TheSpread.com is committed to respecting the privacy of our users. We strive to provide a safe, secure user experience. This Privacy Statement sets forth the online data collection and usage policies and practices that apply to TheSpread.com and does not apply to information we collect in any other fashion.
TheSpread.com contains links to other websites over which we have no control. We are not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of other websites to which you choose to link from our websites or emails. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of those other websites so you can understand how they collect, use and share your information.
Collection and Use of Information by TheSpread.com
In some areas of TheSpread.com we may request that you provide personal information, including your name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, credit card number, contact information, billing information and any other information from which your identity is discernible. In other areas, we collect or may collect demographic information that is not unique to you such as your ZIP code, age, preferences, gender, interests and favorites. Sometimes we collect or may collect a combination of the two types of information. Examples of areas on TheSpread.com where we collect personal or combined personal and demographic data are pages where you can open a TheSpread.com forum account, create a profile, sign up to use a service, join an email list, and enter a contest or post on a forum.
We also gather or may gather certain information about your use of TheSpread.com such as what areas you visit and what services you access. Moreover, there is information about your computer hardware and software that is or may be collected by us. This information can include without limitation your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring Web site addresses, but is not linked to your personal information.
We may sometimes afford you the opportunity to provide descriptive, cultural, behavioral, preferential and/or life style information about yourself, but it is solely up to you whether you furnish such information. If you do provide such information, you are thereby consenting to the use of that information in accordance with the policies and practices described in this Privacy Statement. For example, such information may be used for the purpose of determining your potential interest in receiving e-mail or other communications about particular products or services.
Our Use of Your Information
We use the information we gather on TheSpread.com whether personal, demographic, collective or technical, for the purpose of operating and improving TheSpread.com, fostering a positive user experience, and delivering the products and services that we offer.
If you have provided consent for us to do so, we may also use the information we gather to inform you of other products or services available from us or our affiliated companies.
We may use your contact information in order to send you e-mail or other communications regarding updates at TheSpread.com, to contact you about your opinion of current products and services or potential new products and services that may be offered. We may also provide additional communications, promotions and information which may be of interest to you. The nature and frequency of these messages will vary depending upon the information we have about you.
In addition, you may receive free informational newsletters from us relating to topics that may be of special interest to you.
We have areas on TheSpread.com where you can submit feedback. Any feedback you submit in these areas becomes our property, and we can use such feedback (such as reviews) for marketing purposes or to contact you for further information.
Choices Regarding the Disclosure of Personal Information to Others
We do not disclose your personal information to third parties, or your combined personal and demographic information or information about your use of TheSpread.com (such as the areas you visit or the services you access), except as set forth below.
1. We disclose information to third parties if you consent to such disclosure. For example, if you indicate that you would like to receive information about the opportunities, products or services of third parties at the time you register for an account at TheSpread.com, we supply your contact information to third parties such as employers, recruiters, data aggregators, and educational institutions, marketers or others for the purpose of sending you e-mail or otherwise communicating with you. We use data we have about you (such as the interests and preferences you have expressed) to determine whether you might be interested in the opportunities, products or services of a particular third-party.
2. We disclose information to companies and individuals we employ to perform functions on our behalf. Examples include hosting our Web servers, analyzing data, providing marketing assistance, processing credit card payments, and providing customer service. These companies and individuals will have access to your personal information as necessary to perform their functions, but they may not share that information with any other third party.
3. We disclose information if legally required to do so, if requested to do so by a governmental entity or if we believe in good faith that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to legal requirements or comply with legal process; (b) protect our rights or property or our affiliated companies; (c) prevent a crime or protect national security; or (d) protect the personal safety of users or the public.
We will disclose and transfer information to a third party who acquires all or a substantial portion of our business, whether such acquisition is by way of merger, consolidation or purchase of all or a substantial portion of our assets. In addition, in the event we become the subject of a bankruptcy proceeding, whether voluntary or involuntary, we or our trustee in bankruptcy may sell, license or otherwise dispose of such information in a transaction approved by the bankruptcy court. You will be notified of sale of all or a substantial portion of our business to a third party via email or through a prominent notice posted TheSpread.com.
TheSpread.com is designed for member networking among other like-minded individuals with similar backgrounds and/or interests via forums and blogs. If you have a profile on TheSpreac.com, other users or members of TheSpread.com may view your profile. Your personal information, including demographic information, may be made public in your personal profile; however, your contact information is not displayed unless you opt to provide it. Other users or members of TheSpread.com will not have access to your contact information unless you choose to share it with them. We are not responsible for the retention, use or privacy of profile information in the instance of other members who have accessed your profile and may have retained information from your profile in their own files or databases.
Posting to Public Areas of TheSpread.com
Please remember that if you post any of your personal information in public areas of TheSpread.com such as in online forums or blog comment threads, such information may be collected and used by others over whom we have no control. We are not responsible for the use made by third parties of information you post or otherwise make available in public areas of TheSpread.com.
Other Uses of Information
We also share aggregated anonymous information about visitors to TheSpread.com with our advertisers, partners and other third parties so that they can understand the kinds of visitors to the TheSpread.com and how those visitors use TheSpread.com.
If at any time, you have questions or concerns about this Privacy Statement or believe that we have not adhered to this Privacy Statement, please feel free to email us at [email protected]
Update effective August 1, 2010