Privacy Policy

Security & Privacy

THIS PAGE WAS REVISED AS OF FEBRUARY 17, 2011. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY.

Privacy Policy

The privacy of those who visit our web site is of primary concern to NOWNESS.com. We automatically gather some data from everyone who visits our site, while other information is obtained at the discretion of the individual. Our sole purpose in doing this is to enhance the experience of individuals on NOWNESS.com (for example, to tailor special offers to our users or to survey our users about their site experience). None of this information is shared with outside parties other than companies we employ to perform functions on our behalf, to which limited data is given as is necessary in order to maintain our relationship with you, such as to customize our communications with you, if you elect to receive communications.

VISIT INFORMATION

Like many other internet companies, NOWNESS.com automatically tracks the usage of our web site. We profile web site usage by tracking the NOWNESS.com pages viewed, the previous and following sites visited, the browser used, and the computer's address. This information is used to analyze trends, track use, and optimize site administration.

Registration Information

In order to take advantage of our website and email communication services, a user must first complete the profile registration page. During registration, users are required to give their first and last names, email address, age range, gender, country of residence, and zip code if a US resident, as well as create a user name and password. This information is used to allow users to receive tailored recommendations based on what they LOVE/DON’T LOVE, comment on stories, contribute original content, and receive emails about the categories for which they have expressed interest, should they choose to opt-in to receive email communication. You may opt-out of receiving email communication from us at any time by changing the email settings on your NOWNESS.com profile page, by clicking on the "Unsubscribe" link in an email, or by visiting the unsubscribe page.

Secured Information

NOWNESS.com takes numerous precautions to protect our users' information. When users submit sensitive information via the web site, the information is protected both online and offline. All of our users' information is restricted in our offices. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job are granted access to personally identifiable information. All employees are kept up-to-date on our security and privacy practices. Any time new policies are added, our employees are notified and reminded about the importance we place on privacy and what they can do to ensure our customers' information is protected. Finally, the servers on which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment.

NOWNESS.com may provide aggregate statistics about our customers, traffic patterns, and related site information to reputable third-party vendors, but these statistics will include no personally identifiable information.

Communications

NOWNESS.com is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. We also communicate with users in accordance with the preferences they have indicated during the profile registration process and to provide updates on new functionality introduced on NOWNESS.com. Users may also receive administrative emails related to interaction on the NOWNESS.com website.

We employ other companies to perform functions on our behalf. Examples include sending email, analyzing data and providing marketing assistance. They have access to personal information needed to perform their functions, but may not use it for other purposes.

After registration, users may opt-out of receiving email communications from NOWNESS.com by changing the settings on their NOWNESS.com profile page, by clicking on the "Unsubscribe" link in an email, or by visiting the unsubscribe page.
 
The NOWNESS.com site may have links to other web sites on the internet that are not owned or controlled by NOWNESS.com. We are not responsible for the privacy policies or the content of these web sites, nor does this mean that NOWNESS.com endorses them in any way.

PERMISSION TO USE COPYRIGHTED MATERIALS

Copying, reproducing, downloading, posting or re-posting any content from this site (for anything other than strictly personal, non-public and non-commercial use), without obtaining NOWNESS's express, written permission in advance, is strictly prohibited and constitutes a violation of copyright laws. Permission may be granted by NOWNESS's sole discretion and will be conditioned, at a minimum, on NOWNESS being credited as the source of such content.

Correcting/Updating Information

If a user's profile information changes, we provide a way to correct or update this information. Simply login to your NOWNESS.com profile page, update the information and click “SAVE”.

SHARING YOUR CONTENT

If you choose to submit content and information on NOWNESS.com, you agree that you own all of the content and information posted. In addition, for content that is covered by intellectual property rights, such as photographs, videos, music, etc, you specifically give NOWNESS.com the following permission: you (the user) grant NOWNESS.com a perpetual non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide right to use, reproduce and publish any content that you post on or in connection with NOWNESS.com. NOWNESS.com has the right to publish the user's name, city, state and country of residence in connection with the posting or use of the user's content, such as in promotions or other publications, whether online or otherwise, including but not limited to the websites of NOWNESS.com and its affiliates: Facebook, Foursquare, Tumblr and Twitter. In no event is NOWNESS.com obligated to use, reproduce or publish any content or information posted by users.

DISCLOSURE TO AUTHORITIES

NOWNESS.com cannot guarantee that all private communications and other personally identifiable information will never be disclosed in ways not otherwise described in this Privacy Policy. We reserve the right and may be forced to disclose any and all information to government bodies or government officials or third parties under certain circumstances or third parties may unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications. Accordingly, you authorize NOWNESS.com to disclose any and all information about you to law enforcement or other government officials as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate, in connection with an investigation of fraud, intellectual property infringements or other activity that is illegal or may expose us to legal liability.

Cookies

Cookies are small pieces of information sent from a web server to your computer. These allow us to personalize and customize your site experience without having to continually request the same basic information from you.

Other

If at any point we decide to use personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we will notify users of this by email. Users will have a choice as to whether or not we use their information in this different manner. We will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected.

If you have any questions about the security or privacy at our web site, you can email us at legal@NOWNESS.com

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