Video Ad Blocker Plus – Privacy Policy – Browser Extension 

Last updated: January 5, 2021

Video Ad Blocker Plus desktop browser extension (the “Video Ad Blocker Plus Product”), which is part of the BZO Technologies LP family of products, enables certain enhanced video functionality including the automatic playing of YouTube™ videos in high definition, as well as the blocking of video ads.  BZO Technologies LP (the “Company”, “we” or “us”) offers the Video Ad Blocker Plus Product through our website https://videoadblockerplus.com  or certain stores, and we provide this policy (“Privacy Policy”) to make our users aware of the data we collect upon installation and use of the Video Ad Blocker Plus Product, how it is stored and used and our users’ rights with respect to such data.  

We value our users and respect their data privacy rights, and thus we strongly encourage all of our users to read this Privacy Policy so that they may fully understand those privacy rights and how to invoke and protect them. Use of the Video Ad Blocker Plus Product is subject to the Video Ad Blocker Plus™ Terms of Use (the “Terms of Use”), available at https://videoadblockerplus.com/terms/ , and this Privacy Policy is part of the Terms of Use and, to the extent that the processing of your personal data is based on consent (see below), is a legally binding agreement between you and the Company.

 

By installing the Video Ad Blocker Plus Product, you acknowledge the terms of this Privacy Policy and our collection, storage and use of your information in accordance with these terms and, where the processing of personal data is based on consent (see below), you agree to be bound by the terms of this Privacy Policy. IF YOU OBJECT TO THE TERMS OF THIS PRIVACY POLICY, PLEASE DO NOT DOWNLOAD, INSTALL OR USE THE VIDEO AD BLOCKER PLUS PRODUCT OR ITS SERVICES IN ANY MANNER.    

We reserve the right to periodically amend or revise the Privacy Policy at our sole discretion. Such amendments or revisions will be effective immediately upon the posting of the updated Privacy Policy on our website. Accordingly, we encourage you to check this Privacy Policy regularly for updates, so that you are fully informed of how your data is collected and used by the Company and your related rights. The last revision date will be reflected in the “Last updated” heading in the Privacy Policy. Your continued use of the Video Ad Blocker Plus Product following the posting of such amendments or revisions constitutes your acknowledgement and where the processing of personal data is based on consent (see below) your agreement to be bound by the terms of such amended policy. In the event of material changes to the Privacy Policy that will adversely affect your use of the Video Ad Blocker Plus Product or your rights in relation thereto, we will use our best efforts to provide you with notification through the website.

  • What Information Do We Collect?
  • How Is the Data Used?
  • How Is the Data Shared?
  • Cookies
  • Opt-Out Right 
  • How Do We Store, Safeguard and Transfer Your Information?
  • User Rights
  • Data Retention
  • California Privacy Rights
  • Minors 
  • Google Compliance 
  • How to Contact Us

WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT?

We may collect from you “Personal Information” (meaning, information that identifies an individual or may with reasonable effort be used to identify an individual) and “Non-Personal Information” (meaning, information that cannot be used to identify you), as follows:

  1. Information Collected Automatically – Your installation of the Video Ad Blocker Plus Product enables the automatic collection from your computer or device of information related to your use of the Video Ad Blocker Plus Product, including the following: 
  • Web server log information (web requests) as well as data sent in response to those requests, including date and time stamp, operating system, user agent and browser type;
  • Visited websites, including the date and duration of visits (this data is filtered and aggregated, so that it cannot be used to identify you or your device, nor associated with you in any manner, and it is transferred to our servers as Non-Personal Data);
  • Internet Protocol address (trimmed and encrypted upon collection, on a periodic basis);
  • TabID; and
  • GUID (a unique identifier randomly generated and assigned by the Company’s systems).

This information that is automatically collected is referred to herein as ““Product Data”. Some of the data types above are considered as Personal Information under applicable data protection laws, and specifically, IP address, and in some jurisdictions, the GUID, and we will treat such data accordingly. We work very hard and invest substantial resources to maintain the security of the data we collect. These efforts include the utilization of state-of-the art data cleaning, hashing, and aggregation methods and procedures to de-identify or delete Personal Information from the information we collect automatically through your use of the Video Ad Blocker Plus Product. For example, IP address is stored by us as hashed data, and the URLs of the visited websites are filtered prior to being processed, as further detailed above. 

The Product Data is processed solely for the purposes of providing and improving the Video Ad Blocker Plus Product’s services, as set out under the “How Is the Data Used?” section hereunder.

  1. Information Provided by You Directly – In the event you contact us directly for support related to the Video Ad Blocker Plus Product or in relation to our Privacy Policy, we may collect from you information you choose to provide that identifies or can readily be used to identify you individually, such as your name and email address (“Voluntarily Provided Data”).  

HOW IS THE DATA USED?

We use the Product Data mainly for the purpose of providing and improving the Services (as defined below), meaning to identify websites that generally include ads, including websites with adult-related content, in order to provide contextual warnings to our users and to block the ads on these sites. This data is scrubbed and cleaned on your device prior to any other use, with a view to removing information that could allow your identification with reasonable means. All of these uses are referred to herein as our “Services”. The processing of the Product Data is in this context necessary for a user-facing feature, namely the provision of the Services as described above. For instance, without access to such data, some of the ad-blocking and adult-related contextual warnings would not work.

You acknowledge that by downloading and installing the Video Ad Blocker Plus Product, you request us to provide you with the Services. We further use your information in the following ways:

(i) to improve and further develop the Services and for Product-related analytical and research purposes; 

(ii) with respect to Voluntarily Provided Data, we use it solely to provide technical support, to respond to your inquiries, and to notify you of updates to the Video Ad Blocker Plus Product;

(iii) to enforce the Terms of Use and to take any action necessary in the event of a dispute regarding use of the Video Ad Blocker Plus Product; and

(iv) to comply with applicable laws and regulations, or any requests from government agencies or legal authorities.

The processing of the Product Data as well as the Voluntarily Provided Data for purposes detailed above is carried out within the framework of the legitimate interests the Company holds to process this information, including the prevention of fraud or misuse of the Video Ad Blocker Plus Product and the Services, service improvement purposes or, where permitted under applicable law, on the implied consent that you provide by using the Video Ad Blocker Plus Product or Services. Processing for purpose (iv) listed above is as required by law. In the event we use cookies we will obtain your consent, subject to applicable law requirements. 

HOW IS THE DATA SHARED?

We do not share Personal Information collected from you with third parties or any of our partners, except to the extent we have a good faith belief that disclosure of such information is reasonably necessary as follows: 

(i) to comply with any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request; 

(ii) to investigate, detect, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities or other wrongdoing, suspected fraud or security issues; 

(iii) with service providers performing technical or other Product-related services for us, as data processors, and subject to our instructions. These service providers may include our affiliated companies.  

(iv) in the event of a corporate transaction (e.g. sale of a substantial part of our business, merger, consolidation or asset sale), including during negotiations of such a transaction, in which case we will endeavor to ensure that the acquiring company assumes the rights and obligations as described in this Privacy Policy. 

COOKIES 

When you use the Video Ad Blocker Plus Product we may use Cookies that enable us to identify you or your device. A “Cookie” is a small text file located in a browser directory. The use of Cookies is a standard practice, and they are used for various purposes including allowing you to navigate between pages efficiently, enabling automatic activation of certain features and remembering your preferences. Cookies are also used to help customize your experience. You can find more information about cookies at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_cookie.  

The third-party cookies used on our Video Ad Blocker Plus Product:

CookiePurposePrivacy Policy and Opt-Out
Google AnalyticsAnalytical, measurement and performance 

www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners

https://policies.google.com/technologies/managing?hl=en 

These third parties may use and store their own Cookies on your device, which may collect information about you, including Personal Information, subject to their own privacy practices. For more information on third party Cookies, check with the relevant third party. 

You may remove Cookies by following the instructions on your device for setting your preferences. See helpful information here (as applicable to the browser you are using): Google Chrome ; FireFox ; Internet Explorer ; Safari ; Edge ; Opera 

OPT OUT OF PROCESSING

You may opt out of the automatic collection and sharing of Product Data by removing and uninstalling the Video Ad Blocker Plus Product from your computer, or by right-clicking on the extension icon in your browser and selecting “Opt out from sharing data”

Once you opt out, we will no longer collect and share your Product Data as described in this Privacy Policy, but note that some of the Video Ad Blocker Plus Product’s features may no longer function or be available. For example, you will no longer receive a warning when you navigate to a website that contains adult video content.

HOW DO WE STORE, SAFEGUARD AND TRANSFER YOUR INFORMATION?

We use best efforts to safeguard your data, including the transmission and storage of such data via industry-standard encryption and security technologies. However, no data transmission via the Internet or any wireless network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Accordingly, while we strive to protect your information, you acknowledge that: (a) there are security and privacy limitations of the Internet which are beyond our control; (b) the security, integrity and privacy of any and all information and data exchanged between you and us through the Video Ad Blocker Plus Product cannot be 100% guaranteed.

As we work globally, your information might be stored outside your jurisdiction, including in the EU and US. We will take the steps necessary to ensure that international transfers of Personal Information meet all applicable requirements under data protection laws. When Personal Information collected within the European Economic Area (“EEA“) is transferred outside the EEA, we will take the steps necessary to ensure that the transfer of such data provides adequate safeguards, pursuant to standard contractual clauses approved by the European Union. You may exercise your rights, where applicable, to receive information on the transfer mechanisms used in these cases. Please contact us at: dpo@videoadblockerplus.com for any questions you have in this regard. 

USER RIGHTS 

Where provided under applicable law (such as within the European Union), you may have the right to ask us to delete Personal Information which you have provided to us, subject to applicable exceptions, such as in order to preserve that information for anticipated litigation or demands from a regulator, or some or all of the following rights: the right to obtain information on our use of your Personal Information, the right to obtain a copy thereof, the right of data rectification, the right to data portability, the right to object to processing based on our legitimate interests, the right to restriction of the processing, and the right to withdraw your consent. 

To assert any of these rights, please contact our Data Protection Officer at: dpo@videoadblockerplus.com. Note that we may request proof of identity, and we reserve the right to charge a fee where allowed by law, such as in circumstances where your request is deemed to be excessive.

In addition, you may have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, subject to applicable law (as is the case in the European Union).

DATA RETENTION

Unless you instruct us otherwise, we retain the information we collect from you for as long as needed to provide our Services, comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes and otherwise fulfill and support our operational and business purposes as described herein. With respect to Non-Personal Information, we may choose to retain it for a longer period of time. If you object to the aforesaid collection, use and sharing of data, please immediately cease using the Video Ad Blocker Plus Product and remove it from your device, or opt-out of data collection (see the “End of Processing” section in this Privacy Policy for instructions). 

CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS

If you are a resident of the state of California, you have certain rights under the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”). This section applies only to California residents and provides information about such residents’ specific rights under the CCPA.

“Personal information” as used in this section has the meaning given to it in the CCPA, which defines Personal Information as any information that identifies, relates to, describes, is reasonably capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, to a particular California resident or household (but excluding publicly available data). Accordingly, this section does not apply to aggregated information or other CCPA-exempt categories of Personal Information.

Personal Information that We Collect, Use and Disclose

The following list describes the categories of Personal Information about California residents that we have collected in the past twelve (12) months, and the sources from which we have collected such information. We use such information as described above in the section entitled “How is the Data Used?”

  • Identifiers, such as your name, e-mail address (solely in the event voluntarily provided by you) and IP address, collected directly from your device when you use the Video Ad Blocker Plus Product. 
  • Internet or network information, such as web browsing activity. We collect this information directly from your device.  This information is described above in the section entitled “Information Collected Automatically”.

We do not sell your Personal Information. We do not disclose your Personal Information to third parties for business purposes other than as specifically described in this Privacy Policy. Please see the section above entitled “How Is the Data Shared?” for more information about our disclosure practices. 

Exercising Your Rights Under the CCPA

If you are a resident of California, you have specific rights under the CCPA regarding your Personal Information. These rights include:

  • Right of access: You have the right to request that we disclose certain information to you about our collection and use of your Personal Information over the past 12 months, including the categories of Personal Information we collected about you, the categories of sources for the Personal Information we collected about you, the purpose of any collection or sale of that Personal Information, and the categories of third parties with whom we share that Personal Information.
  • Right of deletion: You have the right to request that we delete any of your Personal Information that we collected from you and retained, subject to certain exceptions.
  • Right to non-discrimination: You have the right to be treated fairly and not to be discriminated against when you exercise any of your privacy rights under the CCPA. We will not deny services to you, provide a different quality of services to you or otherwise discriminate against you as a result of your choice to exercise your CCPA rights. 

You may exercise your access and deletion rights, twice within a 12-month period, by contacting us at dpo@videoadblockerplus.com . Only you, or a person registered with the California Secretary of State that you authorize to act on your behalf, may make such a request. You may also make a verifiable consumer request on behalf of your minor child.

All requests must include adequate information in order to allow us to reasonably verify that you are either the person about whom we collected Personal Information or an authorized representative of such person. All requests must also provide sufficient detail in order to allow us to properly understand, evaluate, and respond such requests. Any Personal Information provided as part of any such request will be used only for the purpose of verifying the requester’s identity and authority and of responding to the request.

Please note that we cannot respond to a request or provide Personal Information if we cannot verify the identity of the requester and such person’s authority to make the request. 

We will use reasonable efforts to respond to each request within 45 five days after we receive and verify it; if we are unable to do so, we will to inform you that we may need an additional 45 days in order to respond and provide the reason for such need.   

California’s Shine-the-Light Law.

California’s “Shine-the-Light” law (California Civil Code § 1798.83) grants California residents who have provided Personal Information to us the right to request and obtain from us certain information regarding our disclosure of any such Personal Information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. Such a request may be made, at no cost to the requester, once each calendar year regarding information shared with a third party in the previous calendar year. If you wish to make such a request, please email us at dpo@videoadblockerplus.com and include a statement confirming that you are a California resident.

MINORS

Children under 16 or younger, as applicable in certain jurisdictions, are prohibited from using the Video Ad Blocker Plus Product. In the event that we become aware that a user under the age of 16 has shared any information, we will discard such information. If you have any reason to believe that a child under the age of 16 has shared any information with us, please contact our Data Protection Officer at: dpo@videoadblockerplus.com . If you are under 18, please be sure to read this Privacy Policy with your parents or legal guardians and ask questions about things you do not understand.

GOOGLE COMPLIANCE

The use of information received from the Google API will adhere to the Chrome Web Store User Data Policy including the Limited Use requirements. 

HOW TO CONTACT US

If you have any questions about these terms, please contact us at: contact@videoadblockerplus.com .

In addition, if you are a resident in EU or UK, and you have a complaint about your handling of Personal Information under the terms of this Privacy Policy, you may submit a complaint to your local data protection supervisory authority.  

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