Beth’s Chocolate: Privacy Policy

Beth’s Chocolate seeks to maintain the privacy of our customers. This online Privacy Policy describes the types of information we gather online and how we use it. The purpose of this Privacy Policy is to inform you of the personal information we may collect from you when you visit our Website, place orders via mail or phone, respond to our emails, or otherwise contact us via telephone, email, or mail, why we gather information from you, how we collect it, how we use it, and the choices you have regarding our use of personal information you have provided.

If our online information practices change, we will let you know by posting the Privacy Policy adjustments on our Website. It is your responsibility to check periodically such postings and our Privacy Policy.

This Privacy Policy is part of the Terms of Use, which governs your use of our Website located at www.bethschocolate.com (“Beth’s Chocolate” or the “Website”). The Website is owned by Beth’s Chocolate (the “Company”). Please note: The Website is a general audience site and we do not knowingly collect, maintain, or disclose personal information from or about children.

Why We Gather Information

bethschocolate.com gathers personal information to help improve our customer service and products, to communicate with you, to process your orders, to provide an enhanced and more personalized shopping experience, and to inform you and your gift and message recipients of special offers and discounts from us.

What Information We Gather

We collect information through our Website, emails, mail, and telephone, including when you place an order; participate in classes or events, surveys, promotions, requests for suggestions; and engage in other activities, services, products, and resources we make accessible to our customers and Website users.

Depending on how you interact with us, we collect some or all of the following types of information: your name, address, telephone number, email address, billing information (credit card number, expiration date, and billing address), products purchased and occasion type (for example, Valentine’s Day), any promotion code and related information, message and gift recipients’ names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses, and other information you provide to us, including User Submissions. Information you provide to us may be collected by us even if an order, registration, or other process is started but not completed or otherwise cancelled.

How We Use “Cookies”

A “cookie” is a small data file sent to your browser from a web server and stored on your computer. Beth’s Chocolate uses cookies to make your online shopping experience more enjoyable in a number of ways. Beth’s Chocolate also uses cookies to measure activity on our site, which allows us to determine which areas and features of our site are most popular. This information allows us to make improvements and updates to enhance your bethschocolate.com experience.

We use cookies to let us know that you are a prior customer or user and to provide certain features to you. Most web browsers allow you to instruct the browser to prevent the use of cookies. However, if you disable this feature, certain aspects of the Website, such as the shopping basket, may not function properly. We have relationships with third parties who may receive non-personal information directly from the cookies placed by our Website on your computer to assist in analyzing our business and customers.

How We Use the Information We Collect

We use information we collect to communicate with you about our products, services, and promotions; to process your orders; to provide an enhanced and more personalized shopping experience; and to inform you and your gift and message recipients of offers and discounts from Beth’s Chocolate.

Without your consent, we do not make your gift information or message recipients’ email addresses, available to third parties.

Beth’s Chocolate collects two types of information about users: “Personal Information” (such as name, email address, mailing address and phone and credit card numbers) and “Aggregate Information” (such as information about how many users log on to our sites on a daily basis).

Personal Information is collected online when users voluntarily register with bethschocolate.com to purchase items, receive electronic newsletters, use community and communication services, answer survey, and participate in other promotional opportunities provided on bethschocolate.com. We also maintain a record of your product interests and purchases online.

Aggregate Information is non-personally identifiable/anonymous information such as types of products purchased, most frequently accessed pages, IP addresses or search terms. Aggregate Information is used in a collective manner. Tracking Internet Protocol (IP) addresses is one method of collecting Aggregate Information about your activities online and information volunteered by you. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you surf the Web. The computers, which deliver the Web pages to you, automatically identify your computer by its IP address. When you request a page from our site, our servers log your IP address.

Please note that any personal information you reveal or post on one our public forums are not protected by this Privacy Policy and may be collected, shared, and used by us or with third parties, including to contact you. Information you give out or post on our public forums you disclose at your own risk.

Consent to Transfer and Submission

Beth’s Chocolate is operated in the United States. If you are located outside the United States, please be aware that any information you provide to us will be transferred to the United States. By using the Website or otherwise providing us with information, you hereby consent to this transfer.

In addition, if you submit data to us about other individuals (such as your message and gift recipients), you agree that you have obtained consent from each such individual to the submission, transfer, and processing of the information. Although personal information collected by us through the Website, emails, mail, and telephone is used by us in accordance with this Privacy Policy, laws generally applicable to the protection of personal data in the U.S. may not be as stringent as those in other countries.

Security and Passwords

If you place an order on our Website, it encrypts the credit card number you submit prior to transmission over the Internet using secure socket layer (SSL) encryption technology.  However, no transmission of data over the Internet or any other network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Although we make reasonable efforts to safeguard personal information once we receive it, we cannot warrant the security of information we receive.

Portions of the Website may require registration and log-in processes in which you will select a user ID and password (collectively, the “Password”). Passwords provided to you by us are the confidential property of the Company and may be used by you solely for your individual use of the Website (and otherwise as specified by us). You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any Password and for all activities that occur using your Password, whether or not authorized by you. You agree to immediately notify us of any unauthorized use of your Password or accounts.

Sharing Information Collected Online with Third Parties, Consultants, and Affiliates

Beth’s Chocolate does not share email addresses you provide with third parties without your consent. We do not contribute to or participate in cooperative databases, which give other companies access to such personal information. For privacy purposes, all information relating to our customers is stored on a highly secure server, and all credit card information is stored in an encrypted format.

How to Limit the Use of Personal Information

We want to communicate with you only to the extent you want to hear from us. If you prefer not to have personal information collected from you via the Website, emails, mail, and telephone shared with third parties, please follow the directions below.

Information Changes/Removal

If you would like to update or correct information previously provided to us, please send an e-mail with your new information, including your complete name, postal address, and email address to bethschocolateinfo@gmail.com.

If you would like to remove your name from our mailing list, email us at bethschocolateinfo@gmail.com from the email address which you wish to have removed and include your postal mailing address in the message.

Acceptance of Terms and Changes to this Policy

Subject to the above provisions, by using the bethschocolate.com Website, you consent to the terms of this Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use, of which this policy is a part.

If you do not agree to this Privacy Policy, please do not use the bethschocolate.com Website.

We may change our Privacy Policy from time to time as new features or services are added, suggestions from our customers are incorporated or other changes are made. We will post the revised Privacy Policy on our Website at least 30 days prior to their effective date—unless we believe changes must take effect sooner to comply with law or to protect the Company or our customers, users, licensors, or merchants, in which case the changes will be effective upon posting or as otherwise specified.

Your continued use of the bethschocolate.com Website following the posting of changes to these terms will mean that you accept these changes accordingly.

Your Comments

Beth’s Chocolate welcomes feedback concerning this Privacy Policy. Please send your comments and questions to bethschocolateinfo@gmail.com.