How We Collect and Use Information
We collect the following types of information about you:
Information you provide us directly:
Company ask for certain information such as your username, real name, birthdate, address, phone number and e-mail address when you register for an account, or if you correspond with Company. Company may also retain any messages you send through the Website, and may collect information you provide in content you post to the Website. We use this information to operate, maintain, and provide to you the features and functionality of the Website. Your username and if you choose to disclose it, your real name, will be published publicly. Once published your username and / or real name may not be able to be removed.
Information we may receive from third parties:
We may receive information about you from third parties. For example, if you access our Website through a third-party connection or log-in, for example, through Facebook, that third party may pass certain information about your use of its service to Company. This information could include, but is not limited to, the user ID associated with your account (for example, your Facebook UID), an access token necessary to access that service, any information that you have permitted the third party to share with us, and any information you have made public in connection with that service. If you allow us access to your friends list, your friends’ user IDs, and your connection to those friends, may be used and stored to make your experience more social, and to allow you to invite your friends to use our Website as well as provide you with updates if and when your friends join the Website. You should always review, and if necessary, adjust your privacy settings on third-party websites and services before linking or connecting them to the Website. You may also unlink your third party account from the Website by adjusting your settings on the third party service.
We may directly collect analytics data, or use third-party analytics tools and services, to help us measure traffic and usage trends for the Website. These tools collect information sent by your browser or mobile device, including the pages you visit and other information that assists us in improving the Website. We collect and use this analytics information in aggregate form such that it cannot reasonably be manipulated to identify any particular individual user.
When you visit the Website, we may send one or more cookies — a small text file containing a string of alphanumeric characters — to your computer that uniquely identifies your browser and lets Company help you log in faster and enhance your navigation through the site. A cookie may also convey information to us about how you use the Website (e.g., the pages you view, the links you click and other actions you take on the Website), and allow us or our business partners to track your usage of the Website over time. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive after you close your browser. Persistent cookies may be used by your browser on subsequent visits to the Website. Persistent cookies can be removed by following your web browser’s directions. A session cookie is temporary and disappears after you close your browser. You can reset your web browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, some features of the Website may not function properly if the ability to accept cookies is disabled.
Log file information:
Log file information is automatically reported by your browser or mobile device each time you access the Service. When you use our Website, our servers automatically record certain log file information. These server logs may include anonymous information such as your web request, Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type, referring / exit pages and URLs, number of clicks and how you interact with links on the Service, domain names, landing pages, pages viewed, and other such information.
Clear gifs/web beacons information:
When you use the Website, we may employ clear gifs (also known as web beacons) which are used to anonymously track the online usage patterns of our Users. In addition, we may also use clear gifs in HTML-based e-mails sent to our users to track which e-mails are opened and which links are clicked by recipients. The information is allows for more accurate reporting and improvement of the Website.
When you access the Website by or through a mobile device (including but not limited to smart-phones or tablets), we may access, collect, monitor and/or remotely store one or more “device identifiers,” such as a universally unique identifier (“UUID”). Device identifiers are small data files or similar data structures stored on or associated with your mobile device, which uniquely identify your mobile device. A device identifier may be data stored in connection with the device hardware, data stored in connection with the device’s operating system or other software, or data sent to the device by us. A device identifier may convey information to us about how you browse and use the Website. A device identifier may remain persistently on your device, to help you log in faster and enhance your navigation through the Website. Some features of the Website may not function properly if use or availability of device identifiers is impaired or disabled.
When you access the Website by or through a mobile device, we may access, collect, monitor and/or remotely store “location data,” which may include GPS coordinates (e.g. latitude and/or longitude) or similar information regarding the location of your mobile device. Location data may convey to us information about how you browse and use the Website. Some features of the Website, particularly location-based services, may not function properly if use or availability of location data is impaired or disabled.
Commercial and marketing communications:
We use the information we collect or receive, such as your e-mail address, to communicate directly with you. We may send you e-mails containing newsletters, promotions, and special offers. If you do not want to receive such e-mail messages, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We also use your information to send you e-mails relating to the services of the Website (e.g., account verification, purchase and billing confirmations and reminders, changes/updates to features of the Website, technical and security notices). You may not opt out of Service-related e-mails. You may also be able to be “found” by third parties on the Website based on information that you provide.
Use of certain service type information we collect about you:
Sharing of Your Information
We will not rent or sell your information into third parties outside Company without your consent, except as noted below:
- Who can see User Content: Any User Content that you voluntarily disclose for posting to the Website becomes available to the public and cannot be removed, except by Company in its sole discretion. Once posted on Website, user content may not be removable from public view, as copies may remain viewable in cached and archived pages of the Website, on other sites that have republished us, or if other users have copied or saved that information. If you do not wish your user content to be available to the public, please don’t post it on Website. Your username and if you choose to disclose it, your real name, will be published publicly. Once published your username and / or real name may not be able to be removed.
What happens in the event of a change of control:
We may buy or sell/divest/transfer the Company or any combination of its products, services, assets and/or businesses. Your information such as customer names and e-mail addresses, user content and other user information related to the Website may be among the items sold or otherwise transferred in these types of transactions. We may also sell, assign or otherwise transfer such information in the course of corporate divestitures, mergers, acquisitions, bankruptcies, dissolutions, reorganizations, liquidations, similar transactions or proceedings involving all or a portion of the company.
Instances where we are required to share your information:
Sharing certain service type information we collect about you:
We may share certain service type information, including information obtained through tools such as cookies, log files, device identifiers, location data and clear gifs (such as anonymous usage data, referring/exit pages and URLs, platform types, number of clicks, etc.): (i) with our third party business partners for the purposes described in the section above on “How We Collect and Use Information.” We may also aggregate or otherwise strip data of all personally identifying characteristics and may share that aggregated, anonymized data with third parties.
How We Store and Protect Your Information
Storage and Processing:
Keeping your information safe:
Company cares about the security of your information, and uses commercially reasonable safeguards to preserve the integrity and security of all information collected through the Service. To protect your privacy and security, we take reasonable steps (such as requesting a unique password) to verify your identity before granting you access to your account. You are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your unique password and account information, and for controlling access to your e-mail communications from Company, at all times. However, Company cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to Company or guarantee that information on the Website may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed. Your privacy settings may also be affected by changes to the functionality of third party sites and services that you use to access the Website, such as social networks. Company is not responsible for the functionality or security measures of any third party.
Compromise of information:
In the event that any information under our control is compromised as a result of a breach of security, Company will take reasonable steps to investigate the situation and where appropriate, notify those individuals whose information may have been compromised and take other steps, in accordance with any applicable laws and regulations.
Your Choices about Your Information
You control your account information: You may update your account information at any time by logging in to your account and changing your profile information. You can also stop receiving promotional e-mail communications from us by contacting email@example.com.
We make every effort to promptly process all unsubscribe requests. As noted above, you may not opt out of service-related communications (e.g., account verification, purchase and billing confirmations and reminders, changes/updates to features of the Website, technical and security notices). If you have any questions about reviewing or modifying your account information, you can contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opting out of collection of your information for Tracking / Advertising:
Please refer to your mobile device or browser’s technical information for instructions on how to delete and disable cookies, and other tracking/recording tools. Depending on your type of device, it may not be possible to delete or disable tracking mechanisms on your mobile device. Note that disabling cookies and/or other tracking tools prevents Company or its business partners from tracking your browser’s activities in relation to the Website, and for use in targeted advertising activities by third parties. However, doing so may disable many of the features available through the Website. If you have any questions about opting out of the collection of cookies and other tracking/recording tools, you can contact us directly at email@example.com.
How long we keep your private profile information:
Following termination of your user account, Company may retain your private profile information for a commercially reasonable time for backup, archival, or audit purposes. For the avoidance of doubt, any information that you choose to make public on the service may not be removable.
Company does not knowingly collect or solicit any information from anyone under the age of 18 or knowingly allow such persons to register as users. The Website and its content are not directed at children under the age of 18. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 18, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 18, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Links to Other Websites and Services
To enhance your user experience or help us improve and measure our effectiveness, Company may embed code from third parties on the Website. Examples of such parties may include Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, YouTube, AOL, and others. These third parties may collect information about you including IP address, cookies in ways Company does not control.
Effective date: September 16, 2015