Security and Privacy
Last Updated: November 29, 2018
Blick does not guarantee that loss, misuse, or alteration of Collected Information will not occur, but we have security measures in place to help protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of information under our control. The Services’ checkout process is protected with Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), the standard for encrypted commercial transactions throughout the Internet.
Blick uses GoDaddy, the industry leader, as its security verification service. Transaction information is encrypted prior to transmission. In addition, our site ownership, operation, and identity is verified as authentic and valid. Click on the GoDaddy Secured icon at the bottom of every page to verify and view Blick’s security certificate.
All web pages pass encrypted information. When you request one of these pages, the page's URL begins with https instead of http, and the "security" icon on your browser has the appearance of a closed padlock.
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What information is collected?
Account Information. To register for an online Blick account, you will need to submit your name, billing address, phone number, and email address. You may also provide your school, organization or company name.
Credit Applications for Institutional Accounts. If you are a company, organization or a school, you may be eligible to purchase products via the Services “on account” as described here. To request an institutional account you will be required to submit a credit application and additional terms may apply.
Mailing List Information. If you sign up or otherwise opt in to receive promotions from us, you will need to submit your name and email address. You may also provide your physical address, telephone number, and, if applicable, the name of your school or company. We will use this information to provide you with promotional and other electronic and hard copy communications. You may opt out of receiving promotional emails from us at any time by following the unsubscribe instructions contained in the applicable email or by following the instructions below (see What if I don’t want email or catalogs?). We may use third-party email providers to deliver these communications to you.
We will use your job application to evaluate your qualifications and to otherwise consider or respond to your application for employment. Your submission of a job application does not in any way require Blick to review that application or consider you for employment.
Lists and Other Account Activity. If you use the Services while signed into your Blick account, we will collect information on how you use your account and the Services, for example, the items and information that you add to your Blick wish lists. We will also collect any information you provide to create BlickU course supply lists, including the name of the school, the name and email address of the instructor, and course-related information. You can publish your BlickU lists for public viewing by selecting that option in your account. If you choose to email a BlickU list to students or other persons, you will be required to input those email addresses. We will use those email addresses to send a one-time email containing the message you’ve provided linking to the BlickU course supply list.
IP Addresses and Related Data. As you browse, order products via, and otherwise use the Services, third party service providers as well as the servers used to operate and provide the Services may collect data pertaining to you and the equipment, software, and communication methods you use to access the Internet and the Services, including Internet protocol (“IP”) addresses assigned to the computer from where you access the Internet, your Internet service provider (ISP), your device ID number, your approximate geographic location, your browser type, the pages you access on the Services, the websites you access before and after visiting the Services, your activity and your path through the pages of the Services, the length of time you spend on the Services, date and time stamps, and clickstream data. Blick does not use this information to identify or contact individual users. We use this data to administer the Services and its servers, to generate statistical information, to monitor and analyze Services traffic and usage patterns, to monitor and prevent fraud, to investigate complaints and violations of our policies, and to improve the Services’ content and the products, services, and materials, and other content that we describe or make available through the Services. We may combine this information with personal information, other Collected Information, and information obtained from third parties for the purposes discussed below.
Most browsers automatically accept cookies. You can disable this function, however, disabling cookies may impact your use and enjoyment of the Services. For example, if cookies are disabled, you will not be able to add items to your online shopping cart.
Due to the automatic collection of data using cookies, we do not honor “do not track” requests.
If you are concerned about cookies and want to avoid keeping them on your machine, we urge you to use or purchase one of the many “Cookie Eliminator” programs readily available. Alternatively, many modern web browsers allow you to configure your preferred “Privacy” settings as they relate to cookies. For example, you may choose to not accept “3rd party cookies” or you may wish to “delete” all cookies upon closing/exiting the browser application.
Location Information. In addition to the approximate geographic location information collected as discussed above, we may, with your consent, access more specific location information in order to enhance the user experience and increase the usefulness of the Services. This includes both geographical location information that you input using the Services (e.g., using our Find a Store feature) and geographical location information collected by device-based location services (including GPS data). You may choose to allow us to access your location by granting the Services access to your location when prompted or through your device’s location services settings.
Google Analytics’ Advertising Features. Additionally, we have enabled and implemented the following Google Analytics Advertising Features: Remarketing with Google Analytics, Demographics and Interest Reporting, Segments, DoubleClick Campaign Manager Integration, and DoubleClick Bid Manager Integration. Remarketing with Analytics uses Google Analytics cookies to serve advertisements to you across the Internet based on your visits to the Services. Demographics and Interest Reporting uses a third-party cookie to collect information about our Services traffic by tracking users across websites and across time, which generates a report for us to better understand our Services users. Segments allows us to isolate and analyze subsets of Services users by sorting our Google Analytics data. DoubleClick Campaign Manager Integration and DoubleClick Bid Manager Integration allow us to view, analyze, and create remarketing lists using our DoubleClick Campaign data. To opt out of remarketing advertising provided through Google, to customize your ad preferences, or to limit Google’s collection or use this information, visit Google’s Safety Center and Google’s Ad Settings and follow Google’s personalized ad opt-out instructions. Opting out will not affect your use of the Services.
Google AdWords. We also use Google AdWords, an online advertising service provided by Google, to serve ads on our behalf across the Internet and sometimes on the Services. Google uses your Internet searches, cookies, and similar identifiers (e.g., pixel tags) to collect anonymous information about your visits to the Services and your interaction with our products and services to generate targeted advertisements to you on other websites that you visit across the Internet. To opt out of remarketing advertising provided through Google, to customize your ad preferences, or to limit Google’s collection or use this information, visit Google’s Safety Center and Google’s Ad Settings and follow Google’s personalized ad opt-out instructions. Opting out will not affect your use of the Services.
Advertising Networks, Personalized Advertising, Remarketing, and Retargeting. From time to time the Services may use or participate in advertising networks and related advertising services that are managed and provided by third-party advertising servers, advertising agencies, technology vendors, and research firms. These services collect anonymous information about your visits to and interactions with the Services and other websites and will use that information to target advertisements for goods and services. The information collected may be associated with your personal information. These targeted advertisements may appear on the Services or on other websites. Advertising networks often gather data about consumers who view advertisements to make inferences about a consumer’s interests and preferences, which enables their computers to deliver advertisements directly targeted to the consumer’s specific interests. This practice is often referred to as “online behavioral advertising.” For example, a third-party advertising network might collect the type of Internet browser you use, the type of computer operating system you use, the domain name of a website you visit, whether or not you visit specific pages of the Services and other websites, the location of your Internet service provider, the date and time of a visit to a website, and other interactions between you and a website.
To change your preferences with respect to certain online ads and to obtain more information about third-party ad networks and online behavioral advertising, please visit the National Advertising Initiative Consumer opt-out page or the Digital Advertising Alliance Self-Regulatory Program. Please remember that changing your settings with individual browsers or ad networks will not necessarily carry over to other browsers or ad networks. As a result, depending on the opt-outs you request, you may still see our ads from time to time.
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How is information used and disclosed?
Purpose Collected. We will use your personal information for the purpose for which it was collected, for example, to process and communicate with you in connection with your purchases and account and to provide you with information and communications that you request. Your location information will be used to identify Blick locations near you and to understand where our users are located. If you provide us with your telephone number in connection with your account, we may call you at that telephone number regarding your purchases and account. We will make User-Generated Material available to other users of the Services as applicable. For example, if you submit materials while entering an online Blick contest or if you submit product reviews, other users of the Services will be able to view, copy, and use that content. If you contact us for support or assistance in using the Services, we may use Collected Information to determine whether or not your system meets the minimum requirements needed to access and use the Services and otherwise to contact you regarding your request.
Sharing Collected Information with Our Suppliers. We may share Collected Information with our Services management and hosting suppliers, payment processors, marketing and public relations service providers, email service suppliers, and other suppliers as necessary for us to provide the Services and our products and services to you and as may otherwise be permitted by applicable law. Our suppliers are authorized to and may use and disclose Collected Information as necessary for them to provide the applicable services to us.
Sharing Collected Information with Other Third Parties. Like other companies in our industry, we may rent, exchange, or otherwise share names and mailing addresses with companies offering products or services that we think may be of interest to you. If you do not wish to receive catalogs or solicitations from those third parties, please call us at 1-800-828-4548, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write us at Blick Art Materials, P.O. Box 1267, Galesburg, IL 61402-1267. Please include the phrase “California Privacy Request” in the subject line of any email request. Please also identify the domain name of the website you are inquiring about and include your name, email address, and mailing address in any request. Additionally, you may opt out of receiving communications from any such third party pursuant to such third party’s policies. We do not control any third parties or their policies.
Aggregate Data. We may aggregate personal information and other Collected Information to create anonymous aggregate data on Services users, which describes users as a group but does not reveal the identity of individual users. We may use aggregate data to understand users’ needs, to determine user demographics and usage patterns, to determine what kinds of products and services we can provide, and to improve and enrich our products and services and the Services.
Evaluation and Improvement of the Services. We may use Collected Information: to analyze, develop, and improve the content, materials, products, and services that we make available through the Services and the Services’ functionality; to inform marketing and communication plans and strategies; to evaluate user needs and customize Services content, promotional emails, and your browsing experience; and for other legitimate and lawful business purposes.
Security and Protection of Rights. We may use Collected Information and share it with third parties to the extent permitted by applicable law, including in the event of a subpoena, court order, or law enforcement request. Blick will use Collected Information and share it with third parties if we believe doing so is necessary to operate the Services or to protect our rights or the rights of others, including disclosing information necessary to identify, contact, or bring legal action in the event of a violation of our contracts, terms, or policies.
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What if I don't want email or catalogs?
If you have an online Blick account, you have the option to change certain privacy settings once you have logged into your account on the Services. Once logged in, click on "My Account" (located on every page of our site, in the upper right corner).
Click the “Account Preferences” option to manage your catalog subscriptions and how we share your mailing address. On this page, you will find a series of checkboxes. Use these checkboxes to tell us whether you are interested in receiving mailings from us and/or mailings from other companies that may be interested in contacting you. To finalize changes to your mailing preferences, click the green UPDATE button.
Click “Email Preferences” to access and edit your Blick email subscription status. These changes will be finalized as soon as you click the submit button.
If you do not have an online Blick account, but you are already a customer of ours, please feel free to write us using the contact information below or email us at email@example.com to let us know your mail and email preferences.
It helps to include your customer number (available on any recent invoice or on the address label of a recent catalog) so that we can match your request with information in our records. If you are interested in avoiding catalog mailings in general, please contact the Direct Marketing Association and the United States Postal Service, which maintain a list of consumers who do not want to receive unsolicited catalogs.
If you have asked us not to send catalogs, but you still receive one, you may be on other mailing lists or have a duplicate account. Although we try to avoid it, duplicate records for a customer do occasionally occur. We really appreciate your help in avoiding unwanted mailings.
To notify us of any changes in your mail or email preferences or duplications, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call us at 1-800-828-4548, or send us an ordinary letter at:
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Blick Art Materials
P.O. Box 1267
Galesburg, IL 61402-1267
Affiliate Program Ecommerce Disclosure
In accordance with industry practices, third parties that link to our Services on their websites may be compensated for sales originating from those websites. Click here to learn more about our Affiliate Program.
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Access by Children
The Services are not directed at children under 13 years of age. Blick does not knowingly collect or use information from children under 13 through the Services.
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Access from Outside the United States
If you are visiting the Services from outside the United States, please be aware that Collected Information may be transferred to, stored in, and processed in the United States (where our and our suppliers’ servers and databases are located and operated). The data protection and related laws and regulations of the United States might not be as comprehensive as those in the country from which you are accessing the Services.
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How to Access Your Personal Information
To access or update your personal information as it exists in our records, please visit the online Blick account you have created for yourself, if applicable, or contact us using the contact information below.
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