Effective from April 15, 2008
This Policy applies to all of the products, services and websites offered by Howdoya Inc.
At Howdoya we recognize that privacy is important. If you have any questions about this Policy, please feel free to contact us through our website or write to us at the address below.
Information we collect and how we use it
We offer services that do not require you to register for an account or provide any personal information to us, such as Howdoya search. However, now and in the future, in order to provide additional services, we may collect the following types of information:
Information you provide - When you sign up for a Howdoya service or promotion that requires registration, we may ask you for personal information (such as name, email address and an account password). For certain services, such as our affiliate or advertising programs, we may also request credit card or other payment account information which we maintain in encrypted form on secure servers. We may combine the information you submit under your account with information from other Howdoya services in order to provide you with a better experience and to improve the quality of our services. For certain services, we may give you the opportunity to opt out of combining such information.
Howdoya cookies - When you visit Howdoya, we send one or more cookies - a small file containing a string of characters - to your computer that uniquely identifies your browser. These are used to improve the quality of our service by storing user preferences and tracking user trends, such as how people search or navigate the site. Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies, but you can modify your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. Some site features may be negatively affected if you do so.
Log information - When you use Howdoya services, our servers automatically record information that your browser sends whenever you visit a website. These logs may include information such as your request, IP address, browser type and language, the date and time of your request and one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser.
User communications - When you send email or other communication to Howdoya, we may retain those communications in order to process your inquiries, respond to your requests and improve our services.
Links - Howdoya may present links in a format that enables us to keep track of whether these links have been followed. This information helps improve the quality of our technology and services.
Providing our products and services to users, including the display of customized content and advertising;
Howdoya processes personal information on our servers in the United States and in other countries. In some cases, we process personal information on a server outside your own country. We may process personal information to provide our own services.
Choices for personal information
There may be times when you are asked to provide personal information to access a specific service. We will only use your personal information to deliver the service for which you have registered.
If we propose to use personal information for any purposes other than those described in this Policy and/or in the specific service notices, we will offer you an effective way to opt out of the use of personal information for those other purposes. We will not collect or use information for purposes other than those described in this Policy and/or in the specific service notices, unless we have obtained your prior consent.
Howdoya only shares personal information with other companies or individuals outside of Howdoya in the following limited circumstances:
We have your consent. We require opt-in consent for the sharing of any sensitive personal information.
We have a good faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of such information is reasonably necessary to (a) satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request, (b) enforce applicable Terms of Service, including investigation of potential violations thereof, (c) detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues, or (d) protect against imminent harm to the rights, property or safety of Howdoya, its users or the public as required or permitted by law.
We may share with third parties certain pieces of non personal information in aggregate form such as search usage statistics, advertising statistics, etc. This aggregated information does not identify you individually.
We take appropriate security measures to protect against unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of data.
We restrict access to personal information to Howdoya employees, contractors and agents who need to know that information in order to operate, develop or improve our services.
These individuals are bound by confidentiality obligations and may be subject to discipline, including termination and criminal prosecution, if they fail to meet these obligations.
Howdoya processes personal information only for the purposes for which it was collected and in accordance with this Policy or any applicable service-specific privacy notice.
Howdoya regularly reviews its compliance with this Policy. Please feel free to direct any questions or concerns regarding this Policy by contacting us through our email form on the search results page or by writing to us at:
Changes to this policy
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