July 15th, 2011

Privacy Policy and Disclaimer

athunder.livejournal.com (“Website”) is governed by the following Privacy Policy.

We respect your privacy and are committed to protecting it. The purpose of this Privacy Policy is to inform you what information we may collect and how it may be used. This statement only applies to this Website.

Who we are

We are a blog operating at the web address: https://athunder.livejournal.com
It is written and managed by Alexander Popov who can be contacted at: athunder@livejournal.com

What information do we collect and how is it used?


  • Information You Voluntarily Submit to the Website: We may collect personal information from you such as your name or your livejournal username. For example, you may voluntarily submit information to the Website by leaving a comment or using a private messaging service of Livejournal.

  • Automatically-Collected Information: We automatically collect certain information about you and the device with which you access the Website. For example, when you use the Website, we will log your IP address, operating system type, browser type, referring website, pages you viewed, and the dates/times when you accessed the Website. We may also collect information about actions you take when using the Website, such as links clicked.

  • Cookies: We may log information using cookies, which are small data files stored on your browser by the Website. We may use both session cookies, which expire when you close your browser, and persistent cookies, which stay on your browser until deleted, to provide you with a more personalized experience on the Website.

  • Comments: When you leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to assist in spam detection. If you authorize your account at Livejournal via a third party, the picture from this third party service may become visible to the public in the context of your comment.

How your information may be used

We may use the information collected in the following ways:


  • To operate and maintain the Website;

  • To send you administrative communications, such technical notices, updates on policies, or security alerts;

  • To respond to your comments or inquiries;

  • To provide you with user support;

  • To track and measure advertising on the Website;

  • To protect, investigate, and deter against unauthorized or illegal activity.

We do not send any promotional information unless you explicitly authorize us for that.

Third-party use of personal information

We may share your information with third parties when you explicitly authorize us to share your information.

Additionally, the Website may use third-party service providers to service various aspects of the Website. Each third-party service provider’s use of your personal information is dictated by their respective privacy policies. The Website currently uses the following third-party service providers:


  • Google Analytics – this service tracks Website usage and provides information such as referring websites and user actions on the Website. Google Analytics may capture your IP address, but no other personal information is captured by Google Analytics. For more information, please see Google Analytics’s Privacy Policy.

  • Yandex Metrica – this service tracks Website usage and provides information such as referring websites and user actions on the Website. Yandex Metrica may capture your IP address, but no other personal information is captured by Yandex Metrica For more information, please see Yandex Metrica's Privacy Policy.

The Livejournal blogging platform may use other third-party service providers to track the Website usage. athunder doesn't have any control over that even when using a

Advertising and affiliate partners

Some of our advertising partners and/or affiliate programs may use cookies on our site. The web-site has no access to or control over cookies that are used by third-party advertisers and affiliates. Some of the affiliate or referral programs we use operate by use of a referral link. When the link is clicked, any purchases made by a visitor can be tracked back to the web-site in order to track any sales for purposes of commissions for the referral. Our advertising partners/affiliate programs include:


  • Admitad | Affiliate Partner – athunder is a participant in the Admitad affiliate program, an affiliate network that provides a means for us to earn commissions by linking to affiliated sites and products. For more information, please see Admitad's Privacy Policy.

  • Airbnb Associates – athunder is a participant in the Airbnb Associates affiliate program, an affiliate network that provides a means for us to earn commissions by linking to affiliated sites and products. For more information, please see Airbnb’s Privacy Policy.

  • Aliexpress | Affiliate Partner – athunder is a participant in the Aliexpress affiliate program, an affiliate network that provides a means for us to earn commissions by linking to affiliated sites and products. For more information, please see Alibaba's Privacy Policy.

  • Amazon Associates – athunder is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and links to Amazon.com. As part of this Amazon Associates program, the Website will post customized links, provided by Amazon, to track the referrals to their website. This program utilizes cookies to track visits for the purposes of assigning commission on these sales. For more information, please see Amazon’s Privacy Policy.

  • Awin | Affiliate Partner – athunder is a participant in the Awin affiliate program, an affiliate network that provides a means for us to earn commissions by linking to affiliated sites and products. For more information, please see Awin’s Privacy Policy.

  • Booking.com | Affiliate Partner – athunder is a participant in the Booking.com affiliate program, a program that provides a means for us to earn commissions by linking to affiliated sites and products. For more information, please see Booking.com’s Privacy Policy.

  • Commission Junction | Affiliate Partner – athunder is a participant in the Commission Junction affiliate program, an affiliate network that provides a means for us to earn commissions by linking to affiliated sites and products. For more information, please see Commission Junction’s Privacy Policy.

  • EPN | Affiliate Partner – athunder is a participant in the EPN affiliate program, an affiliate network that provides a means for us to earn commissions by linking to affiliated sites and products. For more information, please see EPN’s Privacy Policy.

  • Flexoffers | Affiliate Partner – athunder is a participant in the Flexoffers affiliate program, an affiliate network that provides a means for us to earn commissions by linking to affiliated sites and products. For more information, please see Flexoffers Privacy Policy.

  • ShareASale | Affiliate Partner – athunder is a participant in the ShareASale affiliate program, an affiliate network that provides a means for us to earn commissions by linking to affiliated sites and products. For more information, please see ShareASale’s Privacy Policy.

The Livejournal blogging platform may use other advertising and affiliate partners to serve ads at athunder.livejournal.com. athunder doesn't have any control over that even when using a paid account at Livejournal.

Anonymous data

From time to time, we may use anonymous data, which does not identify you alone, or when combined with data from other parties. This type of anonymous data may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses. Examples of this anonymous data may include analytics or information collected from cookies.

Publicly visible information

When visitors leave a comment on the Website, certain information may be publicly visible.

Cookies

The Website uses cookies to store visitors’ preferences, record user-specific information on what pages users access or visit, ensure that visitors are not repeatedly sent the same banner ads, customize Website content based on visitors’ browser type or other information that the visitor sends. Cookies may also be used by third-party services, such as Google Analytics and Yandex Metrica, as described herein.

Users may, at any time, prevent the setting of cookies, by the Website, by using a corresponding setting of your internet browser and may thus permanently deny the setting of cookies. Furthermore, already set cookies may be deleted at any time via an Internet browser or other software programs. This is possible in all popular Internet browsers. However, if users deactivate the setting of cookies in your Internet browser, not all functions of our Website may be entirely usable.

Advertising

Display Ads
We may use third-party advertising companies to serve content and advertisements when you visit the Website, which may use cookies. No personally identifiable information is shared with the Website’s ad providers.

Retargeting Ads
From time to time, the Website may engage in remarketing efforts with third-party companies, such as Google, Facebook, VK, or Instagram, in order to market the Website. These companies use cookies to serve ads based on someone’s past visits to the Website.

Affiliate Program Participation
The Website may engage in affiliate marketing, which is done by embedding tracking links into the Website. If you click on a link for an affiliate partnership, a cookie will be placed on your browser to track any sales for purposes of commissions.

How we protect your data

SSL Certificate – is a service provided and installed through the Livejournal blogging platform. Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is the secure version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between your browser and the website you are connected to. The “S” at the end of HTTPS stands for “Secure” meaning all communication between your browser and the Website are encrypted.

Anti-Spam – This anti-spam software used by Livejournal to protect against spam. Anti-Spam collects information about visitors who comment at Livejournal. The information it collects may include the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer.

Though we try our best we can not guarantee the security of information. We will do everything we reasonably can to prevent security breaches and to assist authorities should any breaches occur.


Sensitive personal information

At no time should you submit sensitive personal information to the Website. This includes your social security number, information regarding race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, health information, criminal background, or trade union memberships. If you elect to submit such information to us, it will be subject to this Privacy Policy.

Children’s information

The Website does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 16. If a parent or guardian believes that the Website has personally identifiable information of a child under the age of 16 in its database, please contact us immediately at athunder@livejournal.com and we will use our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.

Contact information

At any time, please contact us at athunder@livejournal.com for questions related to this Privacy Policy.

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