We respect your privacy and the following information sets out how we will handle any personal information that we receive from you.
1. Statement of Intent
Soapbox knows that you care about how your personal information is stored and used and we take your privacy very seriously. Whilst using this Thesoapbox.com site we will occasionally request that users register their personal details in order to gain access to specific areas and facilities within the site or to download files and receive newsletter etc. Essentially, Soapbox aims to maintain the highest standards by adopting recognized best practice and by acting in accordance with current legislation.
2. Users Information
In addition to the formally requested information such as name, email address and similar details that are provided during registration, as with virtually all web sites, the Thesoapbox.com also gathers information about your computer. An example of this can been found in the use of 'Cookies', which enable us to determine whether or not you have visited our web pages before and clicked on specific links etc. If you have visited a specific link before then the web site will often give you some indication of this, and therefore save you from the need of repeatedly visiting pages that you have already seen. Essentially, the cookies enable us to provide users with a better service.
3. What about Cookies?
A cookie is a small text file that allows our computers to recognize a user’s computer. Naturally, this identification does extend to be able to identify the individual user, but merely the computer that is being used to browse the web site. Cookies can tells us when a particular computer has visited a specific web page, how long it viewed the information on that page and which links the User clicked on etc. This information can then help us to ensure that we are developing a web site that is easier to navigate and ensures that commonly requested information is presented to the fore. Users can easily prevent their computer from using Cookies by changing some of the options and settings on their computer. This however will obviously result in users being unable to access a number of personalized services.
4. Submitting Personal Information
When you submit personal information to our Website by registering for specific services, we have a legal obligation to ensure that we store and use this information properly. We will store your personal information for as long as you use our services and until you indicate that you no longer wish to be registered for specific facilities. In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, we will hold all personal information in a secure environment. Soapbox does not collect any unique information about you (such as your name, email address, etc.) except when you specifically and knowingly provide such information. For example, Soapbox DOES collect such information from those users registering as Monitors and/or Editors. Soapbox notes and saves information such as time of day, browser type, browser language, and IP address with each query. That information is used to verify our records and to provide more relevant services to users. For example, Soapbox may use your IP address or browser language to determine which language to use when showing search results or advertisements.
5. Access to your Personal Information
It is your right to request a copy of all information that we hold about you and to have any inaccuracies corrected. Please note that we charge a fee of £10 for each and every request. In the first instance, your request for information should be forwarded to: firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Direct Marketing and User Surveys
With the future expansion of Soapbox services, there will be many opportunities for us to provide Users with enhanced services and facilities. From time to time we may contact you to provide information about these news services and give you the opportunity to subscribe to them, provide feedback on development or complete a survey about our facilities. This information will only be used by Thesoapbox.com and will not be shared with any third parties without your prior consent, except for when there is a legal obligation for us to do so.
7. Users under 18 Before providing Soapbox with any personal information, all persons under the age of 18 must ensure that they obtain the permission of their parent/guardian. Users without this consent are not allowed to provide us with personal information. By using Thesoapbox.com, you acknowledge and consent to the practices in this policy.
Soapbox may share information about you with advertisers, business partners, sponsors, and other third parties. However, we only divulge aggregate information about our users and will not share personally identifiable information with any third party without your express consent. For example, we may disclose how frequently the average Soapbox user visits Soapbox, or which Soapbox pages are most often used. Please be aware, however, that we will release specific personal information about you if required to do so in order to comply with any valid legal process such as a search warrant, subpoena, statute, or court order. Further, Soapbox reserves the right to cooperate with legitimate law enforcement requests for information at its sole discretion.
We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13. If we learn that we have personal information on a child under the age of 13, we will delete that information from our systems.
In addition, Soapbox collects personally identifiable information from users (including email addresses, names, gender, date of birth, and zip code) during the registration process. This information may be used by Soapbox to improve our site and the overall user experience.
Soapbox may, through its website, iPhone applications and related sites, request your location via a geo-location service. Through this service Soapbox may collect, depending on the capabilities of your device, information about the wifi routers closest to you, indentifying information related to the cell towers closest to you, and the strength of your wifi or cell signal. Soapbox will use this information to return an estimated location. This information (including your IP address) may then be used by Soapbox to develop new features, products or services. This information may also be shared on an aggregated or individual basis with our third party advertisers to display better-targeted advertising content.