Privacy Policy

Advertising Privacy Statement

This Site is affiliated with AdThrive, LLC (“AdThrive”) for the purposes of placing advertising
on the Site. AdThrive uses standard and widely-available tools for the placement and serving of
ads, including those provided by Google, Inc. and its affiliates. We publish interest-based
advertisements on the Site; that is, ads that are tailored to reflect your interests. To help
understand your interests, AdThrive, Google and our other advertising partners will track your
behaviour on our website and on other websites across the Internet using cookies.

A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a
web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to
the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. Cookies may be either
“persistent” cookies or “session” cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser
and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry
date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the
web browser is closed. Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally
identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the
information stored in and obtained from cookies.

By using this Site, you consent to the use of such cookies and the sharing of data captured by
such cookies with AdThrive, Google, and our other third party partners. You can view, delete or
add interest categories associated with your browser by visiting:
https://adssettings.google.com. You can also opt out of the network cookie using those settings
or using the Network Advertising Initiative’s multi-cookie opt-out mechanism at:
http://optout.networkadvertising.org. However, these opt-out mechanisms themselves use cookies,
and if you clear the cookies from your browser your opt-out will not be maintained.

For European Economic Area Residents
If you reside in a country in the European Economic Area (EEA), then under the GDPR and
applicable data protection laws you have the rights, among other things, to access your personal
data, have us erase it, and/or restrict its further processing. If you wish to access or delete
your personal data (if any) maintained by us or AdThrive related to advertising on the Site, you
can contact us at [email protected] and contact AdThrive at
[email protected] If you wish to see a list of the advertising partners we work with or change
which of those partners track your behavior using cookies, click the ad preferences link at the
bottom of the site. (Available in the EU.)

Your privacy is very important to us. At Columbus Navigator we have a few fundamental principles that we follow:

We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it. (We can’t stand services that ask you for things like your gender or income level for no apparent reason.)

We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.

We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of our site.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, Columbus Navigator collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Columbus Navigator’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Columbus Navigator’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Columbus Navigator may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

Columbus Navigator also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on our blogs. Columbus Navigator only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to Columbus Navigator’s websites choose to interact with Columbus Navigator in ways that require Columbus Navigator to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Columbus Navigator gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who comment on our blog to provide a username and email address. Those who wish to receive Columbus Navigator updates via email, we collect their emails. In each case, Columbus Navigator collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Columbus Navigator. Columbus Navigator does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

Columbus Navigator may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. Columbus Navigator may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Columbus Navigator does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

Columbus Navigator discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Columbus Navigator’s behalf or to provide services available at Columbus Navigator’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Columbus Navigator’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Columbus Navigator will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Columbus Navigator discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Columbus Navigator believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Columbus Navigator, third parties or the public at large. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Columbus Navigator takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Columbus Navigator uses cookies to help Columbus Navigator identify and track visitors, their usage of Columbus Navigator website, and their website access preferences. Columbus Navigator visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Columbus Navigator’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of Columbus Navigator’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Business Transfers

If Columbus Navigator, or substantially all of its assets were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Columbus Navigator goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Columbus Navigator may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

Ads

Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Columbus Navigator and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Columbus Navigator may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Columbus Navigator’s sole discretion. Columbus Navigator encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.