1. Collecting and Processing Personally Identifiable Information.
To support the provision of certain features on this Website, the Company may collect Personal Identifiable Information should you choose to become a registered user (“User”). In addition, the Company may collect Personal Identifiable Information if you have granted the Website authorization to access to one or more accounts with third party website service providers through an application programming interface “API”.
The Company will also collect other information you volunteer to us through use of our products and services. We refer to this information as “Personally Identifiable Information.” You may always choose not to provide such Personally Identifiable Information; however, this may limit our ability to provide you with complete use of the Company products or services. We may also collect demographic and other data, which may include Personally Identifiable Information, generally through surveys and forms which you may or may not choose to participate in.
The Company only processes Personally Identifiable Information for the purposes described herein or in other applicable Privacy Policies and/or privacy notices provided for specific services. Such purposes include:
Developing new services.
In order to become a registered User, you must first create an account. To create an account you are required to provide the following contact information: name, email address, country, ZIP/postal code, a brief summary of your professional background (current occupation & networking objectives), and choose a password.
Once you become a registered User, you may provide additional information in the Profile section describing your skills, professional experiences, and networking objectives. Providing additional information beyond what is required at registration is entirely optional, but enables you to better identify yourself.
Cookies & Log Files:
One type of cookie, known as a “persistent” cookie, is set once you’ve logged in to your Website account. The next time you visit the Website, the persistent cookie will allow us to recognize you as an existing User so you will not need to log in before using the service. In order to access or change any of your private information (like a credit card number), however, you must log in securely again with your password even if your computer contains your persistent cookie. Additionally, if you log out of the Website you will need to re-enter your password the next time you visit in order to log in to your account. Another type of cookie, called a “session” cookie, is used to identify a particular visit to the Website. Session cookies expire after a short time or when you close your web browser.
Due to the communications standards on the Internet, when you visit the Website we automatically receive the URL of the website from which you came and the website to which you are going when you leave the Website. We also receive the Internet protocol (IP) address of your computer (or the proxy server you use to access the World Wide Web), your computer operating system and type of web browser you are using, as well as the name of your ISP. This information is used to analyze overall trends to help us improve the Website service. The linkage between your IP address and your personally identifiable information is never shared with third-parties without your permission or except when required by law.
We allow other companies, called ad networks, to serve advertisements to Website Users. Ad networks include third party ad servers, ad agencies, ad technology vendors and research firms. The Website may “target” some ads to Users that fit a certain general profile — for example, “product managers in Texas.”
To deliver these ads properly, the Website may include a file, called a web beacon, from these ad networks within our Website pages served by the Website so the networks may provide anonymized, aggregated auditing, research and reporting for advertisers as well as to target ads to you while you visit other websites.
Because your web browser must request these advertisements and web beacons from the ad network’s servers, these companies can view, edit or set their own cookies, just as if you had requested a web page from their website. These general targets may also be used by ad networks to display targeted ads on other websites as a substitute for random, irrelevant ads.
You may opt-out of use of Web beacons in Website pages that you view and of placement of a cookie by ad networks in your browser. To opt-out please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you opt-out you will lose the potential benefit of receiving ads that are more targeted to your interests.
Children are not eligible to use our service and we ask that minors (under the age of 18) do not submit any personal information to us or use the service.
2. The Company Use of Information.
The Company does not sell, share or otherwise provide any Personally Identifiable Information you give to us with any Business Partner (as defined in Section 4) without your consent, which may be obtained through an opt-in or opt-out request, unless required by law, court order or as we state in Section 4. The Company does reserve the right to share your Personally Identifiable Information with its parent, subsidiary or affiliated entities (“affiliated entities” are those companies owned or controlled by The Company’s parent company). We use the collected Personally Identifiable Information to contact you in connection with your use of the Services, posting and other activities on the website, to forward to you messages from other Users, and to operate the Company service. These types of communications may contain commercial messages and special offers. Each communication we send to you, other than SMS reminders and communications sent to you for the sole purpose of addressing a technical or operational issue regarding the Company products or services, give you the opportunity to opt-out of receiving further communications from us. In addition, we use your Personally Identifiable Information to help us provide you with personalized content, advertising, and commercial messages.
3. Security of Information.
We take appropriate security measures to protect against unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of data. We restrict access to Personally Identifiable Information to Company employees, contractors and agents who need to know that information in order to operate, develop or improve our products and services. These individuals are bound by confidentiality obligations and may be subject to discipline, including termination and criminal prosecution, if they fail to meet these obligations. Although we make good faith efforts to store the information collected by the Company in a secure operating environment that is not available to the public, we cannot guarantee complete security.
We currently process Personally Identifiable Information on our servers in the United States of America and may in the future utilize servers in other countries.
4. Sharing Information.
The Company works with third-party advertising companies, sponsors and other companies with whom we do business (“Business Partners”) to place advertising on our Website and in emails sent to our registered Users, and to recipients of invitations, reminders, and other communications related to The Company products, services, and events. The Company only shares Personally Identifiable Information with other companies or individuals outside of The Company in the following limited circumstances:
We may share with third parties certain pieces of aggregated, non-personal information such as the number of Users who responded to an event promotion, or how many Users are using the Company service. Such information does not identify you individually. The Company may also correlate or match registered Users’ information, including Personally Identifiable Information, with information held by our Business Partners to target events and ads or otherwise improve the effectiveness of our service.
The Company reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reject, refuse to post or remove any posting or communication (including email) by you, or to restrict, suspend, or terminate your access to all or any part of the Website at any time, for any or no reason, with or without prior notice, and without liability.
7. Policy Standards
The Company adheres to the US safe harbor privacy principles of Notice, Choice, Onward Transfer, Security, Data Integrity, Access and Enforcement.
8. Updating Information.
The Company processes Personally Identifiable Information only for the purposes for which it was collected and in accordance with this Policy or any applicable service-specific privacy notice. We review our data collection, storage and processing practices to ensure that we only collect, store and process the Personally Identifiable Information needed to provide or improve our products and services. We take reasonable steps to ensure that the Personally Identifiable Information we process is accurate, complete, and current, but we depend on our Users to update or correct their Personally Identifiable Information whenever necessary.
9. Other Websites; Links
This Website contains links to other web sites. The Company is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.
10. Notification of Changes.
You may elect not to receive future communications from the Company, or to discontinue use of our products or services. If you are a registered User, please send an email with your name, email address, and request to opt-out to email@example.com.