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Last Revised: April 22, 2013
Our Commitment To Privacy
- the information we collect, and the reason why we collect it
- how we protect your private information
- what we do with the information we collect
- how you can change or delete your account information
Information That You Provide Us
You must register in order to use most features of our Website. The required information that we collect about you at registration is:
- Email address
- First and Last Name
- Zip Code
We use your email address in case we every need to get in touch with you about your account. Having your first and last name allows us to address you more personally in any communications we have with you, and also helps us to find your account information if you ever forget what email address you are registered on our Website with. Finally, your zip code is required so we can limit the pages of our Website that we show you based on where you live.
In addition to the required registration information, we will collect the following optional information if you provide it:
- Street Address, City, and State
- Birth Year
- Time Zone
If you provide optional information it may be used to help display advertisements or sponsored information that is most applicable to you. Providing your time zone allows us to display times on our Website based on where you live (we default to using Central time if you don’t choose a time zone). We don’t have any current use for your street address, but we have plans in the future where it would be used to help you determine which advertisers and/or sponsors to visit based on their distance from your home.
Finally, we collect list of possible email subscriptions you can choose at registration. You are not required to subscribe to any of the emails that are offered. If you check the box (or leave the box checked, if it is already checked) for any of these subscriptions, you will receive periodic emails from us based on those selections. Some email subscriptions will collect additional information from you in order to tailor their content or delivery to your preferences.
Information That Your Computer Provides Us
Every computer connected to the Internet is assigned a unique number known as an Internet Protocol (IP) address. We store the IP address for your computer when you take certain actions on our site, such as registering, changing your user profile information, and adding, changing, or deleting a comment you make about a store. This allows us to better answer questions that you might have about this information. We may also store the IP address with other information that you post in order to help prevent fraudulent information from being posted on our Website. In addition to your IP address, your computer provides information about what type of computer and operating system you have, which web browser you are using, etc. We don’t use or save that information, but the analytical tools described below may collect this information to provide us with statistics on this information which helps us ensure that our Website works with the systems and browsers that are most popular with our users.
Information Held in Cookies
We use “cookies” to store information on your computer. A cookie is a small file that is placed on your computer when you access our Website. These cookies allow us to keep track of your information after you log in, and also help us know if another website (perhaps an online advertisement or someone’s blog) is what initially linked you to our Website.
Cookies do not install any software on your computer, cannot be used to deliver viruses to your computer, and don’t contain any personally identifiable information when used by our Website. You have the ability to accept or reject cookies with your web browser. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser settings to reject cookies. If you reject cookies by changing your browser settings, then be aware that you will be unable to login to our Website.
Web Beacon Files
Emails that we send you for any subscriptions that you have chosen may contain electronic images known as web beacons (sometimes also called single-pixel images). These allow us to determine whether these email messages have been opened by you.
Our Website may mark or tag you with retargeting pixels so that based upon your previous interaction with our Website ads from certain advertisers and/or sponsors, and/or for certain types of products, may be displayed to you on our Website as well as on sites other than our Website.
Our Commitment To Data Security
To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.
The Way We Use Information
We use the information you provide about yourself at registration to show you content that is relevant to where you live. We may also share this personal information with outside parties as set forth below.
We use return email addresses to answer the email we receive from you. We may also periodically send email to the email address you login with if you have chosen to receive any email subscriptions that we offer. You can manage your email subscriptions on your Account Settings page within your dashboard, and any emails that you receive from your subscriptions will include information on how you can remove yourself from further mailings of that category, or all email subscriptions that we offer. Email subscriptions may include information about the favorite products and stores that you have indicated interest in on our Website. Anyone with access to your email account will be able to view the content of these subscription emails.
We may aggregate personal information provided by you and other users of our Website, and may disclose such aggregated information to third parties only in an anonymous/non-personally identifiable manner for purposes including the following:
- to analyze our Website’s usage in order to improve our Website
- for market research
- to help troubleshoot problems and detect and protect against fraud
- to enforce our Terms of Service
- for the marketing and promotional purposes of our advertisers and sponsors
- for data for research purposes
Access to your account information and any other personal information you provide is strictly restricted to our employees, as needed in order to answer any questions that you have, and to operate, develop, or improve our Website.
We always assume that you would opt-out or otherwise prohibit any use not described above, and your specific authorization is required before any such unrelated uses. In summary, we never use or share the personal information collected by us in ways unrelated to the ones described above without a specific authorization from you, except in cases where we are compelled to do so by order or requirement of a court, administrative agency, or other governmental body.
Our Commitment To Children’s Privacy
Protecting the privacy of children is especially important. For that reason, our Website Terms of Service require anyone that registers on our Website to be of a legal age required to form a binding contract with us (this age is typically 18 or 21, depending on the state in which the person resides). Since no child under that age is permitted to register on our Website, we never collect or maintain information on our Website from those we actually know are under that age. No part of our Website is designed to attract anyone under this age. We will terminate your access in the event that we become aware you are under the required age.
How You Can Access Or Correct Your Information
You can access all of the information that we collect at the time of your registration and correct errors in it by visiting the Account Preferences in your dashboard. Any errors in the purchase information you have posted cannot be corrected at this time. You may at any time edit or delete comments that you have posted for stores by using standard features on our Website.
You may disable your account at any time by using the Disable Account link on your Account dashboard page. This will archive all personally identifiable information that we collected prior to you disabling your account. Your personal information, purchasing history and store ratings will remain in the system, however, in order to benefit other users without providing any personally identifiable information to them about you, and also so that such information will be available with respect to your account if you re-register at a later time.
To protect your privacy and security, we will also take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access to our Website. We depend on SSL Encryption services to secure all webpages where you provide sensitive information, and an important part of your security is your choice of a good password and your protection of that password.
Third Party Sites
Our Website includes links to other websites that are owned and operated by merchants, online service providers, and other third parties. Since we do not have control over the policies or practices of these third parties, we are not responsible for the privacy practices of those sites. We recommend and encourage that you always review the privacy policies of any website before you provide any personal information or complete any transaction on such website.
How To Contact Us
Last Revised: April 22, 2013
These terms and conditions of use (these “Terms”) are an agreement between you and Hoodle, Inc. (“us” or “we”). By visiting, accessing and/or using any Content (as defined below), information and/or functionality located on the www.myhoodle.com website (“our Website”), you agree to be bound by these Terms.
You are responsible for having read these Terms carefully before accessing and/or using any Content, information and/or functionality on or of our Website. These Terms are a legally binding agreement between you (the individual visiting and/or accessing any Content, information and/or functionality located on our Website, and the company (if any) for which they are used) and us.
If you decide to register on our Website in order to use all of its features, you must read these Terms and indicate your acceptance during the registration process. You may not accept these Terms or use our Website if you are younger than 18 and not of a legal age to form a binding contract with us.
We may change these Terms from time to time. Changes shall become effective immediately upon being posted on our Website. These Terms will always indicate the date they were last revised. You are deemed to accept and agree to be bound by any changes to these Terms when you use our Website after any changes are posted.
If you register on our Website, we will create an account on our Website for you (your “Account”). The creation of your Account and subsequent access to it require you to enter the email address and a password as well as your first and last name.
You are completely responsible for all of the activities that occur using your Account, whether authorized by you or not. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and for logging out of our Website when you are done using it. You agree to notify us immediately by emailing us at email@example.com if you become aware of any unauthorized use of your Account or any breach of confidentiality with your password. You may delete your account at any time by using the Disable Account link on your Account Preferences page. We have the option but not the obligation to delete your account if you do not access it for more than 90 days.
You agree not to attempt to impersonate any person or entity or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity via any information that you provide.
Our Copyrights and Trademarks
www.myhoodle.com, Hoodle, MyHoodle and the Hoodle logo displayed at the top of our Website are our service marks, whether or not we choose to register them and are subject to appropriate trademark protection under state, federal or other applicable law.
Your right to use our Website is personal to you and is not transferable by you to any other person or entity. You may download, view, cut and paste, and print a single copy of the Content, solely for your personal and non-commercial purposes, subject to the restrictions set forth in these Terms.
You agree not to make any commercial use of our Website or the Content. Except as expressly permitted in these Terms, you may not reproduce, modify or prepare derivative works based upon, publish, distribute, sell, transfer, publicly display, transmit, post, or otherwise use our Website or the Content. You agree that you will not use any robot, spider, scraper, scripts, or other similar automated data gathering or extraction tools, program, algorithm, or methodology to access, acquire, copy, or monitor our Website, the Content, or any portion thereof. You may not take any action that imposes a disproportionate burden on our Website or that negatively affects the availability of our Website to others. You also agree not to attempt to decipher, decompile, disassemble, or reverse-engineer any of the Software.
We may delete your account or otherwise refuse service to you at any time and for any reason, such as suspected or known violation of these Terms by you, or if we believe that we are required by law to do.
Compliance With Laws
If you choose to access our Website from other locations, you do so at your own risk and are responsible for compliance with all applicable laws.
You are responsible for knowledge of and compliance with any applicable local, state, federal, or international laws, regulations, or other government requirements (“Applicable Laws”). You may not use our Website in any way that violates Applicable Laws. You further agree not to do anything that encourages conduct that could constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any Applicable Laws.
We may involve, and cooperate with, law enforcement authorities in prosecuting users who violate these Applicable Laws. You acknowledge that we have the right to monitor your access and use of our Website for the purposes of operating our Website, ensuring your compliance with these Terms, or to comply with Applicable Laws or the order or requirement of a court, administrative agency, or other governmental body.
If you register on our Website, you will have the option to enable various types of periodic email subscriptions. You may change your subscriptions at any time on your Account Preferences page. We may add new types of subscriptions from time to time, or cease to provide certain ones at any time at our sole discretion.
Email subscriptions will be sent to the email address you use to login to our Website. If your email address changes, you are responsible for updating that information on your User Profile page.
Changes and Interruption to Service
We reserve the right to change or discontinue the services provided by our Website with or without notice to you. We shall not be liable to you or any third party should we exercise our right to change or discontinue such services. You acknowledge and accept that we do not guarantee continuous, uninterrupted, or secure access to our Website, and operation of our Website may be interfered with or adversely affected by numerous factors or circumstances outside of our control.
You are granted a limited and nonexclusive right to create links to the home page of our Website from other websites, so long as such links do not portray our Website or any of its services in a false or misleading manner. You may not use framing or any other techniques to enclose any part of our Website or its Content on another website for any purpose.
Our Website includes links to other websites that are owned and operated by merchants, online service providers, and other third parties. You acknowledge that we are not responsible for the content, nature, quality, completeness, accuracy, or reliability and availability of any third-party website. Links to such websites do not imply our affiliation, endorsement, or approval of such websites or the content, products, or services available from such websites. You acknowledge sole responsibility for and assume all risk arising from your use of any such websites. Your use of those third-party websites is subject to the terms and conditions of use and the privacy policies of each website, and we are not responsible for those.
Our Website contains product information including brand names, trade names, trademarks, and registered trademarks. The fact that our Website includes these as part of its Content does not constitute or imply our endorsement, sponsorship, approval, or recommendation of those products or services. Likewise, our use of brand names, trade names, trademarks, registered trademarks, or links to third-party websites is not intended to imply, directly or indirectly, that those third parties endorse or have any affiliation with us. You acknowledge that we disclaim any responsibility for or liability related to any products represented in any way on our Website.
Your interactions with merchants, advertisers, or any other third parties identified on and/or linked from our Website are solely between you and such third party. We do not endorse, warrant, or guarantee the products or services available from such third parties, and we are not an agent of sale, an agent or broker of, or otherwise responsible for the activities or policies of those third parties or their websites. You acknowledge that any such interactions you have with third parties shall be at your own risk. You agree not to hold us liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as the result of payment or delivery of goods or services, or any terms, conditions, warranties, or representations associated with such interactions, or as the result of the presence of such third parties on our Website.
Some parts of our Website are financially supported by sponsors and display Content as a result of that sponsorship. We will disclose when any Content that is displayed is sponsored. In no event will sponsors have any ability to affect or change user comments or ratings that have been posted to our Website, beyond the ability that all registered users have to report suspicious or offensive content that has been posted.
Disclaimer Regarding Accuracy of Website Content
We collect and process product and service descriptions and other information. We collect this information from content suppliers, you and other Website users, and publicly available sources. While we make every effort to ensure that the Content on our Website is accurate, we can make no representations or warranties as to the accuracy or reliability of any Content. We do not warrant that product descriptions, pricing, or any other Content on our Website, regardless of its source, is accurate, complete, reliable, or current. Our Website’s Content is provided for informational purposes only and you should not rely on Content from our Website in situations where its inaccuracy would cause you to suffer any loss. We assume no liability for inaccuracy or incompleteness in our search results, product or merchant information, user ratings or comments, or any other Content.
User comments and ratings on our Website are from users who have registered with our Website and who have subsequently elected to post such items. These comments and ratings may be informative for those wishing to use them, but they do not guarantee any level of performance by a merchant or other third party in any given transaction, and are nothing more than the opinion of the users that posted them. We take no responsibility and assume no liability for any Content you or any other party posts to our Website, including without limitation any mistakes, defamation, slander, libel, omissions, falsehoods, obscenity, pornography, or profanity.
Content You Post to Our Website
By posting content to our Website, including but not limited to your initial registration, updates to your User Profile, pictures/images, comments, descriptions/text, logos, video, marketing material, advertisements, contact information, personal information, business information, subdivision information and/or other interaction you have with our Website where you are adding information, you are licensing that content to us so we can deliver the services that we offer. By posting content to our Website, you warrant that you are you are the author and owner of the content that you have a good faith basis to believe that what you say is true, and you grant us a worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, transferable right and license to use, copy, modify, delete in its entirety, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, sell and distribute, or incorporate such content into any form, medium, or technology, without compensation to you. You also hereby grant each user of our Website a non-exclusive license to access your posted content through our Website, and to use such content as permitted by the functionality of our Website and these Terms. You shall remain solely liable for any content that you post to our Website.
You may edit or delete any comments you have posted at any time, and we may retain a record of any changes or deletions that you make. We reserve the right to delete anything you post to our Website that we deem, in our sole discretion, to violate our content guidelines listed immediately below or any other provision of these Terms.
You agree that you shall not post any content:
- that is known by you to be false, inaccurate, or misleading;
- that is libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, indecent, lewd, harassing, threatening, abusive, inflammatory, hateful, or otherwise objectionable;
- that is racially, ethnically, or religiously biased or offensive;
- that discloses private or personal matters concerning any party;
- that infringes on or violates any other party’s copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret, or other rights;
- that violates or encourages the violation of any Applicable Laws (including, but not limited to, those governing export control, consumer protection, unfair competition, anti-discrimination, or false advertising);
- for which you were compensated or granted any consideration by any party;
- that includes any information that references other websites, postal addresses, email addresses, contact information, or phone numbers;
- that is related to charity requests, petitions for signatures; business opportunities (including offers of employment or contracting arrangements), club memberships, chain letters, or letters relating to pyramid schemes;
- that is advertising, promotional material, or any other solicitation to purchase or use goods or services;
- or that contains any computer viruses or other code or computer programming routines that contain contaminating or destructive properties, or that are intended to damage, surreptitiously intercept, or expropriate any system, data, or personal information (“Computer Viruses”).
If you see content on our Website that you believe is inappropriate or offensive, use the Report link that is available near any comments that users have posted, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Governing Jurisdiction of the Courts
These Terms, and your relationship with us under these Terms, shall be governed by the laws of the State of Illinois as such laws apply to agreements entered into and to be performed entirely within Illinois between Illinois residents and without regard to conflict or choice of laws provisions. You agree that any dispute, suit, action, or proceeding with us, or our officers, directors, employees, predecessors, successors, assigns, agents, or affiliates, arising under or in relation to these Terms shall be resolved exclusively through the Illinois Circuit Court in the county of Champaign, Illinois, except with respect to imminent harm requiring temporary or preliminary injunctive relief in which case we may seek such relief in any court with jurisdiction over the parties.
Notification of Claimed Copyright Infringement
If you believe any content on our Website infringes your copyright, you should send notice of copyright infringement to our Copyright Agent. Your notice must meet the requirements of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (as required under 17 U.S.C. §512) by providing the following information:
- An identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed;
- An identification of the material that you claim is infringing so that we may locate it on our Website;
- Your address, telephone number, and email address;
- A statement by you that you have a good-faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
- A statement by you that the above information in your notice is accurate, made under penalty of perjury, and that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest involved;
- Your signature
The notice should be mailed to: Copyright Agent Hoodle, Inc. 301N. Neil Street Suite 400 Champaign, IL 61820
or sent via email to email@example.com.
Upon receipt of notice as described above, we will take whatever action, in our sole discretion, we deem appropriate, including the possible removal of the challenged content from our Website.
Disclaimer of Warranties
Our Website, its services, and its Content are provided on an “as-is” and “as available” basis. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, regarding the use, results, Content, or operation of our Website in terms of its correctness, completeness, accuracy, timeliness, reliability, or otherwise. You expressly agree that your use of our Website is at your sole risk. We shall have no liability for any interruptions in the use of our Website. We explicitly disclaim all warranties with regard to the Content provided, including the implied warranties of merchantability, merchantable quality, fitness for a particular purpose, quiet enjoyment, and non-infringement. We make no representation, warranty, or guarantee that the Content that is available through our Website is free of infection from any Computer Viruses. Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of implied warranties, and in those jurisdictions some or all of the above disclaimer may not apply to you, and you might have additional rights.
Limitation of Liability
WE (INCLUDING OUR OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, PREDECESSORS, SUCCESSORS, ASSIGNS, AGENTS, AFFILIATES, AND LICENSORS) SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER, AND IN PARTICULAR WE SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, DIRECT, EXEMPLARY, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, OR SPECIAL DAMAGES, OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF BUSINESS, LOSS OF COMPUTER TIME, LOSS OF DATA, LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF REVENUE, LOSS OF USE, OR ANY OTHER ECONOMIC OR COMMERCIAL LOSS, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO (A) THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE OUR WEBSITE OR ITS CONTENT OR ANYTHING ACCESSED THROUGH IT, OR (B) ANY CONTENT POSTED BY YOU OR A THIRD PARTY ON OUR WEBSITE, WHETHER SUCH DAMAGES ARISE IN CONTRACT, FUNDAMENTAL BREACH, NEGLIGENCE, TORT, WARRANTY, OR OTHERWISE UNDER STATUTE, IN EQUITY, AT LAW, OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF SUCH DAMAGES WERE FORESEEABLE, OR WE OR THOSE WHOM ARE IN LAW RESPONSIBLE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY IN THESE TERMS, OUR LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ANY CAUSE WHATEVER AND REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF THE ACTION, WILL AT ALL TIMES BE LIMITED TO $500.00 (FIVE HUNDRED UNITED STATES DOLLARS). SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW FOR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, AND IN THOSE JURISDICTIONS SOME OR ALL OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU, AND YOU MIGHT HAVE ADDITIONAL RIGHTS.
You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold us and our officers, directors, employees, predecessors, successors, assigns, agents, affiliates, and licensors harmless from any claim, expense, or demand, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs, made by any third party in whole or in part arising out of or attributable to your breach of these Terms.
In the event that you have a dispute with another user of our Website, a merchant that is listed on our Website, or any other third party, you, on behalf of yourself (and any of your officers, directors, employees, predecessors, successors, assigns, agents, affiliates, and licensors), hereby irrevocably release and discharge us, our officers, directors, employees, predecessors, successors, assigns, agents, affiliates, and licensors from, against and in respect of all past, present and future claims, rights, actions, causes of action, suits, indemnification obligations, losses, liabilities, matters, issues, and costs and expenses, of any kind or nature whatsoever, including without limitation court costs and attorneys’ fees, whether known or unknown, concealed or hidden, fixed or contingent, suspected or unsuspected, in law or in equity, concerning, related to or arising out of any such disputes.
These Terms do not create any agency, partnership, joint venture, employment, or franchise relationship between you and us. Because you are not an employee, minimum wage laws do not apply to your relationship us.
You agree that if we do not exercise or enforce any legal right or remedy which is contained in these Terms (or which we have the benefit of under any applicable law), this will not be taken to be a formal waiver of our rights and that those rights or remedies will still be available to us.
The section headings used within these Terms are for convenience only, and have no legal or contractual effect. Any waiver of any provision of these Terms will be effective only if in writing and signed by an authorized officer of Hoodle, Inc.
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