Privacy Policy

PRIVACY POLICY

Updated: April 27, 2011

This privacy policy covers all of www.itstudioworks.com(the “Website”). It does not, however, apply to entities that the Website does not own or control, such as third party applications utilizing the Website. By using or accessing the Website, you agree to our privacy practices outlined here.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

1.       Definitions

2.       Our Commitment to Privacy

3.       Information We Receive from You

4.       Information We Receive from Third Parties

5.       Information We Collect

6.       Sharing Information

7.       How We Use Your Information

8.       Information You Share with Third Parties

9.       How We Share Information

10.   Third party links

11.   How We Protect Your Information

12.   Our Commitment to Children’s Privacy

13.   How You Can Change or Remove Your Information

14.   Online Privacy Policy Only

15.   Terms and Conditions

16.   Your Consent

17.   Changes to our Privacy Policy

18.   Other

19.   How to Contact Us

 
Definitions

Please refer to our Terms of Use for definitions of terms found within these Guidelines.

“Content” and “information” are used more generally and interchangeably here than in the Terms of Use unless otherwise limited by the context.

By “friends” or “contacts” we mean user information you have added, imported, or connected to your account.  Unless otherwise limited by the context, the terms “friends” or “contacts” are used interchangeably here.

Our Commitment to Privacy

Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. To make this notice easy to find, we make it available on our homepage and at every point where personally identifiable information may be requested.

Information We Receive from You

We receive information from you when you register on our site, respond to a survey or fill out a form.

Information about you.  When you register for a membership on the Website, you provide us with various personal information including your name, email, gender, and birth date. During registration we also give you the opportunity to connect with others. You will also be able to add a picture of yourself. In some cases we may ask for additional information for security reasons or to provide specific services to you.

Content. One of the primary reasons people use the Website is to share content. Examples include when you update your status, upload or take a photo, upload or record a video, share a link, create an event or a group, make a comment, write something on someone’s Wall, write a note, or send someone a message. If you do not want us to store metadata associated with content you share on the Website (such as photos), please remove the metadata before uploading the content.

Information about contacts. We offer contact importer tools to help you upload your friends’ addresses so that you can find them on the Website, and invite your contacts who do not have Website accounts to join. If you give us your password to retrieve those contacts, we will not store your password after you have uploaded your contacts’ information.

Information We Receive from Third Parties

Information from other users. We may collect information about you from other Website users, such as when a friend tags you in a photo, video, or place, provides friend details, or indicates a relationship with you.

Information from applications. We do not own or operate the applications or websites that you use through the Website. Whenever you connect with an application or website, we will receive information from them, including information about actions you take. In some cases, in order to personalize the process of connecting, we may receive a limited amount of information even before you connect with the application or website.

Information from other websites. We may institute programs with advertising partners and other websites in which they share information with us: 

  • We may ask advertisers to tell us how our users responded to the ads we showed them (and for comparison purposes, how other users who didn’t see the ads acted on their site). This data sharing, commonly known as “conversion tracking,” helps us measure our advertising effectiveness and improve the quality of the advertisements you see.
  • We may receive information about whether or not you’ve seen or interacted with certain ads on other sites in order to measure the effectiveness of those ads.

If we institute these programs, we will only use the information in the ways we explain in the “How We Use Your Information” section below.

Information We Collect

Site activity information. We keep track of some of the actions you take on the Website, such as adding connections (including joining a group or adding a friend), creating a photo album, interacting with other members, indicating you “like” a post, attending an event, or connecting with an application. In some cases you are also taking an action when you provide information or content to us. For example, if you share a video, in addition to storing the actual content you uploaded, we might log the fact that you shared it.

Access device and browser information. When you access the Website from a computer, mobile phone, or other device, we may collect information from that device about your browser type, location, and IP address, as well as the pages you visit.

Cookie information. We use "cookies" (small pieces of data we store for an extended period of time on your computer, mobile phone, or other device) to make the Website easier to use, to make our advertising better, and to protect both you and us. We also may contract with third-party service providers to assist us in better understanding our site visitors.  For instance: Google, as a third party vendor, may utilize cookies to serve ads on our site. Google's use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to your users based on their visit to your sites and other sites on the Internet. Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy.

You can remove or block cookies using the settings in your browser, but in some cases that may impact your ability to use the Website. 

Sharing Information

This section explains how your privacy settings work, and how your information is shared on the Website.  You should always consider your privacy settings before sharing information.

Name and profile picture.  The Website is designed to make it easy for you to find and connect with others.  For this reason, your name and profile picture do not have privacy settings.  If you are uncomfortable with sharing your profile picture, you should delete it (or not add one).  You can also control who can find you when searching on the Website or on public search engines through your privacy setting located in your user profile.

Personal information. Your profile settings (available when customizing your privacy settings) control who can contact you on the Website, and who can see your personal information in your profile such as your email and phone number(s).  Remember that none of this information is required except for your email address, and you do not have to share your email address with anyone.

Gender and birth date.  In addition to name and email address, we require you to provide your gender and birth date during the registration process.  We ask for your date of birth to verify that you are 13 or older, and so that we can better limit your access to content and advertisements that are not age appropriate.  Because your date of birth and gender are required, you cannot delete them.  You can, however, edit your profile to hide all (or part) of such fields from other users.

Other.  Here are some other things to remember:

  • Some of the content you share and the actions you take will show up on other user profile pages and other pages they visit.
  • If another user tags you in a photo or video or at a place, you can remove the tag.  You can also limit who can see that you have been tagged on your profile from your privacy settings.
  • Even after you remove information from your profile or delete your account, copies of that information may remain viewable elsewhere to the extent it has been shared with others, it was otherwise distributed pursuant to your privacy settings, or it was copied or stored by other users.
  • You understand that information might be re-shared or copied by other users.
  • Certain types of communications that you send to other users cannot be removed, such as messages.
  • When you post information on another user’s profile or comment on another user’s post, that information will be subject to the other user’s privacy settings.
  • If you use an external source to publish information to the Website (such as a mobile application), you should check the privacy setting for that post, as it is set by that external source.

“Public” information. Information set to “public” is publicly available information.  Such information may, for example, be accessed by everyone on the Internet (including people not logged into the Website), be indexed by third party search engines, and be imported, exported, distributed, and redistributed by us and others without privacy limitations. Such information may also be associated with you, including your name and profile picture, even outside of the Website, such as on public search engines and when you visit other sites on the internet.  The default privacy setting for certain types of information you post on the Website is set to “public”. You can review and change the default settings in your privacy settings. If you delete “public” content that you posted on the Website, we will remove it from your profile, but have no control over its use outside of the Website.

Minors.  We reserve the right to add special protections for minors (such as to provide them with an age-appropriate experience) and place restrictions on the ability of adults to share and connect with minors, recognizing this may provide minors a more limited experience on the Website.

How We Use Your Information

We use the information we collect to try to provide a safe, efficient, and customized experience. Here are some of the details on how we do that:

To manage and improve the Website. We use the information we collect to provide our services and features to you, to measure and improve those services and features, and to provide you with customer support. We use the information to prevent potentially illegal activities, and to enforce our Terms of Use. We also use a variety of technological systems to detect and address anomalous activity and screen content to prevent abuse such as spam. These efforts may on occasion result in a temporary or permanent suspension or termination of some functions for some users.

To contact you. We may contact you with service-related announcements from time to time. You may opt out of all communications except essential updates on your account notifications page. We may include content you see on the Website in emails we send to you.

To personalize your experience on the Website.  Your information helps us to better respond to your individual needs.

To supplement your profile. We may use information about you that we collect from other users to supplement your profile (such as when you are tagged in a photo or mentioned in a status update). In such cases we generally give you the ability to remove the content (such as allowing you to remove a photo tag of you) or limit its visibility on your profile.

To make suggestions.  We use your information, including the addresses you import through our contact importers, to make suggestions to you and other users on the Website. For example, if another user imports the same email address as you do, we may suggest that you add each other as friends.  Similarly, if one of your friends uploads a picture of you, we may suggest that your friend tag you in the picture. We do this by comparing your friend’s pictures to information we’ve put together from the photos you’ve been tagged in.  We may also suggest that you use certain tools and features based on what your friends have used.  You can control these options in your privacy settings.

To help others find you. We allow other users to use contact information they have about you, such as your email address, to find you, including through contact importers and search.  You can prevent other users from using your email address to find you using the search section of your privacy settings.

To serve personalized advertising to you. We don’t share your information with advertisers without your consent. (An example of consent would be if you asked us to provide your shipping address to an advertiser to receive a free sample.) We may allow advertisers to choose the characteristics of users who will see their advertisements and we may use any of the non-personally identifiable attributes we have collected (including information you may have decided not to show to other users, such as your birth year or other sensitive personal information or preferences) to select the appropriate audience for those advertisements. For example, we might use your interest in soccer to show you ads for soccer equipment, but we do not tell the soccer equipment company who you are. You can see the criteria advertisers may select by visiting our advertising page. Even though we do not share your information with advertisers without your consent, when you click on or otherwise interact with an advertisement there is a possibility that the advertiser may place a cookie in your browser and note that it meets the criteria they selected.

To serve social ads. We may occasionally pair advertisements we serve with relevant information we have about you and your friends to make advertisements more interesting and more tailored to you and your friends. For example, if you connect with a group or event, we may display your name and profile photo next to an advertisement for that page that is displayed to your friends. We only share the personally identifiable information visible in the social ad with the friend who can see the ad.

To process transactions. Your information, whether public or private, will not be sold, exchanged, transferred, or given to any other company for any reason whatsoever, without your consent, other than for the express purpose of delivering the purchased product or service requested by you.

Memorializing accounts. If we are notified that a user is deceased, we may memorialize the user’s account. In such cases we restrict profile access to confirmed friends, and allow friends and family to write on the user’s wall in remembrance. We may close an account if we receive a formal request from the user’s next of kin or other proper legal request to do so.

Information You Share with Third Parties

Application usage.  When you utilize an application through your profile it may have access to general information about you.  The term general information includes you and your friends’ names, profile pictures, gender, user IDs, connections, and any content shared using the public privacy setting.  We may also make information about the location of your computer or access device and your age available to applications in order to help them implement appropriate security measures and control the distribution of age-appropriate content.  If the application or its parent website wants to access any other data, it will have to ask for your permission.

When your friend utilizes an application, the application (or its parent website) may also be able to access your name, profile picture, gender, and user ID when you share it “public”.  It may also be able to access your connections, except it will not be able to access your friend list.  If you have already connected with (or have a separate account with) that website or application, it may also be able to connect you with your friend on that application or website.  If the application or website wants to access any of your other content or information (including your friend list), it will have to obtain specific permission from your friend.  If your friend grants specific permission to the application or website, it will generally only be able to access content and information about you that your friend can access.  In addition, it will only be allowed to use that content and information in connection with that friend.  For example, if a friend gives an application access to a photo you only shared with your friends, that application could allow your friend to view or print the photo, but it cannot show that photo to anyone else.

You should always review the policies of third party applications and their websites to make sure you are comfortable with the ways in which they use information you share with them. We do not guarantee that they will follow our rules. If you find an application or website that violates our rules, you should report the violation to us on this help page and we will take action as necessary.

We provide you with a number of tools to control how your information is shared when your friend connects with an application or website.  For example, you can use your account “application” and “privacy” setting to limit some of the information your friends can make available to applications and websites.  You can block all platform applications and websites completely or block particular applications or websites from accessing your information.  You can use your privacy settings to limit which friends can access your information, or limit which of your information is available to the public.  You can also disconnect from a friend if you are uncomfortable with how they are using your information.

Exporting information. You (and those you make your information available to) may use tools like RSS feeds, mobile phone address book applications, or copy and paste functions, to capture, export (and in some cases, import) information from the Website, including your information and information about you.  For example, if you share your phone number with your friends, they may use third party applications to sync that information with the address book on their mobile phone.

How We Share Information

The Website allows you to share information with others while also providing you with privacy settings that you can use to restrict other users from accessing some of your information. We share your personally identifiable information with third parties only when we believe the sharing is permitted by you, when reasonably necessary to offer our services, when required to protect or enforce the rights, property, or safety of ourselves or others, or when legally required to do so.  We may however provide non-personally identifiable visitor informationto other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses. 

For example, utilizing non-identifying and aggregate information to better design our website and to share with advertisers (i.e. we may tell an advertiser that X number of individuals visited a certain area on our website, or that Y number of men and Z number of women filled out our registration form) , but we would not disclose anything that could be used to identify those individuals.

Finally, we never use or share the personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the ones described above without also providing you an opportunity to opt-out or otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses.

Here are some examples of how we share your information:

When you invite a friend to join. When you ask us to invite a friend to join the Website, we will send your friend a message on your behalf using your name.  The invitation may also contain information about other users your friend might know.   We may also send up to two reminders to them in your name. You can see who has accepted your invitations, send reminders, and delete your friends’ email addresses on your invite history page.  If your friend does not want us to keep their information, we will also remove it at their request by using this help page.

When you choose to share your information with marketers. You may choose to share information with marketers or electronic commerce providers that are not associated with the Website through applications and on-site offers. This is entirely at your discretion and we will not provide your information to these marketers without your consent.

When you make a payment. When you enter into transactions with others or make payments on the Website, we will share transaction information with only those third parties necessary to complete the transaction.  We will require those third parties to agree to respect the privacy of your information.

To help users find you. By default, we make certain information you have posted to your profile available in search results on the Website to help others find you. However, you can control who can see some of this information, as well as who can find you in searches, through your privacy settings. We also may partner with email and instant messaging providers to help their users identify which of their contacts are users on the Website, so that we can promote our Website to those users.

To give search engines access to publicly available information. We generally limit search engines’ access to our site. We may allow them to access information set to “public” or “everyone” settings (along with your name and profile picture) and your profile information that is visible to everyone.  You can change the visibility of some of your profile information using the customize section of your privacy settings. You can also prevent search engines from indexing your profile using the specific application’s privacy setting.

To help improve or promote our service. Sometimes we share aggregated information with third parties to help improve or promote our service. But we only do so in such a way that no individual user can be identified or linked to any specific action or information.

To provide you with services. We may provide information to service providers that help us bring you the services we offer. For example, we may use third parties to help host our website, send out email updates about the Website, remove repetitive information from our user lists, process payments, or provide search results or links (including sponsored links). These service providers may have access to your personal information for use for a limited time, but when this occurs we implement reasonable contractual and technical protections to limit their use of that information to helping us provide the service.

To advertise our services. We may ask advertisers outside of the Website to display ads promoting our services. We may ask them to deliver those ads based on the presence of a cookie, but in doing so will not share any other information with the advertiser.

To offer joint services. We may provide services jointly with other companies.  If you decide to use these services, we may share your information to facilitate that service. However, we will identify the partner and present the joint service provider’s privacy policy to you before you use that service.

To respond to legal requests and prevent harm. We may disclose information pursuant to subpoenas, court orders, or other requests (including criminal and civil matters) if we have a good faith belief that the response is required by law. This may include respecting requests from jurisdictions outside of the Canada where we have a good faith belief that the response is required by law under the local laws in that jurisdiction, apply to users from that jurisdiction, and are consistent with generally accepted international standards. We may also share information when we have a good faith belief it is necessary to prevent fraud or other illegal activity, to prevent imminent bodily harm, or to protect ourselves and you from people violating our Terms of Use. This may include sharing information with other companies, lawyers, courts or other government entities.

Transfer in the event of sale or change of control. If the ownership of all or substantially all of our business changes, we may transfer your information to the new owner so that the service can continue to operate. In such a case, your information would remain subject to the promises made in any pre-existing Privacy Policy.

Third Party Links

Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our website. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

How We Protect Your Information

We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you place an order or enter, submit, or access your personal information.

We offer the use of a secure server. All supplied sensitive/credit information is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted into our payment gateway providers database only to be accessible by those authorized with special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential. After a transaction, sensitive information will not be stored on our servers.

Additional security.  We utilize additional software to enhance Website security, such as third party plugins to defend against SQL injections and other external attacks, and to analyze account behaviour for fraudulent or otherwise anomalous behaviour.  These softwares may limit use of site features in response to possible signs of abuse, may remove inappropriate content or links to illegal content, and may suspend or disable accounts for violations of our Terms of Use.

Risks inherent in sharing information. Although we allow you to set privacy options that limit access to your information, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. We cannot control the actions of other users with whom you share your information. We cannot guarantee that only authorized persons will view your information. We cannot ensure that information you share on the Website will not become publicly available. We are not responsible for third party circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures on the Website. You can reduce these risks by using common sense security practices such as choosing a strong password, using different passwords for different services, and using up to date antivirus software.

Report violations. Please Contact Us to report any security violations.

Our Commitment to Children’s Privacy

We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) and do NOT collect or maintain information at our website from those we actually know are under 13.  No part of our website, including its products and services contained therein, is structured to attract anyone under the age of 13. If you believe that we might have any information from a child under age 13, please Contact Us.

How You Can Change or Remove Your Information

Editing your personal information. You can access, modify, and or correct any and all your personally identifiable information that we collect online and maintain by logging into your membership control panel (using your username and password) and accessing your 'Edit Profile' page.  Information will be updated immediately.

Deleting friends. You can delete friends or invitations of friends in the “friends” section of your profile.

Deleting your account. If you want to stop using your account you may delete it in your “edit profile” settings. When you delete an account, it and its content is permanently deleted from the Website.

If for any reason you are unable to access your Profile or make modifications, you may email us  requesting any modifications or errors in your personally identifiable information, including credible proof that such changes are required, and we will undertake to make said changes on your behalf.  To protect your privacy and security, we will also take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.

Limitations on removal. Even after you remove information from your profile or delete your account, copies of that information may remain viewable elsewhere to the extent it has been shared with others, it was otherwise distributed pursuant to your privacy settings, or it was copied or stored by other users. However, your name will no longer be associated with that information on the Website. (For example, if you post something to another user’s profile and then you delete your account, that post may remain, but be attributed to an “anonymous user.”)  Additionally, we may retain certain information to prevent identity theft and other misconduct even if deletion has been requested. If you have given an application or website access to your information, they may retain your information to the extent permitted under their terms of service or privacy policies.  But they will no longer be able to access the information through the Website after you disconnect from them.

Backup copies. Removed and deleted information may persist in backup copies for up to 90 days, but will not be available to others.

Non-member information removal. If a user provides your email address to us, and you are not a member and you want us to delete your address, you can Contact Us with your request. However, our fulfillment of that request will only apply to addresses we have at the time of the request and not to any addresses that users provide to us later.

Online Privacy Policy Only

This online privacy policy applies only to information collected through our website and not to information collected offline.

Terms and Conditions

Please also visit our Terms of Use establishing the use, disclaimers, and limitations of liability governing the use of our Website at www.itstudioworks.com

Your Consent

By using the Website, you consent to our privacy policy.

By using the Website, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the jurisdiction which we host the Website.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to modify and amend our Privacy Policy at any time without notice. Any such changes will be posted on this page.  Unless stated otherwise, our current privacy policy applies to all content and information that we have about you and your account.

Other

We do not monitor private messages (“PM”). But we will investigate all allegations of PM abuse.

We will not release any member information unless under court order to do so.

How to Contact Us

Should you have other questions or concerns about these privacy policies, please Contact Us by sending us an email at