Privacy Policy

Fixoodle’s Privacy Policy.

Date of last revision: Feb. 5, 2011.

This policy contains nine sections:

1. Introduction
2. Information We Receive
3. Sharing information on Fixoodle
4. Information You Share With Third Parties
5. How We Use Your Information
6. How We Share Information
7. How You Can Change or Remove Information
8. How We Protect Information
9. Other Terms

1. Introduction

Questions. If you have any questions or concerns about our privacy policy, contact us through our site.

Scope. This privacy policy covers all of Fixoodle. It does not, however, apply to entities that Fixoodle does not own or control, such as applications and websites using Platform. By using or accessing Fixoodle, you agree to our privacy practices outlined here.

No information from children under age 13. If you are under age 13, please do not attempt to register for Fixoodle or provide any personal information about yourself to us. If 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 we might have any information from a child under age 13, please contact us.

Parental participation. We strongly recommend that minors 13 years of age or older ask their parents for permission before sending any information about themselves to anyone over the Internet and we encourage parents to teach their children about safe internet use practices.


2. Information We Receive

Information you provide to us:

Information About Yourself. When you sign up for Fixoodle you provide us with your name, email, gender, and birth date. You will also be able to add a picture of yourself. In some cases we may ask for additional information for security reasons or to provide specific services to you. Once you register you can provide other information about yourself by connecting with, for example, your current city, hometown, family, relationships, networks, activities, interests, and places.
Content. One of the primary reasons people use Fixoodle is to share content with others primarily for the purpose of language learning. Examples include when you create a post, fix a post, update your status, share a link, create a group, make a comment, or send someone a message. If you do not want us to store metadata associated with content you share on Fixoodle (such as photos), please remove the metadata before uploading the content.

Transactional Information. We may retain the details of transactions or payments you make on Fixoodle. 
Friend Information. We may offer contact importer tools to help you upload your friends’ addresses so that you can find your friends on Fixoodle, and invite your contacts who do not have Fixoodle accounts to join.
Information we collect when you interact with Fixoodle:

Site activity information. We keep track of some of the actions you take on Fixoodle, such as adding connections (including joining a group or adding a friend), or creating a post. In some cases you are also taking an action when you provide information or content to us. For example, if you share a video, in addition to storing the actual content you uploaded, we might log the fact that you shared it.

Access Device and Browser Information. When you access Fixoodle from a computer, mobile phone, or other device, we may collect information from that device about your browser type, location, and IP address, as well as the pages you visit.

Cookie Information. We may use "cookies" (small pieces of data we store for an extended period of time on your computer, mobile phone, or other device) to make Fixoodle easier to use, to make our advertising better, and to protect both you and Fixoodle. For example, we may use them to store your login ID (but never your password) to make it easier for you to login whenever you come back to Fixoodle. We also use them to confirm that you are logged into Fixoodle, and to know when you are interacting with
Fixoodle and our advertisements. You can remove or block cookies using the settings in your browser, but in some cases that may impact your ability to use Fixoodle.

Information we receive from third parties:

Information from other websites. We may institute programs with advertising partners and other websites in which they share information with us: We may ask advertisers to tell us how our users responded to the ads we showed them (and for comparison purposes, how other users who didn’t see the ads acted on their site). This data sharing, commonly known as “conversion tracking,” helps us measure our advertising effectiveness and improve the quality of the advertisements you see.We may receive information about whether or not you’ve seen or interacted with certain ads on other sites in order to measure the effectiveness of those ads.
Information from other users. We may collect information about you from other Fixoodle users.


3. Sharing information on Fixoodle. 

This section explains how your privacy settings work, and how your information is shared on Fixoodle.  You should always consider your privacy settings before sharing information on Fixoodle.

Name and Profile Picture.  Fixoodle is designed to make it easy for you to find and connect with others.  For this reason, your name and profile picture do not have privacy settings.  If you are uncomfortable with sharing your profile picture, you should delete it (or not add one).  You can also control who can find you when searching on Fixoodle or on public search engines using the privacy settings.

Contact Information. Your contact information settings control (available when customizing your privacy settings) who can contact you on Fixoodle, and who can see your contact information such as your email and phone number(s).  Remember that none of this information is required except for your email address, and you do not have to share your email address with anyone.

Personal Information.  Your personal information settings control who can see your personal information if you choose to add them.
Posts by Me.  You can select a privacy setting for language posts you make on our site. Fixes inherit the permissions of the original post (e.g. if a post is set to "everyone", fixes are also shown to "everyone". If you decide not to select your setting at the time you post the content, your content will be shared consistent with "everyone" by default.

Gender and Birth Date.  In addition to name and email address, we require you to provide your gender and birth date during the registration process.  We ask for your date of birth to verify that you are 13 or older, and so that we can better limit your access to content and advertisements that are not age appropriate.  Because your date of birth and gender are required, you cannot delete them.  You can, however, edit your profile to hide all (or part) of such fields from other users.

Other.  Here are some other things to remember: Some of the content you share and the actions you take will show up on your friends’ home pages and other pages they visit.Even after you remove information from your profile or delete your account, copies of that information may remain viewable elsewhere to the extent it has been shared with others, it was otherwise distributed pursuant to your privacy settings, or it was copied or stored by other users.You understand that information might be reshared or copied by other users.Certain types of communications that you send to other users cannot be removed, such as messages.When you post information on another user’s profile or comment on another user’s post, that information will be subject to the other user’s privacy settings.

“Everyone” Information. Information set to “everyone” is publicly available information, just like your name, profile picture, and connections.  Such information may, for example, be accessed by everyone on the Internet (including people not logged into Fixoodle), be indexed by third party search engines, and be imported, exported, distributed, and redistributed by us and others without privacy limitations. Such information may also be associated with you, including your name and profile picture, even outside of Fixoodle, such as on public search engines and when you visit other sites on the internet.  The default privacy setting for certain types of information you post on Fixoodle is set to “everyone.” If you delete “everyone” content that you posted on Fixoodle, we will remove it from your Fixoodle profile, but have no control over its use outside of Fixoodle.

Minors.  We reserve the right to add special protections for minors (such as to provide them with an age-appropriate experience) and place restrictions on the ability of adults to share and connect with minors, recognizing this may provide minors a more limited experience on Fixoodle


4.  Information You Share With Third Parties.

Fixoodle Platform.  As mentioned above, we do not own or operate the applications or websites that use Fixoodle Platform. That means that when you use those applications and websites you are making your Fixoodle information available to someone other than Fixoodle. Prior to allowing them to access any information about you, we require them to agree to terms that limit their use of your information (which you can read about in Section 9 of our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities) and we use technical measures to ensure that they only obtain authorized information.  To learn more about Platform, visit our About Platform page.

Connecting with an Application or Website.  When you connect with an application or website it will have access to General Information about you.  The term General Information includes your and your friends’ names, profile pictures, gender, user IDs, connections, and any content shared using the Everyone privacy setting.  We may also make information about the location of your computer or access device and your age available to applications and websites in order to help them implement appropriate security measures and control the distribution of age-appropriate content.  If the application or website wants to access any other data, it will have to ask for your permission.

We give you tools to control how your information is shared with applications and websites that use Platform.  For example, you can block all platform applications and websites completely or block specific applications from accessing your information by visiting your Applications and Websites privacy setting or the specific  application’s “About” page.  You can also use your privacy settings to limit which of your information is available to “everyone”.

Exporting Information. You (and those you make your information available to) may use tools like RSS feeds, mobile phone address book applications, or copy and paste functions, to capture, export (and in some cases, import) information from Fixoodle, including your information and information about you.  For example, if you share your phone number with your friends, they may use third party applications to sync that information with the address book on their mobile phone.

Advertisements. Sometimes the advertisers who present ads on Fixoodle use technological methods to measure the effectiveness of their ads and to personalize advertising content. You may use your browser cookie settings to limit or prevent the placement of cookies by advertising networks.  Fixoodle does not share personally identifiable information with advertisers.

Links. When you click on links on Fixoodle you may leave our site. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites, and we encourage you to read their privacy statements.

 

5. How We Use Your Information

We use the information we collect to try to provide a safe, efficient, and customized experience. Here are some of the details on how we do that:

To manage the service. We use the information we collect to provide our services and features to you, to measure and improve those services and features, and to provide you with customer support. We use the information to prevent potentially illegal activities, and to enforce our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. We also use a variety of technological systems to detect and address anomalous activity and screen content to prevent abuse such as spam. These efforts may on occasion result in a temporary or permanent suspension or termination of some functions for some users.

To contact you. We may contact you with service-related announcements from time to time. You may opt out of all communications except essential updates on your account notifications page. We may include content you see on Fixoodle in the emails we send to you.

To serve personalized advertising to you. We don’t share your information with advertisers without your consent. (An example of consent would be if you asked us to provide your shipping address to an advertiser to receive a free sample.) We allow advertisers to choose the characteristics of users who will see their advertisements and we may use any of the non-personally identifiable attributes we have collected (including information you may have decided not to show to other users, such as your birth year or other sensitive personal information or preferences) to select the appropriate audience for those advertisements. For example, we might use your interest in soccer to show you ads for soccer equipment, but we do not tell the soccer equipment company who you are. You can see the criteria advertisers may select by visiting our advertising page. Even though we do not share your information with advertisers without your consent, when you click on or otherwise interact with an advertisement there is a possibility that the advertiser may place a cookie in your browser and note that it meets the criteria they selected.

To supplement your profile. We may use information about you that we collect from other Fixoodle users to supplement your profile.

To help your friends find you. We allow other users to use contact information they have about you, such as your email address, to find you, including through contact importers and search. 


6. How We Share Information

Fixoodle is about sharing information with others — friends and people in your communities — while providing you with privacy settings that you can use to restrict other users from accessing some of your information. We share your information with third parties when we believe the sharing is permitted by you, reasonably necessary to offer our services, or when legally required to do so. For example:

When you make a payment. When you enter into transactions with others or make payments on Fixoodle, we will share transaction information with only those third parties necessary to complete the transaction.  We will require those third parties to agree to respect the privacy of your information.

When you invite a friend to join. When you ask us to invite a friend to join Fixoodle, we will send your friend a message on your behalf using your name.  The invitation may also contain information about other users your friend might know.   We may also send reminders to them in your name. You can see who has accepted your invitations, send reminders, and delete your friends’ email addresses on your invite history page.

To help your friends find you. By default, we make certain information you have posted to your profile available in search results on Fixoodle to help your friends find you. However, you can control who can see some of this information, as well as who can find you in searches, through your privacy settings. We also partner with email and instant messaging providers to help their users identify which of their contacts are Fixoodle users, so that we can promote Fixoodle to those users.

To give search engines access to publicly available information. We generally limit search engines’ access to our site. We may allow them to access information set to the “everyone” setting (along with your name and profile picture) and your profile information that is visible to everyone.  You can change the visibility of some of your profile information using the customize section of your privacy settings. You can also prevent search engines from indexing your profile using the Applications and Websites privacy setting.

To help improve or promote our service. Sometimes we share aggregated information with third parties to help improve or promote our service. But we only do so in such a way that no individual user can be identified or linked to any specific action or information.

To provide you with services. We may provide information to service providers that help us bring you the services we offer. For example, we may use third parties to help host our website, send out email updates about Fixoodle, remove repetitive information from our user lists, process payments, or provide search results or links (including sponsored links). These service providers may have access to your personal information for use for a limited time, but when this occurs we implement reasonable contractual and technical protections to limit their use of that information to helping us provide the service.

To advertise our services. We may ask advertisers outside of Fixoodle to display ads promoting our services. We may ask them to deliver those ads based on the presence of a cookie, but in doing so will not share any other information with the advertiser.

To respond to legal requests and prevent harm. We may disclose information pursuant to subpoenas, court orders, or other requests (including criminal and civil matters) if we have a good faith belief that the response is required by law. This may include respecting requests from jurisdictions outside of the United States where we have a good faith belief that the response is required by law under the local laws in that jurisdiction, apply to users from that jurisdiction, and are consistent with generally accepted international standards. We may also share information when we have a good faith belief it is necessary to prevent fraud or other illegal activity, to prevent imminent bodily harm, or to protect ourselves and you from people violating our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. This may include sharing information with other companies, lawyers, courts or other government entities.

Transfer in the Event of Sale or Change of Control. If the ownership of all or substantially all of our business changes, we may transfer your information to the new owner so that the service can continue to operate. In such a case, your information would remain subject to the promises made in any pre-existing Privacy Policy.


7. How You Can Change or Remove Information

Editing your profile. You may change or remove your profile information at any time by going to your profile page and clicking “Edit My Profile.” Information will be updated immediately.
When you delete an account, it is permanently deleted from Fixoodle. You should only delete your account if you are certain you never want to reactivate it.

Limitations on removal. Even after you remove information from your profile or delete your account, copies of that information may remain viewable elsewhere to the extent it has been shared with others, it was otherwise distributed pursuant to your privacy settings, or it was copied or stored by other users. However, your name will no longer be associated with that information on Fixoodle. (For example, if you post something to another user’s profile and then you delete your account, that post may remain, but be attributed to an “Anonymous Fixoodle User.”)  Additionally, we may retain certain information to prevent identity theft and other misconduct even if deletion has been requested. If you have given third party applications or websites access to your information, they may retain your information to the extent permitted under their terms of service or privacy policies.  But they will no longer be able to access the information through our Platform after you disconnect from them.

Backup copies. Removed and deleted information may persist in backup copies, but will not be available to others.


8. How We Protect Information 

We do our best to keep your information secure, but we need your help.

Risks inherent in sharing information. Although we allow you to set privacy options that limit access to your information, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. We cannot control the actions of other users with whom you share your information. We cannot guarantee that only authorized persons will view your information. We cannot ensure that information you share on Fixoodle will not become publicly available. We are not responsible for third party circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures on Fixoodle. You can reduce these risks by using common sense security practices such as choosing a strong password, using different passwords for different services, and using up to date antivirus software.

Report Violations. You should report any security violations to us on.


9. Other Terms

Changes. We may change this Privacy Policy pursuant to the procedures outlined in the Fixoodle Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. Unless stated otherwise, our current privacy policy applies to all information that we have about you and your account. If we make changes to this Privacy Policy we will notify you by publication here and on the Fixoodle Site Governance Page. If the changes are material, we will provide you additional, prominent notice as appropriate under the circumstances. You can make sure that you receive notice directly by liking the Fixoodle Site Governance Page.

Consent to Collection and Processing in the United States. By using Fixoodle, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States.

Defined Terms. "Us," "we," "our," "Platform" and "Fixoodle" mean the same as they do in the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. “Information” and “content” are used more generally and interchangeably here than in the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities unless otherwise limited by the context.