The Information We Collect
When you visit RankMyWebsite you provide us with two types of information: (i) personally identifiable information (Personal Information) you knowingly choose to disclose that is collected by us, and (ii) information collected by us as you interact with our Website.
When you register with RankMyWebsite, you provide us with certain Personal Information, such as your name, your email address, your telephone number, your address, your gender, schools attended and any other personal or preference information that you provide to us.
When you use RankMyWebsite, you may set up your personal profile, form relationships, send messages, view videos and/or pictures, perform searches and queries, form groups, set up events, add applications, and transmit information through various channels. We collect this information so that we can provide you personalized features to enhance the services offered by RankMyWebsite. When you update information, we usually keep a backup copy of the prior version for a reasonable period of time to enable reversion to the prior version of that information. RankMyWebsite may also collect information about you from other sources, such as newspapers, blogs, instant messaging services, and other users of the RankMyWebsite service in order to provide you with more useful information and a more personalized experience. By using RankMyWebsite, you are consenting to have your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States.
Any improper collection or misuse of information provided on RankMyWebsite is a violation of the RankMyWebsite Terms of Service and should be reported to [email protected]
Children Under Age 13
RankMyWebsite.net does not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register. If you are under the age of 13, please do not attempt to register for RankMyWebsite.net or send any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, or email address. No one under age 13 may provide any personal information to or on RankMyWebsite.net. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at [email protected]
Children Between the Ages of 13 and 18
We recommend that minors over the age of 13 ask their parents for permission before sending any information about themselves to anyone over the Internet.
Use of Information Obtained by RankMyWebsite.net
As described in detail below, RankMyWebsite may use your Personal Information in many ways, including sending you promotional materials, and sharing your information with third parties so that these third parties can send you promotional materials.
When you register with RankMyWebsite, you create your own profile and privacy settings. Your profile information, as well as your name, email and photo, are displayed to people in the networks specified in your privacy settings to enable you to connect with people on RankMyWebsite.net. We may occasionally use your name and email address to send you notifications regarding new services offered by RankMyWebsite that we think you may find valuable.
RankMyWebsite.net uses profile information to, in part, allow you to review and edit your profile when you access the Website so that you can present your information to other users permitted to view that information based on your privacy settings. You may choose what information you provide in your profile, including your name, date of birth, interests, hobbies, groups with which you are affiliated (ie. schools or organizations), videos and/or pictures, or personal statements. Profile information you submit to RankMyWebsite.net will be available to users of RankMyWebsite who have access to your profile based on your privacy settings.
RankMyWebsite.net may send you service-related announcements from time to time through the general operation of the service. Generally, you may opt out of such emails from the Notifications page, though RankMyWebsite.net reserves the right to send you notices about your account even if you opt out of all voluntary email notifications.
RankMyWebsite.net may use information in your profile without identifying you as an individual to third parties. We do this for purposes such as aggregating how many people like a school or video and personalizing advertisements and promotions so that we can provide you the services offered by RankMyWebsite. We believe this benefits you. You can make more informed choices about the schools you are considering, and know more about the world around you. In addition, where there are advertisements, they’re more likely to be interesting to you. For example, if you put a favorite school in your profile, we might serve you an advertisement highlighting information about that school or other, similar schools that may also be of interest to you.
We may use information about you that we collect from other sources, including but not limited to newspapers and Internet sources such as blogs, instant messaging services, RankMyWebsite platform developers and other users of RankMyWebsite, to supplement your profile. Where such information is used, we generally allow you to specify in your privacy settings that you do not want this to be done or to take other actions that limit the connection of this information to your profile.
Sharing Your Information with Third Parties
RankMyWebsite is about sharing information with others, while providing you with privacy settings that restrict other users from accessing your information. We allow you to choose the information you provide through RankMyWebsite. Our network architecture and your privacy settings allow you to make informed choices about who has access to your information. We share your information with third parties only in limited circumstances where we believe such sharing is 1) reasonably necessary to offer the services offered by RankMyWebsite, 2) legally required or, 3) permitted by you. For example:
- We may also provide information to service providers to help us bring you the services we offer. Specifically, we may use third parties to facilitate our business, such as to host the service at a co-location facility for servers, to send out email updates about RankMyWebsite, to remove repetitive information from our user lists, to process payments for products or services, to offer an online job application process, or to provide search results or links (including sponsored links). In connection with these offerings and business operations, our service providers may have access to your Personal Information for use for a limited time in connection with these business activities. Where we utilize third parties for the processing of any Personal Information, we implement reasonable contractual and technical protections limiting the use of that information to the RankMyWebsite-specified purposes.
- We may be required to disclose user information pursuant to lawful requests, such as subpoenas or court orders, or in compliance with applicable laws. We do not reveal information until we have a good faith belief that an information request by law enforcement or private litigants meets applicable legal standards. Additionally, we may share account or other information when we believe it is necessary to comply with law, to protect our interests or property, to prevent fraud or other illegal activity perpetrated through the RankMyWebsite service or using the RankMyWebsite name, or to prevent imminent bodily harm. This may include sharing information with other companies, lawyers, agents or government agencies.
- We let you choose to share information with marketers or electronic commerce providers through sponsored groups or other on-site offers.
- We may offer stores or provide services jointly with other companies on RankMyWebsite. You can tell when another company is involved in any store or service provided on RankMyWebsite, and we may share customer information with that company in connection with your use of that store or service.
When you use RankMyWebsite, certain information you post or share with third parties, such as Personal Information, comments, messages, photos, videos, or other information, may be shared with other users in accordance with the privacy settings you select. All such sharing of information is done at your own risk. Please keep in mind that if you disclose Personal Information in your profile or when posting comments, messages, photos, videos, or other items, this information may become publicly available.
Third Party Advertising
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Changing or Removing Information
Access and control over most Personal Information on RankMyWebsite is readily available through the profile editing tools. RankMyWebsite users may modify or delete any of their profile information at any time by logging into their account. Information will be updated immediately. Individuals who wish to deactivate their RankMyWebsite account may do so on the My Account page. Removed information may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time but will not be generally available to members of RankMyWebsite.
Where you make use of the communication features of the service to share information with other individuals on RankMyWebsite, however, (e.g., sending a personal message to another RankMyWebsite user) you generally cannot remove such communications.
RankMyWebsite takes appropriate precautions to protect our users’ information. Your account information is located on a secured server behind a firewall. When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card number), we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). (To learn more about SSL, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_Sockets_Layer).Because email and instant messaging are not recognized as secure communications, we request that you not send private information to us by email or instant messaging services. If you have any questions about the security of RankMyWebsite web site, please contact us at [email protected]
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