- What personally identifiable information is collected from you by us through your use of the Services, how it is used, and with whom it may be shared;
- What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data;
- The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information; and
- How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information.
United States Privacy Standards
Personally Identifiable Information
Terms of Service
Information Collection and Use
Information Collected Upon Registration. In order to make full use of the Services, you must submit certain PII to Our TA Story. This happens in a number of instances, such as when you use the Services, submit Content, and other present and future site interactions.
Use of Contact Information. In addition, we may use your Contact Data to provide you with information about our products and services, including but not limited to services on ourTAStory.com. If you decide at any time that you no longer wish to receive such information or communications from us, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Generally, you may not opt-out of service-related or transactional communications that are not promotional. If you do not wish to receive service-related communication, you may email email@example.com.
We also may collect Traffic Data, which is information about the types of Users that use the Site. We may use Traffic Data to analyze Site Traffic, display content according to your preferences, or to administer the Site, but this information is not examined for PII. User Data and Traffic Data may be shared with business partners, affiliates, or advertisers on an aggregated and anonymous basis.
Aggregate Information We Access, Collect and Share. Certain aggregate and non-personally identifiable information may be used by Our TA Story and shared with or sold to third parties. This information is not tied to you personally but may contain demographic information about Users in part or as a whole.
Web Beacons. We employ software technologies (such as Google Analytics) that use clear gifs, or “web beacons” that help us track referrals from our partners or affiliates and better manage content to and on our Site. Clear gifs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of Users. Unlike cookies, which are stored on a User’s computer hard drive, clear gifs are small and embedded invisibly on web pages. We do not tie the information gathered by clear gifs to a User’s PII.
Do Not Track. Do Not Track (“DNT”) is a privacy preference that users can set in certain web browsers. DNT is a way for users to inform websites and services that they do not want certain information about their webpage visits collected over time and across websites or online services. Our TA Story does not recognize or respond to browser-initiated DNT signals, as the Internet industry is currently still working toward defining exactly what DNT means, what it means to comply with DNT, and a common approach to responding to DNT.
Information Sharing and Disclosure
We engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to us, including, without limitation, hosting and maintenance, customer relationship, database storage and management, and direct marketing campaigns. We will share your PII with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these functions and provide such services, and only pursuant to binding contractual obligations requiring such third parties to maintain the privacy and security of your data.
Your Access to and Control Over Information
As noted above, you may opt out of any future contacts from us at any time. You can do the following at any time by contacting us via the email address given on the Services: (i) See what data we have about you, if any; (ii) change/correct any data we have about you; (iii) have us delete any data we have about you (subject to this section and Data Retention, below); or (iv) express any concern you have about our use of your data.
Please note that even if you opt out of any contracts from us, any PII, content, submission, or other posting or communication to you submitted to the Site prior to such termination shall not be removed unless we choose to do so at our option and in our sole discretion.
At a minimum, we will retain your information for as long as needed to provide you services, and as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements. We may maintain some or all of this data in its archives even after it has been removed from the Site.
Our TA Story believes in the privacy of our Users. Unfortunately, no data transmission is guaranteed to be 100% secure and we therefore cannot guarantee the security of information transmitted through the Site, and provide all information at your own risk. WE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY FOR THE THEFT, LOSS, OR INTERCEPTION OF, OR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS OR DAMAGES TO, YOUR DATA OR COMMUNICATIONS BY USING THE SITE AND OUR SERVICES. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU UNDERSTAND AND ASSUME THESE RISKS. IF YOU BELIEVE YOUR PRIVACY HAS BEEN BREACHED THROUGH THE USE OF OUR SITE OR SERVICES, PLEASE CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY AT INFO@OURTASTORY.COM.
We will also make any legally-required disclosures of any breach of the security, confidentiality, or integrity of your unencrypted electronically stored personal data to you via email or conspicuous posting on this Site in the most expedient time possible and without unreasonable delay, consistent with (i) the legitimate needs of law enforcement or (ii) any measures necessary to determine the scope of the breach and restore the reasonable integrity of the data system.
Links to Other Websites
OurTAStory.com and any Content posted on the Site may contain links or references to other websites. OurTAStory.com cannot control and cannot be held responsible for the content that appears on those sites and is not an endorsement, authorization or representation of our affiliation with that third party. Furthermore, Our TA Story is not responsible for the Privacy Policies of any third party site or for how they treat information about their users. These third party sites may place their own cookies on your computer, collect data, or solicit personal information. You may be consenting to those websites through use of ours. We encourage you to read the privacy policies or statements and terms of service for each of the other websites you visit.
Social Media Widgets
Our Site may include social media features, such as Facebook “like” buttons, or “Share This” widgets that run on our Site. These features may collect your IP address, which pages you visit on our Site, and may set a cookie to enable the feature to work properly. These features and widgets may be hosted by a third party, and are governed by that third party’s terms and policies.
Our Policy Towards Children
The Site is not directed to persons under 13. If a parent or guardian becomes aware that his or her child has provided us with personally identifiable information without their consent, he or she should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will take actions to promptly remove such data. We do not knowingly collect PII from children under 13. If we become aware that a child under 13 has provided us with personal identifiable Information, we will delete such information from our files.
Terms of Service
Welcome to OurTAStory.com, an online platform designed to collect and archive stories of members of the Taiwanese diaspora who immigrated to America. OurTAStory.com is owned and operated by the tafLabs program of the Taiwanese American Foundation, but for clarity we will refer to ourselves as “Our TA Story,” “we,” “us,” or “our”. We know that legal terms can be a little boring (well, a lot boring), but they play an important role in creating a safe and educational environment for our users, including you. We ask that you take some time to read through them and let us know if you have any questions.
Our TA Story will post content, including third party links and user-generated content, including comments, in order to collect personal stories on the Internet via our website www.OurTAStory.com, its associated sub-pages, our mobile applications and/or mobile-version of our site (collectively, the “Site”), and any application programming interfaces (APIs) (the “Services”). Please read these terms of service carefully (“Terms of Service”) as they apply to your access and use of the Services. When we refer to “you” or “your,” we are referring to each visitor to Site, whether or not they ultimately contribute content to the Site (each a “User”). By using and accessing the Services, you agree to be bound by these Terms of Service and any other policies and guidelines we provide from time to time. If you do not agree to all of the terms and conditions in these Terms of Service, you may not use the Services.
Our TA Story reserves the right to change or modify these Terms of Service or any policy or guideline of the Services, at any time. Any changes or modification will be effective immediately upon posting of the revisions on the Services, and you waive any right you may have to receive specific notice of such changes or modifications. Your continued use of the Services following the posting of changes or modifications will confirm your acceptance of such changes or modifications.
You agree and represent that: (i) all of the information you submit to us is true, accurate and complete as far as you know (ii) if you contribute content on behalf of a business, that you have the express authority to do so, and (iii) any breach or suspected breach of any of the above representations may result refusal of Services.
THE SERVICES IS NOT MEANT FOR MINORS. We are committed to protecting the privacy needs of children and we encourage parents and guardians to take an active role in their children’s online activities and interests. The Services are not intended for and may not be used by children under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 13 and we do not target the Services to children under 13. If you are aware of any individual using or accessing the Services under the age of 13, please notify us immediately.
You acknowledge that it is your responsibility to ensure that any text, data, pictures, images, photos, or any other content (“Your Content”) that you post on the Services does not hurt or offend anyone or violate any laws, rules, policies, regulations, or these Terms of Service. Our TA Story respects your rights and does not wish to censor any of Your Content, however, we also must balance those activities with the protection of others’ rights. You are solely responsible for your use of the Services and Your Content that you post or submit. You agree to use the Services at your own risk. By using the Services, you agree not to post, upload to, transmit, distribute, store, create or otherwise publish through the Services any of the following:
- Content that is unlawful, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, harassing, threatening, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, fraudulent or otherwise objectionable (as determined in our sole discretion);
- Content that would constitute, encourage or provide instructions for a criminal offense, violate the rights of any party or that would violate any local, state, national or international law;
- Content that may infringe any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other intellectual or proprietary right of any party. (By submitting any of Your Content, you represent and warrant that you have the lawful right to distribute and reproduce Your Content, including but not limited to content you submit on behalf of a company or business);
- Content that impersonates any person or entity or otherwise misrepresents your affiliation with a person or entity;
- Private information of any third party or Visitor including addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, Social Security numbers and similar information, nor harvest or otherwise collect such information;
- Access, tamper with or use non-public areas of the Site;
- Content that contains or installs any virus, worm, malware, Trojan horses, or other harmful or destructive content;
- Use any manual or automatic device or process to “data mine” the Site or in any way reproduce or circumvent the navigational structure or presentation of the Services; and
- Content that, in our sole judgment, is objectionable or which restricts or inhibits any other person from using or enjoying any interactive areas of the Services.
Our TA Story takes no responsibility and assumes no liability for any of Your Content posted, stored or uploaded by you or any third party, or for any loss or damage thereto, nor are we liable for any mistakes, defamation, slander, libel, omissions, falsehoods, obscenity, pornography or profanity you may encounter. We do not represent or imply that we endorse the materials posted, or believe that it is accurate or non-harmful. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content.
As the provider of the Services, we are not liable for any statements, representations, Content or Third Party Content (as defined below) provided by Visitors on the Services or in any public forum. Although we have no obligation to screen, edit or monitor any of Your Content posted on the Services, we reserve the right, and have absolute discretion, to remove, screen, edit or remove any of Your Content posted or stored on the Services at any time and for any reason without notice. You are solely responsible for creating backup copies of and replacing, any of Your Content you submit or store on the Services, at your sole cost and expense.
Use and Limitations of Use
You shall not (i) license, sublicense, sell, resell, transfer, assign, distribute or otherwise commercially exploit or make available to any third party the Site, its content, or the Services; (ii) modify or make derivative works based on the Site, its content, or the Services; (iii) “frame” or “mirror” any of the Site, its content, or the Services in any other server or wireless or Internet-based device; or (iv) reverse engineer or access the Site in order to (a) build a competitive product or service, (b) build a product or service using similar ideas, feature, functions or graphics of the Site, or (c) copy any ideas, features, functions or graphic of the Site.
Except as may be required in connection with your use of the Services, we do not want you to submit confidential or propriety information to us through the Site. We consider any solicited or unsolicited suggestions, ideas, proposals, postings, concepts or other material submitted by Users via the Site, via email at email@example.com, or otherwise (collectively, “Submissions”) to be non-confidential and non-proprietary, and we shall not be liable for the disclosure or use of such Submissions. If, at our request, a User sends Submissions to improve the Site or Services, we will also consider that Submission to be non-confidential and non-proprietary and we will not be liable for use or disclosure of the Submission. The intellectual property rights in or relating to Submissions will automatically be deemed to be assigned, granted and transferred by you to us upon their submission to communication to us, and that we may use, exploit, copy, publish, implement, and in all other ways deal with such materials for any purpose, in perpetuity, without further compensation or recourse to you.
Grant of Rights
Third Party Content
We provide third party content on the Services and provide links to sites and content of third parties (collectively the “Third Party Content”) as a service to those interested in this information. We do not control, endorse or adopt any Third Party Content and we make no representation or warranties of any kind regarding the Third Party Content. In the event we display advertisements and promotions from any third parties on the Services or may otherwise provide information about or links to third-party products or services on the Services, your business dealings or correspondence with or participation in promotions of such third parties, and any terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings or promotions, are solely between you and such third party. We are not responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as the result of any such dealings or promotions or as the result of the presence of such advertisers or third party information on the Services.
Intellectual Property and Limited License
You acknowledge that the Services and all content and other materials on the Services, including, but not limited to, our logo and all designs, text, graphics, pictures, information, data, software and the selection and arrangement thereof (collectively, the “Service Materials”) are Our TA Story’s proprietary property or its licensors or users as applicable and are protected by U.S. and international copyright and trademark laws.
Any use of the Services or the Services Materials other than as specifically authorized in these Terms of Service, without the our prior written permission, is strictly prohibited and will result in immediate termination of the license granted in these Terms of Service. Such unauthorized use may also violate applicable laws including, but not limited to, copyright and trademark laws and applicable communications regulations and statutes. Unless explicitly stated herein, nothing in these Terms of Service will be construed as conferring any license to intellectual property rights, whether by estoppel, implication or otherwise. This license is revocable at any time.
Indemnification/Disclaimer/Limitations of Liability
You agree, at your sole expense, to defend, indemnify and hold Our TA Story, its directors, employees and agents, independent contractors, service providers and consultants, and their respective directors, employees and agents, harmless from and against any and all actual or threatened suits, actions, proceedings, at law or in equity, claims, damages, payments, deficiencies, fines, judgments, settlements, liabilities, losses, costs and expenses, including, but not limited to, reasonable attorney fees, costs, penalties, interest and disbursements) caused by, arising out of, resulting from, attributable to or in any way incidental to: (i) your use of the Services, the Services Materials, and/or our services; (ii) your conduct; (iii) your violation of these Terms of Service or your violation of the rights of any third party; or (iv) any of Your Content.
UNLESS OTHERWISE EXPRESSLY SET FORTH IN WRITING, THE SERVICES, SERVICE MATERIALS, YOUR CONTENT, THIRD PARTY CONTENT, ANY HYPERLINKS, AND ANY OTHER SERVICES AND/OR CONTENT INCLUDED ON OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU THROUGH THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED TO YOU ON AN “AS IS” WITHOUT ANY REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND. WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT ANY LOCAL PICKINS CONTENT/SERVICES ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. WE MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO THE AVAILABILITY, RELIABILITY OR SECURITY OF ANY OF THE SERVICES. UNLESS OTHERWISE EXPRESSLY SET FORTH IN WRITING, WE DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL OTHER WARRANTIES AND REPRESENTATIONS (EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, ORAL OR WRITTEN) WITH RESPECT TO ALL OF THE SERVICES WHETHER ALLEGED TO ARISE BY OPERATION OF LAW, BY REASON OF CUSTOM OR USAGE IN THE TRADE, BY COURSE OF DEALING OR OTHERWISE INCLUDING: (I) ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY; (II) ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES OF FITNESS OR SUITABILITY FOR ANY PURPOSE (WHETHER OR NOT KNOWN, HAVE REASON TO KNOW, HAVE BEEN ADVISED, OR ARE OTHERWISE AWARE OF ANY SUCH PURPOSE); AND (III) ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES OF NONINFRINGEMENT OR CONDITION OF TITLE.
IN NO EVENT WILL WE BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR LOSS OF REVENUE, LOSS OF PROFITS OR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, EXEMPLARY OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SERVICES, YOUR CONDUCT OR THE CONDUCT OF ANY OTHER USERS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, BODILY INJURY, EMOTIONAL DISTRESS, ANY OTHER DAMAGES AS A RESULT OF CONTACT WITH OTHER USERS AND/OR ANY DAMAGES CAUSED BY OR RESULTING FROM RELIANCE BY USER ON ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM US, VIA THE SERVICES OR THAT RESULTS FROM MISTAKES, OMISSIONS, INTERRUPTIONS, DEFECTS, VIRUSES, DELAYS IN OPERATION OR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OUR SERVICES), REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES OR ARE AWARE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN NO EVENT WILL OUR TOTAL CUMULATIVE LIABILITY EXCEED THE AGGREGATE OF THE NET AMOUNTS RECEIVED BY US FROM YOU, IF ANY, UNDER USE OF THE SERVICES, MOBILE APPLICATION AND/OR SERVICE PROVIDED HEREUNDER IN THE PREVIOUS SIX (6) MONTHS.
Applicable Law and Venue
These Terms of Service and your use of the Services will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of State of Illinois, applicable to agreements made and to be entirely performed within the State of Illinois, without resort to its conflict of law provisions. You agree that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to these Terms of Service will be filed only in the state and federal courts located in Illinois and you hereby irrevocably and unconditionally consent and submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of such courts over any suit, action or proceeding arising out of these Terms of Service.
Notwithstanding any terms to the contrary in these Terms of Service, we reserve the right, without notice, without liability to you and in our sole discretion, to terminate any of your rights under these Terms of Service (including, but not limited to, your right to use the Services and to block or prevent your access to and use of the Services for any or no reason).
Notices and Procedure for Making Claims of Copyright Infringement
We take the intellectual property rights of our Users very seriously. If you believe that anything on the Services infringes upon any copyright that you own or control, you may file a notification of such infringement with our Designated Agent as set forth below.
Address of Designated Agent to Which Notification Should be Sent:
E-Mail Address of Designated Agent:
To be effective, the notification must be a written communication that includes the following:
- A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;
- Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site;
- Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material;
- Information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted;
- A statement that the complaining party has a good-faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law; and
- A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
We may give notice of a claim of copyright infringement to our users by means of a general notice the Services, electronic mail to a user’s email address in our records, or by written communication sent by first-class mail to a user’s address in our records. In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) and other applicable law, Our TA Story has adopted a policy of terminating, in appropriate circumstances and at our sole discretion, Users who are deemed to be repeat infringers. Our TA Story may also, at its sole discretion, limit access to the Service of any users who infringe any intellectual property rights of others, whether or not there is any repeat infringement.
Infringement and Third Party Content
Because the Site allows content to be posted from third parties and third party websites, there is a chance that the ability to remove any allegedly infringing content will be out of our control. While we will make a good faith effort to remove the allegedly infringing content, once the content is posted from the Site to a third party website (including but not limited to social media networks such as Twitter or Facebook), we have no control or ability to remove such content. If you believe your copyright has been infringed by Our TA Story user posting content from a third party website or to a third party website, we strongly suggest you contact that third party or third party site directly and request the allegedly infringing material be taken down.
These Terms of Service do not transfer, assign or license from Our TA Story to you any of the Site or third party intellectual property, and all right, title and interest in and to such property will remain (as between the parties) solely with us. Our TA Story, our logo, and all other trademarks, services marks, graphics and logos used in connection with Our TA Story, the Site, or the Services are trademarks or registered trademarks of Our TA Story or our licensors. Other trademarks, services marks, graphics, and logos used in connection with the Site may be intellectual property owner by third parties. Your use of the Site grants you no right or license to reproduce or otherwise use any Our TA Story or third party trademarks.
Updates to Terms of Service
We reserve the right to change or modify any provisions of these Terms of Service and any policies or guidelines governing your use of the Services at any time in our sole discretion and without liability to you. Any such changes or modifications will be effective immediately upon posting of revisions on the Services. Your continued use of the Services following the posting of such changes or modifications constitutes your acceptance thereof. Therefore, you should frequently review these Terms of Service and all applicable policies or guidelines on the Services in order to understand the terms and conditions applicable to your use of the Services. If you do not agree to any changes or modifications to these Terms of Service or to any applicable policies or guidelines, your sole recourse is to stop using the Services.
These Terms of Service constitute the entire agreement between us and you concerning the subject matter hereof, and they may only be modified in writing and signed by an authorized representative of Our TA Story, or by posting a revised version on the Site. The laws of the State of Illinois, excluding its conflicts of laws principles, govern access to and use of this Site and all disputes arising out of and relating to this agreement shall be submitted to a court of competent jurisdiction in the State of Illinois. If any part of this Agreement is held to be invalid or unenforceable, that part will be construed to reflect the parties’ original intent, and the remaining portions will remain in full force and effect. A waiver by either party of any term or condition of this agreement or any breach of it will not waive such term or condition or any subsequent breach of it. You may assign your rights under these Terms of Service to any party that consents to and agrees to be bound by them, and we may assign the same without condition. This agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties, their successors, and assigns.
Questions & Contact Information
Questions or comments about the Services may be directed to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Updated May 12, 2017.
Submissions can be in text, audio, or video format.
- Written Submission: Please proofread for errors before submitting. Submissions are ideally 2000 words or fewer.
- Audio Submission: Upload your audio file to Soundcloud and submit the link below.
- Video Submission: If you have access to high quality video equipment, record a video of your story and upload it to YouTube. Then submit the link to your video below.
Upon review, your content will be posted on the website. If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com.