The Mutual UFO Network, Inc., a non-profit, 501-(c)3 corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Texas (”MUFON”), operates a social commerce network Web site located at www.mufonobn.net and any other MUFON-branded services provided to you by MUFON (the MUFON Web site and other MUFON-branded services are together referred to as the “Web site”). The Web site is an online service that connects our members together both socially and economically. MUFON members can profile their lives online, view each other’s profiles, and connect with others around shared social and economic interests. MUFON members can make unlimited friends and connections and then use those connections to connect personally and do business with others on a whole new level. MUFON members can change their profile information at any time and can control how other members and the service communicates with them.
Minors: Minors—as defined by the laws of your jurisdiction—are prohibited from using this site. We do not knowingly collect information from any minor.
TYPES OF INFORMATION COLLECTED
Personal Profile Information
If you are a Registered Member, you have the option to provide profile information about yourself, such as your personal interests, gender, age, education and occupation, which refer to as your “Personal Profile.” We encourage you to submit relevant information so we can provide you with a more personalized experience on our site. We are not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in your Personal Profile. When you update information, we usually keep a copy of the prior version for our records.
If you are a Registered Member, you have the option to add one or more pictures to your Personal Profile. Each picture can be designated as public or private (in which case, only your “friends” can see the picture). You also can designate one picture as your “Main Profile Picture.” Your Main Profile Picture (if you provide one) is always viewable by Visitors and Registered Members.
Promotions, Contests, or Surveys
From time to time you may be offered the opportunity to participate in a promotion, contest, or survey on the Web site (we will refer to all of these activities as “Promotions”). If you participate in a Promotion, we (or a third party identified by MUFON), may request additional information from you—including personally identifiable information.
Invitations and Other Communications to Non-Members
We may offer you a referral service to tell a friend (on the Web site, “Friends” are also referred to as “Connections”) about our site. If you choose to use our referral service, we will ask you for your friend’s name and E-mail address. We will automatically send your friend an initial E-mail inviting him or her to visit the Web site. MUFON will store your friend’s name and E-mail address so that your friend may be added to your “friend’s list”, and to send reminders of the invitations. MUFON will not sell the E-mail addresses you provide for referrals or use that information to send any other communication besides invitations and invitation reminders. Recipients of invitations from MUFON will be able to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request that we remove this information from our database.
Information from Other Sources
From time to time, we may receive information about you from other sources and add it to our account information. For example, we may receive confirmations or other feedback from third parties engaged in Promotions. Additionally, we may purchase demographic information about you to allow us to provide you with personalized offerings. We also may obtain search terms and search result information from some searches conducted through the Web search features; search results and links, including paid listings (such as sponsored links from Google™).
Web site Traffic Information
Cookies and Pixel Tags
A cookie is a small piece of information that a Web site can send to your browser and may then be stored on your computer’s hard drive. It acts as an anonymous tag that identifies your computer, but not you personally. A pixel tag, also known as a clear GIF or web beacon, is an invisible tag placed on certain pages of the Web site but not on your computer. When you access these pages, pixel tags generate a generic notice of that visit. They usually work in conjunction with cookies, registering when a particular computer visits a particular page. If you turn off cookies the pixel tag will simply detect an anonymous Web site visit and certain features of the Web site may not be available.
The advertisements appearing on this Web site may be delivered to users by our advertisers. We share Web site usage information about users for the purpose of targeting our advertisements on the Web site.
We may transfer personal information to certain of our advertisers that you have explicitly requested to receive information from. It will be clear at the point of collection who is collecting the personal information and whose privacy statement will apply.
USE, SHARING, AND DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION
Personal Information Always Shown
Registered Member information is displayed to people in order to facilitate user interaction in the MUFON eCommerce community. The following personal information is always viewable by Visitors and Registered Members: your display name and Main Profile Picture. To facilitate searching and finding friends and acquaintances on the service (discussed in more detail below), the Web site allows users to search for other members using criteria, such as first and last name, age, E-mail address, and schools and/or companies where users may have attended or worked, but only if and to the extent that you provide such information. The following sections describe additional information that may be viewable by others.
Viewing Personal Profile and Other Information
Visitors and Registered Members each by default may view all of your Personal Profile information (other than your date of birth), Registration Information, your presence online, who are your “friends,” and your pictures (including your Main Profile Picture). You may, however, restrict access to this information through MUFON’s “Privacy Settings” in the following ways:
• You may hide your presence online (that is, designate that others will not be told by MUFON that you are currently online and actively viewing the Web site).
• You may specify who can view your birthday: (a) only you; (b) only your friends; or (c) Everyone. By default, Visitors and Registered Members (including your friends) can see your birthday.
• You can specify who can see your Personal Profile: (a) everyone (which is the default setting) or (b) only your friends. If you specify that only your friends can view your Personal Profile, then the only information about you that will be displayed is your Main Profile Picture (if you provide one) and your display name.
• You also may designate one or more Pictures as “Private.”
Searching Personal Profiles
The Web site includes features that allow Visitors and Registered Members to search for your profile based on your first name, last name, display name, E-mail address, state, city, zip code, country, date of birth, gender, age, your “Friends” and all your Personal Profile Information. If your Profile matches the search criteria it will be listed in the search results. As noted above, the information presented with your profile depends upon your privacy settings, and whether the person conducting the search is a Visitor, Registered Member or your “friend.” (Note: certain information about you, while not displayed, may be discoverable by specific or repeated searches).
We may use third parties to provide certain administrative and service-related services on our site. These third parties may have access to all of your personal information. These third parties are prohibited by law from using your personally identifiable information for any other purpose.
Providing Personalized Services to You
We use clear gifs in our HTML-based e-mails to let us know which e-mails have been opened by recipients. This allows us to gauge the effectiveness of certain communications and the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns. We also use this information, which does not alone identify individual users, to analyze trends, administer the site, to track users’ movements around the site, and gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. If you would like to opt out of these e-mails, you can do so in the “Your Account Settings” area of your Personal Profile.
We set a persistent cookie to store your passwords, so you don’t have to enter them more than once. Persistent cookies also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our site.
To improve the offerings and selection at the Web site, we may occasionally acquire subsidiaries or particular business units that may be bought by or merged with another entity, entities, or individuals. In such transactions, customer information generally is one of the transferred business assets but remains subject to the promises made in any preexisting privacy notice(s) (unless, of course, the customer consents otherwise). Also, in the event that MUFON or substantially all of MUFON’s or the Web site’s assets are acquired, all customer information will of course be one of the transferred assets. MUFON reserves the right to transfer personal information to a successor in interest that acquires rights to that information as a result of the sale of MUFON or substantially all of its or the Web site’s assets to that successor in interest.
Aggregate Information (non-personally identifiable)
We share aggregated demographic information about our user base with our business partners (including our advertisers). When sharing this information, we do not identify individual users.
Law Enforcement; Protection of MUFON Inc. and Others
With Your Consent
Other than as set out above, you will receive notice when information about you might go to third parties, and you will have an opportunity to elect whether or not to share the information.
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE WEBSITE
Other than Service-Related Announcements and Customer Service communications (each described below), you may elect not to receive updates or notifications from MUFON by unchecking “Send Me All Notifications” on your account’s “Account Settings” page. You also may elect to receive only specific types of notifications, by checking one or more of the options available in “Account Settings.”
Special Offers and Updates
We will occasionally send you information on products, services, special deals, promotions. You can sign up for these e-mails from us on our registration page. Out of respect for your privacy, we present the option not to receive these types of communications. Please see the “Your Account Settings” area of your Personal Profile.
If you wish to subscribe to our newsletter(s), we will use your name and E-mail address to send the newsletter to you. Out of respect for your privacy, we provide you a way to unsubscribe. Please see the “Your Account Settings” area of your Personal Profile.
We will send you strictly service-related announcements on rare occasions when it is necessary to do so. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance, we might send you an E-mail. Generally, you may not opt-out of these communications, which are not promotional in nature.
Based on the personally identifiable information you provide us, we will send you a welcoming E-mail to verify your username and password. We will also communicate with you in response to your inquiries, to provide the services you request, and to manage your account. We will communicate with you by E-mail or telephone, in accordance with your wishes. Generally, you may not opt out of these communications, which are not administrative in nature.
Links to Other Sites
This Web site contains links to other sites that are not owned or controlled by MUFON. Please be aware that MUFON is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites.
We encourage you to be aware when you leave the Web site and to read the privacy statements of each and every Web site that collects personally identifiable information.
This privacy statement applies only to information collected by this Web site.
Chat Rooms, Journals and Blogs, Message Boards, Classifieds and Public Forums
Please be aware that whenever you voluntarily post public information to your chat rooms, journals, blogs, message boards, classifieds or any other public forums, that information can be accessed by the public and can in turn be used by those people to send you unsolicited communications. We are not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in these forums.
The security of your personal information is important to us. We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise the security of member information at any time.
If you have any questions about security on the Web site, you can send an E-mail to us at email@example.com.
USER CHOICES WITH REGARD TO ACCESS OF INFORMATION
You may correct, update or delete your Profile information, and update your registration information (other than with respect to your username) by logging into your account and accessing the “My Home” option (available when logged in and viewing your Home Page).
All Web browsers have the ability to accept cookies, reject cookies, or to prompt the user before accepting them. The Help portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether. However, affecting the acceptance of cookies means that you may not be able to use such important features as accelerated ordering unless you leave them turned on.