Privacy Policy

Who I am (Or who we are)

I am Vedant Raval, the creator, and the author of this blog. The blog is managed solely by me. Should any changes occur to that, it will be reflected in the privacy policy with immediate effect. Click about me to find out more about who I am. For the remainder of the policy, the blog and the author will be collectively referred to as ‘we’ (including ‘Vedant Raval’, ‘author’, ‘website’, ‘blog’, ‘us’, or ‘our’). The reader/s shall be referred to as ‘you’ (including ‘user’, ‘party’).

The web address of the blog is https://vedantraval.com or https://www.vedantraval.com. The email address for correspondence with the blog administrator is info@vedantraval.com. Further contact details are provided on the contact page.

Updates & Amendments

09.24.2019 4:00 AM Eastern Standard Time (UTC -04:00)

New Privacy Policy Posted & Updated

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Data Forms

The blog features several submission forms, including:
1). Contact Form
2). Special Request Form
3). Newsletter Subscription Form

We will use your information provided by you in the aforementioned forms to respond to you, regarding the reason you contacted us or submitted the form. We will not share your information with any third party outside of our organization (the blog, for this matter), other than as necessary to fulfill your request, e.g. to provide any requested services.

Unless you ask us not to, we may contact you via email in the future to tell you about events, new products or services, or changes to this privacy policy.​

A periodic newsletter email would be sent to your email if you have submitted form #3. This can be unsubscribed by following the link in the newsletter email, should you wish to discontinue receiving them

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

Data Security, Protection & Sharing

Substantial precautions are implemented to protect your information. We strive to only collect necessary information for contacting you and treat all information as sensitive. Wherever sensitive information, that information is encrypted and transmitted to our web database in a secure way. You can verify this by looking for a lock icon in the address bar indicating networkwide SSL – Certified encryption, and looking for “https” at the beginning of the address of the webpages.

While we use encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, we also protect your information offline. Only the website creator is granted access to personally identifiable information. The computers/servers in which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment.​

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service to prevent spam comments from being posted.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

What rights you have over your data

If you have left any comments on this site, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you may have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.

Web Analytics and Tracking

The website utilizes Google Analytics & Google Webmaster tools from Google LLC to provide monitoring and data analytics features for the website, as well as improve the overall user experience provided by the website. To read more about the terms for that please visit the website below:
https://marketingplatform.google.com/about/analytics/terms/us/

When you select a link, you may be staying on or leaving from our website. This may be monitored by Google Analytics to understand user navigation while browsing the website.

On leaving the website, you may move to a third-party website. The information available on third party websites may have certain restrictions on its use or distribution which differ from this privacy policy agreement, and hence would no longer be monitored by Google Analytics.

Website Monetization

Third-Party Referral & Affiliate Links

At the moment, the website does not have any third-party affiliate links intended for monetization purposes of any form in any section of it.

Banner Advertisements

At the moment, the website does not run ads (or advertisements) of any form in any section of it.

Copyright & Registered Trademarks in Website

All content provided on the website is protected by copyright, trademark, and other applicable intellectual property and proprietary rights laws and is owned, controlled, and/or licensed by us. The website is protected by copyright, patent, trademark, and other applicable intellectual property and proprietary rights laws and is owned, controlled, and/or licensed by us. Any and all trademarks appearing on the website are the sole property of ours unless otherwise mentioned.

You WILL NOT modify, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale, create derivative works, or in any way exploit, any of the content, in whole or in part, found on the website WITHOUT WRITTEN EXPLICIT CONSENT FROM THE AUTHOR. You agree that all rights to the website, content and any derivative work will remain with us. You will download copyrighted content solely for your personal use but will make no other use of the content without our (the copyright owner’s) explicit written permission. You will not make any changes to any content that you are permitted to download under these Terms, and in particular, you will not delete or alter any proprietary rights or attribution notices in any content. You agree that you do not acquire any ownership rights in any downloaded content.

Photography & Photo Galleries Usage Disclaimer

Personal & Commercial Use of these photos is permitted, explicitly and only under below-mentioned conditions:

  • These photos are copyrighted as part of Creative Commons License. As such, use of these in personal and commercial works is allowed ONLY with required courtesy attribution/credit.
  • Usage of the images with cropping or morphing of the copyright watermark is STRICTLY PROHIBITED.
  • Should you be an individual user looking to use a photo on your personal social media profile, you are allowed to do so, courtesy not necessary, but it is recommended.
  • Should you be an individual user or an agency need to use the photos in a not-personal manner in any form of publication, including but not limited to social media, television, web or print, you are REQUIRED TO REQUEST PERMISSION for your usage in an email to info@vedantraval.com and wait for explicit written approval before publishing
  • Exclusive rights of these photos are reserved by the author of the blog and remain non-transferrable unless otherwise mentioned.
  • For more information on this, refer to the link below, from US Copyright Law:
    https://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html#106
  • Failure to comply with the conditions mentioned above may result in legal consequences.
  • Should any concerns, questions or problems arise with any of the photos or any other matters pertaining to the photo galleries, please reach out to us and we will get it addressed ASAP.
  • The photos have been captured with a journalistic approach to depict the occurrences of the event mentioned in the title of the respective photo gallery or album. They do not depict the views of the photographer in any positive or negative way, or a supporting or disproving way, in any manner including but not limited to political, sociological, religious, educational, financial or historical views.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

User Interaction, Activities & Information on the Website

You will use the website, Services and any tools, features, content, material, or information found on the website solely for lawful, non-commercial purposes. You will not allow any third party to access the website through your account, upload to, distribute to, or otherwise disseminate through the website any material or information of any kind that is libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, abusive, or otherwise violates any law or infringes or violates any rights of any other person or entity, or contains a solicitation of funds, advertising, or a solicitation for goods or services.

You warrant that any material or information that you make available through the website, including, for example, postings to comment sections and forums, is solely your original work, or that you have all necessary rights to make the material or information of any other person or entity available on the website. You will be solely responsible for the content of any material or information that you make available through the website. You will also be liable for any damage resulting from making any material or information available through the website.

By making any material or information available through the website, you automatically grant us a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, distribute and sublicense any such material or information (in whole or in part) and/or to incorporate it in other works regardless of form, media, or technology. By making any material or information available through the website, you also grant to users other than yourself the right and license to access, view, store, or reproduce your material and information for that user’s personal use.

We have no obligation to, and does not and cannot, review every item of material or information that you and users other than yourself made available through the website, and we are not responsible for any content of this material or information. However, we reserve the right to delete, move, or edit any material or information that it deems, in its sole discretion, unacceptable, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, abusive, or otherwise in violation of any law or that infringes or violates any rights of any other person or entity. Further, we reserve the right at all times to disclose any material or information as necessary to satisfy any law, regulation, or governmental request.

We reserve the right to collect, use, and distribute demographic data about you and your use of the website in forms that do not identify you individually or reveal your identity.

Usage Warranty & Liability Disclaimer

By browsing the website, you are explicitly agreeing to use the website at your sole risk. We do not warrant the experience of the website to be error-free or non-problematic. We also do not warrant the reliability, accuracy, contents & completeness of the information, material, blog posts & other content. To the extent permitted by applicable law, the site and all content, material, information, postings, or posting responses found on the site are provided on an “as is” basis without warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including, but not limited to, warranties of title or non-infringement or implied warranties of accountability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Under no circumstances, including, but not limited to, negligence on user’s side will we be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages that result from the use of, or the inability to use, any tool, content, information, material, postings, or posting responses on the site or the site itself. These limitations apply regardless of whether the party liable or allegedly liable was advised, had other reason to know, or in fact knew of the possibility of such damages. You specifically acknowledge and agree that we are not liable for any defamatory, offensive or illegal conduct of any user, including you.

Indemnification

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless us from and against all claims, liability, and expenses, including attorneys’ fees and legal fees and costs, arising out of your use of the Site or your breach of any provision of this agreement. We reserve the right, in its sole discretion and at its own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you. You will cooperate as fully as reasonably required in the defense of any claim.

Exchange of Correspondence

You will contact us by submitting your message via our contact form or by email to info@vedantraval.com. We will contact you at the e-mail address you provide to us, or by posting an official notice on the website.

Additional information

Age Requirements and COPPA

Our blog posts & features are intended for general audiences over the age of 13 years old. We do not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 13 years old. The blog complies with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), part of the United States Federal Law.

Privacy Policy Amendments

We will continue to evaluate this Privacy Policy against new technologies, applicable laws, business practices, and our user’s needs, and may make changes accordingly. This page will be periodically for updated. Any significant amendment/s made to this page will be posted here, along with its effective date. Notification to you by email or by a notice on the blog will also be undertaken.

Except for major amendments to ways in which we process your information, your continued use of the blog & features of the blog after our posting of changes to this Privacy Policy means that you agree to be bound by such changes. We will provide notice in advance of the effective date with regard to any updates that significantly change the ways in which we process your personal information.