Effective as of 23 February 2024
This policy, along with our Terms and Conditions and any other referenced documents, outlines how we, "Podnation," which is a website owned by HLM Business, LLC, a registered company in Florida, US (with company number 27-1312352) and reachable at [email protected], handle and process any personal data collected from you or provided by you while using our website. This is in accordance with the laws of the State of Florida.
When you use our site, you provide us with information and other data in several ways. By using the site, you consent to us processing and collecting this data on the terms and for the reasons explained below.
Information we may collect about you:
How your information is being used:
We take your privacy very seriously and will take all reasonable steps to protect your personal data, but please be aware that any data that you send to our site is sent at your own risk.
We gather information about our users' podcasts, encompassing personal details such as IP addresses and User Agents. This data undergoes analysis on our part, enabling us to offer valuable insights to our users. It is important to note that our users have access to aggregated analytic data rather than raw user data. We ensure that raw user information is processed internally and is never shared with our users or any third parties, maintaining confidentiality and privacy.
When you use Podnation, we may employ clear gifs (also known as web beacons) and cookies to track your online usage patterns.
We may also use clear gifs in HTML-based emails sent to our users to track which emails are opened and which links are clicked by recipients.
To enhance your user experience or help us improve and measure our effectiveness, Podnation may embed code from third parties on the site. Examples of such parties may include Google AdSense and Stripe. These third parties may collect information about you, including IP addresses and cookies, in compliance with GDPR regulations.
Podnation will never sell your data to a third party.
If you do not want us to use your information for marketing purposes, please tick any relevant box on the form on which you submit your data or unsubscribe from any marketing communication using the unsubscribe function in the footer of the email. You can also contact us directly by emailing [email protected].
We use third-party information system providers who may store or have access to your personal information. Copies of some information may remain viewable in some circumstances where, for example, you have shared information with social media or other services.
We may retain backup information on our servers for some time after cancellation for fraud detection or to comply with applicable laws or our internal security policies. We do not always remove or delete all of your information for a number of reasons, including technical and systems constraints and contractual, financial, or legal requirements.
Our partners providing our server infrastructure include the following:
Please follow the links to see their relevant Privacy Policies.
In cases where advertising placements are available within podcasts, our users consent to the automatic placement of advertisements. Podnation does not carry out any activity affecting user privacy without the user’s permission.
If you listen through a podcast app to podcasts hosted on Podnation, for example, through Apple Podcasts, here is what happens:
Most apps or devices download our audio directly from our servers. We use this data for our own analysis and to help our podcasters understand the consumption of their podcasts. Just like almost any other podcast host, when you listen to a podcast hosted with us through a podcast app, we get to know five things about you:
We do not receive personally identifiable information from your downloads, which means we do not have knowledge of your identity. IP addresses are often used by households, schools, or employers for multiple users, and they can change. Therefore, we cannot determine a person's name or address solely from an IP address. Importantly, we do not combine any data from our download servers with access data from our website or any other source. However, there are two exceptions to this:
Even though this data is not personally identifiable, we do not share it with our podcasters. Instead, we give them analytics showing total downloads, geo-location, such as state or country, and device categories. They cannot see your IP address or any personal details about you.
While we use the raw data for analysis, fraud detection, and other purposes, we automatically delete it as soon as we can.
Our podcasters are free to say what they want in their podcasts. They are free to link to whatever website they want to in their episode notes, and in the same way, they may insert a so-called “prefix” or “prepend” service into their RSS feed, which may allow them access to further functionality. It is up to our podcasters if they use them; we do not control these services. We actively work with the industry to ensure best practice.
Whatever app you listen to may also collect your playback data, so you should check the podcast app's privacy policies.