Last revised on May 30, 2012
We collect information:
- When you register an account to become a George Brown’s MentorCity user (“User”), such as your name, e-mail, employer, country, and a password.
- When you view and interact with George Brown’s MentorCity pages, features, and functionality, including George Brown’s MentorCity mobile applications, software (like adding to your profile), and platform technology (like “Share on George Brown’s MentorCity” buttons or third party applications). We also collect your IP address, browser type, operating system, mobile carrier, and your ISP, and receive the URLs of sites from which you arrive or leave the George Brown’s MentorCity website, or sites that have embedded George Brown’s MentorCity platform technology.
- Through cookies and other technologies that allow us to recognize you, customize your experience, and serve advertisements both on and off George Brown’s MentorCity. Learn more about cookies, beacons in Sections 1G and 1H, below.
- When you interact with third party services available through George Brown’s MentorCity like surveys, polls or other third party research undertaken with your consent.
We use the information you provide to:
- Enable you to share your information and communicate with other Users, or provide your personal details to third parties offering combined services with George Brown’s MentorCity;
- Administer your account with us and customize the service we provide to you and other Users; and to
- Send you service or promotional communications through email and notices on the George Brown’s MentorCity website.
- Connect you to mentoring relationships by enabling other professionals at your company to find you on George Brown’s MentorCity.
- Review, enhance or edit your personal information through your personal profile page;
- Control what information you make available to others;
- Choose whether you install or remove any third party applications;
- Control whether your profile information is shared with third parties through Developer Applications installed by your connections;
- Control the messages you receive from George Brown’s MentorCity and other Users;
- Change your settings to control visibility and accessibility through our website;
- Control whether George Brown’s MentorCity personalizes its professional plugins across the web using your George Brown’s MentorCity account; and
- Tell us to close your George Brown’s MentorCity by sending a message to email@example.com
- Personal information you provide will be secured in accordance with industry standards and technology. Since the Internet is not a 100% secure environment, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to George Brown’s MentorCity. There is no guarantee that information may not be accessed, copied, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards.
- You are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your unique password and account information, and for controlling access to your email communications at all times.
If you have questions or comments please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
The mission of George Brown’s MentorCity is to connect George Brown’s alumni to enable them to get engaged in a series of give-and-take relationships. The premise is that throughout your life, there are times that you need advice on a certain topic depending on what is happening in your life, career, and the specific projects that you are working on. There are also times when you can share your expertise and experiences to guide mentees in the right direction.
Being part of George Brown’s MentorCity means sharing information about yourself with other professionals, communicating with them, as well as working privately on your own. By default, your account is set up to share the information that we have found the vast majority of our Users are interested in sharing. But the amount and type of information you decide to share, and with whom you share it, is up to you.
Here are the three main types of information on George Brown’s MentorCity:
Information about yourself that you share. This is the information that your connections, other professionals, and companies see about you. This includes your profile and activity updates. You have control over what you share, and you can update information at any time.
Communication. We help you communicate with connections and other professionals. Some of this is one-to-one, and some of it is public discussion. You decide how much or how little you wish to communicate to individuals or groups.
Private activity. We also provide tools that you can use privately on George Brown’s MentorCity (for example, searching, or adding notes to your connections information.) These actions and information are private and we don't share or distribute them to others on the website.
Of course, maintaining your trust is our top concern, so we adhere to the following principles to protect your privacy:
- We do not rent, sell, or otherwise provide your personally identifiable information to third parties without your consent, except as described in this policy or as required by law.
- We do not share any information you have not chosen to display on your George Brown’s MentorCity profile to other parties, unless compelled by law, or as necessary to enforce our User Agreement or protect the rights, property, or personal safety of George Brown’s MentorCity, its Users, and the public.
- All information that you provide will be protected with industry standard protocols and technology.
Please read this policy and send us questions, concerns and suggestions via email to email@example.com.
- Information collected by George Brown’s MentorCity.
- How George Brown’s MentorCity uses your information.
- Your information choices.
- Your obligations as a User.
- How to contact us.
We collect your personal information in the following ways:
In order to become a User, you must provide us the following information to create an account: name, email address, country, and password. Without this minimal amount of information, you cannot create a George Brown’s MentorCity account. Like other passwords, you should choose one that is known only by you. George Brown’s MentorCity requests other information from you during the registration process, (e.g., gender, location, etc.) that George Brown’s MentorCity uses to provide better, more customized services such as language-specific profile pages and updates and better ads. You acknowledge that this information is personal to you, and by creating an account on George Brown’s MentorCity, you allow others, including George Brown’s MentorCity, to identify you and use your information in accordance with our User Agreement.
In order to connect with others on George Brown’s MentorCity, you may use the Services to send mentoring requests either to their George Brown’s MentorCity users or email addresses of George Brown alumni you know if they have not registered with George Brown’s MentorCity. The names and email addresses of people whom you invite will be used to send mentoring requests to people you would like to be mentored by on George Brown’s MentorCity. You can also invite your contacts to join the mentoring community. Please note that when you send an invitation to join George Brown’s MentorCity, that User will have access to your email address because it is displayed in the invitation.
We collect information when you interact with George Brown’s MentorCity’s customer service website in order to accurately categorize and respond to customer inquiries and investigate breaches of our terms.
Using the George Brown’s MentorCity Site and Applications
We receive information when you interact with and use the George Brown’s MentorCity website, George Brown’s MentorCity Applications (e.g. George Brown’s MentorCity for iPhone, Android, etc.), and George Brown’s MentorCity platform technology (such as “Share on George Brown’s MentorCity” plugins for publishers). For example, we know when you click on ads, participate in polls, install a George Brown’s MentorCity mobile application, share articles on George Brown’s MentorCity, etc.
Using Third Party Services and Visiting Third Party Sites
We receive information when you use your George Brown’s MentorCity account to log in or authenticate to a third-party website or application. Also, if you are logged into George Brown’s MentorCity and visit a third party site that embeds George Brown’s MentorCity professional plugins, like “Share on George Brown’s MentorCity” for web publishers, George Brown’s MentorCity will receive information that those pages have loaded in your web browser. George Brown’s MentorCity will use this information to personalize the George Brown’s MentorCity-provided functionality, including, allowing you to share information with your network, enabling you to use George Brown’s MentorCity functionality off the George Brown’s MentorCity site and serving you more relevant advertising. Users wishing to disable this personalization may opt-out of this feature as of August 2011. George Brown’s MentorCity’s retention of this data is addressed in Section 1.K.
In the course of serving advertisements or optimizing the Services to our Users, we may allow authorized third parties to place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser. Any information provided to third parties through cookies will not be personally identifiable but may provide general segment information (e.g., your industry or geography, career field, or information about your professional or educational background) for the enhancement of your user experience by providing more relevant advertising. Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies, but you can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. George Brown’s MentorCity does not store unencrypted personally identifiable information in the cookies.
Log files, IP Addresses and information about your computer and mobile device
Due to the communications standards on the internet, when you visit the George Brown’s MentorCity website we automatically receive the URL of the site from which you came and the site to which you are going when you leave George Brown’s MentorCity. Additionally, advertisers receive the URL of the page you were on when you click on an ad on George Brown’s MentorCity. George Brown’s MentorCity also receives 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, email patterns, your mobile device (including your UDID) and mobile operating system (if you are accessing George Brown’s MentorCity using a mobile device), as well as the name of your ISP or your mobile carrier. George Brown’s MentorCity may also receive location data passed to it from third-party services or GPS-enabled devices that you have enabled. Also, as described above in Sections 1.E. and 1.F., George Brown’s MentorCity receives information when you access web pages containing George Brown’s MentorCity interactive plugins, such as “Share on George Brown’s MentorCity” or “Apply with George Brown’s MentorCity” functionality. You can control the collection and use of this information. The link between your IP address and your personally identifiable information is not shared with third parties without your permission, except as described in Section 2.L (“Compliance with Legal Process”), below.
Rights to Access, Correct and Eliminate Information About You
You have a right to access, modify, correct and eliminate the data you supplied to George Brown’s MentorCity. If you update any of your information, we may keep a copy of the information that you originally provided to us in our archives for uses documented in this policy. You may request deletion of your information at any time by contacting George Brown’s MentorCity customer service. We will respond to your request within 30 days. Please note, however that information you have shared with others, or that other Users have copied, may also remain visible even if you request its deletion.
George Brown’s MentorCity will retain your information for so long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services, except in the case of our professional plugin impression data, which we de-identify after 12 months. If you wish to close your account, you may do so by writing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce this Agreement.
Uses of personal information
Consent to George Brown’s MentorCity Processing Information About You
George Brown’s MentorCity Communications
As described in the User Agreement, we will communicate with you through email, notices posted on the George Brown’s MentorCity website, messages to your George Brown’s MentorCity inbox, or through other means available through the service, including mobile text messages. We may send you a series of emails that help inform new Users about the features of the Services, and we will also send you service messages relating to the functioning of the Services. We may also send you messages with promotional information directly or on behalf of our partners, unless you have opted out of receiving promotional information.
If you wish, you can also opt-out of receiving promotional emails by sending a request to George Brown’s MentorCity customer service through at email@example.com.
Please be aware that you cannot opt-out of receiving service messages from George Brown’s MentorCity. Also, if we send communications to you via the carrier service with which you have a mobile communications subscription or otherwise have access, you understand you will pay any service fees associated with your receipt of messages on your mobile device (including text messaging charges).
Many communications you initiate through George Brown’s MentorCity (e.g., an invitation sent to a non-User) will list your primary email address and name in the header of the message. Messages you initiate may also provide aggregate information about your network (for instance how many people are in your network), but will not list the people to whom you’re directly connected. Other communications that you initiate through the George Brown’s MentorCity website, like a request for an introduction, will list your name as the initiator but will not include your personal email address contact information. Your contact information will only be shared with another User if both of you have indicated that you would like to establish contact with each other.
We use information you provide to us (or to third parties with whom George Brown’s MentorCity offers combined services) to customize your experience on our website.
Sharing Information with Third Parties
George Brown’s MentorCity takes the privacy of our Users very seriously, and we do not sell, rent, or otherwise provide your personally identifiable information to third parties, except as described in this policy. We will also not share other personal information not published to your profile or generated through engagement with other George Brown’s MentorCity services without your explicit consent or to carry out your instructions (for example, to process payment information) unless, disclosure is reasonably necessary in our opinion to: (1) comply with legal process, including, but not limited to, civil and criminal subpoenas, court orders or other compulsory disclosures; (2) enforce this Agreement; (3) respond to claims of a violation of the rights of third parties, whether or not the third party is a User, individual, or government agency; (4) respond to customer service inquiries; or (5) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of George Brown’s MentorCity, our Users or the public.
George Brown’s MentorCity offers a “public profile” feature that allows Users to publish portions of their George Brown’s MentorCity profile to the public internet. This public profile will be crawled by and displayed through search engines when someone searches for your name. George Brown’s MentorCity does not warrant how often third-party search engines will update their caches, which may contain old public profile information.
Content distributed through George Brown’s MentorCity’s sharing features and third party integrations may result in displaying some of your information outside of George Brown’s MentorCity. For example, when you post content to George Brown’s MentorCity, your content, including your name as the contributor, may be displayed in search engine results. Or, if you have bound your George Brown’s MentorCity account to your Twitter account, you can easily share content into both George Brown’s MentorCity as well as to Twitter.
We may provide aggregated anonymous data about the usage of the Services to third parties for purposes that we deem, in our sole discretion, to be appropriate, including to prospective advertisers on George Brown’s MentorCity.
Developers using George Brown’s MentorCity Platform Services
We collaborate with and allow third parties to use George Brown’s MentorCity’s developer platform to offer services and functionality in conjunction with and outside of George Brown’s MentorCity. These third parties are either partners (“George Brown’s MentorCity Partners”) with whom we have negotiated an agreement to provide services (“Combined Services”), for example, InApps, or developers (“Platform Developers”) who have agreed to our developer terms in order to build applications (“Platform Applications”). Both the negotiated agreements and our API terms and conditions contain restrictions on access, storage and use of your information.
Also, despite our agreements and technical steps taken to restrict access to and avoid possible misuse of information, we may not screen or audit all Combined Services or Platform Applications. We also cannot guarantee that any George Brown’s MentorCity Partner or Platform Developer will abide by our agreement. You agree that your use of Combined Services or Platform Applications is on an “as is” basis and without any warranty.
If you use any Combined Service or Platform Application, the George Brown’s MentorCity Partner or Platform Developer may access and share certain information about you, such as non-public profile information and information visible only to your connections. This includes information about your connections by virtue of you being connected to others. However, unless you have used a Combined Service or Platform Application, it can only access the information about you that is otherwise visible to other George Brown’s MentorCity Users.
To revoke permission granted to a Combined Service or Platform Application at any time, please visit the settings page. If the relevant Platform Developer or Application, or George Brown’s MentorCity Partner is not listed under Authorized Applications, go directly to the Application Details page for the Platform Application you wish to uninstall. Note, however, that even if you revoke the permission granted a third party, your connections, other members of your network, or other Users of George Brown’s MentorCity may still be using the Platform Application, so the Platform Application or Combined Service may still have access to certain information about you, just as those Users do. You may opt-out of providing information to third parties through others connected to you by accessing the Turn on/off data sharing with third-party applications; control in the; Groups, Companies, and Applications” tab under settings. To report any suspected misuse of information, contact George Brown’s MentorCity’s customer service. George Brown’s MentorCity is not responsible for your use of or inability to use any Combined Service or Platform Application, including the content, accuracy, or reliability of applications and the privacy practices or other policies of George Brown’s MentorCity Partners or Platform Developers.
Polls and Surveys
Polls and Surveys may be conducted by George Brown’s MentorCity, George Brown’s MentorCity Users or third parties. As a User, you may be invited to participate in polls and surveys from the George Brown’s MentorCity website. Your selection may be random, or it may be based on your non-personally identifiable information, such as job title, geography, company size and/or industry. Whether or not you decide to participate in a poll or survey is completely up to you.
After you complete a poll, you may be given access to the aggregate responses of the poll on a results page. Some third parties may target advertisements to you on the results page based on your answers in the poll. Further, George Brown’s MentorCity or third parties may follow up with you via messages regarding your participation unless you have opted out of receiving messages.
We may use third parties to deliver incentives to you to participate in surveys or polls. If the delivery of incentives requires your contact information, you may be asked to provide personally identifiable information to the third party fulfilling the incentive offer, which will only be used for the purpose of delivering incentives and/or verifying your contact information. It is up to you whether you provide this information, or whether you desire to take advantage of an incentive.
We will not disclose any personally identifiable information to any third parties in connection with the conduct of any polls or surveys. Your consent to use any personally identifiable information for the purposes set forth in the poll or survey will be explicitly requested by the party conducting it.
Compliance with Legal Process
It is possible that we may need to disclose personal information, profile information and/or information about your activities as a George Brown’s MentorCity User when required by subpoena or other legal process, or if George Brown’s MentorCity has a good faith belief that disclosure is necessary to (a) investigate, prevent or take action regarding suspected or actual illegal activities or to assist government enforcement agencies; (b) to enforce the User Agreement, to investigate and defend ourselves against any third party claims or allegations, or to protect the security or integrity of our site; and/or (c) to exercise or protect the rights, property or personal safety of George Brown’s MentorCity, our Users, employees, or others.
Your Information Choices
Accessing and Changing Your Account Information
You can review the personal information you provided to us and make any desired changes to the information you publish, or to the settings for your George Brown’s MentorCity account including your email and contact preferences, at any time by logging in to your account on the George Brown’s MentorCity website. Please be aware that even after your request for a change is processed, George Brown’s MentorCity may, for a time, retain residual information about you in its backup and/or archival copies of its database.
We have established what we believe to be reasonable default settings that we have found most professionals desire. Because Users may use and interact with George Brown’s MentorCity in a variety of ways, and because those uses may change over time, we designed our settings to provide our users granular control over the information they share. We encourage our Users to review their account settings and adjust them in accordance with their preferences.
George Brown’s MentorCity accounts are also defaulted to allow Users to be contacted to participate in polls, surveys and partner advertising.
Closing Your Account
You can close your account through the George Brown’s MentorCity customer service site. If you close your George Brown’s MentorCity account, we will remove your name and other personally identifiable information from our publicly viewable database. If you close your account, we have no obligation to retain your information, and may delete any or all of your account information without liability. However, we may retain certain data contributed by you if George Brown’s MentorCity believes it may be necessary to prevent fraud or future abuse, or for legitimate business purposes, such as analysis of aggregated, non-personally identifiable data, account recovery, or if required by law. George Brown’s MentorCity may also retain and use your information if necessary to provide the Services to other Users. For example, just as an email you may send to another person through an email service provider resides in that person’s inbox even after you delete it from your sent files or close your account, emails or messages you send on George Brown’s MentorCity to other Users, as well as your contributions, may remain visible to others after you have closed your account. Similarly, other information you have shared with others, or that other Users have copied, may also remain visible. George Brown’s MentorCity disclaims any liability in relation to the deletion or retention (subject to the terms herein) of information or any obligation not to delete the information. George Brown’s MentorCity does not control when search engines update their cache, which may contain certain public profile information that has since been removed from George Brown’s MentorCity’s publicly viewable database.
If we learn that a User is deceased, we may memorialize the User’s account. In these cases we may restrict profile access, remove messaging functionality, and close an account if we receive a formal request from the User’s next of kin or other proper legal request to do so.
As a User, you have certain obligations to other Users. Some of these obligations are imposed by applicable law and regulations, and others have become commonplace in user-friendly communities of like-minded members such as George Brown’s MentorCity:
- You must not download or otherwise disseminate any information that may be deemed to be injurious, violent, offensive, racist or xenophobic, or which may otherwise violate the purpose and spirit of George Brown’s MentorCity and its community of Users.
- You must not provide to George Brown’s MentorCity and/or other Users information that you believe might be injurious or detrimental to your person or to your professional or social status.
- You must keep your username and password confidential and not share it with others.
Any violation of these guidelines may lead to the restriction, suspension or termination of your account at the sole discretion of George Brown’s MentorCity.
Children and Minors
Children under the age of 18 are not eligible to use our service.
In order to help secure your personal information, access to your data on George Brown’s MentorCity 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 George Brown’s MentorCity website. To protect any data you store on our servers, George Brown’s MentorCity also regularly audits its 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 you transmit to George Brown’s MentorCity. 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 Users of George Brown’s MentorCity are not encrypted, and we strongly advise you not to communicate any confidential information through these means.
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