Effective July 15, 2013
1. What Information We Collect
When you submit User Content (as defined in our Terms) to us, including videos, written stories and photographs for consideration to be used in the DiverseStory Project, when you post on the Sites and in the course of using the Sites, you may voluntarily submit personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you (”Personal Information”). On the Sites, Personal information is generally limited on the Sites to your name and e-mail address.
When you use the Sites, we may also collect certain information that does not identify you individually (“Anonymous Information”). For example, we may collect your IP address, browser information, the web page you were visiting before you came to our Sites and information you search for on a Site. We may also collect information regarding user-traffic patterns and website usage.
Like many websites, our Sites use “cookies” to collect information. A cookie is a small data file that is transferred to your computing device’s hard disk for record-keeping purposes. For example, we use “session ID cookies” to enable certain features of the Sites, to better understand how you interact with the Sites and to monitor web traffic routing on the Sites and aggregate usage of the Sites. You can instruct your browser, by changing its options, to stop accepting cookies or to prompt you before accepting a cookie from the websites you visit. If you do not accept cookies, however, you may not be able to use all portions of the Site or all functionality of the Sites.
2. How We Use Your Information
We may use Anonymous Information to help us determine how users interact with parts of the Services so we can improve the Services and make them more useful. We may also use or share with others Anonymous Information in any other manner that we deem appropriate or necessary.
We may use Personal Information for the following purposes: (i) to provide and improve our Sites, features and content; (ii) to administer your use of our Sites; (iii) to enable users to enjoy and easily navigate the Sites; (iv) to better understand your needs and interests; (v) to fulfill requests you may make; (vi) to personalize your experience; and (vii) to provide you with further information and offers from us or third parties that we believe you may find useful or interesting, including newsletters, marketing or promotional materials and other information on DiverseStory Project-related services. If you decide at any time that you no longer wish to receive such communications, please follow the unsubscribe instructions provided in any of the communications.
3. How Do We Share or Disclose Information
Further, when you submit User Content to be considered for the DiverseStory Project, you may provide with information about you (such as your name, residence city, and biographical information); you are agreeing to allow us to post such information to the Sites and to disclose it in any other media, as permitted by the Terms. For the User Content that you submit for consideration to be used in the DiverseStory Project (such as videos, written stories and photographs), we advise you to only include any Personal Information that you agree to have publicly disclosed.
You post and share any Personal Information and content on the Sites, and you share any Personal Information in your submissions of User Content, at your own risk. While we want to create a safe and enjoyable experience on the Sites, we cannot control the actions of other users with whom you may choose to share your content and/or information. In addition, we cannot anticipate other users’ ability to circumvent privacy settings. You understand that, even after removal of your Personal Information and content from the Sites, copies of your information may remain viewable in cached or archived Web pages or on the local computers of users who may have downloaded or stored your information, or on third-party sites and services (such as YouTube, if you used YouTube to upload a video story that you submit to us).
Even with all the appropriate precautions we take to protect your information, we recommend you refrain from sending private information or Personal Information by e-mail, online posting, or other messaging services, unless you are comfortable having such information shared publicly.
(b) Aggregate Information and Anonymous Information. We may share aggregated information that includes non-identifying information and Anonymous Information with third parties for industry analysis, demographic profiling, and to deliver targeted advertising about other products and services.
(c) Service Providers. We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate our Sites and services, to provide the services on our behalf, to perform services related to administration of the Sites (including, without limitation, maintenance, hosting and database management services, web analytics and administration). These third parties have access to your Personal Information only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose.
(d) Business Transfers. We may sell, transfer or otherwise share some or all of its assets, including your Personal Information, in connection with a merger, acquisition, reorganization or sale of assets or in the event of bankruptcy.
4. Links to Other Sites
Accordingly, you should use common sense as you navigate the web and be aware when you leave our Sites. If you choose to click on a third party link, you will be directed to that third party’s website. The fact that the Sites link to a website or present is not an endorsement, authorization or representation that the DiverseStory Project is affiliated with that third party, nor is it an endorsement of their privacy or information security policies or practices. We do not exercise control over third party websites. These other websites may place their own cookies or other files on your computer, collect data or solicit personal information from you. Other websites and services follow different rules regarding the use or disclosure of the personal information you submit to them. You should and read the applicable privacy policies and other legal documents for each website you visit.
5. Children’s Privacy
The Sites are not directed to children under 13 years of age. Accordingly, we do not knowingly collect or maintain on our Sites personal information from children under 13 years of age. If a parent or guardian becomes aware that his or her child has provided us with Personal Information without their consent, he or she should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If we become aware that a child under 13 has provided us with Personal Information, we will delete such information from our files.
If you are under the age of 13, you must immediately discontinue use of our Sites.
6. Your California Privacy Rights.
As of January 1, 2005, California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits customers of a covered business who are California residents to request certain information regarding disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. At this time, we do not disclose any Personal Information of users to third parties for direct marketing purposes, and this statute therefore does not apply to our Sites.
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