Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

Use of the theIOTpad.com website (“the site”, “the website”) and the information contained herein constitutes full acceptance of the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy listed below. TheIOTpad.com is owned and operated by Arch Media Group LLC.

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Advertising Disclaimer

TheIOTpad.com may have advertising relationships with some of the product manufacturers included in the website.  We make every attempt to provide impartial opinions about the products we review. TheIOTpad.com may receive compensation for writing some articles, but we retain full editorial control and will not change or adjust the articles for additional compensation. You, our readers, are most important to our success so we will not compromise your trust in our impartiality.

TheIOTpad.com makes a small commission when you click on any of the advertisements (Ads by Google, AdChoices) displayed on the site. We also make a commission when you purchase items from companies with whom we have an affiliate relationship (Amazon, Smarthome.com through LinkShare) after having followed our affiliate links. These commissions allow us to continue providing free information to our readers.

Information Accuracy

We strive to keep all of our information accurate and up to date.  However, products and firmware change rapidly.  All reviews and recommendations are provided as-is and without warranty.  Make sure you do your homework and purchase from reputable retails who allow returns.

Test Product Disclaimer

Test products are either purchased by theIOTpad.com for our use during reviews or they are provided by the manufacturer. When provided by the manufacturer, we may or may not return the test unit(s) to the manufacturer when we have finished testing.

In some cases, we do not physically test the products that are reviewed. In these cases, we review a significant number of online reviews and articles and aggregate the information from those sites into a full review.

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is very important to us. At Arch Media Group LLC, we have a few fundamental principles:

  • We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it.
  • We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.
  • We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of one of our services.

The following policy is an attempt to provide you with a clear understanding of what information we collect. We have kept the principles above in mind while creating this document.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, theIOTpad.com 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. The purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how theiotpad.com visitors use the website. From time to time, theIOTpad.com may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

Google Analytics is a web analytics tool theIOTpad.com uses to help understand how visitors engage with this website. It reports website trends using cookies and web beacons without identifying individual visitors. You can read more at the Google Analytics Data Privacy and Security.

TheIOTpad.com also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users sending messages with theIOTpad.com’s various contact forms. We only disclose logged in user and form-submitter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that logged in user and form-submitter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of theIOTpad.com.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to theIOTpad.com websites choose to interact with theIOTpad.com in ways that require us to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that is gathered depends on the nature of the interaction. In each case, theIOTpad.com collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with theIOTpad.com. theIOTpad.com does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

TheIOTpad.com 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 theIOTpad.com’s behalf or to provide services available at theIOTpad.com’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using theIOTpad.com’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. theiotpad.com will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, theIOTpad.com discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when theIOTpad.com believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of theIOTpad.com, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of theIOTpad.com website and/or have supplied your email address, theIOTpad.com may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with our websites and our products. If you send us a request (for example via email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. theIOTpad.com takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. theIOTpad.com uses cookies to help identify and track visitors, their usage of the website, and their website access preferences. theIOTpad.com visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using theIOTpad.com’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of the websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

We us cookies in the following ways:

  • Google Analytics (third party): to understand how many people visit our site, where they come from, and what content they read.
  • Google Adsense (third party): to serve advertisements to visitors.
  • TheIOTpad.com (first party) : to allow users to log in to the website and maintain their settings, and to improve site speed through caching.

Ads

We use third-party advertising partners (Google) to serve ads when you visit the site. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, click here.

Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by theIOTpad.com and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Terms of Service and Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, theIOTpad.com may change its Terms of Service or Privacy Policy from time to time, and in our sole discretion. theIOTpad.com encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to the Terms of Service or Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in the Terms of Service or the Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Change Log

October 25, 2018 – Added Smarthome.com/LinkShare as an affiliate partner

August 22, 2018 – Full overhaul