There are many different ways you can use our services – to search for and share information, to communicate with other people, or to create new content. When you share information with us, for example by creating a Bridge Winners Account, we can make those services even better – to help you connect with people or to make sharing with others quicker and easier. As you use our services, we want you to be clear how we’re using information and the ways in which you can protect your privacy.
What information we collect and why we collect it.
How we use that information.
The choices we offer, including how to access and update information.
Your privacy matters to Bridge Winners so whether you are new to Bridge Winners or a long-time user, please do take the time to get to know our practices – and if you have any questions contact us.
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We collect information to provide better services to all of our users.
We collect information in two ways:
Information you give us.
For example, many of our services require you to sign up for a Bridge Winners Account. When you do, we’ll ask for personal information, like your first and last name, email address, and ACBL number.
Information we get from your use of our services.
We may collect information about the Bridge Winners services that you use and how you use them, like when you create a convention card or vote on a bidding poll. This information includes:
We may collect device-specific information (such as your hardware model, operating system version, unique device identifiers, and mobile network information including phone number). Bridge Winners may associate your device identifiers with your account.
When you use our services or view content provided by Bridge Winners, we may automatically collect and store certain information in server logs. This may include:
details of how you used our service, such as your search queries.
Internet protocol address.
device event information such as crashes, system activity, hardware settings, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request and referral URL.
cookies that may uniquely identify your browser or your Bridge Winners account.
We may collect and store information (including personal information) locally on your device using mechanisms such as browser web storage (including HTML 5) and application data caches.
Cookies and anonymous identifiers
We use various technologies to collect and store information when you visit Bridge Winners, and this may include sending one or more cookies or anonymous identifies to your device.
We use the information we collect from all of our services to provide, maintain, protect and improve them, to develop new ones, and to protect Bridge Winners and our users.
We may use the name you provide for your Bridge Winners profile across all of the services we offer that require a Bridge Winners Account. In addition, we may replace past names associated with your Bridge Winners Account so that you are represented in a fashion consistent to the site. We will also show other users your publicly visible Bridge Winners profile information, such as your name and photo.
When you contact Bridge Winners, we may keep a record of your communication to help solve any issues you might be facing. We may use your email address to inform you about our services, such as letting you know about upcoming changes or improvements, or to notify you when something you’re interested in has occurred on our site, like activity on a specific thread.
Personal information may be shared and disclosed as needed as part of DMCA compliance process.
People have different privacy concerns. Our goal is to be clear about what information we collect, so that you can make meaningful choices about how it is used. For example, you can:
Review and control certain types of information tied to your Bridge Winners Account through the Bridge Winners Profile editor
View and edit your e-mail notification preferences. You can also opt out of certain categories of Bridge Winners emails.
You may also set your browser to block all cookies, including cookies associated with our services, or to indicate when a cookie is being set by us. However, it’s important to remember that many of our services may not function properly if your cookies are disabled.
2. About cookies
A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
Cookies may be either "persistent" cookies or "session" cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.
Cookies can be used by web servers to identify and track users as they navigate different pages on a website and identify users returning to a website.
3. Our cookies
We use both session and persistent cookies on our website.
4. Analytics cookies
We use Google Analytics to analyze the use of our website.
Our analytics service provider generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies.
The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of our website.
5. Third party cookies
Our website also uses third party cookies.
6. Blocking cookies
Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies; for example:
(a) in Internet Explorer (version 11) you can block cookies using the cookie handling override settings available by clicking "Tools", "Internet Options", "Privacy" and then "Advanced";
(b) in Firefox (version 47) you can block all cookies by clicking "Tools", "Options", "Privacy", selecting "Use custom settings for history" from the drop-down menu, and unticking "Accept cookies from sites"; and
(c) in Chrome (version 52), you can block all cookies by accessing the "Customise and control" menu, and clicking "Settings", "Show advanced settings" and "Content settings", and then selecting "Block sites from setting any data" under the "Cookies" heading.
Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.
If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on our website.
7. Deleting cookies
You can delete cookies already stored on your computer; for example:
(a) in Internet Explorer (version 11), you must manually delete cookie files.
(b) in Firefox (version 47), you can delete cookies by clicking "Tools", "Options" and "Privacy", then selecting "Use custom settings for history" from the drop-down menu, clicking "Show Cookies", and then clicking "Remove All Cookies"; and
(c) in Chrome (version 52), you can delete all cookies by accessing the "Customise and control" menu, and clicking "Settings", "Show advanced settings" and "Clear browsing data", and then selecting "Cookies and other site and plug-in data" before clicking "Clear browsing data".
8.2 Deleting cookies will have a negative impact on the usability of many websites.
8. Our details
This website is owned and operated by Bridge Winners, Inc, which is registered in the State of Florida and the registered office is at 1140 Vintner Blvd. Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
You can contact us:
(a) by post, using the postal address 1140 Vintner Blvd. Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410.
(b) using our website contact form; or
(d) by email, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many of our services let you share information with others. Remember that when you share information publicly, it may be indexable by search engines, including Bridge Winners. Our services provide you with different options on sharing and removing your content.
Whenever you use our services, we aim to provide you with access to your personal information. If that information is wrong, we strive to give you ways to update it quickly or to delete it – unless we have to keep that information for legitimate business or legal purposes. When updating your personal information, we may ask you to verify your identity before we can act on your request.
We may reject requests that are unreasonably repetitive, require disproportionate technical effort (for example, developing a new system or fundamentally changing an existing practice), risk the privacy of others, or would be extremely impractical (for instance, requests concerning information residing on backup tapes).
Where we can provide information access and correction, we will do so for free, except where it would require a disproportionate effort. We aim to maintain our services in a manner that protects information from accidental or malicious destruction. Because of this, after you delete information from our services, we may not immediately delete residual copies from our active servers and may not remove information from our backup systems.
We do not share personal information with companies, organizations and individuals outside of Bridge Winners unless one of the following circumstances apply:
With your consent
We will share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of Bridge Winners when we have your consent to do so. We require opt-in consent for the sharing of any sensitive personal information.
For external processing
For legal reasons
We will share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of Bridge Winners if we have a good-faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of the information is reasonably necessary to:
meet any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request.
enforce applicable Terms of Service, including investigation of potential violations.
detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues.
protect against harm to the rights, property or safety of Bridge Winners, our users or the public as required or permitted by law.
We may share aggregated, non-personally identifiable information publicly and with our partners – like publishers, advertisers or connected sites. For example, we may share information publicly to show trends about the general use of our services.
If Bridge Winners is involved in a merger, acquisition, or asset sale, then your personal information may be transferred to a third party.
We work hard to protect Bridge Winners and our users from unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of information we hold. In particular:
We encrypt our Store services using SSL.
We review our information collection, storage and processing practices, including physical security measures, to guard against unauthorized access to systems.
We restrict access to personal information to Bridge Winners employees, contractors and agents who need to know that information in order to process it for us, and who are subject to strict contractual confidentiality obligations and may be disciplined or terminated if they fail to meet these obligations.
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