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• We protect your personal information and will only provide it to third parties: (1) with your consent; (2) where it is necessary to carry out your instructions; (3) as reasonably necessary in order to provide our features and functionality to you; (4) when we reasonably believe it is required by law, subpoena or other legal process; or (5) as necessary to enforce our User Agreement or protect the rights, property, or safety of ImproveVia, its Members and Visitors, and the public.
• We have implemented appropriate security safeguards designed to protect your information in accordance with industry standards.
After you create an account, you may choose to provide additional information on your ImproveVia profile, such as descriptions of your skills, professional experience, and educational background. You can list honors, awards, professional affiliations, networking objectives, companies or individuals that you follow, and other information including content. With your approval, your connections may provide recommendations and endorsements of you. Providing additional information enables you to derive more benefit from ImproveVia by helping you express your professional identity; find other professionals, opportunities, and information; and help recruiters and business opportunities find you. It also enables us to serve you ads and other relevant content on and off ImproveVia.
When you visit or leave ImproveVia sites or apps (whether as a Member or Visitor) by clicking a hyperlink or when you view a plugin on a third-party site, we automatically receive the URL of the site from which you came or the one to which you are directed. Also, advertisers receive the URL of the page that you are on when you click an ad on ImproveVia. We also receive the internet protocol (“IP”) address of your computer or the proxy server that you use to access the web, your computer operating system details, your type of web browser, your mobile device (including your mobile device identifier provided by your mobile device operating system), your mobile operating system (if you are accessing ImproveVia using a mobile device), and the name of your ISP or your mobile carrier. We may also receive location data passed to us from third-party services or GPS-enabled devices that you have set up, which we use to show you local information (for example, Pulse articles about your area) on our mobile applications. Most mobile devices allow you to prevent real time location data being sent to ImproveVia, and of course ImproveVia will honor your settings.
In the case of our Android apps, you will be provided notice of the types of data (e.g. location) that will be sent to us. If you choose to use our app after this notice, we process this data to enable registration or preview product features for you (e.g. jobs near you). If you choose not to become a Member, we will delete this information.
ImproveVia is a dynamic, innovative environment, which means we are always seeking to improve the services we offer you. We often introduce new features, some of which may result in the collection of new information). Furthermore, new partnerships or corporate acquisitions may result in new features, and we may potentially collect new types of information.
We communicate with you through email, notices posted on the ImproveVia websites or apps, messages to your ImproveVia inbox, and other means available through the Services, including mobile text messages and push notifications. Examples of these communications include: (1) welcome and engagement communications - informing you about how to best use ImproveVia, new features, updates about other Members you are connected to and their actions, etc.; (2) service communications; these will cover service availability, security, and other issues about the functioning of ImproveVia; (3) promotional communications; these include both email and messages (messages are only delivered to your ImproveVia inbox), and may contain promotional information directly or on behalf of our partners, including job opportunities and information from companies that are hiring. These messages will be sent to you based on your profile information and messaging preferences. You may change your email and contact preferences at any time by signing into your account and changing your email settings here or account settings. You can also opt out of promotional messages by sending a request to ImproveVia Help Center. Please be aware that you cannot opt out of receiving service messages from ImproveVia.
Many communications that you initiate through ImproveVia (for example, an invitation sent to a non-Member) will list your name and primary email address in the header of the message. Messages you initiate may also provide the recipient with aggregate information about your network (for example, how many people are in your network). Other communications that you initiate through the Services, like a request for an introduction, will list your name as the initiator but will not include your personal email address contact information. Once you have connected with an individual, regardless of who sent the invitation, your contact information will be shared with that individual.
We use information that you provide to us to customize your experience and the experiences of others on ImproveVia. For example, when you sign in to your account, we may display the names of new Members who have recently joined your network or recent updates from your connections and companies you follow. We also use aggregated information from your network and other users to show you content, such as news and presentations relevant to you, your industry, or your profession.
ImproveVia offers a “public profile” feature that allows Members to publish portions of their ImproveVia profile to the public Internet. This public profile will be indexed and displayed through public search engines when someone searches for your name. You may choose the parts of your profile that search engines index or completely opt out of this feature in your ImproveVia account settings. However, third-party search engines may not automatically update their caches, which may contain old public profile information. Unless you delete them, your profiles on ImproveVia.com
You can search for users, content, employment opportunities, information about companies, and community content from ImproveVia Groups on ImproveVia. For example, you can find Members with particular expertise or experience, or users that you may know from your industry or profession. You can also find employment opportunities and information about companies. You can also find content from ImproveVia user. We use personal information from ImproveVia, including user profiles, Groups content, and Company Pages, to inform and refine our search service.
It is possible that we may need to disclose personal information, profile information, or information about your activities as a user or Visitor when required by law, subpoena, or other legal process, or if ImproveVia has a good faith belief that disclosure is reasonably necessary to (1) investigate, prevent, or take action regarding suspected or actual illegal activities or to assist government enforcement agencies; (2) enforce the User Agreement, investigate and defend ourselves against any third-party claims or allegations, or protect the security or integrity of our Service; or (3) exercise or protect the rights, property, or safety of ImproveVia, our user, personnel, or others. We attempt to notify Members about legal demands for their data when appropriate in our judgment, unless prohibited by law or court order or when the request is an emergency. In light of our principles, we may dispute such demands when we believe, in our discretion, that the requests are overbroad, vague or lack proper authority, but do not commit to challenge every demand. To find out more about how ImproveVia engages with government requests for data see our Law Enforcement Data Request Guidelines.
We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate our Services (e.g. maintenance, analysis, audit, marketing and development). These third parties have limited access to your information only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated to ImproveVia not to disclose or use it for other purposes.
You have a right to (1) access, modify, correct, or delete your personal information controlled by ImproveVia regarding your profile, (2) change or remove your content, and (3) close your account. You can also contact us for any account information which is not on your profile or readily accessible to you. If you close your account(s), your information will generally be removed from the Service within 24 hours. We generally delete closed account information and will de-personalize any logs or other backup information within 30 days of account closure, except as noted below.
As a Member, you have certain obligations to other Members. Some of these obligations are imposed by applicable law and regulations and others have become commonplace in communities of like-minded Members such as ImproveVia:
Any violation of these guidelines or those detailed in our User Agreement or elsewhere may lead to the restriction, suspension, or termination of your account at the sole discretion of ImproveVia.
Visit our Safety Center for tips on using ImproveVia smartly and securely.
As described in Section 2.3 of the User Agreement, persons must be of Minimum Age to use ImproveVia. Please visit ImproveVia’s Safety Center for additional information about safely using ImproveVia.
California Civil Code Section 1798.83, known as the “Shine The Light” law, permits our customers who are California residents to request and obtain from us a list of what personal information (if any) we disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes in the preceding calendar year and the names and addresses of those third parties. Requests may be made only once a year and are free of charge. Under Section 1798.83, ImproveVia currently does not share any personal information with third parties for their direct marketing purposes.
We have implemented security safeguards designed to protect the personal information that you provide in accordance with industry standards. Access to your data on ImproveVia is password-protected, and sensitive data (such as credit card information) is protected by SSL encryption when it is exchanged between your web browser and the ImproveVia Services. We also offer secure https access to the ImproveVia.com website. To protect any data you store on our servers, we also regularly monitor our system for possible vulnerabilities and attacks, and we use a tier-one secured-access data center. However, since the Internet is not a 100% secure environment, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information that you transmit to ImproveVia. There is no guarantee that information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards. It is your responsibility to protect the security of your login information. Please note that emails, instant messaging, and similar means of communication with other Members are not encrypted, and we strongly advise you not to communicate any confidential information through these means. Please help keep your account safe by using a strong password.