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The Fountain of Life (“FOL”) is committed to being clear and transparent about how we use, store and protect your private information. We also want to let you know your rights of deleting, opting out or correcting any private information we hold. Our policies meet the global standard set by the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) in force from May 25, 2018.

Your Consent:  By using the FOL’s website and any affiliated websites, message boards, bulletin boards, blogs, or public or private forums (collectively, “affiliated forums”), you consent to the terms of this Privacy Policy (the “Policy”).

What Information We Collect and Store: If you register for our website, make a purchase on the website or sign up for our newsletter, we collect and store some of your private information that might include: your name, email address, physical address, password and login information to our website, telephone number, and any other information volunteered by you, such as information on contact forms or scholarship forms, emails to us, or postings on any ‘affiliated forums’ (such as Facebook, for example). We also keep records of all purchases made. You should not provide FOL with any personally identifiable information (or share it on our affiliated forums) unless you would like that information to be used by us in accordance with this Policy. FOL may also automatically collect information from you when you access the website, including but not limited to your Internet Protocol (“IP”) Address, for example through google analytics or facebook “pixel”.

What We Do With Your Information: We DO NOT share your private information with third parties without your consent (with the exception of the service companies listed below that we work with), unless required to do so by law, or for the rare event of legal process. We use your information to email you communications about courses, your account and other purchases from the website, and to send you updates of articles, events, and other relevant news or promotions if you subscribe to the newsletter. We do not store your credit card information. This is handled by secure, encrypted financial companies such as paypal. If you give us your bank or credit card details over the phone, it is deleted or destroyed immediately after making the authorized charge.

Service Companies We Work With:  FOL works with several professional service providers that all meet EU GDPR standards in security and privacy. Our mailing lists are maintained by mailchimp.com which also stores copies of your name, address, purchase record, and information such as your internet IP address, and IP address physical location, as is standard in mail-list companies. If you email us directly, we store a copy of that email in our FOL gmail account, as well as our professional webserver, digitalocean.com. And, we use the professional cloud storage platform dropbox.com to keep lists of registrants for courses and events.

Your Rights to Delete, Opt-Out, Make Corrections:  If you are on our newsletter, it is because you have opted-in or you have purchased a product or participated in an event, or otherwise expressed interest in our services. At any point you can unsubscribe from the newsletter by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link in every email.

You can also email us or use the contact form to request that we delete your information from our system, or that we correct it if it is incorrect (to the extent that it is possible whilst still complying with USA tax laws. We must keep transaction records for 7 years).

A Note for Parents: The website and any other affiliated forums, are not directed to children under eighteen (18) years of age. FOL does not knowingly solicit or collect personal information from children under eighteen (18) years of age. This website, including the information contained within the website and programs made available through the website, are intended for use by adults. You must be at least 18 years of age to use this website. By using the website, you warrant and represent that you are at least 18 years of age.

To the extent you are a parent desiring to share this website with your child, you may do so only as long as you abide by the following requirements:

You may not share this website with children under the age of 13, or any content discussing sexuality, or with images of nudity with children younger than 18.
You must not provide any personally identifiable information about any individual other than yourself. This includes that you shall not provide any personally identifiable information about your child. If, at the request of FOL or otherwise, you send certain specific submissions …. (collectively, “comments”), the comments submitted must be your own work and not written by your child. To the extent which comments are submitted through a social media platform (e.g., Facebook), only your social media account shall be permitted access.
In the event that your child is not of legal age to purchase or consume alcohol, FOL recommends that you refrain from offering alcohol-containing tinctures to your child.

Other Websites and Their Privacy Policies: Third-party websites or links may be accessible through our website and/or affiliated forums. These third-party websites have their own privacy and data collection policies and practices. FOL is not responsible for any actions or privacy policies of such third parties. You should check the applicable privacy policies of those third parties when providing personally identifiable information through linked websites.

Security: To protect your personal information, we take reasonable precautions and follow industry best practices to make sure it is not inappropriately lost, misused, accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed. However, no method of transmission over the internet or electronic storage is 100% secure, and we cannot guarantee the security of any data you disclose online. By using this website, or associated services, you accept the inherent security risks of providing information and dealing over the internet and will not hold FOL responsible for any breach of security unless this is due to our negligence or willful default.

Cookies: “Cookies” are commonly used pieces of information in the form of small files that are placed on a computer hard drive to enable you to more easily communicate and interact with certain websites. FOL may use cookies on its website, although none of the cookies contain any personally identifiable information

Changes to Our Privacy Policy:  Changes to the FOL Privacy Policy will be posted on the website. Such changes will be effective when posted to the website, so please check this page periodically. Your continued use of the website and/or affiliated forums, constitutes your acceptance of any changes to the Privacy Policy.

The above is the simple, but thorough “plain English” description of our privacy policy. Please contact us through the “contact” link on the menu bar of this website if you have any questions: https://www.thefountainoflife.org/contact/

And/or read the rest of the details below, particularly if you lived in the EU.

Further Details – EU GDPR Rights: EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) also asks that we list the following information:

If you are within the European Union, you are entitled to certain information and have certain rights under the General Data Protection Regulation. Those rights include:

We will retain any information you choose to provide to us until the earlier of: (a) you asking us to delete the information, (b) our decision to cease using our existing data providers, or (c) FOL decides that the value in retaining the data is outweighed by the costs of retaining it.

You have the right to request access to your data that FOL stores and the rights to either rectify or erase your personal data.

You have the right to seek restrictions on the processing of your data.

You have the right to object to the processing of your data and the right to the portability of your data.

To the extent that you provided consent to the FOL’s processing of your personal data, you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time, without affecting the lawfulness of processing based upon consent that occurred prior to your withdrawal of consent.

You have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority that has jurisdiction over issues related to the General Data Protection Regulation.

We require only the information that is reasonably required to enter into a contract with you. We will not require you to provide consent for any unnecessary processing as a condition of entering into a contract with us.

Identity and contact details of the controller: Azra Bertrand, contact through the contact form on the FOL website –https://www.thefountainoflife.org/contact/

Purpose of the processing and the legal basis for the processing: Data is collected and retained for the purposes of informing individuals of events and products in which they have expressed an interest. This data is collected and processed under the legal basis of ‘Legitimate Interests’ – see below.

The legitimate interests of the controller or third party: FOL uses the data to inform individuals of news, upcoming events, media, articles, books, music, and products that we may expect the individuals to find of interest.

Categories of personal data: The categories of personal data collected and processed are as indicated in the section on ‘What Information We Collect’, above.

Any recipient or categories of recipients of the personal data: Data is used only by FOL for the purposes outlined above.

Retention period or criteria used to determine the retention period: Data is retained for as long as it still has relevance, or until they request to be unsubscribed.

The existence of each of data subject’s rights: The data subjects rights are acknowledged and best efforts will be used to respond to any and all requests for access to or deletion of data records within 30 days.

The right to withdraw consent at any time, where relevant: Every mailing includes an ‘unsubscribe’ link that enables each recipient to immediately unsubscribe from the list and have their data deleted from the mailchimp server at any time. Individuals may also send an email to FOL requesting their details to be removed within 30 days.

The sources the personal data originates from are as indicated in the section on ‘What Information We Collect’, above.

No automated decision making or profiling is used. Emails are tailored according to stated language preference, events for which the individual has registered, and in some cases country.