Effective Date: January 1, 2020
CrushYourBlock, Crush&Flow and all other Crush related services are provided by the Brite Catalyst company. This policy explains what information we collect when you use any Brite Catalyst sites, services, mobile applications, products, and content (“Services”). It also has information about how we store, use, transfer, and delete that information. Our aim is not just to comply with privacy law. We believe it’s the right thing to do.
Information We Collect & How We Use It
Brite Catalyst doesn’t make money from ads. So we don’t collect data in order to advertise to you. The tracking we do is to make our product work as well as possible. In order to give you the best possible Brite Catalyst experience we collect information from your interactions with our network. Some of this information, you actively tell us (such as your email address, which we use to track your account or communicate with you). Other information, we may collect based on actions you take such as what pages you access and your interactions with our product features (like Crusher Connect). This information includes records of those interactions, your Internet Protocol address, information about your device (such as device or browser type), and referral information.
We use this information to:
provide, test, improve, promote and personalize Brite Catalyst services
fight spam and other forms of abuse
generate aggregate, non-identifying information about how people use Brite Catalyst
We will never publish through your third-party account without your permission.
Brite Catalyst won’t transfer information about you to third parties for the purpose of providing or facilitating third-party advertising to you. We won’t sell information about you.
We may share your account information with third parties in some circumstances, including: (1) with your consent; (2) to a service provider or partner who meets our data protection standards; (3) with academic or non-profit researchers, with aggregation, anonymization, or pseudonomization; (4) when we have a good faith belief it is required by law, such as pursuant to a subpoena or other legal process; (5) when we have a good faith belief that doing so will help prevent imminent harm to someone. If we are going to share your information in response to legal process, we’ll give you notice so you can challenge it (for example by seeking court intervention), unless we’re prohibited by law or believe doing so may endanger others. We will object to requests for information about users of our services that we believe are improper.
Brite Catalyst uses the third-party vendors and hosting partners, WIX, Eventbrite and MailChimp, for hardware, software, networking, storage, and related technology. We maintain server logs and event logs. By using Brite Catalyst Services, you authorize Brite Catalyst to transfer, store, and use your information in the United States and any other country where we operate.
Tracking & Cookies
We use browser cookies and similar technologies to recognize you when you return to our Services. We use them in various ways, for example to log you in, remember your preferences (such as default language), evaluate email effectiveness, allow our paywall and meter to function, and personalize content and other information.
Brite Catalyst complies with the “Do Not Track” (“DNT”) standard recommended by the World Wide Web Consortium. For logged-out users browsing with DNT enabled, Brite Catalyst’s analytics will not receive data about you, but we will do some first-party tracking in order to customize content and provide data to third-party service providers that enable Brite Catalyst's Services to work. When you use Brite Catalyst or Crush while logged-in to your account, we cannot comply with DNT.
Modifying or Deleting Your Personal Information
If you have a Brite Catalyst account, you can access, modify or export your personal information, or delete your account here.
To protect information from accidental or malicious destruction, we may maintain residual copies for a brief time period. But, if you delete your account, your information and content will be unrecoverable after that time. Brite Catalyst may preserve and maintain copies of your information when required to do so by law.
We use encryption (HTTPS/TLS) to protect data transmitted to and from our site. However, no data transmission over the Internet is 100% secure, so we can’t guarantee security. You use the Service at your own risk, and you’re responsible for taking reasonable measures to secure your account.
Email from Brite Catalyst and Crush
We will send occasional emails about your account, service changes or new policies. You can’t opt out of this type of “transactional” email (unless you delete your account). But, you can opt out of non-administrative emails such as digests, newsletters, and activity notifications at the bottom of email we send.
When your interact with an email sent from Brite Catalyst or any Crush branded service (ex. opening an email or clicking on a particular link in an email), we may receive information about that interaction. We will not email you to ask for your password or other account information. If you receive such an email, please do not respond, and send it to us so we can investigate.
Changes to this Policy
Brite Catalyst may periodically update this Policy. We’ll notify you about significant changes to it. The most current version of the policy will always be here.
Your feedback about this policy is welcome- email us at email@example.com
Data Protection Statement for European Union Users
Description of Processing Activity
Brite Catalyst collects and stores personal information about its users to customize their reading experience and enable personalized distribution of content. It shares minimal data with its service providers.
Purposes of Processing
Provide, test, promote, and improve the services
Gather usage statistics of services
Publish and distribute user-generated content
Provide access to paid content
Pay authors in Partnership Program for certain content
Fight spam, fraud, and other abuse of services
Where Brite Catalyst collects and stores personal data about non-users, it does so under performance of contract obligations with users who use the services to publish content on web sites hosted by Brite Catalyst.
In such cases, users authoring such content containing personal data of third parties are responsible for that content. Brite Catalyst will consider related complaints in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation’s rights of the data subject, as well as rights of expression and access to information.
Public Nature of Personal Data
Logged-in users may choose to interact publicly with the Brite Catalyst Services. Where such personal data may reveal special category protected data, it is processed on the basis that it is manifestly made public by the user. Additional information on potential consequences of such processing can be found below. If you do not agree to this public usage, do not create an account or use these features of Brite Catalyst Services.
Categories of Personal Data we May Collect
Logged out users
Logged in users:
Email address (non-public)
Session activity (security)
Linked social media accounts (optional)
Reading history (on Crush services network only)
Network interactions (recommends, follows, etc.)
Posts, responses, or series published by user
Billing information and history
Bank account for payments
Business information, if applicable
Categories of Recipients
Brite Catalyst shares minimal personal data with third-party processors in order to provide the Services. These processors offer at least the same level of data protection as that set out in this statement. This includes the following categories of recipients:
Hosting, Storage, & Other Infrasructure
Communication & Support
Search engines will index user profiles, public interactions, and any user-generated content. Users may also share links to your content on social media.
Brite Catalyst may provide Services in conjunction with several payment processors, including: Stripe, Paypal, Google Play, and Apple Pay, through which users may pay for any Crush branded service memberships or receive payment based on participation in a program. Those companies acting as payment processors may collect and store personal data related to your billing information and history in order to provide their services, and may collect and store personal data and business data to prevent fraud and other abuse.
When you delete your Crush branded service account, Brite Catalyst deletes your personal data as outlined in this document. However, to delete your payment or billing information, you will need to do so with your payment provider, as only has minimal secure access to those records as needed to provide the services.
Crush brand service posts may contain third-party embeds, which may in some cases collect and store personal data. The use of personal data by embedded content providers is not covered by this statement, but by the privacy policies of those sites or services.
Existence of Automated Decision-making
Brite Catalyst collects and stores personal data about its users to customize reading. This includes automated decision-making to promote content tailored to the preferences and interests indicated by the user, and to their browsing history and network interactions. Brite Catalyst also filters content for the purposes of fighting and preventing spam, fraud, and other forms of abuse.
Potential Consequences of Processing
By creating an account on any Crush branded service, users may make certain personal data about themselves public and accessible to others on their profile and through network interactions. This may in some cases constitute special category protected data which is considered manifestly made public by the user.
Due to the public nature of information posted to CrushYourBLOCK, it is unlikely but may be possible for third parties to derive identifying personal data from posts, whether by reading, inference, supplemental research, or automated extraction and analysis.
Users are free to use their real name and information, or a pseudonym of their choosing, for their account. Users may also choose to use the service without posting data or engaging in network interactions. However, if you do not agree with and accept the risks of such usage, you may not use the services.
Brite Catalyst is hosted in the United States. By using Brite Catalyst and any Crush Branded Services, you authorize Brite Catalyst to transfer, store, and use your information in the United States and any other country where we operate. Where your data is disclosed to our processors, it is subject by contract to at least the same level of data protection as that set out in this statement.
Brite Catalyst retains personal data associated with your account for the lifetime of your account. If you would like to delete your personal information, you can delete your account at any time. Deleted account profile pages will yield an error 404 “file not found” page, immediately upon initiating deletion, and will become unrecoverable in our system after a period of fourteen days. It may take several additional days for your personal data to be de-indexed from search engines, depending on those search engines’ practices, over which Brite Catalyst may have limited or no control.
To delete your payment or billing information, you will need to do so with your payment provider, as Brite Catalyst only has minimal secure access to those records as needed to provide the services.
Rights of Data Subjects
Today, we do not offer unique member accounts. When we do:
If you sign up for a Crush brand account, you may at any time request an export of your personal information from contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may withdraw consent by deleting your account at any time through a Settings page which will erase your personal information completely within 14 days (except to the extent your Crush service is prevented by law from deleting your information).
You may object at any time to the use of your personal data by contacting email@example.com If your complaint relates to alleged misuse of your personal data by a third party, it may result in suspension of that post or account in keeping with relevant law, public interest, our contractual obligations, and the rights of expression and access to information of others.
You may at any time lodge a complaint regarding the processing of your personal data by Brite Catalyst with the Supervisory Authority of your EU member state.
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