Privacy Policy

BookBanter, LLC a limited liability company organized and existing under the laws of the State of California (”COMPANY”) operates a social commerce (or “sCommerce”) network Website located at www.bookbanter.com and any other COMPANY-branded services provided to you by COMPANY (the COMPANY Website and other COMPANY-branded services are together referred to as the “Website”). The Website is an online service that connects our members together both socially and economically. COMPANY members can profile their lives online, view each other’s profiles, and connect with others around shared social and economic interests. COMPANY members can make unlimited friends and connections and then use those connections to connect personally and do business with others on a whole new level. COMPANY members can change their profile information at any time.

This Privacy Policy provides COMPANY’s policies and procedures with respect to the collection and use of your personally identifiable information as a user of the Website, as well as what choices you have about its use.

By accepting this Privacy Policy, you hereby confirm that you know that the Website is a website operated by COMPANY in the U.S., and you consent to the transfer of your personal data to the U.S., where your personal data will be subject to U.S. law and, if you live outside of the U.S., where the level of data protection may be different compared to your country.

COMPANY places the highest priority on online privacy. If you have any questions concerning this Privacy Policy, please email us at: info@bookbanter.com

Minors: Minors—as defined by the laws of your jurisdiction—are prohibited from using this site. We do not knowingly collect information from any minor.

TYPES OF INFORMATION COLLECTED

Registration Information

You may use the Website as a “Visitor” (which means you are just browsing the Website) or a “Registered Member” (which means you have registered as a member of the Website). In order to register as a member of the Website, you must complete the online registration form and create a password. During registration you are also required to give personally identifiable information including your first name, last name and email address. We use this information to authenticate users and to send notifications to those users relating to the Website. Some of your registration information also becomes part of your Personal Profile.

Personal Profile Information

If you are a Registered Member, you have the option to provide profile information about yourself, such as your personal interests, which we refer to as your “Personal Profile.” We encourage you to submit relevant information so we can provide you a more personalized experience on our site. We are not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in your Personal Profile.

Pictures

If you are a Registered Member, you have the option to add one picture to your Personal Profile. Each picture is always viewable by Visitors and Registered Members.

Promotions, Contests or Surveys

From time to time you may be offered the opportunity to participate in a promotion, contest or survey on the Website (we will refer to all of these activities as “Promotions”). If you participate in a Promotion, we (or a third party identified by COMPANY), may request additional information from you—including personally identifiable information.

Invitations and Other Communications to Non-Members

We may offer you a referral service to tell a friend (on the Website, “Friends” are also referred to as “Connections”) about our site. If you choose to use our referral service, we will ask you for your friend’s name and email address. We will automatically send your friend an initial email inviting him or her to visit the Website. COMPANY will store your friend’s name and email address so that your friend may be added to your “friend’s list”, and also to send reminders of the invitations. COMPANY will not sell the email addresses you provide for referrals or use that information to send any other communication besides invitations and invitation reminders (up to 5 per email address). Recipients of invitations from COMPANY will be able to contact us at info@bookbanter.com to request that we remove this information from our database.

Website Traffic Information

We may also collect and analyze the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet, login, email address, password, computer and connection information, browser type and version, operating system. We also we may use software tools such as JavaScript to measure and collect session information, including page response times, download errors, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks, and mouse-overs), and methods used to browse away from the page. We collect this information from Visitors and Registered Members, typically through automated methods.

Cookies and Pixel Tags

A cookie is a small piece of information that a Website can send to your browser and may then be stored on your computer’s hard drive. It acts as an anonymous tag that identifies your computer, but not you personally. A pixel tag, also known as a clear GIF or web beacon, is an invisible tag placed on certain pages of the Website but not on your computer. When you access these pages, pixel tags generate a generic notice of that visit. They usually work in conjunction with cookies, registering when a particular computer visits a particular page. If you turn off cookies the pixel tag will simply detect an anonymous Website visit and certain features of the Website may not be available.

Third Party Advertisers

The advertisements appearing on this Website may be delivered to users by our advertisers. We share Website usage information about users for the purpose of targeting our advertisements on the Website.

Our advertisers may use cookies and/or clear GIFs. These cookies and clear GIFs allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement. In this way, ad servers may compile information about where you, or others who are using your computer, saw their advertisements and determine which ads are clicked on.

This information allows an ad network to deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. The information that our advertisers collect and share through this technology is not personally identifiable. This privacy statement covers the use of cookies by COMPANY and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

We may transfer personal information to certain of our advertisers that you have explicitly requested to receive information from. It will be clear at the point of collection who is collecting the personal information and whose privacy statement will apply.

USE, SHARING AND DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION

Personal Information Always Shown

Registered Member information is displayed to people in order to facilitate user interaction in the COMPANY sCommerce community. The following personal information is always viewable by Visitors and Registered Members: your First and Last name, Profile Bio and Profile Picture

Searching Personal Profiles

The Website includes features that allow Visitors and Registered Members to search for your profile based on your first name and last name. If your Profile matches the search criteria it will be listed in the search results.

Service Providers

We use third parties to provide certain administrative and service-related services on our site. These third parties may have access to all of your personal information. These third parties are prohibited from using your personally identifiable information for any other purpose.

Promotional Offers

Occasionally we send offers on behalf of other businesses. When we do this, we do not give that business your name and address. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and you therefore have a choice whether or not to disclose this information. The requested information typically includes contact information (such as name and address), and demographic information (such as zip code). Unless we provide you notice of other terms, this Privacy Policy will control the disclosure and use of the information collected during the Promotion.

Providing Personalized Services to You

We store information that we collect through cookies, log files, clear gifs, Internet Traffic Information and/or third party sources to create a “profile” of your preferences. We tie your personally identifiable information to information in the profile, in order to provide tailored promotions and marketing offers and to improve the content of the site for you. We use cookies and pixel tags to identify you as a return visitor and optimize and track your use of the Site. Doing so helps us provide enhanced features such as accelerated purchasing, customized and personalized shopping suggestions, personalized greetings, and storage of items in your shopping bag between visits.

We use clear gifs in our HTML-based emails to let us know which emails have been opened by recipients. This allows us to gauge the effectiveness of certain communications and the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns. We also use this information, which does not alone identify individual users, to analyze trends, to administer the site, to track users’ movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. If you would like to opt-out of these emails, you can do so in the “Your Account Settings” area of your Personal Profile.

We set a persistent cookie to store your passwords, so you don’t have to enter it more than once. Persistent cookies also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our site.

Some of our business partners (e.g., advertisers) use cookies on our site. We have no access to, or control over, these cookies, and their use of cookies is subject to their own privacy policies, not the COMPANY Privacy Policy.

Business Transfers

To improve the offerings and selection at the Website, we may occasionally acquire subsidiaries or particular business units may be bought by or merged with another entity, entities, or individuals. In such transactions, customer information generally is one of the transferred business assets but remains subject to the promises made in any pre-existing privacy notice(s) (unless, of course, the customer consents otherwise). Also, in the event that COMPANY or substantially all of COMPANY’s or the Website’s assets are acquired, all customer information will of course be one of the transferred assets. COMPANY reserves the right to transfer personal information to a successor in interest that acquires rights to that information as a result of the sale of COMPANY or substantially all of its or the Website’s assets to that successor in interest.

Aggregate Information (non-personally identifiable)

We share aggregated demographic information about our user base with our business partners (including our advertisers). When sharing this information, we do not identify individual users.

Law Enforcement; Protection of COMPANY Inc. and Others

It is sometimes necessary to release account and other information when we believe it is appropriate to comply with the law; enforce or apply our terms of use and other agreements; or protect the rights, property, or safety of COMPANY, our users, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for fraud protection and credit risk reduction. Under no circumstances, however, does this include selling, renting, sharing, or otherwise disclosing personally identifiable information from clients for commercial purposes in violation of the commitments set forth in this privacy policy. We reserve the right to disclose your personally identifiable information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or (1) to conform to legal requirements or to respond to a subpoena, search warrant or other legal process received by COMPANY, whether or not a response is required by applicable law; (2) to enforce the COMPANY TERMS OF USE or to protect our rights; or (3) to protect the safety of members of the public and users of the service.

With Your Consent

Other than as set out above, you will receive notice when information about you might go to third parties, and you will have an opportunity to elect whether or not to share the information.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE WEBSITE

Customer Service
Based upon the personally identifiable information you provide us, we will send you a welcoming email to verify your username and password. We will also communicate with you in response to your inquiries, to provide the services you request, and to manage your account. We will communicate with you by email. Generally, you may not opt-out of these communications, which are not administrative in nature.

OTHER TERMS

Links to Other Sites

This Website contains links to other sites that are not owned or controlled by COMPANY. Please be aware that COMPANY is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites.

We encourage you to be aware when you leave the Website and to read the privacy statements of each and every Website that collects personally identifiable information.

This privacy statement applies only to information collected by this Website.

Chat Rooms, Journals and Blogs, Message Boards, Classifieds and Public Forums

Please be aware that whenever you voluntarily post public information to your chat rooms, journals, blogs, message boards, classifieds or any other public forums, that information can be accessed by the public and can in turn be used by those people to send you unsolicited communications. We are not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in these forums.

Security

The security of your personal information is important to us. We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise the security of member information at any time. If you have any questions about security on the Website, you can send email us at: info@bookbanter.com

USER CHOICES WITH REGARD TO ACCESS OF INFORMATION

You may correct, update or delete your Profile information, and update your registration information logging into your account and accessing the “settings” option (available when logged in and viewing your Profile).

General

You always have the right to refrain from providing any information (other than information required for registration). This may have an impact on use of the Website and on the ease of making, or ability to make, purchases or taking advantage of certain unique features of the Website. By providing information about third parties, you represent that you have all necessary authority and/or obtained all necessary consents from such person to authorize us to collect, use and disclose the information of such third parties. All such information shall be governed by the terms of this Privacy Policy.

Anonymous Browsing

A large number of products may be accessed without the use of cookies, or anonymously. In addition, the Federal Trade Commission provides useful information about online privacy on its own Website, consumer.ftc.gov.

Changes in this Privacy Policy

If we decide to change this Privacy Policy, we will post the modified Privacy Policy on this Website to make users aware of what the changes are so users will always be aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and when we may disclose it.

We reserve the right to modify this Privacy Policy at any time, so please review it frequently. A user is bound by any minor changes to the policy when she or he uses the Website after those changes have been posted. If, however, we are going to use a Registered Member’s personally identifiable information in a manner materially different from that stated at the time of collection, we will notify by posting a notice on the Website for 14 days.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding our Privacy Policy, please contact us at: info@bookbanter.com

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