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Privacy policy

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Your privacy is important to us! This privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”) govern use of the websites operated by or on behalf of Scoop.it and on which this Privacy Policy appears, including those at all scoop.it URLs (“Websites”) and the Scoop.it services provided on or through the Websites and/or accessible through various desktop and mobile web browsers, locally installed mobile web applications, third party platforms including social networking sites (“Third Party Platforms”), and various API services and other services that we may offer from time to time, including without limitation social, online and/or other applications (including mobile applications), community forums, and blogs (collectively, the “Services”).

This privacy policy (the “Privacy Policy”) describes the information about you that Scoop.it collects through the Websites and/or the Services and how this information is used, maintained, and, in some cases, shared. Scoop.it values your use of the Websites and/or the Services and is committed to protecting your privacy. Scoop.it has provided this Privacy Policy to assist you in understanding the information that we collect, how we use it, and the ways we maintain it, including the security of your personal information. By visiting or using the Websites, Services, applications, and any other pages, features or content on the Websites or available in the Services, you acknowledge that you accept the practices and policies outlined in this Privacy Policy.

This Privacy Policy is applicable worldwide and applies to all of Scoop.it’s Websites and Services, including without limitation any Services available on or through Third Party Platforms.

This Privacy Policy applies only to information that you provide to Scoop.it while visiting the Websites, and does not apply to any information that Scoop.it has received, obtained or may obtain offline or through other traditional means.

General Information Collected

In order to enhance the content contained on the Websites and in the Services, Scoop.it may gather and store certain information about your visit. “General Information” is information about you or your activities through which you cannot be identified. This information may include some or all of the following items:

  • A. The Internet Protocol (“IP”) address of your Internet Service Provider (“ISP”) and/or your computer, if it has its own static IP address. The domain name may also be collected.
  • B. The date, time, length of stay, and specific Scoop.it web pages, topics, images, documents or forms accessed at such Website or through the Services.
  • C. Whether a you are viewing any of the Websites or using any of the Services for the first time, or are a return visitor, including whether you are a registered or anonymous or unregistered user.
  • D. The Uniform Resource Locator (“URL”) of the website, link or advertisement that referred you to any of the Websites and/or the Services,
  • E. The search engine that referred you and any search strings or phrases entered into the search engine to find any of the Websites and/or the Services.
  • F. Demographic information concerning your country of origin, time zone and language(s) used.
  • G. The type and version of the Internet browser used to visit any of the Websites and/or the Services, the operating system on your computer, and information regarding errors when viewing or using any of the Websites or the Services.

Scoop.it collects this General Information and may use it to generate aggregate statistics about visitors to the Websites and Services. In situations where it is possible to do so, General Information may be linked to Personal Information (defined below).

Cookies

The use of “Cookies” is a standard practice among websites. A Cookie is a small text file that is placed on your computer to uniquely distinguish your visit to a website. Cookies are most often used to track specific information regarding your activity on a particular website.

When you visit our Websites and/or Services, we place a Cookie in a directory of your computer’s hard drive. The information that Cookies collect includes the date and time of your visit and your registration information. Cookies offer you many conveniences for our Websites and Services. For example, they allow Scoop.it to recognize certain information, such as your browser type, so we know if you can view certain plug-ins like Macromedia Flash files. They also allow us to streamline your visit to the Websites and/or Services based on your previous visits.

Cookies may be either permanent or temporary. Scoop.it uses both temporary and permanent cookies. A temporary or “session” Cookie is placed on your computer during your visit to or use of any of our Websites and/or Services and is deleted when you exit your Internet browser and/or turn off your computer. A permanent or “persistent” Cookie means that the Cookie stays on your hard drive until you delete it. You can delete our permanent Cookie at any time by following the instructions contained in your browser’s help file, or by contacting the company providing your browser’s technical support. Scoop.it does not use cookies to store information such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, or any other highly sensitive Personal Information.

You may configure your browser to accept or deny Cookies from our Websites and our Services. However, disabling or denying Cookies from our Websites and/or our Services may render parts of them inaccessible or may cause certain web pages not to properly load. There are also several services and websites which allow you to visit websites, including our Websites, anonymously. Again, if you use these anonymizing services or websites, you may not be able to access or use all of the web pages for the Websites and/or the Services.

Web Beacons

Scoop.it may use “web beacons,” sometimes referred to as “clear gifs” or “web bugs,” which is another way (instead of Cookies) to help personalize your experience on the Websites and/or the Services. Web beacons are typically invisible to you, and are generally embedded in very small clear graphics files. We may use web beacons to monitor certain non-personally identifiable information about you, including the URL of the page from which the web beacon originated, the type of browser used, the IP address of your computer, and the time you viewed the web beacon. We may also use web beacons to assist our third party advertising and/or content companies in providing the contact they believe you want to see. Web beacons are also used to allow such third parties to determine how many people view the advertisements and/or clicked through, and to assist in serving and managing advertisements and content. While web beacons do not collect Personal Information, the information collected by them may be used in conjunction with Cookies to identify aggregate information about users of our Websites and Services.

DMCA Information

Personal Information that you provide to us in association with a DMCA notification or counter-notification will be disclosed to third parties. All information contained in or associated with a DMCA notification will be disclosed to the alleged infringer.

Security

The security and confidentiality of your information is extremely important to us. We have implemented technical, administrative, and physical security measures to protect your information from unauthorized access and improper use. Scoop.it makes access to your Personal Information subject to certain security measures, including technological controls such as “firewalls,” in accordance with industry standards. When the use of a Scoop.it web page involves the transmission of Personal Information or confidential information, Scoop.it uses Secure Socket Layer (“SSL”) technology to establish a secure connection between your computer and Scoop.it. SSL allows the transmission of encrypted information from your computer to Scoop.it and back again, and is currently the industry standard for Internet platform security. From time to time, we review our security procedures in order to consider appropriate new technology and methods.

Scoop.it reserves the right to monitor all network traffic to our Websites and/or our Services to identify and/or block unauthorized attempts or intrusions, upload or change information, or cause damage to any of our Websites, Services or any of our computer or network equipment or software in any manner. Anyone using any of our Websites or Services expressly consents to such monitoring.

Changes

Scoop.it has included the effective date of this Privacy Policy on the first and last page of this document. Scoop.it reserves the right to make changes to any terms of this Privacy Policy at any time, however, Scoop.it shall provide notification to you in advance of any changes becoming effective, such as by posting a notification on the Websites or via email. If you continue to access and/or use any of the Websites or Services after the effective date of such changes, then such access and/or use will be deemed an acceptance of and an agreement to follow and be bound by the terms as changed. The revised Privacy Policy shall supersede all previous notices or statements regarding the Websites and Services. For this reason, we encourage you to review this Privacy Policy any time you access or use the Websites and/or the Services, and recommend that you print out a copy for your records.