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PRIVACY POLICY

Previously Updated on February 21, 2015. This Privacy Policy is effective immediately for all users registering accounts after that date. For pre-existing users, effective on March 18, 2015.

The following Privacy Policy is created to provide transparency on the collection, use and disclosure of information about users in connection with the use of Hootfy’s websites, services, related mobile applications, consumer mobile applications, and subscriptions to Hootfy’s newsletters (“Sites”) and use the services available on the Website (“Service” or “Services”). The terms used such as “our”, “us”, “we”, and “Hootfy” refer to Hootfy Inc. When using the Site, you hereby consent to our collection, use and disclosure of information about you as described in this Privacy Policy. We may store the information you submit to or through the Site, as well as information we collect in connection with your use of the sites. All terms used in this Privacy Policy that are not defined herein have the meanings set forth in our Terms of Use.

PRIVACY POLICY UPDATES

We will continue to update this Privacy Policy if we change our procedures for handling relevant information, and we will indicate the date when the Privacy Policy was last updated. If we make any material changes, we will provide notice on the Sites prior to the change becoming effective. Our most recent Privacy Policy will continue to be available to you on our Site. Your continued use of the Service(s) after the date the Privacy Policy is changed (or the posted effective date, if later) will constitute your acceptance and agreement to such changes.

WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT?

Information you provide. When registering on our Sites, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name, e-mail address, mailing address and/or phone number. You may, however, visit our Sites anonymously but will not be able have full access to the services and features. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy, do not use the Sites. This Privacy Policy applies only to the Sites. It does not apply to any other business websites that has been listed in the account information and business information provided by members (“Registered Hootsperts” and “Registered Users”) or users (“you” and “yours”), other third party services linked to Hootfy Sites or offline activities related to Hootfy services.

Among the information we collect, are as follows:

User Account information: When you create an account on the Sites, send us an email or fill out our “Contact” or “Registration” form through the Sites; we may store and use your full name, email address, zip code, GPS location (mobile) and other demographic information you may provide with your account registry such as gender, date of birth, education, race or ethnic origin, and other information relevant to user surveys and/or offers. Your user ID, first name and last initial, as well as any photo you submit or upload through the registration process, will be publicly displayed as part of your account profile. All users have the option to request a removal of unauthorized account that has been created with out knowledge depicting you or your likeness. Hootfy ¬also collects aggregated information, demographic information and other information that does not reveal you specific identity and may publish statistics or share them with third parties without including Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”) of any user.

Log Usage Data: Our servers automatically record usage log data created when you use the Services. Usage log data may include information such as your IP address, browser type, operating system, referring web page, visited web pages, location, mobile carrier, computer or mobile device type, search terms and cookie information.

Location Data: If you provide location information during the registration process or at any other time via your account settings, we may store that information in connection with your account (including, for example, your IP address which may provide an approximate geo-location). If you are using mobile Services, we may collect location data directly from your mobile device if your device allows us to do so. Your mobile device manufacturer or mobile hootspert may provide you with choices about how and whether location data is shared with us.

Businesses/Hootsperts Account Information: When you create an account on the Sites, send us an email or fill out our “Contact” or “Registration” form through the Sites; we may store and use your full name, entity name, email address, zip code, GPS location (mobile) and other demographic information you may provide with your account registry such as gender, date of birth, education, race or ethnic origin, and other information relevant to entity surveys and/or offers.

If we deem it necessary, in our sole and absolute discretion, we may also ask for and collect supplemental information from third parties, such as information about your credit from a credit bureau (to the extent permitted by law), or information to verify any identification details you provide during registration.

Information Collected by Third Parties: Our hootsperts, advertising networks, and potentially product vendors use cookies, web beacons or similar technologies to collect information about your use of the Services (including mobile applications) and your online activities over time and across different websites. Collected information may include the content you review, the date and time you view content, and the referring websites, which information may be associated with you unique browser, device identifier or IP address. Cookies may be used, for example, to deliver targeted ads or analyze visitor activity. The use of cookies or similar technologies by our hootsperts, advertising networks, and potentially vendors are not covered by our Privacy Policy. Your browser may offer you a “Do Not Track” option, which allows you to signal to operators of websites and other properties that you do not wish such operators to track certain of your online activities. Our Services do not support “Do Not Track” requests at this time.

Information We Collect From Third Parties: We may obtain information about you from third parties and use it to provide a customized experience, to suggest products or services that might be of interest to you, or to supplement or correct information that you have provided to us, and generally to improve our Services.

Relationship Information: That helps us to understand who you are and what types of stores, products, and advertisements you might like. This includes lifestyle, preference, and interest information; geographic information such as your state/province, city, or neighborhood; the types of Services or products that interest you;

Social Media Information: Certain information you post or provide through Hootfy for public posting, such as your name, profile, reviews, collections and comments, may be shared with other users and posted on publicly available portions of Hootfy, including without limitation, social media applications and other public for a in which you choose to participate. Please also be aware that if you choose to share you information or activity on the Sites, they will become publicly available on other social media platforms. It is up to you to make sure you are comfortable with the information you choose to provide us and the information you choose to share and publish. We will not have an obligations with respect to any information that you post to parts of Hootfy available to others, and recommend that you use caution when giving out personal information to others through social media networks or otherwise.

You may choose to log in or access Hootfy using Facebook Connect feature or by downloading the Hootfy mobile app through Facebook or another third party platform. By doing this, you are authorizing that third party platform to send us certain information from your account with them, and you authorize us to collect, store and use in accordance with this Privacy Policy any and all information available to us through the third party platform.

Contacts: The Sites allows registered users to invite friends to join the Site by providing their contact information, or by allowing us to use your address book from your computer, mobile device, and/or other third party sites.

Communications: When you sign up for an account, you are opting in to receive emails from us, businesses and other users. You can manage your email preferences when need, but understand that you cannot opt out of receiving administrative or legal notices from Hootfy. Information exchanged on the Sites, by you and/or with other users may be stored in order to process and deliver them, allow you to manage them, and investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with the site. If you send information from the Sites to your phone or mobile device via SMS text message, we may log your phone number, phone carrier, and the date and time of the message sent and processed. Charges for texts that is received by recipient will be determined by the carrier.

Sites: We may store your information about your use of the Sites, such as your search activity, the pages you view, the date and time of your visit, and he businesses you call using our mobile application. We may also may store information that your computer or mobile device provides to us in connection with your use of the Sites, such as your browser type, type of computer or mobile device, browser language, IP address, mobile carrier, unique device identifier, location and requested and referring URLs.

WHAT DO WE USE YOUR INFORMATION FOR?

We use the information to fulfill your requests, provide the site’s functionality, improve site feature, improve Sites services, improve Sites quality, personalize user experience, track usage of Sites, provide feedback to businesses listed on the Sites, display relevant advertising, provide quality customer support, send messages to you, system backup and allow for recover of information in event of technical difficulties, enhance Sites security, and comply with all legal obligations. Specifically we may use your personal information for any of the following reasons:

  • to provide our Services to you, including registering you for our Services, verifying your identity and authority to use our Services, and to otherwise enable you to use our Site and Services;

  • for customer support and respond to your inquiries;

  • for internal record-keeping purposes;

  • to process billing and payment, including sharing with PayPal or other third party payment gateways in connection with Site and/or Hootfy’s products and Services;

  • for Hootfy market research purposes, including, but not limited to, the customization of the Site according to your interests;

  • to improve and maintain our Site and Services

  • to periodically send promotional emails to the email address you provide regarding new products from Hootfy, special offers and other information;

  • to contact you via email, telephone, facsimile or mail, or , where requested, by text message, to deliver certain services or information you have requested;

  • we may use your demographic information (i.e., age, postal code, residential and commercial addresses, and other various data) to more effectively facilitate the promotion of goods and services to appropriate target audiences and for other research and analytical purposes;

  • to resolve disputes, to protect ourselves and other users of our Site and Services, and to enforce our Terms of Use;

  • we may also compare personal information collected through the Site and Services to verify its accuracy with personal information collected from third parties;

  • we may combine aggregate data with the personal information we collect about you

  • to offer electronic newsletters, surveys, and polling to users;

Businesses/Hootsperts: One of the key purposes of the Hootfy is to help users and members learn about businesses/hootsperts’ locations, features, and information regarding services that are relevant to them, and for these entities to provide information about themselves, their locations and services to users. Additionally, registered business members may have access to aggregate and anonymous data, demographic and business profile activity (that is not tied individual users) of users that have visited, commented, reviewed or shared their business.

Analytics: We use Google Analytics to better understand how visitors interact with our Sites. This service provides non-PII data including but not limited to data on where visitors came from, what actions they took on our Sites, how long they stayed, and where visitors went when the left our Sites.

Merger/Acquisition: In the event we go through a business transition such as a merger, acquisition by another company or sale of all or a portion of our assets, your Personal Information may be among the assets transferred. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur and are permitted by this Privacy Policy, and that any acquirer of ours, or that acquirer’s assets may continue to process your Personal Information as set forth in this Privacy Policy.

In addition, in the event of Hootfy’s bankruptcy, reorganization, receivership, or assignment for the benefit of creditors, or the application or laws or equitable principles affecting creditors’ rights generally.

Public Content: The information that you post to the site is intended for public consumption, including reviews, photos, comments, likes, bookmarks, friends, lists, and account profile. We may display this information on the site, share it with businesses, and further distribute it to a wider audience through third party sites and services. Accordingly, Hootfy cannot ensure the privacy of any PII included in such user-generated content.

Transactions: If you make purchases through the site, we may collect and store information about you to process our requests and populate forms for future transactions, such as your phone number, address, email, full name, account ID, and credit card information. This information may be shared with third parties who help process of fulfill your requests. When you submit your credit card numbers, we encrypt that information using industry standard technology.

In addition, use of third party apps developed using our Application Programming Interface (“API”) are subject to the terms and conditions and privacy policies of such third party developers. Certain Personal Information may be available to third party developers if you or your “friends” use these third party apps. You should make sure to review the policies of third party apps and websites to ensure that you are comfortable with the ways in which they use and disclose the information you share with them. We do not guarantee that they will follow our rules or our Privacy Policy. Note that your friends may also be able to see which third party apps that you use.

Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways:

  • to personalize your experience. Your information helps us to better respond to your individual needs;

  • to operate and improve our website and services. We continually strive to improve our website offerings based on the information and feedback we receive from you;

  • to improve customer service. Your information helps us to more effectively respond to your customer service requests and support needs;

  • to send periodic emails to newsletter subscribers. The email address you provide may be used to send you information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions;

COLLECTION OF AUTOMATIC INFORMATION

We and our third party hootsperts, which include ad networks, use cookies, web beacons, and other tracking technologies to collect information about your use of our Site and Services, such as your browser type, your ISP or operating system, your domain name, your access time, the URL of the previous website you visited, your page views, your IP address, and the type of device that you use. We also track how frequently you visit our Site

DO WE USE COOKIES?

Yes (Cookies are small files that a site or its hootspert transfers to your computers hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the sites or hootsperts systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information

We use cookies to understand and save your preferences for future visits and compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future. We may contract with third-party hootsperts to assist us in better understanding our site visitors. Hootfy uses this information to remember users on the Sites and provide certain user-specific information such as Hootfy account information, past reviews, favorites and businesses used. These hootsperts are not permitted to use the information collected on our behalf except to help us conduct and improve our business. Hootfy also works with third parties for the purpose of advertisement on the Sites. Third parties may use the information collected about your visits to the Sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you.

Disabling Cookies. You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you disable cookies, you may be prevented from taking full advantage of the Site because it may not function properly if the ability to accept cookies is disabled.

DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses. Hootfy also shares collected PII with third-party vendors and hootsperts with whom Hootfy works to provide application programming interfaces (“APIs”) and other functions for the Sites in connection with delivery of Hootfy services only to the extent necessary to provide those APIs and services. Hootfy allows certain social media platforms to host plug-ins or widgets on the Sites which may collect certain information about those users who choose to use those plug-ins or widgets.

Your privacy is important to us and we are committed to protecting your information in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Policy. Information that you choose to provide in a public area of the Services (such as your profile page, dashboard or via User Submissions) will not be protected by this Privacy Policy because you have chosen to make that information public. Otherwise, your information and aggregate information will be shared only in accordance with this Privacy Policy as follows:

Consent: When you consent or direct Hootfy to share your information. If you choose to Post (as detailed in our “Terms of Use”) a service request through the Services, we may provide information to that Hootspert.

Hootfy Hootsperts: We may utilize third party hootsperts to help us administer, provide and improve the Services and these providers have access to you personally identifiable information only as necessary to perform services for us (e.g., we may share your credit/debit card information with our third party transaction processors only as necessary to complete your purchase, or we may utilize third party hootsperts to provide you with targeted messaging and advertising and these providers have access to your information only as necessary to provide these offers).

The information that you post (other than your payment information) is available to other users of our Site and Services. Comments, Ratings, Reviews, and Recommendations (as detailed in our Terms of Use) that users post to our Site will also be available to other visitors to our Site. In addition, we will post the results (in aggregate form) of surveys to our Site. If you are a Service Seeker or User, not a Hootspert, your first name plus first intial of your last name, zipcode, as well as details of you Post, are available to all visitors to our Site. Hootsperts bidding (referred to as “Hooting”) will be permitted to see the User’s full name and contact info.

Investigations and Law: We may release personally identifiable information when we believe that doing so is appropriate to comply with applicable laws, to avoid legal liability, to cooperate with government or law enforcement or private parties; to protect our rights, reputation, safety or property or that of users or others; and to address fraud, security or technical issues.

Co-Branded Partners: Some of our Services may be co-branded and offered in conjunction with a third party. If you use such co-branded Services both Hootfy and the third party may receive information provided by you or collected in conjunction with the co-branded Services. If you sign-up with Hootfy through co-branded websites or within a co-branded store directly, Hootfy may share your information with a co-branded company.

CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS

Section 1798.83 of the California Civil Code permits California residents to request from a business, with who the California resident has established a business relationship, certain information about the types of personal information the business has shared with third parties for those third parties’ direct marketing purposes and the names and addresses of the third parties with whom the business has shared such information during the immediately preceding calendar year. You may make one request each year by emailing us at support@hootfy.com.

THIRD PARTY LINKS

Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our website. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our Sites and welcome any feedback about these Sites

CHILDREN’S PERSONAL INFORMATION

We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act), we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older. We require registered users of the site to be at least 18 years old. Protecting the privacy of children is very important. If we obtain actual knowledge that a registered user is under 18, we will promptly delete information associated with such account. By using the Hootfy you are representing that you are at least 18 years old.

CHANGING, CLOSING OR CORRECTING YOUR ACCOUNT INFORMATION,

To change or delete your information, you may log in to your Account (as detailed in our “Terms of Use”) and modify or remove specific information that resides in your account within a reasonable time after receiving your request, information that you chose to provide in a public area of the Services may remain in Accounts of Users with whom such information has been shared, and Hootfy may retain and use information in backup/archival copies for our records as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes and enforce our agreements.

INTERNATIONAL USERS

If you are located outside of the United States, please note that this Site is hosted on our computer servers in the United States. Therefore, your information may be processed and stored in the United States. As a result, United States Federal and State governments, courts, or law enforcement or regulatory agencies may be able to obtain disclosure of your information through laws applicable in the United States. Your use of this Site or the Service or your submission of any Personal Information to us will constitute your consent to the transfer of your Personal Information outside of your home country, including the United States, which may provide for different data protection rules than in your country.

SECURITY

We use commercially reasonable security measures to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control. We encrypt the transmission of that information using secure socket layer (SSL) technology. However, no method of transmitting information over the Internet or storing information is completely secure. Accordingly, we cannot guarantee the protection of any information shared with us.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Please also visit our Terms and Conditions section establishing the use, disclaimers, and limitations of liability governing the use of our website at http://www.hootfy.wiztechpk.com/terms

Email Opt Out: We understand how annoying it may be when companies give away or sell your email address, so be assure, Hootfy does not nor will ever do that.

By joining the Hootfy mailing list, you are agreeing to receive a promotional email from the Site. Our goal is to provide the most relevant promotion, alert or interests that you may enjoy, but if you think we are not doing a great job and would not like to receive anymore promotional, alert or interests emails, you can unsubscribe at any time.

CHANGES TO OUR PRIVACY POLICY

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page, send an email notifying you of any changes, and/or update the Privacy Policy modification date below. By continuing to access and/or use the Sites following the posting of a new Privacy Policy version, you agree to be bound by the then-current version. If you do not agree to the terms of the new version of the Privacy Policy, you will stop using the Sites.

CONTACT US

If you have questions or concerns about our Privacy Policy, please contact us at: privacy@hootfy.com