The Threat of Rogue Gene Editing and Its Implications on Nature

By Jeffrey Smith

Are the risks really as dangerous as we indicate?

Over the past two decades, we have collected substantial evidence suggesting that GMO foods contribute to rising disease rates. The existential threat to nature, however, goes beyond the health impacts of a single generation. GMOs of all types and all kingdoms, food and non-food, carry unprecedented threats to the future of our planet’s ecosystem. Here is a sampling of a few historic cases that demonstrate widespread risks.

  • Back in the 1980s, GMO bacteria were designed to replace their natural counterpart, which causes frost damage on strawberries. Fortunately, commercialization was prevented at the last minute. We now know that the natural bacteria also creates clouds, rain and snow. If the impotent GMO version had been widely released and enjoyed a survival advantage over the natural species, it may have impacted weather patterns.
  • In the 1990s, scientists obtained government approval to distribute their alcohol-creating GMO bacteria. Farmers were supposed to mix the organisms in big barrels with crop waste and use the resulting alcohol to run their tractors. The sludge at the bottom of the barrel was to be spread on the fields as fertilizer. Two weeks before an experimental release, a graduate student happened to discover that the fertilizer turned roots and seedlings into alcohol, rendering soil infertile.
  • Canadian scientists created GMO salmon equipped with extra growth hormones. When these ravenous fast-growing fish were deprived of adequate food, they became violent and cannibalistic, causing population crashes or extinctions in their tanks.
  • GMO medaka fish also grew faster, conferring a mating advantage over natural medaka. The offspring from the GMO fish, however, had a 70% survival rate. Purdue scientists used a computer model to see what would happen if 60 GMO fish were added to a natural population of 60,000. They were shocked to discover that all the fish were wiped out in just 40 generations.
  • The UK company Oxitech promised that their GMO mosquito would never persist in the environment. Its sterile offspring would reduce the natural mosquito population and the GMO versions would all die off. Now, after they released hundreds of millions of the insects in four countries, we learn that their trait misfired. The natural gene pool of mosquitoes has become permanently altered, with unknown consequences.

In these and countless other examples, promoters of GMOs willingly risked permanent contamination of nature’s gene pool based on their belief that the technology was predictable and safe. They were wrong. The same misplaced confidence accompanied the introduction of gene editing. Their claims of predictability and safety were soon contradicted by numerous studies confirming the opposite.

Not only can the editing process create hundreds or thousands of mutations, rogue pieces of DNA from the lab environment can be accidentally inserted into the genome. That explains the following near catastrophes.

  • The makers of gene edited hornless cows claimed that there were no side effects. They asserted that it was so successful, gene edited animals from then on should not require regulation. Two years later, however, other scientists discovered that the cows’ cells also contained DNA from bacteria, including antibiotic resistant genes. When the surprise finding was announced, the GMO herd that was being bred for sale was killed off. If the bacterial genes had not been discovered, those cows might have spread deadly super diseases.
  • The process of gene editing often takes place in a medium of cow or goat serum. When gene edited mice were created, random cow and goat DNA floating in the serum were integrated into the rodents’ genome. The inserted DNA included retroviruses, demonstrating that diseases can be accidentally transferred between species.

It is not important to prove that each of the particular cases listed above would definitely lead to altered weather patterns, vast sterile landscapes, destruction of fish species, dangerous new insects, or the spread of disease. Rather they serve to illustrate the principle of how tiny changes in the DNA of a single organism can have devastating and long-lasting consequences.

Now do the math. Multiply the probability of the combined risks by the number of times these experiments will be conducted. Do we multiply by ten thousand, a million, ten million? Do-it-yourself gene editing kits are sold today as holiday gifts for $159. As their costs drop and their power grows, will we see kits distributed to every child in school?

As the number of experiments grow, the likelihood of a catastrophe approaches certainty. But the ability to correct the problem—or even track its source—is far from certain.

Let us take steps now to prevent a disaster rather than learn our lesson trying to clean one up.

Taking the lead

The Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT) pioneered consumer education about the health dangers of GMOs and Roundup. The purpose was to inspire individuals to eat healthier, and thereby collectively exert market pressure to motivate food companies to replace GMO ingredients.

The behavior-change messaging worked beautifully. In the US alone, 46% of surveyed Americans now say they are seeking non-GMO diets. The tipping point in the marketplace has been started, and major food companies are rushing to become “Non-GMO.”

Consumer food choices alone, however, will not be sufficient to stop the threat of gene-edited bacteria, fungus, algae, insects, trees, grass, etc.

A Portfolio of Solutions

There are many areas of society that can be used to address this issue.

  • International treaties, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity, can establish restrictions on international trade of GMOs.
  • Assignment of strict liability for creators of gene edited GMOs can certainly slow down the introduction. Liability can be created through legislation, the court systems, or even the World Trade Organization.
  • Sensible laws can limit exposure.
  • Scientific organizations can sound the alarm and call for greater caution.
  • Institutional Review Boards, which approve studies in universities, can take a significant role in requiring containment of new organisms.
  • Academic policies can further restrict certain high-risk experiments.

A key success factor is to engage in mass education via media, social media, films, TV specials, curriculum in schools, and political platforms.

Global Coalition Building

The threat of the replacement of nature is so all-encompassing, many different types of demographics can be engaged, including parents, religions, indigenous communities, nature enthusiasts, gardeners, birdwatchers, animal rights groups, scientists, companies in tourism, and of course the youth.

We can tap into the already vibrant and active infrastructure of activists organizations focusing on climate change, chemical pollution, biodiversity, regeneration, saving the oceans, etc. Ironically, our movement building can take advantage of the fact that more people are focusing on protecting our planet than at any time in history. They are hearing about the devastating collapse of biodiversity — the sixth great extinction, the insect and bird die-off, and how ecosystems are under unprecedented assault. People are realizing that new technologies can have devastating consequences.

If we produce powerful assets with the right messaging, we can motivate existing groups to aid our urgent education efforts through distribution. We won’t have to build a new global movement from scratch.

IRT is pulling together a dream team to pull all this together, sound the alarm, and implement solutions.


Message from Thrive:

We must act now, before it’s too late. Thrive supports the work Jeffrey and his team are doing and hopes you will help spread the message, if you feel called to do so. To get involved in the efforts being made, please use the contacts below.

Donations can be made at www.ResponsibleTechnology.org

Jeffrey Smith
Cell: 561-951-7877
Jeffrey@SeedsofDeception.com

The Existential Threat from New GMOs

By Jeffrey Smith

The allure of gene editing is intoxicating. Biohackers set up labs for as little as $2,000, while major companies install buildings full of robots driven by artificial intelligence for massive output. The ability to cheaply customize the genomes of any species promises wealth, health, and the unprecedented opportunity to reshape the natural world to our whims and wishes.

But what happens when countless gene altered species flood our ecosystem?

What we call nature today, the product of billions of years of evolution, would be forever replaced with laboratory creations—forged from a technology whose number one most common outcome is surprise side effects. Tens of thousands of well-intentioned DNA fixes—accompanied by the collateral damage that invariably results—would irreversibly corrupt our gene pool.

We all know how one single invasive species can create chaos in a new environment. What chaos will we unleash when delicately balanced ecosystems are substituted with untested, gene altered varieties?

We have arrived at an inevitable moment in human civilization where we can easily reorder the codes of life and redirect the streams of evolution for all time. One would hope that such unprecedented power would be balanced by a society equipped with far-sighted vision, advanced moral and ethical values, rock solid safety mechanisms, and a profound understanding of how altered DNA functions.

We have none of these.

Instead, we have companies like Monsanto, willing to overlook or cover-up dangers. Industries obsessed with short-term profit. And governments busy eliminating all safety requirements.

In the early days of genetic engineering, thoughtful scientists were deeply concerned about the unpredictable and irreversible impacts. They agreed among themselves to keep it in the lab. If a GMO could reproduce, it was not to be released into the environment.

This prudent measure was soon overturned by profit-seekers who overstated the safety and denied the risks. That same false narrative continues to this day.

Many activists working on climate change believe that the threat to our planet from genetic engineering is even greater. Although debating the point is fruitless, the implications are clear. We are facing a new existential threat that must be addressed.

To learn more about the background of this issue, click this link and please considering sharing this information with your network.

Please join us to sound the alarm and to create assurances that this powerful new technology is handled responsibly. All living beings and all future generations are in the balance.

Visit www.ProtectNatureNow.com for a 3-minute video about this issue.


Message from Thrive:

We must act now, before it’s too late. Thrive supports the work Jeffrey and his team are doing and hopes you will help spread the message, if you feel called to do so. To get involved in the efforts being made, please use the contacts below.

Donations can be made at www.ResponsibleTechnology.org

Jeffrey Smith
Cell: 561-951-7877
Jeffrey@SeedsofDeception.com

Gene Editing

Rogue Gene Editing

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Stolen Angels

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One of the hidden parts of our work is the danger involved. Kimberly and I have gratefully avoided any serious problems, despite the fact that we report on extremely disruptive (aka “corrective”) technologies and issues for which many have been persecuted.

Why have we been safe so far? I am sure there are many reasons, but for the first time we are publicly revealing one of the major ones — and that is our world-class security team. William J. (“Billy”) Taylor, Gail Johnson and the rest of the team at the WJT Agency have quietly and skillfully kept us out of trouble for two decades.

This same team provided security in such iconic and successful cases as Iran/Contra, Karen Silkwood, Wounded Knee, and a successful supreme court case against the Ku Klux Klan, with the renowned civil rights attorney Danny Sheehan. As a team, they never lost a case…or a client.

Taylor’s team are not Marvel superheroes or mutant avengers. They are flesh and blood human beings risking their lives to solve real human problems.

On a recent trip to some energy and healing labs that had been under threat, I told Billy I felt a little guilty about being one of the few to get to hear his stories.

“More will have the chance soon,” he said, “I’m writing some novels.”

I was stunned. This is the ultimately private person who doesn’t use three words if two will suffice.

In addition to helping Thrive and our at-risk inventors and holistic doctors, Billy’s team has been rescuing Lakota children who have been kidnapped and sold into illegal drug testing and sex trafficking rings. “It’s one of the most satisfying things we’ve ever done,” Billy told me, “To rescue stolen and abused children and return them to their parents’ arms. There is so much about this that you can’t just say in our work, so I decided a novel is the suitable way to share these stories with the world.”

Stolen Angels is the first of those accounts.

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Enjoy an elucidating read while rewarding one of the true heroes of our time.

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Privacy Policy

Thrive Movement Privacy Policy

Effective as of February 10, 2019
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Please read the following policy to understand how your personal information will be treated as you make full use of our Website. When we talk about our Website or our Service, we are referring to thrivemovement.com, any corresponding mobile application and any services provided by us through such website and/or application. When we talk about Thrive, “we”, “our” or “us” in this policy, we are referring to Thrive Movement International, Inc., the company that provides the Website and Service. If you have any questions, concerns or complaints related to this Privacy Policy or our processing of your personal information, please email us here: privacy@thrivemovement.com. This email address is monitored on a regular basis and we aim to respond to your query as soon as possible.

The Privacy Policy has three main purposes:

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  2. Ensure that you understand what information we collect with your permission, what we do with it and with whom we share it; and
  3. Explain your rights under applicable law.

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2. Information we collect

The information we collect includes personal identifiers, commercial information, electronic network activity and geolocation data, and can be divided into the following broad categories:

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  • Image Data includes photographs and videos of you that you provide.

More specifically, we may collect and store the following information relating to you:

2.1 Anonymous data

When you visit our Website, we collect some basic information that does not identify individual users. This includes which pages are visited and any feedback from our visitors. We then aggregate this information with other pieces of information to improve our Website and make your experience on the Website as valuable and efficient as possible. We may also collect and accumulate anonymous data that will help us understand and analyze the online experience of our Website users. For instance, we may accumulate visitor data relating to referring domain names, the type of browsers used, operating system software, screen resolutions, color capabilities, browser plug-ins, language settings, cookie preferences, search engine keywords and JavaScript enablement.

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We collect information from you when you voluntarily submit information directly to us or via our Website. For members, this refers to personal data you provide when, for example, you create or join a group, complete a profile, or by corresponding with us via phone, email or live chat. This personal information may include name, age, address, phone and email, as necessary to set up your account. If you connect to the Website using credentials from a third-party application (e.g., Facebook), you authorize us to collect your authentication information, such as your username and encrypted access credentials. We may also collect other information available on or through your third-party application account, including, for example, your name, profile picture, country, hometown, email address, date of birth, gender, friends’ names and profile pictures, and networks.

In addition to the information we may collect upon your initial registration, we may ask you for personal information at other times. We will not share that information in a manner that identifies you as an individual with any other entity unless we have your permission.

2.3 Information submitted by you for inclusion on the Website

Information, pictures and media files you may upload to the Website will be posted on the Website, subject to our Terms of Use and accessible by all visitors to the Website; we have no control over how such visitors will use such submissions. Please remember that if you post any of your personal information in public areas of the Website, such as in online forums or chat rooms, such information may be collected and used by others over whom we have no control. We are not responsible for the use made by third parties of information you post or otherwise make available in public areas of the Website. You should take care to not use personal information in your screen name or other information that might be publicly available to other users.

2.4 Tracking technologies

We use “cookies” and similar tracking technologies (as described in Section 5 below and in our Cookie Policy) to track your activities on our Website, and may also receive data about you if you visit other websites employing our cookies. When we send you emails that include a link to the Website, that link may contain an alphanumeric identifier that allows us to identify the person to whom we sent the message so that we can personalize our content for that individual.

2.5 Automated technologies or interactions

As you interact with our Website, we may automatically collect technical and usage data about your device, browsing actions and patterns. For example, we collect information which may include your IP address, browser type, your location, language preferences, device information and access times. While an IP address does not identify an individual by name, it may, with the cooperation of the ISP, be used to locate and identify an individual. Your IP address can reveal what geographic area you are connecting from, or which ISP you are using. Finally, other websites you visit have IP addresses, and we may collect the IP addresses of those websites and their pages. We also collect IP addresses for system administration and to report aggregate information to any sponsors. We may also receive information from our web logs, which automatically record anything a web server sees, which may include email addresses you enter into a form or pages viewed by a user at a particular IP address. We collect this personal data by using cookies, pixel tags and other similar tracking technologies. The sole purpose of passively collecting your information is to improve your experience when using our Website.

2.6 Promotions & surveys

From time to time, we may offer you the opportunity to participate in promotions such as sweepstakes, contests, offers, and/or surveys (“Special Promotions”) through the Service. A Special Promotion may be governed by a privacy policy and/or terms and conditions that are additional to, or separate from, this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use. If the provisions of the Special Promotion’s privacy policy or terms and conditions conflict with this Privacy Policy or our Terms of Use, those additional or separate provisions shall prevail. If you participate in a Special Promotion, we may ask you for certain information in addition to what is stated in this Privacy Policy, including personal information. That additional information may be combined with other account information and may be used and shared as described in this Privacy Policy or in the Special Promotion.

2.7 Information received from our service providers and partners

We may also receive information about you from our service providers and partners, which we use to personalize our Service, to measure ad quality and responses to ads, to display ads that are more likely to be relevant to you, and to offer you opportunities to purchase products or services that we believe may be of interest to you.

3. How we use the information we collect

We have set out below, in a table format, a description of all the ways we process your personal data, and the legal basis we rely on to do so.

Purpose/Activity Type of Data Legal Basis
To allow you to visit the Website Technical Data
Usage Data
Consent
To allow you to create a Solutions Group Identity Data
Usage Data
Consent
To manage our relationship with you. For example general enquiries such as how the Website works, complaints and payment queries Any data you choose to share with us or request us to view Consent
To administer and protect the Website (including troubleshooting, fraud prevention, spam prevention, security incident prevention and correction, data analysis, testing, system maintenance, support, reporting and hosting of data), operate the Website (including notifying you of any changes), optimize your user experience, and send you service and support messages such as updates, patches and security alerts Financial Data
Identity Data
Technical Data
Usage Data
Consent
To send you promotional messages, marketing, advertising and other such information we think may be of interest to you, either directly or through one of our partners; you may opt out from receiving certain messages, as described in Section 7 Financial Data
Identity Data
Technical Data
Usage Data
Consent
To enable you to partake in a prize draw, competition, referral scheme, rewards program, promotional activities, events, complete a survey or invite you to participate in Website testing Financial Data
Identity Data
Technical Data
Consent
To analyze your use of the Website and deliver relevant website content and third-party advertisements, for example by providing customized, personalized, or localized content, recommendations, features, and advertising. Usage Data Consent
To enforce this Privacy Policy, our Terms of Use, and any other terms that you have agreed to, including to protect the rights, property, or safety of our users, or any other person, or the copyright-protected content of the Website Identity Data
Usage Data
Technical Data
For purposes of legitimate interests
To maintain and retain records in connection with actual and potential legal claims and regulatory investigations; and for governance & compliance purposes Financial Data
Identity Data
Usage Data
Technical Data
Necessary for the compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject

We will only use your personal data for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason, and that reason is compatible with the original purpose. If you wish to get an explanation as to how the processing for the new purpose is compatible with the original purpose, please email us at privacy@thrivemovement.com.

Please note that we may process your personal data without your knowledge or consent, in compliance with the above rules, where this is required or permitted by law.

4. How we share the information we collect

This section describes how the information collected or generated through your use of the Website may be shared by us with third parties. The information we may disclose for a business purpose includes personal identifiers, commercial information, electronic network activity and geolocation data. We have never sold our users’ personal information and in no event will we ever sell your personal information.

4.1 Marketing and advertising

We may send you promotional communications about our Website or our advertising partners, including relevant advertising for third-party products and services that may be of interest to you. We may also share aggregate user information in a non-personally identifiable manner with advertisers and other third parties in order to present to users more targeted advertising, products and services. We do not provide any personally identifiable information to third-party advertising companies.

4.2 Service providers

We may from time to time share your information with third-party service providers to perform functions and process user data and help provide our Website or Service, consistent with this Privacy Policy. For example, we work with analytics providers to help us understand the use of our Website. Where a third party processes user data on our behalf, it is subject to security and confidentiality obligations consistent with this Privacy Policy and applicable law; we only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions. Where a third party processes user data on its own behalf, its processing is subject to its own Privacy Policy and applicable law.

To provide you with the best experience on our Website, we may use third parties who automatically process your Usage Data on our behalf. Where possible, we will make sure this data is anonymized.

For your information, click here to view some examples of how third parties process your personal data.

4.3 Promotions and surveys

When one or more of our business partners co-sponsor a service, promotion, contest/sweepstakes, or survey, we may share some or all of the information collected in connection with such service, promotion, contest/sweepstakes, or survey with the co-sponsor(s). If we intend to share such information, you will be notified prior to the collection of that information. If you do not want your information to be shared, you will be able to choose not to allow the transfer by not using or signing up for that particular service, promotion, contest/sweepstakes, or survey.

5. Cookies and other tracking technologies

A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your computer, mobile phone, or other device when you visit a website. The cookie will help website providers to recognize your device the next time you visit their website. There are other similar technologies such as pixel tags (transparent graphic images placed on a web page or in an email, which indicate that a page or email has been viewed), web bugs (similar to pixel tags), and web storage, which are used in desktop software or mobile devices.

There are also technologies such as mobile device identifiers and SDK integrations to help companies recognize your device when you return to an app or otherwise use a service.

Our policy regarding cookies can be found here.

6. Information collected by third parties

Some entities that have links on our Website, such as advertisers, may collect personally identifying information about you when you access or utilize those links. We do not control the collection or use of such information, and the practices of those entities are not covered by this Privacy Policy. For instance, if you click on an advertisement on our Website, you may be taken away to an entirely different site. Links can be from advertisers, content providers and/or partners who may use our logo and/or style as a result of a co-branding agreement yet they may still not follow the same policies as this Privacy Policy with respect to collection of your personal information. In addition, our Website includes social media features, such as the Facebook Like button. These features may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our Website, and may set a cookie to enable the feature to function properly. Social media features and related widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our Website. Your interactions with these features are governed by the privacy policy of the company providing them.

Please read these third parties’ privacy policies to find out how they collect and process your personal information.

7. Email Opt-out

Users who no longer wish to receive email updates or other notifications may opt out of receiving these communications by following the instructions contained in the applicable email. Please know that such a decision will not stop advertising or content that is generated prior to the time when we can accomplish the removal of your information.

8. Credit Card Processing

Credit card transactions are handled by a third-party processor that receives credit card numbers and other personally identifying information only to verify credit card accounts and process transactions.

9. Security

We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, altered or disclosed, used or accessed in an unauthorized way. In addition, we limit access to your personal data to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need to know it. They will only process your personal data on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality. However, the transmission of data via the internet is not completely secure and we cannot guarantee that unauthorized parties will not be able to defeat those measures: unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise the security of our user information at any time.

We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected personal data breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach where we are legally required to do so.

10. Children and COPPA compliance

Our site is not directed to children under the age of 13 and we do not knowingly collect data relating to anyone under the age of 18. We have designed this privacy policy in order to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). We will never knowingly collect any personal information about children under the age of 13. If we obtain actual knowledge that we have collected personal information about a child under the age of 13, that information will be immediately deleted from our database. Because we do not collect such information, we have no such information to use or to disclose to third parties. If a parent believes that his or her child has submitted personal information to us, he or she can contact us via e-mail or postal mail as listed below. We will promptly delete the information upon learning that it relates to a child under the age of 13. Please note that it is possible some of this information may remain archived in web logs and back-up archives after we delete the information from our active database.

We believe that parents should supervise their children’s online activities and consider using parental control tools available from online services and software manufacturers that help provide a child-friendly online environment. These tools can also prevent children from otherwise disclosing online their name, address and other personal information without parental permission.

11. Business transitions

In the event we go through a business transition, such as a merger, acquisition by another company, or sale of a portion of our assets, users’ personal information will, in most instances, be part of the assets transferred. In such instance, the new owners may use your personal data in the same way as set out in this Privacy Policy.

12. California user consumer rights

California residents may choose to opt out of our disclosure of personal information about them to third parties for direct marketing purposes. As detailed above, our policy is not to disclose personal information collected online to a third party for direct marketing purposes without your approval. If you choose to opt-out at any time after granting approval, email privacy@thrivemovement.com.

If you are a California resident, you also have the right to:

  • request that we disclose to you the categories of personal information we collected about you, including the categories we disclosed to a third party for a business purpose; the categories of sources from which the personal information is collected; the business or commercial purpose for collecting that information; the categories of third parties with whom we share that information; the actual personal information we collected from you. This enables you to receive a copy of the personal data we hold about you.
  • request that we delete any personal information we have collected from you. Note, however, that we may not always be able to comply with your request of erasure for specific legal reasons and our need to keep appropriate archives for our business operations.
  • not be discriminated against for exercising any of the rights granted to you under the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018.

If you wish to exercise any of the rights set out above, please email us at privacy@thrivemovement.com. You may also call this toll-free number: 844-445-6877‬. We will respond to you within 45 days of receipt of your request. We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity. This is a security measure to ensure that your personal data is not disclosed to any person who does not have the right to receive it. We may also contact you to ask you for further information, in relation to your request, to speed up our response.

California residents may file grievances and complaints with California Department of Consumer Affairs, 400 R Street, STE1080, Sacramento, CA 95814; or by phone at 916-445-1254 or 800-952-5210; or by email to dca@dca.ca.gov. We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the DCA, so please email us at privacy@thrivemovement.com in the first instance.

13. Users located outside of the United States

We make an effort to protect the personal information of all users of our Website. If you are unsure whether this privacy policy is in conflict with the rules applicable where you are located, you should not submit your personal information. IN ADDITION, IF YOU ARE LOCATED WITHIN THE EUROPEAN UNION, YOU SHOULD NOTE THAT YOUR INFORMATION WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO THE UNITED STATES, THE LAWS OF WHICH MAY BE DEEMED BY THE EUROPEAN UNION TO HAVE INADEQUATE DATA PROTECTION. Users of our Website located in countries outside of the United States who submit personal information do thereby consent to the transfer of that information to and/or storage of the information in the United States.

14. EU users’ rights under the GDPR

If you are located in the European Union, or if the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) otherwise applies to your data as processed by us, you have the right to:

  1. request access to your personal data. This enables you to receive a copy of the personal data we hold about you and our full list of third parties who process your data, and to check that we are lawfully processing it.
  2. request confirmation as to whether or not your personal data is being processed.
  3. request the correction of your personal data that you consider to be inaccurate. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate data we hold about you corrected. However, we may need to verify your identity and the accuracy of the new data you provide to us.
  4. request erasure of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal data, for example: i) where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it; ii) where you have successfully exercised your right to object to processing (see below); iii) where we may have processed your information unlawfully; iv) where we are required to erase your personal data to comply with local law. Note, however, that we may not always be able to comply with your request of erasure for specific legal reasons and our need to keep appropriate archives for our business operations. These reasons will be notified to you at the time of your request. In addition, as explained in Section 2.3, certain information may always be publicly available to others and other information is made publicly available to others by default.
  5. object to processing of your personal data. This enables you to object to the processing of your personal data if you feel it impacts on your fundamental rights and freedoms. For example, this can be where we are processing your personal data for direct marketing purposes. In some cases, we may have compelling legitimate grounds to process your information which can override your right to object.
  6. request restriction of processing of your personal data. This gives you the option to ask us to suspend the processing of your personal data in the following scenarios: i) if you want us to establish the data’s accuracy; ii) where our use of the data is unlawful but you do not want us to erase it; iii) where you need us to hold the data, even if we no longer require it e.g. to establish or defend legal claims; or iv) you have objected to our use of your data but we need to verify whether we have overriding legitimate ground to use it.
  7. request transfer of your personal data. If you request us to do so, we will provide to you, or a third party of your choice, your personal data in a commonly used, machine-readable format. Note that this right only applies to automated information which you initially provided consent for us to use, or where we have used the information to perform a contract with you.
  8. withdraw consent to the processing of your data. If you request us to do so, we will no longer process your data. However, this will not affect the lawfulness of any processing carried out before you withdraw your consent. If you withdraw your consent, we may not be able to provide our Service for you. Also, we will advise you of this at the time you withdraw your consent.
  9. not have a decision made about you based solely on automated processing.

If you wish to exercise any of the rights set out above or request details about the specific legal basis we are relying on to process your personal data, please email us at privacy@thrivemovement.com using the Subject Access Request Form.

We will respond to you within 30 days of receipt of your request. Occasionally it may take us longer than 30 days if your request is particularly complex or you have made a number of requests. In this case, we will notify you and keep you updated.

We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access your personal data (or to exercise your other legal rights). This is a security measure to ensure that your personal data is not disclosed to any person who does not have the right to receive it. We may also contact you to ask you for further information, in relation to your request, to speed up our response.

You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data (or to exercise any of your other legal rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee (or refuse to comply) if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive or excessive.

You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues (www.ico.org.uk). We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO so please email us at privacy@thrivemovement.com in the first instance.

15. Data retention

If you are located in the European Union, or if the GDPR otherwise applies to your data as processed by us, we will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes for which we collected it, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or internal reporting requirements. To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorized use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.

In some circumstances we may anonymize your personal data (so that it can no longer be associated with you) for compliance, governance, legal and/or regulatory purposes in which case we may use this information indefinitely without further notice to you.

16. Cooperation with law enforcement; fraud protection

We fully cooperate with law enforcement agencies in identifying those who use our Website or Service for illegal activities. We reserve the right to disclose information about users who we believe are in violation of applicable laws or regulations, or as required to respond to a subpoena, court orders or other legal process requiring such disclosure. We also reserve the right to report to law enforcement agencies any activities that we reasonably believe to be unlawful and to exchange information with other companies and organizations for fraud protection.

17. Changes to this Privacy Policy

Occasionally we may, in our discretion, make changes to this Privacy Policy. When we make material changes to this Privacy Policy, we’ll provide you with prominent notice as appropriate under the circumstances, e.g. by displaying a prominent notice within the Website or by sending you an email. In some cases, we will notify you in advance, and your continued use of the Website after the changes have been made will constitute your acceptance of the changes. Please therefore make sure you read any such notice carefully. If you object to any of the changes, you have the opportunity to delete your account and any associated information. Once deleted your details will be non-recoverable.

Please note that if you opt out of receiving notices from us, change notices will still govern your use of the Website, and you are responsible for reviewing such legal notices for changes, as posted on the Website.

18. Who we are

For the purposes of the GDPR, Thrive Movement International, Inc., located at PO Box 40, Capitola CA 95010 USA is the Data Controller and is responsible for your personal data. This means that we determine the purposes and ways of the processing of your personal data.

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Watch PGS — Intuition is your Personal Guidance System

The THRIVE team is 8 months into the production of our sequel. It’s going very well and we are super busy. That’s why you haven’t heard more from us recently. I did want to take a moment to alert you to a fascinating and inspiring opportunity…

There’s a remarkable new film just out on intuition which I can highly recommend, called PGS - Intuition is your Personal Guidance System.

It was created by a friend of ours, and an enthusiastic THRIVE supporter, named Bill Bennett. Bill is a very accomplished Hollywood Director/Writer who recently ventured into independent exploratory truth media after a startling inner voice told him to slam on the brakes — saving his life from being wiped out by a tractor-trailer careening out from behind the corner of a building against a red light.

This film is the story of his global quest to figure out what that was that saved him. It features some of the world’s leading experts on intuition — and Kimberly and I also offer our reflections. It’s been having sellout screenings in cinemas across the US, and it’s now available online. If you have any interest in inner life, survival, thriving and the nature of our true self…we highly recommend you see this film.

Get some popcorn, set aside an evening with some dear ones and WATCH THIS FILM.

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PGS: Personal Guidance System

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