First, we have a few fundamental principles at ContestKit:
Like most website operators, ContestKit 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. ContestKit’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how ContestKit’s visitors use its website.
From time to time, ContestKit may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
ContestKit also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users. For example, when a ContestKit giveaway is entered by a logged in user, the IP address of the entrant will be logged and available for the giveaway administrator to view with the intentions of using this information to help moderate giveaway entries. It’s common for sweepstakes promotions run by giveaway administrators to limit entries into their giveaways to one per household or per IP address, as an IP address might represent an individual household.
Certain visitors to ContestKit’s websites choose to interact with ContestKit in ways that require ContestKit to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that ContestKit gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for an account at ContestKit to provide a name, email address, and phone number. Those who engage in transactions with ContestKit are asked to provide additional information, or connect with a social media service, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions.
In each case, ContestKit collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with ContestKit. ContestKit 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.
When an individual enters a ContestKit giveaway, they’re able to log into the entry form in three ways - through Facebook Connect, Twitter, and through their name and email address combination.
Many of our users prefer using their Facebook account to connect to our giveaway entry forms across the web. When an entrant signs in through Facebook Connect, they will be shown a dialog hosted by Facebook that describes ContestKit giveaway app’s permissions.
We currently ask for only basic information and email address. By default, your basic information is the information you’ve chosen to make public that’s associated with your Facebook account. This includes certain properties such as your Facebook id, name, picture, gender, and your locale. Certain connections such as your friends also may be available. If the user has made more of their data public, more information will be available.
We ask for your email address associated with your Facebook account as an entrant if you win a giveaway, the promotion admin may be able to contact you. If you enter a giveaway using ContestKit’s entry form and log into the entry form through Facebook Connect, you will be contacted if you’re a winner at the primary email address listed in your Facebook account. This email address can be found and edited by logging into your Facebook account > general account settings > email.
We take your privacy seriously and stand by the following guidelines when it comes to your Facebook account: We will never post anything to your wall unless you give us permission. We will never contact your Facebook friends without your approval. We will never store your Facebook password. We will only use information you have made publicly available to the Facebook community. We encourage you to take control of how and what you share on Facebook by editing and reading more about your privacy settings on Facebook here.
To disconnect the ContestKit application from your Facebook account, log into your Facebook account, go to your Facebook account settings, click on ‘apps’ on the left side of the screen, find the ContestKit app and click the x in the row to remove the app.
Some of our users prefer using their Twitter account to connect to our giveaway entry forms across the web. We currently ask for only basic information and email address.
We take your privacy seriously and stand by the following guidelines when it comes to your Twitter account: We will never post anything to your feed unless you give us permission. We will never store your Twitter password. We will only use information you have made publicly available to the Twitter community. We encourage you to take control of how and what you share on Twitter by editing and reading more about your privacy settings on Twitter here.
If you choose not to log into a ContestKit giveaway entry form via Facebook Connect or Twitter, the other option is to use your name and email address. This contact information is needed to give to the administrator of the giveaway to help them determine if you’re a winner and contact you if you win.
When an entrant signs into and enters a ContestKit giveaway, their entrant information is collected by ContestKit and presented to the giveaway administrator to make the job of the giveaway administrator easy to run, manage, and moderate their giveaways and giveaway entrants.
As stated above, ContestKit presents this data to the administrator running the giveaway. We also give the administrator the ability to download a list of entries into a spreadsheet format.
ContestKit may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, ContestKit may monitor the most frequented giveaways on the ContestKit site. ContestKit also has Google Analytics installed on our site as well as other analytic programs that help us gather feedback and make decisions on how to improve our service offerings. However, ContestKit does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
ContestKit 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 ContestKit’s behalf or to provide services available at ContestKit’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 ContestKit’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them.
As an example, if you’re having trouble with choosing a winner (whether that be user error or a bug on our end) and you file a support ticket, an employee of ContestKit may access your account to help decide how to best remedy the solution. This might include opening up your list of entries and seeing entrant information.
ContestKit 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, ContestKit discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when ContestKit believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of ContestKit, third parties or the public at large.
If you are a registered user of an ContestKit website and have supplied your email address, ContestKit may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with ContestKit and our products. We primarily use our blog, Facebook page, and Twitter account to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. 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. ContestKit takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
We may store your data on servers provided by third party hosting vendors with whom we have contracted.
ContestKit’s operations of business are located primarily in the United States and Canada. If you provide information to us, the information will be transferred out of the European Union (EU) to the United States or Canada. By providing personal information to us, you are consenting to its storage and use as described herein.
You must be at least 13 years old to use ContestKit‘s web site(s) & service(s). ContestKit does not knowingly collect information from children under 13. See the U.S. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act here.
If ContestKit, or substantially all of its assets were acquired, or in the unlikely event that ContestKit 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 acquiror of ContestKit may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.
To help protect your privacy on ContestKit, be sure:
Not to share your user ID or password with anyone To log off the ContestKit web site when you are finished To take customary precautions to guard against ‘malware’
Effective April 10, 2017