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Effective as of August 3, 2015
Collection of Information and Your Privacy Rights
What information we collect and how we collect it.
1. Collection of Information
(a) GeniusBox does not, generally, track or maintain personally identifiable information about consumers that use our Services. However, we may collect personally-identifiable information through the use of our Services upon your contacting us so that we may respond to your questions or comments, such as your name, email or mailing address, or other information you include when contacting us.
(b) We also may collect and store URLS that you visit which could contain personally identifiable information. We may also collect, use and store information about your search activity when you use web search services (such as search queries) (“Search Data”). If you have consented, this information may be shared with third-party applications that use Search Data to function, or to offer you more customized information, advertising and services. Your Search Data is collected and stored and may include personally identifiable information, depending on your search query. BY USING THE SERVICES, YOU ARE CONSENTING TO GRANT US PERMISSION TO COLLECT YOUR URLS AND SEARCH DATA, INCLUDING SEARCH QUERIES THAT MAY CONTAIN PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION, SHARE THEM WITH THIRD PARTIES, AND USE SEARCH-RELATED COOKIES.
(c) When you use or interact with our Services, we may also collect certain anonymous information that is not sufficient to permit someone to identify you by name, mailing address, telephone number, social security number, driver's license or other government-issued identification. The anonymous information we may have access to, obtain, retain and use may include:
· Information about your use of our Services, such as the frequency with which you use them, how you use and interact with them, when you visit them, and your responses to the offerings and advertisements made available to you through them, among other things; and
· Information that may be gathered or received when you use the Services or visit other websites, including, without limitation, the following:
- The type of browser you are using when using our Services, including your browser's "user agent" (e.g., Internet Explorer, Safari, and other browsers);
- Your operating system type, whether Mac OS, or Windows, and which version of Windows;
- Your Internet protocol (IP) address and information about the version of any software comprising a portion of the Services that you use;
· Your geographic location and the domain name of your Internet service provider (ISP); the URLs and websites that you visit and have visited; your search queries on the web pages you visit; and/or Diagnostic information which describes how our Services are operating on your system.
(d) All of the foregoing information is collectively referred to hereinafter as "Anonymous Information." We may also supplement Anonymous Information with additional information from other third parties in some cases. Additionally, those portions of the Services comprised of software have been configured to communicate to us any information relating to computer errors arising from use of such software, without providing any notice to you of the delivery of such communications. Such communications may include the configuration settings applicable at the time of the error. We use this data to help us clarify and fix performance issues with and to improve the software and the Services.
(e) In addition, as part of the functionality provided by our Service, GeniusBox assigns a unique user ID, which is stored in the computer registry. This unique user ID is combined with the information collected via the Services in order to provide you a more customized search experience, and to clarify, fix and improve the software and the Services.
2. Use of Information
(a) Anonymous Information and Search Data is used to (i) operate and improve upon the Services, including all constituent parts of the Services such as the software, the websites and the various offerings, among other things, (ii) research and analyze your use of the Services, and (iii) present you with offers for other products, offerings, programs, features and/or services that may be of interest to you.
We will not share your Anonymous Information and Search Data with third parties unless:
· You have given us your prior consent to disclose such information;
· The third party is our parent, subsidiary, or an affiliated company owned by our parent company;
· We must disclose some or all of your Anonymous Information to authorized officers of the court in order to comply with valid legal process or to act in other urgent situations (as further discussed below); or
(b) We note above, but it is worth reiterating here, that your Anonymous Information, as well as your Search Data and other information about you as a user of our Services, may be disclosed by us to those authorized officers of the court in response to valid legal process, including without limitation, a valid court order, search warrant or subpoena), as well as in other circumstances if we believe in good faith that there is an emergency that poses a threat to the safety of you or another person or that the Services are being used in the commission of a crime by your or another third party. Furthermore, we may disclose your Anonymous Information to protect our own rights, Services and property or those of our affiliated providers, in addition to providing you with the Services.
(c) In the event that ownership of all or a portion of the Services currently provided by GeniusBox were to change as a result of a merger, acquisition or transfer to another company, your Anonymous Information and Search Data may be transferred as well.
3. Web Beacons and Cookies
(b) Web beacons or clear GIFs are relatively small pieces of code placed on webpages that can be used for a number of purposes, including counting the users who visit that webpage, or to deliver a cookie to the browser of a user viewing that page. A cookie is a small text file transferred from GeniusBox to your computer that records information about your preferences and use of the Services. We may also use such cookies to help us identify your location by determining your IP address, or to allow us to recall certain Service settings that you have chosen previously. You can control cookies through your browser's settings. However, if you reject all cookies, you may not be able to take advantage of most our Service offerings.
4. We Are Committed to Security
GeniusBox stores Anonymous Information and Search Data in a database on GeniusBox computers. These computers have security measures, such as a firewall, to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under GeniusBox's control. Notwithstanding such measures, GeniusBox cannot guarantee that its security or privacy protection measures will prevent its computers from being illegally accessed and the data on them stolen or altered.
Any personally-identifiable information which you may send us when contacting us is stored on our secure email exchange servers and deleted according to our company data retention policy. None of the personally-identifiable information you send us is used for any other purpose other than the matter for which you contacted us. We do not use nor combine this personally-identifiable information for any marketing purposes nor is it supplemented with any information from any other sources. We do not share the personal information you send us via the Contact Us feature among our other business divisions unless it is specifically related to the issue you have contacted us about, nor do we share it with any third parties unless we are to responding to subpoenas, court orders and other legal process as required by law.
5. How You May Exercise Your Rights
To prevent the display of GeniusBox advertising on your computer, uninstall the GeniusBox software program by following the instructions located at www.geniusbox.net under the FAQ “How do I uninstall GeniusBox”
In order to remove any cookies, check the instructions about your web browser to learn how to prevent placement of, or how to remove, cookies placed on your computer by GeniusBox.
6. General Internet Hazards
Any time you receive files over the Internet from third parties, regardless of the application used, whether GeniusBox, email or other application, you may be subjecting yourself to receiving harmful files or files that are not compatible with your operating system. Prior to accepting any files from any Internet user, including those from an account that appears familiar to you, we highly recommend verifying that the person sending you such files is the person you believe he or she is. You should be extremely careful about accepting files from users you do not trust, from users you do not know, or from users whose identity you have not been able to confirm. You should also be aware that communications sent over the Internet are not secure unless they are encrypted. GeniusBox does not encrypt your communications through the Services. Further, your communications made through GeniusBox may be routed through different countries which may have different laws, rules, regulations and standards regarding activities on the Internet. As such, GeniusBox cannot accept any responsibility for any unauthorized access to your communications made through the Services or any loss of data.
7. European Union Members - International Transfer of Data
Our Services are international in scope. By using the Services you consent to your Anonymous Information, your Search Data and any personal information that you provide to us being sent and processed in other jurisdictions, including the United States and other jurisdictions outside the European Union and European Economic Area where there may be less stringent data protection laws.
8. Minors Under Age 18
The Services are intended for a general audience, and children and minors under the age of eighteen (18) are not permitted to access or use the Services, absent express consent from their parents or guardians. We do not intentionally solicit or collect personal information from anyone under the age of 18. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a minor under age 18, please contact us through our contact form at: http://www.geniusbox.net#contact and we will remove it. If you are a parent or guardian who approves of your minor’s use of the Services, please contact us through the same form, and provide to us the age and email address of your minor on whose behalf you are contacting us.
10. Who We Are
11. More Information
For more information about protecting your privacy, you may wish to visit http://www.netcoalition.com and http://www.privacyalliance.org. In addition, the Federal Trade Commission Consumer Response Center offers a helpline at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) to allow consumers to make comments or inquiries regarding companies and business practices.