Xconomy Privacy Policy and DMCA Notice

Effective Date of This Policy
This Online Privacy Policy is effective as of June 27, 2007.

Scope of This Policy
This Online Privacy Policy and DMCA Notice explains how Xconomy protects your privacy when you use the web site located at www.xconomy.com (the “Web Site”). This Policy applies only to personal information collected through our Web Site. “Personal information” means information that identifies you personally, either alone or in combination with other information available to us.

Your Consent to This Policy
By using our Web Site, you are agreeing to the collection, use, and disclosure of your personal information as described in this Policy. If you do not consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of your personal information as described in this Policy, you may not use our Web Site. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this Policy or our privacy practices, please email us at webmaster@xconomy.com.

This Policy May Change
We reserve the right to update or modify this Policy, at any time and without prior notice, by posting the revised version of this Policy on the Web Site. Your use of the Web Site following any such change constitutes your agreement that all personal information collected from or about you through the Web Site after the revised Policy is posted will be subject to the terms of the revised Policy. You may access the current version of this Xconomy Privacy Policy and DMCA Notice at any time by clicking on the link marked “Privacy Policy/DMCA Notice” at the bottom of each page of our Web Site.

What Personal Information Do We Collect?
Information You Volunteer. We collect the personal information you knowingly and voluntarily provide when you use our Web Site, for example, the information you provide when you register on our Web Site or when you use our feedback or comments forms.

Information Sent to Us by Your Web Browser. We may collect information that is sent to us automatically by your web browser, such as your IP address, the address of the web page you were visiting when you accessed our Web Site, information on your operating system and browser, and the date and time of your visit. The information we receive depends on the settings on your web browser. The information provided by your browser does not identify you personally. We use this non-personal information primarily to create statistics that help us improve our Web Site and make it more compatible with the technology used by our visitors. However, if you have registered on the Web Site, we may link the information provided by your browser to information that identifies you personally. In addition, we may review our server logs for security purposes, such as detecting intrusions into our network. If we suspect criminal activity, we might share our server logs — which contain visitors’ IP addresses — with the appropriate investigative authorities who could use that information to trace and identify individuals.

Information Collected Using “Cookies” and Other Web Technologies. We use “cookies,” and similar technologies to collect information and manage the Web Site. A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web server. Each time you visit the Web Site, our Web server will recognize you by “searching” the information contained in these cookies. This permits us to offer you a personalized experience when you use the Web Site. These cookies do not identify you personally. If, however, you have created a user identity on the Web Site, we may link the information collected by our cookies to information that identifies you personally. If you do not wish to receive cookies, you may set your browser to reject cookies or to alert you when a cookie is placed on your computer. You may also delete our cookies as soon as you leave our Web Site. Although you are not required to accept our cookies when you visit our Web Site, if you set your browser to reject cookies, you will not be able to use all of the features and functionality of our Web Site.

How Do We Use Your Personal Information?
We may use the personal information collected through our Web Site to maintain your registration on the Web Site, to improve our Web Site, and for any other purpose we may disclose to you from time to time. We may also use personal information sent to us by your web browser or by cookies to perform statistical analyses of our server logs in order to study the use and popularity of various areas of our Web Site. We also review IP addresses to analyze where we are getting our audience.

With Whom Do We Share Your Personal Information?
It is not our policy to sell or make available your personal information to unrelated third parties for marketing purposes, or for any other purposes not expressly described herein. We may share your personal information with other divisions of Xconomy. We may inform underwriters and advertisers of the results of our analyses of our server logs, including details regarding Web Site usage and general information about our audience, however, such disclosures will refer only to general, aggregate usage data from these analyses – never specific identifying information. We may share personal information collected through our Web Site with companies and organizations that perform services on our behalf, for example, companies that provide support services to us (such as data storage and web hosting services). We may disclose the personal information we collect through our Web Site when we, in good faith, believe disclosure is appropriate to comply with the law (or a court order or subpoena); to prevent or investigate a possible crime, such as fraud or identity theft; to enforce the terms of use or other agreements that govern your use of our Web Site; to protect the rights, property or safety of Xconomy, our users or others; or to protect your vital interests. Information submitted to our Web Site is an asset of Xconomy and will become part of our normal business records. Your personal information may be transferred to another company that has acquired the stock or assets of Xconomy, for example, as the result of a sale, merger, reorganization, dissolution or liquidation. If such a transfer occurs, the acquiring company’s use of your personal information will still be subject to this Policy, and the privacy preferences you have expressed to us.

Caution in Posting Information
Users should keep in mind that, when posting their user name, e-mail address, or other personal information on bulletin boards or in other community areas on the Web Site, that information can be read by any third parties and may result in unsolicited messages from other posters or third parties. Xconomy has no control over the use of any information you make publicly available on the Web Site, and we urge you to use caution in disclosing your e-mail address or any other information that would enable a third party to contact you. In addition, please be aware that we may make use of or refer to content posted by individual users of our Web Site for the purposes of promotion of the Web Site (including without limitation taking screen shots of a particular area of the Web Site and using that screen shot as a graphic in an advertisement).

Security
Although we have security measures in place to safeguard the confidentiality of personal information as it travels over the Internet, “perfect security” does not exist on the Internet and we can not guarantee the safety of transmitting personal information over the Internet.

Children’s Privacy
The Web Site is not directed at nor targeted to children under the age of 13. We do not use the Web Site to knowingly solicit personal information from or market to children under the age of 13. If you are under the age of 13, do not provide us with any personal information. If we learn that someone under 13 has provided personal information to the Web Site, we will use reasonable efforts to remove such information from our databases.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act Notice
Xconomy does not knowingly publish (or permit individuals to publish) copyrighted materials without permission. If you believe that any material published on this Web Site has been used in a way that constitutes copyright infringement and if you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright that is allegedly infringed, please notify our Copyright Agent of any alleged infringement. Your notice to our Copyright Agent should be in the form of a written, signed statement containing the following information:

• a description of the infringing material
• a description of the copyrighted work(s) that you believe has been infringed;
• the name of the owner of the copyright,
• your name,
• your address, telephone number and/or email address,
• a statement that you have a good faith belief that the allegedly infringing use was not authorized by the owner, an agent for the owner, or by law,
• a statement that all of the information you have provided is true, and
• a statement, made under penalty of perjury, that you are the owner of the copyright or are authorized to act on behalf of the owner.

Your statement must be sent to us by U.S. mail, fax, or e-mail, addressed as follows:

Xconomy
Attn: DMCA Copyright Agent
Mailing address: 215 First St., Suite 030, Cambridge, MA 02142
Fax: 617.252.0711
E-mail: CopyrightAgent@xconomy.com

 

Advertising Service Providers
Many of our advertising service providers are members of the Network Advertising Initiative (“NAI”). You can obtain more information about these advertising service providers’ information collection practices, and opt out of such practices (and at the same time opt out of the collection practices of other, or all, NAI members) by following the opt out instructions on the NAI’s website at http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices.