Like most website operators, Sociobuddy collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Sociobuddy purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Sociobuddy’s visitors use its Website. From time to time, Sociobuddy may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its Website.
Sociobuddy also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. Sociobuddy does not use such information to identify its visitors, however, and does not disclose such information, other than under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information, as described below.
Certain visitors to the Website choose to interact with Sociobuddy in ways that require Sociobuddy to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Sociobuddy gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for a blog at Sociobuddy.com to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with Sociobuddy are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, Sociobuddy collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Sociobuddy. Sociobuddy does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
Sociobuddy may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to the Website. For instance, Sociobuddy may monitor the most popular blogs on the Sociobuddy.com site to help identify spam. Sociobuddy may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Sociobuddy does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Sociobuddy discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Sociobuddy’s behalf or to provide services available at the Website, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using the Website, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. In addition, in some cases we may choose to buy or sell assets. In these types of transactions, user information is typically one of the business assets that is transferred. Moreover, if Sociobuddy or substantially all of its assets were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Sociobuddy goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquiror of Sociobuddy may continue to use your personal and non-personal information only as set forth in this policy. Otherwise, Sociobuddy will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone.
Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations or as described above, Sociobuddy discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only when required to do so by law, or when Sociobuddy believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Sociobuddy, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of the Sociobuddy Website and have supplied your email address, Sociobuddy may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Sociobuddy and our products. We primarily use our various product blogs to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Sociobuddy takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
You should also be aware that if you submit information to “chat rooms,” “forums” or “message boards” such information becomes public information, meaning that you lose any privacy rights you might have with regards to that information. Such disclosures may also increase your chances of receiving unwanted communications.
For users outside the United States, please note that any personally-identifiable information you enter into the Website will be transferred out of your country and into the United States. You consent to such transfer through your use of the Website. You also warrant that you have the right to transfer such information outside your country and into the United States.
All non-personally-identifying information, potentially personally-identifying and personally identifying-information described above is stored on restricted database servers.
If we ever send you information by e-mail concerning new products, services or information that you did not expressly request, we will provide you with an e-mail address by which you may request no further notices.
Any external address book data (email contacts, etc.) that a user voluntarily gives Sociobuddy access to will only be used for the described feature (looking up friends, etc.), and will not be stored or repurposed.
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