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  • The Art of Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging

    Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging. It means “making flowers alive” and is also known as kado (the way of the flower). Ikebana has a rich and interesting history in Japan and has also become popular in the West. You can find here a Online Design Tutorial on how to do a western interpretation of Ikebana. In this article, we’ll delve into its origins, its different schools, and the types of flowers commonly associated with ikebana. What is Ikebana? Ikebana is a specific practice of arranging flowers that relies heavily on Buddhist philosophy. Most importantly, it’s based on the Buddhist belief of preserving life, so the types of flowers - and even the shape of the vase - dictate how arrangements are made. Rather than just focusing on the flowers themselves, ikebana acknowledges other areas of the plant, such as the leaves and stems, and carefully considers form through lines and shapes. It’s often regarded as the meeting of nature and humanity and how one informs the other. Minimalism is common in ikebana, but isn’t exclusive. Often, arrangements may include only a few blossoms with greater emphasis on stems. As you might expect from such a disciplined style of flower arrangement, the seasons are very important. Not only does this influence the types of flowers used, but it also impacts how they’re arranged. For example, spring styles might include branches in unusual shapes to symbolise strong winds, and summer styles will often use low, open vases that show more water. This is believed to create a cooling effect in the hot weather. In short, ikebana is first and foremost a spiritual practice. Anyone who’s spent time arranging flowers will know the act is very calming, and it highlights the link between people and nature. The History of Ikebana Ikebana is believed to have started in Japan during the Heian period (794-1185). This is when Buddhism began in the country, and it’s a standard practice to leave flowers at Buddhist altars. Historians believe the art of flower arranging came to Japan from China when Buddhist priests travelled there for education. In its early stages, it was simply putting flowers in a vase but it quickly became a dedicated art form. By the 15th century, many flowers had developed symbolic meaning, and this led to ikebana becoming a more dedicated practice. It was still intimately associated with Buddhism but also became a more secular practice; flower arrangers were by now considered artists. Over the next few centuries, various schools developed that placed different emphasis on artistic elements. By the 19th century, Japanese people began growing Western plants, which led to a specific school, moribana. Ikebana didn’t really become popular in the West until the 20th century. There is evidence of its practice existing in Europe much further back, but it was growing international communication that led to its rise. Schools of Ikebana There are multiple schools of ikebana, each of which practices the art slightly differently. Each school has its own head, known as an iemoto, which is essentially a grand master. These positions regularly pass down through families. Some of the most notable schools include: Ikenobo, considered to be the original school. Enshu-ryu, which has numerous offshoots. Misho-ryu, which uses isosceles triangles as its base shape. Saga go-ryu, one of the newest schools (founded in 1930) that has roots dating back to the 9th century. Each school uses different philosophies for arranging that include shapes, flower choices and vase selections. Regardless, though, the main principles of ikebana remain consistent throughout. Popular Flowers in Ikebana As you might expect, the types of flowers popular in ikebana vary depending on the school. However, some remain consistent choices and have a long history associated with the art. These include: Iris Chrysanthemum Camelia Peony Tree narcissus Willow Bamboo grass Pine branches Boxwood Typically, an ikebana arrangement will contain two or three elements that are carefully chosen to work in unison. Also, Western arrangements often get a bit more experimental with their foliage choices. You might see everything from monstera leaves and ivy to roses and lilacs. Even so, the main principles of ikebana remain the same. The symbolism behind these flowers is the same in both the East and the West. It was common for meanings to travel with the flowers, so practitioners across the world generally shared the same understanding of what these flowers meant. However, one of the key theories behind ikebana is that meaning is derived as much from how the flowers are arranged as it is from which flowers are used. For example, willow branches feature in arrangements when people part (such as leaving home). In these cases, the length of willow branches symbolises how long the journey will be. The ikebana language of flowers is called hanakotoba. Many of its meanings are consistent with Western symbology, but there are a few differences. Red flowers symbolise morbidity and are often used in funeral arrangements (where Westerners might use lilies). Also, even numbers are considered unlucky, so you’ll typically find odd numbers of branches and blooms in an ikebana display. Ikebana Facts If this hasn’t been interesting enough already, here are some facts about the art of ikebana. Ikebana is an ungendered practice. In the past, samurai did ikebana as a way to relax. The two main types are rikka and shoka. Rikka is standing plants, while shoka is living plants. This dictates how they’re arranged. Ikebana vases usually have large openings at the top to allow for better oxygen circulation. This is believed to help the flowers live longer. Different schools base their arrangements around shapes in nature. These typically include mountains, valleys, and waterfalls. Tall arrangements that point straight up symbolise faith. Conclusion Ikebana is a fascinating practice that takes flower arranging to a whole new level. The symbology of flowers is only one of many elements that combine to make displays with a range of implicit meanings. Luckily, there are now international schools that teach ikebana, so it shouldn’t be difficult for you to get involved if you like the sound of it.

  • The Best Wedding Flowers and Their Meanings

    Having flowers at a wedding is almost a given. Whether it’s the bridal bouquet, buttonholes, or decoration for the venue or reception, flowers are everywhere at a wedding. You can find here the Online Tutorial for a Bridal Bouquet and the Button Hole. But let's talk about Wedding Flowers in General. In the modern age, we’ve lost a lot of the traditional meaning behind our flower choices, with most couples opting for varieties that fit their colour scheme. However, the history and meaning behind our flower choices are still fascinating and deserve a revival. So that’s what we’re here to do! The History of Wedding Flowers The history of wedding flowers in the Western world stretches all the way back to Ancient Rome (and pr obably before) when brides carried flowers as a symbol of new beginnings. Flowers symbolised new beginnings and growth for obvious reasons: they grow and bloom fresh each year. In the Middle Ages, herbs became a more popular choice due to their perceived ability to ward off bad humours and evil spirits. Strong-smelling herbs (such as dill or rosemary) were particularly popular. The wedding bouquet as we know it rose to prominence in the Victorian era when Queen Victoria carried a small arrangement on her wedding day. As with many other things, the queen doing something made it incredibly popular and it stuck. Of course, the link between weddings and flowers has grown massively since then. They now dominate the venue, the reception decorations, and are worn by both the bride and groom’s parties. White Flowers at Weddings Ever wondered why white flowers are popular at weddings? Well, it’s the same reason traditional wedding dresses are white: it’s the colour of purity. White has held this association for basically all of Western history; it’s clean and unblemished and, in the days before modern chemicals, was very difficult to achieve. But remember to stay away from white lilies! Although they symbolise commitment, purity of the soul, and rebirth, they’re often chosen for funerals. While this doesn’t mean you can’t use them at your wedding, it’s a link most people will make. So tread lightly! Using Flowers at a Wedding Flowers pop up in almost every part of a wedding. They’re most popular in: Bridal bouquet. This one is a given. Groom’s buttonhole. The groom will often wear a flower in his jacket buttonhole (typically on the left). It’ll usually be a bold flower that’s not too big and is something found in the bridal bouquet. Venue displays. How you include flowers in your venue really depends on your theme. Anything from freestanding displays to arches of climbing plants looks amazing regardless of whether your wedding is indoors or outdoors. Wedding reception. At the reception, table displays are the most common. Ideally, these should match the bridal bouquet and overall wedding theme in terms of colour. With floral displays, there are plenty of ways to reduce the budget and keep them looking amazing. For example, using something like cherry blossom or sticks can look chic and doesn’t cost much at all. Popular Wedding Flowers While white flowers might seem like the obvious choice, there’s nothing stopping you from opting for a more colourful choice. In fact, a wide range of flowers have long been associated with wedding bouquets and arrangements. Some of the most popular include: Roses The link between roses and love is almost ubiquitous in society. After all, they’re the go-to on Valentine’s Day. But did you know different colours of roses have different meanings? Red is love and desire White is innocence and charm Pink is happiness Queen Anne’s Lace This flower is popular in floral arrangements because it’s very delicate and frilly and so fills small spaces well. Its small white flowers symbolise femininity and complexity, and it works great in both table decorations and bridal bouquets. Lilac Lilacs are beautifully fragrant and come in either purple or white. Both colours symbolise first love, so they might not be a suitable choice for everyone! Iris Irises are perfect for adding a pop of bold colour to any floral arrangement, and their meaning makes them ideal for weddings. The iris symbolises faith, valour, and wisdom, all of which are suitable virtues at a wedding! Gerbera Daisy These massive daisies are another popular choice in wedding bouquets, both because they’re inexpensive and they go with pretty much every other flower. As you’d expect from such a bright flower, the gerbera daisy symbolises cheerfulness. Clematis Clematis is a beautiful climbing plant with small, often fragrant flowers. It can be both bold and delicate depending on the type you have, and it comes in a wide range of colours. Clematis symbolises mental fortitude and ingenuity, which are always good virtues to have. Hydrangea Hydrangeas might not be every bride’s go-to flower for their wedding, but they’re ideal for adding body to table displays and bouquets. What’s more, the hydrangea is perfectly suited for a wedding because it symbolises heartfelt emotion and perseverance. Japonica Japonica is a flowering shrub that makes a great choice for venue displays. It can be grown into arches or shaped as freestanding bushes. It’s suitable for weddings because it symbolises graciousness. Lavender Lavender might seem like an unusual choice for weddings but it’s actually perfectly at home in a bridal bouquet because it symbolises devotion and virtue. While it would also be ideal for venue displays, it might be best to keep it away from table displays because its powerful fragrance might not go too well with your guests’ dinners! Lily of the Valley If you want lilies at your wedding, lily of the valley is the perfect choice. It’s long been associated in Christianity with the Virgin Mary because it symbolises purity of heart and sweetness. Its small, dainty flowers make it ideal for bridal bouquets. Conclusion While the meaning behind flowers has typically gone out of favour in the modern age, knowing the symbolism of your wedding flowers can help you to put together a beautiful (and meaningful) arrangement. White is always a firm choice for obvious reasons, but this doesn’t mean you need to stick to white alone!

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    PRIVACY POLICY Last updated: February 18, 2021 ​ This Privacy Policy describes Our policies and procedures on the collection, use and disclosure of Your information when You use the Service and tells You about Your privacy rights and how the law protects You. We use Your Personal data to provide and improve the Service. By using the Service, You agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this Privacy Policy. ​ Interpretation and Definitions ​ Interpretation The words of which the initial letter is capitalized have meanings defined under the following conditions. The following definitions shall have the same meaning regardless of whether they appear in singular or in plural. ​ Definitions For the purposes of this Privacy Policy: Account means a unique account created for You to access our Service or parts of our Service. 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That information is provided directly to Our third-party payment processors whose use of Your personal information is governed by their Privacy Policy. These payment processors adhere to the standards set by PCI-DSS as managed by the PCI Security Standards Council, which is a joint effort of brands like Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover. PCI-DSS requirements help ensure the secure handling of payment information. PayPal Their Privacy Policy can be viewed at WIX Payment Their Privacy Policy can be viewed at When You use Our Service to pay a product and/or service via bank transfer, We may ask You to provide information to facilitate this transaction and to verify Your identity. ​ GDPR Privacy Legal Basis for Processing Personal Data under GDPR We may process Personal Data under the following conditions: Consent: You have given Your consent for processing Personal Data for one or more specific purposes. Performance of a contract: Provision of Personal Data is necessary for the performance of an agreement with You and/or for any pre-contractual obligations thereof. Legal obligations: Processing Personal Data is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the Company is subject. Vital interests: Processing Personal Data is necessary in order to protect Your vital interests or of another natural person. Public interests: Processing Personal Data is related to a task that is carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the Company. Legitimate interests: Processing Personal Data is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the Company. In any case, the Company will gladly help to clarify the specific legal basis that applies to the processing, and in particular whether the provision of Personal Data is a statutory or contractual requirement, or a requirement necessary to enter into a contract. ​ Your Rights under the GDPR The Company undertakes to respect the confidentiality of Your Personal Data and to guarantee You can exercise Your rights. You have the right under this Privacy Policy, and by law if You are within the EU, to: Request access to Your Personal Data. The right to access, update or delete the information We have on You. Whenever made possible, you can access, update or request deletion of Your Personal Data directly within Your account settings section. If you are unable to perform these actions yourself, please contact Us to assist You. This also enables You to receive a copy of the Personal Data We hold about You. Request correction of the Personal Data that We hold about You. You have the right to to have any incomplete or inaccurate information We hold about You corrected. Object to processing of Your Personal Data. This right exists where We are relying on a legitimate interest as the legal basis for Our processing and there is something about Your particular situation, which makes You want to object to our processing of Your Personal Data on this ground. You also have the right to object where We are processing Your Personal Data for direct marketing purposes. Request erasure of Your Personal Data. You have the right to ask Us to delete or remove Personal Data when there is no good reason for Us to continue processing it. Request the transfer of Your Personal Data. We will provide to You, or to a third-party You have chosen, Your Personal Data in a structured, commonly used, machine-readable format. Please note that this right only applies to automated information which You initially provided consent for Us to use or where We used the information to perform a contract with You. Withdraw Your consent. You have the right to withdraw Your consent on using your Personal Data. If You withdraw Your consent, We may not be able to provide You with access to certain specific functionalities of the Service. ​ Exercising of Your GDPR Data Protection Rights You may exercise Your rights of access, rectification, cancellation and opposition by contacting Us. Please note that we may ask You to verify Your identity before responding to such requests. If You make a request, We will try our best to respond to You as soon as possible. You have the right to complain to a Data Protection Authority about Our collection and use of Your Personal Data. For more information, if You are in the European Economic Area (EEA), please contact Your local data protection authority in the EEA. ​ Facebook Fan Page Data Controller for the Facebook Fan Page The Company is the Data Controller of Your Personal Data collected while using the Service. As operator of the Facebook Fan Page , the Company and the operator of the social network Facebook are Joint Controllers. The Company has entered into agreements with Facebook that define the terms for use of the Facebook Fan Page, among other things. These terms are mostly based on the Facebook Terms of Service: Visit the Facebook Privacy Policy for more information about how Facebook manages Personal data or contact Facebook online, or by mail: Facebook, Inc. ATTN, Privacy Operations, 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, United States. ​ Facebook Insights We use the Facebook Insights function in connection with the operation of the Facebook Fan Page and on the basis of the GDPR, in order to obtain anonymized statistical data about Our users. For this purpose, Facebook places a Cookie on the device of the user visiting Our Facebook Fan Page. Each Cookie contains a unique identifier code and remains active for a period of two years, except when it is deleted before the end of this period. Facebook receives, records and processes the information stored in the Cookie, especially when the user visits the Facebook services, services that are provided by other members of the Facebook Fan Page and services by other companies that use Facebook services. For more information on the privacy practices of Facebook, please visit Facebook Privacy Policy here: ​ CCPA Privacy This privacy notice section for California residents supplements the information contained in Our Privacy Policy and it applies solely to all visitors, users, and others who reside in the State of California. ​ Categories of Personal Information Collected We collect information that identifies, relates to, describes, references, is capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with a particular Consumer or Device. The following is a list of categories of personal information which we may collect or may have been collected from California residents within the last twelve (12) months. Please note that the categories and examples provided in the list below are those defined in the CCPA. This does not mean that all examples of that category of personal information were in fact collected by Us, but reflects our good faith belief to the best of our knowledge that some of that information from the applicable category may be and may have been collected. For example, certain categories of personal information would only be collected if You provided such personal information directly to Us. Category A: Identifiers. Examples: A real name, alias, postal address, unique personal identifier, online identifier, Internet Protocol address, email address, account name, driver's license number, passport number, or other similar identifiers. Collected: Yes. Category B: Personal information categories listed in the California Customer Records statute (Cal. Civ. Code § 1798.80(e)). Examples: A name, signature, Social Security number, physical characteristics or description, address, telephone number, passport number, driver's license or state identification card number, insurance policy number, education, employment, employment history, bank account number, credit card number, debit card number, or any other financial information, medical information, or health insurance information. Some personal information included in this category may overlap with other categories. Collected: Yes. Category C: Protected classification characteristics under California or federal law. Examples: Age (40 years or older), race, color, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, religion or creed, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, sex (including gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy or childbirth and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, veteran or military status, genetic information (including familial genetic information). Collected: No. Category D: Commercial information. Examples: Records and history of products or services purchased or considered. Collected: Yes. Category E: Biometric information. Examples: Genetic, physiological, behavioral, and biological characteristics, or activity patterns used to extract a template or other identifier or identifying information, such as, fingerprints, faceprints, and voiceprints, iris or retina scans, keystroke, gait, or other physical patterns, and sleep, health, or exercise data. Collected: No. Category F: Internet or other similar network activity. Examples: Interaction with our Service or advertisement. Collected: Yes. Category G: Geolocation data. Examples: Approximate physical location. Collected: No. Category H: Sensory data. Examples: Audio, electronic, visual, thermal, olfactory, or similar information. Collected: No. Category I: Professional or employment-related information. Examples: Current or past job history or performance evaluations. Collected: No. Category J: Non-public education information (per the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (20 U.S.C. Section 1232g, 34 C.F.R. Part 99)). Examples: Education records directly related to a student maintained by an educational institution or party acting on its behalf, such as grades, transcripts, class lists, student schedules, student identification codes, student financial information, or student disciplinary records. Collected: No. Category K: Inferences drawn from other personal information. Examples: Profile reflecting a person's preferences, characteristics, psychological trends, predispositions, behavior, attitudes, intelligence, abilities, and aptitudes. Collected: No. Under CCPA, personal information does not include: Publicly available information from government records Deidentified or aggregated consumer information Information excluded from the CCPA's scope, such as: Health or medical information covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA) or clinical trial data Personal Information covered by certain sector-specific privacy laws, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FRCA), the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) or California Financial Information Privacy Act (FIPA), and the Driver's Privacy Protection Act of 1994 ​ Sources of Personal Information We obtain the categories of personal information listed above from the following categories of sources: Directly from You. For example, from the forms You complete on our Service, preferences You express or provide through our Service, or from Your purchases on our Service. Indirectly from You. For example, from observing Your activity on our Service. Automatically from You. For example, through cookies We or our Service Providers set on Your Device as You navigate through our Service. From Service Providers. For example, third-party vendors to monitor and analyze the use of our Service, third-party vendors for payment processing, or other third-party vendors that We use to provide the Service to You. ​ Use of Personal Information for Business Purposes or Commercial Purposes We may use or disclose personal information We collect for "business purposes" or "commercial purposes" (as defined under the CCPA), which may include the following examples: To operate our Service and provide You with our Service. To provide You with support and to respond to Your inquiries, including to investigate and address Your concerns and monitor and improve our Service. To fulfill or meet the reason You provided the information. For example, if You share Your contact information to ask a question about our Service, We will use that personal information to respond to Your inquiry. If You provide Your personal information to purchase a product or service, We will use that information to process Your payment and facilitate delivery. To respond to law enforcement requests and as required by applicable law, court order, or governmental regulations. As described to You when collecting Your personal information or as otherwise set forth in the CCPA. For internal administrative and auditing purposes. To detect security incidents and protect against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent or illegal activity, including, when necessary, to prosecute those responsible for such activities. Please note that the examples provided above are illustrative and not intended to be exhaustive. For more details on how we use this information, please refer to the "Use of Your Personal Data" section. If We decide to collect additional categories of personal information or use the personal information We collected for materially different, unrelated, or incompatible purposes We will update this Privacy Policy. Disclosure of Personal Information for Business Purposes or Commercial Purposes We may use or disclose and may have used or disclosed in the last twelve (12) months the following categories of personal information for business or commercial purposes: Category A: Identifiers Category B: Personal information categories listed in the California Customer Records statute (Cal. Civ. Code § 1798.80(e)) Category D: Commercial information Category F: Internet or other similar network activity Please note that the categories listed above are those defined in the CCPA. This does not mean that all examples of that category of personal information were in fact disclosed, but reflects our good faith belief to the best of our knowledge that some of that information from the applicable category may be and may have been disclosed. When We disclose personal information for a business purpose or a commercial purpose, We enter a contract that describes the purpose and requires the recipient to both keep that personal information confidential and not use it for any purpose except performing the contract. ​ Sale of Personal Information As defined in the CCPA, "sell" and "sale" mean selling, renting, releasing, disclosing, disseminating, making available, transferring, or otherwise communicating orally, in writing, or by electronic or other means, a consumer's personal information by the business to a third party for valuable consideration. This means that We may have received some kind of benefit in return for sharing personal information, but not necessarily a monetary benefit. Please note that the categories listed below are those defined in the CCPA. This does not mean that all examples of that category of personal information were in fact sold, but reflects our good faith belief to the best of our knowledge that some of that information from the applicable category may be and may have been shared for value in return. We may sell and may have sold in the last twelve (12) months the following categories of personal information: Category A: Identifiers Category B: Personal information categories listed in the California Customer Records statute (Cal. Civ. Code § 1798.80(e)) Category D: Commercial information Category F: Internet or other similar network activity ​ Share of Personal Information We may share Your personal information identified in the above categories with the following categories of third parties: Service Providers Payment processors Our affiliates Our business partners Third party vendors to whom You or Your agents authorize Us to disclose Your personal information in connection with products or services We provide to You Sale of Personal Information of Minors Under 16 Years of Age We do not knowingly collect personal information from minors under the age of 16 through our Service, although certain third party websites that we link to may do so. These third-party websites have their own terms of use and privacy policies and we encourage parents and legal guardians to monitor their children's Internet usage and instruct their children to never provide information on other websites without their permission. We do not sell the personal information of Consumers We actually know are less than 16 years of age, unless We receive affirmative authorization (the "right to opt-in") from either the Consumer who is between 13 and 16 years of age, or the parent or guardian of a Consumer less than 13 years of age. Consumers who opt-in to the sale of personal information may opt-out of future sales at any time. To exercise the right to opt-out, You (or Your authorized representative) may submit a request to Us by contacting Us. If You have reason to believe that a child under the age of 13 (or 16) has provided Us with personal information, please contact Us with sufficient detail to enable Us to delete that information. Your Rights under the CCPA The CCPA provides California residents with specific rights regarding their personal information. If You are a resident of California, You have the following rights: The right to notice. You have the right to be notified which categories of Personal Data are being collected and the purposes for which the Personal Data is being used. The right to request. Under CCPA, You have the right to request that We disclose information to You about Our collection, use, sale, disclosure for business purposes and share of personal information. Once We receive and confirm Your request, We will disclose to You: The categories of personal information We collected about You The categories of sources for the personal information We collected about You Our business or commercial purpose for collecting or selling that personal information The categories of third parties with whom We share that personal information The specific pieces of personal information We collected about You If we sold Your personal information or disclosed Your personal information for a business purpose, We will disclose to You: The categories of personal information categories sold The categories of personal information categories disclosed The right to say no to the sale of Personal Data (opt-out). You have the right to direct Us to not sell Your personal information. To submit an opt-out request please contact Us. The right to delete Personal Data. You have the right to request the deletion of Your Personal Data, subject to certain exceptions. Once We receive and confirm Your request, We will delete (and direct Our Service Providers to delete) Your personal information from our records, unless an exception applies. We may deny Your deletion request if retaining the information is necessary for Us or Our Service Providers to: Complete the transaction for which We collected the personal information, provide a good or service that You requested, take actions reasonably anticipated within the context of our ongoing business relationship with You, or otherwise perform our contract with You. Detect security incidents, protect against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity, or prosecute those responsible for such activities. Debug products to identify and repair errors that impair existing intended functionality. Exercise free speech, ensure the right of another consumer to exercise their free speech rights, or exercise another right provided for by law. Comply with the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (Cal. Penal Code § 1546 et. seq.). Engage in public or peer-reviewed scientific, historical, or statistical research in the public interest that adheres to all other applicable ethics and privacy laws, when the information's deletion may likely render impossible or seriously impair the research's achievement, if You previously provided informed consent. Enable solely internal uses that are reasonably aligned with consumer expectations based on Your relationship with Us. Comply with a legal obligation. Make other internal and lawful uses of that information that are compatible with the context in which You provided it. The right not to be discriminated against. You have the right not to be discriminated against for exercising any of Your consumer's rights, including by: Denying goods or services to You Charging different prices or rates for goods or services, including the use of discounts or other benefits or imposing penalties Providing a different level or quality of goods or services to You Suggesting that You will receive a different price or rate for goods or services or a different level or quality of goods or services ​ Exercising Your CCPA Data Protection Rights In order to exercise any of Your rights under the CCPA, and if You are a California resident, You can contact Us: By email: Only You, or a person registered with the California Secretary of State that You authorize to act on Your behalf, may make a verifiable request related to Your personal information. Your request to Us must: Provide sufficient information that allows Us to reasonably verify You are the person about whom We collected personal information or an authorized representative Describe Your request with sufficient detail that allows Us to properly understand, evaluate, and respond to it We cannot respond to Your request or provide You with the required information if We cannot: Verify Your identity or authority to make the request And confirm that the personal information relates to You We will disclose and deliver the required information free of charge within 45 days of receiving Your verifiable request. The time period to provide the required information may be extended once by an additional 45 days when reasonable necessary and with prior notice. Any disclosures We provide will only cover the 12-month period preceding the verifiable request's receipt. For data portability requests, We will select a format to provide Your personal information that is readily useable and should allow You to transmit the information from one entity to another entity without hindrance. Do Not Sell My Personal Information You have the right to opt-out of the sale of Your personal information. Once We receive and confirm a verifiable consumer request from You, we will stop selling Your personal information. To exercise Your right to opt-out, please contact Us. The Service Providers we partner with (for example, our analytics or advertising partners) may use technology on the Service that sells personal information as defined by the CCPA law. If you wish to opt out of the use of Your personal information for interest-based advertising purposes and these potential sales as defined under CCPA law, you may do so by following the instructions below. Please note that any opt out is specific to the browser You use. You may need to opt out on every browser that You use. ​ Website You can opt out of receiving ads that are personalized as served by our Service Providers by following our instructions presented on the Service: The NAI's opt-out platform: The EDAA's opt-out platform The DAA's opt-out platform: The opt out will place a cookie on Your computer that is unique to the browser You use to opt out. If you change browsers or delete the cookies saved by your browser, You will need to opt out again. ​ Mobile Devices Your mobile device may give You the ability to opt out of the use of information about the apps You use in order to serve You ads that are targeted to Your interests: "Opt out of Interest-Based Ads" or "Opt out of Ads Personalization" on Android devices "Limit Ad Tracking" on iOS devices You can also stop the collection of location information from Your mobile device by changing the preferences on Your mobile device. "Do Not Track" Policy as Required by California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA) Our Service does not respond to Do Not Track signals. However, some third party websites do keep track of Your browsing activities. If You are visiting such websites, You can set Your preferences in Your web browser to inform websites that You do not want to be tracked. You can enable or disable DNT by visiting the preferences or settings page of Your web browser. ​ Children's Privacy Our Service does not address anyone under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13. If You are a parent or guardian and You are aware that Your child has provided Us with Personal Data, please contact Us. If We become aware that We have collected Personal Data from anyone under the age of 13 without verification of parental consent, We take steps to remove that information from Our servers. If We need to rely on consent as a legal basis for processing Your information and Your country requires consent from a parent, We may require Your parent's consent before We collect and use that information. Your California Privacy Rights (California's Shine the Light law) Under California Civil Code Section 1798 (California's Shine the Light law), California residents with an established business relationship with us can request information once a year about sharing their Personal Data with third parties for the third parties' direct marketing purposes. If you'd like to request more information under the California Shine the Light law, and if You are a California resident, You can contact Us using the contact information provided below. California Privacy Rights for Minor Users (California Business and Professions Code Section 22581) California Business and Professions Code section 22581 allow California residents under the age of 18 who are registered users of online sites, services or applications to request and obtain removal of content or information they have publicly posted. To request removal of such data, and if You are a California resident, You can contact Us using the contact information provided below, and include the email address associated with Your account. Be aware that Your request does not guarantee complete or comprehensive removal of content or information posted online and that the law may not permit or require removal in certain circumstances. ​ Links to Other Websites Our Service may contain links to other websites that are not operated by Us. If You click on a third party link, You will be directed to that third party's site. We strongly advise You to review the Privacy Policy of every site You visit. We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites or services. ​ Changes to this Privacy Policy We may update Our Privacy Policy from time to time. We will notify You of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on this page. We will let You know via email and/or a prominent notice on Our Service, prior to the change becoming effective and update the "Last updated" date at the top of this Privacy Policy. You are advised to review this Privacy Policy periodically for any changes. Changes to this Privacy Policy are effective when they are posted on this page. ​ Contact Us If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, You can contact us: By email:

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