Privacy Policy


Waking Buddha Website Privacy Policy

Waking Buddha, LLC (“Waking Buddha”), a company incorporated under New York law, with its registered address at 475 Park Avenue South, 4th Floor, New York, New York 10016, is responsible for this website and its contents (the “Website”).

Waking Buddha respects your concerns about privacy and values the relationship we have with you.

This Privacy Policy describes:

  • the types of personal information we collect on the Website ( “personal information” means information that identifies a specific person, such as full name or email address) and describes generally Waking Buddha’s practices for handling non-personal information (for example demographics and services usage);

  • how we may use that personal information and with whom we may share it;

  • the measures we take to protect the security of your personal information; and

  • your rights and how you can contact Waking Buddha.

Please review this Privacy Policy and the Terms of Service for the Website carefully. Your use of the Website signifies your agreement to this Privacy Policy and the Terms of Service.

1. Personal Information We Collect and How We Use It

We may collect personal information (including health-related information) when you voluntarily submit such information on the Website, for example when you subscribe to newsletters, register for chat rooms, participate in surveys, competitions, games, or weight loss programs, purchase merchandise etc.
See below for more details about what type of information we may collect from you during those interactions.

1.1 Personal Information You Provide To Us

You may choose to provide personal information (such as your name, address, telephone number, email address, or health-related information) through the Website. If you choose not to provide us with your personal information, you may not be able to access some of the services offered on the Website (e.g. subscribe to newsletters, enter competitions, and purchase products).

Our goal is to collect and use only that information that we think is required for our legitimate business interests, in order to better understand your interests and improve your experience of using the Website. In order to do so, we may collect and use your personal information as follows.

Protecting our Rights

In general, we collect, store and use your personal information to provide you with a safe, smooth, efficient and customized experience on the Website. However, sometimes we need to collect and use your personal information to enable us to:

  • to provide technical support;
  • to prevent fraud or potentially illegal activities (including copyright infringement); or

  • enforce the Terms of Service.

Contact Us

If you communicate with Waking Buddha through the “Contact Us” link on the Website, we may ask you for your contact details, such as your name, email address and telephone number so we can respond to your questions and comments. You may choose to provide additional information as well.

Newsletters and Other Communications

On the Website, you may sign up to receive newsletters and other communications about Waking Buddha’s services and promotions. To sign up, we may ask for your contact details (such as your name and email address). This information is used by Waking Buddha to send you the communications you request.

Details of how you can opt-out of receiving any communications from us are detailed in the section headed “Your Rights” below.

Goods or Services for Purchase

From time to time we may offer products or services for purchase through the Website. When you choose to purchase merchandise or subscribe for such services, we may ask you to provide your name, email address, postal address and telephone number. This information is collected for the purpose of providing you with the products/services you choose to purchase and/or subscribe. We may also ask you to provide your credit/debit card details for this purchase (“Payment Details”), or we may direct you to a third party payment processing service (such as PayPal) to make payment. To ensure the security of your Payment Details, Waking Buddha uses industry-standard encryption technologies when transferring and receiving Payment Details exchanged with the Website. If we direct you to a third party payment process service we will advise you of this during the payment process. Please be aware that Waking Buddha is not liable or responsible for such service and your use of that service might be subject to terms and conditions imposed by the service provider.

Media Registration

If you are a member of the media, you may join the “Media” section of the Website to access additional information. To sign up, we may ask you for your personal information such as your name, email address, telephone number, and company name and job title. We use this information to allow you to access additional information on the Website and to provide you with information that you may request.

Contests, Sweepstakes and Other Promotions

We may occasionally conduct contests, sweepstakes and other promotions. If you choose to enter, we may ask you for your contact details such as your name, email address, postal address and telephone number for the purpose of conducting these promotions.

Games

When you play one of our games, we may collect and store certain profile information that you provide directly or through a third party that is offering our game(s). To provide a richer game and social experience, we also collect information about your play and interaction with other players and our games. The bulk of this information is collected and stored through the use of web logs, which are files on Waking Buddha’s web servers that record actions taken on our games and the Website. In general, we collect, store and use your information to provide you with a safe, smooth, efficient and customized experience in the following ways:

  • to register your account and allow you to play our games

  • to customise your gaming experience

  • to administer games and improve game play

  • to identify and suggest connections with other Website users

  • to enable user-to-user communications

  • to provide technical support and respond to user enquiries

  • to prevent fraud or potentially illegal activities and enforce our Terms of Service

  • to notify users of in-game updates

  • to provide in-game leader boards

  • to communicate about our/third parties new and current games/products/services (including promotional offers)

  • to solicit input and feedback to improve our products and services

  • to resolve disputes, collect fees and troubleshoot problems

Please be aware that our games are governed by additional terms of use posted on the website the games are accessed from, and may also be governed by the terms of use, privacy policies and other guidelines of third parties (in the case of our games that are available on third party platforms such as Facebook).

User Profile


We may also offer you the option to complete a user profile that is visible to other users of the Website. This profile may include:

  • profile photo

  • username(s) and/or a website ID number
o gender
o interests / hobbies

  • occupation
o biographic details

  • links to your profiles on social networking sites (e.g. Facebook)

  • details about games you play

Message Boards, Chat Rooms, Blogs and Other User Forum

  • Personal information (including health-related information) posted to message boards, chat rooms, blogs and other user forums becomes public information. Please see our Terms of Service for the standards of behaviour that must be followed when using these sections of the Website. You may be able to take part in certain activities on the Website or games that give you the opportunity to communicate or share information not just with us, but also with other users of the Website. These include: participating in player forums and message boards

  • posting public comments to other users’ profiles or game boards

  • sending private messages, email addresses or invitations to other users, either directly on the Website or to their email accounts

  • chatting with other users

  • posting photos

These online communications may be accessed and disclosed (i) in response to a legal requirement such as a court order; (ii) when we are required to disclose the information in response to such a legal requirement; (iii) where we have a good faith belief that the Website is being used in the commission of a crime; (iv) where we have a good faith belief that there is an emergency which poses a threat to the safety of you or another person; and (v) when necessary either to protect our rights (including to enforce the Terms of Service) or for us to provide the service you have requested.

Wireless Applications

Information collected when you register for or use our wireless applications and services via your phone or other mobile device or when such applications interact with the Website, for example, our smartphone applications.

Other Website Features

We offer Website visitors various features for their enjoyment, which we may change from time to time. We may ask you to submit certain personal information so we can provide you with these features. Where this is the case we will provide more detailed information about what information you need to provide and will explain how we will use it.

Children’s Privacy

We encourage parents and guardians to spend time with their children online and to be fully familiar with the sites visited by their children. At various places on the Website or when providing other services, we may ask users for their age. By using the Website or our services you agree to respond truthfully and accurately about your age. We do not knowingly collect or store any personal information from children under the age of 13.

If you are between the ages of 13 and 18, please be sure to read this Privacy Policy with your parent and obtain his or her permission before you submit or post any Personal Information, and before you use any features of the Website.

Social media plug-ins

Social media plug-ins of social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Google plus (among others) are integrated on our Website. Where the Website contains a plug-in to a social network, it is clearly marked (e.g. with a Facebook button). If you access or login-in to this Website or any of the services provided by this Website through a social network or connect any of the services we offer via the Website to a social network, the information we collect may also include your user ID and/or user name associated with that social network, any information or content you have permitted the social network to share with us, such as a profile picture, email address or list of friends or contacts, as well as any information you have made public in connection with or via that social network. When you access the Website through a social network or connect any of our services to a social network, you are authorizing Waking Buddha to collect, store and use such information and content in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

If you don’t want the social network to collect the information about you described above, or to share it with Waking Buddha and other third parties, please review the privacy policy of the relevant social network and/or log out of the relevant social network before you visit the Website. As with other sites, you may be able delete any existing cookies placed on your computer by the social network via your browser.

1.2 Information We Collect Automatically

Like many companies, we use “cookies” or other similar technology (including flash cookies, e-tags, cache browsers and GIFs etc) on the Website. Cookies are bits of text that are placed on your computer’s hard drive when you visit certain websites. We use cookies to tell us, for example, whether you have visited the Website before or if you are a new visitor and to help us identify the Website features in which you may have the greatest interest. Cookies may enhance your online experience, for example, by remembering your passwords and viewing preferences, while you are visiting a particular page on the Website. If you want to disable cookies, most Internet browsers provide a simple procedure to allow you to do so. Please remember, however, that cookies may be requires to allow you to use certain features of the Website.

When you visit the Website, we automatically collect certain information, that we then aggregate so that it is not linked to a single, identifiable individual. This information provides us with statistics such as how many users visit the Website and which pages were accessed. By collecting this information, we learn how to best tailor the Website to our users. We may also enter into arrangements with outside companies that possess technology that allows the advertising and marketing you receive on the Website to be customized. If we enter into such arrangements, we will provide you with appropriate information on the Website.

We may also collect computer and/or connection information. During some visits we may use software tools to measure and collect session information, including page response times, download errors, time spent on certain pages and page interaction information.

Anonymous Data
We may also use anonymous data in aggregate form for purposes of research or analysis. In order to better understand and serve our customers, we may conduct research based on customer demographics, interests and behaviours. Although this aggregated data may be based in part on personal information it does not identify any users personally. We may share this type of anonymous data with third parties, including our affiliates, agents, service providers and current and prospective business partners to administer the Website and for advertising, promotional and other business purposes.

A number of companies offer utilities designed to help you visit websites anonymously. Although we will not be able to provide you with a personalized experience if we cannot recognize you, we want you to be aware that these tools exist.

2. Where Your Personal Information Will Be Used

The Website is operated from the United States. However, as a global company, Waking Buddha may from time to time transfer your personal information to other countries and make it accessible by any of our affiliate entities and third party service providers internationally. If you are a user located outside the United States, you understand and consent to having any personal information processed in the United States. United States data protection and other relevant laws may not be the same as those in your jurisdiction. This includes the use of cookies and other tracking technologies as described above. As a result, please read this privacy policy with care.

3. How We Share Personal Information

We may share your personal information with affiliates of Waking Buddha but only for the purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy.
We may also share your personal information with service providers we have retained to perform certain business-related functions on our behalf, such as hosting websites, maintaining databases, administering contests, providing technology services, and processing payments. These parties are provided only with the personal information they need to perform their functions and can only use and disclose such personal information as is necessary to perform the services on our behalf or to comply with legal requirements. We have taken steps to ensure that any such third party service providers will take appropriate steps to protect your personal information as we would.

Some services provided on the Website may be cobranded by Waking Buddha and another company. If you register to or use such a service, both this Privacy Policy and the partner’s privacy policy may be displayed or linked to at the point at which you register. If so, both Waking Buddha and the partner will receive your information.

In addition, we may disclose your personal information to our affiliates and third parties (including, amongst others, law enforcement agencies, government/regulatory bodies, content protection organisations): (1) protect our legal rights, privacy or safety, and those of our subsidiaries, affiliates, employees, agents and contractors; (2) protect the safety and security of visitors to the Website or other properties; (3) protect against fraud or other illegal activity or for risk management purposes; (4) respond to inquiries or requests from government, regulatory, law enforcement or public authorities; (5) permit us to pursue available remedies, commence, participate in, or defend litigation, or limit the damages that we may sustain; (6) comply with subpoenas, search warrants, the law or other legal process; or (7) enforce our Terms of Service.

We reserve the right to transfer your personal information in the event we sell or transfer all or a part of our business or assets, or in the event that administrative responsibility for the Website is transferred to another entity.

4. Links to Other Sites

The Website may provide links to other websites for your convenience and information. These websites may operate independently from the Website, and any information that you post on these websites is not subject to this Privacy Policy. Linked sites may have their own privacy notices and terms of use in place, which we strongly suggest you review if you visit any linked sites. To the extent any linked websites you visit are unrelated to Waking Buddha; we are not responsible for their content, maintenance or availability.

Like many other websites, we provide other websites with and allow users to “snag” or place our RSS feeds, video players and other applications on websites we do not control. This Privacy Policy applies to any information we collect when you use our RSS feeds, video players and other applications, but does not apply to information separately collected by the operators of those websites or other third parties that may provide content or services to those websites.

5. How We Protect Personal Information

We maintain reasonable administrative, technical and physical safeguards for the Website to help protect against loss, misuse or unauthorised access, disclosure, alteration or destruction of the personal information you provide on the Website. Unfortunately, no transmission of data over the internet is guaranteed to be completely secure. It may be possible for third parties not under our control to intercept or access transmissions or private communications unlawfully. Therefore, any transmission of personal information to us is made at your own risk. If you believe that your interaction with us is no longer secure, please notify us using the contact details below.

6. Your Rights

We provide Website visitors with access to personal information they provide through the Website and the ability to review, update and correct it as and when necessary. Such requests may be subject to a small fee. To help protect your privacy and security, we will take reasonable steps to verify your identity, such as requiring a password and user ID, before granting access to your personal information.

If you have previously provided personal information to the Website to subscribe to one or more email newsletters or are receiving emails or other communications from the Website and you do not want to receive such emails, please discontinue your subscriptions by selecting the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of any message, or the other means provided to unsubscribe, or using the contact details below.

If you prefer that we do not use the personal information you have provided to us or we have collected via your use of the Website, you may send us a request using the contact information details below and we will use commercially reasonable efforts to honor that request. However, we will retain records of your information as needed in order to comply with applicable laws/regulations and if you provide us with any personal information after such request may use that information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

If you would like to make such a request, update your marketing preferences (including requesting being removed from our marketing list) or if you have any questions about this Privacy Policy please contact us by submitting your inquiry here at customersupport@wakingbuddha.com.

If you choose to write, please send us a signed letter of request with your address.

7. Applicable Law

The Website is not intended to subject Waking Buddha to the laws or jurisdiction of any state, country or territory other than that of the United States. Please note that we do not represent or warrant that the Website is appropriate for use in any particular jurisdiction. Those who choose to access the Website do so at their own initiative and are responsible for complying with all local laws, rules and regulations.

8. Updates to Our Privacy Notice.

From time to time, we may revise this Privacy Policy to reflect industry initiatives, changes in the law or technology, or changes in Waking Buddha’s practices regarding information collection and use. If we make material revisions to the way we collect or use your personal information such that we are using it for purposes or sharing such data with third parties that you have not consented to, we will provide you with notice of those changes and may do so by either: (1) announcing the change on the home page of the Website or (2) taking such other action as we deem appropriate under the circumstances, including without limitation, posting the revised draft of this Privacy Policy on the Website. You can determine when this Privacy Policy was last revised by referring to the “Last Updated” legend at the top of this page. Any changes to this Privacy Policy will become effective upon posting of the revised Privacy Policy on the internet, accessible through the Website. By continuing to use the Website following such changes, you will be deemed to have agreed to such changes. If you do not agree with the terms of this Privacy Policy, as it may be amended from time to time, in whole or in part, please do not continue using the Website.

9. Notice to California Residents:

Residents of the State of California may request a list of all third parties to which this Website has disclosed certain information during the preceding year for those third parties’ direct marketing purposes. If you are a California resident and want such a list, please contact us at customersupport@wakingbuddha.com. For all requests, you must put the statement “Your California Privacy Rights” in the body of your request, as well as your name, street address, city, state, and zip code. Please note that we will not accept requests via the telephone, mail, or by facsimile, and we are not responsible for notices that are not labeled or sent properly, or that do not have complete information.