Privacy Policy

1. Apex Magazine Privacy Policy

This policy explains what information we collect when you use Apex Magazine's services, products, and content (“Services”). It also has information about how we store, use, transfer, and delete that information.

Information We Collect & How We Use It

Apex Magazine runs basic banner ads from time to time. Our data collection is minimal and limited to a record of your click and your IP address. This information is never shared or sold and is only used as a means of tracking clickthrough rates for adverts.

When buying from our online store, the only information we gather is your email address and payment information.

Other information we collect based on actions you take while using our website such as what pages you view (including how much of a given page and for how long) and your use of product features (such as comments and purchases). This information includes records of those interactions, your Internet Protocol address, information about your device (such as device or browser type), and referral information (how you got to a particular page).

We use this information to: provide, test, improve, promote and personalize the Services, fight spam and other forms of abuse, generate aggregate, non-identifying information about how people use the Services

Information Disclosure

Apex Magazine won’t transfer information about you to third parties for the purpose of providing or facilitating third-party advertising to you. We will never sell information about you to a third-party.

We may transfer 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 pseudonymization; (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 or cause illegal conduct. We will object to legal requests for information about users of our services that we believe are improper.

Data Storage

Apex Magazine uses third-party vendors and hosting partners such as DigitalOcean for hardware, software, networking, storage, and related technology we need to run Apex Magazine. We maintain two types of logs: server logs and event logs. By using the Services, you authorize Apex Magazine to transfer, store, and use your information in the United States and any other country where we operate.

Third-Party Embeds

Some of the content that you see displayed on Apex Magazine is not hosted by Apex Magazine. These “embeds” are hosted by a third-party and embedded in an Apex Magazine page so that it appears to be part of that page. For example: YouTube or Vimeo videos, Imgur or Giphy gifs, SoundCloud audio files, Twitter tweets, GitHub code snippets, or Scribd documents that appear within a Apex Magazine post. These files send data to the hosted site just as if you were visiting that site directly (for example, when you load an Apex Magazine post page with a YouTube video embedded in it, that video appears because of a pointer to files hosted by YouTube, and in turn YouTube receives data about your activity, such as your IP address and how much of the video you watch).

Apex Magazine doesn’t control what data third parties collect in cases like this, or what they ultimately do with it. So, third-party embeds on Apex Magazine are not covered by this Privacy Policy. They are covered by the privacy policy of the third-party service (so, when you watch a YouTube video embedded in an Apex Magazine post, the use of data about your interactions with the video would be covered by YouTube’s privacy policy).

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 to our store, remember your preferences (such as default language), and evaluate email effectiveness.

Some third-party services that we use to provide the Service such as Google Analytics, may place their own cookies in your browser. This Privacy Policy covers use of cookies by Apex Magazine only and not the use of cookies by third parties.

Modifying or Deleting Your Personal Information

To protect information from accidental or malicious destruction, we may maintain residual copies for a brief time period (generally several weeks). But, if you delete your store account, your information and content will be unrecoverable after that time. Apex Magazine may preserve and maintain copies of your information beyond this time period when required to do so by law.

Data Security

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.

Business Transfers

If we’re involved in a merger, acquisition, bankruptcy, reorganization or sale of assets such that your information would be transferred or become subject to a different privacy policy, we’ll notify you in advance so you can opt out of any such new policy by deleting your account before transfer.

Email from Apex Magazine

Sometimes we’ll send you 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 our newsletters via an opt out link in the email.

When you interact with an email sent from Apex Magazine (such as opening an email or clicking on a particular link in an email), we may receive information about that interaction.

We won’t email you to ask for your password or other account information. If you receive such an email, please forward it to us at [email protected] so we can investigate.

Changes to this Policy

Apex Magazine may periodically update this Policy. We’ll notify you about significant changes to it.

Questions

We welcome feedback about this policy at [email protected]


2. Data Protection Statement for European Union Users

Description of Processing Activity

Apex Magazine collects and stores personal information (email, name, billing address) about its users and shares minimal data with its service providers.

Purposes of Processing

*Provide, test, promote, and improve the Services

*Gather usage statistics of services

*Fight spam, fraud, and other abuse of services

Legal Bases

In order to provide the Services, Apex Magazine collects and stores personal data about its users to fulfill its contractual obligations to users as described in our Terms of Service.

Public Nature of Personal Data

Users may choose to interact publicly with the Services in the form of following other user accounts, sharing links on connected social media accounts or leaving comments. 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 the Services.

Search engines may index your Apex Magazine user profile page and public interactions (such as shares and comments).

Categories of Personal Data Collected

Logged out users:
Reading history
IP address
Browser information
DNT status

Logged in users:
Username
Display name
Bio
Avatar image
Email address (non-public)
Session activity (security)
Linked social media accounts (optional)
IP address
Browser information
Reading history (on Apex Magazine Services only)

Categories of Recipients

Medium 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 Infrastructure
Security
Analytics
Communication & Support
Payment Processors

Payment Processors

Medium provides Services in conjunction with several payment processors, including: Stripe, PayPal, Google Play, and Apple Pay, through which users may pay for Apex Magazine products. 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 Apex Magazine account, Apex Magazine deletes your personal data as explained in this policy. However, to delete your payment or billing information, you will need to do so with your payment provider, as Apex Magazine only has minimal secure access to those records as needed to provide the Services.

Potential Consequences of Processing

By creating and using an account on Apex Magazine, 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 Apex Magazine, it 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.

Cross-border Transfers

Apex Magazine is hosted in the United States. By using the Services, you authorize Apex Magazine 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.

Retention

Apex Magazine 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. 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 Apex Magazine may have limited or no control.

To delete your payment or billing information, you will need to do so with your payment provider, as Apex Magazine only has minimal secure access to those records as needed to provide the Services.

Rights of Data Subjects

If you have a complaint relating 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.

Under EU law you have the right to lodge a complaint regarding the processing of your personal data by Apex Magazine with the dedicated Supervisory Authority of your EU member state.

Subject Access Requests

For security and account ownership verification reasons, we process Subject Access Requests and account deletion requests from the account holder only. We are unable to process requests made by third-party services.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, you can contact us at [email protected]

3. Consumer Privacy for California Users

If you are a California resident, the processing of certain personal data about you may be subject to the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) and other applicable California state privacy laws. Beginning January 1, 2020, the CCPA gives you certain rights with respect to the processing of your personal data (known as “personal information,” as described in the CCPA).

This section provides additional privacy disclosures and informs you of key additional rights as a California resident:

Right to Know Request

Under the CCPA, you have a right to request information about our collection, use, and disclosure of your personal information over the prior 12 months, and ask that we provide you with the following information:

Categories of and specific pieces of personal information we have collected about you.

Categories of sources from which we collect personal information.

Purposes for collecting, using, or selling personal information.

Categories of third parties with which we share personal information.

Categories of personal information disclosed about you for a business purpose.

If applicable, categories of personal information sold about you and the categories of third parties to which the personal information was sold, by category or categories of personal information for each third party to which the personal information was sold.

To make a verifiable request for information about the personal information we have collected about you email us at [email protected]

Right to Delete Request

Under the CCPA, you also have a right to request that we delete personal information, subject to certain exceptions. Email us at [email protected] to make a request.

Household Requests

We do not knowingly collect household data. If all the members of a household makes a Right to Know or Right to Delete request, we will respond as if the requests are individual requests.

General Requests under CCPA

If you do not have an Apex Magazine account, we will not have enough information about you to verify your Right to Know and Right to Delete requests since we do not keep sufficient information to reidentify and link you to a prior visit to Apex Magazine. You may make a verifiable consumer request related to your personal information twice per 12-month period. We will not discriminate against you for exercising any of your rights under the CCPA.

Requests made through Agents

You may designate, in writing or through a power of attorney document, an authorized agent to make requests on your behalf to exercise your rights. Before accepting such a request from an agent, we will require that the agent provide proof you have authorized them to act on your behalf, and we may need you to verify your identity directly with us.

Disclosures of Personal Information for a Business Purpose

In the last 12 months, Medium has disclosed certain data from the following categories of personal information to the categories of recipients listed above in the ‘Categories of Recipients’ for one or more business purposes:
Logged in users:
Username
Display name
Avatar image
Email address (non-public)
Members:
Billing information and history
Partner authors:
Bank account for payments
Business information, if applicable

No Sale of Personal Information

Under the CCPA, a “sale” means providing to a third party personal information for valuable consideration. At this time and pending final regulations and guidance interpreting the CCPA, we don’t believe any of our data practices constitute a “sale” under the CCPA.

Contact Us

You may contact us by emailing us at [email protected]

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