PIQ Score Privacy Policy

PIQ Score Privacy Policy

By using PIQ Score, you agree to be bound by these terms of use, even if they are amended, as well as the terms and conditions of our privacy policy.

  1. General View of Privacy:

    PIQ Score values the privacy of all of our users. We take the need to protect your privacy and the security of any information you share with us very seriously. Rest assured that information about you will never be shared with third parties for marketing or solicitation purposes; third-parties never see any single individual's Personal Information and cannot associate any of the information they see with a particular individual.

  2. Your PIQ Score is Information-Driven:

    The primary purpose of PIQ Score is to provide you with a generalized raking of your Political Inclination, called your PIQ Score. To calculate your PIQ Score, we require a limited combination of personal information that you provide - such as your e-mail address, the PIQ Persona (or "screen name") you select, and a password - as part of the registration process. In addition, we use your responses to PIQ Score Test questions, including non-identifying demographic information, such as your year of birth, gender, zip code, occupation, income, and past voting history, since all of these are influencers in Political Inclination; these help to optimize the accuracy of your PIQ Score, and this data cannot be used to identify you.

    If you cancel your registration, we will retain your Registration Information and PIQ Persona on file and use them for the purpose of assuring that your PIQ Persona is not hijacked by another person attempting to pose as you. If you have any questions about data collection, use, or disclosure practices, please e-mail privacy@piqscore.com

  3. Communications to Members:

    PIQ Score content is available to the general public on read-only basis; however, in order to maintain control over who can publish information to the site, posting privileges are limited to registered PIQ Score members. If you opt-in as a PIQ Score member, we reserve the right to periodically communicate with you electronically with information targeting your specified political interests, based on your PIQ Score and responses to the PIQ Score Test.

    As with most Web sites, PIQ Score accepts advertising and sponsorships as a way of keeping the site free to PIQ Score users; in addition, sometimes our communications to members may be sponsored by third-parties, or contain advertisements from third-parties related to political topics. By becoming a PIQ Score Member, you acknowledge that advertising and sponsorships are necessary to maintain site operations, and that you are aware that the Site is not promoting itself as an "ad-free zone."

  4. How We Collect Information:

    PIQ Score sight infrastructure may collect information when PIQ Score members interact with us in the following ways:

    1. a) Cookies; Web Beacons: As with most sites on the Internet, when you visit our Site, PIQ Score may place a "cookie" on your computer that enables us to give you a better experience on the Site. Internet cookies are small text files that save data about you as an individual visitor and help PIQ Score deliver personalized content and other services in a manner convenient to you. When you first register or sign in, PIQ Score places your PIQ Persona and e-mail address into a cookie file.

      Many Web browsers are automatically set to accept cookies. You may change your browser settings to either reject cookies or notify you when a cookie is about to be placed on your computer. Please note, however, that rejecting cookies while visiting PIQ Score may result in certain parts of the Site not operating correctly or as efficiently as they would with cookies. For example, if you are a PIQ Score Member without a cookie, you may need to enter your username and password each time you visit the Site in order to see your PIQ Score Personal Page. If you allow cookies, it streamlines your user experience on PIQ Score and keeps track of your preferences.

      In addition to the ads that we serve members directly, PIQ Score may use third-party advertising companies to serve ads on our Site. In the course of serving advertisements to you, a unique third-party cookie may be placed on your computer. In addition, we and our advertising companies may use Web beacons to help manage our online advertising. Web beacons enable us and our third-party ad-serving companies to recognize a browser's cookie when a browser visits this Site; to learn what banner ads bring users to our Site; and to serve you ads that you may find of interest elsewhere on the Internet.

    2. b) IP Address: An "IP Address" is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the Internet. In some cases, your IP address stays the same from session to session; but if you use a consumer Internet access provider, your IP address probably varies from session to session. We track IP addresses solely in conjunction with session cookies to analyze our Web page flow.

    3. c) Action Tags: We use and allow third-party service providers to use single pixel GIFs (also known as action tags or Web beacons) on the Site and also in HTML-based e-mails to let us know whether e-mails sent by us have been opened by recipients (including by anyone to whom an e-mail has been forwarded). This information helps us assess the effectiveness of our Site and of certain communications and marketing campaigns.

    4. d) Other Systems: Information is also collected from you when: 1) You fill out forms on our Site, including registration forms, the PIQ Score Test, other tests, tools, and assessments; 2) You interact with the message boards and post comments on articles; 3) You click on advertisements on the Site or in one of the e-mails you receive from PIQ Score; 4) You invite someone else to join PIQ Score through our Web Site's sharing tools, in which case, we will collect your name and e-mail address, as well as the other person's e-mail address, in order to send this e-mail; 5) if you decide to invite someone else to take the PIQ Score Test and they subsequently register with us, we will collect and save the other person's e-mail address, as we would for anyone who registers on the Site.

      Also, in most instances we include certain tracking links that allow us to monitor whether you accessed specific content or advertisements. If you click on one of these links, we will record that click and certain activities on the PIQ Score Web page associated with that tracking link. We may use this information for various purposes, such as to conduct internal research on our users' demographics, interests, and clicking behavior and to customize the content and advertisements you see.

  5. How We Use the Information We Collect:

    When you register with PIQ Score, we use your Personal Information to calculate your PIQ Score, create a PIQ Score Personal Page for you, and develop a customized Web experience for you, e.g. provide you with customized information regarding your political interests.

    We may use also your information to: 1) Improve the content and layout of PIQ Score; 2) Statistically analyze at-large user behavior; 3) Receive feedback on editorial content; 4) Develop products, marketing, and promotions internally at PIQ Score; 5) Contact you regarding your account status or changes to our Terms and Conditions, including our Privacy Policy; and/or 6) Display advertising on the Site, based on your political interests.

  6. Use of Third-Party IT Support:

    If PIQ Score were to employ third-parties for operational support of IT and IT-related services, your Personal Information may be shared with certain third-party service providers, i.e. companies that we use to electronically send PIQ Score emails, to provide security for the data that you share with us. These companies must agree NOT to use or disclose that information for any other purpose, before we retain them.

    PIQ Score strives to ensure that any third-party service provider to which we must disclose Personal Information is contractually obligated to use the that information solely for the purposes for which it was disclosed, even though these third-party service providers are independent companies over which PIQ Score exercises no control. Accordingly, PIQ Score is not responsible for, and will not be liable for, their conduct, actions, omissions, information handling, or dissemination practices. Again, third-parties never see any single individual's Personal Information and CANNOT associate any of the information they see with a particular individual.

  7. Social Networking, Blogs, and Other User-Generated Postings:

    If you choose to post material to any blogs, or in any other community features that may be offered from time to time on our PIQ Score, you will be solely responsible for all content, messages, text, files, images, graphics, photos, audio clips, sounds, videos, or other materials (the "Postings"). You agree and warrant that any Postings you make on the Site will be true and accurate, will not defame any person or invade any person's privacy, and will not infringe upon the proprietary rights of any person. You agree not to make any Postings to which you do not own the rights. By making Postings, you understand and acknowledge that visitors to PIQ Score may post comments about your Postings which may be derogatory, and that PIQ Score has no legal obligation to monitor or delete any such comments.

    PIQ Score reserves the right, but has no legal obligation, to monitor Postings; it does not and cannot monitor all of the Postings made to the Site and is not responsible for the content of any Postings made by Site members. PIQ Score has no obligation to verify the accuracy of any personally identifying information posted to our Site. However, PIQ Score reserves the right to delete any material in any Posting that is obscene, harassing, offensive, or otherwise objectionable and not in keeping with the community standards of PIQ Score. Under no circumstances will PIQ Score be liable for any inaccuracy or defect in any Postings. We also expect our users to adhere to certain rules. Therefore, members agree not to post, e-mail, or otherwise make available Postings that violate the PIQ Score Blog Rules, Terms of Use, or Privacy Policy.

    Because PIQ Score does not have the means to monitor every Posting, you agree to use and rely on them at your own risk. PIQ Score cannot make any representation or warranty about the material contained in the Postings. PIQ Score likewise assumes no responsibility for any contact you may have with other users of our Site, either online or offline. If you elect to meet in person with someone you may meet on our Site, you do so at your own risk; under no circumstances will PIQ Score be liable for any activity or injury that may occur.

  8. Legal Disclosure:

    PIQ Score may disclose information about you and your use of the PIQ Score Web Site and PIQ Score services if PIQ Score believes such disclosure is reasonably necessary in order to:

    1. 1. Comply with the law or legal process where a formal request has been made, such as from an administrative oversight agency, civil suit, subpoena, court order, or judicial or administrative proceeding;
    2. 2. Protect or defend the rights or property of PIQ Score or others;
    3. 3. Enforce the PIQ Score Terms and Conditions or this Privacy Policy;
    4. 4. Respond to claims that the content(s) of a communication violates the rights of another.

    Also, circumstances may arise where, for business reasons, PIQ Score may decide to reorganize, or divest all or part of its business through sale, assignment, merger, or acquisition. In these circumstances, personal information may be shared with the actual or prospective purchasers or assignees. In such an event, we shall provide notice of any material change to this Privacy Policy, or our services, in the manner described in the Updates section of this Privacy Policy.

  9. Promotions:

    We may conduct give-aways, contests, and other promotions on PIQ Score in which we may ask you for additional information. We will use and treat this information as Personal Information in accordance with the terms of this Policy. Participation in such give-aways and contests is not necessary to use PIQ Score, and whether you may choose to participate in any particular give-away or contest or not will not affect your general use of the Site.

  10. Security:

    PIQ Score cannot guarantee that communications between you and PIQ Score will not be intercepted by others, or that information stored on our servers will be free from unauthorized access. While we have taken reasonable precautions to protect this information, you should always use discretion in what information you send to us and not expect that such information will be absolutely free from intrusion. The confidentiality of any communication or material transmitted to or from PIQ Score cannot be and is not guaranteed. Accordingly, PIQ Score is not responsible for the security of information transmitted via the Internet.

  11. Minors:

    PIQ Score services and our Web Site are not directed at minors, but for individuals who are 18 years of age or older. We will not request or knowingly collect information from an individual under age 18. If you are a parent with questions about your children's activities or privacy on our Site, we encourage you to e-mail us at privacy@piqscore.com.

  12. Modifications:

    PIQ Score reserves the right, at any time and without notice, to add to, update, change, modify, or revise this Privacy Policy or our services simply by posting such change, update, or modification on the Web Site. Any such addition, update, change, modification, or revision will be effective immediately upon posting on the Web Site. Upon any material change to this Privacy Policy, or our services, we may also notify you by notification on the Site and/or notification delivered by e-mail if you are a current PIQ Score Member with a valid, deliverable e-mail address at the time of the material change. If you do not accept the terms of this Policy, we ask that you do not register with PIQ Score.

  13. Contact Us:

    If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this Web Site, or your dealings with PIQ Score, you should email privacy@piqscore.com

    This privacy policy was last updated on May 25, 2012.

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