Acceptance of terms
Information collected about you
Spiky Penguin collects personal information through a variety of methods, including via the Website, over the phone, direct mail or otherwise. In all instances, however, such collection shall be completely voluntary and at your discretion. It is always your choice whether or not to provide Spiky Penguin your personal information.
There are four types of information that Spiky Penguin collects about you:
B. Limited Access Information We collect information such as nature of your profession, duration you've been in the profession, personal preferences. We use this information to be able to provide you with better, more enhanced services. Specifically, we use this additional information with our proprietary search software with the goal of increasing the opportunities to match your profile with others. This information, which we refer to as Limited Access Information, is accessible only to you and the people who you give permission to access your files.
C. Publicly Posted Information We collect the information you post or want to be publicly viewable, such as your online portfolio on Spiky Penguin. We refer to this information as Publicly Posted Information, and it is accessible by anyone with Internet access.
Use of personal information; right to opt out
Your personal information will be used only to, among other reasons, provide you the services you have requested, improve the content on our Website, help us serve your needs and requests better, and generally support your use of the Website. Without limiting the foregoing, personal information collected on the Website or through other voluntary means may be used by Spiky Penguin, in following ways:
to specify unique preferences and to provide personalized content;
to track user trends and patterns;
expand our online directories or contact you regarding future Spiky Penguin and third party products and services;
to communicate special offers and featured items to you including notices pertaining to future Spiky Penguin and third party products and services;
to respond to your customer service inquires or requests;
provide you with certain information about products or services, from us or third parties, we think may interest you.
to inform you of upcoming events, promotions, and developments with respect to membership information, including changes to our Service Fees; and
to enhance website operation and efficiency.
Spiky Penguin reserves the right to provide aggregate data to third parties for statistical analysis. Such data will not be linked to any particular individuals. In addition, we also reserve the right to disclose your personal information if such disclosure is made pursuant to a legal proceeding or is required by law.
We will only keep your personal information for as long as it remains necessary or relevant for the purposes stated above or as otherwise required by law.
Advertisers on Spiky Penguin
From time to time, we conduct statistical analyses of the collective behavior and characteristics of our users to measure interest in and use of Spiky Penguin's services. We sometimes provide our advertisers with this statistical information, such as the number of users that have been exposed to or clicked on their advertising banners. However, we only provide aggregated data from these analyses to third parties, we do not provide personal data characteristics such as your name, address or phone number or any other information, which can identify you as an individual.
Spiky Penguin permits third parties to offer their services to visitors of our Website through advertisements. Spiky Penguin is not responsible for the actions or policies of our advertisers or other third parties; therefore, we recommend that you verify the applicable privacy practices of any other website or third party before you provide them with your personal information.
Your Personal Registration Information -- the information you supply when you register or sign up for one of Spiky Penguin's services -- is password-protected so that only you and Spiky Penguin have access to this information. Your Limited Access Information is accessible only to you and the people who you give permission to access your files. Your Publicly Posted Information is available to anyone with Internet access. Your Cookie and Tracking Information is used by us for internal purposes only to provide you with personalized service.
Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100 percent secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, Spiky Penguin cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information that you transmit to us through our Website or that you download from our online products or services on our Website, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we use commercially reasonable efforts to ensure its security on our systems. Your personal information resides on a secure server that only authorized Spiky Penguin personnel and contractors have access to via password.
Please note that there are several places on the Website where you can transmit credit card information in order to complete a purchase transaction. We have taken steps to ensure that credit card and other financial information remains well protected. Any time we ask for a credit card number, we transmit that credit card number in an encrypted format. We use industry-standard, SSL (secure socket layer) encryption.
Changing personal information
At your request, Spiky Penguin will provide you with access to the personal information we may have on file about you and to allow you to update and/or correct personal information to the extent such information is inaccurate.
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