Privacy Policy

The InterCultural Lab AB (“TICL”) operates the website www.theinterculturallab.com.
It is TICL’s policy to respect its visitors’ and users’ privacy with regard to any information we may collect while operating our website. Privacy protection matters to us. When it comes to privacy protection, we live by two fundamental principles:

  • We do not ask you for personal information unless it’s truly needed (and we actively ask ourselves the question every time we have to deal with some form of personal data collection).
  • We do not sell or transfer your personal information to anyone, except to comply with laws and regulations, and protect our rights.

TICL in any case abides by the European General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 016/679 of 27 April 2016.

Data that we collect and why we do it
Non personally identifying information. Like most website operators, TICL collects non personally identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. TICL’s purpose in collecting non personally identifying information is to better understand how TICL’s visitors use its website.

TICL may collect aggregated statistics about the behavior of its website visitors. For instance, TICL may use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. TICL may display this information or provide it to others. However, TICL does not disclose personally identifying information other than as described herein.

Potentially personally identifying information. In order to perform spam detection, TICL also collects potentially personally identifying information such as Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and browser user agent string for logged-in users and for users leaving comments on our blog. When a user leaves a comment on the blog, an anonymized string created from the user’s email address may be provided to the Gravatar service to check if they are an active user of the service. In case they are, after approval of the comment, the user’s Gravatar profile picture is visible to the public in the context of the comment. Please consult Gravatar Privacy Policy for more information.
TICL only uses and discloses logged-in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses are visible to the administrator of the blog.

Personally Identifying Information. TICL’s website is built using the content management system WordPress and uses or might use in the future, tools that collect visitors’ and users’ personal information. This may include personal data, such as name, email address, account preferences; transactional data, such as purchase information; technical data, such as information about cookies. Specifically, collected information may include:

  • Comment-form cookies which collect a user’s name and email address.

  • Name and email address submitted by visitors using our contact form.

  • Name and email address submitted to sign up for an email list.

  • Information collected when users register on the website.

  • User login and screen options cookies.

  • Google Analytics tracking.

  • Social media plugins, widgets, and like button cookies.

The amount and type of information that TICL collects depend on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask users who comment on our blog to provide a username and email address. We also collect the emails of those who wish to receive TICL’s newsletter via email. Website users may choose to interact with TICL in ways that require TICL to gather personally identifying information. In each case, TICL collects such information only insofar as necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the user’s interaction with TICL or insofar as the user explicitly consents to that. TICL does not disclose personally identifying information other than as described in this Privacy Policy. 

 

Cookies and analytics
A cookie is a file constituted by a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s device, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. TICL uses cookies to help TICL track the visitors’ usage of our website, provide convenience to visitors and users, and access preferences. Cookies are placed either directly or by third parties. To reset your cookie preferences on this website, access your cookie settings here.

In general, TICL visitors and users who do not wish to have cookies placed on their devices should set their browsers to refuse all cookies, to only accept first-party cookies, or to erase cookies every time the browser is closed, before using TICL’s website, with the awareness that certain features of TICL’s website may not function properly without the aid of cookies. Alternatively, they can choose which categories of cookies they wish to reject or have placed on their devices, by means of selecting their preferred option on the cookie consent alert that is presented to them when accessing the website.  Visitors can learn more about Google Analytics privacy policy and block cookies by Google Analytics at the link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

 

Visitors and users rights over their data
Visitors can always refuse to supply personally identifying information, or at any time opt-out of services that use their personally identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain activities on our website. Users can always request to receive a record of their personal information stored by TICL. They can also request at any time to have their personal data erased. This does not include any personal data TICL is obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

 

Protection of personally identifying information
TICL discloses potentially personally identifying and personally identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors, and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on TICL’s behalf or in order to provide services available at TICL’s website, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. For example, TICL might transfer a client’s name and contact information to an affiliate organization that processes invoicing on the TICL’s behalf, in order to enable it to process an invoice. By using TICL’s website, you consent to the transfer of such information. TICL will not sell or disclose potentially personally identifying and personally identifying information to anyone other than to (i) its employees, contractors, and affiliated organizations as described above, or (ii) in response to a court order or other governmental request, or (iii) when TICL believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of TICL. If you are a registered user of our website and have supplied your email address, TICL may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features and updates or solicit your feedback. On all of these emails you will always have the choice to opt-out of any subsequent email communication of that sort. 


Default length of data retention period
First-party cookies that visitors explicitly consent to be placed on their device last by default for variable durations. Google Analytics cookies expire after a maximum lapse of 24 months. When a user gives cookie consent, the consent expires after 30 days and the cookie consent banner appears again on next website visit, for the user to restate their cookie preferences. Comments and their metadata are retained indefinitely by default so that any follow-up comments can be recognized and approved automatically. For users’ convenience, registered users’ profiles are kept indefinitely by default. However, users, as well as website administrators, can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Client purchase records are kept for ten years. Contact form personal information is kept for contact and client support reasons for an average duration of one year. It is erased at the latest by the end of the calendar year following the initiation of contact.

 

Ads and other embedded content from other websites
Our website may include embedded content (e.g. ads, videos, images, articles, affiliate links, etc.). Embedded content from other websites appearing on our website and delivered to TICL’s users behaves in the same way as if the user had visited the other website. Embedded content and ads may set cookies. These cookies allow the third-party server to recognize your device and to compile information about your device’s user(s). This information allows for instance advertisers to deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to the recipient(s). This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by TICL and does not cover the use of third-party cookies.

 

Security
TICL takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration, or destruction of potentially personally identifying and personally identifying information, such as for instance website encryption. However, no method of data transmission and storage is fully and perfectly secure. While we strive to use reasonable security measures to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
TICL has no control over and assumes no responsibility for, the content, privacy policies, and security practices of any third-party websites and services that may be linked in TICL’s website. You further acknowledge and agree that TICL shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content, goods or services available on or through any such websites or services.

 

Business transfers
If TICL were acquired, or in the unlikely event that TICL goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information could be transferred to or acquired by a third-party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur and that any acquirer of TICL may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

 

Privacy Policy changes
This Privacy Policy is effective as of February 16, 2021, and will remain in effect except with respect to any changes in its provisions which will be in effect immediately after being posted on this page. TICL reserves the right to update its Privacy Policy at any time in the future and in TICL’s sole discretion. TICL encourages visitors and users to frequently check this page for any changes. Continued use of this website constitutes acknowledgment of the modifications and acceptance of the current Privacy Policy as detailed herein.

 

Questions
Please send any questions or remarks to federica@theinterculturallab.com or by post to:

The Intercultural Lab AB
Västra Varvsgatan 9A
211 11 Malmö, Sweden

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