Privacy Policy

Your privacy is critically important to us. At Techtrend Group LLC (which owns this site) we have a few fundamental principles:

  • We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it. (We can’t stand services that ask you for things like your gender or income level for no apparent reason.)
  • We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, deliver products and services you requested or protect our rights.

Below is our privacy policy which incorporates these goals:

If you have questions about deleting or correcting your personal data please contact our support team.

Techtrend Group LLC (“Techtrend”) operates several websites including philmckinney.com, killerinnovations.com, techtrend.com, communitytrainer.com, BeyondTheObvious.com and others. It is Techtrend’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, Techtrend collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Techtrend’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Techtrend’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Techtrend may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

Techtrend also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on any of our sites. Techtrend only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the sites where the comment was left.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to Techtrend’s websites choose to interact with Techtrend in ways that require Techtrend to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Techtrend gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who subscribe to philmckinney.com to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with Techtrend – by purchasing products, services and workshops – are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, Techtrend collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Techtrend. Techtrend does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

Techtrend may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, Techtrend may monitor the most popular articles on the philmckinney.com. Techtrend may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Techtrend does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

Techtrend discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Techtrend’s behalf or to provide services available at Techtrend’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Techtrend’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Techtrend will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Techtrend discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Techtrend believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Techtrend, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user subscriber of a Techtrend website and have supplied your email address, Techtrend may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Techtrend and our products and services. If you post a comment or send us a request (for example via a email or via one of our other feedback mechanisms), you grant Techtrend the right to publish what you submitted on our sites and other media controlled by Techtrend  (such as, but not limited to, the killer innovations podcast). Techtrend takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Techtrend uses cookies to help Techtrend identify and track visitors, their usage of Techtrend website, and their website access preferences. Techtrend visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Techtrend’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of Techtrend’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Business Transfers

If Techtrend, or any of its assets such as a specific site were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Techtrend goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Techtrend may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

Ads

Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Techtrend and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Techtrend may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Techtrend’s sole discretion. Techtrend encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Change log:

2011 Nov 27 – Replaced previous policy