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Privacy Policy

This privacy policy applies to transactions and activities in which you engage and data gathered only on the TipBusters web site “http://www.tipbusters.com/ (the “Site”). This privacy policy does not apply to any other web site or to any offline contact between you and TipBusters. TipBusters is committed to respecting the privacy concerns of its visitors. TipBusters has created this privacy policy (the “Policy”) to establish guidelines that will govern the collection, use, protection and disclosure of the personal information and non-personal information of its visitors. By visiting and using this website, the visitor agrees to the Privacy Policy and the terms of use (“Terms of Use”) linked to this Privacy Policy. Please review this privacy policy periodically because we modify it from time to time. Each time you visit this Site or provide us with information through the Site, by doing so you are accepting practices described in the privacy policy in effect at that time.

“Personal information” is defined as any information that identifies or can be used to identify, contact, or locate the person to whom such information pertains.

Visitor’s Consent to Privacy Policy

If you do not agree to the Privacy Policy, do not use this Site or provide personal information to TipBusters. If you wish to amend, update or remove the personal information already provided, contact info@tipbusters.com.

You are also accepting our Terms of Use. We limit use of the Site to adults who are at least 13 years of age and we do not knowingly collect any information from persons under the age of 13. If we learn that a submission or post is by a person under the age of 13, we will remove the material.

Changes to Privacy Policy

TipBusters reserves the right to change the Privacy Policy from time to time at its sole discretion, and will provide notice of material changes on the privacy policy page of its web Site. Any changes will be posted and changes will only apply to activities from that point onwards. All personal information that we collect and maintain will be subject to the version of the Privacy Policy in effect at the time of such collection. You are encouraged to review the privacy policy whenever you visit the site to make sure that you understand how any personal information you provide will be used.

Collection of Personal Information

TipBusters is a Canadian site hosted by HostGator.com, a website server located in the United States. As a result, any tracking information is transferred across national boundaries and is stored in the United States. When you submit personal information to TipBusters through this Site, you understand and agree that this information may be transferred across national boundaries and may be stored and processed in the United States.

You also acknowledge that the collection, transferring, storage, and processing of your information may be undertaken by trusted vendors of TipBusters. Such vendors are bound by contract not to use your personal information for their own purposes or provide it to any third parties.

TipBusters may collect three kinds of information from this Website: (1) log files (non-personal information) (2) cookies and web beacons (3) your voluntarily-provided personal information.

(1) Log Files

Like many other Web sites, TipBusters makes use of log files. The information inside the log files includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, type of browser, Internet Service Provider (ISP), date/time stamp, referring/exit pages, and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, track users movement around the site, and gather demographic information. IP addresses, and other such information are generally not linked to any information that is personally identifiable; however, it is possible that personal information about a customer may be included in the log files due to the normal functions of IP addresses and Web browsing.

(2) Cookies and Web Beacons

Your Internet browser has the in-built facility for storing small text files – “cookies” – that hold information which allows a website to recognize you. TipBusters may use cookies to store information about visitors’ preferences, record user-specific information on which pages the user access or visit, customize Web page content based on visitors’ browser type or other information that the visitor sends via their browser. While TipBusters may use cookies to track your visit to TipBusters web sites, and our Web servers automatically log the IP/Internet address of your computer, TipBusters does not generally use this information to identify you personally. Cookies are generally used for measuring aggregate web statistics, including number of monthly visitors, number of repeat visitors, most popular Web pages and other information used to make the visitor’s use of a website easier. Cookie and tracking technology are useful for gathering information such as browser type and operating system, tracking the number of visitors to the Site, and understanding how visitors use the Site. TipBusters does not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information except in connection with a password protected online registration for a contest or newsletter or other service and only with the visitor’s informed consent. Visitors can reject cookies by changing their browser settings to avoid the collection of Cookie based Information.

More information about cookies can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_cookie.

DoubleClick DART Cookie

Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on www.tipbusters.com.

Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to your users based on their visit to www.tipbusters.com and other sites on the Internet.

Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy at the following URL – http://www.google.com/privacy_ads.html

Some of our advertising partners may use cookies and web beacons on our site. Our advertising partners include but are not limited to:

ShareASale, Google Adsense, Commission Junction, Linkshare and Amazon

These third-party ad servers or ad networks use technology to the advertisements and links that appear on TipBusters send directly to your browsers. They automatically receive your IP address when this occurs. Other technologies (such as cookies, JavaScript, or Web Beacons ) may also be used by the third-party ad networks to measure the effectiveness of their advertisements and / or to personalize the advertising content that you see.

TipBusters has no access to or control over cookies that are used by third-party advertisers.

You should consult the respective privacy policies of these third-party ad servers for more detailed information on their practices as well as for instructions about how to opt-out of certain practices. TipBusters’ privacy policy does not apply to, and we cannot control the activities of such other advertisers or web sites.

If you wish to disable cookies, you may do so through your individual browser options. More detailed information about cookie management with specific web browsers can be found at the browsers’ respective websites.

(3) Voluntarily-provided personal information

TipBusters does not automatically collect personal information, such as name, address, phone number, email address and other personally identifiable information, from its visitors (“Personal Information”). From time to time, TipBusters may collect Personal Information that is voluntarily provided by its visitors in filling out contest entry forms and subscribing to newsletters and other activities carried out on the Website. It is completely optional for you to engage in these activities. Every email newsletter has an opt-out option, whereby a subscriber can remove themselves from the email list.

Information Use

TipBusters will only collect and use such Personal Information solely for the purpose(s) disclosed by TipBusters at the time of collection and only after the visitor has voluntarily agreed to such collection and use, by clicking “I agree” on the online form or in writing if entering via faxed or mailed form. TipBusters also sometimes use email addresses that have been voluntarily provided by its visitors to respond to visitors who communicate with us, to inform winners of contests or to subscribe to newsletters. All emails from TipBusters to its visitors include instructions on how to discontinue receipt of emails, newsletters and other communication from TipBusters and visitors can discontinue such communication at any time. Email addresses from visitors who wish to discontinue receipt of TipBusters emails will be removed from the TipBusters distribution list and data bases. All Personal Information that may identify a visitor and has been collected with the visitor’s consent by TipBusters is not disclosed in any identifiable form to any other party outside the company except for the fulfillment of the specific purpose identified to the visitor at the time of collection. However TipBusters may disclose such information in anonymous, aggregated and non-personally identifiable form to other parties for marketing, advertising or other purposes and to better understand visitor’s use of the Website. At any time, a visitor may send an email to privacy@strangerthanfiction.com to request that Personal Information be changed, removed or updated in TipBusters’ databases.

Visitors should exercise caution when they disclose personally identifiable information in the comments section on this Website or any other website. Such areas are accessible by anyone and may result in the visitor receiving unsolicited messages from other people and/or companies. Although TipBusters is committed to protecting the Personal Information provided to it by its visitors in compliance with this Privacy Policy, it cannot guarantee the security of information, whether personal or otherwise, that visitors disclose online to publicly accessible areas.

Protection of Visitors’ Personal Information

TipBusters protects the Personal Information it collects with appropriate technological, physical and administrative safeguards to protect it from unauthorized disclosure or use. Access to Personal Information collected by TipBusters is limited to authorized individuals and stored on its databases, which are protected by firewalls and are password-secured. TipBusters retains the Personal Information only for as long as is required for the purposes identified at the time of its collection and consented to by the visitor providing it or as otherwise required by law.

Once Personal Information is no longer necessary for the purposes consented to by the visitor, it is TipBusters’ practice to delete it from its data bases or systems or make it anonymous.

Linked Websites

This Website may be linked to other websites. These linked websites are not under the control of TipBusters and are required to have their own privacy policies. Visitors should ensure that they read and understand how their Personal Information may be collected, used, and disclosed by the linked websites as TipBusters is not responsible for and shall not be held liable for any procedures, policies or activities of any websites linked to the Website.

Please refer to the section above on cookies for advertising links.

Email Lists

People who subscribe to email lists via the website will receive periodic updates from TipBusters by email. You may opt out of receiving future information via email by using the unsubscribe procedure specified on the email message.

Correcting/Updating Personal Information

If a customer’s personally identifiable information changes, or if a customer no longer desires our services, we will endeavor to provide a way to correct, update or remove that customer’s personal data in our records. Please contact us at info@tipbusters.com

Opt Out & Modifications

Any customer who signs up for the email newsletter may unsubscribe at any time.

Security

As stated earlier, TipBusters is hosted by the U.S.-based HostGator. Both TipBusters and Hostgator.com use technical security measures to prevent the loss, misuse, alternation or unauthorized disclosure of information under their control. Hostgator.com uses security measures including and not limited to: physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information collected online.

Compliance with Laws and Law Enforcement

We cooperate with government and law enforcement officials to enforce and comply with the law. We will disclose any information about Users upon valid request by government or law officials as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate to respond to claims and legal process (including without limitation subpoenas), to protect your property and rights, or the property and rights of a third party, to protect the safety of the public or any person, or stop activity we consider illegal or unethical.

Accountability

TipBusters takes its commitment to securing privacy very seriously. From time to time, TipBusters may amend or update this Privacy Policy to comply with visitor concerns, best practices and/or the law. TipBusters has appointed a member of its management team to act as TipBusters’ Privacy Officer and who is responsible for reviewing, approving and administering this Privacy Policy and TipBusters’ commitments. If you have any questions, concerns or comments, feel free to contact the Privacy Officer at info@tipbusters.com.

This agreement is valid as of March 01, 2013.