Privacy Policy

Last Updated: December 1, 2017

Introduction

This page contains the Privacy Policy for http://www.lebanesearabicinstitute.com (“the Site”), a website operated by the Lebanese Arabic Institute (“us”, “we”, or “our”). On this page, we explain the type of information that we collect through this Site, the reason for its collection, and the ways in which it is used. Please read this page carefully. By accessing this Site, you agree to be bound by this Privacy Policy.

The Lebanese Arabic Institute is a Limited Liability Company registered in Lebanon with the Ministry of Justice, Commercial Register, under the company number 1021247/CR.  This Privacy Policy is governed by the laws of Lebanon.

Cookies

Cookies are files storing small amounts of information that are downloaded to your computer from websites you visit. Each cookie is unique to your web browser and enables it to be identified the next time you visit the website. Cookies can be used for a number of reasons, including to remember a user’s page preferences, to advertise products based on a user’s location, and to collect information on online traffic. They do not contain personally identifiable information.

It is possible to adjust your browser settings in order to block cookies. For example, in Firefox, you can control your settings by clicking “Tools”, “Options” and “Privacy”. In Internet Explorer, click “Tools”, “Internet Options” and “Privacy”. In Chrome, click the “Customize and Control” menu, then “Settings”, “Show advanced settings”, “Content settings”, and then go to the “Cookies” heading. By blocking cookies, however, you may not be able to take full advantage of certain features on some websites. For further information on blocking and deleting cookies, you might want to visit https://www.aboutcookies.org/ and http://www.allaboutcookies.org/.

Our website makes use of a third-party service called Google Analytics in order to analyze how visitors use our Site. This is done for the purpose of improving our website and our products and services. Information about how Google uses cookies to collect and analyze data can be accessed at https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/. If you do not want Google Analytics to collect your data, you may install the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on.

In addition to the standard Google Analytics service, we have also enabled Google Analytics Advertising Features. This enables Google Analytics to set advertising cookies to collect certain information about visitors to our website, including age, gender, and interests. Information collected is made available to us in aggregate form in the Demographics and Interest Reports in Google Analytics. These reports do not contain personally identifiable information. We use this data in order to better understand our visitors and to improve our website as well as our products and services. For more on advertising cookies, including information on how to opt out of Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting, see http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/ads/.

Our website also uses embedded share buttons by AddThis, a sharing platform which enables users to save and share content on social media sites. AddThis uses cookies to collect non-personally identifiable information, including, according to their Privacy Policy, “your Internet Protocol address, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request, and the web page you have visited immediately prior to visiting the Site.” Their Privacy Policy can be accessed at http://www.addthis.com/privacy/privacy-policy. If you do not want AddThis to collect your data, you may opt out by accessing http://www.addthis.com/privacy/opt-out.

The AddThis share buttons contain links to social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, among many others. If you choose to click any one of these buttons and sign into your account with one or more of the corresponding social media sites, or if you are already signed into one or more of your social media accounts while you are visiting our website, the servers of the relevant social media site or sites may set cookies to collect data about your activity on our website. We have no control over these cookies nor over the use to which any information collected may be put by these social media services. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are familiar with and accept the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy of any social networking service with which you choose to interact.

Our website also makes use of the following third-party services: Google Maps, a web mapping service, and YouTube, a video hosting service. Both services are owned by Google and are governed by Google’s privacy policy. Google may set cookies on pages with an embedded Google Map or YouTube video. We have no control over these cookies nor over the use to which Google may put any information it collects.

If you continue to use this Site without adjusting your browser settings to block cookies, we assume that you consent to our use of cookies, as explained above.

Personal Information we collect

You may freely visit our website without providing personal information. We request a limited amount of personal information only from those visitors who choose to interact with us by, for example, purchasing or requesting a product or service, emailing us a question, or leaving a comment. Information we collect may include, without limitation, your name, email address and telephone number. The purpose of collecting this information is to fulfill your request for a product or service, to improve the quality of our services, and to be able to contact you. We may retain the content of email correspondence as well as your email address.

We will not send you unsolicited emails unless you have subscribed to our newsletter service. We do not sell, rent, or share any of your personal information with any third party. We do not disclose personal information unless required to do so by law.

Testimonials

We welcome feedback from our clients and we keep all such communications confidential by default. At times we may post testimonials from our clients along with personal information such as name and professional affiliation. This is only done with their prior written consent. If you provide us with a testimonial and subsequently wish to have it removed for any reason, you may request this action by contacting us in writing and we will fulfill your request promptly.

Changes

We reserve the right to update or change the Privacy Policy governing this site at any time. Any significant changes will be highlighted on the front page. However, it is your responsibility to check this page regularly in order to keep yourself informed of any changes. The date of the most recent update is noted at the top of this page. By continuing to use this website, you agree to be bound by this Privacy Policy and any subsequent changes.

Contact

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or our handling of your personal information, please contact us.