Your privacy is important to us. When you use our products or services, we may collect and use your information. In this section, we will explain how we collect, use, store and share the information that we gather when you use our products or services as well as how we access, update, control and protect this information. We encourage you to closely read the contents of this section as they pertain to this company’s products and services and may influence how you use them. In writing this section, we have tried to explain technical jargon in simple and straightforward language and have provided links to further explanations in order to facilitate comprehension. We have highlighted areas that pertain specifically to your rights in bold for your easy reference.
By using or continuing to use our products and services, you consent to allowing us to collect, use, store and share your information according to the terms of this “Protection of Personal Information Statement”.
If you have any questions regarding this “Protection of Personal Information Statement” or any related documents, please contact us.
Information We Collect
When you use our products or services, we may collect, store and use information related to you. If you do not provide certain pieces of information, it may not be possible for you to register as a user or use certain services that we provide or use them effectively.
Information You Provide
Information Shared About You By Third Parties
Information We Obtain From You
When you use our products or services, we may collect the following information from you:
How We Use Your Information
We may use the information we collect from your use of our products and services in the following ways:
In order to provide users with a better user experience and improve our products and services (or for other purposes for which we have your consent), we may use the personal information that we have collected in an aggregated or personalized way for our other services, in accordance with the relevant laws and regulations. For example, information collected from your use of one of our services may be used to provide you with specialized content or show you relevant information when you use another one of our services. We may give you the choice to allow us to use information that you provided while using one of our services in another service as well.
Here is a more detailed explanation of how some services use your personal information in a more specialized way.
How To View and Manage Your Information
We will, to the fullest extent possible, use the appropriate technical means to allow you to view, update and correct the personal information that you have given to us, either by creating an account or through your use of our products and services. In order to protect your account’s security, we may ask you to verify your identity when you attempt to view, update, correct or delete your personal information.
Since some of the information we collect comes from cookies and web beacons, the section titled “Cookies, Log Files and Web Beacons” also explains how to manage information collected through these channels.
How We Share Your Information
Apart from the situations described below, we (and our affiliates) will not share your personal information with any third parties unless we have your permission:
If we (or our affiliates) share your personal information with any of the above-mentioned third parties, we will ensure that their use of your data complies with the “Protection of Personal Information Statement” and any other appropriate security measures.
How We Keep, Store and Protect Your Information
We believe it is reasonable and necessary to comply with the applicable laws and regulations, safeguard the social public interest and protect the security of our company, clients, users and employees as well as their property and lawful rights. We employ various kinds of security technologies in order to prevent the loss, improper use or unauthorized reading and divulgation of your information. For example, many of our products or services use encryption technologies (such as SSL) to protect the information that you provide to us. However, please understand that, while we have implemented the strongest security measures that we can, there is no way for us to ensure the security of your information 100 percent of the time. There is always a risk that, due to situations beyond our control, problems may occur in the systems and communication networks you use to access to our products and services.
A Reminder About Information You Share
Our many products and services allow you to not only share your relevant information on social media sites, but also with all of their users. This includes information that you upload or publish via our products or services (including personal information that you post or lists that you create), your replies to content uploaded or published by others, and related location data and log information. Other users who use our products or services may also share information related to you (including location data and log information). This is especially relevant for our social media services, which have been developed to allow you to broadcast information to a wide audience in real time all over the world. So long as you do not delete the information that you have shared, it will remain in the public domain and even if you do delete it, information related to you may still exist due to other users or unrelated third parties not under our control who may have saved, copied or stored it in public areas.
As such, we encourage you to carefully consider what information you choose to upload, publish and exchange using our products and services. In some cases, you can adjust the privacy settings of our products and services in order to control who can view the information that you share. If you want to delete your personal information from our product or service, please do so by following the procedure established for this purpose.
A Reminder About Sensitive Personal Information
Some information, given its characteristics, may be considered sensitive personal information, such as your race, religion and medical history. Compared to other personal information, sensitive personal information is subject to more stringent safeguards.
Please be aware that information you provide, upload or publish using our products or services (such as your photos or information related to your social activities) may divulge sensitive information about you. You need to carefully consider whether or not you want to use our products and services to publish sensitive personal information about yourself.
You agree that your sensitive personal information will be handled as per the terms laid out in the “Protection of Personal Information Statement”.
Cookies, Log Files and Web Beacons
When we use our own cookies and web beacons, it is in order to provide you with a more personalized user experience as well as for the following purposes:
In addition to the uses mentioned above, we may also take non-personally identifiable information collected by cookies and web beacons and provide it to advertising companies and other partners so that they can analyze how you and other users use our products and services as well as for other advertising services.
Our products and services may contain cookies and web beacons put there by advertising companies and other partners. These cookies and web beacons may collect non-personally identifiable information about you in order to analyze how users use these products or services, display ads that may interest you and evaluate ad effectiveness. These third-party cookies and web beacons are not subject to the terms of the “Protection of Personal Information Statement”. Instead, they are subject to their own personal information protection guidelines. We assume no responsibility for third-party cookies or web beacons.
You can manage cookies and web beacons via your browser’s settings or preferences tab. However, please be aware that if you disable cookies or web beacons, we may not be able to provide you with an optimal user experience and that certain features may not work at all. Also, you will still continue to receive the same number of ads even if you disable cookies and web beacons. However, the relevancy of these ads will decrease.
We may use your information in order to display ads that are more relevant to you. We may use your information to send you, via our products, email or other means, marketing information or to promote the following products and services from either ourselves or from third parties:
If you do not want us to use your personal information for the above-mentioned advertising purposes, you can indicate this within the ad itself or by adjusting the settings within our product or service.
Messages and Emails That We Send You
Emails and Messages
When you use our products or services, we may use your information to send to your device emails, news or notifications. If you do not want to receive these messages, you can select the unsubscribe option on your device by following the instructions contained within the emails we send to you.
There may be times when we have to send you service-related messages (e.g. temporary service outages due to system maintenance). Since these messages are not of a promotional nature, there is no way for you to unsubscribe from them.
Third-Party Services Within Our Products and Services
Our products and services may include links to social media sites and other services (including websites) offered by third parties, such as:
We encourage parents and guardians to supervise minors under the age of 18 when they are using our products or services. We recommend that minors ask their parents or guardians to read this “Protection of Personal Information Statement” and that they seek their parents’ or guardians’ consent and supervision before they submit any personal information.
Scope of This “Protection of Personal Information Statement”
Apart from a few special services, the “Protection of Personal Information Statement” applies equally to all of our products and services. For these special services, a special protection of personal information statement will apply. The protection of personal information statements for these special services constitute a part of this “Protection of Personal Information Statement”. In the event of a discrepancy between the special service’s protection of personal information statement and this “Protection of Personal Information Statement”, the special service’s protection of personal information statement will prevail.
Please be aware that this “Protection of Personal Information Statement” does not apply under the following circumstances:
Modifying This “Protection of Personal Information Statement”
We reserve the right to modify the terms of this “Protection of Personal Information Statement” at any time. These modifications constitute a part of this “Protection of Personal Information Statement”. If the modifications to this “Protection of Personal Information Statement” result in a loss of rights for you, we will inform you of the changes before they take effect by posting a notice in a prominent place on our homepage, by emailing you or by some other means. If this occurs and you continue using our products and services, that will be interpreted as your agreeing to the new terms of the “Protection of Personal Information Statement”.
This refers to any information that on its own or combined with other information could be used to identify you or private information related to your identity.
This refers to any information concerning you that you or any users voluntarily share on social media sites via our products or services or information concerning you that is shared by other parties, such as information related to you contained in information that another party has uploaded or published or communications sent by another party to you or to other users of our products and services.
Non-Personally Identifiable Information
This refers to any information that is related to you, but cannot be used to directly or indirectly identify you and includes aggregated, anonymized and pseudonymized personal information.
This refers to a small string file that was installed on your computer, mobile phone or other device when you visited a website or viewed some other sort of online content.
Please note that we will collect, use and store your data in accordance with this “Protection of Personal Information Statement”. This “Protection of Personal Information Statement” contains our “Protection of Personal Information Statement” within it and constitutes a part of it. By using our products and services, you agree to these terms. The words and terms used in this policy as well as those defined in our “Protection of Personal Information Statement” are considered to have the same meaning.
What are cookies and web beacons?
A cookie is a small string file that is installed on your computer, mobile phone or other device when you visit a website or view online content. A web beacon is a digital image file or other technology embedded within a website or email that can be used to count the number of visitors, track whether or not an email or website has been viewed and record at what time it was viewed and whether or not certain cookies have been used.
Please note that in addition to the uses mentioned above, we may also take non-personally identifiable information collected by cookies and web beacons and provide it to advertising companies and other partners so that they can analyze how you and other users use our products and services as well as for other promotional purposes.
We also allow advertisers and other partners to imbed cookies and web beacons in our products and services in order to analyze how users use these products and services as well as for promotional purposes. It is important to note that these third-party cookies and web beacons are subject to the terms of the relevant third party’s protection of personal information statement and not our “Protection of Personal Information Statement”. We assume no responsibility for third-party cookies or web beacons.
Special Types of Cookies
In the chart below, we describe in greater detail how we use special types of cookies. These cookies may be stored on your browser in whole or in part. Your browser may allow you to manage or block certain cookies and web beacons. However, if you block cookies, we may not be able to offer you an optimal user experience and certain products or services may not function properly.
These cookies notify us when you log into our products or services and allow us to provide you with a personalized user experience. For example, when you log into one of our products or services, these cookies allow us to determine whether or not you have securely logged in before and display only the resources that are relevant to you.
We use these cookies to protect your data and maintain the security of our products and services as well as protect against fraud and other criminal activities. For example, these cookies can identify whether you are logging into our products or services from your usual location, prevent your data from becoming compromised and detect suspicious activity.
We use these cookies to support the various features of our products and services and to enhance their functionality. For example, these cookies allow us to automatically fill in your login information for your convenience when you go to log into our product or service.
Research & Analysis
We use these cookies to track and improve the performance of our products and services. These cookies also provide us with the reference data used to help us develop new features and services. For example, cookies allow us to better understand how our products and services are used and provide a better user experience for you and other users. This data includes what programs you used while using our product or service and how long you used them for as well as what pages you visited and what features you used while using our product or service.