Last Updated December 22, 2009
• Collection and Use of Your Information
• Sharing Your Information
• Changing or Correcting Your Information
• Communications From YourMy.Org Inc.
• The Security of Your Information
• A Note About International Users
• A Special Note About the Privacy of Minors
1. COLLECTION AND USE OF YOUR INFORMATION
a. When You Register
During the process of registering on the Site (or co-registering for our services on one of our affiliate’s or marketing partner’s websites), you may be required to provide certain personal information, such as your name, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, birth date, marital status, password, and one or more community affiliations (such as with a school, college, workplace, military assignment, neighborhood or interest group). Please keep in mind that you have control over most of your personal information by Member Privacy Settings. In addition for the information you set public and because this information is publicly displayed on the Site then, it may appear in the results of searches conducted on Internet search engines while you are a member of the Site and potentially for some time period after your membership is terminated, depending upon the search engine’s indexing practices. We may also publicly display your general geographic location, such as through mapping or a neighborhood community affiliation, based upon the zip code that you provide to us, as another means of assisting members in finding each other. However, you have the option of opting out of having your general geographic location publicly displayed through mapping by accessing the "My Privacy" section on the Site and changing your preferences, or through a neighborhood community affiliation by removing yourself from that affiliation.
b. When You "Surf" the Site
A web beacon (also known as a clear gif) is a tiny graphic with a unique identifier that is placed on a web page or within an email. It is similar in function to a cookie, and is used to collect a limited set of information, such as a cookie number, time and date of page view, and a description of the page on which the web beacon resides. YourMy.Org Inc. and its third party advertisers may use web beacons to compile aggregate statistics about which advertisements and promotions users have seen and how users responded to them. This information helps us better manage content on the Site by informing us what content is effective. In addition, we may use web beacons in our promotional e-mail messages to count how many messages and which emails have been opened and acted upon. This use allows us to gauge the effectiveness of certain communications and our marketing campaigns. YourMy.Org Inc. does associate web beacons to individual member personal information for internal purposes only, in an effort to understand our members individual preferences with our email products.
c. When You Sign-up for a Paid or Other Enhanced Product or Service From YourMy.Org Inc.
If you choose to sign-up for a paid or other enhanced product or service beyond a basic registration, you may be required to provide us with certain contact information, such as your name, e-mail address and billing address. We may also require other information necessary to process any applicable payment, such as a credit card or debit card number and expiration date. We may use the information that you provide to us to bill you for products and services you request, or to notify you of additional products and services we may offer. When you purchase a product or service on the Site, you are consenting to our delivery of this information to our service providers, which may include banks and credit card companies that we use to process the transaction. See Section 2(f) below for additional information about sharing Your Information with our service providers. We may also show your membership status on the Site so that other members can see what options they have to contact or communicate with you.
d. When You Use the Message Center
We have developed a Message Center that uses a "double-blind" e-mail system, which hides the email addresses to protect the privacy of both the sender and receiver. When using the Message Center, it is up to you to choose when you are comfortable disclosing your e-mail address, or any other contact information, to others. YourMy.Org Inc. respects the privacy of member communications sent through the Message Center and does not read or disclose those communications unless we believe it is necessary in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, violations of our Terms of Service, or as otherwise permitted or required under Section 2(h) below. Please keep in mind that you will not be able to delete, revise or otherwise recover any message that you send through the Message Center once it has been sent.
e. When You Use Bulletin Boards, Message Boards, Interest Groups, Events or Other Public Forums
Information and content submitted to bulletin boards, message boards, interest groups, events and other public forums on the Site are displayed publicly, so please exercise care in deciding what information and content you wish to disclose. Information posted in private groups is viewable by only those who are invited to participate by the owner of the group. Please note however that, although communications and postings within a private group are private to the participants in that group, we reserve the right to read or disclose these communications or postings if we believe it is necessary in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, violations of our Terms of Service, or as otherwise permitted or required under Section 2(h) below. Please keep in mind that, because of the interactive nature of these forums, in many cases you will not be able to remove or revise the information or content that you submit in these areas of the Site and such information or content may remain on the Site even if your membership is terminated. To protect the privacy of our members, YourMy.Org Inc. does not allow the public posting of personal contact information. We have the right, but not the obligation, to monitor any activity and content associated with the bulletin boards, message boards, public and private interest groups, events and other public forums on the Site. Please review our Community Guidelines for more information regarding your appropriate use of these areas.
f. When You Use "Invite-A-Friend", "Email this Page" or Other Referral Services
If you elect to use any of our referral services for informing friends about the Site or any portion thereof, you will be asked to provide your friends’ names and e-mail address. We will then automatically send your friends a one-time e-mail, plus a reminder email if you so choose (each of which will usually include your name and email address) inviting them to visit the Site. We ask for this information for the sole purpose of sending these emails and tracking the success of our referral program.
g. When You Build a Personal Profile
YourMy.Org Inc. has created tools to enable our members to not only see what members have been up to, but also find new friends with common interests. You can use these tools to build a personal profile to share as much information about yourself as you wish. Except as otherwise noted, when you use a specific profile tool all information that you add to your profile is publicly viewable and may be included in the Site "search" tools. For this reason, please use care in providing information that you may not want to publicly disclose. To protect the privacy of our members, YourMy.Org Inc. does not allow the public posting of personal contact information. Additionally, please see our Community Guidelines for more information regarding the limitations on the types of information that you may post on your personal profile and elsewhere on the Site. As provided in our Terms of Service, YourMy.Org Inc. may use the information you provide in your profile in a variety of YourMy.Org Inc. products and features, such as affiliation-specific emails. This enables us to provide our members with information in a more personalized fashion.
h. When You View Other Members’ Profiles
YourMy.Org Inc. gives you the ability to find other members by browsing the affiliation lists or using the search functionality on the Site. When you find other members, you can view their personal profiles to find out more about them based on the information they have decided to share on the Site. Every time that you visit another member’s profile, your name and the date of your visit will be viewable by that member as someone who visited that member’s profile unless you opt out of having your name automatically left on other members’ profiles, which you can do by accessing the "Your Account" section on the Site and changing your preferences. If you opt out of automatically having your name left on other members’ profiles, you will still have the ability to leave your name on specific members’ profiles on an individual basis.
i. When You Participate in Surveys
From time-to-time we may request information from our users via surveys relating to our products or services or on behalf of our affiliates or third-party advertisers. When you participate in a survey, we may request contact information (such as your name and e-mail address) or demographic information (such as your zip code, age or income level). YourMy.Org Inc. conducts surveys in order to target advertising and content and to better understand members’ needs and opinions. YourMy.Org Inc. may share, in aggregate form, information it collects from these surveys with its advertisers, partners, affiliates and the general public, but will not share survey information containing personally identifiable information with any third party without your prior consent. Participation in these surveys is completely voluntary, such that you have the choice of whether you wish to disclose the requested information. However, we encourage our members to participate in these surveys as they provide us with important information that helps us to improve our services or services that may offered on the Site or via email by our affiliates or third-party advertisers.
j. When You or Third Parties Contact Us If you contact YourMy.Org Inc. by phone, email or letter, we may keep a record of such correspondence. Thus, if you report an issue with the Site, we may collect such information in a file specific to you. Moreover, if you contact us through our feedback area, we require your name and email address in order to send you a reply. Additionally, if other users or third parties send us correspondence about your activities or postings on the Site, we may keep the information in a file specific to you.
k. How We May Supplement Your Information
In order for us to provide all of the products and services that are available to you as a member of the Site, it may be necessary for us from time to time to supplement the information we receive through your use of the Site with information from third party resources. For example, we may obtain updated email address information from email-change-of-address vendors or purchase third party marketing data and address information and add it to our existing database to better target our advertising and provide pertinent offers we think you would be interested in.
2. SHARING YOUR INFORMATION
b. Third Party Offers
c. Third Party Advertising
As noted above, we may use Your Information to provide you with advertisements that are targeted to your specific needs and interests. These advertisements link directly to third party websites. YourMy.Org Inc. has no control over the content or privacy policies of such websites, and therefore we encourage you to review such content and policies prior to submitting any personal information to them. We do share certain aggregate information, such as demographic information and the number of times that our members have viewed an advertisement, with our third party advertisers. This information is not linked with any personally identifiable information, and we do not provide any such information to third party advertisers except as otherwise noted in Section 2(b) above.
d. Third Party Ad Servers
YourMy.Org Inc. may allow other companies, called third party ad servers or ad networks, to display advertisements on the Site. Some of these ad networks may place a persistent cookie on your computer. Doing this allows them to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement. In this way, ad networks may compile information about where you, or others who are using your computer, saw their advertisements and determine which ads are clicked on. This information allows an ad network to deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. YourMy.Org Inc. does not have access to or control over the cookies that may be placed by these parties on your computer, and has no control over these parties' privacy policies or information collection practices.
e. Contests and Sweepstakes
YourMy.Org Inc. may run contests, sweepstakes and other promotions on the Site in which we may request entrants to provide personal or contact information. In some cases, entrants may be required to answer survey questions about a range of topics. YourMy.Org Inc. uses the information collected in the entry form to verify the entrant’s identity and age and to communicate with the entrant. YourMy.Org Inc. will not share any of the entrant’s personal or contact information with any third party except to service providers (if any) as described below, as disclosed at the time of entry, if you are a contest winner, or as may be required by law. YourMy.Org Inc. may make information about entrants available in aggregated form to advertisers, partners and the general public.
f. Service Providers
We may sometimes use a third party to provide specific services on our behalf, including sending e-mails to our members, conducting member surveys, processing transactions or performing statistical analysis of our services or data. In these cases, we may provide Your Information to these third party service providers as needed for the service to be provided. However, these parties are required to maintain the confidentiality of this information and are prohibited from retaining, sharing, storing or using this information for any other purposes.
g. Affiliates and Business Transitions
h. Legal Matters; Protection of Rights, Property and Interests; Safety
We may, without your consent, access and disclose Your Information, any communications sent or received by you, and any other information that we may have about you or your account: as may be permitted or required by law, regulation, rule or court order; pursuant to requests from governmental, regulatory or administrative agencies or law enforcement authorities; or to prevent, investigate, identify persons or organizations potentially involved in, or take any action regarding suspected fraud, violations of our Terms of Service, or activity that appears to us to be illegal or may expose us to legal liability. Additionally, we may disclose Your Information in situations that we believe to be emergencies involving potential threats to the physical safety or any person or property if we believe that Your Information in any way relates to that threat.
3. CHANGING, CORRECTING OR REMOVING YOUR INFORMATION
YourMy.Org Inc. provides you with ways in which you can update Your Information. To make changes to Your Information, please login to the Site and go to the "Your Profile Info" section on the Site. Here you may edit and change such information as your name, birth date, mailing address, e-mail address, password and payment information. In addition, you can go to your “Dashboard Center” on the Site, where you can edit various pieces of information or content that you submitted to the Site. If you have questions about updating Your Information, please visit the Help section on the Site.
If you wish to have your membership canceled for any reason, please click here. If you have any problems canceling your membership, please request assistance from Help Center. Upon the cancelation of your membership, we may retain Your Information for a period of time in our internal databases and systems.
4. COMMUNICATIONS FROM YOURMY.ORG INC.
As a member of YourMy.Org Inc., you will receive our customary business communications (e.g., emails facilitating, completing or confirming your registration, upgrade or other transaction, providing you notice of new or updated products or features, alerting you to member-to-member communications or other member activity relating to your membership, or other administrative messages). We may also send certain “welcome” messages that are informational and provide useful details about your membership or product usage instructions when you sign up for a membership or begin using a particular service. In addition, upon registration you may be automatically enrolled in one or more of our regularly recurring email subscription programs, such as our "YourMy.Org Inc. " newsletter. You may also choose to participate in other email subscription programs that we may make available to you. We also may send you communications regarding special offers or other promotional material for our products or services or those of our affiliated companies or advertisers. We may send all of these communications to the primary email address that you provide to us or to any secondary email address that you may have provided to us if we have determined that your primary email address appears to no longer be valid or otherwise functioning properly. We may also send these communications to you through the Message Center on the Site.
While we reserve the right to send you our customary business communications, “welcome” messages and other transactional emails without offering you the opportunity to opt-out of receiving them, we do provide you with the opportunity to select whether or not you wish to continue to receive our subscription-based or commercial emails. You can update your email preferences by logging onto the "Your Profile" section on the Site. In addition, each subscription-based email communication from us contains instructions on how you can remove yourself from the mailing list for that specific email subscription program, and each commercial email contains instructions on how you can opt out of receiving further commercial emails from us. Please keep in mind that any changes that you make to your email preferences may take up to ten (10) business days to process and that each subscription-based email and all commercial emails have their own separate opt-out processes.
5. THE SECURITY OF YOUR INFORMATION
We have instituted physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to store and maintain Your Information in a secure environment. For example, when highly confidential information, such as a credit card or debit card number, is transmitted through the Site, it is encrypted by using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) software. You may also be required to use a password to access certain pages on the Site where certain types of Your Information can be changed or deleted. It is therefore important for you to protect against unauthorized access to your password, to emails which we may send you, and to your computer. You take full responsibility for maintaining the confidentiality of your password. Furthermore, while we have implemented safeguards, you should be aware that Internet security technology rapidly changes. We cannot guarantee that the safeguards we employ today can protect Your Information from the threats of tomorrow. You should also be aware that despite our efforts, factors beyond our control may result in disclosure of Your Information. Accordingly, we are not in a position to guarantee that Your Information will be secure under all circumstances.
6. A NOTE ABOUT INTERNATIONAL USERS
7. A SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT THE PRIVACY OF MINORS
In compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and fair information practices, we will not knowingly allow children under the age of 18 to become members. If we later learn that a child under the age of 18 is a member, then that child’s membership will be terminated. That said, we collect, use and disclose information about minors aged under 18 in the same manner as we do for adults. YourMy.Org Inc. believes that it is especially important to protect children’s privacy online and encourages parents and guardians to spend time online with their children to participate and monitor their Internet activity. If you are under 18, we require that you get your parent’s permission before disclosing any information about yourself to anyone on the Site. We do not filter advertisements or other content that children may receive, such that they could receive content and materials that are inappropriate for children.
YourMy.Org Inc. may update this policy from time to time as our information practices are modified or changed. If we make any material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by email (sent to the primary e-mail address specified in your account), or by means of a notice on the Site for a period of not less than thirty (30) days prior to the change. We encourage you to periodically review this page for the latest information on our privacy practices.