One Billion Minds Privacy Policy

This AGREEMENT sets forth our Privacy Policy. One Billion Minds is a powerful platform connecting innovators to Corporations, Non Profits and Individuals seeking to discover innovative solutions to challenging projects in Science, Business, Technology, Design and Social Innovation subject areas.

If you have questions or comments about this policy, please email us at
administrator@onebillionminds.com

General Description

Your privacy is our top concern. We work hard to earn and keep your trust, so we adhere to the following principles to protect your privacy. We do not rent or sell your personally identifiable information to third parties for marketing purposes. We do not share your contact information with another User without your consent. Any personally identifiable information that you provide will be secured with industry standard protocols and technology. We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it frequently. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by email, or by means of a notice on our home page. By continuing to use the One Billion Minds service after notice of changes have been sent to you or published on the One Billion Minds website, you are consenting to the changes.

Personal Information Collected

The purpose of the One Billion Minds website is to permit Users to voluntarily provide information about themselves for the purposes of participating in One Billion Minds Projects. You willingly provide us certain personal information, which we collect in order to allow you to benefit from the One Billion Minds website. If you have any hesitation about providing such information to us and/or having such information displayed on the One Billion Minds website or otherwise used in any manner permitted in this Privacy Policy and the User Agreement, you should not become a member of the One Billion Minds community. We collect your personal information in the following ways:

Registration

In order to become a User, you must first create an account on our website. To create an account you are required to provide the following contact information, which you recognize and expressly acknowledge is personal information allowing others, including One Billion Minds, to identify you: name, email address, country, ZIP/postal code, a brief summary of your professional background, and a password chosen by you.

Profile Information

Once you become a User, you may provide additional information in the Profile section describing your skills, professional experiences, and membership objectives. Providing additional information beyond what is required at registration to become a User is entirely optional, but enables you to better identify yourself and find new opportunities in the One Billion Minds system. Any information you provide at registration or in the Profile section that is not personally identifiable may be used in the same manner and extent to which other information that is not personally identifiable is permitted to be used hereunder, including for the purpose of serving advertisements through the service. If you opt-out you may lose the potential benefit of being a User, including receiving ads that are more targeted to your interests.

Contacts Information

In order to invite others to connect with you directly in One Billion Minds, you may use the One Billion Minds services to invite them if they are a User, or enter their names and email addresses. This information will be used by One Billion Minds 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. All information that you enter or upload about your contacts will be covered by the same terms of this privacy policy as cover your own information.

Customer Service

One Billion Minds may collect information through the One Billion Minds website in order to, among other things, accurately categorize and respond to a customer’s inquiry and deliver appropriate service levels.

Cookies

Like most websites, One Billion Minds uses cookies and web log files to track site usage. A cookie is a tiny data file which resides on your computer which allows One Billion Minds to recognize you as a User when you return to the One Billion Minds website using the same computer and web browser. If your browser settings do not allow cookies, you will not be able to use the One Billion Minds website. Like the information you enter at registration or in your Profile, cookie and log file data is used to customize your experience on our website. One type of cookie, known as a “persistent” cookie, is set once you’ve logged in to your One Billion Minds account. The next time you visit the One Billion Minds website, the persistent cookie will allow us to recognize 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 or to send a message to another User, 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 One Billion Minds website you will need to re-enter your password the next time you visit in order to log in to your account. Another type of cookie, called a “session” cookie, is used to identify a particular visit to the One Billion Minds website. Session cookies expire after a short time or when you close your web browser. We use cookies to improve the quality of our service by storing User preferences and tracking User trends. In the course of serving advertisements or optimizing 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 such cookies will not be personally identifiable but may provide general segment information, e.g. your industry or geographic location, your occupation, or information about your professional or educational background, for greater customization of your user experience. 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. Unfortunately, if your browser settings do not allow cookies or you opt to refuse all cookies, you may not be able to use the One Billion Minds website or services. One Billion Minds does not store personally identifiable information in the cookies.

Web Beacons

We allow other companies, called ad networks, to serve advertisements to Users. Ad networks include third party ad servers, ad agencies, ad technology vendors and research firms. One Billion Minds may “target” some ads to Users that fit a certain general profile – for example, “product managers in India.” One Billion Minds does NOT use personally identifiable information to target ads. To deliver these ads properly, One Billion Minds may include a file, called a web beacon, from these ad networks within pages served by One Billion Minds so the networks may provide anonymized, aggregated auditing, research and reporting for advertisers as well as to target ads to you while you visit other websites. Because your web browser must request these advertisements and web beacons from the ad network’s servers, these companies can view, edit or set their own cookies, just as if you had requested a web page from their site. These general targets may also be used by ad networks to display targeted ads on other websites as a substitute for random, irrelevant ads. One Billion Minds does not provide personally identifiable information to any advertiser or any other third party.

Log Files and IP Addresses

Due to the communications standards on the Internet, when you visit the One Billion Minds web site we automatically receive the URL of the site from which you came and the site to which you are going when you leave One Billion Minds. 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, email patterns, as well as the name of your ISP. This information is used to analyze overall trends to help us improve the One Billion Minds service. The linkage between your IP address and your personally identifiable information is not shared with third-parties without your permission or except when required by law.

Consent to Information Processing

Certain information you provide to One Billion Minds may reveal, or allow others to identify, your nationality, ethnic origin, religion or other aspects of your private life, and more generally about you. Please be aware that in providing information to One Billion Minds for the purposes of opening your user account, you are expressly and voluntarily accepting the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy and One Billion Minds’s User Agreement. The supplying of all such information by you to One Billion Minds, including all information deemed “sensitive” by applicable law, is entirely voluntary on your part. You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time, in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Policy and the User Agreement, but please note that your withdrawal of consent will not be retroactive.

Access, Correct and Eliminate Information

You have a right to access, modify, correct and eliminate the data about you which has been collected pursuant to your decision to become a User. If you update any of your information, we may keep a copy of the information which you originally provided to us in our archives for uses documented herein. We take your rights seriously and encourage you to use them if you deem this to be appropriate. You may exercise these rights by emailing us at privacy@onebillionminds.com

Your Personal Information

One Billion Minds is an online service dedicated to helping all types of professionals participate in Projects posed by its clients. The personally identifiable information you choose to provide on our website is used to help you describe yourself to other Users. Other information, that does not personally identify you as an individual, is collected by One Billion Minds from Users (such as, for example, patterns of utilization) and is exclusively owned by One Billion Minds. This information can be utilized by One Billion Minds in such manner as One Billion Minds, in its sole discretion, deems appropriate.

Communications

One Billion Minds will communicate with you through email and notices posted on the One Billion Minds website or through other means available through the service, including text and other forms of messaging. If we send any 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 any such access (including text messaging charges for messages to your mobile device). These include a series of up to five welcome emails which help inform new Users about various features of the service. Please be aware that you will always receive certain emails from One Billion Minds related to the proper functioning of your account, such as email notices when another User in your network sends you an opportunity. One Billion Minds may send you promotional information unless you have opted out of receiving such information.

Customized Content

Information provided to One Billion Minds (or to third parties with whom it offers combined services) is also used to customize your experience on our website.

Sharing Information with Third Parties

One Billion Minds takes the privacy of Users very seriously. We do not sell, rent, or otherwise provide your personally identifiable information to third parties for marketing purposes. We will only share your personally identifiable information with third parties to carry out your instructions or to provide specific services or information. For instance, we use a credit card processing company to bill Users for subscription fees. These third parties do not retain, share, or store any personally identifiable information except to provide these services and they are bound by confidentiality agreements which limit their use of such information. We may provide aggregated anonymous data about the usage of our services to third parties for such purposes as we deem, in our sole discretion, to be appropriate, including to prospective advertisers on One Billion Minds. We may segment our Users by role, industry, geographic location, or company.

Surveys and Polls

As a User, you will receive requests to participate in market research including polls and surveys submitted by other One Billion Minds members. If you participate in surveys and polls offered through our website, the information you provide may be visible to others using the One Billion Minds website.

Forums/Chats/Blogs

If you post or use a bulletin board, import a blog, or participate in a chat room on One Billion Minds, you should be aware that any personally identifiable information you choose to provide there can be read, collected, or used by other Users of these forums, and other third parties, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. One Billion Minds is not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in these forums.

Testimonials and Advertisement

If you provide any testimonials about the One Billion Minds service or place advertisements through the One Billion Minds services, we may post those testimonials and examples of advertisements you place in connection with One Billion Minds’s promotion of its service to third parties, which testimonials and advertisements may include your name and other personal information that you have provided.

Communications to Other Users

Any emails you initiate through One Billion Minds, e.g., an invitation sent to a non-User, will list your email address and name in the header of the message.

Legal Disclaimer

It is possible that we may need to disclose personal information when required by law, such as responses to civil or criminal subpoenas, or other requests by law enforcement personnel. We will disclose such information wherein we have a good-faith belief that it is necessary to comply with a court order, ongoing judicial proceeding, subpoena, or other legal process or request to One Billion Minds brought in any country throughout the world, or to exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims.

Disclosure to Others

We may also disclose your personal and other information you provide, to another third party as part of a reorganization or a sale of the assets of a One Billion Minds division or company. Any third party to which we transfer or sell One Billion Minds’s assets will have the right to continue to use the personal and other information that you provide to us.

Your Account Information

You can review the personal information you provided us and make any desired changes to the information you publish, or to the settings for your One Billion Minds account including your email, and contact preferences, at any time by logging in to your account on the One Billion Minds website. Please be aware that even after your request for a change is processed, One Billion Minds may, for a time, retain residual information about you in its backup and/or archival copies of its database. You can also close your account through the One Billion Minds website. If you close your One Billion Minds account, we will remove your name and other personally identifiable information from our publicly viewable data. We may retain certain data contributed by you if 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. All retained data will continue to be subject to the terms of the One Billion Minds Privacy Policy in effect at the time of your request. To request that we close your account and remove your information from the One Billion Minds service, please send your request using an email account that you have registered with One Billion Minds under your name. You will receive a response to requests sent within three business days of our receiving it.

Closing your Account

If you close your One Billion Minds account, we will remove your name and other personally identifiable information from our publicly viewable database. We may retain certain data contributed by you if we believe 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. To request that we close your account and remove your information from the One Billion Minds website, please send your request using an email account that you have registered with One Billion Minds under your name. You will receive a response to requests sent within five business days of its receipt.

Your Obligations

As a User, you have certain obligations toward the other Users with whom you will be communicating. Certain 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 One Billion Minds: You must, at all times, respect the terms and conditions of the then-current Privacy Policy and the User Agreement. This includes respecting all intellectual property rights which may belong to third parties (such as photographs). You must not download or otherwise disseminate any information which may be deemed to be injurious, violent, offensive, racist or xenophobic or which may otherwise violate the purpose and spirit of One Billion Minds and its community of Users. You must not provide information to One Billion Minds and /or other Users which you believe might be injurious or detrimental to your person, professional or social status. Any violation of these guidelines may lead to the restriction, suspension or termination of your account by One Billion Minds, as we take these principles seriously and consider them to be the basis on which our Users adhere to the One Billion Minds website and the services which it offers.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

One Billion Minds may update this privacy policy at any time, with or without advance notice. In the event there are significant changes in the way we treat your personally identifiable information, we will display a notice on the One Billion Minds website or send you an email, as provided for above. Unless stated otherwise, our current Privacy Policy applies to all information that we have about you and your account. If you use the One Billion Minds service after notice of changes have been sent to you or published on our site, you hereby provide your consent to the changed practices.

Security

In order to secure your personal information, access to your data on One Billion Minds is password-protected. To protect any data you store on our servers we also regularly audit our system for possible vulnerabilities and attacks. It is your responsibility to protect the security of your login information. Please note that emails and instant messaging and similar means of communication with other users of One Billion Minds are not encrypted and we strongly request you not to communicate any confidential information through these means.

How to Contact Us

If you have questions or comments about this privacy policy, please email us at privacy@onebillionminds.com