Our Commitment To Privacy
Welcome to ootii™, an online service operated by ootii, LLC. (“ootii”), which includes without limitation websites such as ootii.com and online games and applications available through social networking sites (individually and collectively, the “Site”). Your privacy is very important to us. All ootii employees and founders make it our highest priority to keep the information that our users entrust in us safe.
We operate under high standards for keeping your privacy safe. We operate under the following guiding principles:
- Any sensitive information that you provide will be secured with industry standard protocols and technology
- Your privacy remains strictly under your control
The Information We Collect
1) ootii Applications on Partner-Operated Websites
In order to use ootii applications on partner-operated websites (e.g., Facebook, MySpace, etc.), we may require you to 1) be a registered member of a partner site, and 2) install an ootii application on your partner site account. If your use of an ootii application requires installation of such application on a partner-operated website, you generally must agree to such partner site’s terms of service, which often allow application developers like ootii to store certain information about you. The terms of service for partner-operated websites vary from partner to partner in this regard.
When you install an ootii application on your partner site account, we may assign you a unique identifying number and a default display name, which we may retain. Your display name serves as your publicly visible identity within all websites that serve ootii applications. By default, we may assign your display name to be your first name only.
ootii abides by the terms of service of all partner sites. If you have any questions about your privacy, please contact privacy[at]ootii.com.
2) ootii Applications on ootii-Operated Websites
In order to use ootii applications on ootii-operated websites, you may be required to first complete a registration form and create a user name and password. During registration you may be required to give contact information such as your name and email address. We may use this information to contact you when another user interacts with your profile, or to update you with your friends’ activities in our applications.
You may have the option to provide demographic and professional information (such as education, interests, and resume) to us; we encourage you to submit this information so other users can interact with your profile. If you choose to use our referral service to tell a friend about our site, we may ask you for your friend’s name and email address. We may automatically send your friend an email inviting him or her to visit the site. ootii may store such information for various purposes including without limitation to send emails to referrals and track the success of our referral program.
Your friend may contact us at privacy[at]ootii.com to request that we remove this information from our database.
We may send you announcements to notify you of service related notifications and product releases and features, and to solicit your feedback and input.
Generally, you may not opt-out of these communications. If you do not wish to receive such communications, you will have the option to deactivate your account. In certain circumstances, such emails from ootii may contain links for preference management and where appropriate, unsubscribe links should you decide you do not want to receive further emails.
Web Site Usage
As is true of most web sites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and clickstream data.
We use this information, which does not identify individual users, to analyze trends, to administer the site, to track users’ movements around the Site to improve our service, and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole.
We do link this automatically-collected data to personally identifiable information. IP addresses are only tied to personally identifiable information in the event we try to identify possible fraudulent activities.
We use both session ID cookies and persistent cookies. A session ID cookie expires after you close your browser. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive for an extended period of time. You can remove persistent cookies by following directions provided in your Internet browser’s “help” file.
We use session cookies to confirm that users are logged in. As a convenience feature, we offer an option that will remember your login information for a period of two weeks. This login information is encrypted and set in a persistent cookie so you don’t have to enter it more than once. Persistent cookies also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our site. If you reject cookies, you will not be able to sign in to use our site.
Other third-parties may place advertisements and cookies on web-pages within our applications on the Site. Other companies’ use of their cookies is subject to their own privacy policies, not this one.
Third Party Advertising
We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads on our Site, including without limitation on certain ootii games and ootii applications on social networking sites. Our system and the third-party advertising technology uses information derived from Activity Information, ootii’s cookies on your hard drive, your visits to and use of our Site, including without limitation the ootii games that you view and the ootii applications on social networking sites that you use, to target advertising within our Site. In addition, our advertisers may use other third-party advertising technology to target advertising on our Site and other sites. In the course of advertisements being served to you, a unique third-party cookie or cookies may be placed on your computer. Similarly, third-party advertising companies may provide us with pixel tags (also called “clear gifs” or “beacons”) to help manage and optimize our online advertising. Beacons enable us to recognize a browser’s cookie when a browser visits the site on which the beacon is located, and to learn which banner ads bring users to a given site.
Except as set forth herein, ootii does not provide any personally identifiable information to third-party advertising companies. We may however disclose personally identifiable information as required by law, as otherwise set forth below, or if in our judgment it is necessary to protect our company or our users from loss or liability.
The Way Your Information Is Visible and shared
The primary purpose of entering data into ootii is to build your ootii profile. Your profile is meant to be shared with fellow fans. As a user, you have control over how much information you choose to share with other fans.
We use your personal information to:
- respond to your requests for information and newsletters,
- provide you with access to games and services,
- notify you of changes to your tip requests,
- provide product support, customer services and other communications related to your transactions on our website or with our products (e.g., reminders about posting you have made, expirations of postings you have made, or updates to software you have licensed),
- determine if you are eligible to receive certain products, services or promotions,
- provide you with additional information that may be of interest, including marketing materials, and
- support other everyday business purposes, such as product development, job applications, and website administration.
Sharing of Information with Third Parties
Other than as described below with respect to ootii service providers, we do not generally sell, trade, rent or share your personal information with third parties without your express consent, though we may directly pass onto you information from third parties that we think may be of interest. Only when you expressly opt-in to receive communications, such as through a check-box, from selected third parties whose products or services ootii thinks might be of interest to you, will we share your e-mail address with those parties.
Public Display of Information
If you participate in community features such as forums or chat, your username will be visible to the public. You may also display your name, contact info through some of these services. In addition, our chat, tips and forums allow you to communicate with members of the online community. Whenever you give out information in public areas, that information can be collected and used by people you do not know so you should not give out personal information.
We occasionally employ other companies to perform services necessary to our internal operations. For example, we may partner with other companies to fulfill an order for games, deliver promotional emails, or provide customer service. While providing services for us, these companies may access your personal information, and are required to use it solely as directed by us for the purpose of our requested service. These companies are obligated to maintain your personal information in confidence. We may also provide postal addresses to the U.S. Post Office or other couriers for delivery purposes.
Transfer of Information
Disclosures Required By Law and Disclosures to Help Protect the Security and Safety of Our Websites and Others
We may take your personal information and make it non-personally identifiable. We do this either by combining it with information about other individuals (aggregating your information with information about other individuals), and by removing characteristics (e.g., your name) that make the information personally identifiable to you. This process is known as de-personalizing your information. We may use de-personalized information in any way and share it with third parties.
Our Commitment To Data Security
We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. However, no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
ootii employs protected facilities, data encryption on your stored personally identifiable information, firewalls, intrusion detection, and many other security measures to protect your data. We have invested many capital and human resources into our infrastructure to secure the data of our users and will continue to make additional technology investments.
If you have any questions about security on our Site, you can send an email us at support[at]ootii.com
Use Of Bulletin Boards
If you use a bulletin board or blog on our Site, you should be aware that any personally identifiable information you submit there can be read, collected, or used by other users of these forums, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. We are not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in these forums. We do not recommend posting personally identifiable information on such bulletin boards or blogs.
International Visitors and Customers:
This Site is hosted in the United States. If you are visiting from the European Union or other regions with laws governing data collection and use that may differ from U.S. law, please note that you are transferring your personal data to the United States which does not have the same data protection laws as the EU and by providing your personal data you consent to:
- the transfer of your personal data to the United States as indicated above.
Our Commitment To Children’s Privacy
We follow US law, specifically COPPA regarding acquisition, use, and transfer of data for those 13 and under.
Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. For that reason, we never collect or maintain information at our website from those we actually know are under 13, and no part of our website is structured to attract anyone under 13. If you are under 13, please do not attempt to register for the Site or send any information about yourself to ootii, including your name, address, telephone number, or email address. No one under age 13 may provide any personal information to ootii or on the Site. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that ootii might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at privacy[at]ootii.com. 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.
How You Can Access Or Correct Your Information
1) ootii Applications on Partner-Operated Websites
You can access all your personally identifiable information that we collect online and maintain by clicking on and editing your profile within our applications. If your personally identifiable information changes, or if you no longer desire our service, you may update it by making the change online or by removing our application from your partner site account.
2) ootii Applications on ootii-Operated Websites
If your personally identifiable information changes, or if you no longer desire our service, you may update it by making the change online or by contacting us through the methods indicated in the “How To Contact Us” section.
We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it frequently. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here by means of a notice on our home page.
Legal Responsibilities Disclosure
We reserve the right to disclose your personally identifiable information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights or comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on ootii.
How To Contact Us
We dedicate resources to helping you contact us if you have questions about your privacy and personally identifiable information. You can contact us by emailing our Customer Support support[at]ootii.com.
For privacy concerns, please contact us at privacy[at]ootii.com