Privacy Policy

 

Company Information.

We are Birth Begins, a California sole proprietorship (“Birth Begins”, “Company”, “We”, “Our” and “Us”).  We offer childbirth classes.  We operate the website www.birthbegins.com (“Website”).   

 

We at Birth Begins value and respect your privacy.  This privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”) explains how We use the personal data that We gather through or related to your use of Our Website (whether through signing up or as a guest) and the measures We take to protect the security of this information.  Please read this policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how We collect, use, protect or otherwise handle your personal data.  Currently, We use your personal information related to your enrollment in classes, to contact you and provide you with information for the classes, to process payments, and to send information related to Birth Begins.  

 

This Privacy Policy, together with Our General Terms of Use , set  forth the legal terms and conditions on which We allow you to access Our Website. By accessing, browsing or otherwise using Our Website, you accept this Privacy Policy as well as the General Terms of Use, without limitation or qualification. If you do not accept this Privacy Policy, you are not entitled to access or use the Website and you should leave the Website immediately.

 

1. What personal data do We collect?

1.1 We may collect the following information:

 

1.1.1 Information that you provide to Us (e.g., by signing up for a class on the Website or contacting Us).

  • Your name and contact details (including telephone number, zip code and email address);

  • Expressed personal preferences (e.g., communications and language settings); and

  • Correspondence and communications between Us and you.

 

1.1.2 Information We collect from your use of the Website

We may automatically collect the following information:

  • Technical information, including your computer's IP address, browser type and version, time zone setting, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform; and

  • Information about your visit, including the URL clickstream to, through and from Our Website (including date and time); products you viewed or searched for; page response times, download errors, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks, and mouse-overs), and methods used to browse away from the page.

 

1.2 Where permitted by applicable law, We may also collect ancillary information either directly or from third party sources (e.g. business partners, sub-contractors in technical, payment and delivery services, advertising networks, analytics providers, search information providers and credit reference agencies) and may combine it with your personal data for the purposes described in this Privacy Policy.

 

1.3 You do not have to provide personal data to access the Website or Our Social Media Channels but certain functionality may not otherwise be available to you.

 

1.4 You confirm that all information you provide to Us at any time is true, accurate and complete.

 

1.5 You must not provide information about anyone else unless you have that party’s permission to do so.

 

2. Why do We need your personal data?

 

2.1 We may use your personal data for the following reasons:

  • Website and business analysis, administration and management;

  • Allowing you to participate in the interactive features of the Website (e.g. accessing social network platforms);

  • Sending you communications via newsletter subscription – should you elect affirmatively to sign up and receive them; 

  • To give you access to classes or class materials;

  • Using the data you provide when registering for classes for future class emails and newsletters;

  • Processing payments;

  • Customizing the Website to suit your preferences; and

  • Keeping Our Website secure.

 

2.2 We may share your information with other Birth Begins affiliates and service providers for the purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy. We do not sell or rent lists or otherwise disclose personal information that We collect about you, except as provided herein.

 

2.3 We may also disclose personal data to third parties in the following circumstances:

  • Third parties (such as social networks), where you direct Us to do so. Your personal data will become subject to the privacy policies of those third parties when it is shared with them. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites and encourage you to read their privacy statements;

  • If We or substantially all of Our assets are acquired by a third party, in which case personal data held by Us about Our customers will be one of the transferred assets that may be disclosed to the prospective and eventual buyers; or

  • If We are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce or apply Our Terms of Use or any other agreements; or to protect the rights, property, or safety of Birth Begins, Our affiliates, Our customers, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.

 

2.4 In carrying out the above activities, We may transfer your personal data.  Wherever We transfer your personal data, We will take steps to safeguard it.

 

2.5 By submitting your personal data, you agree to Us transferring, storing or processing your personal data as outlined above.

 

2.6 We will retain your personal data for as long as it is necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy.

 

3. Cookies.

3.1 Our Website uses cookies, which are small text files that are placed within your computer with your permission. Cookies allow Us to understand how Our Website is used and to improve it. They also allow Us to recognize you when you use the Website and to provide you with a positive browsing experience. By using the Website, you agree that We may use cookies for these purposes.

 

3.2 The cookies that We use can be categorized as follows:

  • Strictly necessary cookies are essential for your use of the Website and its features. We have to use these cookies to make the Website work as it should, whether or not you agree to cookies being used.

  • Performance cookies collect information about how visitors use the Website, so that We can understand how Our Website is used. We may use Google Analytics or other programs for this purpose: https://developers.google.com/analytics/resources/concepts/gaConceptsCookies.

  • Functionality cookies allow the Website to remember you in order to provide enhanced customized features (e.g. language preferences).

  • Social media cookies are used when you share information using a social media sharing button or “like” button on the Website or engage with Us on or through social networking websites such as Facebook, which may link your use of Our Website to targeting/advertising activities. We do not control how these social networks use cookies.

 

3.3 To find out more about cookies, visit: http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/. Your browser settings may allow you to choose not to receive any cookies: you should consult the 'Help' section of your browser for more information. By rejecting or disabling cookies, certain Website content or functionality may not be available to you.

 

4. Keeping your personal data secure.

4.1 We take steps to ensure that your personal data is protected against unauthorized loss or disclosure. However, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. We cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to Our Website; any transmission is at your own risk. To protect your personal information, We take reasonable precautions and follow industry best practices to make sure it is not inappropriately misused, accessed, disclosed, altered, lost or destroyed.

 

4.2 Our Website may contain links to and from third-party websites. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that We do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies or how those third parties may use your personal data. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.

 

4.3 We do not knowingly collect information about anyone under 18 years of age or the age of majority in your state of residence. By using this site, you represent that you are at least the age of majority in your state of residence, or that you are the age of majority in your state of residence and you have given Us your consent to allow any of your minor dependents to use this site.

 

5. Third Parties.

5.1 We sometimes use third-party companies and individuals to perform functions for Us, including, but not limited to, form submissions, sending the newsletter, formatting the newsletter, streaming Our classes, processing credit card payments, social media, interactive polls and trivia, market research, surveys, and following up with you. We disclose personal information to such third parties only to the extent necessary to provide the classes, complete class registration, charge your credit card, provide customer service, and send promotional announcements to you.

5.2 Class Registration. Class registration may be handled by Wix Bookings. Your registration information is collected by Wix and communicated to Birth Begins in a secure and confidential manner.  Your credit card information is not shared with Birth Begins.  Wix and Paypal have their own privacy policies, and We invite you to review that privacy policy at https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/ua/privacy-full for Paypal and https://www.wix.com/about/privacy for Wix.

 

5.3 Virtual Classes. Virtual classes are held via Zoom.  We invite you to review that privacy policy and other polices at https://zoom.us/privacy.  During classes, there may be trivia and polls using the services from Poll Everywhere and Kahoot!.  The privacy policy and other policies can be viewed at https://www.polleverywhere.com/privacy-policy and  https://kahoot.com/privacy-policy/.

 

5.4  Form Submission: Form submissions on Our website are through Wix and are not HIPAA compliant.  The privacy policy and other polices can be viewed at https://www.wix.com/about/privacy.

 

5.5 Payment:  Payments are received through Paypal and Wix.  The privacy policy and other polices for Paypal can be viewed at https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/ua/privacy-full.  Payments can also be made by cash or check.   The privacy policy and other polices for Wix can be viewed at: https://www.wix.com/about/privacy

 

5.6 Social Media:  Our Website links to Our social media channels: Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.  The privacy policies and other polices for Facebook can be viewed at  https://www.facebook.com/policy.php. The privacy policies and other polices for Instagram can be viewed at  https://help.instagram.com/519522125107875.  The privacy policies and other polices for LinkedIn can be viewed at https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy

 

6. Your rights.

 

6.1 In accordance with applicable law, users of Our Website may have the right to:

  • access the personal data that We hold about you;

  • request that We correct, amend or update your personal data; and

  • request that We stop using your information for marketing purposes and, in certain circumstances, that We stop using your personal data altogether.

 

6.2 You may have additional rights under your local law.

 

6.3 Please contact info@birthbegins.com for any requests.

 

7. California Do Not Track Notice. 

 

7.1 Under California law, website and online service operators are required to disclose how they respond to web browser "do not track" signals or other similar mechanisms that provide consumers the ability to exercise choice regarding the collection of personal information about a consumer’s online activities over time and across third-party websites, to the extent the operator engages in that collection. At this time, We do not track Our customers' personal information over time and across third-party websites and therefore this requirement does not apply to Us.

 

7.2 California law also requires website and online service operators to disclose whether third parties may collect personal information about their users' online activities over time and across different sites when the users use the operator's website or service. Third parties that have content or services on Our site such as a social feature, analytics service, or an advertising network partner, may obtain information about your browsing or usage habits but this information does not include personal information. We do not knowingly permit such third parties to collect any personal information from Our site unless you directly provide it to Us and We provide it to them with your consent.

 

7.3 California Privacy Notices: If you are a California resident under 18 years old and a registered user of the Site, you can request that We remove content or information that you have posted to Our Blog. Please note that responding to your request may not ensure complete or comprehensive removal from Our Blog (e.g., if the content or information has been reposted by another user). To request removal of content or information, please contact Us at the address, telephone or email below.

 

7.4 Under California Law, residents have the deletion rights as set forth below:

 

Right to Know. You have the right to know the personal information We collect, use, disclose, and sell about you. You have the right to request in writing from Us a copy of the categories of personal information We have collected about you, the categories of sources from which We collected such information, why We collected that information, the categories of third parties with whom We shared your personal information, the categories of personal information that We disclosed about you for a business purpose, and the specific pieces of Personal Information We have collected about you. Please note that We are only required to respond twice per calendar year to your Right to Know request.

  • Right to Deletion. You have the right to request that We delete any Personal Information We have collected from you or maintain about you. However, We are not required to comply with such requests if it is necessary for Us or Our partners to maintain the Personal Information in order to:

    • complete the transaction for which the Personal Information was collected;

    • detect security incident and protect against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity;

    • debug to identify and repair errors that impair existing intended functionality;

    • exercise free speech, ensure the right of another consumer to exercise his or her right of free speech, or exercise another right provided for by law;

    • comply with the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act;

    • engage in public or peer-reviewed scientific, historical, or statistical research in the public interest;

    • comply with a legal obligation; or

    • use personal information internally in a lawful manner that is compatible with the context in which a California resident provided the information and is reasonably aligned with the expectations of the resident based on the resident’s relationship with the business.

  • Right to Opt-Out of the Sale of Your Personal Information. If a business sells your personal information you have the right to opt-out of having your Personal Information sold. We do not sell any of your personal information.

  • Right to Non-Discrimination. We will not discriminate against those who exercise their Rights. Specifically, if you exercise your rights, We will not deny you goods or services, charge you different prices or rates for goods or services or provide you a different level or quality of goods or services.

 

Your Right to Know and Right to Deletion are not absolute and are subject to certain exceptions. For instance, We cannot disclose specific pieces of personal information if the disclosure would create a substantial, articulable, and unreasonable risk to the security of the personal information, your account with Us or the security of the business’s systems of networks.

 

Contact info@birthbegins.com to submit requests under this section.

 

 

8. Contacting Us. If you have any questions about the Website or this Privacy Policy, please contact Us via email at info@birthbegins.com.

 

Thank you for visiting Our Website.

 

Privacy Policy last updated 02/08/2021. Any changes to this Privacy Policy will be posted on this page. We reserve the right to modify this Privacy Policy at any time, so please review it frequently. Changes and clarifications will take effect immediately upon their posting on the website.