Effective: July 1, 2019
Last revised: July 8, 2019
1.1 Information Collection
We collect information directly from you, as well as automatically through your use of our websites and, in some cases, from third parties.
Information You Provide to Us
To create an account, you need to provide data including your username, email address, and a password. We also store your user account preferences and settings.
<Posting and Uploading>
We collect the content you submit to our websites. This includes your posts, comments, saved drafts, your messages with other users, and other communications with moderators and with us. Your content may include text, images, videos, links and gifs.
<Actions you take>
We collect information about the actions you take on our websites. This includes your interactions with content, like voting, rating, bookmarking, and reporting. It also includes your interactions with other users, such as following, friending, and blocking..
If we receive any information about you from other sources, we may add it to the information we already have about you. You may choose to provide other information directly to us. For example, we may collect information when you send us direct e-mail message, request customer support or otherwise communicate with us.
Information We Collect Automatically
<Log, Usage Data and Location>
When you use or interact with our websites, we also automatically collect and store information generated by your activity, such as usage data, and other information automatically collected from your browser or mobile devices. This may include your IP address, user-agent string, browser type, operating system, referral URLs, device information (e.g., device IDs), pages visited, links clicked, the requested URL, hardware settings, search terms and your geographic location using your IP address or the GPS.
<Cookies and other similar technologies>
Information Collected from Other Sources
We may obtain information about you from other sources, including from other users and third parties, and combine that information with the other information we have about you. For example, we may receive demographic or interest information about you from third parties, including advertisers, and combine it with our own data using a common account identifier such as a hash of an email address or a mobile-device ID.
If you authorize or link other services (e.g., third-party apps or websites) to access your account, we receive information about your use of that service when it uses that authorization. Linking services may also cause the other service to send us information about your account with that service.
1.2 Use of Information
We use your personal information to :
- Provide, maintain, evaluate and improve our services to you
- Research and develop new products and services
- Respond to your requests, inquiries, comments or concerns
- Monitor and analyze usage trends to decide the effectiveness of our promotional campaigns and
- Provide you personalized services, advertisements, features and content as determined by your choices and communications preferences.
- Notify you on changes or updates on our website including those belonging to related third parties
- Send you technical notices, updates, security alerts, invoices and other support and administrative messages, and provide other news and information we think will be of interest to you
- Help protect the safety of our websites and our users, which includes blocking suspected spammers, addressing abuse, and enforcing the user agreement and our other policies
- Comply with our legal obligations
1.3 Third Party Disclosure
We use certain trusted third-parties to help us provide, improve, promote and protect our services. These third parties may access, process or store your information to perform tasks only for the purposes we’ve authorized. We also may share with third parties aggregated or anonymized information that does not directly identify you. We don’t sell any of your information to anyone. We also impose strict restrictions on how our partners can use and disclose the data we provide.
1.4 Data Protection
We take precautions to keep your information strictly confidential and fully secure. Your encrypted(encoded) information is protected by both “Secure Socket Layers(SSL)” and HTTPS as it passes between your browser and our website. We follow generally accepted industry standards to secure the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it.
No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure and reliable, however. Therefore, while we strive to adapt commercially acceptable measures to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. Only authorized persons are permitted to access your personal information. All authorized persons must abide by security, privacy, and confidentiality agreements, rules and laws.
1.5 Rights of Users
<Creating, editing and deleting your account>
You may access and edit your registered information through the services. You may also create and delete accounts at any time. Please note, however, that the posts, comments, and messages you submitted prior to deleting your account will still be visible to others unless you first delete the specific content. We may also store certain information about you as required by law or for legitimate business purposes after you delete your account.
<Controlling Communications and Notifications>
You may opt out of getting push notifications, alerts, and promotional communications from us by following the instructions in those communications or by updating your email options in your account preferences, or changing the notification settings on your mobile device. If you opt out of promotional communications, we may still send you non-promotional communications, such as information about your account or your use of the websites.
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Cookies are commonly used on the internet in order to make their websites or services work, or to work more efficiently, as well as to provide reporting information. Most browsers are set to accept cookies by default. You can change your browser settings to reject all cookies, if you like.
Please note, however, that by rejecting cookies, some parts of our website may not work properly on your browser.
In the future, as we develop our business, we may sell, buy, merge or partner with other companies or businesses. In the event of any sale, merger, reorganization. restructuring, dissolution or similar event involving our business or assets, we may include your information among transferred assets.
Notification of Changes
The time periods for which we retain your personal information depend on the purposes for which we use it. We may retain certain information for business purposes or as required by law.
Our website is not intended for children under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. If you are under 13, please do not provide your information on this website. Additionally, if you are in the EEA, you must be over the age required by the laws of your country to create an account or otherwise use our services, or we need to have obtained verifiable consent from your parent or legal guardian.