Privacy Notice

Effective: January 2014

The following describes our policy for the information gathering, use and dissemination practices of OpenExplorer for the services provided through its various websites and mobile apps (our “Sites”). Our policies do not apply to any third-party websites, services or applications that can be accessed through our services or these sites.


Information You Provide

We will collect certain personally identifiable information (like your name and email address) from you when you register for an account. If you create your account using your Facebook ID (or login from another supported social networking site), we will access and collect the information that your privacy settings (on that social networking site) permit us to access so that we can create your account for you.


Information We Collect

As with many websites, we also collect certain information when you visit a Site or use our services, even when you are not logged in. When you browse, read, or download information from the Site or use our services, we collect certain usage data, such as an IP address, URL request, browser type, and date and time of your request.

We collect this information through the use of "cookies”. Cookies are small text files that the Site can send to your browser for storage on your computer's hard drive. They make your use of the Site easier by saving your status and preferences and are refreshed every time you visit. We may use session cookies when you visit our website while your browser is open, or while you are logged into the Site. To facilitate our registration and login functions, we may use cookies to recognize when you return to the Site. If you do not logout of your account, these cookies allow us to keep track of your username and password so that you do not have to resubmit the information to log into your account. If others will be using your computer, you should log out of your account so that your logon information is cleared. Most browser are initially set to accept cookies, but you may be able to change the settings to refuse cookies or to be alerted when cookies are being sent.


Information Collected by Others

We use third-parties to collect usage analytics for our services and Sites. These third-parties may place their own cookies on your device to collect traffic and activity data in order to deliver us relevant metrics and information. We do not share any personal information of our users with these parties, but we may share anonymized or aggregated information with them to help improve our services and Sites. The collection of this data by these third-parties is subject to their privacy policy. For more information visit: Google Analytics, Gauges.


How We Use the Information We Collect

We use the information we collect for the purposes described below:

  • to provide our services or the information you request, and to process and complete any transactions;
  • to respond to your emails, questions, and requests, and to provide you with customer service;
  • to personalize and improve our services and your experiences when you use our Sites and our services;
  • to increase the functionality and user friendliness of our services;
  • to monitor and analyze usage and trends of our services and our Sites,
  • to send you confirmations, updates, security alerts, and support and administrative messages and otherwise facilitate your use of, and our administration and operation of, our services; and
  • for any other purpose for which the information was collected.

Disclosure of Information

We will share your personal information only when you give us your consent to do so, including if we notify you that the information you provide will be shared in a particular manner and you provide such information (like with certain social networking site, if you allow such sharing).

Your information may be accessed by our system administrators and our service providers who are working with us in connection with the operation of our services and our Sites (these service providers may have access to your information but only to the extent necessary to perform services on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose that information or use it for any other purposes).

We may share aggregated information and non-personally identifiable information with third parties for industry analysis, demographic profiling, research, analysis and other similar purposes.

In the event that we are required by law or legal process (such as a subpoena, warrant or court order) or to respond to lawful requests from legal authorities to disclose the information you submit, we will provide you with notice (unless we are prohibited) that a request for your information has been made so that you may object to the disclosure. We will send this notice by email to the email address you have provided in your account. If you do not challenge the disclosure request yourself, we may be legally required to turn over your information.

We may provide information about our users in connection with an acquisition, sale of company assets, or other situation where user information would be transferred as one of our business assets.


How to Access Your Information

If you have an account, you can access and modify the information you provided us through your account. If you completely delete all such information, then your account will become deactivated and you will not be able to access our services or any content posted through your account.

Please note that posting or updating content on our services is a public action, and all content may be publicly visible. Identification of all contributed content may include, but is not limited to, display of your account name or IP address. If you would like us to delete your personal information from our system, please contact us (info@openexplorer.com) with a request that we delete your personal information from our database. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to honor your request; however, we may retain an archived copy of your records as required by law or for other legitimate business purposes. Editing or deleting your content may alter the displayed state of the content, but will not permanently delete the content from our services.


Security

We employ administrative, physical and electronic measures designed to protect your information from unauthorized access, however, despite these efforts, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable and no method of data transmission can be guaranteed against any interception or other type of misuse. In the event that your personal information is compromised as a result of a breach of security, we will promptly notify you if your personal information has been compromised as required by applicable law.


Other Websites

Our services may contain links to other services or websites independently run by third parties. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites and services. We encourage you to read the privacy policies of any websites you visit from our services.


Children's Privacy

Our services are intended for adults and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13 years of age. If you are a parent or legal guardian of a child under age 13 who you believe has submitted personal information to the Site, please contact us immediately. If we learn that we have collected personal information of a child under 13, we will take steps to delete such information from our files as soon as possible.


Changes

Any information that is collected is subject to the privacy policy in effect at the time such information is collected. We may, however, modify and revise our privacy policies from time-to-time. If we make any material changes to this policy, we will notify you of such changes by posting them on our Sites, through our services or by sending you an email or other notification, and we will indicate when such changes will become effective. By continuing to access or use our services after those changes become effective, you are agreeing to be bound by the revised policy.

Please contact us (info@openexplorer.com) if you have any questions about our privacy policies.