Who we are
The Conspiracy of Goodness Network is a networking platform that prioritizes professional and personal growth as we work together to make the world a better place. Our website address is: ConspiracyofGoodnessNetwork.com. The Conspiracy of Goodness Network is owned and operated by our parent company Ever Widening Circles (hereafter referred to as “EWC”) which can be found at their website address: EverWideningCircles.com. The CEO of EWC is Liesl Ulrich-Verderber, who can be contacted at [email protected]
What personal data we collect and why we collect it
The COG Network does collect personal data, such as name, email address, personal account preferences; transactional data, such as purchase information; and technical data, such as information about cookies. By default WordPress does not collect any personal data about visitors, and only collects the data shown on the User Profile screen from registered users. We do not intend on sharing or selling any personal data with/to any third party. Here is more information about what we collect:
When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. It is possible for visitors to the website to download and extract any location data from images on the website.
When you submit information to any contact form, poll, or other form on the COG Network website, the information you enter is recorded by EWC. We keep that data for 2 years after entry for (1) customer service purposes, (2) for the purpose of the COG Network admins receiving feedback about what Network members would like to see in terms of decisions about events the network will hold and features the website will change or add, and (3) for the purpose of tracking analytics on use and approval of the site itself.
If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.
If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
Who we share your data with
WordPress itself does not share personal data with any third party. If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email. IP address information is only used for general location data. It will never be sold or shared to/with any third party.
The COG Network and EWC use Google Analytics tracking for the purposes of website improvement. To individually opt-out of Google Analytics measurement for all sites, even sites whose source code you do not control, you can install the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on.
The COG Network and EWC also use MailChimp to send emails to COG Network members and EWC subscribers personal information on the WordPress servers on which the COG Network website is hosted. Once you have subscribed to the EWC or COG Network mailings, your personal data will be stored on the EWC MailChimp account. EWC has no intention of ever selling or sharing this information, but does use it to better the performance of the website and network in accordance with the desires and needs of our audience.
How long we retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information. Personal Profile information will be stored on the COG Network as long as the user is a member of the network.
We retain information from contact forms for 2 years for the purpose of content and website improvement, analytics records indefinitely for website improvement and tracking, and customer purchase records for ten years for customer service and legal purposes.
What rights you have over your data
If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
You as the customer have the right to request that EWC refrain from sharing personal data or that EWC restrict from processing concerning the data subject to or object to processing as well as the right to data portability. You have the right, where the processing is based on point (a) of Article 6(1) or point (a) of Article 9(2),to withdraw cookie consent at any time. This will have no effect on the lawfulness of processing based on consent before its withdrawal. You have the right to lodge a complaint with an EWC supervisory authority: [email protected]
Where we send your data
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. Other than that, we do not send personal data to any third party. Privacy standards are met through binding corporate rules.
Privacy related inquiries can be sent to the COG Network administrator, Liesl Ulrich-Verderber, at [email protected]
On occasion and at the discretion of the COG Network admins and staff, affiliate links may be posted in the COG Network.
When you click an affiliate link on the COG Network, your Personal Data is being processed on behalf of the COG Network and Ever Widening Circles. When you click on an ad (which will be clearly marked as such), cookies are placed on your computer by EWC can track you to the website being advertised. If you purchase from them within the next 30, 45, 60, or 90 days (dependent on specific program – information available upon request) we receive a small commission from their website for driving your purchase.
Here is more information required by Articles 13, 14, and 26 of the GDPR about precisely how personal data is acquired and used specifically for affiliate marketing.
Purpose and Use:
Data collected through affiliate links on the COG Network wesbite is on behalf of Ever Widening Circles for the purpose of affiliate marketing. Data is controlled and protected by EWC. Legal basis of such data processing can be found in Article 6 of the GDRP point (f): it is based on the legitimate interests in affiliate marketing pursued by EWC. By accepting cookies on the EWC website and clicking on EWC hosted advertisements, you give your consent to the processing of your personal date for the purpose of affiliate marketing. The only recipient of the personal information is the company whose advertisement you click on. EWC does have the intention but does have the right to transfer personal data to a third country or international organization and the existence or absence of an adequacy decision by the Commission, or in the case of transfers referred to in Article 46 or 47, or the second subparagraph of Article 49(1), reference to the appropriate or suitable safeguards and the means by which to obtain a copy of them or where they have been made available.
EWC will store personal information in relation to affiliate links for only the period on which a commission from the cookie is available. For most merchants, that period is 30 days. However other companies extend cookies for 45, 60, or 90 days. Personal information from each affiliate link will only be held for the company’s designated cookie duration.
The provision of personal data is a requirement for participating in affiliate linking, however the failure to provide such data has no consequences. EWC does NOT engage in automated decision making, including profiling, when processing personal data in relation to affiliate marketing.
How we protect your data
All data is hosted on secure servers. Traffic to the website is encrypted, and two-factor authentication is used for all account access and access to personal data that the COG Network and EWC teams have to personal data.
What data breach procedures we have in place
EWC and the COG Network prioritizes your information security. Upon our notification of any cybersecurity attack or data breach, the COG Network Admin team will contact the relevant authorities immediately. When a potential incident is discovered, the team will immediately collect any evidence, determine the event’s severity, and document all interactions. The website shall be immediately contained as deemed appropriate by the COG Network team, including but not limited to use of backup servers or taking the website offline temporarily. The team will then identify the root of the attack, remove all malware or threats, and make efforts to prevent similar issues in the future. After the event is contained and issues repaired, we will bring the affected systems back online carefully at our own discretion. We will thereafter test the systems in depth and verify their normal operation twice within the following month. The COG Network team will internally assess and determine any necessary reparations (i.e. refunds of monthly fees.)
We’ll notify all members of the COG Network and all interested parties of any data breaches no later than three days after of our notification of the breach in email form including the following information: how and when the breach occurred, what information was stolen and how it may have been misused, the steps being taken to address and remedy the situation, actions users can take to protect their information, and the relevant contact information or webpage where users can seek more information. We will notify all members of the COG Network and all interested parties a second time once the issues have been resolved and operation is back to normal.
What third parties we receive data from
Currently, the COG Network does not receive any data about our users from any third parties such as advertisers.
What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data
We use interactions with posts, the amount of groups a user has joined, and other content interactions to assign badges to certain community members. Such personal data about activity is used only to identify active user for “page moderator” status or to influence inclusion of certain badges to their profile, denoting them as certified members of specific groups. Personal data collected about the frequency and areas of content interactions is used only for this purpose and for the purpose of COG Network internal performance assessment, and will never be shared with or sold to any third party.