NOTICE: The Federal Trade Commission has a number of publications concerning the use of the Internet, Internet “surfing”, and online privacy at the following address: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/menus/consumer/tech/privacy.shtm
Section 1: Information Collection.
We collect the following information about you and your use of our Site and the Service in order to create a better, more personalized experience for you: a username selected by you, your email address, your name, a password selected by you, your location, and professional interests.
In compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (http://www.ftc.gov/ogc/coppa1.htm), we do not intentionally collect any personally identifiable information from children. You must be at least 18 years of age to use the Service.
We automatically track certain basic information about our Users (such as internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, click patterns, ratings, comments, time spent on pages, etc.). We use this information to do internal research on usage patterns, demographics, interests and general behavior to better understand and serve you and the Groofer community, and to make the Service more useful.
Section 2: Use of Information.
We use the information we collect about you (including your Personally Identifiable Information) to create a better, more personalized experience for you based on your individual usage habits, information about the Content you view and contribute, the Groofer Groups you join, and to improve our marketing and promotional efforts, analyze site usage, improve our content and product offerings, and customize our Site’s content, layout and Services. These uses improve our site and allow us to better customize it to meet your needs. We also use the information we collect about you to resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems, and enforce our Terms of Service Agreement.
We may use for promotional, sales or any use that we consider appropriate, any text, images, video or other media posted or uploaded to our Site. Our use of such materials will be consistent with the restrictions on disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information set forth herein, the Digital Millenium Copyright Act and other applicable law (see e.g. http://www.copyright.gov/).
Section 3: Disclosure of Your Information.
Opt-in requirement. WITHOUT YOUR AFFIRMATIVE CONSENT (ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS), WE DO NOT SELL, RENT OR OTHERWISE SHARE YOUR PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION WITH THIRD PARTIES, UNLESS OTHERWISE REQUIRED AS DESCRIBED BELOW UNDER “REQUIRED DISCLOSURES”. TO THE EXTENT WE SHARE INFORMATION WITH OUR PARTNERS AND ADVERTISERS, WE SHARE ONLY AGGREGATED OR OTHERWISE NON-PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION, THAT IS NOT LINKED TO YOUR PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION.
Aggregated information that we may share with our marketing partners includes, but is not limited to, information showing the relative popularity of one Groofer Group over another, or the popularity of certain links, Feeds, or other Content on the Site for different Users and Groofer Groups. We may also share the identities of the Groofer Groups that you have joined, but such sharing will not be linked to any Personally Identifiable Information (unless we ask and you give us your explicit affirmative consent), but rather to a unique and anonymous Groofer identifier that will enable us to relate and present any information or advertising content we receive back to your pages within Groofer or on the pages you visit on external partner sites.
You should understand that information you provide through the registration process or post to the public areas of our Site, including the public Groofer Groups, or through the use of our Service (including your name and location information) may be accessible by and made public through syndication programs and by search engines, metasearch tools, screen scrapers, crawlers, metacrawlers and other similar programs.
Section 4. Integration with Third-Party Websites
For our Users’ convenience, we also use “cookies” to allow you to enter your password less frequently during a session and to provide for an easier registration process. A “cookie” is a piece of data stored on your computer that is tied to information about you. If you configure your browser or otherwise choose to reject the cookies, you may still use our site. However, to best experience our Site and most easily use our Service you must have cookies enabled.
Section 5: Communications/Email.
Communications among Users, Groofer groups and the Service are governed by our TOS. You may manage certain elections regarding subscriptions to all Groofer Communications on your Account settings page.
Section 6: Reviewing, Updating, Deleting and Deactivating Personally Identifiable Information.
After registration for our Service, we provide a way to update your Personally Identifiable Information. Upon your request, we will deactivate your Account and remove your Personally Identifiable Information from our active databases. To make this request, email email@example.com. Upon our receipt of your request, we will deactivate your Account and remove your Personally Identifiable Information as soon as reasonably possible in accordance with our deactivation policy and applicable law. Nonetheless, we will retain in our files information you may have requested us to remove if, in our discretion, retention of the information is necessary to resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems, to enforce the TOS, or as required by law. Furthermore, your information is never completely removed from our databases due to technical and legal constraints (for example, we will not remove your information from our back up storage).
Section 7: Notification of Changes.
In some cases where we post a notice we will also email you and other Users who have opted to receive communications from us, notifying them of the changes in our privacy practices. However, if you have deleted/deactivated your Account, then you will not be contacted.
Section 8: Dispute Resolution.
Section 9: Contact Information.