1. Introduction and Overview.
2. Information We May Collect From You.
A. Information You Provide.
We and our Service Providers (defined below) may collect information you directly submit to us in relation to your use of the Service. For example, we collect information when you register an account; access, search for, or comment on any content; cast a vote; create a poll; follow other users; or otherwise communicate or transact with us through the Service.
The information we collect may include Personal Information. "Personal Information" is information that identifies you personally (whether alone or in combination), such as your first and last name, e-mail address, phone number, date of birth, and postal address. You may choose to voluntarily submit certain other information to us through the Service, including Personal Information, but you are solely responsible for your own Personal Information in instances where we have not requested that you submit such information to us.
In some cases, if you provide information to us about a friend, we may use that information to fulfill a request by you, such as sending an e-mail to your friend’s e-mail address with a poll or inviting your friend to join the Service. We may include your contact information, if you've entered it, when you request that e-mails be sent to your friend. By using this functionality, you acknowledge and agree that both you and your friend are based in the United States and that you have your friend’s consent for us to use his or her contact information to fulfill your request.
B. Information Collected Automatically.
The methods that may be used on the Service to collect Usage Information include:
Information Collected by Tracking Technologies: Cookies, web beacons (also known as "tracking pixels"), embedded scripts, location-identifying technologies, in-app tracking methods, and other tracking technologies now and hereafter developed (“Tracking Technologies”) may be used to collect information about your interactions with the Service or e-mails, including information about your browsing and activity behavior.
A cookie is a piece of data stored on your device tied to information about your use of the Service. For example, by setting a cookie, you may not have to log in to our Service with a password more than once. We store a cookie on each user's machine that contains a username and a one-time token. We may use both session ID cookies and persistent cookies. For the session ID cookie, once you close your browser, the cookie simply terminates. A persistent cookie is a small text file stored on your device for an extended period of time. Persistent cookies can generally be removed by following internet browser help file directions.
Web Beacons (“Tracking Pixels”)
Web beacons are small graphic images, also known as "internet tags" or "clear gifs," embedded in web pages and e-mail messages. Web beacons may be used to count the number of visitors to the Service, to monitor how users navigate the Service, and to count content views.
An embedded script is programming code designed to collect information about your interactions with the Service. It is temporarily downloaded onto your device from our web server or a third party with whom we work, is active only while you are connected to the Service, and deleted or deactivated thereafter.
GPS (global positioning systems) software, geo-filtering, and other location-aware technologies locate (sometimes precisely) you for purposes such as verifying your location and delivering or restricting relevant content based on your location.
In-App Tracking Methods.
There are a variety of tracking technologies that may be included in mobile apps, and these are not browser-based like cookies and cannot be controlled by browser settings. Some use device identifier, or other identifiers such as “Ad IDs” to associate app user activity to a particular app and to track user activity across apps.
For further information on Tracking Technologies and your choices regarding them, please see “Third Party Services, Features, and Devices” and “What Are Your Choices” below.
C. Information from Other Sources.
3. How We Use Information.
4. Sharing of Information.
Our agents, vendors, consultants, and other service providers (collectively “Service Providers”) may receive, or be given access to your information, including Personal Information and Usage Information, in connection with their work on our behalf. These Service Providers are prohibited from using your Personal Information for any purpose other than to provide this assistance, although we may permit them to use aggregate information which does not identify you or de-identified data for other purposes.
Without limiting the foregoing, in our sole discretion, we may share aggregated information which does not identify you or de-identified information about you with third parties or affiliates for any purpose.
5. Sweepstakes, Contests, Promotions.
From time to time, BuzzVote or a partner may sponsor a promotion, sweepstake, survey, or contest (each a “Promotion”). In order to participate in a Promotion, you may be asked to provide Personal Information including your name, e-mail address or postal address and/or to answer certain other questions that may be applicable. We will not transfer your personal information to any ad partners unless you have explicitly requested to receive information from them through us rather than directly through them, and if so, we will only provide the necessary information to facilitate your transaction. It will be clear at the point of collection who is collecting the personal information and whose privacy statement will apply. Your Personal Information may be disclosed to third parties for administrative purposes and as required by law (e.g., on a winners list). By entering, you agree to the official rules that govern that Promotion, and may, except where prohibited by applicable law, allow the sponsor and/or other parties to use your name, voice and/or likeness in advertising or marketing materials.
6. Polls and Public Information.
Certain information that you submit to us, such as your picture, username, votes cast, users followed, text or video comments, and polls, will automatically be displayed to other users of the Service and may be shared outside the Service. Your phone number and e-mail information will not be displayed to other users. In the case of polls, public polls will displayed to all users, members only polls to those logged in with a username, and friends only polls to users you've designated as friends. Public Ppolls may also be embedded in Third Party Services that are viewable to individuals outside of the Service.
Please be aware that whenever you submit this type of information to us, it may be accessed by the public and/or other users who can in turn use the information for their own purposes, such as to send you unsolicited communications. You are solely responsible for information you make public or available to other users of the Service. Do not submit any videos of identifiable individuals or content where you do not own or have licenses to all underlying rights.
7. Third Party Services, Features, and Devices.
Our Service contains content from and hyperlinks to other websites, locations, platforms, and services owned and opearted by third parties (“Third Party Services”). In addition, our Service contains features that allow you interact with, connect to, or access our Service through certain Third Party Services and third party devices (“Third Party Features”). For example, you use a Third Party Feature when you log in to our Service through a social media service or “like” or “share” content over social media through our Service. Likewise, you interact with our Service when you chat with one of our chatbots on a Third Party Service. Remember that third parties may use Tracking Technologies to independently collect information about you and may solicit Personal Information from you. Also, if you use a Third Party Feature, both we and the applicable third party may have access to and use information associated with your use of the Third Party Feature. If you publicly reference our Service on a Third Party Service (e.g., by using a hashtag associated with BuzzVote in a tweet or post), we may use your reference on or in connection with our Service.
For further information on Tracking Technologies and your choices regarding them, please see “Information Collected Automatically” above and “What Are Your Choices” below.
8. What Are Your Choices?
A. Accessing Your Information.
As a Service user, you may access, modify, or remove certain Personal Information that you have voluntarily submitted to us through the Service at any time by logging in to your account and accessing features such as edit preferences. Please note that we will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements. California residents have additional rights set forth in “Your California Privacy Rights” below.
B. Tracking Technologies Generally.
You generally can configure your browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies, or notify you when a cookie is set. Browsers offer different functionalities and options so you may need to set them separately. With respect to our mobile apps, you can stop all collection of information via an app by uninstalling the app. Also, you may be able to exercise specific privacy choices, such as enabling or disabling certain location-based services, by adjusting the permissions in your mobile device.
Please be aware that if you reject or remove Tracking Technologies, including cookies, you will not be able to take full advantage of all the Service offerings. Your ability to limit browser-based Tracking Technologies is subject to your browser settings and limitations. However, not all Buzzvote.com services or areas may require that you accept cookies.
Your browser settings may allow you to automatically transmit a “Do Not Track” signal to online services you visit. Note, however, there is no industry consensus as to what site and app operators should do with regard to these signals. Accordingly, we do not monitor or take action with respect to “Do Not Track” signals or other mechanisms. For more information on “Do Not Track,” visit http://www.allaboutdnt.com.
C. Analytics and Advertising Tracking Technologies.
You may choose whether to receive Interest-based Advertising by submitting opt outs. Some of the advertisers and Service Providers that perform advertising-related services for us and our partners may participate in the Digital Advertising Alliance ("DAA") Self-Regulatory Program for Online Behavioral Advertising. To learn more about how you can exercise certain choices regarding Interest-based Advertising, visit http://www.aboutads.info/choices, and http://www.aboutads.info/appchoices for information on the DAA’s opt out program for mobile apps. Some of these companies may also be members of the Network Advertising Initiative (“NAI”). To learn more about the NAI and your opt out options for their members, see http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/. Please be aware that, even if you are able to opt out of certain kinds of Interest-based Advertising, you may continue to receive other types of ads. Opting out only means that those selected members should no longer deliver certain Interest-based Advertising to you, but does not mean you will no longer receive any targeted content and/or ads (e.g., from other ad networks). BuzzVote is not responsible for effectiveness of, or compliance with, any third-parties’ opt out options or programs or the accuracy of their statements regarding their programs.
We may communicate with you via e-mail for any reason set forth in “How We Use Your Information” above, including to send you a link for resetting your password, if you have forgotten your password and request an e-mail, if you submit feedback and specifically request that we respond via e-mail, when you send/receive friend requests to/from other people, to notify you of changes to our policies or technical issues, or for marketing communications purposes.
You can opt-out of receiving certain promotional communications (e-mails and , push notifications, and text messages) from us at any time by (i) for e-mails, following the instructions as provided in e-mails to click on the unsubscribe link, or contacting us here with the word UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject field of the e-mail; and (ii) for push notifications or in-app messages, adjusting the permissions in your mobile device. Please note that your opt-out is limited to the e-mail address and, device , used and will not affect subsequent subscriptions or, for e-mails, non-promotional communications, such as those about your account, transactions, servicing, BuzzVote’s ongoing business relations.
9. Your California Privacy Rights.
California’s “Shine the Light” law permits customers in California to request certain details about how certain types of their information are shared with third parties and, in some cases, affiliates, for those third parties’ and affiliates’ own direct marketing purposes. Under the law, a business should either provide California customers certain information upon request or permit California customers to opt in to, or opt out of, this type of sharing.
BuzzVote may share personal information as defined by California’s “Shine the Light” law with third parties and/or affiliates for such third parties’ and affiliates’ own direct marketing purposes. If you are a California resident and wish to obtain information about our compliance with this law, please e-mail us here or send us a letter to [INSERT ADDRESS]. Requests must include “California Privacy Rights Request” in the first line of the description and include your name, street address, city, state, and ZIP code. Please note that BuzzVote is not required to respond to requests made by means other than through the provided e-mail address or mail address.
Any California residents under the age of eighteen (18) who have registered to use the Service and posted content or information on the Service, can request that such information be removed from the Service by sending an e-mail to us here. Requests must state that the user personally posted such content or information and detail where the content or information is posted. We will make reasonable good faith efforts to remove the post from prospective public view.
The Service is intended for a general audience and not directed to children under thirteen (13) years of age. BuzzVote does not knowingly collect personal information as defined by the U.S. Children’s Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) in a manner that is not permitted by COPPA. If you are a parent or guardian and believe BuzzVote has collected such information in a manner not permitted by COPPA, please e-mail us here or send us a letter to [INSERT ADDRESS], and we will remove such data to the extent required by COPPA.
11. Data Security.
We take reasonable measures to help protect information about you from loss, theft, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction. Nevertheless, transmission via the internet is not completely secure and we cannot guarantee the security of your information collected through our Service.
12. International Transfer.
14. Contact Us.
If you have any questions or comments about this policy, please e-mail us here or send us a letter to [INSERT ADDRESS].