1. Introduction

This Privacy Policy explains what we do with your personal data within the scope of providing the services offered in the website www.thehobbystory.com (the “Platform”), such as the sale and subscription to courses, creating your profile at thehobbystory.com, the ability to offer and apply for employment, communications, etc. (the “Services”). We also explain our policy in terms of data we may collect when you visit the Platform.

Pursuant to applicable data protection laws bear in mind that:

  • If you live in a country that is a member of the European Economic Area, the way your data is processed and the current Privacy Policy shall be governed by the General Data Protection Regulation or Regulation [UE] 2016/679(“GDPR”).
  • If you live in a country outside the European Economic Area, the collection of your personal data shall be governed according to the privacy laws of the state of California

The company responsible for personal data is IFORHER Digital Media Pvt. Ltd., (which conceptualized the platform – The Hobby Story), with a registered office in Sector-10, Gurugram, Haryana (IFORHER) (“We”). To contact the representative from our team looking into matters related to privacy, you may send an email at: info@thehobbystory.com

If information indicated as required is not provided, we might be unable to process your user registration or the use of certain Services available in the Platform.

In order to register and navigate the Platform, you need to be older than 16. We may use your personal information to verify your age and ensure the enforcement of this restriction.

2. Legal Basis For Processing The Personal Data

Collection and processing of your personal data are based primarily on the contractual and/or non-contractual relationship you have with us.

When we send you newsletters and Services or when we use the email you have provided us to contact you individually or to recognize you when you return to visit our website, we are doing so under informed consent.

How we process the information collected by our cookies is based on the informed consent you provide, pursuant to current legislation.

3. Personal Information We Collect

In order to register on the Platform and identify yourself, we will request your email and date of birth.

To create your profile on the Platform you may include personal information such as your country or city of residence, a photograph, first and last names, education, work experience, and any other additional information you might want to share in your profile. The profile information helps you make the most out of our Services, like helping other professionals find you and finding opportunities or projects you might be interested in. However, if you do not want this information to be published, you may leave the profile information fields blank or delete the information already provided.

When you visit or use our Services, we register data such as frequency of use, date and time Services were accessed, when you see or click a specific content, your course preferences, projects you are sharing, or content you publish. We use information when you log in when you read our emails, and Internet Protocol (“IP”) addresses to identify you and register your use in the Platform.

We do not make decisions based on profiles, beyond the personalization of advertisement and for the purpose of the legitimate prevention of Internet fraud.

We obtain information through other platforms, for example, when you register via Facebook or similar technologies. This might include personal texts or images available on an external website.

4. Purpose Of The Processing

We will process your personal data for the following purposes:

  1. Manage your registration as Platform user, to identify you and give you access to Services available for registered Platform users.
  2. The development, compliance and execution of the contract for the provision of services such as the sale of or subscription to TheHobbyStory courses or any other contract We might have through the Platform. You will need to keep in mind that:

You expressly authorize us to process the data indicated as required for activation and payment processing. The card’s security code (CVV or CVC) will only be used to process the purchase in the course and will not be stored or processed afterward, as part of your payment information. The consent for the activation of this feature allows your data to autofill in future purchases, so you do not need to re-enter payment information every time you make a purchase. The data enter will be assumed valid and current in future purchases. You will be able to modify or delete your credit cards or PayPal account at any time through the payment method in the purchase form or through the payment method set in your subscription. We store and release card information in accordance with international confidentiality and security standards for credit and debit cards. For security reasons, the use of this feature might require a change of your password. Remember, the safety of the Platform also depends on the correct use and storage of confidential passwords.

  • Recommending jobs that match your profile.
  • Contacting you through email regarding updates or information related to features, products or services contracted, including Platform security updates, as long as they are needed or reasonable.
  • Respond to any request or inquiry you make through the customer service channels available at our Platform.
  • We also use your information to generate aggregated non-identifying data. For instance, generate statistics regarding our users, their jobs or areas of expertise, number of impressions or clicks in a specific course or project or visitor demographics.

5. Options

The provision of the platform’s service might entail the use of your personal data, with your express consent, to make available to you personalized advertisement related to our products and services, through emails or other electronic communication means from us or third-party collaborators. With the goal of improving our services, please know that personal information regarding your purchases, interests, and preferences might be used by the platform for the purpose of analysis, user profiling, marketing studies, quality surveys, and improving interaction with our clients.

If you do not want to receive a certain type of email communication, simply access the Notifications section under Edit Profile to manage your preferences.

Likewise, you will be able to cancel your notifications by following the instructions in each notice you receive.

6. Data Retention Period

We will retain your personal data for as long as we have a valid contractual relationship, and after that, for the period determined by any obligations arising from the treatment of the data or as established by law.

7. Data Recipients

To comply with the purposes indicated in this Privacy Policy, it might be necessary to report or release your personal data to third parties for the following reasons:

  • Business Transfers: in connection with any reorganization, restructuring, merge or sale, or any other transfer of assets, including personal, provided that the receiving party accepts to process your personal information in accordance with our Privacy Policy.
  • Service Providers: in order to provide services in our name or to help us provide our services. For example, we contract service providers to render marketing, advertising, communication, infrastructure and IT services, to customize and improve our service, to process credit card transactions or other methods of payment, provide customer service, collect debts, analyse and improve data (such as data regarding user interaction with our services), and process and manage satisfaction surveys. For efficiency purposes, these partners and providers may be based in the US or other countries or territories outside of the European Economic Area, and might not provide a data protection level comparable to that of your country, or the European Union’s.

When you accept this Privacy Policy, you are specifically authorizing us to process and report your personal data to the partners mentioned and/or release your personal data to the service providers as processors located outside of the European Economic Area for the purposes described herein and to provide you complete service. When we release personal information when exchanging data with countries outside the European Economic Area and other areas with data protection laws, we will ensure the information is being transferred in compliance with this Privacy Policy and pursuant to current data protection laws.

8.  Children

WOur website and other products or services are not directed at children under the age of 13 and we endeavor not to knowingly collect any Personally Identifiable Information from children under the age of 13.

If you are under the age of 13, we request that you do not provide us with your information and do not use our websites and apps. If you are aged 13, 14 or 15, we request that you seek your parent or guardian’s permission before providing us with your information or using our websites or apps.

If you are a parent or guardian of a child under 13, please contact us at info@thehobbstory.com, if you are aware that your child has used our websites or apps or otherwise provided their information to us without your consent. We will delete or otherwise cease processing your child’s personal information within a reasonable time.

9. Information About Cookies

We use cookies, small files with information regarding your navigation in this Platform, mainly to enable a better user experience. To know more about the cookies we use, their purpose, and other useful information, please feel free to drop an email at: info@thehobbystory.com

10. Requirements

In compliance with the Privacy Policy, the platform commits to resolve complaints about our collection or use of your personal information.  Any individual with inquiries or complaints regarding our Privacy Policy should first contact the platform at: info@thehobbystory.com

11. Changes

We will update this Privacy Policy occasionally and as required by legal, regulatory or operational modifications. We will notify such changes (including the effective date) as required by law.