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Privacy Policy


We respect your privacy.
(effective date of this Policy: November 24th, 2019)

At zinezoo.com, we respect your privacy. We endeavor to make our policies for the collection and use of information relating to you and others who use our services understandable, fair, and consistent with applicable privacy and data protection laws, and the EU privacy law in particular. We adhere to the principle of data minimisation, recording as little personal data as possible for zinezoo.com to provide its services. This Privacy Policy describes the personal data we collect, how and why we use that data, the purposes for which we share that data with others, and how you can contact us to ask any questions or express any concerns you may have about our privacy practices or data that you have provided.

Personal Data We Collect and How We Use It


We only keep information about you if you give us permission.
We adhere to the principle of data minimisation and we retain the minimum amount of personal data necessary for as long as necessary to provide our service and to fulfill any other purposes for which the data was initially collected and to which you have given consent.

We only start storing cookies in your browser after you give us permission and we only start collecting data about you after you created an account, consenting to us collecting the data by ticking a checkbox. At log-in, a session cookie is created that connects the internet address of the computer or mobile device you are visiting zinezoo.com from to your account.

The personal data we store is either given to us by you, or it is personal data generated by activities on our site.

Personal data you give us


You give us information about you.
Below, you can find the personal data we record for your account if you give it to us, with a short explanation of how we use the personal data:

  • Your name, so we can mention you as the author of articles or zines or channels you create.
  • Your avatar, which may have been generated by us or uploaded by you.
  • Your password, which we store in encrypted form.
  • Your email address, in order for us to be able to for example validate your account and send newsletters, or to send an email that allows you to reset your password if you have forgotten your password, or to generally be able to contact you if there is any problem with your account or your personal data.
  • a unique id created specifically for you and which is connected to your email address and password.
  • You have to specify that you are 13 or older, and if you are between 13 and 18, your parents or guardians need to give permission.
  • Before using zinezoo.com, you have to consent to our Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. This consent may be recorded in the database, or may be implicitly implied, as you can't create an account without consenting to the terms and policies.
  • Whether you want to receive a newsletter from us. We may send a newsletter with information that we hope is useful to you; for example new articles published in zines you are subscribed to.
  • Your bio, which is optional, and may help potential readers learn about who is behind the article or zine they are looking at.
  • State of the account: validated through email or not, or disabled.
  • When logged in, a session record is held for every computer that is currently logged in, and an associated cookie is stored in your browser. This allows us to keep you logged in in a safe way and it allows us to terminate a session as soon as we discover a log-in on your account is unauthorized.
  • We store a unique id, title, emotion, quote, and body text articles you publish, and we store the pre-generated images to go with your articles.
  • We record who has re-published your articles, and articles you published, who you are subscribed to and who is subscribed to your account.
  • We store the articles you received through subscriptions.

Personal data generated by activities on our site


We also remember things about how people use this website.
There is also personal data we record for your account that is generated when you interact with our site. Below is a list, with a short explanation of how we use the personal data:

  • We use fields in the database records keep track of and record the articles you created, other members you subscribe to, who who subscribe to you. We need to record all of this in order to also be able to remove content again. According to EU Privacy laws, you have a "right to be forgotten", and in order to be able to remove you from the system entirely, we need records for where your information is stored in the system.
  • We maintain backups of our databases, and your personal data may therefore still temporarily be stored in these backups for a short period after you closed your account. We need to create backups so that if the server breaks, we can reconstruct all the accounts and articles.
  • We may keep anonymous statistics on how often items were viewed, or users were subscribed to.
  • We may store temporary information preventing a browser refresh from re-submitting the same form data.
  • We store log files. These log files may contain anonymized data generated through your use of this website. We need to record things happening on the site in order to find out if things are going wrong, so we can fix it.
  • The server may be configured to send emails that allow us to monitor these servers, in order to keep them up and running and secure. These emails may contain some of your personal data.
  • We may maintain a data record with information on what happened on this platform that might be relevant to you so that we can send you a newsletter with that information. And vice versa, if another member showed interest in you or your work, and you did something on this platform, we might record your activity so that we can notify that other member. For example, if a member you are subscribed to published a new article, we may notify you in a newsletter, and vice versa.
  • We keep track of the last time you attempted to log in, and the number of times a login failed so we can protect your account against hackers trying to guess your password.

Your Rights and Choices


Make sure you are allowed to use this website.
If you are 13 or older, you have the right to create an account, and to view content uploaded by other members, for free. If you are between 13 and 18, approval of a parent or guardian is needed.

You can change or remove information about you.
In accordance with EU Privacy Law, you can see all information relating to your account inn your personal Settings page. There, you can also intantly download a file with all the information we recorded about you. All the information is provided by you and can be modified at any time. In addition, according to EU Privacy law, you have the "right to be forgotten", and so you can shut down your account, in which case people will not be able to see your account or your articles anymore on zinezoo.com. All your personal data is removed from all other zines, and your account is removed from all subscriptions. For as much as we can, we remove any reference to you, but certain laws and regulations may require us to keep records, and there may be some remnants of your personal data in our log files and internal emails, for example sent automatically by the servers.

When you created an account, you consented to us using your personal data within the context of this website. When you shut down your account, you withdraw consent from that moment on, but we were allowed to use your personal data up until the moment you withdrew consent by shutting down your account.

When someone subscribes to your zine and they receive an article by you in a newsletter, that person may still have that email with your article in their mailbox.

You have the right to contact a supervisory authority.
You have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. In the Netherlands, the organisation to contact is the Authoriteit Persoonsgegevens.

Data We Transfer to Third Parties


We try to limit what we tell other companies.
We host zinezoo.com on a dedicated server at ixlhosting.nl. In practical terms, the employees have physical access to that server, and they may have access to the contents on the harddisks, and they may make backups of the system. However, ixlhosting stipulate in their terms of use, article 19.2 that they will not look at our data unless they are required to by law.

International Transfers


Everyone in the world can see and buy what you make.
We are based in the Netherlands. Although you may access zinezoo.com from a location outside of the Netherlands, any data collected in connection with zinezoo.com may be transferred to, processed, and stored within the Netherlands. The Netherlands may not have the same data protection framework as the country in which you may be using zinezoo.com. When we transfer your data to the Netherlands, we will treat you personal data in accordance with the requirements of the European Union Privacy laws.

That said, this website allows you to publish articles world-wide. Your articles may therefore end up in any country.

In principle, your personal data, in the form of articles, only becomes visible to others when it shows up in a feed. Note that the administrator needs to be able to see all content in order to determine that no law was broken — copyright infringement for example — and that the content is acceptable according to the Terms of Use.

Data Retention and Security


We do our best to keep information about you as safe as possible.
We maintain appropriate administrative, technical and physical safeguards to protect personal data against loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. We use Secure Sockets Layer encryption for the transmission all data. When sensitive data is involved, we encrypt it. We keep the data retained to a minimum, and we have backup systems in place to guard against data loss. Permissions on the server are carefully managed using the principle of least privilege. Care has been taken to avoid buffer overruns and malicious code injection.

Keeping a server secure is an on-going process as ways of compromising servers also evolve and zinezoo.com is committed to stay ahead of any potential security issues. But you understand that hackers may compromise your account. For example, the "right to be forgotten" means that a hacker can irreversibly remove your entire account and all your articles if they get ahold of your password. You should not use this service as a way to archive your work.

We will never ask you for your password in any unsollicited communication (including by telephone or email). If you believe your username or password has been compromised, please contact us through . You should understand that no feasible system of data security is invulnerable, but we are committed to storing data at zinezoo.com as securely as possible.

Links to Other Websites and Services


We are not responsible for what other companies do.
We may provide links to various third party websites and services. Those sites and services are not under our control. Those sites and services may have their own privacy policies, which we strongly suggest you review if you visit them or utilize them. We are not responsible for those third party privacy policies, the related data processing practices, or any other aspects of those sites and services.

Changes to this Policy


If we make changes to this policy, we may need to ask you to accept these changes before you can continue using this website.
We may change this Privacy Policy at any time, and may even be required to do so under certain Regulations in the future. EU Privacy regulations require that we obtain consent from you for these changes. If such changes involve collection of or use of information materially different from that described in our Cookies Policy or Privacy Policy, we will inform you accordingly and post a revised Privacy Policy and a revised Cookie Policy. Changes are effective when disclosed, or at such later date as may be stated in the revised Policy. We will indicate above the effective date of this Policy. All sessions will be closed, and you will be required to consent to the changes on next log-in, before being able to continue using the services provided by zinezoo.com.

How to Contact us


You can always contact us through .
If you have any questions or concerns about our privacy practices or your personal data, please contact our us through .

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