Tisabeli - Privacy policy


Date of last revision: October 13, 2010.

1) Introduction

a) Questions. If you have any questions or concerns about our privacy policy, contact our privacy team by emailing us at privacyteam@tisabeli.com. You may also contact us by mail at PO Box 18131, Irvine, California 92623.

b) Safe Harbor. Tisabeli will comply with the EU Safe Harbor framework as set forth by the Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of data from the European Union.

c) Scope. This privacy policy covers all of Tisabeli. It does not, however, apply to entities that Tisabeli does not own or control, such as applications and websites using Platform. By using or accessing Tisabeli, you agree to our privacy practices.

d) No information from children under age 13. If you are under age 13, please do not attempt to register for Tisabeli or provide any personal information about yourself to us. If we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from a child under age 13, please contact us at: legal@tisabeli.com.

e) Parental participation. We strongly recommend that minors 13 years of age or older ask their parents for permission before sending any information about themselves to anyone over the Internet and we encourage parents to teach their children about safe internet use practices.

2) Information We Receive

a) Information you provide to us:

i) Information About Yourself. When you sign up for Tisabeli you provide us with your name, email. In some cases we may ask for additional information for security reasons or to provide specific services to you. Once you register you can provide other contact-related information.

ii) Content. One of the primary reasons people use Tisabeli is to plan upcoming purchases of products and services, including category, and sub-category of item, description of item, geographic location of purchase, timeframe of purchase, and the approximate budget for purchase.

iii) Transactional Information. We may retain the details of transactions or payments you make on Tisabeli.

b) Information we collect when you interact with Tisabeli:

i) Site activity information. We keep track of some of the actions you take on Tisabeli, such as Postings, and Replies.

ii) Access Device and Browser Information. When you access Tisabeli from a computer, mobile phone, or other device, we may collect information from that device about your browser type, location, and IP address, as well as the pages you visit.

iii) Cookie Information. We use "cookies" (small pieces of data we store for an extended period of time on your computer, mobile phone, or other device) to make Tisabeli easier to use, to make our advertising better, and to protect both you and Tisabeli. For example, we use them to store your login ID (but never your password) to make it easier for you to login whenever you come back to Tisabeli. We also use them to confirm that you are logged into Tisabeli, and to know when you are interacting with Tisabeli Platform applications and websites, and our advertisements. You can remove or block cookies using the settings in your browser, but in some cases that may impact your ability to use Tisabeli.

c) Information we receive from third parties:

i) Tisabeli Platform. We do not own or operate the applications or websites that you use through Tisabeli Platform (such as vendor websites, and advertisement websites accessed via the banner advertisements). Whenever you connect with a Platform application or website, we will receive information from them, including information about actions you take. In some cases, in order to personalize the process of connecting, we may receive a limited amount of information even before you connect with the application or website.

ii) Information from other websites. We may institute programs with advertising partners and other websites in which they share information with us:

(1) We may ask advertisers to tell us how our users responded to the ads we showed them (and for comparison purposes, how other users who didn’t see the ads acted on their site). This data sharing, commonly known as “conversion tracking,” helps us measure our advertising effectiveness and improve the quality of the advertisements you see.

(2) We may receive information about whether or not you’ve seen or interacted with certain ads on other sites in order to measure the effectiveness of those ads.

(3) If in any of these cases we receive data that we do not already have, we will “anonymize” it within 360 days, meaning we will stop associating the information with any particular user. If we institute these programs, we will only use the information in the ways we explain in the “How We Use Your Information” section below.

iii) Information from other users. We may collect information about you from other Tisabeli users, such as when postings notifications are forwarded to the webmaster.

3) Sharing information on Tisabeli.
This section explains how your profile settings work, and how your information is shared on Tisabeli. You should always consider your profile settings before sharing information on Tisabeli.

a) Name and Profile. Tisabeli is designed to make it easy for you to find and connect with others who are interested in making similar purchases, or volunteering for similar activities. For this reason, your name and profile do not have privacy settings.

b) Contact Information. Your contact information is only provided to Vendors after a reasonable timeframe has elapsed to purchase the item in which you indicated you were interested. Remember that although this information is required when Registering, you do not have to share your email address or contact information with anyone.

c) Personal Information. Your personal information is not provided to other Tisabeli users.

d) Other. Here are some other things to remember:

i) The content you share will show up on the public Postings. Even after you remove information from your profile or delete your account, that information may have already been shared with Vendors from the Postings you authored.

ii) You understand that information might be reshared or copied by other users.

iii) Certain types of communications that you send to other users cannot be removed, such as messages.

iv) When you post information on another User’s Posting, that information will be viewable by the other Users.

v) If you use an external source to publish information to Tisabeli (such as a mobile application or a Connect site), you should check the privacy setting for that post, as it is set by that external source.

e) Minors. We reserve the right to add special protections for minors (such as to provide them with an age-appropriate experience) and place restrictions on the ability of adults to share and connect with minors, recognizing this may provide minors a more limited experience on Tisabeli

4) Information You Share With Third Parties.

a) Tisabeli Platform. As mentioned above, we do not own or operate the applications or websites that use Tisabeli Platform. That means that when you use those applications and websites you are making your Tisabeli information available to someone other than Tisabeli. Prior to allowing them to access any information about you, we require them to agree to terms that limit their use of your information

b) Connecting with an Application or Website. When you connect with an application or website it will have access to General Information about you. The term General Information includes your name, and user IDs. We may also make information about the location of your computer or access device available to applications and websites in order to help them implement appropriate security measures and control the distribution of age-appropriate content. If the application or website wants to access any other data, it will have to ask for your permission.

You should always review the policies of third party applications and websites to make sure you are comfortable with the ways in which they use information you share with them. We do not guarantee that they will follow our rules. If you find an application or website that violates our rules, you should report the violation to us and we will take action as necessary.

c) Advertisements. Sometimes the advertisers who present ads on Tisabeli use technological methods to measure the effectiveness of their ads and to personalize advertising content. You may opt-out of the placement of cookies by many of these advertisers. You may also use your browser cookie settings to limit or prevent the placement of cookies by advertising networks. Tisabeli does not share personally identifiable information with advertisers unless we get your permission.

d) Links. When you click on links on Tisabeli you may leave our site. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites, and we encourage you to read their privacy statements.

5) How We Use Your Information

We use the information we collect to try to provide a safe, efficient, and customized experience. Here are some of the details on how we do that:

a) To manage the service. We use the information we collect to provide our services and features to you, to measure and improve those services and features, and to provide you with customer support. We use the information to prevent potentially illegal activities, and to enforce our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. We also use a variety of technological systems to detect and address anomalous activity and screen content to prevent abuse such as spam. These efforts may on occasion result in a temporary or permanent suspension or termination of some functions for some users.

b) To contact you. We may contact you with service-related announcements and essential updates from time to time. We may include content you see on Tisabeli in the emails we send to you.

c) To serve personalized advertising to you. We don’t share your information with advertisers without your consent. (An example of consent would be if you asked us to provide your shipping address to an advertiser to receive a free sample.) We allow advertisers to choose the characteristics of users who will see their advertisements and we may use any of the non-personally identifiable attributes we have collected in your personal profile to select the appropriate audience for those advertisements. For example, we might use your city to show you ads for services available within that city, but we do not tell the service provider company who you are. Even though we do not share your information with advertisers without your consent, when you click on or otherwise interact with an advertisement there is a possibility that the advertiser may place a cookie in your browser and note that it meets the criteria they selected.

6) How We Share Information

Tisabeli is about sharing purchase planning information with others — friends and people in your communities — while providing you with privacy settings that restrict other users from accessing some of your information. We share your information with third parties when we believe the sharing is permitted by you, reasonably necessary to offer our services, or when legally required to do so. For example:

a) When you make a payment. When you enter into transactions with others or make payments on Tisabeli, we will share transaction information with only those third parties necessary to complete the transaction. We will require those third parties to agree to respect the privacy of your information.

b) When you choose to share your information with marketers. You may choose to share information with marketers or electronic commerce providers that are not associated with Tisabeli through on-site offers. This is entirely at your discretion and we will not provide your information to these marketers without your consent.

c) To give search engines access to publicly available information. We generally limit search engines’ access to our site. We allow them to access information viewable within the postings, but not to your profile information.

d) To help improve or promote our service. Sometimes we share aggregated information with third parties to help improve or promote our service. But we only do so in such a way that no individual user can be identified or linked to any specific action or information.

e) To provide you with services. We may provide information to service providers that help us bring you the services we offer. For example, we may use third parties to help host our website, send out email updates about Tisabeli, remove repetitive information from our user lists, process payments, or provide search results or links (including sponsored links). These service providers may have access to your personal information for use for a limited time, but when this occurs we implement reasonable contractual and technical protections to limit their use of that information to helping us provide the service.

f) To advertise our services. We may ask advertisers outside of Tisabeli to display ads promoting our services. We may ask them to deliver those ads based on the presence of a cookie, but in doing so will not share any other information with the advertiser.

g) To offer joint services. We may provide services jointly with other companies, such as the classifieds service in the Tisabeli Marketplace. If you use these services, we may share your information to facilitate that service. However, we will identify the partner and present the joint service provider’s privacy policy to you before you use that service.

h) To respond to legal requests and prevent harm. We may disclose information pursuant to subpoenas, court orders, or other requests (including criminal and civil matters) if we have a good faith belief that the response is required by law. This may include respecting requests from jurisdictions outside of the United States where we have a good faith belief that the response is required by law under the local laws in that jurisdiction, apply to users from that jurisdiction, and are consistent with generally accepted international standards. We may also share information when we have a good faith belief it is necessary to prevent fraud or other illegal activity, to prevent imminent bodily harm, or to protect ourselves and you from people violating our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. This may include sharing information with other companies, lawyers, courts or other government entities.

i) Transfer in the Event of Sale or Change of Control. If the ownership of all or substantially all of our business changes, we may transfer your information to the new owner so that the service can continue to operate. In such a case, your information would remain subject to the promises made in any pre-existing Privacy Policy.

7) How You Can Change or Remove Information

a) Editing your profile. You may change or remove your profile information at any time by going to your profile page and clicking “Edit My Profile.” Information will be updated immediately.

b) Deactivating or deleting your account. If you want to stop using your account you may send an email to us at: webmaster@tisabeli.com, and we will delete it. When your account is deleted, it is permanently deleted from Tisabeli. You should only request a deletion of your account if you are certain you never want to reactivate it.

c) Limitations on removal. Even after you remove information from your profile or we delete your account, copies of that information may remain viewable elsewhere to the extent it has been shared with Vendors. However, your name will no longer be associated with that information on Tisabeli. (For example, if you post something to another user’s posting and then you delete your account, that post may remain, but be attributed to an “Anonymous Tisabeli User.”) Additionally, we may retain certain information to prevent identity theft and other misconduct even if deletion has been requested. If you have given third party applications or websites access to your information, they may retain your information to the extent permitted under their terms of service or privacy policies. But they will no longer be able to access the information through our Platform after you disconnect from them.

d) Backup copies. Removed and deleted information may persist in backup copies for up to 90 days, but will not be available to others.

e) Non-user contact information. If a user provides your email address to us, and you are not a Tisabeli user but you want us to delete your address, you can do so on this by emailing us at: webmaster@tisabeli.com. However, that request will only apply to addresses we have at the time of the request and not to any addresses that users provide to us later.

8) How We Protect Information

We do our best to keep your information secure, but we need your help.

a) Steps we take to keep your information secure. We keep your account information on a secured server behind a firewall. When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card numbers and passwords), we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). We also use automated and social measures to enhance security, such as analyzing account behavior for fraudulent or otherwise anomalous behavior, may limit use of site features in response to possible signs of abuse, may remove inappropriate content or links to illegal content, and may suspend or disable accounts for violations of our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.

b) Risks inherent in sharing information. Please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. We cannot control the actions of other users with whom you share your information. We cannot guarantee that only authorized persons will view your information. We cannot ensure that information you share on Tisabeli will not become publicly available. We are not responsible for third party circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures on Tisabeli. You can reduce these risks by using common sense security practices such as choosing a strong password, using different passwords for different services, and using up to date antivirus software.

c) Report Violations. You should report any security violations to us. You can access the Report Posting function on the Posting Reply pages by clicking on the icon with the “!”.

9) Other Terms

a) Changes. We may change this Privacy Policy pursuant to the procedures outlined in the Tisabeli Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. Unless stated otherwise, our current privacy policy applies to all information that we have about you and your account. If we make changes to this Privacy Policy we will notify you by email. If the changes are material, we will provide you additional, prominent notice as appropriate under the circumstances.

b) Consent to Collection and Processing in the United States. By using Tisabeli, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States.

c) Defined Terms. "Us," "we," "our," "Platform" and "Tisabeli" mean the same as they do in the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. “Information” and “content” are used more generally and interchangeably here than in the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities unless otherwise limited by the context.

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