Information We Collect and How We Use It
We use commercially reasonable efforts to ensure that the collection of personal information is limited to that which is necessary to fulfil the purposes identified below. If we use your information in a manner different than the purpose for which it is collected, then we will ask you for your consent prior to such use.
Account information – To take advantage of certain features offered on TechRuzz, such as uploading photos or videos, you need to create a User account. When creating a User account, we ask for and record personal information such as your name, email address and password. When creating a User profile, you may choose to include preferential options such as adding a personal photo. We use your email address to send you updates, news, service-related announcements and contact you on behalf of other Users (such as other Users who send you personal messages). You may choose not to receive e-mails of this type by updating your notification settings on your account, though TechRuzz reserves the right to send you notices about your account even if you opt out of all voluntary email notifications.
Submissions – We store your User profile information, as well as your name, photos, videos and other information you have chosen to display to people in the networks specified in your privacy settings. We store this information so that TechRuzz may present it back to you when you and others when accessing your User profile. Any personal information you voluntarily disclose online may be collected and used by others pursuant to your privacy settings.
Feedback – If you contact us to provide feedback, register a complaint, or ask a question, we will record any personal information and other content that you provide in your communication so that we can effectively respond to your communication. You do not need a User account to contact TechRuzz. Please understand that we are not obligated to compensate you for any feedback you provide.
Personal messaging – In order to allow you to send and receive personal messages to other registered Users of TechRuzz, we record the messages that you send and receive.
Activity – Whether or not you have a User account with TechRuzz, we record information relating to your use of TechRuzz, such as the profiles and gadgets your view, the searches you undertake, which other Users you communicate with, the frequency and size of data transfers, the information you display about yourself, the information you click on, your browser type, IP address, requested URL, referring URL, and timestamp information. If you are logged in, we may associate this information with your User account. We use this type of information to administer the Website and provide the highest possible level of service to you. We also use this information in the aggregate to perform statistical analyses of User behaviour and characteristics in order to measure interest in and use of the various areas of the Website. You cannot be identified from this aggregate information.
Cookies – We send cookies to your computer in order to uniquely identify your browser and improve the quality of our service. The term “cookies” refers to small pieces of information that a website sends to your computer’s hard drive while you are viewing the site. We may use both session cookies (which expire once you close your browser) and persistent cookies (which stay on your computer until you delete them). Persistent cookies can be removed by following your browser help file directions.
Information Made Available to the Public
When you create a User account, some information about your User account and your account activity will be visible to other TechRuzz Users. This may include your User profile information, as well as your name, email and photo, and other personal information you voluntarily choose to disclose. You may limit the extent to which this information is accessed by adjusting your privacy settings.
Your name and profile picture thumbnail will be available in search results on the Website 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 you have allowed such access based on your privacy settings.
Transfer of Information
We may distribute your User-Generated Content to third parties, as permitted pursuant to our Terms of Service. The third parties may in turn publicly display or publish your submissions in connection with their own websites and media platforms. When we distribute your submissions to third parties, we typically include your account name (but not your personal information unless you include your personal information in your submissions).
We may share your personal information with third parties to provide you with services that we offer through the TechRuzz, conduct quality assurance testing, facilitate creation of accounts, provide technical and customer support. These third parties are required not to use your personal information other than to provide the services requested by you.
We may disclose information in the aggregate to third parties relating to User behaviour in connection with actual or prospective business relationship with those third parties, such as advertisers and content distributors. For example, we may disclose the number of Users that have been exposed to, or have clicked on advertising banners, or number of users that have particular product.
We use third party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit TechRuzz. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you.
We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associate Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to the Amazon.com and affiliated sites. TechRuzz may include links to other websites as part of content created by TechRuzz (“TechRuzz Content”) or User-Generated Content. TechRuzz does not control or endorse any content of these third party websites, and, by using TechRuzz you agree that TechRuzz is not responsible for the availability or content of such third party websites.
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Controlling Your Personal Data
Although we allow you to set privacy options that limit access to the information on your User profile, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. We cannot control the actions of other Users with whom you may choose to share your User profile and information. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that the User-Generated content you post on the Website will not be viewed by unauthorized persons. We are not responsible for the circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the Website. You understand and acknowledge that, even after removal, copies of your User-Generated Content may remain viewable in cached and archived pages or if other Users have copied or stored your User-Generated Content.
Please also note that the personal messages you send or receive using TechRuzz’s personal messaging feature are only private to the extent that you and the sender/recipient keep them private. For example, we do not have any control over whether a recipient of one of your personal messages publicly posts the contents of such a message.
As a registered TechRuzz User, you can edit your personal information and your privacy preferences at any time by accessing the “Profile” section of this Website. You can also terminate your User account at any time. Upon request for termination of your account, TechRuzz will use commercially reasonable efforts to close your account, and cease displaying your User-Generated Content on the Website, except for postings that have been shared with others on the Website such as but not limited to discussion comments or products that have become part TechRuzz’s database; nevertheless, we may still retain your personal information in our systems.
You hereby acknowledge that TechRuzz is not responsible for any intercepted information sent via the internet, and you hereby release us from any and all claims arising out of or related to the use of intercepted information in any unauthorized manner.
E-mails and Opt-out
You may opt-out of receiving personal messages from specific Users by changing the notification settings under the “Account” tab after you log on to TechRuzz Unregistered Users who receive e-mails from us may also opt-out of receiving further e-mails by following the instructions contained in our e-mails.
If you do not want to receive advertisements based on usage data collected by TechRuzz, you can opt out of data collection by managing many companies’ online advertising cookies. To do that, you can use consumer choices created in some countries’ self-regulatory programs, such as the EU Online Choices program (http://www.youronlinechoices.eu/) or the US-based DAA and NAI opt-out programs (http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ and http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/).
Please note, that deleting or rejecting cookies may adversely affect your user experience of our website. Also note that opting out does not mean you will stop seeing advertisements, but that the advertisements you do see will not be influenced by the usage data collected by TechRuzz. You may still see ads based on factors such as your overall location, your IP address, your browser type, and your search terms.
TechRuzz does not knowingly collect or solicit any information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register as Users. The Service and its content are not directed at children under the age of 13. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
EU Privacy Rights
For the purposes of the processing of personal data of individuals in the European Union (“EU”), we rely on the following lawful basis for the processing of your personal data:
(a) Our legitimate interests in (among other things) delivering the Services, conducting commercial research, improving and maintaining the Services, personalising and tailoring content made available to you through the Service, protecting the security or integrity of our databases, protecting our business or reputation, taking precautions against legal liability, dealing with our assets in the event of a business change (see further below), protecting and defending our legal rights or property, or for resolving disputes, investigating and attending to inquiries or complaints with respect to your use of the Services;
(b) Where relevant, your express consent. If you provide us with personal information relating to you and give your consent for using it;
(c) Where relevant, the fulfilment of our contractual obligations to you under our terms and conditions of service; and
(d) Where relevant, for compliance with legal obligations to which we are subject.
Users based in the European Union have the following legal rights in respect of their information:
(a) The right to require us to confirm whether or not your information is being processed, the purpose of any such processing, the recipients of any information that has been disclosed, the period for which your information is to be stored and whether any automated decision-making processes are used in relation to their information;
(b) The right to require us to rectify inaccurate information without undue delay;
(c) Where we relied on the ‘consent’ basis for processing that information, the right to withdraw your consent at any time. This right to withdraw consent does not affect the lawfulness of processing based on consent before its withdrawal;
(d) The right to request the erasure of your information. Subject to certain conditions, you can make a request for erasure where:
(i) the information is no longer necessary in relation to the purpose for which it was collected;
(ii) the processing of the information is based on your consent (and the other circumstances described in the ‘Legal Basis for Processing Your information’ and ‘How We May Share Your information’ sections above no longer apply), if you withdraw your consent; or
(iii) where the personal data is processed by us solely on the basis of our ‘legitimate interest’ referred to above (and the other legal basis set out above do not apply), if you object to the processing of your personal data and there are no overriding legitimate grounds for the processing (such as, for example, where the processing of the data is required to meet statutory obligations or for the defence of legal claims).
Where we disclosed your information to a third party and you request the erasure or rectification of the data, we will take all reasonable steps to inform the third party of such request;
(e) The right to require us to restrict the processing of your personal data in certain circumstances, such as where the accuracy of that data is disputed or an objection has been raised. In such circumstances, we will only process that information with you express consent, or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims or for the protection of the rights of another natural or legal person or for reasons of important public interest;
(f) Where data is processed based on your consent or to fulfil a contractual obligation, under certain conditions you may have the right to receive your personal data from us in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format;
(g) The right to object to the processing of personal data where:
(i) we rely solely on the ‘legitimate interest’ basis for processing that data, in which case we may be legally required to stop processing your information unless we have compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your privacy rights and interests; or
(ii) the information is used for direct marketing purposes, in which case we will immediately stop processing your information for such purposes;
(h) You have the right to lodge a complaint with the data protection supervisory authority of the EU member state where you reside.
Please note that the above legal rights are subject to various conditions and exceptions including where the data is used for statistical or scientific research purposes and the exercise of the right would prevent such purposes from being attained or would seriously impair their attainment.
California Privacy Rights
This section provides additional details about the personal information we collect about California residents and the rights afforded to them under the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”).
Your rights under CCPA. The CCPA provides California residents the right to request from TechRuzz the categories and specific pieces of personal information we collect, and to request that we delete their personal information, and to opt out of any sale of their personal information. If you are a California resident, you may request that TechRuzz provide you with the information we have stored about you via an email to support@TechRuzz.com.
Personal Information TechRuzz collects. If you have accessed the TechRuzz service in the last 12 months, we may have collected one or more of the following categories of personal information: identifiers (such as your name, email address, IP address or other online identifiers). If you created an account with TechRuzz and included these in your TechRuzz profile page, you may have provided TechRuzz with other data such as demographic information, visual information (for example, your profile pictures) and personal interests.
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