Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
When OWNER collects PII from you it is because you are voluntarily providing that information through your use of Website or submitting PII to us in order to register as a Member. In addition, OWNER collects other non-PII including IP address, aggregate user data, and browser type. This data is used to manage and improve Website, track usage, and for security purposes. Users may also choose to provide or store non-PII information in their account, including but not limited to date of birth, interests, hobbies, lifestyle choices, groups with whom they are affiliated (schools, companies), videos and/or pictures, private messages, bulletins or personal statements (collectively “Profile Information”). The Information in a Member’s account is provided at his or her sole discretion.
OWNER may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors on the Website. (E.g., monitoring the most popular sites on Website to help identify spam).OWNER may display this information publicly or provide it to others. We will not disclose your PII unless otherwise indicated below.
You can program your computer to warn you each time a cookie is being sent, block third party cookies or block all cookies. However, by blocking all cookies you may not have access to certain features on Website.
3rd Party Websites
Advertisements placed on the Website by a site owner may also be delivered to you by third party Internet advertising companies. These companies utilize certain technologies to deliver advertisements and marketing messages and to collect non-PII about your visit to or use of OWNER Service, including information about the ads they display, via a cookie placed on your computer that reads your IP address. To opt out of information collection by these companies, or to obtain information about the technologies they use or their own privacy policies, please click here.
Third party applications (such as widgets) created by third party developers may also be available on Website. Third party applications are small bits of software, often with interactivity, that can be installed into Members’ profiles or shared with other Users. However, OWNER does not control the third party developers, and cannot dictate their actions. When a Member engages with a third party application, that Member is interacting with the third party developer, not with OWNER.OWNER encourages Members not to provide PII to the third party’s application unless the Member knows the party with whom it is interacting.
Use of Personally-Identifying Information
In order to locate other OWNER Members that you may already know in the physical world, OWNER allows Users to search for Members using Registration PII (i.e., full name or email address). OWNER also allows Users to browse for certain Profile Information in order to help connect with Members. OWNER may also enable Members to publicly display some Registration PII as an element of their Profile Information if they choose to do so via a profile setting under “Edit Profile.” Search engines may index the portion of a Member’s profile (including the Profile Information it contains) that is publicly displayed.
If you have consented to receive promotional materials (e.g., newsletters) or notifications from OWNER, OWNER may periodically use your email address to send you such materials related to Website, as applicable. If you want to stop receiving such materials from OWNER, you can access the “Edit Profile” section on your profile page within any website operated by OWNER for which you have subscribed or follow the unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email.
OWNER employees, agents and contractors must have a business reason to obtain access to your PII. OWNER may share your PII with those who help us manage or provide OWNER Service’ information activities (for example, message board administration, order fulfillment, statistical analyses, data processing), or with outside contractors, agents or sponsors who help us with the administration, judging and prize fulfillment aspects of contests, promotions and sweepstakes.
There may be instances when OWNER may access or disclose PII, Profile Information or non-PII without providing you a choice in order to: (i) protect or defend the legal rights or property of OWNER, our Affiliated Companies or their employees, agents and contractors (including enforcement of our agreements); (ii) protect the safety and security of Users of Website or members of the public including acting in urgent circumstances; (iii) protect against fraud or for risk management purposes; or (iv) comply with the law or legal process. In addition, if OWNER sells all or part of its business or makes a sale or transfer of all or a material part of its assets or is otherwise involved in a merger or transfer of all or a material part of its business, OWNER may transfer your PII to the party or parties involved in the transaction as part of that transaction.
When a Member who is located in the European Union chooses to post Profile Information that will be publicly disclosed, that Member is responsible for ensuring that such information conforms to all local data protection laws. OWNER is not responsible under the EU local data protection laws for Member-posted information.
OWNER uses commercially reasonable administrative, technical, personnel and physical measures to safeguard PII and credit card information (if applicable) in its possession against loss, theft and unauthorized use, disclosure or modification. In addition, OWNER uses reasonable methods to make sure that PII is accurate, up-to-date and appropriately complete.
Whenever possible, OWNER Members may review the Registration PII we maintain about them in our records. We will take reasonable steps to correct any PII a Member informs us is incorrect. If you are a Member, you can view and change your Registration PII, Member preferences and Profile Information by logging into your account and navigating to the “Edit Profile” section on your profile page. If you ask OWNER to stop using your PII, OWNER will honor that request while retaining any record of your PII that is necessary to comply with applicable federal, state or local law.