PRIVACY POLICY & YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS

Protecting your privacy is important to IKR!ATE, LLC (“we” or “us”). Please read this Privacy Policy, which describes our practices relating to information we receive or collect when you access or use any smartphone applications including IKR!ATE™, websites, webpages, and other Internet-based services under our ownership or control, (collectively, the “Service”).

This Privacy Policy is part of our overall agreement with you, as defined in our Terms of Use. By accessing or using this Service for any purpose, you consent to the information collection, usage, disclosure, retention, and transfer practices described in this Privacy Policy as it appears on the date of your access or use. However, this Privacy Policy does not apply to practices of third parties we do not own or control, and we are not responsible for the practices of such other persons or entities.

If you object to anything in this Privacy Policy or our Terms of Use, you are not authorized to use the Service and must immediately discontinue using it. If you have any questions, please write us an email at: ikriate@ikriate.me

 

1. INFORMATION WE COLLECT

Like most website and mobile application operators, we may gather information that can be used to uniquely identify or contact you (“Personal Information”) as well other information (“Non-Personal Information”) so that we can improve our services, products, and user experience. The type and amount of information we collect may vary from time to time depending on our needs, but generally include the following:

            1.1. User-Provided Information

When you register for a user account to use any part of the Service (“Account”), we may ask you to provide certain information such as your full name, user name, password, email address, phone number, hobbies, profession, gender, race, mailing address(es), current location, and photograph of yourself (i.e., profile picture). You may also provide additional email address(es) and other information when you send us an email or other communication, when you update information previously provided, or at other times when accessing the Service. When you conduct searches and queries on the Service, you provide search terms. When you engage in transactions through the Service, you may supply certain financial information such as a credit card number(s), bank account information, payment processor credentials, price, and payment amounts. Any transactions you engage in through the Service will automatically be associated with your Account and profile. Information you voluntarily provide by sending a message(s), posting updates, rating other Users, or participating in discussion(s), rating(s), or review(s), of the Service may include information about your location, age, gender, race, opinions, preferences, personality, hobbies, profession, location history, “Hangout” location plans, and other demographic information.

            1.2. Third-Party Login Information

We may provide you the option of accessing and registering for the Service with your user name and password from another service (“Integrated Service”), such as through the use of your Facebook credentials. By connecting your Account with any such Integrated Service, you understand and authorize us to access and store the credentials you provide, a unique identifying number or string of characters associated with you, your name, email address(es), date of birth, gender, current city, address information, profile picture, uniform resource locator (“URL”), and other information associated with your Integrated Service account (e.g., Facebook account) that you permit the Integrated Service provider to make available to us. We suggest that you review your Facebook or other Integrated Service privacy settings to understand and change the information available to us through Facebook Connect or similar Integrated Service portal. You also understand that we may learn information about your affiliation with and activity on such Integrated Service(s), as well as about your online behavior, activities, tastes, and preferences.

1.3. Automatically-Recognized Information

Each time you use the Service, we may automatically recognize and record certain information about or related to your use of the Service that is made available through your Web browser or mobile device, including your internet protocol address (“IP Address”), information about your hardware, software, operating system, Web browser, connection speed, language, links, images, or other materials you click, information that may enable us to approximate your location, the pages and contents you view on the Service, the dates and times you access the Service, websites and webpages that you visited just before or just after accessing the Service, your advertisement click-through rates, articles you read and the time you spent reading them, pictures and videos viewed, and other information about how you use the Service. This information is collected through the use of different types of technologies, including standard log files and cookies.

            1.3.1. Cookies

One form of “automatically collected” information we may record is information stored by “cookies,” which are small text files containing a string of alphanumeric characters. Cookies simplify and authenticate the log-in process for users of the Service, facilitate online transactions, and enable traffic monitoring, among other useful purposes. Whenever you access or use the Service, we may send, receive, and store one or more cookies to your computer. By sending cookies with values that are unique, we may be able to uniquely identify your Web browser or device each time you access the Service. The Cookies we use will receive and record information on our server logs from your browser, including your IP address, session time, click-path analysis, browsing patterns, and the pages you request. We may use both “session” and “persistent” cookies to collect, store, and sometimes track various types of information. A session cookie is one that is intended to disappear after you close your browser. A persistent cookie remains after you close your browser (and may be used by your browser to identify itself when you later return to the Service). You can disable Cookies and also remove “persistent” Cookies from your computer by changing your browser settings. Most browsers allow you to either turn off the Cookies function or turn on a “Do Not Track” function. However, if you limit, block, or remove Cookies, it is possible that some webpages on the Service may not load properly, your access to certain information or content may be denied, and you may have to enter information about yourself more than once. Please review the “Help” file in your web browser or mobile device to learn the proper way to modify your Cookies settings.

1.4. Retention Period

We will retain your Personal Information in a private electronic database for the period that we find to be necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy, unless we believe a longer retention period is required or permitted by law. When your Personal Information in our possession is no longer needed, we may shred, erase, destroy, or otherwise modify it, in whole or in part, at our sole discretion.

2. INFORMATION USE

We may use the information you provide or that we collect, including any Personal Information, to develop, operate, administer, support, maintain, improve, and enhance user experience, marketing strategy, our technologies, products, and services, and to customize, personalize, and target content that may be more interesting, relevant, or useful to you, including targeted advertisements, promotions, marketing campaigns, offers, content, products and services, and for other administrative purposes, including:

(a) to allow other users to identify you on the Service by your name or user name;

(b) to send notices, updates, and contact you for feedback about the Service;

(c) to conduct research, audits, data analysis, and quality control;

(d) to provide anonymous reporting for internal and external purposes;

(e) to notify you of technical updates or changes in policy; and

(f) to contact you for marketing and promotional purposes.

3. INFORMATION SHARING

When you register as a user of the Service, your user profile may be viewable to other users. In addition, your information may be shared with our business partners, affiliates, and other third parties under certain limited circumstances:

3.1. Personal Information

We will not share your Personal Information for any purposes other than those listed herein, except to provide the services you request or as may be required by law.

3.1.1. Sharing with Other Users

The Service is designed to allow you to meet people and create new friendships. Therefore, the following information may be shared with other users: your user name, full name, hobbies, profession, gender, race, photograph (i.e., profile picture) and any other Personal Information that you post to or generate on any part of the Service such as your review(s), rating(s), discussion(s), news feed, or public-area posts. We may also share your current location with other users; however, you will be provided with the opportunity to opt out of sharing location information with other users.

3.1.2. Sharing with Our Business Partners

We will only share Your Personal Information with our affiliates or other third party contractors if they agree under contract (e.g., a Non-Disclosure Agreement) to implement and maintain reasonable security procedures and practices appropriate to the nature of the information, to protect the Personal Information from unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification, or disclosure, and to not disclose Personal Information to other parties without your permission.

3.1.3. Sharing with “Hangout” Activity Vendors

If you make reservations with or location check-ins at a vendor(s) or service provider(s) through the Service, we may share the following information with such third party proprietor(s): your full name, mailing address, email address, details of your reservation (e.g., date and time, planned activities), and certain financial information such as a credit card number(s), bank account information, payment processor credentials, price, and payment amounts.     

3.2. Non-Specifically Identifying Aggregated Information

We may freely use, disclose, and share, without restriction, any information we collect in the aggregate (i.e., all information, even if based on Personal Information, that is summarized into large groups of users so that no individual customer is uniquely identifiable) with vendors, service providers, marketing agencies, advertisers, business partners, joint-venturers, affiliates and other third parties.

3.3. Public Area Activity

If you participate in activities or post in any product review area, blog, forum, discussion board, comment section, chat room, survey, or poll, or other publically-accessible discussion feature on the Service, beware that any Personal Information you submit or post on such public area of the Service may be shared, read, collected, reproduced, distributed, or used in whole or in part by others. Please note that in any of these situations, the recipient of the Personal Information may be located in another jurisdiction that may not provide an equivalent level of data protection, data privacy, or data security to the laws in your home country.

3.4. Website Administration

We may disclose your information to any third parties we engage to the extent that we believe it is necessary for them to have in order to perform certain technical and administrative services related to the Service, including but not limited to maintenance, data processing, studies, data analytics, email and text message distribution, and surveys.

3.5. Legal Issues

We may disclose information about you to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety or other rights and interests of any person, violations of our Terms of Use, or as otherwise required by law. For example, we may disclose specific information upon governmental request, in response to a court order or subpoena, when required by statute, or when we believe it is necessary to share information for law enforcement authorities to investigate a suspected identity theft.

3.6. Merger or Acquisition

In the event that the Service is acquired by or merged with another company, or a similar change in control event takes place, we may need to transfer all of the information we maintain about you to another company(s) to facilitate such merger or acquisition. But if we do, we will first notify you to provide you a chance to opt out of such disclosure, either by sending an email to your last known email address and/or by at least posting a notice on this Website.

3.7. Other

We may share information about you for any other purposes disclosed to you at the time we collect information or with your consent.

4. INFORMATION SECURITY

We use, among other things, commercially reasonable precautions and techniques such as firewalls, encryption, and app monitoring to help protect your Personal Information. Internally, we will restrict access to your Personally Information to only those employees who need access to the information in order to perform their jobs. These employees will likely be limited in number those who are committed to this Privacy Policy. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed as 100% safe or secure from accidental or unauthorized access, use, disclosure, loss, destruction, hacking, misappropriation, and theft. As a result, we cannot and DO NOT represent, warrant, ensure or guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us or receive from us or through the Service. This is especially true for information you transmit to us via email. We have no way of protecting that information until it reaches us. As stated throughout the Terms of Use, you use the Service AT YOUR OWN RISK.

5. PUBLIC INFORMATION

Some of your activities on and through the Service may be publically-viewable to all other users of the Service by default. Such activities may include, but is not limited to, content you have posted publicly on the IKR!ATE application. Users may receive and re-share some of this information associated with or through their own user accounts. If you choose to provide Personal Information using certain publically-viewable features of the Service, such information will likely be available to all other users of the Service. Individuals reading such information may use or disclose it to other individuals or entities without our control and without your knowledge, and search engines may index that information. We encourage you to think carefully about including any specific information you may deem private or sensitive in content that you create, post, or submit through the Service.

6. CHILDREN’S PRIVACY

We do not knowingly collect, retain, or use any Personal Information from children and minors under 13 years of age. In fact, you must be at least 18 years of age, or between 13 and 18 years of age with parental consent and supervision, to use the Service according to our Terms of Use. IF YOU DO NOT MEET THESE AGE REQUIREMENTS, YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO USE OR ACCESS THE SERVICE AT ANY TIME. If we become aware that we collected any Personal Information from a child under 13 years of age or any unauthorized minor under 18 years of age, we will promptly delete such information from our databases.

6.1. Note to Parents and Guardians

Because it is difficult for us to verify a person’s age online, it is entirely YOUR responsibility to supervise your child’s online activities at all times. Parental control tools like filtering software and hardware are commercially available to help you limit a child’s access to potentially harmful material on the Internet. If you discover that your child or minor has obtained a IKR!ATE Account, please contact us immediately via email at ikriate@ikriate.meso we can promptly obtain parental consent or remove the child’s Personal Information from Service.

7. YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS UNDER LAW

The Service is owned and operated out of the State of New York, U.S.A. (“New York”). We do not have offices, agents, advertisements, phone numbers, bank accounts, or other business operations in other states or countries. Any Personal Information gathered, stored, and processed through the Service will be done in New York and solely in accordance with New York law. Be aware that New York might not provide the same levels of protection as the data protection, data privacy, and/or data security laws of your home state or country. No other laws are intended to govern or have any effect regarding the use of your Personal Information. Your use of the Service or submission of any Personal Information constitutes your consent to the transfer of your Personal Information outside of your home country and stipulation to the personal jurisdiction and laws of New York (see Terms of Use regarding personal jurisdiction, venue, and choice of law for any disputes related to the Service).

7.1. Exception for California Residents

As an exception to the foregoing, under California’s “Shine the Light” law, California residents who provide personal information in obtaining products or services for personal, family or household use are entitled to request from us, once a calendar year, information about the user information we shared, if any, with other third-parties and businesses for their own direct marketing uses. If applicable, this information would include the categories of customer information and the names and addresses of those businesses with which we shared customer information for the immediately prior calendar year (e.g., residents who makes the request in 2015 will receive information regarding 2014 sharing activities). If you are a California resident and wish to obtain this information, please send an e-mail message to ikriate@ikriate.me with “Request for California Privacy Information” on the subject line and in the body of your message. We will respond to provide the requested information to you at the same e-mail address from which you sent the request. Please be aware that not all information sharing is covered by the “Shine the Light” requirements and only information on covered sharing will be included in our response. If you prefer to receive such information via regular first-class mail, please send a written request to the following business address: IKR!ATE, LLC, 180 Erasmus Street, Apt. B5, Brooklyn, New York, 11226. We will not accept requests via the telephone or by facsimile, and we are not responsible for notices that are not labeled properly, delivered properly, or that do not have the complete information as requested herein.

8. THIRD PARTIES’ PRIVACY PRACTICES

The Service may contain links, hyperlinks, or advertisements to third party websites, applications, widgets, software and other platforms which we do not own or control (collectively, the “Third Party Information”). You should read the specific privacy policy and terms of use of each other Third Party Information, including other websites, webpages, products and services you visit or purchase, to see the different ways they may collect your information. Be aware that operators of those Third Party Sites may place their own cookies on your computer and we do not have any control over the cookies of those Third Party Sites, even if they are linked to from the Service. We are NOT RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE for the privacy practices, security practices, or content provided by any third parties.

9. THIS PRIVACY POLICY MAY CHANGE

Laws, regulations, and company policies change over time. We reserve the right to change, update, amend, or modify this Privacy Policy at any time and from time to time. Please review this page frequently before each time you use the Service. We will post this Privacy Policy, with any such changes, on this webpage. We encourage you to review it from time to time for any changes because you will be subject to the privacy policy as it appears each time you visit. To the extent we are able, we will also attempt to send you notices of material changes to this Privacy Policy to your last known email address. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to keep us updated about any changes to your email address and contact information for purposes of receiving notices and updates about the Service.

10. QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments about this policy or our privacy practices, please contact us via email at: ikriate@ikriate.me