AssociCom

PRIVACY POLICY

The following Privacy Policy outlines your rights and obligations respecting your privacy when using AssociCom’s website, as well as AssociCom’s browser plug-in and AssociCom’s link which can be placed on your external content pages (collectively, the website, the plug-in and the link are the “Site”). You can and should also review: (a) AssociCom’s Terms of Use, which outline the general terms of use respect your use of the Site; and (c) AssociCom’s Content Disclaimer, which describes the terms and conditions respecting Content (defined below) made available on or through the Site.

AssociCom was founded for the purpose of enabling people to find and share text, comments, categorizations, taggings, rankings, messages, information, data, graphics, news or academic articles, papers, theses or other works, photographs, images, illustrations, software, audio clips and video clips (collectively, "Content") by enabling them to link to, rate, rank and comment on what they find interesting, helpful or authoritative. AssociCom knows that you care about how your personal information is used and shared, and AssociCom takes your privacy very seriously. Please read the following to learn more about AssociCom’s policies and procedures respecting your privacy and your personal information. By visiting the Site, you are accepting the practices outlined in this Privacy Policy.

This Privacy Policy describes AssociCom's treatment of information that AssociCom gathers when you are on the Site and when you use AssociCom’s services. This Privacy Policy does not apply to the practices of third parties that AssociCom does not own or control, or to individuals that AssociCom does not employ or manage.

1. INFORMATION COLLECTED BY ASSOCICOM

AssociCom only collects information from Members that is relevant to the use of the Site. AssociCom does not process this collected information in a way that is incompatible with these purposes. AssociCom collects the following types of information from AssociCom Members:

In order for you to use many of the features of the Site and AssociCom’s services, such as submitting Content to the Site and receiving reputation points, you must create a Member Account. In creating a Member Account, AssociCom requires you to provide certain personal information.

In addition to the information that you are required to provide, AssociCom allows you to include additional information as part of your Member Account, such as a bio, favorite URLs, interests and activities, etc. You may also choose to include photos of yourself as part of your Member Account. You should be aware that other than certain identifying personal information that you provide, such as your name, address and e-mail address, all information that you provide in creating or amending your Member Account will be publicly available, whether or not it is marked as private.

AssociCom receives and stores certain types of information whenever you interact with the Site or other Members. For example, AssociCom and its authorized agents automatically receive and record certain "traffic data" on their server logs from your browser including your IP address, AssociCom cookie information, and the page(s) you requested. AssociCom uses this traffic data to help diagnose problems with its servers, analyze trends and administer the Site.

In addition, AssociCom will collect and display in various places on the Site other information respecting individual Members and their interactions with other Members on the Site. This other information will include but not be limited to the number of times that an individual Member’s Account page has been viewed, ratings and rankings of individual Members, comments made by and about individual Members and the number of reputation points held by Members.

2. E-MAIL COMMUNICATIONS

AssociCom is very concerned about your privacy and will never provide your email address to a third party without your explicit permission, as detailed in the "Sharing Your Information" section below. AssociCom may send out e-mails with AssociCom-related news, products, offers, surveys or promotions. You may also receive notification e-mails from AssociCom which inform you of actions (e.g. connection requests) that have been performed on the Site. If you do not want to receive e-mail from AssociCom, please select the appropriate choice in your Member Account and/or follow the instructions contained in the unwanted e-mail message. However, please note that in all cases you will continue to receive all system e-mails (e.g. those regarding forgotten Member passwords) and legal notices (e.g. updates to AssociCom policies).

3. COOKIES

Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that AssociCom transfers to your computer's hard drive through your Web browser to enable AssociCom’s systems to recognize your browser and tell AssociCom how and when pages on the Site are visited and by how many people. The "help" portion of the toolbar on the majority of browsers will direct you on how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to command the browser to tell you when you receive a new cookie, or how to fully disable cookies. AssociCom recommends that you leave the cookies activated because cookies are required to enable you to use all of the Site’s features.

4. SHARING YOUR INFORMATION

Because AssociCom enables people to discover and share Content with one another, information about AssociCom Members and their activities is an integral part of the Site and the services provided by AssociCom. AssociCom will never rent nor sell any information that you provide to it and will share your personal information only as follows:

(a) AssociCom’s officers, directors, employees, consultants and/or contractors may have access to Member information if necessary in the normal course of AssociCom’s business or to perform a specific task. All of AssociCom’s officers, directors, employees, consultants and/or contractors will be required to enter into agreements with AssociCom prohibiting disclosure or inappropriate use of this information.

(b) In some cases, AssociCom may choose to buy or sell assets. In these types of transactions, User and Member information is typically one of the business assets that will be transferred. However, AssociCom will not separately sell or rent any information that you provide to it, and such information will only be transferred in connection with a sale of all or substantially all of AssociCom’s assets.

(c) AssociCom may release information if it believes, acting reasonably and in good faith, that release is necessary to comply with a law, to enforce or apply its Terms of Use and other policies, or to protect the rights, property, or safety of AssociCom, its directors, officers, employees, consultants and contractors, its Users or others.

(d) Certain information collected by AssociCom during the creation of and amendments to your Member Account may be displayed to other AssociCom Members in your Member Account.

 (f) AssociCom allows other Users to browse Content that you have submitted, linked to, ranked or commented on. This information is made available via your Member Account or within the Content on which you performed the action. AssociCom may choose to post this data on other Site features.

(g) Other Members, even if they are not your “connections” on the Site, will be able to see who your connections are and in some cases certain of your interactions with those connections.

(h) AssociCom will allow third parties access to all Content and data that are already publicly available through the Site. AssociCom will use its best efforts to keep private any passwords and other settings.

(i) AssociCom may allow for the RSS syndication of any or all Content.

(j) Except as noted above, AssociCom will seek your consent before sharing your information with third parties or using your information for a purpose incompatible with the purpose(s) for which it was originally collected.

5. KEEPING INFORMATION SECURE

Your Member Account information is protected by your password for your privacy and security. You should protect against unauthorized access to your password and to your computer by logging off of the Site once you have finished using a shared computer.

Many aspects of the Site and your interactions with the AssociCom community depend on the reputation and respect that is built up among Members through a history of valued contributions of Content. Member passwords are the best safeguard of the integrity of a Member's history on the Site, which will be represented by reputation points that have been assigned to a Member. All Members are encouraged to select strong passwords and to never share them. AssociCom will never knowingly expose or release the password of another Member to the public or any third party. AssociCom will not be responsible for any damages or losses incurred by a Member as a result of that Member’s password or Account being stolen or hacked by a third party.

Only AssociCom’s officers, directors, employees, consultants and contractors who need information respecting Members in the normal course of AssociCom’s business or to perform a specific task are granted access to such information. All of AssociCom’s personnel are kept up to date on AssociCom’s privacy and security practices.

6. CONTROLLING DISPLAY AND USE OF YOUR INFORMATION

By visiting your Member Account, you can correct, amend, add or delete (except for information which is required to be provided to create a Member Account) information provided in such Member Account. When you update information, however, AssociCom may maintain a copy of the unrevised information in its records.

You may request deletion of your AssociCom Member Account by e-mailing AssociCom at info@AssociCom.com, although AssociCom may retain a copy of your deleted Member Account in its records.

If you do not wish to receive e-mail or other messages from AssociCom or other AssociCom Members, please visit the e-mail preferences section of your Member Account and/or follow the instructions contained in the unwanted e-mail message. However, please note that you will continue to receive all system e-mails (e.g. those regarding forgotten user passwords) and legal notices (e.g. updates to AssociCom’s policies).

As explained earlier, the "help" portion of the toolbar on the majority of browsers will direct you on how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to command the browser to tell you when you receive a new cookie, or how to fully disable cookies. Please note, however, that if your browser does not accept cookies, you will not be able to take advantage of all of the features of the Site.

7. RESTRICTIONS

You must be 13 years and older to register to use the Site. As a result, AssociCom does not specifically collect information about children. If AssociCom learns that it has collected information from a child under the age of 13, subject to applicable law it will delete that information as quickly as possible. AssociCom recommends that minors between the ages of 13 and 18 ask and receive their parents' or guardians’ permission before using the Site or sending information about themselves or anyone else over the Internet.

8. MODIFICATIONS TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY

AssociCom reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify or replace this Privacy Policy at any time. If the alterations constitute a material change to the Privacy Policy, AssociCom will notify you by posting an announcement on the Site. What constitutes a "material change" will be determined in AssociCom's sole discretion, in good faith and using common sense and reasonable judgment. You shall be responsible for reviewing and becoming familiar with any such modifications. Your use of the Site and the Services following such notification constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions of the Privacy Policy as modified.

  1. EFFECTIVE DATE

This Privacy Policy is effective as of January 1, 2010.