Privacy Policy

The Quick Easy-To-Read Version

We are PB International and we operate a lot of websites (listed below).  Our websites use Google Analytics and AdSense both of which set cookies and track users.  You can read about that here and here.  Additionally, some of our websites use the Shareaholic social sharing plugin which also sets cookies and collects data.  You can read the Shareaholic privacy policy here.  Other than those three things and the contact forms we do not collect any personally identifiable information without your permission.  We do not share any data collected with anyone unless we are legally ordered to do so by a court of the United States of America.  If you want to know what information we have or want us to delete any information we know about you, we will gladly do so.  Simply find a contact form on any one of our sites and start a conversation with a site administrator.  We will get back to you.

We are reasonable people just trying to eke out a living online.  Like you, we don’t want to be tracked or have our private information cataloged and sold…or, worse yet, stolen and exposed to the world (thank you, freaking Equifax).  If you have a concern or a problem, just talk to us.  We’ll do everything we can to solve things quickly and in the right way.

The Much More Intense Version

Who we are

We are PB International, an entertainment company that specializes in no-cost online test and test preparation websites. Our tests are for entertainment purposes only.  We are based and operate in the United States of America.  This privacy policy covers all of our active web properties.  That list is:

This list is comprehensive and accurate as of 09 September 2018.  Any websites or online properties other than those listed above are not covered by this privacy policy.

What Personal Data We Collect And Why We Collect It

Comments

When visitors leave comments on our sites 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.

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.

Testing Module Statistics

Our sites use various testing engines to provide a free testing service for our users.  The test engines collect data on each test taken.  That data includes the questions the user answered, the answer choice, the time taken to answer the question, the user’s total score, and the date / time the test was taken.  These data points are collected to provide aggregated statistics on the tests.  No single user can be identified within this data as every user is listed as “Anonymous.”  This data is cleared from server memory every 60 days or fewer.  Aggregate data of monthly tests taken is recorded and kept off of our servers.  None of this aggregate data is personally identifiable.

Contact Forms

Our sites contain contact forms to allow our site visitors to provide feedback to our site administrators.  The contact forms generally require the user’s name, email address, and comments.  In limited situations additional information is requested for clarification purposes.  Depending upon the contact form system used, the date & time, user’s IP address, browser, and/or other information may be submitted in the background along with the user’s comments.

Our contact forms send direct to email which is then delivered directly to our site administrators.  No information is stored or maintained outside of the email system.  The emails collected are used strictly for the improvement of our services and to answer the questions of our site users.  The information is never shared outside of our administration team (unless required by law enforcement).  Any emails received are deleted on a randomized unscheduled basis.  At any time, any user can request that we delete their contact information and / or emails previously sent and we will comply.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our sites 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.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Neither PB International nor any of our agents or systems has control of data that third-parties collect when using embedded content.

Analytics

Our sites use Google Analytics to provide statistical data on how users interact with our websites.  This data is critical to our operation to provide us insights on the content that our users want to see and to assist us in managing server load.  The Google Analytics service uses cookies and user tracking to collect the data they provide to our administration team.

This article explains Google’s use of cookies.

If you wish to opt-out of any analytics tracking, this Google-provided plugin with allow you to do that.

This is Google’s overarching privacy policy for their services.

Who We Share Your Data With

Our websites are funded by advertisements and the majority of our sites use the Google AdSense network to provide this service.  PB International sites do not deliberately collect personal information through this ad platform however, Google does typically use cookies to offer more relevant advertising to users.  Google’s Privacy and Terms document provides more detail on this.

Some of our sites use social sharing plugins, namely Shareaholic.  We chose this specific social sharing system due to the company’s interest in protecting the end users.  You can read Shareaholic’s privacy policy here.

Other than Google Analytics, Google AdSense, and the Shareaholic plugin (when used), we do not knowingly share data with any third party or partner.

Any data to which we have access will be kept in strict confidence within our administrative team to the fullest extent of the law.

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.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What Rights You Have Over Your Data

If you have an account on any of our sites, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you 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.

Where We Send Your Data

All data is retained on a server in a private and secure data center in the United States of America.  Only our site administrators and data center personnel have full access to the data stores.  In addition, packaged and compressed backups are maintained in a password-protected account on the Amazon AWS system.

Contact Information

We may be contacted through any of the contact forms on our sites or via mail at PB International, 333 Albert Ave., Suite 626, East Lansing, MI 48823

Last Updated: 09 September 2018