Science Of Skill, LLC d/b/a SOS Self Defense Tools (“SOS Self Defense Tools,” “we,” “our,” “us”) and applies to www.SOSSelfDefenseTools.com,
including any sub domains thereof, affiliated websites, and mobile applications (collectively, the “Website”),
and any content, products or services made available through the Website. We refer to the information, products
“your” to mean you, the reader, and other visitors to our Website and users of our Services who are, in all
By visiting the Website and requesting Services through the Website, you agree to the terms of this Privacy
Policy, as they may be amended from time to time. As SOS Self Defense Tools updates or expands its Website or
frequently for updates as it is your sole responsibility to be aware of changes. Typically, we will indicate the
SOS Self Defense Tools does not provide notice of changes in any manner other than by posting the changes at this
your use of this Website in general. This Website is intended for users who are located in the United States of
THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT
SOS Self Defense Tools obtains information about you when you use our Services. Please note that we need certain
types of information so that we can provide Services to you. If you do not provide us with such information, or
ask us to delete it, you may no longer be able to access or use all or part of our Services.
- Information You Voluntarily Provide to Us
SOS Self Defense Tools collects information directly from you in a variety ways including:
- The account registration process and the administration of your account;
- Receiving the questions, communications, or feedback you submit to us via email or online forms;
- Your participation in research and surveys; and
- Requests you submit for customer support and technical assistance, including through online chat
functions, message, and text messages.
SOS Self Defense Tools collects the following types of information directly from you:
- Name, mailing address, telephone number and email address;
- Billing information, such as credit or debit card number, bank account and routing numbers, and identity
verification information that is collected though our payment processors on our behalf;
- Log-in credentials;
- Information about purchases or other transactions with SOS Self Defense Tools;
- Information about your customer service and maintenance interactions with us;
- User-generated content you post in public online forums on our Services; and
- Any other information you choose to directly provide to us in connection with you use of the Services.
- Information We Collect Through Automated Means
SOS Self Defense Tools and our services providers (third-party companies that work on our behalf) use a variety
of technologies to assist in collecting information about your use of the Services and the devices you use
to access the Services.
Visitor Data. When you use our Website, we collect information that will help us understand and
analyze your experience interacting with our Services. For example, we may collect information related to
domain names, the type of browsers used to access the Services, operating system software, browser plug-ins,
cookie preferences, search engine keywords, the pages you viewed and amount of time spent on particular
pages, terms you use in you searches on our Website, and similar information.
Location Information. When you use the Services, we and our service providers may automatically
collect general location information (e.g., IP address, city/state and or postal code associated with an IP
address) from your computer or mobile device. This information allows us to enable access to content that
varies based on a user’s general location (e.g., to provide you with accurate sales tax information and to
deliver content customized to your location).
Cookies. “Cookies” are a feature in your browser software. If enabled, we, or our service
providers, may write cookies that may store small amounts of data on your computer about your visit to any
of the pages of the Website. Cookies assist us in tracking which of our features appeal the most to you and
what content you may have viewed on past visits. When you visit this Website again, cookies can enable us to
customize our content according to your preferences.
- keep track of the number of return visits to this Website;
- accumulate and report aggregate, statistical information on Website usage;
- deliver specific content to you based on your interests or past viewing history; and
- save your password for ease of access to the Website.
You can disable cookies, although the Website may not function properly for you. Your browser preferences
can be modified to accept or reject all cookies, or request a notification when a cookie is set. You may
read more about cookies at http://cookiecentral.com. In order to use
all of the features and functionality of SOS Self Defense Tools’s Website, you need to accept cookies.
Web Beacons. A web beacon, sometimes called a tracking pixels, is a programming code that can be
used to display an image on a web page, but can also be used to transfer your unique user identification to
a database and associate you with previously acquired information about an individual in a database. This
allows SOS Self Defense Tools and our third-party service providers to track certain websites you visit. Web
beacons are used to track online behavioral habits for marketing purposes to determine products or services
you may be interested in. In addition to using web beacons on web pages, we also use web beacons in email
messages sent to individuals listed in SOS Self Defense Tools’s database.
Other Online Tools. SOS Self Defense Tools may also use a web server log or an SDK. A webserver log is
a file where website activity is stored. An SDK is a set of tools and/or code that we embed in our software
to allow third parties to collect information about how people interact with our Services.
As we continue to develop the Website and our Services, SOS Self Defense Tools may implement additional methods
to gather information about the SOS Self Defense Tools community.
- Information We Collect From Social Media and other Content Platforms
SOS Self Defense Tools maintains a presence on a variety of social media platforms. When you “like” or “follow”
us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or other social media platforms, we may collect some information about
you. This information includes your name, email address, any comments or content you post that is relevant
to SOS Self Defense Tools. We also collect your information if you sign up for a promotion and submit
information to us through one of our social media accounts.
SOS Self Defense Tools also maintains several blogs as a part of its Services. When you comment or post content
to any of our blogs, we will collect your name and email address.
HOW WE USE YOUR INFORMATION
The following paragraphs describe how SOS Self Defense Tools uses your information in connection with our Services.
General Use. SOS Self Defense Tools will use your information as necessary to carry out and manage its
Services. This includes, using your information to verify and administer your account, including processing
payments and fulfilling orders (if applicable). We will use your information to communicate with you about SOS Self Defense Tools’
Services, your use of the Services or your inquiries related to the Services. SOS Self Defense Tools
will use your information to ensure that content from our Services is presented in the most effective
manner for you and for your computer or device, allow you to participate in interactive features of our Services
(when you choose to do so), and as part of our efforts to keep our Services safe and secure.
Improve SOS Self Defense Tools’ Services. SOS Self Defense Tools continuously seeks to improve its Services.
To do so, we conduct research to understand the effectiveness of our Services, improve our Services, and to
better understand the SOS Self Defense Tools community. If we publish the results of our research to others, such
research will be presented in a de-identified and aggregate form such that individual users cannot be
Promotional Communications. We will use your personal information to communicate with you by email,
postal mail, phone, or text message about surveys, promotions, special events or our products and Services and
those of our affiliates or third-party partners, and any of their related businesses. By creating an account and
using this Website, you are giving your express permission to SOS Self Defense Tools and their agents or vendors
the right to contact you with targeted advertising materials by email, text message (SMS), telephone or
cellphone, including the use of automated, predictive, programmable, or similar (“robodialers”) dialers or
dialing software, or any other means of communication to provide promotional offers. To the extent applicable,
you expressly acknowledge that you are solely responsible for all charges billed by your mobile service
provider. If you no longer wish to receive promotional communications by email, please follow the unsubscribe
link located at the end of the email message.
Marketing/Performance Analysis & Data Analytics. We will use your information to help us better
understand your interests and needs, such as by engaging in analysis and research regarding use of the Services.
We may use your information to measure or understand the effectiveness of advertising and content we serve to
you and others, and to deliver and customize relevant advertising and content to you.
that we collect through the Services with information that we receive from other sources, both online and
Aggregate/De-Identified Data. We may aggregate and/or de-identify any information collected through the
Services so that such information can no longer be linked to you or your device (“Aggregate/De-Identified
Information”). We may use Aggregate/De-Identified Information for any purpose, including for research and
marketing purposes, and may also share such data with any third parties, including advertisers, promotional
partners, and sponsors.
DATA ANALYTICS AND ADVERTISING
- Data Analytics
We may use third-party web analytics services (such as those of Google Analytics (including Google Signals,
Google User-ID, and other Google Analytics features) and MixPanel) on our Services to collect and analyze
usage information through cookies and similar tools; engage in auditing, research, or reporting; assist with
fraud prevention; try to locate the same unique users across multiple browsers or devices to better tailor
services and features; and provide certain features to you. If you have a Google account with personalized
advertising enabled, through Google Signals, Google will also be able to gather for us analytics and
engagement information from across the various devices you use to access the Services. To prevent Google
from using your information for analytics (including cross-device tracking for personalization purposes),
you may install the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on by clicking here. And to opt out of Google Signals,
please open your “Settings” app, locate and tap “Google,” select “Ads,” and turn ON “Opt out of Ads
Personalization.” You may also be able to disable cross-device tracking through your Android or Apple
If you receive email from us, we may use certain analytics tools, such as clear GIFs to capture data such as
when you open our message or click on any links or banners our email contains. This data allows us to gauge
the effectiveness of our communications and marketing campaigns.
- Online Advertising
The Services may integrate third-party advertising technologies (e.g., ad networks and ad servers such as
content and advertising for products on the Services, as well as on other websites you visit and other
applications you use. The ads may be based on various factors such as the content of the page you are
visiting, information you enter such as your searches, demographic data, and other information we collect
from you. These ads may be based on your current activity or your activity over time and across other
websites and online services.
We sometimes provide our customer information (such as email addresses) to service providers, who may
“match” this information in de-identified form to cookies (or mobile ad identifiers) and other proprietary
IDs, in order to provide you with more relevant ads when you visit other websites and mobile applications.
technologies that may be placed on your device you use to access the Services by non-affiliated third-party
advertising network services. If you are interested in more information about tailored browser advertising
and how you can generally control cookies from being put on your computer to deliver tailored advertising,
you may visit the Network Advertising Initiative’s Consumer Opt-Out link, the Digital Advertising Alliance’s Consumer
Opt-Out link, or the Your Online Choices link to opt-out of receiving tailored
advertising from companies that participate in those programs. If you are interested in more information
about Criteo’s privacy practices or opting-out of Criteo’s advertising services, you may view their Privacy
Policy. To opt out of Google Analytics for display advertising or customize Google display network ads,
visit the Google Ads Settings page. We do not control these opt-out links or whether any particular company
chooses to participate in these opt-out programs. We are not responsible for any choices you make using
these mechanisms or the continued availability or accuracy of these mechanisms.
Please note that if you exercise the opt-out choices above, you will still see advertising when you use the
Services, but it will not be tailored to you based on your online behavior over time.
- Mobile Advertising
When using mobile applications from us or others, you may also receive tailored in-application
advertisements. We may use third-party service providers to deliver advertisements on mobile applications or
for mobile application analytics. Each operating system, iOS for Apple phones, Android for Android devices,
and Windows for Microsoft devices provides its own instructions on how to prevent the delivery of tailored
in-application advertisements. We do not control how the applicable platform operator allows you to control
receiving personalized in-application advertisements; thus, you should contact the platform provider for
further details on opting out of tailored in-application advertisements. You may review the support
materials and/or the device settings for the respective operating systems to opt-out of tailored in-app
- Email Marketing
By submitting your email address through the Website, you are expressly consenting to receive emails from
SOS Self Defense Tools, including from SOS Self Defense Tools’s affiliates, and from third parties concerning
offers and advertisements unrelated to SOS Self Defense Tools. To opt-out of receiving email messages from us,
from our affiliates or from other third parties, click on the “Unsubscribe” link contained in each email.
Please allow up to 10 business days for us to process your request. Please note if you decide not to receive
marketing emails from us, you may still receive transactional email messages regarding your order(s) (i.e.,
order confirmation, shipping information, etc.). If you have questions or concerns regarding this provision,
please contact us at [email protected].
- Notice Concerning Do Not Track
Do Not Track (“DNT”) is a privacy preference that users can set in certain web browsers. We are committed to
providing you with meaningful choices about the information collected on our website for third-party
purposes, and that is why we provide the variety of opt-out mechanisms listed above. However, we do not
currently recognize or respond to browser-initiated DNT signals. To learn more about Do Not Track, you can
do so here.
HOW WE SHARE YOUR INFORMATION
SOS Self Defense Tools may share your information in the following ways:
Affiliates & Related Business Entities. We may share the information we collect with our affiliates or
related business entities for the purposes of delivering products or services to you, ensuring a consistent
level of service, and to enhance our products, services, and your customer experience.
Service Providers and Third-Party Vendors. We provide access to or share your information with select
third parties who use the information to perform services on our behalf. They provide a variety of services to
us, including billing, sales, marketing, advertising, analytics, research, customer service, shipping and
fulfillment, data storage, IT and security, fraud prevention, payment processing, and auditing and legal
Legal Compliance. By using the Service, you acknowledge and agree that we may access, retain, and
disclose information we collect and maintain about you if reasonably necessary to comply with a subpoena or
Business Transfers. As SOS Self Defense Tools continues to grow, we may buy, merge, or partner with other
companies. In such transactions, your information may be among the assets that are transferred.
Public Forums. Certain features of our Services make it possible for you to share comments publicly
with other users. Any information that you submit through such features is not confidential, and we may use it
for any purpose (including in testimonials or other marketing materials). For example, if you submit a product
review on one of our Websites or blogs, we may display your review (along with the name provided, if any) on
other SOS Self Defense Tools websites and on third-party websites. Any information you post openly in these ways
will be available to the public at large and potentially accessible through third-party search engines.
Accordingly, please take care when using these features.
Aggregate/De-Identified Information. We reserve the right to create Aggregate/De-Identified Data from
the information we collect through the services and our sharing of such Aggregate/De-Identified Data is in our
THIRD-PARTY LINKS AND CONTENT
The Website and email messages that you receive from SOS Self Defense Tools may sometimes contain hypertext links
to the websites of third parties. SOS Self Defense Tools is not responsible for the privacy practices or the
content of such other websites. Linked websites may contain links to websites maintained by third parties. Such
links are provided for your convenience and reference only. SOS Self Defense Tools does not operate or control in
any respect any information, software, products or services available on such third-party websites. The
inclusion of a link to a website does not imply any endorsement of the services or the site, its contents, or
its sponsoring organization.
We will implement reasonable and appropriate security procedures consistent with prevailing industry standards
to protect data from unauthorized access by physical and electronic intrusion. Unfortunately, no data
transmission over the Internet or method of data storage can be guaranteed 100% secure. Therefore, while we
strive to protect your personal information by following generally accepted industry standards, we cannot ensure
or warrant the absolute security of any information you transmit to us or archive at this Website.
SUBMITTING INFORMATION FROM OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES
We control and operate the online and mobile resources from within the United States of America (the “U.S.”).
Information collected through the Website and Services may be stored and processed in the United States or any
other country in which we or our vendors maintain facilities. Although we do not actively block or monitor
visitors from other countries, the Website is directed only at visitors from the U.S. As such, this Privacy
Policy is consistent with U.S. law and practice and is not adapted to other laws (including European data
security and privacy laws). SOS Self Defense Tools will apply the applicable laws of the U.S. including as embodied
store, process, and transfer your personal information. Similarly, the English language version of this Privacy
Policy is the controlling version regardless of any translation you may attempt.
DATA PRIVACY AND PROTECTION LAWS: THE CCPA AND GDPR
Privacy and data protection laws vary around the world and among the several United States. Some of those laws
are more specific than others. Most prominently, residents of California and data subjects whose personal
information was obtained from them while they were in the European Economic Area, United Kingdom, and
Switzerland have certain additional rights in cases where the party collecting that information is governed by
the applicable law. We have reviewed our business operations and data-related business practices with legal
counsel in the context of the General Data Protection Regulation under European Law also known as the “GDPR” and
the California Consumer Privacy Act (the “CCPA”). As a result of that review, as of the effective date of this
We do not, for instance, collect personal information from data subjects in the European Economic Area, United
Kingdom, or Switzerland or elsewhere abroad. Similarly, we do not target or tailor our Website or Services or
any of our other US-based business activities to appeal to, or specifically attempt to do business in those
jurisdictions. In terms of California, although we may do business within the state, we do not meet any of the
various statutory thresholds and criteria that would bring us under the CCPA.
For general visitors, consumers and regulators who have questions about whether or how the GDPR, CCPA or other
industry- or jurisdiction-specific laws apply to us, you can contact us using the contact information below.
Federal law imposes special restrictions and obligations on commercial website operators who direct their
operations toward, and collect and use information from children under the age of 13. We take those age-related
requirements very seriously, and, consistent with them, do not intend for our Website or Services to be used by
children under the age of 18, and certainly not by anyone under the age of 13. Moreover, we do not knowingly
collect personal information from minors under the age of 18. If we become aware that anyone under the age of 18
has submitted personal information to us via our Website or Services, we will delete that information and not
use it for any purpose whatsoever. We encourage parents and legal guardians to talk with their children about
the potential risks of providing personal information over the Internet.
CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY STATEMENT
time of collection. Typically, we will indicate the effective/amendment date at the beginning of this Privacy
Policy. If we feel it is appropriate, or if the law requires, we’ll also provide a summary of changes we’ve made
SOS Self Defense Tools, LLC
540 S. Main St.
Akron, OH 44311