Last updated: February 1, 2017
Information We Collect
We collect information that you provide to us. Because the purpose of a social network is to share information, your profile information is public by default, but you have the ability to make some information private. Keep in mind that content in some of the Swishlinks App is also visible to unregistered users. You can delete your entire profile from public view at any time you decide to cease using Swishlinks, although information you have shared with others or that they have copied may remain visible after you delete your profile from public view. You, and not Swishlinks, are responsible for managing your privacy and notification settings.
By creating an account on this social network, Swishlinks and others will be able to identify you by your profile. In addition to the information required to establish a profile (full name, e-mail, username and password), you may also choose to list your professional qualifications and education, as well as skills and experience, publications, and awards.
In addition, if you choose to complete certain forms, participate in sweepstakes or contests, or send us requests, you will be asked to provide the following information: street address, city, state, ZIP, phone number, email, full name and comment.
We also collect information that we collect using “cookie” technology. Cookies are small packets of data that a website stores on your computer’s or mobile device’s hard drive so that your computer or mobile device will “remember” information about your visit. We may use both session cookies (which expire once you close your web browser) and persistent cookies (which stay on your computer until you delete them) to help us collect Usage Information and to enhance your experience using the Swishlinks App. If you do not want us to place a cookie on your hard drive, you may be able to turn that feature off on your computer or mobile device. Please consult your Internet browser’s documentation for information on how to do this and how to delete persistent cookies. However, if you decide not to accept cookies from us, the Swishlinks App may not function properly.
If you’ve provided us with personal information we may associate that information with the information that is collected automatically. Automatic data collection may be performed on our behalf by our services providers.
If you sync your third-party content—such as your e-mail address book or contacts—with your Swishlinks account, we will collect this information and use it for account creation, data collection and marketing purposes.
Android Version of the Swishlinks App
If you use the Android version of the Swishlinks App, you will be provided notice of the types of data that will be sent to Swishlinks. If you agree to have that data sent to Swishlinks, we will process the data to enable registration of the Swishlinks App.
Swishlinks may combine the personal information you provide with all of the other information described above, as well as information from third parties, such as advertisers or data aggregators.
How We Use Your Information
We will use the Confidential Information and Usage Information collected by the Swishlinks App for the following purposes:
To respond to your requests and to provide you with the Swishlinks App
To respond to your inquiries and contact you about changes to the Swishlinks App;
To send you notices (for example, in the form of e-mails, mailings, and the like);
To comply with legal process;
To respond to claims that any information you provide violates the rights of third parties;
To protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Swishlinks, its users and/or the public;
In relation to the sale, assignment, transfer or acquisition of all or substantially all of Swishlinks’ assets or shares by a third party;
To tailor the content we display to you;
To communicate with you about our products, services, offers, events and promotions, and offer you products and services we believe may be of interest to you;
To enable you to communicate with us through our social networks or the Swishlinks App features;
To process your registration with the Site and manage your account, including verifying that your e-mail address is active and valid;
To operate, evaluate or improve the Site and our business (including developing new products and services; managing our communications; determining the effectiveness of and optimizing our advertising; analyzing our products, services, websites and any other digital assets; facilitating the functionality of our websites and any other digital assets; and performing accounting, auditing, billing, reconciliation and collection activities);
To anonymize personal information and prepare and furnish aggregated data reports showing anonymized information (including, but not limited to, the following: compilations, analyses, analytical and predictive models and rules, and other aggregated reports) for our business purposes;
To contact you with regard to our and our affiliates’ products and services, or your use of the Swishlinks App, and, in our discretion, changes to the Swishlinks App policies or functionality;
To protect against, address and prevent fraud, unauthorized activities, claims and other liabilities, and manage risk exposure and enforce legal and contract obligations;
As may be required by applicable laws and regulations or as requested by any judicial process or governmental agency having or claiming jurisdiction over us or an affiliate; and
To comply with industry standards and our policies.
For any other purposes disclosed at the time the information is collected or to which you consent; and
We may also use your information to improve our Swishlinks App, and may use other information to enable us to customize your user experience.
We, like many businesses, sometimes hire other companies to perform certain business-related functions. Examples include mailing information, maintaining databases, hosting services. When we employ another company to perform a function of this nature, we provide them with the information that they need to perform their specific function, which may include Personal Information. We require such third parties to maintain the confidentiality of such information and use such information only as necessary to provide us with designated services.
If we or all or substantially all of our assets are acquired, we expect that the information that we have collected, including Confidential Information, would be transferred along with our other business assets.
We may disclose your Confidential Information and Usage Information to government authorities, and to other third parties when compelled to do so by government authorities, at our discretion, or otherwise as required by law, including but not limited to in response to court orders and subpoenas. We also may disclose your Confidential Information and Usage Information when we have reason to believe that someone is or may be causing injury to or interference with our rights or property, other users of this Swishlinks App, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities.
As a social network, you can use Swishlinks to send an invitation to share your profile with a third party or make introductions between your connections. Those invitations will contain your profile information as set in your privacy settings.
Swishlinks will not respond to Web browser “do not track” signals. If you would like additional information about online tracking and various opt-out mechanisms, please see http://donottrack.us/
Because we link to social media sites, and from time to time may include third-party advertisements, other parties may collect your personally identifiable information about your online activities over time and across different web sites when you visit this Site.
Please note that not all tracking will stop even if you delete cookies.
How We Protect Your Information
Your data is not stored on Swishlinks computers, but rather on Microsoft’s cloud, known as the Azure® service. Please understand, however, that no security system is impenetrable. We cannot guarantee the security of the databases, nor can we guarantee that the information you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to and from us over the Internet.
Swishlinks uses no encryption (data scrambling) on certain portions of the Site, but uses encryption on portions where you are transmitting financial information, such as credit card information. When you are on any web site that asks you for confidential information, you should check to see if the information being transmitted is encrypted in order to increase the security of your information. Keep in mind that there is no such thing as perfect security.
Accessing and Modifying Account Information
You may update the information that is stored in your user account by e-mailing us at email@example.com. You may change your profile and settings at any time through your account. You can also delete your entire profile from public view at any time you decide to cease using Swishlinks, although information you have shared with others or that they have copied may remain visible after you delete your profile from public view.
We will retain the information you provide for as long as your account is active. Thereafter, we will retain the data as required by our legal, accounting, and tax obligations. We are happy to work with middleware providers that offer archiving solutions to companies and individuals subject to archiving requirements, for compliance purposes. You can also delete your entire profile from public view at any time you decide to cease using Swishlinks, although information you have shared with others or that they have copied may remain visible after you delete your profile from public view.
If you wish to stop receiving promotional e-mails, you may do so by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also choose to unsubscribe from our emails by following the instructions in the bottom of the email.
Important Notice to Non-U.S. Residents
Under California Civil Code Section 1798.83, California residents who have an established business relationship with us may choose to opt out of our sharing their personal information with third parties for direct marketing purposes. If you are a California resident and (1) you wish to opt out; or (2) you wish to request certain information regarding our disclosure of your Personal Information to third parties for the direct marketing purposes, please contact us as set forth below.
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