ExtendedBeta Privacy Policy

(created 10/2008)

This privacy policy tells you how and why we use information collected on ExtendedBeta. Please read this privacy policy before using the site or submitting any personal information. By using the site, you are accepting the practices described in this privacy policy. These practices may be changed, but any changes will be posted to this page. Changes will only apply forward, not retroactively. We encourage you to review this privacy policy to assure that you understand how the information that you provide to us will and will not be used and distributed.

Why we collect personal information

Sharing is an important part of the ExtendedBeta community. However, privacy is an equally important part. We believe that one does not preclude the other. Our goal is to enable sharing within the ExtendedBeta community while protecting your privacy. We accomplish this by giving you full control over how your personal information is used and distributed.

Collection of information

Information that you provide - On ExtendedBeta, you may provide us with certain pieces of personal information, such as your name, your email address, your telephone number, your address, as well as other of your personal or professional details. We store this information in your profile. You can change this information, and its visibility at any time. We may ask you for credit card or other payment account information in order to process an order for you. For security purposes, we use third-party financial transaction services (e.g., Amazon Payment Services) to process your payment. Thus, we never store payment account information on this website.

Automatically collected information - When you use ExtendedBeta, we automatically collect information including, but not limited to, details about your browser, operating system, IP address, and referring website. We also store and collect information derived from "cookies". A cookie is a piece of data stored on your computer tied to information about you. For example, we use session ID cookies to confirm that you are logged in to the website as you browse from page to page. These cookies are deleted once you log out of the website. You can remove or block cookies using the settings in your browser.

Access Logs - When you access ExtendedBeta, we automatically record the details of each and every web request that you make to the website. We keep these logs for a minimum period of one year. These logs are used internally for website quality assurance, usability analysis, and security auditing.

Communications - When you send us email or other communications, or you use the website to send emails to ExtendedBeta members, we retain those communications for purposes including but not limited to responding to your requests, improving service quality, assuring security and limiting abuse of the website and its services.

Distribution of information

We do not and will not rent or sell any information collected on this website.

We do not share personally identifiable information about you with un-affiliated persons or organizations, except as requested by you or determined appropriate by you through your profile settings.

We may use and distribute aggregate information for purposes including but not limited to advertisement and promotion.

We may share information with governmental agencies or other companies assisting us in the prevention or investigation of illegal activities. We may do so when: (1) permitted or required by law; or, (2) trying to protect against or prevent actual or potential crimes including fraud or unauthorized transactions; or, (3) investigating crimes which have already taken place.

Control over personal information

We believe in personal autonomy and give you total control over your own information. You can change your personal information, change the visibility of your profile information and deactivate your account at any time.

Use of information

Sharing is an important part of the ExtendedBeta community. Below are some of the ways that the personal information you provide may be shared with other ExtendedBeta members or the public.

ExtendedBeta Community Profiles - Your profile is your means of identifying and promoting yourself within the community. You have complete control over the information posted in your profile. By default, profiles are only visible to other community members, but can be made publicly viewable, at your option.

ExtendedBeta Buzz - By adding a twitter or blog link to your profile page with the "include in buzz" box checked, content posted to your twitter and/or blog feed will automatically be posted in part or whole to the ExtendedBeta Buzz webpage. The goal of the ExtendedBeta Buzz is to provide one location where the voice of the entire community can be aggregated. Participation in the ExtendedBeta Buzz is a means of self promotion within the ExtendedBeta community and the public at large, as the Buzz is accessible by the public.

Local Events - An important part of being a member of ExtendedBeta is participation in local events. Face-to-face networking is critically important to the success of any community, even online communities. When you participate in an event, your profile will be added to the event attendance list which is visible only to other community members. Attendee lists serve the purpose of maximizing face-to-face networking opportunities through in-advance preparation. Presentations that you propose for or give at an event may be made available to the public in connection with the event for the purposes of event advertising and promotion. Votes or comments on presentations will be visible only to ExtendedBeta community members.

Communications - Communications may be sent to you at your email and/or postal address that are related to community announcements, contacts from other memebers, and site update notifications. You have the ability to limit these communications using the settings in your profile.

Commitment to data security and integrity

We will strive to keep your information secure. To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Privacy Concerns

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