Updated November 12th, 2018

The Overwhelmed Brain, LLC (“The Overwhelmed Brain”) recognizes the importance of protecting the privacy of your personal information, and we have prepared this Privacy Policy to provide you with important information about our privacy practices. This Privacy Policy applies when you use a website, mobile, tablet computer, podcast player, or other online service (“Services”) that links or refers to it. It does not govern or apply to information collected or used by The Overwhelmed Brain through other means.

This Privacy Policy covers the following:

Information We Collect

We collect information you provide to us, information that we collect through your use of the Services, and information that we collect from publicly available sources or third parties.

Information You Provide to Us. When you register or otherwise interact with the Services, you may be invited to provide personal information to enhance your experience on our site. For example, during account registration or product purchase, we may ask for information such as your name and e-mail address. We use the third party services Stripe, Gumroad and Amazon to collect payment information, such as your credit card number and expiration date, where appropriate, to process a financial transaction you have requested. We do not keep your financial information in any of The Overwhelmed Brain databases.

We also collect information that you provide us when you comment on articles, participate in message boards and social media, and submit images, photos, videos, or other content to the Services. We may ask you for additional information at other times, such as when you enter a contest or participate in a promotion, or when you order products from us or otherwise engage with the Services.

Information About Your Use of the Services. In addition to the information you provide to us directly, third party analytical and demographic tools (“Analytics”) such as Google Analytics and Facebook Pixel tracking may collect information about your use of the Services. These third party tools share these analytics with us for purposes of understanding website traffic and visitor interest. These third party tools may collect:

  • Device information— such as your hardware model, IP address, other unique device identifiers, operating system version, browser type and settings, such as language and available font settings, and settings of the device you use to access the Services.
  • Usage information— such as information about the Services you use, the time and duration of your use of the Services and other information about your interaction with content offered through a Service, and any information stored using cookies, mobile ad identifiers, and similar technologies that we have set on your device.
  • Location information— such as your computer’s IP address, your mobile device’s GPS signal or information about nearby WiFi access points and cell towers that may be transmitted to us when you use certain Services.

Information From Third-Party Sources. We may receive information about you from publicly and commercially available sources, as permitted by law, which we may combine with other information we receive from or about you. For example, we may receive information about you from a social media site if you connect to the Services through that site.

How We Use Information

To Provide and Manage the Services You Request. This includes, for example, processing your subscription to our newsletter, sending you electronic newsletters, or enabling you to participate in the features provided by the Services such as the TOB Patron Program. It also includes providing personalized content and recommendations to you, through workbooks, podcasts and email. Through such features, we are able to bring you information and content tailored to your individual interests and needs.

To Contact You. We may periodically contact you with offers and information about the Services and our affiliates, including in connection with your accounts, online surveys, legal notices, stories, new features that you are entitled to access, and other important information. All email communication from us provides an Unsubscribe link. You may opt out of receiving email messages from us by following the instructions contained in those email messages.

To Deliver Targeted Advertising. We may use your information gathered from Analytics to facilitate the delivery of targeted ads, promotions, and offers to you, on behalf of ourselves, advertisers, and affiliates. For further information about our and third parties’ use of cookies, web beacons, mobile ad identifiers, and other tracking technologies to provide you relevant ads, as well as information about how to disable cookies and make other choices related to targeted advertising, see Online Tracking and Advertising.

To Better Understand Our Readers and Listeners. The Services conduct research on our reader’s and listener’s demographics, interests and behavior based on the information we collect. We do this to better understand and serve our readers and listeners, and to improve our products and services.

To Protect the Rights of the Services and others. We may use your personal information as we believe is necessary or appropriate to protect, enforce, or defend the legal rights, privacy, safety, or property of the Services, its employees or agents, or other users and to comply with applicable law.

Consent. We may otherwise use your information with your consent or at your direction.

Sharing of Information

We do not share the information you provide to us with any entity outside of our email distribution service. We use Aweber for email distribution. Aside from the technical support team at Aweber, The Overwhelmed Brain is the only entity to access the subscriber data in the Aweber database.

Your information will never be sold or shared. We will however share your information if required by law as necessary or appropriate to protect, enforce, or defend the legal rights, privacy, safety, or property of the Services, our employees or agents or users or to comply with applicable law or legal process, including responding to requests from public and government authorities.

If you choose to click a third party link from any site owned by The Overwhelmed Brain including theoverwhelmedbrain.com and patron.theoverwhelmedbrain.com (“TOB Sites”) that leads to another website outside of TOB Sites please view their privacy policy for their use of your personal data and collection of analytical and demographic information. The Overwhelmed Brain cannot be held responsible for the privacy practices of other websites or services.

Purchase of Products and Services. All TOB Sites use Stripe payment processing to process transactions related to TOB Patron membership and coaching services. When you purchase a coaching package or membership through the TOB Patron Program, you will be directed to a Stripe payment form. All information entered into that form is sent directly to Stripe and is not held in any The Overwhelmed Brain database. Please review the Stripe privacy policy for more information on how they use your personal data.

If you purchase a worksheet, workbook, audio system, book or other product through our website, you will be directed to Amazon or Gumroad to make your payment. All information entered into an Amazon or Gumroad payment form is sent directly to Amazon or Gumroad respectively, and is not held in any The Overwhelmed Brain database. Please review the Amazon privacy policy and Gumroad privacy policy for more information on how they use your personal data.

All donations you send through our website are processed through PayPal. All information entered into the PayPal payment form is sent directly to PayPal, and is not held in any The Overwhelmed Brain database. Please review the PayPal privacy policy for more information on how they use your personal data.

Affiliates and Business Partners. The only information that is shared with our affiliates is provided to them by you directly. We do not share your personal information to any of our affiliates or business partners.

Logging In Through Social Media Services. If you log into the Services with a social media service or if you connect a social media account with the Services, we may share your information with that social media service. The social media services’ use of the shared information will be governed by the social media services’ privacy policy and your social media account settings. If you do not want your information shared in this way, do not connect your social media service account with your Services.

Third Parties that Provide Content, Advertising, or Functionality. When you use our Services, third parties may collect or receive certain information about you and/or your use of the Services (e.g., hashed data, click stream information, browser type, time and date, information about your interactions with advertisements and other content), including through the use of cookies, beacons, mobile ad identifiers, and similar technologies, in order to provide content, advertising, or functionality or to measure and analyze ad performance, on our Services or other websites or platforms. This information may be combined with information collected across different websites, online services, and other linked or associated devices. These third parties may use your information to improve their own services and consistent with their own privacy policies.

Other Parties in Connection With a Corporate Transaction. We reserve the right to transfer any information we have about you in the event that we sell or transfer all or a portion of our business or assets to a third party, such as in the event of a merger, acquisition, or in connection with a bankruptcy reorganization. In the event of this occurrence, you will be notified and given the option to opt out of any or all of our mailing lists.

Otherwise With Your Consent or At Your Direction. In addition to the sharing described in this Privacy Policy, we may share information about you with third parties whenever you consent to or direct such sharing.

We also may share other information with third parties in a manner that does not identify particular users, including, for example, aggregated data about how users are using our Services.

Links to Third-Party Sites

Our Services may link to third-party websites and services that are outside our control. We are not responsible for the security or privacy of any information collected by other websites or other services. You should exercise caution, and review the privacy statements applicable to the third-party websites and services you use.

How to Access or Update Your Information & Other Privacy Choices Available To You

Email Promotions. You may opt out of receiving commercial email messages from us by following the unsubscribe instructions contained in those email messages.

Data Security

We have in place physical, electronic and managerial procedures to protect the information we collect online. However, as effective as these measures are, no security system is impenetrable. We cannot guarantee the security of our database, nor can we guarantee that the information you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the Internet.

Other Important Information

Children’s Privacy. We do not knowingly collect any personal information from children under the age of 13 without parental consent, unless permitted by law. If we learn that a child under the age of 13 has provided us with personal information, we will delete it in accordance with applicable law.

Do-Not-Track Signals and Similar Mechanisms. Some web browsers may transmit “do-not-track” signals to websites with which the user communicates. Because of differences in how web browsers incorporate and activate this feature, it is not always clear whether users intend for these signals to be transmitted, or whether they even are aware of them. Because there currently is no industry standard concerning what, if anything, websites should do when they receive such signals, the Services currently do not take action in response to these signals. If and when a final standard is established and accepted, we will reassess how to respond to these signals. In the meantime, please see Online Tracking & Advertising for additional information about privacy choices that may be available to you with respect to targeted advertising.

International Transfers. The Services are headquartered in the United States. Please be aware that if information you provide to us or that we obtain as a result of your use of the Services may be collected in your country and subsequently transferred to the United States or to another country in accordance with applicable law. By using the Services, you consent to the collection, international transfer, storage, and processing of your information

Changes to Our Privacy Policy

We may modify this Privacy Policy from time to time. We will notify you of changes by posting changes here, or by other appropriate means. Any changes to the Privacy Policy will become effective when the updated policy is posted on the Services. Your use of the Services or your provision of personal information to use the Services following such changes indicates your acceptance of the revised Privacy Policy. The date for the latest updates to this policy will be listed at the top of this page.

Additional Choices With Respect To Targeted Advertising

As described above, we and third parties may use cookies and other tracking technologies to facilitate serving relevant ads to you. For example, these technologies help us determine whether you have seen a particular advertisement before, tailor ads to you if you have visited our site before, and avoid sending you duplicate advertisements. You can learn more about certain types of targeted advertising by visiting the Digital Advertising Alliance website.

In addition to disabling cookies and other tracking technologies as described above, you may opt-out of receiving targeted advertising from participating ad networks, audience segment providers, ad serving vendors, and other service providers by visiting websites operated by the Network Advertising Initiative and Digital Advertising Alliance .

Due to differences between using apps and websites on mobile devices, you may need to take additional steps to disable tracking technologies in mobile apps. Many mobile devices allow you to opt-out of targeted advertising for mobile apps using the settings within the mobile app or your mobile device. For more information, please check your mobile settings.

If you have any questions, concerns, comments, or general inquiries, feel free to contact us.

Note: The above privacy policy will always be in use unless otherwise restricted by law.