Privacy Policy

Your use of the site and Services is your agreement to abide by this Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use.

By accessing, reading, or otherwise using the site and Services (“platypusplatypus.com” and “https://platypusplatypus.com” and “http://platypusplatypus.com” and “website” and “services” and “site” and “Site” and “Services” and “PlatypusPlatypus” and “Platypus Platypus” and “PlatypusPlatypus.com” and “we” and “We” and “us”  and “Us” and “Website”) in any way, you agree that you have read and abide by both documents. Please read both carefully.

If you don’t agree with the listed Terms of Use and Privacy Policy agreements, please don’t use the site.

Your Privacy

I. Data

The following is data we gather from you (“You” and “users” and “Users”) in order to improve our Services and your experience:

Non-Personally Identifiable Information: We collect and use information about your interactions with the Service in a manner and format that does not identify you as an individual (“NPII”). We may collect, use, and disclose NPII. This data does not identify you personally.

Analytics: We use third-party analytics tools to help us measure traffic and usage trends for the Service. These tools collect information sent by your browser as part of a web page request, including the web pages you visit, your approximate location, your operating system, your browser add-ons, your browser’s width and height, display resolution, device identifiers, and other technical information that assists us in improving the Service. This information is anonymized and can’t be used to identify you.

Cookies: Our site sends and uses cookies to gather data on actions you take on our site and other information. Our site utilizes cookie-based services, such as user commenting, which may store cookies on your device to save your details. You may request for your details to be deleted at any time by contacting us.

Some cookies collected and stored may be from the following entities on the Service (List A):

  • Google Analytics
  • Sucuri/Cloudproxy
  • Statcounter
  • Third-party ad partners and their partners (please review Section II on this page and our Terms of Use for more information)
  • Mailchimp

By using the site, you agree to have cookies placed, sent, and received on your device, data sent from the above list of entities (List A)- but not limited to this list.

Personal data/Comments: We do not store any personal data on our servers, unless you provide them in the first place. You’re free to read articles, comments, and other data without signing up for an account, posting a comment, or using the contact form.

However, some Services allow you to enter your personal details, such as commenting forms, contact forms, and other forms which may ask you for your name, email, and message body. Cookies may be placed on your device to store your name, email, or other information for commenting purposes only. This is not used for marketing and only used to save you time for follow-up subsequent comments. These cookies can be deleted by clearing  your browser’s cookie cache.

You must agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy before dispatching details by an agreement checkbox to use our commenting forms or contact form. Fake information entered is allowed and encouraged on forms requiring this data if you wish to protect your identity.

Some third-party analytical services or advertisers may collect, transmit, or store personal trackers or unique IDs to identify you. They may also place cookies on your device.

Your IP, browser user agent, approximate location, or other NPII may be collected by third-party analytical tools or the Service. This data may be stored on our servers or third-party servers. Some other data may also be collected by our analytics capture, however this is NPII.

All personal details that can be used to identify you are provided only by your consent. We do not force you to provide personal details. However, personal details may be required to use some Services, namely leaving comments or filling out our contact form. Cookies may also be placed on your device by using these Services. This is your responsibility and by providing these details, you assume all risk and liability. If you don’t want to provide your personal details, please don’t use these Services.

Data erasure: Upon your request, we will erase your personal data from our servers and database. If you want to delete your data, please put in a request.

Newsletters: We use Mailchimp to provide our newsletter service, which has their own Terms/Conditions and Privacy Policy.

By signing up to our newsletter:

  • You agree that you’ve read and agree to our Terms of Use
  • You agree that you read and agree to our Privacy Policy
  • You consent that you agree to receive marketing or informational emails from us through MailChimp’s delivery system
  • You agree to have your information stored on our servers, MailChimp’s servers, and other third-party servers.
  • You’re at least 13 years of age
  • You agree to and abide by MailChimp’s respective governing documents (Privacy Policy and Terms of Use)
  • You can opt-out anytime by clicking the “Unsubscribe” link in our emails

You agree that you’ve read, understand, and agree to abide by their policies and terms by signing up for our email list. You can find out more details at Mailchimp.com/legal.

II. Mediavine Programmatic Advertising

The Website uses Mediavine to manage all third-party advertising on the Website. Mediavine serves content and advertisements when you visit the Website, which may use first and third-party cookies. A cookie is a small text file which is sent to your computer or mobile device (referred to in this policy as a “device”) by the web server so that a website can remember some information about your browsing activity on the Website. The cookie may collect information relating to your use of the Website, information about your device such as the device’s IP address and browser type, demographic data and, if you arrived at the Website via a link from a third-party site, the URL of the linking page.

First party cookies are created by the website that you are visiting. A third-party cookie is frequently used in behavioral advertising and analytics and is created by a domain other than the website you are visiting. Third-party cookies, tags, pixels, beacons and other similar technologies (collectively, “Tags”) may be placed on the Website to monitor interaction with advertising content and to target and optimize advertising. Each internet browser has functionality so that you can block both first and third-party cookies and clear your browser’s cache. The “help” feature of the menu bar on most browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new cookies, how to receive notification of new cookies, how to disable existing cookies and how to clear your browser’s cache. For more information about cookies and how to disable them, you can consult the information at www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/.

Without cookies you may not be able to take full advantage of the Website content and features. Please note that rejecting cookies does not mean that you will no longer see ads when you visit our Site.

The Website may collect IP addresses and location information to serve personalized ads and pass it to Mediavine. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices to opt-in or opt-out of this data collection, please visit http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp. You may also visit http://optout.aboutads.info/#/ and http://optout.networkadvertising.org/# to learn more information about interest-based advertising. You may download the AppChoices app at http://www.aboutads.info/appchoices to opt out in connection with mobile apps, or use the platform controls on your mobile device to opt out.

Mediavine partners with the following data processors:

  1. Pubmatic. You may find Pubmatic’s privacy policy through this link. The data collected on the Website may be transferred to Pubmatic and its demand partners for interest-based advertising. Statistical information and other non-cookie technologies (such as eTags and web or browser cache) may be used by third parties on this Website. Browser settings that block cookies may have no effect on these technologies, but you may clear your cache to delete such trackers. Data collected from a particular browser or device may be used with another computer or device that is linked to the browser or device on which such data was collected.
  2. Criteo. You may find Criteo’s privacy policy through this link. The data collected on the Website may be transferred to Criteo and its demand partners for interest-based advertising. Criteo may collect, access, and use non-identifying data to improve the Criteo Technology and other Criteo products, programs, and/or services. This non-identifying data may include on-site user behavior and user/page content data, URLs, statistics, or internal search queries. The non-identifying data are collected through the ad call and stored with a Criteo cookie for a maximum period of 13 months.
  3. Pulsepoint. You may find Pulsepoint’s privacy policy through this link.
  4. LiveRamp. You may find LiveRamp’s privacy policy through this link. When you use the Website, we share information that we may collect from you, such as your email (in hashed, de-identified form), IP address or information about your browser or operating system, with LiveRamp Inc, and its group companies (‘LiveRamp’). LiveRamp may use a cookie on your browser and match your shared information to their on- and offline marketing databases and those of its advertising partners to create a link between your browser and information in those other databases. This link may be shared by our partners globally for the purpose of enabling interest-based content or advertising throughout your online experience (e.g. cross device, web, email, in-app, etc.) by third parties unaffiliated with our website. These third parties may in turn link further demographic or interest-based information to your browser. To opt out of LiveRamp’s targeted advertising, please go here: https://liveramp.com/opt_out/
  5. RhythmOne. You may view RhythmOne’s privacy policy through this link. RhythmOne uses cookies and similar tracking technologies (such as mobile device identifiers and digital fingerprinting) to provide its services. RhythmOne may use aggregated information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other Websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, please visit the following webpage: http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp.
  6. District M. You may find District M’s privacy policy through this link.
  7. YieldMo. You may find YieldMo’s privacy policy through this link. If you want to opt out of receiving interest based ads from Yieldmo or exercise your right under the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) to opt-out of the sale of your personal information, you may do so through this link.
  8. The Rubicon Project. You may find Rubicon’s privacy policy through this link. If you want to opt out of receiving interest based ads from Rubicon or exercise your right under the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) to opt-out of the sale of your personal information, you may do so through this link. You may also utilize the Network Advertising Initiative’s opt-out page, the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page, or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page.
  9. Amazon Publisher Services. You may find Amazon Publisher Services’ privacy policy through this link.
  10. AppNexus. You may find the AppNexus privacy policy through this link.
  11. OpenX. You may find OpenX’s privacy policy through this link.
  12. Verizon Media formerly known as Oath. You may find Verizon Media’s privacy policy through this link. You may also utilize the Network Advertising Initiative’s opt-out page, the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page, or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page to opt-out of the use of cookies for interest-based advertising.
  13. TripleLift. You may find TripleLift’s privacy policy through this link. To opt out of receiving interest-based advertising (including retargeting) from TripleLift’s services through the use of cookies in your current browser and for more information on what it means to opt-out, please go to www.triplelift.com/consumer-opt-out.
  14. Index Exchange. You may find Index Exchange’s privacy policy through this link. You may also utilize the Network Advertising Initiative’s opt-out page, the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page, or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page to opt-out of the use of cookies for interest-based advertising.
  15. Sovrn. You may find Sovrn’s privacy policy through this link.
  16. GumGum. You may find GumGum’s privacy policy through this link. GumGum may (i) use place and use cookies on end users’ browsers or use web beacons to collect information about end users who visit such Publisher Websites and (ii) link such collected end user information to other end user information provided by third parties in order to deliver targeted Advertisements to such end users.
  17. Digital Remedy. You may find Digital Remedy’s privacy policy through this link.
  18. MediaGrid. You may find MediaGrid’s privacy policy through this link. MediaGrid may collect and store information about end-user interactions with this website through cookies, advertising IDS, pixels and server-to-server connections. MediaGrid was receive the following information: the page an End-User has requested and the referring/exit pages; Timestamp information (i.e., the date and time the End-User has visited the page); IP address; mobile device identifier; device model; device operating system; browser type; carrier; gender; age; geolocation (including GPS coordinates); clickstream data; cookie information; first-party identifiers’; and hashed email addresses; demographic and inferred interest information; and post-conversion data (from both online and offline behaviour). Some of this data is gathered from this website and others is gathered from advertisers. MediaGrid uses this data to provide its services. You may also utilize the Network Advertising Initiative’s opt-out page, the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page, or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page to opt-out of the use of cookies for interest-based advertising or review their privacy policy for more information.
  19. RevContent – You may find RevContent’s privacy policy through this link. RevContent may collect information about your browser or device, including browser type, IP Address, device type, user agent string, and operating system. RevContent also collects information about the websites you visit through their services, such as date and time of access and specific pages accessed and the content and ads you click on. You may opt-out of any personalization track by opting-out of RevContent’s data collection.
  20. Centro, Inc. – You may find Centro’s privacy policy through this link. You may find opt-out information for Centro’s services through the privacy policy link.
  21. 33Across, Inc. – You may find 33Across’s privacy policy through this link. To opt-out of personalized advertising, please visit https://optout.networkadvertising.org/?c=1.
  22. Conversant. LLC – You may find Conversant’s privacy policy through this link. Conversant uses information that does not directly identify you, such as information about your browser type, time and date of visit, your browsing or transaction activity, the subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over, and a unique identifier (such as a cookie string, or a unique advertising identifier provided by your mobile device) during your visits to this and other websites and apps in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. Conversant may use technologies such as cookies and other tracking technologies to collect this information. To learn more about interest-based advertising, or to opt-out, you can visit www.youronlinechoices.eu or https://www.networkadvertising.org/.

III. Sharing

Your information may be collected and shared with other third parties, such as analytic services and third-party advertisers. These parties may use personalized tracking identifiers. You can learn more or opt-out by using the links in Section II. Advertising cookies may be placed on your device by third-parties when using the Site or Service.

IV. Your Information

We store and process your information on data centers located within the US, however, third-party entities may transfer your information to other jurisdictions around the world.

Note that other countries may have different laws regarding privacy. We use commercially available methods to safeguard your information, though we cannot guarantee that your information may not be accessed by an illegal act.

Our site uses secure sockets layer “HTTPS” and is regularly audited for security to protect your information.

Although users can’t create accounts on the Site, they’re able to dispatch personally identifying information through the use of comment forms or contact forms. We take measures to protect this information reasonably.

Protecting your information

Here are some best practices to protect your information when using our Site.

We’ve tried to reasonably make it as flexible as possible by allowing Users to use the Site without giving away their information.

We’re always available if you have feedback for us to improve our Site/Service. Please contact us to let us know!

Website comments

For more security, use fake names or emails if you wish to hide your identifying information.

We provide the ability to input fake names and emails to protect our User’s identities.

We also allow blank name entries, which will be defaulted to “Anonymous” as the name for those who wish to hide their identity.

We also allow the email input to be completely optional to submit a comment. In other words, Users don’t need to enter their email to post a comment on the Service.

Users will be required to read our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy before submitting a comment.

Website contact form

Our contact form requires a name and email for all inquiries.

However, we allow fake names and encourage throwaway (junk) emails on our contact form to further protect our Users’ information.

We also require User consent and agreement before sending the contact form to us.

Misc.

We also suggest the use of browser tracker blockers or ad blockers if you want to reduce the number of advertiser trackers on your browser. You may also tell your browser to send a “Do not track” request to advertisers.

V. Children

We do not knowingly collect or solicit Personally Identifiable Information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register as Users.

The Site doesn’t allow user registration entirely, however Users can still transmit names, emails, and messages using contact forms or comment forms on the Site upon agreement to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The Service, Site, and its contents are not directed or marketed to children under the age of 13.

If you are under 13, please do not send any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, or email address.

In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information permanently as quickly as possible.

Please note: We allow any User to request for their information to be deleted. You can request this anytime for any reason. You can submit a request for deletion by contacting us.

VI. Data breach

Our site uses secure sockets layer (SSL) connections to establish safe data transmission to you from our server.

In the event of a data breach, we will notify Users by any of the following means:

  • Email notification to all affected Users
  • Site notices (banners, popups, in-text notifications)
  • Official posts on the site in an obvious location (top of the page notification).

You may request to know what possible data may have been breached and we will provide these details to the best of our knowledge. We encourage that you follow best practices to safeguard your information. While we make reasonable attempts for our Users to hide their information, it requires cooperation on both sides.

VIII. Contact

You may contact us with any questions at our contact page.

IX. Changes and updates

This may be changed with or without notice. We will attempt to notify you of any updates to our Privacy Policy or Terms of Service via email (for newsletter subscribers), site notices, or official posts on our Site.

Your usage and accessing of the site is your consent to abide by this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use.

This page was last updated 5/17/21.