YOUR IP ADDRESS
Like most e-commerce internet sites, each time you visit the site, FriendCircles.com captures and stores origination information. In order to administer and optimize the site and perform diagnostics with the site, FriendCircles.comuses origination IP addresses. Origination data is also used to manage demographic data.
In customizing online services to meet user and Member demands, we may collect "personal information" (i.e. information that could be used to contact you directly (without using the site) such as full name, postal address, phone number or email address), "financial information" (i.e. credit card numbers or passwords) or "demographic information" (i.e. information submitted or collected that is neither personal information nor financial information; this may include, but is not limited to, zip code, postal code, hometown, marital status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, username, age/birth date, purchase history information, browsing history information, searching history information, registration history information, and the content of communications between individual Members and other Members over the site), subject to the rest of this paragraph.
Demographic information is divided into two categories: 1) "non-public information", which consists of purchase history information and one-on-one communications between Members and other users of the Site; and 2) "public information", which consists of all other demographic information. Personal information or financial information should not be entered into the user “Profile” (for example, do not use your address or pass code as your username, or include your name or address in written responses). If this info is used, that information may likely be considered "demographic information" that is "public information."
In addition, FriendCircles.com might receive information about you from outside sources and add it to your FriendCircles.com membership information. We do this to improve personalization of our services (for example, providing better web and newsletter content, advertising or special offers that we think will interest you).
INFORMATION COLLECTED FROM OTHER INTERNET SITES
PERSONAL INFORMATION USE FOR FriendCircles.COM MEMBERS
FriendCircles.com uses email addresses and other personal information to help efficiently operate the site and the online services. Specifically, addresses are needed to maintain a connection with the user and ensure transactions and other activities on the site (including, but not limited to, confirmation emails or important news that could affect your relationship with FriendCircles.com) are properly administered. Forward messages are also transmitted to ensure adequate communication with other FriendCircles.com users. This type of communication is known as "Operational Communications." In some cases, Operational Communications may also contain commercial messages, banner ads and special offers.
Personal information is also needed to send newsletters, information, offers and other promotional materials forFriendCircles.com’s or third parties’ goods or online services. Caution is exercised to ensure online offers are of value to users. For example, discounts, exclusive offers or special event information is considered valuable to users. The site provides Members with options to decline to receive communications from FriendCircles.com (other than those contained in Operational Communications). These options may only be for a certain category of communications and others may be more general. By posting a profile on the internet site, Members are opting in to receive the FriendCircles.com by information via email. To stop receiving FriendCircles.com by email, go to your My Accounts and change your settings.
In operating the site, including processing transactions and online activities on the site, FriendCircles.com may share Member personal information with extended partners. Namely, these partners are associates, agents, representatives, contractors and service providers. This information exchange is required to provide support services such as authorization of credit card transactions, email origination, receipt or support services, customer relationship, management services, order fulfillment, sweepstakes and promotional fulfillment. These extended partners have been instructed not to use Member personal information for any other purpose.
In some cases, FriendCircles.com may enter into a promotional relationship with another company in whichFriendCircles.com prominently displays brand names or trademarks on pages of the internet site. These pages are known as "Co-Branded Pages" and these companies are known as “Co-Branded Companies.” If the page on which Members submit information is a Co-Branded Page, or was accessed by clicking on a link on a Co-Branded Page, personal information may be transmitted to the associated Co-Branded Company. Co-Branded Companies are authorized to use membership information in accordance with respective internal Privacy Policies. Members need to contact Co-Branded Companies directly regarding personal preferences relating to transmitting personal information within online transactions. Additionally, Members agree that FriendCircles.com may use and disclose all such information as electronically submitted to such Co-Branded Companies in the same manner in which FriendCircles.com is entitled to use and disclose any other membership information submitted electronically. Some Co-Branded Pages may contain an action tag (also known as a Web Beacon or a 1 pixel .gif file) that an extended partner may use to read cookies that it, or its clients, may have placed on Member browsers at other (non-FriendCircles.com) internet sites. This technology is used to measure the effectiveness of advertisements on internet sites that promote Co-Branded Pages. Furthermore, extended partners may use the information collected through this technology to learn more about visits to this internet site and other sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to respective Members. FriendCircles.com has been informed by some extended partners membership information is used unless otherwise notified. Extended partners do not use the Member name, address, e-mail address or telephone number, and do not link your online actions to any information that can be used to identify or contact Members. However, as a separate entity from extended partners, Members need to pursue validation ofPrivacy Policies for extended partners. Likewise, Members will not hold FriendCircles.com accountable for the accuracy of the above statement. If Members would like extended partners to provide more information about their policy practices, please contact them directly.
Any extended party with whom FriendCircles.com is allowed to share Member personal information is authorized to use Member personal information in accordance with contractual arrangements with extended partners and in accordance with their own Privacy Policies. Moreover, FriendCircles.com has no control of this usage and all Members agree that FriendCircles.com is not responsible or liable for any of extended partner actions or omissions. Members contacted will need to be instructed directly by Members regarding personal preferences for the use of Member personal information by extended partners.
Please read the information below under the heading "Special Circumstances for the Provision of Personal and Financial Information” to learn more ways in which we may share your personal information.
FINALCIAL INFORMATION USAGE
FriendCircles.com uses financial information to check Member qualifications, bill for products and services and to enable Members to participate in discounts, rebates and similar programs in which Members may elect to participate. By making a purchase or engaging in any other kind of activity or transaction that uses financial information on the internet site, Members consent to the provision of FriendCircles.com transmitting Member financial information to extended partners and service providers as FriendCircles.com deems necessary to support and process online activities, transactions, and meet credit card issuer requirements. These extended partners may include credit card companies and banking institutions used to process and support the transaction or activity. By purchasing, registering or making reservations for products or services from extended partners offered on the site, or by participating in programs offered on the internet site that are administered by extended parties that require you to submit financial information in order to obtain services is authorized by Members. Members all consent to FriendCircles.com sharing Member financial information to extended partners. Additionally, if the page on which information was submitted is aCo-Branded Page or was accessed by clicking on a link on a Co-Branded Page, then Member financial information may be shared with the associated Co-Branded Company. Any of these various extended partners (including Co-Branded Companies) may be authorized to use Member financial information in accordance with contractual arrangements with extended partners and in accordance with respective Privacy Policies. FriendCircles.com has no control over extended parties and all Members fully agree that FriendCircles.com is not responsible or liable for any of extended partner actions or omissions. Additionally, all Members agree that FriendCircles.com may use and disclose all such information as submitted to such extended partners in the same manner in which FriendCircles.com is entitled to use and disclose any other information submitted. Please read the information below under the heading "Special Circumstances for the Provision of Personal and Financial Information" to learn more ways in which we may share your financial information.
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES FOR THE PROVISOIN OF PERSONAL AND FINALCIAL INFORMATION
PUBLIC INFORMATION AND OTHER DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION USAGE
The internet site has security measures in place to protect against loss, misuse and alteration of the information underFriendCircles.com control. Our secure server software (SSL) is the industry standard and among the best software available today for secure commerce transactions. Encryption is applied to all personal and financial information during transmission across the internet. Member financial information is stored on reliable servers in encrypted form. Your information may be transferred to and maintained on computer networks, which may be located outside of the state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction in which you reside. The country or jurisdiction in which these computer networks are located may not have privacy laws as protective as the laws other countries or jurisdictions.
FriendCircles.com periodically prepare analyses and reports reflecting visitor and member use of the FriendCircles.com Web Site and FriendCircles.com Service for our internal use as well as for a limited number of our business partners. These reports include aggregate (non-personal) information about FriendCircles.com members, and in certain instances, visitors to the FriendCircles.com Web Site. The information in these reports will not identify you individually. Our business partners who have access to these reports will not be able to contact you from the information contained in the reports.
As part of our referral program, you can provide contact information (such as the name and e-mail address) of your friends and family whom you think would like to receive FriendCircles.com e-mails and use the FriendCircles.com Service. All information provided by you concerning your referrals is handled in accordance with this policy.
FriendCircles.com may employ other companies and individuals to perform certain functions on our behalf. Examples include sending direct and electronic mail, removing duplicate information from customer lists, analyzing data, and providing marketing analysis. These agents have access to member personal information as needed to perform their functions for FriendCircles.com, but we do not permit them to use it for other purposes.
ACCESSING AND UPDATING EMAIL PREFERENCES, PERSONAL INFORMATION, AND PUBLIC INFORMATION
a. Google Adsense and the DoubleClick DART Cookie
b. Collection of Personal Information
When visiting FriendCircles.com, the IP address used to access the site will be logged along with the dates and times of access. This information is purely used to analyze trends, administer the site, track users movement and gather broad demographic information for internal use. Most importantly, any recorded IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.
c. Links to third party Websites
We have included links on this site for your use and reference. We are not responsible for the privacy policies on these websites. You should be aware that the privacy policies of these sites may differ from our own.
Changes to this Privacy Statement
The contents of this statement may be altered at any time, at our discretion.
Last updated on 05.06.2012