Last update: 2nd April 2007
1.2. This policy does not apply to the practices of companies that Sosius does not own or control, or to people that we do not employ or manage.
2. INFORMATION COLLECTION
2.1. When you create an account you are required to provide personal information such as your name, email address, birth date, gender, ZIP/postal code, and to choose a password.
2.2. As part of creating your account, you may also be requested to provide questions and secret answers, which we use to help verify your identity and assist in resetting your password.
2.3. If you choose to sign up for a paid subscription service, we will ask for additional information, such as your credit card number and billing address, which we use to create a billing account.
2.4. Once a user, you may provide additional information by, for example, updating your "Profile". Providing additional information beyond what is required at registration is entirely optional, but enables you to better identify yourself to other users.
2.5. In order to invite others to connect with you directly or to share access to the information you upload to your account, you will enter their names and email addresses. This information will be used by Sosius to send your invitation including a message that you write. The names and email addresses of people that you invite will be used only to send your invitation and reminders.
2.6. You may also choose to manually enter or upload data about your contacts into the private "Contacts" section of our website. All information entered there will only be viewable by you and those users invited to access that content.
2.8. One type of cookie, known as a "persistent" cookie, is set once you have logged in to your account. The next time you visit our website, the persistent cookie will allow us to recognise you as an existing user so you will not need to log in before using the service. In order to access or change any of your private information, however, you must log in securely again with your password even if your computer contains your persistent cookie. Additionally, if you log out of the site you will need to re-enter your password the next time you visit in order to log in to your account.
2.9. Another type of cookie, called a "session" cookie, is used to identify a particular visit to our website. Session cookies expire after a short time or when you close your web browser.
2.10. When you visit our website we automatically receive the URL of the site from which you came and the site to which you are going when you leave. We also receive the Internet protocol (IP) address of your computer (or the proxy server you use to access the World Wide Web), your computer operating system and type of web browser you are using, as well as the name of your ISP. This information is used to analyse overall trends to help us improve our service. The linkage between your IP address and your personally identifiable information is never shared with third parties without your permission or except when required by law.
Third party ad networks
2.11. We may allow other companies, called third party ad servers or ad networks, to display advertisements on our web pages. Some of these ad networks may place a persistent cookie on your computer in order to recognise your computer each time they send you an online advertisement. In this way, ad networks may compile information about where you, or others who are using your computer, saw their advertisements and determine which ads are clicked on. This information allows an ad network to deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. We do not have access to the cookies that may be placed by the third party ad servers or ad networks.
2.12. We do NOT use personally identifiable information to target ads. However, by interacting with or viewing an ad you are consenting to the possibility that the advertiser will make the assumption that you meet the targeting criteria used to display the ad.
2.13. Those ad networks that use persistent cookies may offer you a way to opt out of ad targeting. You may find more information at the website of the individual ad network. If you opt-out you will lose the potential benefit of receiving ads that are more targeted to your interests.
3. INFORMATION USE
3.1. Sosius is an online service dedicated to helping all types of people connect more effectively with one another. We collect and use your personal information to operate and improve our website and deliver the services or carry out the transactions you have requested. These uses may include:
3.1.1. providing you with more effective customer service;
3.1.2. making the website or our services easier to use by eliminating the need for you to repeatedly enter the same information;
3.1.3. performing research and analysis aimed at improving our products, services and technologies;
3.1.4. displaying content and advertising that are customised to your interests and preferences;
3.1.5. helping you describe yourself to other users.
3.2. We also use your personal information to communicate with you. We may send certain mandatory service communications such as welcome letters, billing reminders, information on technical service issues, and security announcements.. We may also occasionally send you product surveys or promotional mailings to inform you of other products or services available from us and our affiliates. Please be aware that you will always receive certain emails from us related to the proper functioning of your account.
3.3. We may send you promotional information if you have agreed to receive such information. If you wish to opt-out of receiving promotional emails at any time, please send a request to Info@Sosius.com.
3.4. Other information, that does not personally identify you as an individual, is collected by us from the site (such as, by way of example, patterns of utilisation) and is exclusively owned by us. This information can be utilised by us in such manner as we, in our sole discretion, deem appropriate.
4. INFORMATION SHARING AND DISCLOSURE
4.1. Sosius does not rent, sell or share personal information about you with other people or non-affiliated companies except to provide products or services you have requested, when we have your permission, or under the following circumstances:
4.1.1. We occasionally hire other companies to provide limited services on our behalf, such as handling the processing and delivery of mailings, providing customer support, hosting websites, processing transactions, or performing statistical analysis of our services. Those companies will be permitted to obtain only the personal information they need to deliver the service. They are required to maintain the confidentiality of the information and are prohibited from using it for any other purpose.
4.1.2. We may disclose information in order to respond to subpoenas, court orders, or legal process, or to establish or exercise our legal rights or defend legal claims.
4.2. We may provide aggregated data about the usage of our services to third parties for such purposes as we deem, in our sole discretion, to be appropriate. We may segment our users by gender or geographic location.
4.3. Many emails you initiate through our service will list your email address and name in the header of the message. Emails you initiate may also provide aggregate information about your network (for instance how many people are in your network), but will never list the people to whom you’re directly connected. Other communications that you initiate through the website, like a request for contact, will list your name as the initiator but will not include your personal contact information. Your contact information will only be shared with another user if you have indicated that you would like to establish contact with that user. You may also choose to make your "Profile" publicly available.
5. CHANGING YOUR ACCOUNT INFORMATION AND PREFERENCES
5.1. You can edit your account information, at any time by logging in to your account on our website and editing the information on your "Profile".
5.3. We reserve the right to send you certain communications relating to the Sosius service, such as service announcements and administrative messages that are considered part of your Sosius account, without offering you the opportunity to opt out of receiving them.
6. CONFIDENTIALITY AND SECURITY
6.1. Sosius is committed to protecting the security of your personal information. We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorised access, use, or disclosure. For example, we store the personal information you provide on computer systems with limited access, which are located in controlled facilities. When we transmit highly confidential information (such as a credit card numbers or passwords) over the Internet, we protect it through the use of encryption.
6.2. We limit access to personal information about you to employees who we believe reasonably need to come into contact with that information to provide products or services to you or in order to do their jobs.
6.3. If a password is used to help protect your accounts and personal information, it is your responsibility to keep your password confidential. Do not share this information with anyone. If you are sharing a computer with anyone you should always choose to log out before leaving a site or service to protect access to your information from subsequent users.
7.2. If you continue to use the Sosius service after notice of changes have been sent to you or published on our website, you hereby provide your consent to those changes.