Date of Last Revision: February 4, 2021
We built Offline to make it easy to share information with your friends and people around you. We understand you may not want everyone in the world to have the information you share on Offline; that is why we give you control of your information. Our default privacy settings limit the information displayed in your profile to your networks and other reasonable community limitations that we tell you about.
Offline follows two core principles:
1. You should have control over your personal information.
Offline helps you share information with your friends and people around you. You choose what information you put in your profile, including contact and personal information, pictures, interests and groups you join. And you control the users with whom you share that information through the privacy settings on the Privacy page.
2. You should have access to the information others want to share.
There is an increasing amount of information available out there, and you may want to know what relates to you, your friends, and people around you. We want to help you easily get that information.
Sharing information should be easy. And we want to provide you with the privacy tools necessary to control how and with whom you share that information. If you have questions or ideas, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safe Use of Offline
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The Information We Collect
When you visit Offline you provide us with two types of information: personal information you knowingly choose to disclose that is collected by us and Website use information collected by us as you interact with our Website.
When you register with Offline, you provide us with certain personal information, such as your name, your email address, your telephone number, your address, your gender, schools attended and any other personal or preference information that you provide to us.
When you enter Offline, we collect your browser type and IP address. This information is gathered for all Offline visitors. In addition, we store certain information from your browser using "cookies." A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's computer tied to information about the user. We use session ID cookies to confirm that users are logged in. These cookies terminate once the user closes the browser. By default, we use a persistent cookie that stores your login ID (but not your password) to make it easier for you to login when you come back to Offline. You can remove or block this cookie using the settings in your browser if you want to disable this convenience feature.
When you use Offline, you may set up your personal profile, form relationships, send messages, perform searches and queries, and transmit information through various channels. We collect this information so that we can provide you the service and offer personalized features. In most cases, we retain it so that, for instance, you can return to view prior messages you have sent or easily see your friend list. When you update information, we usually keep a backup copy of the prior version for a reasonable period of time to enable reversion to the prior version of that information.
Any improper collection or misuse of information provided on Offline is a violation of the Offline Terms of Service and should be reported to email@example.com.
If you choose to use our invitation service to tell a friend about our site, we will ask you for information needed to send the invitation, such as your friend's email address. We will automatically send your friend a one-time email or instant message inviting him or her to visit the site. Offline stores this information to send this one-time invitation, to register a friend connection if your invitation is accepted, and to track the success of our referral program. Your friend may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request that we remove this information from our database.
Offline may also collect information about you from other sources, such as newspapers, blogs, instant messaging services, and other users of the Offline service through the operation of the service in order to provide you with more useful information and a more personalized experience.
By using Offline, you are consenting to have your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States.
Children Under Age 13
Offline does not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register. If you are under 13, please do not attempt to register for Offline or send any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, or email address. No one under age 13 may provide any personal information to or on Offline. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at email@example.com.
Children Between the Ages of 13 and 18
We recommend that minors over the age of 13 ask their parents for permission before sending any information about themselves to anyone over the Internet.
Use of Information Obtained by Offline
When you register with Offline, you create your own profile and privacy settings. Your profile information, as well as your name, email and photo, are displayed to people in the networks specified in your privacy settings to enable you to connect with people on Offline. We may occasionally use your name and email address to send you notifications regarding new services offered by Offline that we think you may find valuable.
Profile information is used by Offline primarily to be presented back to and edited by you when you access the service and to be presented to others permitted to view that information by your privacy settings. In some cases where your privacy settings permit it, other Offline users may be able to supplement your profile.
Profile information you submit to Offline will be available to users of Offline who belong to at least one of the networks you allow to access the information through your privacy settings (e.g., school, geography, friends of friends). Your name, network names, and profile picture thumbnail will be available in search results across the Offline network and those limited pieces of information may be made available to third party search engines. This is primarily so your friends can find you and send a friend request. People who see your name in searches, however, will not be able to access your profile information unless they have a relationship to you (friend, friend of friend, member of your networks, etc.) that allows such access based on your privacy settings.
Offline may send you service-related announcements from time to time through the general operation of the service. For instance, if a friend sends you a new message or poke, or someone posts on your wall, you may receive an email alerting you to that fact.
Generally, you may opt out of such emails from the Notifications page, though Offline reserves the right to send you notices about your account even if you opt out of all voluntary email notifications.
Offline may use information in your profile without identifying you as an individual to third parties. We do this for purposes such as aggregating how many people in a network like a band or movie and personalizing advertisements and promotions so that we can provide you Offline. We believe this benefits you. You can know more about the world around you and, where there are advertisements, they're more likely to be interesting to you. For example, if you put a favorite movie in your profile, we might serve you an advertisement highlighting a screening of a similar one in your town. But we don't tell the movie company who you are.
We may use information about you that we collect from other sources, including but not limited to newspapers and Internet sources such as blogs, instant messaging services, and other users of Offline, to supplement your profile. Where such information is used, we generally allow you to specify in your privacy settings that you do not want this to be done or to take other actions that limit the connection of this information to your profile.
Sharing Your Information with Third Parties
Offline is about sharing information with others — friends and people in your networks — while providing you with privacy settings that restrict other users from accessing your information. We allow you to choose the information you provide to friends and networks through Offline. Our network architecture and your privacy settings allow you to make informed choices about who has access to your information. We do not provide contact information to third party marketers without your permission. We share your information with third parties only in limited circumstances where we believe such sharing is 1) reasonably necessary to offer the service, 2) legally required or, 3) permitted by you. For example:
- Unlike most sites on the Web, Offline limits access to site information by third party search engine "crawlers" (e.g. Google, Yahoo, MSN). Offline takes action to block access by these engines to personal information beyond your name, profile picture, and limited aggregated data about your profile.
- We may provide information to service providers to help us bring you the services we offer. Specifically, we may use third parties to facilitate our business, such as to host the service at a co-location facility for servers, to send out email updates about Offline, to remove repetitive information from our user lists, to process payments for products or services, to offer an online job application process, or to provide search results or links (including sponsored links). In connection with these offerings and business operations, our service providers may have access to your personal information for use for a limited time in connection with these business activities. Where we utilize third parties for the processing of any personal information, we implement reasonable contractual and technical protections limiting the use of that information to the Offline-specified purposes.
- Like many other websites that interact with third party sites, we may receive some information even if you are logged out from Offline, or that pertains to non-Offline users, from those sites in conjunction with the technical operation of the system. In cases where Offline receives information on users that are not logged in, or on non-Offline users, we do not attempt to associate it with individual Offline accounts and will discard it.
When you use Offline, certain information you post or share with third parties (e.g., a friend or someone in your network), such as personal information, comments, messages, photos, or other information, may be shared with other users in accordance with the privacy settings you select. All such sharing of information is done at your own risk. Please keep in mind that if you disclose personal information in your profile or when posting comments, messages, photos, or other items, this information may become publicly available.
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Changing or Removing Information
Access and control over most personal information on Offline is readily available through the profile editing tools. Offline users may modify or delete any of their profile information at any time by logging into their account. Information will be updated immediately. Individuals who wish to deactivate their Offline account may do so on the My Account page. Removed information may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time but will not be generally available to members of Offline.
Where you make use of the communication features of the service to share information with other individuals on Offline, however, (e.g., sending a personal message to another Offline user) you generally cannot remove such communications.
Offline takes appropriate precautions to protect our users' information. Your account information is located on a secured server behind a firewall. When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card number or your password), we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (TLS). (To learn more about TLS, go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transport_Layer_Security). If you have any questions about the security of Offline Website, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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