1. Introduction

Thank you for visiting Tastemaker.com and, if applicable, choosing to use our Service. This Privacy Policy, like our Terms of Service, is an integral part of using our service, and you must completely agree to it in order to use our Site and Service.

2. Definitions

Throughout this Privacy Policy, we may use certain words or phrases, and it is important that you understand the meaning of them. The list is not all-encompassing and no definition should be considered binding to the point that it renders this Privacy Policy nonsensical:

“Designer” refers to a person who designs stuff, but specifically in this Agreement, it refers to our designer; “Service” refers to the services that we provide through our Site, including but not limited to our design services; “Site” refers to our website, www.tastemaker.com;

“Tastemaker” refers to the business which owns this website (Tastemaker, Inc.), our Site, or our Service, depending on the context of the usage;

“User” refers to you, and any other person who uses our Service, or visits our Site;

“You” or “Hey, you!” refers to you, the person who is entering into this Privacy Policy with Tastemaker.

3. Information Collected

Identifying Information Collected by Us

When using our website, you may be required to provide all or some of your name, e-mail address, mailing address, credit card information, telephone number, and measurements.

We use the third party payment company, Balanced Payments, to process your payment. We may pass the above information to them, or they may collect it directly if we’re busy watching TV and don’t feel like doing it ourselves. They may also collect your Social Security Number and other information.

Non-Identifying Information

Whenever you visit our Site, we may collect non-identifying information from you, such as your IP address, referring URL, browser, operating system, cookie information, and Internet Service Provider. Without a subpoena, voluntary compliance on the part of your Internet Service Provider, or additional records from a third party, this information alone cannot usually be used to identify you.

4. Use of Your Information

We may use your information:

  • To enhance or improve Users’ experiences, our Site, or Service. Yes, we really do care about you.
  • To process transactions (we hope there will be many).
  • To send e-mails about our Site or respond to inquiries.

5. Accessing, Editing, and Removing Your Information

Users may in some cases be able to review and edit the personal information they have provided to us by logging into their account on the Site and editing their account. Although most changes may occur immediately, information may still be stored in a web browser’s cache (this is Internetz 101). We take no responsibility for stored information in your cache, or in other devices that may store information, and disclaim all liability of such. In addition, we may, from time to time, retain residual information about you in our backup and/or database. We promise it’s not because we’re stalkers—it’s just how our systems are set up.

6. Cookies

We use cookies to save your preferences, and to dunk in milk. For this reason, you must have cookies enabled when you use our Site or Service.

7. Third Parties

7.1 Third Party Websites

Tastemaker may post links to third party websites on its Site or through its Service, which may include information that we have no control over, such as the Meaning of Life, or how many grains of sand are on a beach. Whether you access third party websites through a link on our Site, or as a consequence of using our Service, you acknowledge that you are aware that these third party websites are not screened for privacy or security issues by us, and you release us from any liability for the conduct of these third party websites. Don’t go downloading some Russian-language .exe file that says you’ve won a lottery in Nigeria and then try to sue us.

Please be aware that this Privacy Policy, and any other policies in place, in addition to any amendments, does not create rights enforceable by third parties. Tastemaker bears no responsibility for the information collected or used by any advertiser or third party website. Please review the privacy policy and terms of service for each site you visit through third party links or through our Service (we know you probably won’t spend your time doing this unless you have absolutely no life, but we do have to recommend it for legal reasons).

7.2 Purchases

You will be required to provide your financial information to our third party payment processor when paying for your purchases from Sellers. It is your responsibility to ensure the security of your payment details when making purchases through this third party, and we recommend that you conduct routine credit bureau checks to protect your identity. If you find that seventy people using your Social Security Number have taken out a mortgage on the same non-existent house in the middle of the Mojave Desert, it means two things:

  1. Your identity has been stolen and;
  2. You now know why there’s a housing bubble in America.

8. Third Party Access to Your Information

Although you are entering into an Agreement with Tastemaker to disclose your information to us, we do use third party individuals and organizations to assist us, including contractors, web hosts, and others. Throughout the course of our provision of our Services to you, we may delegate our authority to collect, access, use, and disseminate your information. For example, our web host stores the information that you provide us, and we may hire third parties to assist us in maintaining, repairing, improving, or otherwise assisting us with our Site and Services. It is therefore necessary that you grant the third parties we may use in the course of our business the same rights that you afford us under this Privacy Policy. For this reason, you hereby agree that for every authorization which you grant to us in this Privacy Policy, you also grant to any third party that we may hire, contract, or otherwise retain the services of for the purpose of operating, maintaining, repairing, or otherwise improving or preserving our website or its underlying files or systems. You agree not to hold us liable for the actions of any of these third parties, even if we would normally be held vicariously liable for their actions, and that you must take legal action against them directly should they commit any tort or other actionable wrong against you.

9. Law Enforcement (The Five-0)

You agree that we may disclose your information (commonly known as “narc on you”) to a third party where we believe, in good faith, that it is desirable to do so for the purposes of a civil action, criminal investigation, or other legal matter. In the event that we receive a subpoena affecting your privacy, we may elect to notify you to give you an opportunity to file a motion to quash the subpoena, or we may attempt to quash it ourselves, but we are not obligated to do either. We may also proactively report you and release your information without receiving any request to third parties where we believe that it is proper to do so for legal reasons, such as instances where we believe your actions violate any law of the United States or any other country having jurisdiction over us, our Site, Services, or our Terms of Service. You release us from any damages that may arise from or relate to the release of your information to a request from law enforcement agencies or private litigants. We may release your information under the conditions listed in this paragraph whether it is to individuals or entities in the State of California, the rest of the United States, or elsewhere. The bottom line is that if we release your information under this section, you probably did something to deserve it and you shouldn’t complain to us about it.

10. Commercial and Non-Commercial Communications (Fancy lawyer talk for e-mail)

By providing information to the Site that forms the basis of communication with you, such as contact information, you waive all rights to file complaints concerning unsolicited e-mail from us since, by providing such information, you agree to receive communication from us other anyone else covered under this Privacy Policy. However, you may unsubscribe from certain communications by notifying Tastemaker that you no longer wish to receive solicitations or information and we will endeavor to remove you from our database where you have the right to request this under our Agreement, Privacy Policy, or applicable law, or where we voluntarily decide to grant the request.

11. Security Measures

We take certain measures to enhance the security of our Site and Services, such as stealing the angriest lions from the zoo and chaining them to our servers. However, we make no representations as to the security or privacy of your information. It is in our interest to keep our website secure, but we recommend that you use anti-virus software, routine credit checks, firewalls, and other precautions to protect yourself from security and privacy threats.

12. Your California Privacy Rights

Tastemaker permits residents of the State of California to use its Service, and complies with the California Business and Professions Code §§ 22575-22579. If you are a California resident you may request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to any third parties for their direct marketing purposes. Various provisions throughout this Privacy Policy address requirements of the Californian privacy statutes. In summary, you must presume that we collect electronic information from all visitors. You may contact us at help@tastemaker.com with any questions.

13. International Transfer

We know this may surprise you about the Internet, but your information may be transferred to - and maintained on - computers located outside of your state, province, country, or other governmental jurisdiction where the privacy laws may not be as protective as those in your jurisdiction. If you are located outside the United States and choose to provide information to us, Tastemaker may transfer personal information through a series of tubes to the United States or elsewhere and process it there. Your consent to this Privacy Policy followed by your submission of such information represents your agreement to that transfer.

14. Amendments

Like our Terms of Service, we may amend this Privacy Policy from time to time. When we amend this Privacy Policy, we will post the last-modified date, and you must visit this page each time you use our Site or Service. You must agree to the amendments as a condition of your continued use of our Site and Service. If you do not agree, you must immediately cease using our Site and Service and notify us of your refusal to agree by e-mailing us at help@tastemaker.com.

Last Updated: August 6, 2012