Traffic Data Collected
We automatically track and collect the following categories of information when you visit our Website: (1) IP addresses; (2) domain servers; (3) types of computers accessing the Website; (4) types of web browsers used to access the Website; (5) referring source which may have sent you to the Website; and (6) other information associated with the interaction of your browser and the Website (collectively “Traffic Data”).
Personal Information Collected
In order for you to access certain areas of the Website, we may require you to provide us with certain information that personally identifies you (“Personal Information”). Personal Information includes the following categories of information: (1) Contact Data (such as your username, e-mail address, phone number and PollBuzzer password), (2) Demographic Data (including, but not limited to, your gender, your date of birth, your zip code), and (3) Response Data (including all questions that you have been asked, whether you responded to said question, the time it took for you to respond to said question, and the answer to those questions). If you communicate with us by, for example, e-mail or letter, any information provided in such communication may be collected as Personal Information.
Interactive and Installed Tools
We also collect other information, some of which may be Personal Information that you voluntarily provide to us when you choose to use some of the Website’s interactive tools and services (“Interactive Tools”), such as answering surveys and creating survey questions. We also collect information you provide voluntarily in free-form text boxes on the Website and through responses to surveys, questionnaires and the like. You may elect to use certain Services available through the Website that require you to download and install software on your computer (“Installed Tools”). The Installed Tools may collect and transmit information from your computer system solely relating to use of the Installed Tools and for the purpose of providing you the relevant Services, for example, by informing PollBuzzer when a user is logged on and available to receive update or alert notices.
“Cookies” are small computer files that are transferred to your computer's hard drive that contain information such as user ID, user preferences, lists of pages visited and activities conducted while browsing the Website. At your option, expense and responsibility, you may block cookies or delete cookies from your hard drive. However, by disabling cookies, you may not have access to the entire set of features of the Website.
Generally, we use “cookies” to customize your experience on our Website and to store your password so you do not have to re-enter it each time you visit the Website.
Other cookies used by our business partners may collect other non-personally identifying information, such as the computer’s IP address, type of operating system, type of internet browsing software, what web pages were viewed at what time, the geographic location of your internet service provider and demographic information, such as gender and age range. This information is used to provide PollBuzzer with more information about our users’ demographics and internet behaviors. You may find out more about the information collected and how to opt-out of receiving these cookies by visiting our partners’ websites.
We do not link the information stored in these cookies directly to any of your Personal Information you submit while on the Website, however.
In limited circumstances we also may use “Web Beacons” to collect anonymous, non-personal information about your use of our Website and the sites of selected sponsors and advertisers, and your use of emails, special promotions or newsletters we send to you. “Web Beacons” are tiny graphic image files imbedded in a web page or email that provide a presence on the web page or email and send back to its home server information from the user’s browser. The information collected by web beacons allows us to statistically monitor how many people are using the Website and selected sponsors' and advertisers' sites, or opening our emails, and for what purposes.
We store all Traffic Data and review postings indefinitely, even after “deletion,” and may archive such information elsewhere. We store all Personal Information until you request that we modify or delete it, in which case we may still wind up retaining some of that information for the reasons described in Section 20 below.
Information Provided on Behalf of Children
Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act
COPPA severely restricts what information can be collected from children under the age of 13. For this reason, children under the age of 13 in the United States are prohibited from using the Website. The Website is not directed at children, and PollBuzzer does not knowingly collect any information from individuals under the age of 13. If we learn that we have received any information from an individual under the age of 13, we will use that information only to respond directly to that child (or a parent or legal guardian) to inform him or her that he or she cannot use the Services and subsequently we will delete that information from our own servers.
PollBuzzer’s Use of Your Information
We may use your Contact Data to send you information about PollBuzzer or our products or Services, to contact you when necessary, including to send you surveys and to contact you regarding your payment options, and in conjunction with your use of certain Interactive Tools. We may use your Demographic, Response Data and your Traffic Data to customize and tailor your experience on the Website, in emails and in other communications, displaying content that we think you might be interested in and according to your preferences. You agree that PollBuzzer may use Personal Information, Demographic Data, and Resposes Data to allow PollBuzzer to place you within the pool of respondents (“Panel”) that will be solicited to respond to questions created by PollBuzzer and/or PollBuzzer’s customers. Your Response Data will further be used to provide additional analytic information to our customers under terms specified in the Service Agreements agreed between those customers and PollBuzzer, respectively.
Sharing of Information
You may choose not to provide us with any Personal Information. In such an event, you can still access and use much of the Website; however you will not be able to access and use those portions of the Website that require your Personal Information.
Confidentiality and Security
Any information that you may reveal in a review posting or other online discussion or forum is intentionally open to the public and is not in any way private. You should think carefully before disclosing any personally identifiable information in any public forum. What you have written may be seen and/or collected by third parties and may be used by others in ways we are unable to control or predict.
The security of your Personal Information is important to us. We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the Personal Information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. For example, when you enter sensitive information on our Website, we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL).
Lost or Stolen Information
You must promptly notify us if your Contact Data is lost, stolen, or used without permission. In such an event, we will remove that Contact Data from your account and update our records accordingly.
Controlling Your Personal Information
As a registered user of the Website, you can modify some of the Personal Information you have included in your profile or change your username by logging in and accessing your account. Upon your request, PollBuzzer will use commercially reasonable efforts to delete your account and the Personal Information in your profile; however, your Demographic Data and Response Data will not be deleted from PollBuzzer’s database. They will be maintained in an anonymous form. Certain Personal Information may be retained for a period of 4 months beyond your request to remove this information. It may be impossible to remove your account without some residual information being retained by PollBuzzer. PollBuzzer will maintain a record of your PayPal email address in order to prevent the fraudulent use of your account after you have requested the closure of your account. Registered users who wish to close their account should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Last Updated on February 10, 2012.
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