December 2018