• what personally identifiable information we collect from you through the Website,
• how the information is used,
• with whom the information may be shared,
• what choices are available to you regarding collection, use and distribution of the information,
• the kind of procedures we employ in an effort to prevent the unauthorized access, use or disclosure of information you provide to us,
• information related to third-party websites, and
• how you can learn about changes to our privacy policies, practices and procedures.
WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT?
Personal Information You Provide And How It Is Used: The Website allows you to provide personally identifying information (such as name, location, email address, and credit card information) and other information of your choice to Peers on a voluntary basis, as more particularly described below. We do not knowingly collect sensitive personal information, such as Social Security Numbers or information about medical or health conditions. Please do not send sensitive personal or confidential information to us directly through the Website, or by email to any of the contact email addresses listed on the Website. We will retain your personally identifiable information for as long as your account with the Website is active and as needed to provide services to you, and may retain certain information after your account is deactivated, as set forth more fully below.
Registration: When you register, you will be prompted to create a username and password, and to provide certain personally identifiable information to create your profile, including your first and last name, location, and email address. You will have the option to provide additional personally identifiable information when you create your profile. You may update your profile at any time by logging into your account.
Mailing Lists: When you register an account with Peers, you may choose to receive occasional email updates. You can also signup independently to join our mailing list, and we will ask you provide your email address and your first and last name. If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from our email list, you may do so by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link located at the bottom of all mass emails sent from peers.org or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with “unsubscribe” in the subject heading and we will remove your name from our lists. We will act quickly to implement such requests but please note there may be time lags of up to a month to remove names from our database.
Public Forums: Please do not post any personally identifying information or other sensitive or confidential information that you expect to remain private on Peers Gather or any other public forum on the Website.
Account Deactivation: You may deactivate your account at any time by using the “Deactivate Account” link in your profile. When you deactivate your account, Peers may retain your personally identifiable information for a limited period of time as needed to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations, resolve disputes, investigate or prevent fraud and other inappropriate activity, to enforce our agreements, and as necessary to protect our rights. After a period of time, your personal information may be anonymized and aggregated, and then may be held by us as long as necessary for us to provide our services effectively, but our use of the anonymized data will be solely for analytic purposes.
Non-Personal Information We Collect by Automated Means And How We Use It: We collect certain information by automated means when you visit the Website. This information may include usage information, such as the numbers and frequency of users to the Website, pages visited and similar data. If gathered, this data is used in the aggregate, and not in a manner that is intended to identify you personally. This type of aggregate information may be shared with third parties at any time. We collect this information through various means such as “cookies,” “web beacons” and IP addresses, as further explained below.
Web Beacons – Certain pages on the Website contain “web beacons” (also know as Internet tags, pixel tags and clear GIFs). These web beacons allow third parties to obtain information such as the IP address of the computer that downloaded the page on which the beacon appears, the URL of the page on which the beacon appears, the time the page containing the beacon was viewed, the type of browser used to view the page, and the information in cookies set by the third party. Web beacons also may be used to track whether you have opened an HTML email. When the email is opened, a part of the code that makes up the HTML page calls a web server to load the web beacon that then generates a record showing that the email has been viewed. Web beacons may also recognize when the email was opened, how many times it was forwarded and which URLs (links within the email) were clicked.
IP Addresses – When you visit and interact with the Website, Peers and third parties with whom we have contracted to provide services for us may collect Internet Protocol addresses (each an “IP Address”), as well as browser type, Internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, and page navigation. An IP Address is a unique identifier number that certain electronic devices use to identify and to communicate with each other on the Internet; your Internet Service Provider automatically assigns an IP Address to the computer that you are using. We gather this information to track Website visitor movement in the aggregate, and to gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. Our goal in gathering this information is to learn how our customers and the public are using our service. We may use this information to enhance our Website or for other lawful purposes.
HOW WE MAY SHARE YOUR INFORMATION
We do not reveal personally identifiable information about you to third parties for their independent use unless: (1) you expressly authorize Peers or an affiliate to do so, (2) it is necessary to allow Peers and its service providers or agents, including our third-party payment processor or data hosting providers to provide services on Peers’s behalf, (3) in order to provide products or services to you, (4) it is disclosed to entities that perform marketing or data aggregation services for Peers, (5) it is necessary in connection with a sale of all or substantially all of the assets of Peers or the merger of Peers into another entity or any consolidation, share exchange, combination, reorganization, or like transaction in which Peers is not the survivor, (6) otherwise as Peers is required or permitted to do so for any or all of the following reasons: (i) to comply with a subpoena, legal process, government request or any other legal obligation, (ii) to prevent, investigate, detect, or prosecute criminal offenses or attacks on the technical integrity of the Website or our network, and/or (iii) to protect the rights, privacy, property, business, or safety of Peers, their partners and employees, the visitors of the Website, or the public.
HOW WE ATTEMPT TO SAFEGUARD YOUR INFORMATION
We do not knowingly collect, use, or disclose personally identifiable information about visitors less than 13 years of age. If you are under the age of 13, you are expressly prohibited from accessing/viewing this Website. If you are the parent or guardian of a child under 13 years of age and believe that they have disclosed personally identifiable information to us, please contact us at email@example.com so that we may delete your child’s information.
THIRD PARTY WEB WEBSITES
We may provide links to third-party web Website s as a service to you or in order to provide you additional information related to the transactions and activities that occur on the Website . Please be aware that we cannot control and are not responsible for the information collection, use, and disclosure practices of such web Website’s. We encourage you to review and understand the privacy practices and policies, if any, of these Website s before providing any personally identifying information to them. We are not responsible for the content or information of these Website s, any products or services that may be offered through these Website s, or any other use of the linked Websites.
Notice to California Residents: California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits Website users who are California residents to request and obtain from us once a year, free of charge, information about the personal information (if any) we disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes in the preceding calendar year. If applicable, this information would include a list of the categories of personal information that was shared and the names and addresses of all third parties with which we shared information in the immediately preceding calendar year. If you are a California resident and would like to request this information, please contact us or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do Not Track Notice: Some web browsers incorporate a “Do Not Track” feature that signals to web Website s that you visit that you do not want to have your online activity tracked. How browsers communicate and respond to the Do Not Track signal is not yet uniform. For this reason, like many web Website s, the Website does not currently respond to or alter its practices when it receives a Do Not Track signal. Please note that third parties may collect personal information about your online activities over time and across different web Website s when you visit our Website or other online web Website s and services. To find out more about “Do Not Track,” you may wish to visit http://www.allaboutdnt.com.
If you have any questions about how we handle your personal information and protect your privacy, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.