Last updated: June 21, 2010.
Information Collection and Use
myLinkpower uses information we collect to analyze how the Service is used, diagnose service or technical problems, maintain security, personalize content, remember information to help you efficiently access your account, monitor aggregate metrics such as total number of visitors, traffic, and demographic patterns, and track User Content and users as necessary to comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and other applicable laws.
Personal Information Collected
We collect your personal information in the following ways:
In order to become a User, you must provide us the following information to create an account: name, email address, country, and password. You can alternatively decide to register authorizing us to pull your information from LinkedIn using its open API. Like other passwords, you should choose one that is known only by you. You acknowledge that this information is personal to you, and by creating an account on myLinkpower, you allow others, including myLinkpower, to identify you.
Once you become a User, you may provide additional information in the Profile section describing your skills, professional experiences, educational background and networking objectives, etc. You can alternatively decide to authorize us to pull your information from LinkedIn using its open API and we will populate your myLinkpower profile with data from your LinkedIn profile page.Providing additional information about yourself beyond what is minimally required at registration is entirely up to you, but providing additional information enables you to derive more benefit from myLinkpower and your professional network by helping you build and leverage your professional network and facilitating your search for professional resources, information, and new opportunities. Any information you provide at registration or in the Profile section may be used by myLinkpower including for the purpose of serving advertisements through the service. If you decide not to share certain information, you may not receive the full benefit of being a myLinkpower User.
In order to connect with others on myLinkpower, you may use the Service to send invitations either to their myLinkpower profiles or email addresses if they are not Users. The names and email addresses of people whom you invite will be used to send your invitations and reminders as well as to allow myLinkpower to help expand your network. Please note that when you send an invitation to connect to another User, that User will have access to your email address because it is displayed in the invitation. Your connections will also have access to your email address. You may not invite anyone you do not know and trust to connect with you.
We may collect information through the myLinkpower website in order to, among other things, accurately categorize and respond to customer inquiries and investigate breaches of our terms.
We may collect information about the fact that you use certain features and functionality of myLinkpower, interact with third party Platform Applications click on ads, or participate in research initiatives on myLinkpower.
In the course of serving advertisements or optimizing the Services to our Users, we may allow authorized third parties to place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser. Any information provided to third parties through cookies will not be personally identifiable but may provide general segment information (e.g., your industry or geography, career field, or information about your professional or educational background) for greater customization of your user experience. Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies, but you can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. myLinkpower does not store unencrypted personally identifiable information in the cookies.
Advertising and Web Beacons
To support the Services we provide at no cost to our Users, as well as provide a more relevant and useful experience for our Users, we serve our own ads and also allow third party advertisements on the site. These advertisements are targeted and served to Users, by both myLinkpower and other companies, called ad networks. Ad networks include third party ad servers, ad agencies, ad technology vendors and research firms.
Advertisements on MyLinkpower may be targeted to Users who fit a certain general profile category or may be based on anonymized information inferred from a User”s profile in addition to a User”s use of the myLinkpower site. myLinkpower does not provide personally identifiable information to any third party ad network.
To increase the effectiveness of ad delivery, we may include a file, called a web beacon, from an ad network within pages served by myLinkpower. The web beacon allows the ad network to provide anonymized, aggregated auditing, research and reporting for advertisers. Web beacons also enable the ad networks to serve ads to you when you visit other websites. Because your web browser must request these advertisements and web beacons from the ad network”s servers, these companies can view, edit or set their own cookies, just as if you had requested a web page from their site.
Log files, IP addresses and information about your computer and mobile device
Due to the communications standards on the internet, when you visit the myLinkpower website we automatically receive the URL of the site from which you came and the site to which you are going when you leave myLinkpower. myLinkpower also receives the internet protocol (“IP”) address of your computer (or the proxy server you use to access the World Wide Web), your computer operating system and type of web browser you are using, email patterns, mobile device operating system (if you are accessing myLinkpower using a mobile device), as well as the name of your ISP or your mobile carrier. We use this information to analyze overall trends to help improve the service. The linkage between your IP address and your personally identifiable information is not shared with third parties without your permission, except as described in the Section (“Compliance with Legal Process”), below.
Rights to Access, Correct and Eliminate Information About You
You have a right to access, modify, correct and eliminate the data you supplied to myLinkpower. If you update any of your information, we may keep a copy of the information that you originally provided to us in our archives for uses documented in this policy. You may request deletion of your information at any time by contacting myLinkpower customer service. We will respond to your request within 30 days.
Uses of personal information
Consent to myLinkpower Processing Information About You
As described in the User Agreement, we will communicate with you through email and notices posted on the myLinkpower website or through other means available through the service, including mobile text messages. We may send you a series of emails that help inform new Users about the features of the Services, and we will also send you service messages relating to the functioning of the Services. We may also send you messages with promotional information directly or on behalf of our partners, unless you have opted out of receiving promotional information. You can change your e-mail and contact preferences at any time by logging into your account and changing your settings related to your email notification choices. If you wish, you can also opt-out of receiving promotional emails by sending a request to myLinkpower customer service.
Please be aware that you cannot opt-out of receiving service messages from myLinkpower. Also, if we send communications to you via the carrier service with which you have a mobile communications subscription or otherwise have access, you understand you will pay any service fees associated with your receipt of messages on your mobile device (including text messaging charges).
Many communications you initiate through myLinkpower (e.g., an invitation sent to a non-User) will list your primary email address and name in the header of the message. Messages you initiate may also provide aggregate information about your network (for instance how many people are in your network), but will not list the people to whom you’re directly connected. Your contact information will only be shared with another User if both of you have indicated that you would like to establish contact with each other.
We use information provided to us (or to third parties with whom it offers combined services) to customize your experience on our website. For example, when you login to your account, we will display the names of new Users who have recently joined your network or recent status updates from your connections.
Sharing Information with Third Parties
myLinkpower takes the privacy of our Users very seriously, and we do not sell, rent, or otherwise provide your personally identifiable information to third parties for marketing purposes. Further, we will only share your personally identifiable information with third parties to carry out your instructions or to provide the Services or information unless compelled by law, or as necessary to enforce our User Agreement or protect the rights, property, or personal safety of myLinkpower, its Users, and the public. These third parties do not retain, share, or store any personally identifiable information except to provide these services, and they are bound by confidentiality agreements limiting the use of your information.
We also offer a “public profile” feature that allows Users to publish portions of their myLinkpower profile to the public internet. This public profile is what search engines will display when someone searches for your name. Users may opt-out of this feature by editing their account settings; however, myLinkpower does not warrant how often third-party search engines will update their caches, which may contain old public profile information.
We may provide aggregated anonymous data about the usage of the Services to third parties for purposes that we deem, in our sole discretion, to be appropriate, including to prospective advertisers on myLinkpower.
Polls and Surveys
Polls and Surveys may be conducted by myLinkpower, myLinkpower Users or third parties. As a User, you may be invited to participate in polls and surveys from the myLinkpower website. Your selection may be random, or it may be based on your non-personally identifiable information, such as job title, geography, company size and/or industry. Whether or not you decide to participate in a poll or survey is completely up to you.
After you complete a poll, you will be given access to the aggregate responses of the poll on a results page. Some third parties may target advertisements to you on the results page based on your answers in the poll.
We may use third parties to deliver incentives to you to participate in surveys or polls. If the delivery of incentives requires your contact information, you may be asked to provide personally identifiable information to the third party fulfilling the incentive offer, which will only be used for the purpose of delivering incentives and/or verifying your contact information. It is up to you whether you provide this information, or whether you desire to take advantage of an incentive.
We will not disclose any personally identifiable information to any third parties in connection with the conduct of any polls or surveys. Your consent to use any personally identifiable information for the purposes set forth in the poll or survey will be explicitly requested by the party conducting it.
We offer search services to help find information and learn more about other Users (for example, you can search for Users with particular expertise or consulting experience, or that you may know from your industry or profession), as well as employment opportunities. myLinkpower search also allows Users to find jobs, companies, and contributions to the community aspects of the myLinkpower Service. We use information from User profiles to inform and refine our search service.
Compliance with Legal Process
Disclosures to others
We may also disclose your personal information and other information you provide to another third party as part of a reorganization or a sale of the assets of myLinkpower Corporation, a subsidiary or division. Any third party to which myLinkpower transfers or sells myLinkpower’s assets will have the right to continue to use the personal and other information that you provide to us.
Your Information Choices
Accessing and Changing Your Account Information
You can review the personal information you provided to us and make any desired changes to the information you publish, or to the settings for your myLinkpower account including your email and contact preferences, at any time by logging in to your account on the MyLinkpower website. Please be aware that even after your request for a change is processed, myLinkpower may, for a time, retain residual information about you in its backup and/or archival copies of its database.
We have established what we believe to be reasonable default settings that we have found most users desire. Because Users may use and interact with myLinkpower in a variety of ways, and because those uses may change over time, we designed our settings to provide our users granular control over the information they share. We encourage our Users to review their account settings and adjust them in accordance with their preferences.
Closing Your Account
You can close your account through the myLinkpower customer service site. If you close your MyLinkpower account, we will remove your name and other personally identifiable information from our publicly viewable database. If you close your account, we have no obligation to retain your information, and may delete any or all of your account information without liability. However, we may retain certain data contributed by you if myLinkpower believes it may be necessary to prevent fraud or future abuse, or for legitimate business purposes, such as analysis of aggregated, non-personally identifiable data, account recovery, or if required by law. myLinkpower may also retain and use your information if necessary to provide the Service to other Users. For example, just as an email you may send to another person through an email service provider resides in that person’s inbox even after you delete it from your sent files or close your account or emails you send on myLinkpower to other Users, as well as your contributions to myLinkpower Answers or Groups, may remain visible to others after you have closed your account. Similarly, other information you have shared with others, or that other Users have copied, may also remain visible. myLinkpower disclaims any liability in relation to the deletion or retention (subject to the terms herein) of information or any obligation not to delete the information. myLinkpower does not control when search engines update their cache, which may contain certain public profile information that has since been removed from myLinkpower’s publicly viewable database.
If we learn that a User is deceased, we may memorialize the User’s account. In these cases we may restrict profile access, remove messaging functionality, and close an account if we receive a formal request from the User’s next of kin or other proper legal request to do so.
As a User, you have certain obligations to other Users. Some of these obligations are imposed by applicable law and regulations, and others have become commonplace in user-friendly communities of like-minded members such as myLinkpower:
- You must not download or otherwise disseminate any information that may be deemed to be injurious, violent, offensive, racist or xenophobic, or which may otherwise violate the purpose and spirit of myLinkpower and its community of Users.
- You must not provide to myLinkpower and/or other Users information that you believe might be injurious or detrimental to your person or to your professional or social status.
- You must keep your username and password confidential and not share it with others.
Any violation of these guidelines may lead to the restriction, suspension or termination of your account at the sole discretion of myLinkpower.
myLinkpower may use Google Analytics to help understand use of the Service. Google Analytics collect the information sent by your browser as part of a web page request, including cookies and your IP address. Google Analytics also receive this information and their use of it is governed by their Privacy Policies.
How We Protect Your Information
Protecting the privacy of young children is especially important. myLinkpower does not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register with the Service. If we become aware that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 without verification of parental consent, we take steps to remove that information.
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