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Last Updated: 7/7/2017

Introduction and Scope of Practices

This Privacy Policy (“Policy”) applies to NewPathVR, Inc. (“NewPathVR,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) and its affiliates and subsidiaries worldwide, including, but not limited to, RenewVR. The Policy applies any time you deal with NewPathVR, whether in person, by telephone, by mail, or at any online or mobile site or application that we own and control (“Site”). The only exception to this is if different practices are provided and state that they apply instead of this Policy.

This Policy explains:

• how we collect, use, and share information from or about you;

• how our online advertisements (such as banner ads) on third party sites treat data;

• your choices about our use of your personal information; and

• how you can access and update your information.

Sometimes, we appear on a site owned by a third party (like a NewPathVR page or handle on a social media site) or link to a third-party site. When we do, that third party’s privacy policies and terms of use, not ours, will apply unless you are told otherwise. Also, some of NewPathVR’s services (“Services”) are offered through banks or other financial institutions. In those cases, the third parties’ policies will govern their use of consumer data.

Types of Information We Collect

Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”). PII means information or a combination of information that can be used to identify, contact, or locate a specific person or for a particular program such as a Reseller Program. We may collect the following types of PII from you:

• Contact information, such as name, email address, mailing address, fax or phone number;

• Payment and financial information, such as credit or other payment card information, bank account, or billing address;

• Social Security Number or other national tax ID number

• Device geolocation (geographical location)

• Unique identifiers such as user name, account number, or password; and,

• Preference information such as product wish lists, order history, or marketing preferences.

Sometimes, we may combine PII you provide with information from third-party sources. For example, we may confirm your address with the postal service or verify your personal information with a credit-reporting agency. We will treat the combined information in accordance with the terms of this Policy.

Other Information (“OI”). OI is any information other than PII that does not reveal your identity or directly relate to a person. We may collect the following OI from you:

• Information about your business such as company name, company size, or business type;

• Demographic information, such as age, gender, interests and ZIP code;

• Device and other tracking information, such as browser information, device identifiers, operating system, or information gained from cookies, pixels or other tracking technologies.

OI may also include PII we have de identified or aggregated to the point where it no longer identifies a particular individual. If we ever combine OI with any PII, we treat it as PII is treated under this Policy. In some jurisdictions, some OI may be considered PII by law. In those cases, we will treat the information as PII is treated under this Policy.

How We Collect Personally Identifiable Information

We collect PII when you provide it to us.  This can occur when you fill out applications, create accounts, complete a purchase, add money to your account, send in forms, take surveys, or fill in various online fields on our Sites. We also collect PII when you contact us with inquiries, customer support requests, or employment applications.

We may also collect the PII of third parties when you provide it to us. For example, if you choose to use our service to send a gift to a friend or register a family member for an account, we will ask you for their name and address or email address. In addition, we may collect third party PII through our “Refer a Friend” program. NewPathVR stores this information for the sole purpose of completing the transaction. If you provide PII of a friend or family member and they want us to delete this information, they should contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We may not always be able to remove their PII. We will let them know if we cannot do so and why.

How We Use Personally Identifiable Information We Collect

We may use PII we collect for the following purposes:

• to provide you with the Services you requested;

• to verify your identity and/or location in order to allow access to your accounts, conduct online transactions, and secure your PII;

• to send you important information, such as changes to terms, conditions, and policies and/or other administrative information;

• to respond to your inquiries and fulfill your requests;

• to track referrals from partner websites;

• to personalize your experience on a Site by presenting content or offers tailored to you;

• to send you marketing communications you have signed up for or that we believe may be of interest to you;

• to allow you to use various Site features.

o Please note that some features require that you provide PII in order to use them (eg. many of the features at www.renewvr.com) whereas other tools do not. You may request that certain information that you enter into our Sites be stored for future access and use. You have the option not to save the information;

• to assist in verifying your identity and account status when we deal with you through our social media pages. We may combine this information with information we already have;

• to enable you to post your profile, preferences, and contact or be contacted by NewPathVR for projects or work;

• for business purposes, including data analysis, audits, developing and improving products and services, enhancing our Sites, identifying usage trends and determining the effectiveness of promotional campaigns; and.

• for risk control, fraud detection and prevention, and compliance with laws and regulations.

Blogs: Some of our Sites offer publicly accessible blogs. Any information you provide in these areas may be read, collected, and used by others who access them. To request removal of your personal information from our blog or community forum, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We may not always be able to remove your personal information. We will let you know if we cannot do so and why.

Newsletters: If you subscribe to our newsletters, we will use your name and email address to send them to you. You may choose to stop receiving our newsletter or marketing emails by following the unsubscribe instructions included in these emails or accessing the email preferences in your account.

Testimonials: We display personal testimonials of satisfied customers on some of our Sites and in print advertisements. With your consent, we may use your testimonial and your name. If you wish to update or delete your testimonial, you can contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

How We Share Personally Identifiable Information We Collect

We will share your PII with third parties only in the ways that are described in this privacy policy.  We do not sell PII to third parties.

Affiliates: To the extent permitted by law, we may provide information about your transactions and experiences with other affiliated NewPathVR entities, including parent companies and subsidiaries.

Service providers: We may provide your PII to companies that provide services to help us with our business activities, such as shipping your order or offering customer service. These companies are authorized to use your PII only as necessary to provide these services.

Referral partners: We offer referral-based commission systems through third-party partners through which publisher websites may refer users to our pages to make purchases. The third-party partner will be identified when you sign up. Data generated from the commission system, which may include PII and OI, will be owned and controlled by both NewPathVR and the third-party partner. This Policy will govern NewPathVR’s use of the data. The third party’s privacy policy will govern its use of the data. When you sign up as a publisher, we will link to the third party’s privacy policy and ask you to agree to it.

Additional Disclosure: We may also disclose your PII:

• As permitted or required by law, such as to comply with a subpoena, or similar legal process;

• When we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, protect your safety or the safety of others, investigate fraud, or respond to a government request;

• If NewPathVR is involved in a merger, acquisition, or sale of all or a portion of its assets. You will be notified by email and/or by a prominent notice on our website of any change in ownership or uses of your personal information, as well as any choices you may have regarding your PII;

• to any other third party with your prior consent.

How We Collect and Use Other Information

We and certain third party service providers with whom we have agreements may collect OI in a variety of ways, including:

Log files: Most browsers collect certain information, such as your IP address, device type, screen resolution, operating system version, and internet browser type and version. This information is gathered automatically and stored in log files. We may link this data to PII we have collected about you.

Tracking technologies: We and our service providers use cookies, beacons, tags, scripts, and HTML5 local storage. These technologies allow us to collect information such as browser type, time spent on our Sites, pages visited, language preferences, and your relationship with us. We can use this information to analyze trends, administer the website, track users’ movements around the website, measure the effectiveness of our communications, tailor our advertising to you, and gather demographic information about our user base as a whole.

You can refuse to accept cookies.  Most devices and browsers offer their own privacy settings for cookies and HTML5 local storage. You will need to manage your cookie settings for each device and browser you use. However, if you elect not to accept cookies, your use of the features on our Sites may be limited or impaired, and you may not be able to access certain features of our Sites at all.

Our third-party partners use Local Shared Objects, such as Flash cookies, to embed features on our sites. To manage Flash cookies, please click here: http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager07.html

Social Media Widgets: Our Sites include social media features, such as the Facebook “Like” button. These features may collect your IP address, identify the page you are visiting on our website, and set a cookie to enable the feature to function properly. Social Media Widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our website. The privacy statement of the company providing it governs your interactions with these Widgets. We will comply with any legal obligations placed on the use of these technologies by certain jurisdictions, which may affect how these Widgets function.

Security and Retention

The security of your personal information is important to us. We follow generally accepted standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once it is received, including encrypting the transmission of any sensitive information, such as payment card information. If you have any questions about the security of your personal information, you can contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.

Image Submissions and Public Directories

Some of our websites offer you the ability to upload your own image to be used to create a personalized product. You may have the option to make these images available in publicly-accessible directories. You should be aware that any information you provide in these areas may be read, collected and used by others who access them. To request removal of your personal information from these public forums, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact us by postal mail at the contact information listed below. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why.

User Access and Choice

Upon request NewPathVR will provide you with information about whether we hold any of your personal information. You may access, correct, update, amend, remove, ask to have it removed from a public forum, directory or testimonial on our site or deactivate it by making the change on your account page, emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by contacting us by postal mail at the contact information listed below. We will respond to your request within a reasonable time.

NewPathVR acknowledges that you have the right to access your personal information. NewPathVR may have no direct relationship with some individuals whose personal data it processes. In those situations, an individual who seeks access, or who seeks to correct, amend, or delete inaccurate data, should direct their query to NewPathVR’s partner who has the direct relationship (the data controller). If requested to remove data we will respond within a reasonable timeframe.

“Do Not Track” Preferences

Many browsers provide you an option to request that a web application disable either its tracking and/or cross-site user tracking of an individual user.  We do not track your online activities across different Sites, and we only track your activity within a Site to the extent you log into your account.

Therefore, our practices remain the same whether or not you enable the “Do Not Track” feature.

Protecting Children’s Privacy Online

Our Sites are not directed to individuals under the age of thirteen (13), and we request that such individuals do not provide PII through our Sites. We do not knowingly collect information from children under 13.

International Transfer

If you live in the European Economic Area (“EEA”) or in Canada, the data that we collect from you may be transferred to and stored at a location outside the EEA and Canada. It may also be processed by staff operating outside the EEA and Canada who work for us or for one of our service providers. Among other things, such staff may process and store your information and provide support services. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing. We will ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Policy.

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

NewPathVR (and its subsidiary companies including RenewVR) participates in and has certified its compliance with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. NewPathVR is committed to subjecting all personal data received from European Union (EU) member countries, in reliance on the Privacy Shield Framework, to the Framework’s applicable Principles.  To learn more about the Privacy Shield Framework, visit the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Privacy Shield List. [https://www.privacyshield.gov/list]

NewPathVR is responsible for the processing of personal data it receives, under the Privacy Shield Framework, and subsequently transfers to a third party acting as an agent on its behalf. NewPathVR complies with the Privacy Shield Principles for all onward transfers of personal data from the EU, including the onward transfer liability provisions.

With respect to personal data received or transferred pursuant to the Privacy Shield Framework, NewPathVR is subject to the regulatory enforcement powers of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. In certain situations, NewPathVR may be required to disclose personal data in response to lawful requests by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements.

If you have an unresolved privacy or data use concern that we have not addressed satisfactorily, please contact our U.S.-based third-party dispute resolution provider (free of charge) at https://feedback-form.truste.com/watchdog/request.

Under certain conditions, more fully described on the Privacy Shield website [https://www.privacyshield.gov/article?id=How-to-Submit-a-Complaint], you may invoke binding arbitration when other dispute resolution procedures have been exhausted.

U.S. – Swiss Safe Harbor Framework

NewPathVR complies with the U.S. – Swiss Safe Harbor Framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal data from Switzerland. NewPathVR has certified that it adheres to the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles of notice, choice, onward transfer, security, data integrity, access, and enforcement. To learn more about the Safe Harbor program, and to view NewPathVR’s certification, please visit https://safeharbor.export.gov/swisslist.aspx.

Updates to This Policy

This Policy is subject to change.  Please review it from time to time.  If we make changes, we will revise the “Late Updated” date at the top.  Any changes will become effective when we post the revised Policy. If we make any material changes we will notify you by email or by means of a notice on this Site prior to the change becoming effective.

Contact Information

Ashild Fossum
NewPathVR, Inc.
1390 Market Street #2710
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Blackhawk Consumer Privacy Policy   Last Updated: 09/29/2016   Introduction and Scope of Practices.   This Privacy Policy (“Policy”) applies to Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc. (“Blackhawk,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) and its affiliates and subsidiaries worldwide, including, but not limited to, Blackhawk Network, Inc., Blackhawk Network California, Inc., Blackhawk Engagement Solutions, Inc., Cardpool, Inc., CardLab, Inc., and Omni Prepaid, LLC (but not including Achievers Solutions, Inc. and Achievers, LLC, which have a separate policy). The Policy applies any time you deal with Blackhawk, whether in person, by telephone, by mail, or at any online or mobile site or application that we own and control (“Site”). The only exception to this is if different practices are provided and state that they apply instead of this Policy.   This Policy explains:   how we collect, use, and share information from or about you; how our online advertisements (such as banner ads) on third‑party sites treat data; your choices about our use of your personal information; and how you can access and update your information. Sometimes, we appear on a site owned by a third party (like a Blackhawk page or handle on a social media site) or link to a third party site. When we do, that third party’s privacy policies and terms of use, not ours, will apply unless you are told otherwise. Also, some of Blackhawk’s services (“Services”) are offered through banks or other financial institutions. In those cases, the third parties’ policies will govern their use of consumer data.   Types of Information We Collect   Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”). PII means information or a combination of information that can be used to identify, contact, or locate a specific person. We may collect the following types of PII from you:   Contact information, such as name, email address, mailing address, fax or phone number; Payment and financial information, such as credit or other payment card information, bank account, or billing address; Social Security Number or other national tax ID number Device geolocation (geographical location) Unique identifiers such as user name, account number, or password; and, Preference information such as product wish lists, order history, or marketing preferences. Sometimes, we may combine PII you provide with information from third-party sources. For example, we may confirm your address with the postal service or verify your personal information with a credit-reporting agency. We will treat the combined information in accordance with the terms of this Policy.   Other Information (“OI”). OI is any information other than PII that does not reveal your identity or directly relate to a person. We may collect the following OI from you:   Information about your business such as company name, company size, or business type; Demographic information, such as age, gender, interests and ZIP code; Device and other tracking information, such as browser information, device identifiers, operating system, or information gained from cookies, pixels or other tracking technologies. OI may also include PII we have de‑identified or aggregated to the point where it no longer identifies a particular individual. If we ever combine OI with any PII, we treat it as PII is treated under this Policy. In some jurisdictions, some OI may be considered PII by law. In those cases, we will treat the information as PII is treated under this Policy.   How We Collect Personally Identifiable Information   We collect PII when you provide it to us.  This can occur when you fill out applications, create accounts, complete a purchase, add money to your account, send in forms, take surveys, or fill in various online fields on our Sites. We also collect PII when you contact us with inquiries, customer support requests, or employment applications.   We may also collect the PII of third parties when you provide it to us. For example, if you choose to use our service to send a gift to a friend or register a family member for an account, we will ask you for your their name and address or email address. In addition, we may collect third party PII through our “Refer a Friend” program. Blackhawk stores this information for the sole purpose of completing the transaction. If you provide PII of a friend or family member and they want us to delete this information, they should contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We may not always be able to remove their PII. We will let them know if we cannot do so and why.   How We Use Personally Identifiable Information We Collect   We may use PII we collect for the following purposes:   to provide you with the Services you requested; to verify your identity and/or location in order to allow access to your accounts, conduct online transactions, and secure your PII; to send you important information, such as changes to terms, conditions, and policies and/or other administrative information; to respond to your inquiries and fulfill your requests; to track referrals from partner websites; to personalize your experience on a Site by presenting content or offers tailored to you; to send you marketing communications you have signed up for or that we believe may be of interest to you; to allow you to use various Site features. Please note that some features require that you provide PII in order to use them (g.,many of the features at www.paypower.com) whereas other tools do not. You may request that certain information that you enter into our Sites be stored for future access and use. You have the option not to save the information; to assist in verifying your identity and account status when we deal with you through our social media pages . We may combine this information with information we already have; to enable you to post your resume, search job postings, and contact or be contacted by Blackhawk for prospective employment; for business purposes, including data analysis, audits, developing and improving products and services, enhancing our Sites, identifying usage trends and determining the effectiveness of promotional campaigns; and. for risk control, fraud detection and prevention, and compliance with laws and regulations. Blogs: Some of our Sites offer publicly accessible blogs. Any information you provide in these areas may be read, collected, and used by others who access them. To request removal of your personal information from our blog or community forum, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We may not always be able to remove your personal information. We will let you know if we cannot do so and why.   Newsletters: If you subscribe to our newsletters, we will use your name and email address to send them to you. You may choose to stop receiving our newsletter or marketing emails by following the unsubscribe instructions included in these emails or accessing the email preferences in your account.   Testimonials: We display personal testimonials of satisfied customers on some of our Sites and in print advertisements. With your consent, we may use your testimonial and your name. If you wish to update or delete your testimonial, you can contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   Geolocation: We may collect your location-based information to help you locate a store offering our products and services in your area. We will only share this information with our mapping provider for the sole purpose of providing you this service.   On some Sites (for example, www.reloadit.com), we collect location-based information for fraud prevention purposes.   You may opt out of location-based services at any time by changing the settings on your device. If you do, you might not be able to use certain features, especially when we use location-based information to prevent fraud.   How We Share Personally Identifiable Information We Collect   We will share your PII with third parties only in the ways that are described in this privacy policy.  We do not sell PII to third parties.   Affiliates: To the extent permitted by law, we may provide information about your transactions and experiences with other affiliated Blackhawk entities, including parent companies and subsidiaries.   Service providers: We may provide your PII to companies that provide services to help us with our business activities, such as shipping your order or offering customer service. These companies are authorized to use your PII only as necessary to provide these services.   Referral partners: We offer referral-based commission systems through third party partners through which publisher websites may refer users to our pages to make purchases. The third party partner will be identified when you sign up. Data generated from the commission system, which may include PII and OI, will be owned and controlled by both Blackhawk and the third party partner. This Policy will govern Blackhawk’s use of the data. The third party’s privacy policy will govern its use of the data. When you sign up as a publisher, we will link to the third party’s privacy policy and ask you to agree to it.   Product short notices: Some products offered in conjunction with banks have unique data sharing agreements. Blackhawk will make available short privacy notices of each product’s sharing policies on its website.   Additional Disclosure: We may also disclose your PII:   As permitted or required by law, such as to comply with a subpoena, or similar legal process; When we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, protect your safety or the safety of others, investigate fraud, or respond to a government request; If Blackhawk is involved in a merger, acquisition, or sale of all or a portion of its assets. You will be notified by email and/or by a prominent notice on our website of any change in ownership or uses of your personal information, as well as any choices you may have regarding your PII; to any other third party with your prior consent. How We Collect And Use Other Information   We and certain third‑party service providers with whom we have agreements may collect OI in a variety of ways, including:   Log files: Most browsers collect certain information, such as your IP address, device type, screen resolution, operating system version, and internet browser type and version. This information is gathered automatically and stored in log files. We may link this data to PII we have collected about you.   Tracking technologies: We and our service providers use cookies, beacons, tags, scripts, and HTML5 local storage. These technologies allow us to collect information such as browser type, time spent on our Sites, pages visited, language preferences, and your relationship with us. We can use this information to analyze trends, administer the website, track users’ movements around the website, measure the effectiveness of our communications, tailor our advertising to you, and gather demographic information about our user base as a whole.   You can refuse to accept cookies.  Most devices and browsers offer their own privacy settings for cookies and HTML5 local storage. You will need to manage your cookie settings for each device and browser you use. However, if you elect not to accept cookies, your use of the features on our Sites may be limited or impaired, and you may not be able to access certain features of our Sites at all.   Our third party partners use Local Shared Objects, such as Flash cookies, to embed features on our sites. To manage Flash cookies, please click here: http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager07.html   Advertising: We partner with a third party to manage our advertising on other sites. Our third party partner may use technologies such as cookies to gather information about your activities on this website and other sites in order to provide you advertising based upon your browsing activities and interests. If you wish to not have this information used for the purpose of serving you interest-based ads, you may opt-out by clicking here. If you are located in the European Union, click here. Please note this does not opt you out of being served ads. You will continue to receive generic ads.   Social Media Widgets: Our Sites include social media features, such as the Facebook “Like” button. These features may collect your IP address, identify the page you are visiting on our website, and set a cookie to enable the feature to function properly. Social Media Widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our website. The privacy statement of the company providing it governs your interactions with these Widgets. We will comply with any legal obligations placed on the use of these technologies by certain jurisdictions, which may affect how these Widgets function.   Security and Retention   The security of your personal information is important to us. We follow generally accepted standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once it is received, including encrypting the transmission of any sensitive information, such as payment card information. If you have any questions about the security of your personal information, you can contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.   Image Submissions and Public Directories   Some of our websites offer you the ability to upload your own image to be used to create a personalized product. You may have the option to make these images available in publicly-accessible directories. You should be aware that any information you provide in these areas may be read, collected and used by others who access them. To request removal of your personal information from these public forums, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact us by postal mail at the contact information listed below. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why.   User Access and Choice   Upon request Blackhawk will provide you with information about whether we hold any of your personal information. You may access, correct, update, amend, remove, ask to have it removed from a public forum, directory or testimonial on our site or deactivate it by making the change on your account page, emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by contacting us by postal mail at the contact information listed below. We will respond to your request within a reasonable time.   Blackhawk acknowledges that you have the right to access your personal information. Blackhawk may have no direct relationship with some individuals whose personal data it processes. In those situations, an individual who seeks access, or who seeks to correct, amend, or delete inaccurate data, should direct their query to Blackhawk’s partner who has the direct relationship (the data controller). If requested to remove data we will respond within a reasonable timeframe.   “Do Not Track” Preferences   Many browsers provide you an option to request that a web application disable either its tracking and/or cross‑site user tracking of an individual user.  We do not track your online activities across different Sites, and we only track your activity within a Site to the extent you log into your account.   Therefore, our practices remain the same whether or not you enable the “Do Not Track” feature.   Protecting Children’s Privacy Online   Our Sites are not directed to individuals under the age of thirteen (13), and we request that such individuals do not provide PII through our Sites. We do not knowingly collect information from children under 13.   International Transfer   If you live in the European Economic Area (“EEA”) or in Canada, the data that we collect from you may be transferred to and stored at a location outside the EEA and Canada. It may also be processed by staff operating outside the EEA and Canada who work for us or for one of our service providers. Among other things, such staff may process and store your information and provide support services. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing. We will ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Policy.   EU-U.S. Privacy Shield   Blackhawk (and its subsidiary companies Blackhawk Network, Inc., Blackhawk Network California, Inc., Blackhawk Engagement Solutions, Inc., Cardpool, Inc., CardLab, Inc., and Omni Prepaid, LLC) participates in and has certified its compliance with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. Blackhawk is committed to subjecting all personal data received from European Union (EU) member countries, in reliance on the Privacy Shield Framework, to the Framework’s applicable Principles.  To learn more about the Privacy Shield Framework, visit the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Privacy Shield List. [https://www.privacyshield.gov/list]   Blackhawk is responsible for the processing of personal data it receives, under the Privacy Shield Framework, and subsequently transfers to a third party acting as an agent on its behalf. Blackhawk complies with the Privacy Shield Principles for all onward transfers of personal data from the EU, including the onward transfer liability provisions.   With respect to personal data received or transferred pursuant to the Privacy Shield Framework, Blackhawk is subject to the regulatory enforcement powers of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. In certain situations, Blackhawk may be required to disclose personal data in response to lawful requests by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements.   If you have an unresolved privacy or data use concern that we have not addressed satisfactorily, please contact our U.S.-based third party dispute resolution provider (free of charge) at https://feedback-form.truste.com/watchdog/request.   Under certain conditions, more fully described on the Privacy Shield website [https://www.privacyshield.gov/article?id=How-to-Submit-a-Complaint], you may invoke binding arbitration when other dispute resolution procedures have been exhausted.   U.S. – Swiss Safe Harbor Framework   Blackhawk complies with the U.S. – Swiss Safe Harbor Framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use and retention of personal data from Switzerland. Blackhawk has certified that it adheres to the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles of notice, choice, onward transfer, security, data integrity, access, and enforcement. To learn more about the Safe Harbor program, and to view Blackhawk’s certification, please visit https://safeharbor.export.gov/swisslist.aspx.   Updates to This Policy   This Policy is subject to change.  Please review it from time to time.  If we make changes, we will revise the “Late Updated” date at the top.  Any changes will become effective when we post the revised Policy. If we make any material changes we will notify you by email or by means of a notice on this Site prior to the change becoming effective.   Contact Information   Chief Privacy Officer Blackhawk Network, Inc. 6220 Stoneridge Mall Road Pleasanton CA 94588 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RenewVR Provides the Opportunity to Explore Family-Friendly Virtual Reality Applications Across Topics including Art, Stories, Stress Relief, and Personal Development SAN FRANCISCO, February 14, 2019 - RenewVR, a NewPathVR company, is proud to announce that the company’s VR wellness portal has officially reached over 500 behavioral health virtual reality applications. RenewVR launched in mid-2017 to relax, inspire and improve lives with family-friendly, non-violent virtual reality experiences. Now, the over 500 apps in the RenewVR.com database can be searched by keyword or topics such as 360° Video, Abstract, Atmospheric, Education, Exploration, Fitness, Health, Meditation, Music, Nature, Personal Development Psychedelic, Puzzles, and Stress Relief. The applications are also organized by topics such as Relaxation, Art, Stories, Movement, Inspiration, Travel, Games, Soothing, Creativity, Seniors, Mindfulness, TV and Movies, and more. Founder and CEO of NewPathVR, Lisa Padilla, said “We’re happy to announce the availability of so many positive and health-conscious applications. With many more visitors and feedback since we’ve launched, we’ve been able to refine the service and applications consumers demand and provide an even better online experience for discovering health and wellness content for virtual reality. We plan to keep growing to help people discover what we’ve learned, that...

Gaming Medicine: Virtual Reality is Bringing Real-time Relief for Chronic Pain

Gaming medicine: Virtual reality is bringing real-time relief for chronic pain Virtual reality isn’t just for video games anymore. It’s revolutionising medicine, including the way we manage pain. ‘It’s like a crawly feeling inside,” says Judy*. “You get hot, then chilled, and you feel like you want to run away.” The grey-haired 57-year-old wears a haunted expression as she sits with her right leg balanced up on her walking stick, rocking it back and forth as she speaks. Judy explains that she suffers from constant, debilitating pain: arthritis, back problems, fibromyalgia — a disorder characterised by widespread aches — and daily migraines. She was a manager at a major electronics company until 2008, but can no longer work. She often hurts too much to even make it out of bed. She takes about 20 different medications daily, including painkillers, antidepressants, sedatives and a skin patch containing a high dose of the opioid drug fentanyl. The patch didn’t significantly help her pain so her physician had to wean her off the powerful drug. Then, in addition to pain, she also faced withdrawal symptoms: the chills and crawling dread. Over the past few decades, United States doctors have tackled chronic pain problems...

Virtual Reality in Medicine: 5 Ways VR could be used to Transform Healthcare

Virtual reality in medicine: 5 ways VR could be used to transform healthcare Virtual reality is being trialled more and more in all industries – and healthcare is no exception. But behind all the buzz about how VR can improve the way things are done, how could the technology actually be used to transform medicine as we know it? Pain management Diane Jooris, a psychiatrist based in Belgium, is researching how VR can be used to aid patients who are undergoing surgery. Her company, Oncomfort, aims to put patients in a state of hypnosis during surgery which means they can be given a local anaesthetic, rather than general. The patient puts on the VR device and will be immersed in a different background, which is modified depending on the patient’s needs. A voice will speak to them to help them fall into a hypnotic state. So far, results from patients who have had breast cancer surgery show that the technology can reduce post-op anxiety by 56 per cent, and bring down post-op pain by 45 per cent. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) One of the most common ways to treat PTSD is a method called exposure therapy. This is when someone...

Mental Health Diagnosis: Can Virtual Reality Play a Part?

Mental Health Diagnosis: Can Virtual Reality Play a Part? Mental health holds a heavy stigma. This is exemplified by just how many people are suffering from symptoms and do not reach out for help. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the average delay between onset of mental health symptoms and intervention is 8 to 10 years (1). Why is that? The American culture tends to focus more on physical health and mental health gets put on the back burner. There are many opinions out there about mental health conditions being a “character flaw,” “made up,” or “all in one’s head.” One of the reasons as to why that is may stem from the diagnostic point of view. Mental health is the only branch of medicine where we do not have a definitive test (i.e. lab test or x-ray) to pinpoint what it is the person is suffering from. To further the stigma even more, after we have a diagnosis, the treatment process can be a trial and error process, which can deter many from continuing down the path of recovery and healing. Clinicians and researchers are now looking into a new tool, virtual reality or VR, to...

How Virtual Reality Will Transform Medicine

How Virtual Reality Will Transform Medicine

Anxiety disorders, addiction, acute pain and stroke rehabilitation are just a few of the areas where VR therapy is already in use If you still think of virtual reality as the province of dystopian science fiction and geeky gamers, you had better think again. Faster than you can say “Ready Player One,” VR is starting to transform our world, and medicine may well be the first sector where the impact is profound. Behavioral neuroscientist Walter Greenleaf of Stanford University has been watching this field develop since the days when VR headsets cost $75,000 and were so heavy, he remembers counterbalancing them with a brick. Today some weigh about a pound and cost less than $200. Gaming and entertainment are driving current sales, but Greenleaf predicts that “the deepest and most significant market will be in clinical care and in improving health and wellness.” Even in the early days, when the user entered a laughably low-resolution world, VR showed great promise. By the mid-1990s research had shown it could distract patients from painful medical procedures and ease anxiety disorders. One initial success was SnowWorld, which immersed burn patients in a cool, frozen landscape where they could lob snowballs at cartoon penguins...

Virtual Reality for Mammograms and Annual Exam Anxiety

Virtual Reality for Mammograms and Annual Exam Anxiety

Kaiser Permanente has retrieved its poor reputation from the clenches of the 80’s and now boasts many accolades and awards of recognition for its leadership in healthcare and programs, leaders, and in places to work.

How VR Gaming Will Wake Us Up to Our Fake Worlds by Eliott Edge

How VR Gaming Will Wake Us Up to Our Fake Worlds by Eliott Edge

by Eliott Edge “It has no relationship whatsoever to anything

Virtual Reality Facilitating Telemedicine

Virtual Reality Facilitating Telemedicine

This impressive and effective technology is proving itself as a game-changer in the healthcare industry,

Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy

Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy

Also, therapy is highly compatible with virtual reality.

VR Therapy Helps People With Depression

VR Therapy Helps People With Depression

A study led by the University College London (UCL) and ICREA-University of Barcelona,

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