Collection of Information
We collect the following types of information:
Personal Information that You Provide
In general, we collect Personal Information that you submit to us voluntarily through MBEConnect. We also collect information that you submit in the process of creating or editing your account and user profile on MBEConnect. For example, our registration and login process requires you to provide us with your name, valid e-mail address and password of your choice. Use of some of our services may require you to save a delivery or shipping address. When you personalize your profile and use the features of MBEConnect, we will collect any information you voluntarily provide, and we may also request optional information to support your use of MBEConnect, such as your year of birth, gender and other demographic information. We collect information in the form of the content that you submit during your use of MBEConnect, such as photos, reviews, ratings and other information you choose to submit.
We may also collect information about you and your friends who use MBEConnect from any social network you may have connected from, in order to provide you with a more personalized experience. For instance, we may collect your user name or profile information that you have permitted to be displayed through MBEConnect in order to display you as a friend or in association with your profile and connections.
To enable payment for services purchased through MBEConnect, we collect and store billing and credit card information. For example, when you purchase a Business Profile online, you submit your credit card or other payment information so that our service providers can process your payment for the Business Profile. When you sign up for, or win, any contests, sweepstakes or other activities that we make available on MBEConnect, we will collect the information designated along with such activity, which may include contact information such as your address and phone number.
If you choose to sign up to receive information about products or services that may be of interest to you, we will collect your e-mail address and other related information. Additionally, we collect any information that you voluntarily enter, including Personal Information, into any postings, comments or forums within the MBEConnect community.
Personal Information from Other Sources
We may receive Personal Information about you from other sources with which you have registered or interacted, companies who we have partnered with (collectively, “Partners”) or other third parties. We may associate this information with the other Personal Information we have collected about you.
E-mail and E-mail Addresses
If you send an e-mail to us, or fill out our “Feedback” form through MBEConnect, we will collect your e-mail address and the full content of your e-mail, including attached files, and other information you provide. We may use and display your full name and e-mail address when you send an e-mail notification to a friend through MBEConnect or the social network from which you have connected to MBEConnect (such as in an invitation, or when sharing your content). Additionally, we may use your e-mail address to contact you on behalf of your friends (such as when someone sends you a personal message) or to send notifications from a social network or other website with which you have registered to receive such notifications. We may also use your e-mail address to contact you for things such as notifications of limited-edition shop sales and other related information. You may indicate your preference to stop receiving further promotional communications as further detailed below.
Information Collected Via Technology
Mobile & Location Information
If you use mobile-enabled services provided by MBEConnect, such as any MBEConnect mobile application made available by us, we may receive information about your use of our services from your mobile device while you use our applications or services. This may also include information about your precise location if you have enabled location-based services on your mobile device. Certain applications or services may also require addition information collection, such as information to be sent when you are not logged into MBEConnect for alerts services, and the terms of such collection will be identified when you subscribe to or sign up for such services or applications.
Social Media Information
Certain information you post or provide through MBEConnect for public posting, such as your name, profile, comments, collections and reviews, may be shared with other users and posted on publicly available portions of MBEConnect, including without limitation, social media applications and other public for in which you choose to participate. Please keep in mind that if you choose to disclose Personal Information when posting comments or other information or content through MBEConnect, this information may become publicly available and may be collected and used by others, including people outside the MBEConnect community. Please also be aware that if you choose to share or tweet deals or your purchases, they will become publicly available on the Facebook and Twitter websites. It is up to you to make sure you are comfortable with the information you choose to provide us and the information you choose to publish. We will not have any obligations with respect to any information that you post to parts of MBEConnect available to others, and recommend that you use caution when giving out personal information to others through social media networks or otherwise.
Use and Disclosure of Information
In general, Personal Information and other information you submit or share with us is used for the following purposes by MBEConnect: to enable your access to our services; to provide, maintain, protect, develop and improve MBEConnect; to fulfill your requests for products and services; to customize the content and advertisements you receive from us and our trusted partners; and to offer you additional information, opportunities, promotions and functionality from us or on our behalf, or from our partners or our advertisers at your request.
We may provide your Personal Information to third-party service providers or affiliates who work on behalf of or with us to provide some of the services and features of MBEConnect and to help us communicate with you. Examples of such services include sending e-mail, analyzing data, providing marketing assistance, voucher management services, processing payments (including credit card payments) and providing customer service. We limit information provided to the aforementioned affiliate and third party service providers to the extent necessary for them to provide the services and require such service providers to promise not to use such information except as necessary to provide the relevant services to us. Additionally, we do share your content preferences and other information with social networks you have connected with MBEConnect, along with those companies and persons you have asked us to share your information with.
We use Google Analytics to better understand how visitors interact with our site. This service provides non-personally identifiable data including but not limited to data on where visitors came from, what actions they took on our site and where visitors went when they left our site. If you would like to learn more about this service, or about choices to opt out from it, please click here.
We may disclose your Personal Information if we believe in good faith that such disclosure is necessary to (a) comply with relevant laws or to respond to subpoenas or warrants served on us; or (b) to protect and defend our rights or property, you, or third parties. You hereby consent to us sharing your Personal Information under the circumstances described herein.
Your Choices Regarding Your Personal Information
We offer you choices regarding the collection, use and sharing of your Personal Information. You have a right at any time to stop us from contacting you for marketing purposes. When you receive promotional communications from us, you may indicate a preference to stop receiving further promotional communications from us and you will have the opportunity to “opt-out” by following the unsubscribe instructions provided in the promotional e-mail you receive or by contacting us directly at info@MBEConnect.com.
If you use MBEConnect services provided through mobile devices, you may have additional choices, including over whether location services are enabled. Additionally, if you use other social media services in connection with MBEConnect, the providers of these services may provide you with additional choices concerning the types of data shared with MBEConnect.
Third Party Advertising and Sites
We also engage in remarketing to market our sites, products and services or those of our trusted advertising partners across the web: when a user visits our site, a Cookie is dropped on the user, and advertising networks may deliver targeted advertisements to users with this Cookie. We do not share any of your Personal Information with our remarketing ad networks or advertisers.
You have choices about third-party advertising: both the Network Advertising Initiative and the Digital Advertising Alliance allow you to opt out from online behavioral advertising by their participating companies.
We are committed to protecting the security of your Personal Information. We use a variety of industry-standard security technologies and procedures to help protect your Personal Information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. Even though we have taken significant steps to protect your Personal Information, no company, including us, can fully eliminate security risks associated with Personal Information.
Children’s Personal Information
MBEConnect does not direct its websites to children under the age of thirteen. We market families-related products or services for purchase by adults. We require registered users of the site to be at least eighteen years old. Protecting the privacy of children is very important. If we obtain actual knowledge that a registered user is under eighteen, we will promptly delete information associated with such account. By using MBEConnect, you are representing that you are at least eighteen years old.
Access to Personal Information
You have the right to request a copy of the Personal Information that we hold about you. If you would like a copy of some or all of your Personal Information, please contact us at info@MBEConnect.com. We may charge a reasonable fee for this service. We want to make sure that your information is accurate and up-to-date. You may ask us to correct or remove information that you think is inaccurate. You may change any of your profile information by editing it in the profile settings page.
Personal or other information about you collected on MBEConnect sites and services may be stored and processed in the United States or any other country in which MBEConnect or its affiliates, subsidiaries and services providers maintain facilities. MBEConnect complies with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use and retention of information from European Union Member Countries. To learn more about the Safe Harbor program, please visit the Safe Harbor Website.
If you are a California resident, you may request that we provide to you (i) a list of the categories of personal information about you that MBEConnect has disclosed to third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes during the calendar year preceding your request, (ii) the names and addresses of such third parties, and (iii) if the nature of the third parties’ business cannot reasonably be determined from their names, examples of the products or services marketed, if known to MBEConnect, sufficient to give you a reasonable indication of the nature of the third parties’ business. To submit your request, please e-mail info@MBEConnect.com.
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