What Information We Collect About You and How We Use It
Information You Provide to Us
Somananda.org gathers and retains personal information about you when you voluntarily submit it to us. For example, if you choose to complete and submit a form or otherwise provide information through our Website, including but not limited to the “Contact Us” page, we will retain the data you submit to respond to your inquiry and consider your request. After we have responded to your inquiry and/or considered your request, the information you submitted will be retained for our records.
URLs and IP Addresses
Like many other websites, we collect information about users’ utilization and navigation of the Website. This information helps us to design the Website to better suit our users’ needs. Information collected from Website visitors includes: domain name used to access the internet, browser used, pages visited, referring site and Internet Protocol (“IP”) address. We use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer the Website. Your IP address also is used to help identify you and to gather broad demographic information. We track the keywords that are entered into our search engine and the terms selected to browse and filter information in order to measure interest in specific topics, but we do not monitor which terms a particular user enters. We do not record information about individual behavior or use of the Website.
Social Networking Activities
The Website includes the ability for you and other users to link to social networking websites. As a result, we receive information about you when you choose to post or otherwise share information about our Website on these social networking websites. We may use such information about you in a variety of ways, including to administer the Website and enhance your experience with Somananda.org. We may keep all of this information indefinitely.
When you engage in any financial transaction through the Website, you will be asked to provide certain of your financial information, such as your debit card, credit card or PayPal account and billing address. We will only keep this information as long as necessary to complete the transaction or series of recurring transactions authorized by you.
How Personal Information May Be Used or Shared
We will not share, rent, sell or otherwise disclose any of the personally identifiable information that we collect about you through the Website, except in any of the following situations:
- We may use the information we collect from you to fulfill your requests, manage the Website, communicate with you about membership, registration, products, services, events and other opportunities related to our courses, and conduct research and analysis. We have instituted opt-out capabilities to ensure that you do not receive unwanted email or mail from us, as discussed below in the “Opting Out of Communications” section.
- We may disclose information that we collect about you to our third-party contractors and payment processors who perform services for us in connection with the Website, or to complete or confirm a transaction or series of transactions that you conduct with us. We may also disclose information to service providers or suppliers if the disclosure will enable that party to perform business, professional or technical support for us.
- We may be legally obligated to disclose information about you to the government or to third parties under certain circumstances, such as in connection with illegal activity on the Website, or to respond to a subpoena, court order or other legal process. We reserve the right to release information that we collect to law enforcement or other government officials, as we, in our sole and absolute discretion, deem necessary or appropriate.
- We may share aggregated or anonymous information that cannot identify you with third parties. For example, we may disclose the number of visitors to the Website or the number of people who have downloaded a particular document.
Opting Out of Communications
If you no longer want to receive emails from Somananda.org on a going-forward basis, you may opt out of receiving emails by clicking the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of those email you receive or, you may send a request to unsubscribe to: If you are having difficulty unsubscribing using the above methods, please contact us directly at the email or phone number listed below under Contact.
To help protect the privacy of data you transmit through the Website, where personally identifiable information is requested, we use technology designed to encrypt the information that you input before it is sent to us. In addition, we take steps to protect the user data we collect against unauthorized access. However, you should keep in mind that the Website is run on software, hardware and networks, any component of which may, from time to time, require maintenance or experience problems or breaches of security beyond our control.
Links to Other Websites
This Website is not intended for children under the age of 13. If you are under 13 years of age, please do not use or access this Website at any time or in any manner. By using this Website, you affirm that you are over the age of 18. Somananda.org does not seek through this Website to gather personal information from or about persons under the age of 18.
This document was last updated on July 3, 2015