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MeARKET.com: Privacy Policy

The gist:

What information we collect? MeARKET collects information from users involving their stock holdings and companies they are interested in following. All information is given willingly by the users and a user is able to share information they determine okay to share.

How we use the information collected? The information collected is shared to only your social network connections that are also member s of MeARKET. Amounts and numbers of shares are not disclosed and only the actual user can view that information. Information is can be used to send ads or have ads on the site. Users receive email alerts anytime a friend buys/sells or comments and new letters from MeARKET but have the ability to opt out if wanted under the account settings tab.

Who do we disclose it to? The information collected is used to analyze trends. Trends can be viewed by all users for most commonly held stocks, most commonly held by friends and market movers. The email alerts sent to users allows users to get updated within minutes of a friend making a move or comment.

Users must be over the age of 18 years old to use this service. If you are not over 18 you are not permitted to create an account. If you are a parent of someone who created an account please email us and we will remove the user.

Complete policy [updated on December 6, 2012]

Welcome to the MeARKET Media, Inc. ("MeARKET") web site, located at www.MeARKET.com, and online services (the "MeARKET Site"). MeARKET values the privacy of our members and others who visit and use the MeARKET Site (individually, "You" or collectively, "Users"). You may be familiar with some of the Users through third party social networks interactions ("Friends"). We take your privacy seriously and make it a priority to protect personally identifiable information that we obtain from and about individuals both online and off-line. This Privacy Policy describes what information we gather from you, how we use that information, and what we do to protect it. By using the MeARKET Site (whether or not you are a registered member), you expressly consent to the information handling practices described in this policy. If you do not want information about you to be used in the manner set forth in this Privacy Policy, please do not use the MeARKET Site.

This Privacy Policy is incorporated into and is subject to the MeARKET Terms of Service. Your use of the MeARKET Site and any personal information you provide on the MeARKET Site are subject to the terms of this Privacy Policy and MeARKET’s Terms of Service.

This Privacy Policy may be updated from time to time for any reason; each version will apply to information collected while it was in place. We will notify you of any material changes to our Privacy Policy by posting the new Privacy Policy on our Site. You are advised to consult this Privacy Policy regularly for any changes.

The Information MeARKET Collects:

  • User-provided Information: When you register as a member of the MeARKET Site, you may provide to MeARKET what is generally called "personally identifiable" information (such as your name, image, password, gender, email address, postal mailing address, home/mobile telephone number). From time to time, MeARKET may also ask you optionally to provide other information including but not limited to stocks you buy, watchlists and comments on your activities ("Activity"), as well as information relating to number of stocks purchased, total position size ("Personal Financial Information"). If you choose to provide such information, during registration or otherwise, you are giving MeARKET the permission to use and store it consistent with this policy. Therefore, please understand that when you sign in with MeARKET, you are not anonymous to us.
  • When you connect your account to any of the accounts that we offer connection to (such as your Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Yahoo) ("Third Party Accounts"), we may access information about you and your Friends who are registered on such Third Party Accounts.
  • Information from Other Sources: When you connect your account to any of the accounts that we offer connection to (such as your Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Yahoo) ("Third Party Accounts"), we may access information about you and your Friends who are registered on such Third Party Accounts or from other third party sources. If we combine or associate information from other sources with personally identifiable information that we collect through the MeARKET Site, we will treat the combined information as personally identifiable information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.
  • "Cookies" and Automatically Collected Information: When you visit the MeARKET Site, whether or not you are a registered member, we may automatically collect certain information about your use of the Site. Also, whether or not you are a registered member, we may send one or more cookies – small text files containing a string of alphanumeric characters – to your computer. Cookies remember information about your activities on a website. MeARKET may use both session cookies and persistent cookies. A session cookie disappears after you close your browser. A persistent cookie remains after you close your browser and may be used by your browser on subsequent visits to the MeARKET Site. Persistent cookies can be removed. Please review your web browser "Help" file to learn the proper way to modify your cookie settings. However, without cookies you will not have access to certain services on the MeARKET Site. Third party advertisements displayed in connection with the MeARKET Site may also contain cookies set by internet advertisers. We do not control these cookies and users of the MeARKET Site should check the privacy policy of the advertiser to see whether and how it uses cookies.

The Way MeARKET Uses Information:

  • MeARKET collects personally identifiable information when you register as a member in order to establish and enhance our relationship with you. MeARKET generally uses the information you provide or that we collect to operate, maintain, enhance, and provide all of the features and services found on the MeARKET Site.
  • MeARKET may share with Friends or other Users information relating to your Activity but MeARKET DOES NOT share with Friends or other Users Personal Financial Information relating to your total invested amounts, position size and total portfolio dollar amount.
  • We may use your personally identifiable information to provide you with information about MeARKET’s features, services and other offerings that may be of interest to you. We may also send information or offers to groups of users on behalf of other businesses. Under certain circumstances (for example if you win a contest) we may post your personally identifiable information on the MeARKET Site. However, we will notify you of this possibility when collecting personally identifiable information or we will obtain your consent. We may share your personally identifiable information with certain other websites that we link to (and that you click upon) in order to enhance your experience in connection with the MeARKET Site.
  • MeARKET keeps track of your interactions with us and collect information related to your use of our service, including but not limited to your online activity as well as Internet protocol addresses, device types and operating systems. MeARKET uses this information for such purposes as helping us quickly and efficiently respond to inquiries and requests and otherwise enhancing or administering our service offering for our customers. MeARKET uses all of the information that we collect from Users to understand and analyze the usage trends and preferences of our Users, to improve the way the MeARKET Site works and looks, and to create new features and functionality.
  • We may use and disclose information obtained from Third Party Accounts to customize and improve the service for you and your Friends. In addition, by connecting your MeARKET account to any of these Third Party Accounts, your friends and others who have access to view information about you on MeARKET or on the Third Party Accounts will also be able to see your information such as portfolio, comments, rating, and other information about your use of the MeARKET service. Please note that the Third Party Accounts may import, use and retain this information. See Third Party Accounts’ privacy policy for details. You'll also be able to see similar information about your MeARKET friends who are connect with these accounts.
  • MeARKET may use "cookies" or other automatically collected information to: (a) remember your information so that you will not have to re-enter it during your visit or the next time you visit the MeARKET Site; (b) provide customized third-party advertisements, content, and information; (c) monitor the effectiveness of third-party marketing campaigns; (d) monitor aggregate site usage metrics such as total number of visitors and pages viewed; and (e) track your entries, submissions, and status in any promotions or other activities.
  • MeARKET’s employees, agents and contractors must have a legitimate business reason to obtain access to the personally identifiable information you may provide to register as a member of MeARKET. We may share your personally identifiable information with companies that provide services to us, including outside contractors or agents who help us manage our information activities (for example, contest and sweepstakes administration) and for billing purposes, but they may only use your personally identifiable information to provide us with a specific service and not for any other purpose.

Anonymous Aggregated Data:

  • Anonymous data is information (originally personally identifiable or non-personally identifiable) that subsequently is used in aggregate form. We may collect anonymous data whether or not you are a registered member of MeARKET. We may use anonymous data for purposes of research or analysis. We may conduct research on our customer demographics, internet usage, and interests and behavior based on personal data we gather. Although anonymous data may be based in part on personal data, it does not identify you personally.
  • MeARKET may share this type of anonymous data with a variety of third parties, including its affiliates, advertisers and other current and prospective business partners. MeARKET may use anonymous data collected for website administration, advertising and promotional purposes, and we may share such information with various affiliated and unaffiliated entities for such purposes. We may also enter into agreements with outside companies that possess technology that allows us to customize the advertising and marketing messages you receive while using the MeARKET Site. Your non-personally identifiable information and click stream data about your activities may be shared with these companies so this customization can be accomplished. Our agreement with these companies prohibits them from sharing your information with any third party or using it for any other purpose. Anonymous click stream and demographic information may also be shared with our advertisers and business partners.

When MeARKET Discloses Information:

  • MeARKET discloses automatically collected and other aggregate non-personally-identifiable information with interested third parties to assist such parties in understanding the usage, viewing, and demographic patterns for certain programs, content, services, advertisements, promotions, and/or functionality on the MeARKET Site.
  • MeARKET may also disclose User information if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with state and federal laws (such as U.S. Copyright law) or respond to a court order, judicial or other government subpoena, or warrant. In some cases, we may make such disclosures without first providing notice to Users.
  • MeARKET also reserves the right to disclose User information that we believe, in good faith, is appropriate or necessary to take precautions against liability; protect MeARKET from fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful uses; to investigate and defend ourselves against any third-party claims or allegations; to assist government enforcement agencies; to protect the security or integrity of the MeARKET Site; or to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of MeARKET, our Users, or others.
  • In the event that MeARKET is acquired by or merged with a third-party entity, we reserve the right, in any of these circumstances, to transfer or assign the information that we have collected from Users as part of such merger, acquisition, sale, or other change of control.

Your Choices:

You may, of course, decline to share your personally-identifiable information with MeARKET, in which case MeARKET will not be able to provide to you some of the features and functionality found on the MeARKET Site. If you register as a member of MeARKET, you may update, correct, or delete your profile information and preferences at any time by navigating to your personal settings and modifying the relevant information, including deletion and/or subscription cancellation.

To protect your privacy and security, we take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting you account access or making corrections to your information. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING THE SECRECY OF YOUR UNIQUE PASSWORD AND ACCOUNT INFORMATION AT ALL TIMES.

While using our services and/or website, you will have opportunities to post reviews or other personal information in public forums. Please understand that when you post such information, it is made public and is not subject to this policy. We are not responsible for any third party's use of personal information you publicly disclose through our service.

Third-Party Advertisers, Links to Other Sites:

The MeARKET Site may be linked to internet websites operated by other companies. Some of these websites may be co-branded with our name or logo, even though they are not operated or maintained by us. MeARKET may also permit other companies, called third-party ad servers or ad networks, to serve advertisements within the MeARKET Site. These third-party ad servers or ad networks may use technology to send, directly to your browser, some of the advertisements and links that appear on the MeARKET Site. These advertisers may automatically receive your IP address if this happens. These advertisers may also use other technologies (such as cookies, JavaScript, or Web Beacons) to measure the effectiveness of their advertisements and to personalize the advertising content.

You should consult the respective privacy policies of these third-party websites and third party ad servers or ad networks. MeARKET’s privacy policy does not apply to, and we cannot control the activities of, such other third party advertisers or web sites. Please be aware that MeARKET does not warn you when you have chosen to link through to another website from the MeARKET Site.

Our Commitment to Children’s Privacy:

The Site is not directed to persons under 18. If a parent or guardian becomes aware that his or her child has provided us with personally identifiable information without their consent, he or she should contact us at parents@MeARKET.com. We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under 18. If we become aware that a child under 18 has provided us with personal identifiable Information, we will delete such information from our files.

Our Commitment to Data Security:

MeARKET uses commercially reasonable physical, managerial, and technical safeguards to preserve the integrity and security of your personal information. We cannot, however, ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to MeARKET, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission of information, MeARKET makes commercially reasonable efforts to ensure the security of our systems. However, please note that this is not a guarantee that such information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards.

If MeARKET learns of a security systems breach, then we may attempt to notify you electronically so that you can take appropriate protective steps. MeARKET may post a notice on the MeARKET Site if a security breach occurs. Depending on where you live, you may have a legal right to receive notice of a security breach in writing.

International Visitors

The MeARKET Site is hosted in the United States and is intended solely for visitors located within the United States. If you nonetheless choose to use the MeARKET Site from the European Union or other regions of the world with laws governing data collection and use that may differ from U.S. law, then please note that you are transferring your personally identifiable information outside of those regions to the United States and by providing your personally identifiable information on the MeARKET Site you consent to that transfer.

Changes and Updates to this Privacy Policy:

This Privacy Policy may be revised periodically without further notice to you and this will be reflected by an "Updated On" date above. Please revisit this page to stay aware of any changes. Your continued use of the MeARKET Site constitutes your agreement to this Privacy Policy and any future revisions.

MeARKET Contact Information:

Please contact MeARKET with any questions or comments about this Privacy Policy, your personal information, our third-party disclosure practices, or your consent choices by email at privacy@MeARKET.com.