LAST REVISION: MAY 7, 2011
3. Personal Information Collected:
SPONTO collects user information in a variety of ways. SPONTO receives and stores information entered by users when using the Service or otherwise provided to SPONTO. SPONTO may collect a variety of user information, including the user's name, address, email address, phone number, birthday, use information and browser information. The information provided is used to ensure that users can interact with other users, to improve the content of the Service, to customize the user's advertising and content, and to communicate about specials and new features. SPONTO may also utilize information in order to adapt the Service for a specific user's needs and for research purposes.
Users should be aware that their user names will be publicly available to others on-line. Therefore, SPONTO strongly advises its users to fully consider all privacy concerns and whether they want to include any personally identifiable information as part of their user submissions. If a user provides personally identifiable information when using any of the Services, the user does so at his or her own risk.
Registration: At the time a user activates his/her account, SPONTO requires the user to provide certain information, including user name, password, mobile number, and gender. SPONTO strongly advises its users to not use any location information as part of their username or any personally identifiable information as part of their password.
Information Collected Automatically: As part of the Service, SPONTO continually and automatically receives and stores certain types of information. Once a user signs-up and commences using the Service, SPONTO automatically and continually receives and records certain information including, but not limited to a user's GPS location, velocity and acceleration information. Additionally, SPONTO may automatically collect non- personally identifiable usage data in aggregate form for statistical measuring purposes. This type of data enables SPONTO to determine, among other things, how often users access specific parts of the Service in order to allow SPONTO to revise, improve and develop said services. As part of this improvement function, SPONTO may provide aggregate information to its partners. However, SPONTO will not disclose aggregate information to a partner in a manner that would allow for a user to be personally identified.
Invitations: If a user invites someone to use the Service, SPONTO will disclose the user's real name as part of the invitation sent to the email address the user invited. This information is necessary to ensure the invited individual knows who has contacted them.
Promotions: From time to time SPONTO may present special offers, contests, sweepstakes or other promotions. In order to enter into said promotions, a user may need to provide additional personal information. To the extent that SPONTO intends to share such information with any third party involved in the promotion, such information and shared use will be specifically described as part of the terms of any offer, contest, sweepstakes or promotion.
Surveys and Feedback: SPONTO is committed to providing the best experience for its users. Therefore, SPONTO may request information or feedback from users as part of surveys or other feedback requests as part of its continuing work to make the Service the best it can be. SPONTO may employ users' non-personally identifiable information to improve the look, functionality and content of the Service or to personalize user experience, products, programs and service offers.
User Generated Content: SPONTO encourages users to submit their original content, ideas or other materials, in compliance with the Terms of Service (http://sponto.com/ legal) for the Website. That being said, SPONTO retains full control and determination of whether and how such submissions are used.
Emails from You: If a user contacts SPONTO by email, SPONTO will use the personally identifiable email address information only to respond to the specific inquiry. Additionally, as part of the Service, you will receive emails and other communications relating to your submissions to SPONTO. All users acknowledge and agree that by posting any user submissions, SPONTO may send you email and other communication that it determines in its sole discretion relate to said user.
Emails from Us: SPONTO may send its users special announcements and correspondence, including newsletters, virtual greetings, promotional offers and other messages. The messages may contain registration information, additional Service features or other SPONTO information. SPONTO may also send email updates on users' friends, contacts or potential contacts. As discussed herein, at any time the user may exercise its right to opt-out or cancel the consent to collect information for these purposes.
Cookies: SPONTO may use software technology called "cookies" which consist of small text files stored in a computer's internet browsers to assist it in providing users with the highest level of service. Users have the option of setting their internet browser to accept, reject, or provide notification of the use of a cookie. Cookies do not consist of personally identifiable information per se but could be used to connect a user with personal information, such as an email address. Unless the user sets its internet browser to reject the use of a cookie, SPONTO may use them for various uses including recording and saving password information and determining number and retention of users employing the Service.
IP Address: When users access the Service, SPONTO collects some non-personally identifiable information concerning the computer or mobile device used for access, such as an Internet Protocol ("IP") address and the type of computer operating system (e.g., Windows Vista, Windows XP or Mac OS) being used. An IP address is the set of numbers that every computer is assigned by the specific Internet Service Provider ("ISP"). These numbers allow a server to automatically identify a user's computer and SPONTO may use it to help diagnose server problems or otherwise to administer the Service. SPONTO may also use technology to track access and traffic patterns within the Service. SPONTO may also use this information to determine which areas of www.SPONTO.com are the most enjoyed or accessed by users.
4. Personal Information Shared:
An integral part of SPONTO's business model is based on the information of its users. SPONTO does not rent or sell its user information to any third-party. However, SPONTO may share user information as described below.
Use of the Service: SPONTO's Service is designed to promote the share of information between its users, including GPS location. This includes user information provided directly to SPONTO, as well as information that users broadcast to other third party services using the Service. Submitted user information will be available to other users of the Service in accordance with the default privacy settings. User names and public profiles will be generally searchable across the Service and may be available to third party search engines. Search results, however, will not provide access to all user information unless the searching party already has a relationship with the user and the user's privacy settings allow.
While the Service does continually and automatically note your location at school, restaurants, shops, bars (etc.) SPONTO does not make this information available to other users except in the following cases: on a map in an anonymous form, separated from personally identifiable information; in the case where you use the service to publish your own location information explicitly; and, lastly, if the service detects that you are in close proximity with at least two other members and one of the members uses the service to publish the groups location information. SPONTO does not specifically ask you to provide your home address or any other location information for your user profile. If a user mistakenly, or other third-party without authorization, adds a user's home or other location information to the Service database the user may request removal of the home or location information by sending an email to SPONTO at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sale of Business or Assets: In some cases, SPONTO may choose to buy or sell assets. In these types of transactions, user information is typically one of the business assets that are transferred. In the event that all or substantially all of SPONTO' assets are sold, given, or otherwise transferred to another entity, all user information collected as part of access to and use of the SPONTO service would likely be transferred to that entity as well. By using the Service users acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of SPONTO may continue to use its information as set forth in this policy.
With Your Consent: Except as otherwise set forth herein, users will be notified when their personal information may be shared with third parties and users will have the opportunity to prevent the sharing of this information.
5. Security: SPONTO has attempted to incorporate reasonably appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures into its business and online systems to protect and prevent unauthorized use of the information it collects on its users. Such methods include use of a firewall to prevent unauthorized access to our systems and information. While SPONTO exercises reasonable care and due diligence in providing a secure conduit of information between a user's computer or other device and our servers, SPONTO cannot and does not guarantee the security of materials or information transmitted to us over the Internet or wirelessly. Therefore, while SPONTO will attempt to protect the transmission of any information using methods which comply with the industry standards, we accept no liability for any unintentional disclosure of same.
6. Contact Us: If you need further assistance, please send an e-mail with your questions or comments to info@SPONTO.com or write to SPONTO at:
5502 Nebraska Avenue NW
Washington DC 20015
You may also telephone us at (703) 472-7627.