Zenome.com  


ZENOME PRIVACY POLICY

Here are a few guiding principles, in plain language, regarding how we treat and respect privacy:

Privacy is paramount to Zenome.

Our Privacy Policy exists to ensure a respectful environment for all users.

Zenome never shares personal information with third parties.

All features of Zenome are "opt-in". That is, Zenome will never include users or members on any mailing list without their expressed consent.

A member's Login name, and email address are available to other members.

Members have the option to create a Zenome profile; all information in the profile is available to other Zenome members. The information in the Zenome profile may be changed at the user's discretion.

Under 18 Years of Age

Given the nature of a directory it is not possible to monitor all the Sites in the Directory. Nor is Zenome in any way responsible for the material indexed in its Directory.

However, Zenome makes every effort to prevent the indexing of material that is harmful to minors.

Furthermore, individuals must be over 18 years of age to become Zenome Members.

If you find sites that may be offensive to anyone under 18 years of age please email the URL, and the Category it is in to:
ManagingEditor@Zenome.com

Information We Collect

Our primary purpose in collecting personal information is to provide you with a respectful, efficient, and customized experience. This allows us to provide services and features that are most likely to meet your needs, and to customize our service to make your experience safer and easier. We only collect personal information about you that we consider necessary for achieving this purpose.

You can browse Zenome without ever telling us who you are or revealing any personal information about yourself.

If you become a Zenome member you may be required to provide a valid email address and a Login name that you select. The Login name can and should be something that cannot be related to your actual identity. Login names are requested specifically so that Zenome Members may address each other as part of a community yet remain completely anonymous.

The email address and Login name you provide may be divulged to Zenome members.

Zenome will never divulge your email address, or any information to any third party without your expressed consent.

Zenome may use your email address to contact you, but we will do so judiciously and only to provide what we hope is relevant material.

If you become a Zenome Member you will also be invited to provide additional information about yourself. This information is provided entirely on a voluntary basis (i.e.: it is never required). Information that locates any Zenome Member will never be divulged by Zenome (i.e.: civic address, phone number etc.).

Zenome also invites Users to submit a profile of themselves, including a personal web address, if they have one. This information is made available to all Zenome Members. (Please note especially that if you provide a personal URL, and your web site has personal information about you that information will indirectly be available to Zenome Members. If you do not want this information made available to Zenome Members do not provide a personal URL, or other coordinates that link your identity to your Zenome profile).

Wherever possible, we indicate which fields are required and which fields are optional. You always have the option to not provide information by choosing not to use a particular service or feature.

We automatically track certain information based upon your behavior on the Site. We use this information to do internal research on our users' demographics, interests, and behavior to better understand, protect and serve you and our community. This information may include the URL that you just came from (whether this URL is in the Zenome directory or not), which URL you next go to (whether this URL is in the Zenome directory or not), your computer browser information, and your IP address.

We use data collection devices such as cookies on certain pages of the Site to help analyze our web page flow, measure promotional effectiveness, and promote trust and safety.

Cookies are small files placed on your hard drive that assist us in providing our services. We offer certain features that are only available through the use of a cookie. We also use cookies to allow you to enter your password less frequently during a session. Cookies can also help us provide information that is targeted to your interests. Most cookies are "session cookies," meaning that they are automatically deleted from your hard drive at the end of a session. You are always free to decline our cookies if your browser permits, although in that case you may not be able to use certain features on the site and you may be required to reenter your password more frequently during a session.

Additionally, you may encounter cookies or other similar devices on certain pages of the site that are placed by third parties. For example, if you view a web page created by a user, there may be a cookie placed within that web page. We cannot and do not control the use of cookies by third parties. (There is additional information about cookies below).

If you choose to post messages in our Forums, or leave feedback for other users, we may collect that information you provide to us. We may retain this information as necessary to resolve disputes, provide customer support and troubleshoot problems as permitted by law.

If you send us personal correspondence, such as emails or letters, or if other users or third parties send us correspondence about your activities or postings on the site, we may collect such information in a file specific to you.

If you register for Zenome on another web site, or use a web site providing a service for Zenome, or a web site that helps facilitate your activity on Zenome, that web site may provide personal information about you and your transactions back to Zenome. We do not and cannot control that.

IN LEGAL LANGUAGE

The legal language below is required to protect Zenome and its Users.

Overview

By visiting this website you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree please do not use or access our Site.

The privacy practices of this statement apply to our services available under the domain and sub-domains of Zenome.com and apply generally to our subsidiaries or joint venture websites.

This Privacy Policy describes the information we collect from you and what may happen to that information as part of the normal operation of our service. This is a detailed policy because we believe you should know as much as possible about Zenome's practices so that you can make informed decisions. All of our subsidiaries and joint ventures operate under similar privacy practices as described in this Privacy Policy and, subject to the requirements of applicable law, we strive to provide a consistent set of privacy practices throughout the Zenome community.

By accepting the Privacy Policy and the Terms of Service, you expressly consent to our use and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy is incorporated into and subject to the terms of the Zenome Membership. This Privacy Policy is effective upon acceptance in registration for new members.

Our Use Of Your Information

We use your personal information to facilitate the services you request. We use your personal information in the file we maintain about you, and other information we obtain from your current and past activities on the Site to: resolve disputes; troubleshoot problems; help promote safe searching; measure consumer interest in our products and services, inform you about online and offline offers, products, services, and updates; customize your experience; detect and protect us against error, fraud and other criminal activity; enforce our membership agreement, and Terms of Service; and as otherwise described to you at the time of data entry. At times, we may look across multiple users to identify problems or resolve disputes, and in particular we may examine your personal information to identify users using multiple Login names or aliases. We may compare and review your personal information for errors, omissions and for accuracy.

You agree that we may use personal information about you to improve our marketing and promotional efforts, to analyze site usage, improve our content and product offerings, and customize Zenome's content, layout, and services. These uses improve the site and better tailor it to meet your needs, so as to provide you with a smooth, efficient, safe and customized experience while using Zenome.

You agree that we may use your personal information to contact you and deliver information to you that, in some cases, are targeted to your interests, such as targeted banner advertisements, administrative notices, product offerings, and communications relevant to your use of the site. By accepting the Membership Agreement, Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, you expressly agree to receive this information. You may make changes to your Zenome profile at any time.

Our Disclosure Of Your Information

As a matter of policy, we do not sell or rent any of your personal information to third parties for their marketing purposes without your consent. However, the following describes some of the ways that your personal information may be disclosed in the normal scope of business to provide our services.

Sponsors And Advertisers

We aggregate (gather up data across all user accounts) personal information and disclose such information in a completely non-personally identifiable manner to advertisers and other third parties for their marketing and promotional purposes. However, in these situations, we do not disclose to these entities any information that could be used to identify or locate you personally. Certain information, such as your name, password, are not disclosed to these third parties in a personally identifiable manner without your explicit consent.

Zenome Community

Your User Login Name is displayed throughout the site and is therefore available to the public. All of your activities on the site will be identifiable to your Login Name. Other people can see your postings on the site, and so on.

Therefore, if you associate your name with your Login Name, the people you have revealed your name to will be able to personally identify your Zenome activities. Although our pages are coded with robot exclusion headers, others may illegally attempt to automatically collect your email address from the site.

You can change the information in your Zenome Profile at any time by going to "Community" > "Login" > "Profile".

Further, we may send out notices to you or other community members regarding suspicious activity or policy violations on the site. This would generally relate to individuals who index sites with malicious or misleading intent.

External Service Providers There are a number of separate services offered by third parties that we refer to as external service providers that may be complimentary to your use of the site (i.e.: Payment providers, Sponsors, Advertisers). If you choose to use these separate services, disclose information to the external service providers, and/or grant them permission to collect information about you, then their use of your information is governed by their privacy policy, not Zenome's.

We do not disclose your personal information to external service providers unless you provide your explicit consent. With your consent we may provide some of your personal information to the external service provider offering such services, for your convenience. To prevent our disclosure of your personal information to an external service provider, you can decline such consent or simply not use their services. Because we do not control the privacy practices of these third parties, you should evaluate their practices before deciding to use their services. Users who register on a Zenome co-branded web site grant Zenome permission to pass your email address, and Login Name back to that co-branded web site. The use of your email address and Login Name by the co-brand web sites is limited by their applicable privacy policies.

Internal Service Providers For Our Operations

We may use third parties that we refer to as internal service providers to facilitate or outsource one or more aspects of the business, product and service operations that we provide to you (e.g., search technology, discussion boards, bill collection, affiliate and rewards programs, co-branded credit cards) and therefore we may provide some of your personal information directly to these internal service providers. These internal service providers' are subject to confidentiality agreements with us and other legal restrictions that prohibit their use of the information we provide them for any other purpose except to facilitate the specific outsourced Zenome related operation, unless you have explicitly agreed or given your prior permission to them for additional uses. In some instances, the internal service provider may collect information directly from you (such as for Zenome surveys or for a co-branded credit card). In these cases, you will be notified of the involvement of the internal service provider, and all additional information you provide them and their additional uses will be strictly up to you. If you provide additional information to an internal service provider directly, then their use of your personal information is governed by their applicable privacy policy.

Other Corporate Entities

We share much of our data, including personal information about you, with our subsidiaries and joint ventures that are committed to serving your commissions, indexing, editing and searching experience. To the extent that these entities have access to your information, they will treat it at least as protectively as they treat information they obtain from their other users. Our subsidiaries and joint ventures follow privacy practices no less protective of all users than our practices described in this document, to the extent allowed by applicable law. Zenome, its subsidiaries, its joint ventures, or any combination of such, will share some or all of your personal information with another business entity should we plan to, merge with, or be acquired by that business entity. Should such a combination occur, we require that the new combined entity follow this privacy policy with respect to your personal information.

Legal Requests

Zenome cooperates with law enforcement inquiries, as well as other third parties to enforce laws, such as: intellectual property rights, fraud and other rights, to help protect you and the Zenome community from bad actors. Therefore, in response to a verified request by law enforcement or other government officials relating to a criminal investigation or alleged illegal activity, we can (and you authorize us to) disclose your name, city, state / province, telephone number, email address, Login Name history, fraud complaints, and indexing or editing history without a subpoena.

Without limiting the above, in an effort to respect your privacy and our ability to keep the community free from bad actors, we will not otherwise disclose your personal information to law enforcement or other government officials without a subpoena, court order or substantially similar legal procedure, except when we believe in good faith that the disclosure of information is necessary to: prevent imminent physical harm or financial loss; or report suspected illegal activity. Further, we can (and you authorize us to) disclose your name, street address, city, state / province, zip / postal code, country, phone number, email, and company name to Zenome Program participants under confidentiality agreement, as we in our sole discretion believe necessary or appropriate in connection with an investigation of fraud, intellectual property infringement, piracy, or other unlawful activity.

Due to the existing regulatory environment, we cannot ensure that all of your private communications and other personal information will never be disclosed in ways not otherwise described in this Privacy Policy. By way of example (without limiting the foregoing), we may be forced to disclose personal information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances, third parties may unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications, or users may abuse or misuse your personal information that they collect from the Site. Therefore, although we use industry standard practices to protect your privacy, we do not promise, and you should not expect, that your personal information or private communications will always remain private.

Your Use Of Other Users' Information

By registering as a Zenome Member, you agree that, with respect to other users' personal information that you obtain through the Site or through an Zenome-related communication or Zenome-facilitated transaction, Zenome hereby grants to you a license to use such information only for: (a) Zenome-related communications that are not unsolicited commercial messages, (b) using services offered through Zenome, and (c) any other purpose that a user expressly agrees to after you tell them the purpose you would like to use it for. In all cases, you must give users an opportunity to remove themselves from your database and a chance to review what information you have collected about them. In addition, under no circumstances, except as defined in this Section, can you disclose personal information about another user to any third party without our consent and the consent of that user. You agree that other users may use your personal information to communicate with you in accordance with this Section. Note that law enforcement personnel, and other rights holders are given different rights with respect to information they access.

Zenome and our users do not tolerate spam. Therefore, without limiting the foregoing, you are not licensed to add a Zenome user to your mail list (email or physical mail) without their express consent. To report Zenome related spam to Zenome, please contact us at the relevant address below.

Use Of Email Tools

You may not use the Email URL Tool or other Zenome services that we offer to send spam or otherwise send content that would violate our User Agreement. We do not permanently store email messages or the email addresses sent from these tools.

If you send any email using the Email URL Tool service to an email address that is not registered in our community, we do not use that email address for any purpose other than to send your email. We do not archive, rent, or sell these email addresses.

Control Of Your Password

You are responsible for all actions taken with your Login Name and password. Therefore we recommend that you do not disclose your Zenome password to any third parties. If you choose to share your Login Name and password or your personal information with third parties, you are responsible for all actions taken with your account and therefore you should review that third party's privacy policy. If you lose control of your password, you may lose substantial control over your personal information and may be subject to legally binding actions taken on your behalf. Therefore, if your password has been compromised for any reason, you should immediately change your password by going to your Profile Page.

Sharing of your Login Name and Password is grounds for immediate revocation of privileges.

Accessing, Reviewing And Changing Your Personal Information

We offer you the ability to automatically review and change the information you submit to us by logging into the site and entering in the new information yourself. Generally, we will not modify your personal information based on your request because it is very difficult to authenticate your account manually. You can change your Login Name, email address, contact information, and user preferences by going to your Profile Page. You must promptly update your personal information if it changes or is inaccurate. Once posted, you may not be able to change or remove any public postings made on the site including our message areas or the feedback area.

Upon your request, we will deactivate your account, and contact information, from our active databases. Such information will be deactivated as soon as reasonably possible based on your account activity and in accordance with our deactivation policy and applicable law. To make this request, email Privacy@Zenome.com.

We will retain in our files some personal information you have requested to remove to prevent fraud, resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems, assist with any investigations, enforce our User Agreement and comply with legal requirements as is permitted by law. Therefore, you should not expect that all of your personal information will be completely removed from our databases in response to your requests. However, such personal information will be deactivated from public and member viewing and will only be available to select Zenome personal.

Other Information Collectors

Except as otherwise expressly included in this Privacy Policy, this document only addresses the use and disclosure of information we collect from you. To the extent that you disclose your information to other parties, whether they are Indexers, Editors, Referrers or Referrals on our site or other sites throughout the Internet, different rules may apply to their use or disclosure of the information you disclose to them. Since Zenome does not control the privacy policies of third parties, you are subject to the privacy policies of that third party. We encourage you to ask questions before you disclose your personal information to others.

Security

Your information is stored on Zenome's servers. We use procedural and technical safeguards to protect your personal information against loss or theft as well as unauthorized access and disclosure to protect your privacy, including encryption, firewalls, and secure socket layers. We treat data as an asset that must be protected against loss and unauthorized access. We employ many different security techniques to protect such data from unauthorized access by users inside and outside the company. However, perfect security does not exist on the Internet.

Notice

We may amend this Privacy Policy at any time by posting the amended terms on the Site. All amended terms shall automatically be effective 30 days after they are initially posted on the Site. In addition, we will notify you in accordance with your membership preferences.

Spam

Zenome policy prohibits members from sending spam. Spam is defined as email that is both unsolicited and is commercial in nature.

  • Unsolicited - The email must have been sent without the permission of the person who received it.

  • Commercial - The email must discuss buying, selling or trading of goods or services.

    Some examples of spam include:
  • Unsolicited email offers based on your profile, and sent without your expressed consent.

  • Email sent to you from a mailing list without your permission.

  • Direct or stand-alone invitations to join a mailing list.

  • Email sent using the Zenome Web site to send unsolicited commercial offers.

Zenome never requests or requires additional information about Users. Therefore, users are urged to ignore any such requests.

Please be aware that Zenome's spam policy applies only to unsolicited commercial messages sent by Zenome members. If you are receiving surveys, promotional messages or other email from Zenome that you feel you should not be receiving, please email us at the relevant address below.

Email messages that are not commercial in nature, including offensive or unwelcome email, do not fall under the Zenome spam policy.

Zenome Users are permitted to invite other users to join a mailing list as long as the email is related to the transaction and the mailing list invitation is not the primary purpose of the email.

Instant messages and other forms of communication conducted outside of Zenome are not within our jurisdiction. Although posts on the Zenome discussion areas are not reviewed as spam, you can contact us regarding any offensive behavior at the relevant address below.

If you have received spam from another Zenome member, please report it. In order to investigate a spam report, we must have a complete copy of the email you received with the full header, and any additional information included.

If you received a warning for violating our spam policy and you believe that it was sent in error, please contact us at the relevant address below.

If you were suspended for violating our Spam policy and would like to contact us, please do so at the relevant address below.

Cookies

Cookies are small files placed on the hard drive of your computer. Zenome uses cookies to assist us in providing our services.

Most cookies are "session cookies," meaning that they are automatically deleted from your hard drive once you end your session (that is, log out, or close your browser).

Zenome uses cookies on certain pages of the Web site to:
  • Allow you to enter your password less frequently during a session.

  • Provide information that is targeted to your interests.

  • Promote and enforce trust and safety.

  • Offer certain features that are only available through the use of cookies.

  • Measure promotional effectiveness.

  • Analyze our web page flow.

Cookies may be disabled through your web browser. However, disabling cookies may make Zenome slower or less 'intuitive'.

Web Beacons

A Web Beacon is an electronic image, called a single-pixel or clear gif placed in the web page code.

Zenome may use beacons for many of the same purposes as we use cookies. We may also use beacons to track the traffic patterns of users from one page to another in order to maximize our site traffic patterns.

The Zenome Frame

A User is in the Zenome Frame anytime they are browsing and see at least the Zenome logo, and the Zenome taskbar at the top of the frame.

When conducting a search in Zenome the search result may appear in the Zenome frame.

A User may remove the Zenome Frame at anytime by clicking on the (x) on the right hand side of the Zenome frame. The (x) is only available when the User is browsing in the Zenome frame. In other words, if the (x) is not visible the User is not in the Zenome frame.

When the User is in the Zenome frame, Zenome cannot gather any confidential information about the User.

However, only when a User is in the Zenome Frame, Zenome can and does track the following non-confidential User patterns:
  • The amount of visits the User makes to any one URL.

  • The length of time the User stays on any one URL.

  • The number of times the User emails any one URL using the "Zenome Email" tool.

  • The number of times the User bookmarks any one URL using the "Zenome Bookmark" tool.

  • The rank, or rating a User gives any one URL using the "Zenome Rate" Tool.
Similarly, Zenome tracks the above behavior if the User is employing the relevant Zenome tool that they placed on their browser.

To prevent cheating on ranking / rating, Zenome also tracks the IP address of a User who ranks / rates a URL. This is only to prevent another rank / rate operation within predetermined but adjustable times.

Zenome also tracks the IP address to prevent cheaters from clicking on ads more than once in a predetermined but adjustable time.

Zenome uses this tracking information only to help determine the relevancy of a URL to a User's search. This information is then used only to more efficiently rank the overall relevance of URLs. Zenome never shares personal tracking information with third parties.

Zenome reserves the right to share only non-confidential information regarding tracking patterns. But, to stress, we never share information about any information that may in any way identify an individual.

How Zenome Works With Third Parties About Your Information

Zenome may use third parties to facilitate or outsource one or more aspects of the business, product and service operations that we provide to you. These third parties are subject to confidentiality agreements with Zenome and other legal restrictions that prohibit their use of the information we provide them for any other purpose except to facilitate the specific outsourced Zenome related operation.

Zenome does not permit any third parties we work with to collect personal information through the use of cookies or beacons or the Zenome Frame. We regularly check our software to review that third parties we work with do not collect any personal information in ads via cookies or Web beacons. If you detect a cookie or beacon served by a third party that collects personal information, please report it to Privacy@Zenome.com.

Special Notes:

Zenome may use a third party sponsors, or ad serving technology, to serve ads. Zenome does not permit this or any other third party to collect any personal information through the use of cookies in ads.

Zenome does not permit third-party content on Zenome to include cookies or beacons, although this may still happen from time to time. If you believe a listing may be collecting personal information or using cookies, please report it to:
Privacy@Zenome.com.

Cookies On Zenome's Discussion Boards

Third party service providers for Zenome's discussion boards use session cookies to facilitate conversation threads and overall service functions.

How Zenome Keeps Your Information Secure

Your information is stored and processed on computers. Zenome uses procedural and technical safeguards, including firewalls, and encryption to protect your personal information against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access and disclosure. We employ many different security techniques to safeguard such data from unauthorized access by users inside and outside the company.

Your Choices About Cookies

We offer certain features that are only available through the use of a cookie. You are always free to decline our cookies if your browser permits, although in that case you may not be able to use certain features on the Web site and you may be required to reenter your password more frequently during a session. Go to your browser's Preference menu to learn how to control cookies.

Terms Of Service

Rights and responsibilities of users should be consulted in our "Terms of Service" available at the bottom of every Zenome Page.

For help using any Zenome service please read the "Help" at the bottom of every Zenome Page.

If you still have questions, on the lower taskbar please select "Contact".

 
Home | Terms |  Privacy |  Help |  Français | Contact |  Publishers |  Sponsors |  Media Room |  About Us |  Login
copyright © 2005 - 2006