Privacy
Overview
Your Privacy
Our website is designed to give you a platform to share your experiences and opinions. The information you share with us helps us understand our audience and make better decisions about our company.
We support your right to be informed about your data and make choices about your information. We’ve created this privacy site for this purpose.
We’ve structured our policies so that it’s easy to understand with clear and plain language. We make it easy for you to control the information you provide us. Our privacy policy explains how you can make choices about your information, and the measures we’ve put in place to keep your information secure.
Please read our policies so you can be informed about the information we collect. If you have additional questions contact us.
Information We Collect
Information We Collect
The following summary highlights the information we collect and our data policies. On this page you can learn:
  • What kinds of data do we collect?
  • How do we use the data we collect?
  • How do you keep my data secure?
  • What’s your data retention policy?
  • How do I control my data?
  • Where can I learn more?
What kinds of data do we collect?
Things you share
We collect the information that you choose to share with us. This may include the opinions you express and the interests you choose to share.
  • Survey and study responses
  • Discussions and chats
  • Likes and comments
  • Media such as images, videos, and documents you upload
Things that make you “you”
When you join this website, we keep the information that you share with us. This can include personally identifiable information including:
  • Name
  • Email address
  • Password
  • Birthday
  • Gender
  • Phone number
  • Address
  • Country
We may also ask you about your household to help us better understand the interests relevant to you.
From time-to-time we may ask you to update your information. We may supplement this information with data from other sources and our partners. The information we collect can viewed by you in the Your Data section.
You will only be asked about your personally identifiable information in the private and secure areas of our website. Please do not volunteer personally identifiable information in areas viewable by others like discussions and comments. We will never ask you to share highly sensitive information such as passwords, social security numbers, credit cards, bank accounts, and financial information.
Web Browser and Device Information
We collect information about the devices you use to access our website and mobile app. The purpose of this information is to authenticate users, comply with applicable regional regulations, understand the quality of the user experience, and general website usage metrics with our users.
This information may include the following:
  • Connection information such as the name of your internet service provide (ISP), mobile operator, phone number, and IP address
  • Browser/device information such as browser, language, time zone, operating system, hardware version, device identifiers, and device settings
  • Device locations such as specific geographic locations, such as through GPS, Bluetooth, or WiFi signals
Cookies & Other Storage Technologies
Cookies are small pieces of text used to store information on web browsers. Cookies are used to store and receive identifiers and other information on computers, phones, and other devices. Other technologies, including data we store on your web browser or device, identifiers associated with your device, and other software, are used for similar purposes. In this policy, we refer to all of these technologies as “cookies.” We use cookies to manage user sessions. We do not link the information we store in cookies to any personally identifiable information.
Information from third-party partners.
We exchange information about you and your activities on-and-off this website from integrations and third-party partners, such as information about your experiences or interactions on this website and with partners. The data exchanged with partners is pseudonymized. This means we do not share data about you thats classified as sensitive personally identifiable information that specifically identifies you, such as your full name and address.
How do we use the data we collect?
Our website is designed to give you a platform to share your experiences and opinions. The information you share with us helps us understand our audience and make better decisions about our company based on information you provide.
We may include information you share in company internal reports and presentations without permission, including suggestions, responses, and uploaded media created and shared by you. The purpose of this is to highlight your experiences and opinions to our broader team and to help inform our company decision making.
Your personally identifiable information is protected. We practice pseudonymization so that your identity is masked whenever and wherever possible. We do not share information that can identify you with partners or third-parties.
How do you keep my data secure?
Our servers are protected by high-end firewall systems. We secure data with sophisticated controls and access restrictions. All data is encrypted at rest for maximum security.
What’s your data retention policy?
Typically, we maintain data for as long as it remains relevant to the stated purpose of this website, i.e. understanding our audience and inform company decision making. We erase your personally identifiable information when it’s no longer pertinent to this purpose, or when instructed by you using the data controls on the Your Data section of this website.
How do I control my data?
We support your right to be informed about your data and make choices about your information. Visit the Your Data section to learn more.
Where can I learn more?
The full detail of our policies is available in our Privacy Policy. The purpose of this page is to highlight specific details from that policy. If you have additional questions you may contact us.
Access Your Data
We support your right to be informed and make choices about the data and information you share with us. Our website includes tools for users to manage their personal data. You can request a copy of your data and download it. You can also request the permanent destruction of your account and all associated personally identifiable information.

These actions can be performed by accessing Data Controls on the next page.
First, we must verify your identity to ensure secure access to your data. If you have an active account you can login with your member credentials. You may also authenticate by entering your email address below.
Thank you. You will receive an email shortly with additional instructions to securely access your data controls.
Privacy Policy
Last revised on December 14, 2016
Privacy Policy
The www.the-cheeseboard-community.com website (the “Site”) is operated by Bel Brands USA. This Privacy Policy describes how www.the-cheeseboard-community.com collects, uses and shares personally identifiable information (“PII”), “non-PII” information and Passive Information obtained from and about individuals who visit this Site.
1. BEL’S COMMITMENT TO PRIVACY
To best meet our consumers’ expectation and forge with them the strongest links possible, Bel Brands USA, Inc. often needs to collect Personal Data via different means. Consumers are assured that BEL strives to safeguard the confidentiality of all personal information shared with us.
We undertake not to violate your privacy and we seek to ensure transparency and security while collecting and storing your personal data.
As a part of this commitment, we have implemented a policy on processing our consumer’s Personal Data. This Privacy Policy describes how we will collect and use your personal data.
This Privacy Policy applies only to this Site. Although this Site may provide you with links to other websites, including those of our business partners and/or service providers, those websites are not covered by this Privacy Policy. Likewise, although this Site may provide links to websites that are owned or operated by us or our affiliates, this Privacy Policy does not apply to such websites. We strongly encourage you to read the privacy policy of every website you visit, including those websites to which this Site provides links. Whenever you link to any other website from this Site, you are solely responsible for any interactions you may have with that website. Links from this Site to other websites will typically open in a separate browser window while the browser window for this Site remains open in the background.
We may receive your PII from other sources than this website: if you choose to connect your social media account to the Site, certain Personal Information from your social media account may be shared with us including PII that is part of your profile or your friends’ profiles.
The Internet presents a unique opportunity for us to reach our audience in new and exciting ways with company information, product information, and activities such as sweepstakes, contests and other promotions. We are committed to providing and maintaining that opportunity in a safe and secure environment for our visitors.
2. CONSENT
By “Personal Data” or “PII” as used herein we mean any collected information relating to an individual that enables us to identify our consumers directly or indirectly.

Before you give us any Personal Data, we ask that you read carefully this Policy.

BEL will use your Personal Data for marketing purposes. Your consent will be asked before any collection of personal information and for the purpose of such collection.
Agreement to This Privacy Policy and Its Modifications.
By using our Site you are agreeing to this Privacy Policy and the Terms and Conditions of the Site. If you do not agree with any of the terms of the Privacy Policy or the Terms and Conditions, you should not use this Site and continued use hereof waives any claims or rights with respect to any information collected. Please do not provide your personally identifiable information (“PII”), for example, your name, address, telephone number, screen name, email address or credit card information. From time to time, and at any time, this Privacy Policy may be revised or changed. By using the Site you are agreeing to any such revisions or changes in effect at the time you visit the Site. Therefore, all website users should review this Privacy Policy periodically to be up to date on our most current privacy policies and practices.
Collection of Your Personal Identifiable Information (“PII”) and Other Personal Information
We have developed this Site to provide a unique and entertaining experience for users, without requiring them to submit any more PII than is necessary to participate in particular activities which may be offered, or to use the Site effectively. We do not require users to register or submit PII in order to visit the Site. Most activities on our Site can be performed without supplying PII.
Opting In
When we ask for PII we will not require anyone to disclose more PII than we believe is reasonably necessary to participate in an activity. At times, users may be asked to provide non-PII such as your first name, age, gender, zip code, city, and/or state of residence. We will not knowingly ask for, or accept, PII from persons under the age of 18.
When PII and Non-PII May be Requested
Registration or input of PII may be required to participate in activities such as sweepstakes, contests, specific promotional activities, activities, or e-commerce (should it be introduced on the Site). If PII is requested for participation in an activity, you cannot participate without disclosing the requested PII.
From time to time, we may also ask you to provide us with non-PII which does not allow us to identify you by email address, full name or full address. We may use this information for internal purposes, or for creating reports for ourselves and third party advertisers and partners.
Use of PII
We may use PII in sweepstakes, contests or promotional activity (i) to register you for those activities, to verify that you comply with the published rules and to notify you if you are a winner; (ii) for coupon, premium or prize delivery; (iii) for notification of special offers; and (iv) to ensure that we comply with all applicable laws. The PII you disclose for these and similar activities may be shared with third parties, such as those who may administer the activity for us, and shipping companies who may deliver a prize or premium. We will inform you at the time we are collecting the PII that such collection is a requirement for participation.
We may also use your PII for the following purposes: (v) to personalize and enhance our Site and your website experience; (vi) to send you personalized information about our Site via email; (vii) to send you advertising or promotional material from us, our advertisers or business partners; and (viii) to contact you for feedback regarding us, our advertisers or business partners.
Should you respond to a particular offer from our business partners or advertisers we may also use your PII to provide a report to our advertisers or business partners that tells them who responded to a particular offer. Further if you accept an offer contained in, for example, an email we may provide the advertiser or business partner with the PII necessary to fulfill that offer to you.
Should your PII be requested by any of our business partners or advertisers for their direct use in advertising or marketing (when the contact with you would come from them and not from us on their behalf) you will, in each case, be given the opportunity to remove yourself from the list.
Your PII may also be shared with those persons or entities that administer our Site.
Your PII will only be shared with administrators, business partners or advertisers for a particular purpose and they will not be permitted to use it for any unauthorized purpose.
Use of Non-PII
Non-PII is data such as first name, zip code, age, gender, product and promotional preferences and household characteristics like presence of children or income bracket. Your non-PII may be aggregated and used for our internal purposes or may be shared with third parties for any lawful purpose, without your permission. No third party will know who you are as a result of the use of your non-PII.
Opting Out
At the time we gather any of your PII, we will give you the opportunity to opt-out of allowing us to use your PII for other purposes, such as sending you future emails or advertising or sharing your PII with business partners or other advertisers. When you opt-out of any specific use, we will not use your PII for that purpose. However, if you opt-out, we may still use your PII for internal purposes, or as may be necessary to administer the Site, for example, sharing that data with those persons or entities who administer the Site. Your PII may further still be used to comply with applicable law, for example, but not limited to, comply with valid legal process such as a search warrant, subpoena or court order; and to report sweepstakes and contest winnings as required by law. And it may be used in special cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify or contact you, or bring legal action against you if, for example, you may be causing injury to, or interference with our Site’s or company’s rights or property, or other users of the Site, whether your actions are intentional or unintentional. Further, your PII may be shared with any successors and assignees we may have.If you wish to change your decision to ‘opt-out’ or to ‘opt-in’, as applicable, you can email us at belcs@belbrandsusa.com
For California Residents: We may share your PII with our affiliated third parties; some of them do not share our name. Under California applicable privacy laws, such parties do not qualify as “related parties” and you may direct us not to share your PII with them. If you wish to exercise this right, please send a letter with your name, mailing address and e-mail to: Customer Service Bel Brands USA 30 South Wacker Drive Suite 3000 Chicago, IL 60606 and mention that you are a California resident.
E-Commerce
Should we open e-commerce on the Site, purchases from our Site may require disclosure of your PII, your credit card information and information about the name and address of the person receiving the purchases. The credit card information may be subject to verification by the issuing Credit Card Company or other company. Sales and shipping records will also be generated and maintained. Unless you give us permission at the time we collect such information, however, we will not use this information for any purpose except the fulfillment and record keeping of the transaction.
Protection of consumers’ personal data: Principles
Legitimacy: PII will be collected for specific, explicit and legitimate purposes; Processing will not involve sensitive data (e.g. racial or ethnic origin, political, philosophical or religious opinion, union membership of persons, health or sex life, offenses, sentences and security measures).
Relevance: Collected data will be suitable, relevant and non-excessive with regard to the purposes for which it is collected;
Accuracy: The data will be accurate, complete and, if applicable, up-to-date;
Transparency: When collecting your Personal Data, you will be provided with any relevant information and notification regarding their collection and processing (especially as to the purpose and recipients of such information.)
Storage: PII will be kept for a time period that does not exceed the period required for the purposes for which the PII is collected and processed;
Consent: The person concerned must have given his consent to the processing of his/her PII;
Confidentiality & Security: We will strive to assure confidentiality and security of all collected Personal Data by implementing reasonable technical measures
Scope
This Policy is applicable to the processing of all Personal Data provided within the context of our relationship with our consumers.
Safety and Security
Through appropriate technical measures, BEL strives to prevent accidental or malevolent Personal Data loss, destruction, unauthorized access or disclosure.
If you share your computer or use a computer that is accessed by the general public, remember to sign off and close your browser window when you have finished your session. This will help to ensure that others cannot access your personal information. We take steps to help ensure that all information provided by you, whether PII or non-PII, is treated securely. No data transmission over the Internet, however, can be guaranteed to be totally secure. While we try to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us. You use the Site, and provide us with personal information, at your own risk. To the extent reasonably necessary to protect a user’s safety, we may collect his or her name, address, and/or email address. To protect our security, to protect us against liability, or as required by law, we may collect a user’s name and email address.
PII collected pursuant to this provision will not be used for any other purpose.
Our Use of Passive Information
This Site uses various technologies to passively collect information from you while you are visiting (that is, you do not actively provide this information). Such technologies allow the Site to collect a range of non-personally identifiable information, including your Internet Protocol (IP) address (a unique identifier automatically assigned to your computer when logging onto the Internet), the type of Web browser and operating system you use, the date and time you visit the Site, the specific pages you visit on the Site, etc., (‘Passive Information’). Passive Information is generally collected through the use of Cookies. Cookies are small text files that store information about your interactions with a particular website, either temporarily (known as a temporary or session cookie, and deleted once you close your browser window) or more permanently on the hard drive of your computer (known as a permanent or persistent cookie).We refer to both session cookies and persistent cookies as Cookies. Cookies can make it easier to use a website by allowing servers to access certain information quickly.
Session cookies can be used to help a user’s browser navigate a website more smoothly and may appear if the user comes from a website with which the subsequent website has some relationship (e.g., a website of an affiliated company) and can give helpful information.
Persistent cookies can be used to customize a website for a user, such as by storing passwords, preferences, and registration and account information so that users do not have to reenter them each time they visit a website. We may use cookies to track unique visitors to our Site. However, we do not use cookies to collect or otherwise record any type of PII provided by or about any visitor to our Site.
We may use cookies to track who has used what areas of the Site, and the path used to get to those areas. We may also use cookies to track non-PII information about users to the Site, such as age or zip code, browser used, and to allow us to create reports for internal use, and for use by third parties. Many computers and computer programs contain features that allow you to block or refuse to accept such cookies. Use of such features may prevent you from being able to access certain portions of the Site, or access certain features.
Co-Branded Micro Sites
Web pages and/or micro websites may be included within our Site and may be co-branded with third party names, logos, and/or properties, and are operated and maintained by us. While such third parties are sponsors of these web pages or micro websites, they do not share in any PII collected within those web pages or micro websites.
Third Party Advertisements
We may include banner or text advertisements for third parties (or for sites operated by third parties) that are not sponsors of and are not affiliated with our Site. Some of these advertisements may contain links to other websites. As such, we are not responsible for the content, practices, or information practices of websites operated by these third parties. In addition, these advertisements do not constitute sponsorship, endorsement of such products or services by Bel Brands USA or approval by us of the content, policies, or practices of these websites. All users should check the relevant Website’s privacy policy and terms of use in order to understand their policies and practices regarding the collection and use of PII.
Mobile Device Location Information
If you elect to use apps that we may create from time to time, we will possibly know the location of your mobile device and identifying information unique to your device and we may use such PII to provide you with certain location specific services. Depending on your mobile device you should usually be able to turn off such location features. Please refer to your mobile device provider for information on how to do this.
International User Notice: The Site is intended for use exclusively by residents of the United States of America. Our computer systems are based in the United States. Personally Identifiable Information may be treated differently than it is in other parts of the world, for example the European Union. Persons outside the United States should not, therefore, disclose Personally Identifiable Information on this Site.
Review and Deletion of Personal Information: All users may review their PII at any time. If you would like to review or delete this information, please contact us at:
Email:
support@the-cheeseboard-community.com
We will use reasonable efforts to comply with your requests subject to legal restrictions. Be aware that there may be residual information which we may not be able to alter or delete from our systems and archives.
Comments, Questions or Suggestions: If you would like to communicate with us about our Privacy Policy, please contact us at:
Email:
support@the-cheeseboard-community.com