Science Exchange, Inc. Privacy Policy

Effective July 1, 2011

Science Exchange provides this Privacy Policy to inform you of our policies and procedures regarding the collection, use and disclosure of personal information we receive from Users of ScienceExchange.com (this "Site"). This Privacy Policy applies only to information that you provide to us through this Site. This Privacy Policy may be updated from time to time. We may update this privacy statement to reflect changes to our information practices. We encourage you to periodically review this page for the latest information on our privacy practices. Unless otherwise defined in this Privacy Policy, terms used in this Privacy Policy have the same meanings as in our Terms of Service.

As used in this policy, the terms "using" and "processing" information include using cookies on a computer, subjecting the information to statistical or other analysis and using or handling information in any way, including, but not limited to collecting, storing, evaluating, modifying, deleting, using, combining, disclosing and transferring information within our organization or among our affiliates within the United States or internationally.

INFORMATION COLLECTION AND USE

Our primary goals in collecting information are to provide and improve our Site, services, features and content, to administer your Membership (together, the "Service") and to enable users to enjoy and easily navigate the Site.

PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION

When you register with us through the Site and become a registered user of Science Exchange (a “Registered User”), when you choose to post a project, when you choose to respond to a project, or when you wish to contact another User, we will ask you for personally identifiable information. This refers to information about you that can be used to contact or identify you ("Identity Information"). Identity Information includes, but is not limited to, your name, email address, title/position, organization, and other biographical information, but does not include your billing information. In order to process some of your transactions through the Site, we may ask for additional information to assist with billing ("Billing Information") (Identity Information and Billing Information together, "Personal Information"). We use your Personal Information mainly to provide the Service and administer your inquiries.

We also collect the other information that you provide as part of registration and the administration and personalization of your profile page (e.g., without limitation, zip code (on its own) and individual preferences or demographic information) ("Non-Identifying Information").

We use your Personal Information (in some cases, in conjunction with your Non-Identifying Information) mainly to provide the Service, complete your transactions, and administer your inquiries. We may combine your Personal Information with Non-Identifying Information and aggregate it with information collected from other Users (defined below) to attempt to provide you with a better experience, to improve the quality and value of the Service and to analyze and understand how our Site and Service are used. We may also use the combined information without aggregating it to serve you specifically, for instance to deliver a product to you according to your preferences or restrictions.

We may also use your Personal Information to contact you with newsletters, marketing or promotional materials and other information that may be of interest to you. If you decide at any time that you no longer wish to receive such communications from us, please follow the unsubscribe instructions provided in any of the communications. Please note that we may also use your Personal Information to contact you with information related to your use of the Service; you may not opt out of these notifications.

LOG DATA

When you visit the Site, whether as a Registered User or a non-registered visitor just browsing, our servers automatically record information that your browser sends whenever you visit a website ("Log Data"). This Log Data may include information such as your computer's Internet Protocol ("IP") address, browser type or the webpage you were visiting before you came to our Site, pages of our Site that you visit, the time spent on those pages, information you search for on our Site, access times and dates, and other statistics. We use this information to monitor and analyze use of the Site and the Service and for the Site's technical administration, to increase our Site's functionality and user-friendliness, and to better tailor it to our visitors' needs. We also use this information to verify that visitors to the Site meet the criteria required to process their requests. We do not treat Log Data as Personal Information or use it in association with other Personal Information, though we may aggregate, analyze and evaluate such information for the same purposes as stated above regarding other Non-Identifying Information.

COOKIES

Like many websites, we use "cookies" to collect information. A cookie is a small data file that we transfer to your computer's hard disk for record-keeping purposes. We use cookies for two purposes. First, we utilize persistent cookies to save your registration ID and login password for future logins to the Site. Second, we utilize session ID cookies to enable certain features of the Site, to better understand how you interact with the Site and to monitor aggregate usage and web traffic routing on the Site. Unlike persistent cookies, session cookies are deleted from your computer when you log off from the Site and Service and then close your browser. Third party advertisers on the Site may also place or read cookies on your browser. You can instruct your browser, by changing its options, to stop accepting cookies or to prompt you before accepting a cookie from the websites you visit. If you do not accept cookies, however, you may not be able to use all portions of the Site or all functionality of the Service.

WEB BEACONS

Our Web pages may contain electronic images known as Web beacons (sometimes called single-pixel gifs) which may be used along with cookies to compile aggregated statistics to analyze how our site is used and may be used in some of our emails to let us know which emails and links have been opened by recipients. This allows us to gauge the effectiveness of our customer communications and marketing campaigns.

COMMUNICATING WITH USERS OF SCIENCE EXCHANGE

As part of the Service, Users may communicate with other Users through use of the "Ask a Question", “Send a Message” or “Send an Update” features on the site. Depending on the User’s settings and the circumstances, messages may be sent from Science Exchange to User’s email addresses. Email addresses collected and used by Science Exchange will be used only for the purpose of sending the email communication to the addressee.

You can import contacts from your email account address book to invite them to create an Account or to view a specific project. During this process we collect, but do not store, the username and password for the email account you wish to import your contacts from and will only use it for that purpose only.

PHISHING

Identity theft and the practice currently known as "phishing" are of great concern to Science Exchange. Safeguarding information to help protect you from identity theft is a top priority. We do not and will not, at any time, request your login password or any other personal information in a non-secure or unsolicited e-mail or telephone communication. For more information about phishing, visit the Federal Trade Commission's website at ftc.gov.

INFORMATION SHARING AND DISCLOSURE

Science Exchange is designed to allow individuals seeking to outsource scientific experiments ("Requesters”) and individuals or companies providing scientific experiment services ("Providers") to share information with one another in order to facilitate the outsourcing of scientific experiments. Listings posted by Requesters, ratings and reviews of Requesters and Providers, and the Profile Information (as defined below) of Requesters and Providers, are visible to Registered Users of the site. If a Requester and a Provider enter into a confirmed experimental services transaction with one another (the Requester accepts the Provider’s estimate, and the Requesters payment details are collected), then Identity Information about the Requester and/or the Provider may be shared with each other in order to facilitate the transaction. In no event is a Requester’s Billing Information shared with their Provider.

When you register through the Site and submit your Personal Information to create a profile webpage, Science Exchange Registered Users will see your first and last name ("Required Profile Information"). You can choose what other Personal Information you provide as part of your profile ("Other Profile Information") (together, your "Profile Information"). We will display your Profile Information in your profile page and elsewhere on the Site, and, with your prior permission, on third party sites. Any information you choose to provide as part of your profile should reflect how much you want other Registered Users to know about you. We encourage users to provide detailed information about themselves as this will help other users in evaluating projects and estimates. You can review and revise your profile information at any time. If you post a project project, we may publish that listing anywhere on the Site and may enable third parties to publish your listing on their site through the use of an HTML "widget". If you enter into a confirmed transaction with another Registered User, you will have access to that User’s Identity Information, and that User will have access to your Identity Information. Note that Users will never have access to your Billing Information.

We may share aggregated information that does not include Personal Information and we may otherwise disclose Non-Identifying Information and Log Data with third parties for industry analysis, demographic profiling and other purposes. Any aggregated information shared in these contexts will not contain your Personal Information.

INTERNATIONAL TRANSFER

YOUR INFORMATION MAY BE TRANSFERRED TO - AND MAINTAINED ON - COMPUTERS LOCATED OUTSIDE OF YOUR STATE, PROVINCE, COUNTRY OR OTHER GOVERNMENTAL JURISDICTION WHERE THE PRIVACY LAWS MAY NOT BE AS PROTECTIVE AS THOSE IN YOUR JURISDICTION. IF YOU ARE LOCATED OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES AND CHOOSE TO PROVIDE INFORMATION TO US, SCIENCE EXCHANGE TRANSFERS PERSONAL INFORMATION TO THE UNITED STATES AND PROCESSES IT THERE. YOUR CONSENT TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY FOLLOWED BY YOUR SUBMISSION OF SUCH INFORMATION REPRESENTS YOUR AGREEMENT TO THAT TRANSFER.

SERVICE PROVIDERS

We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate our Service, to provide the Service on our behalf, to perform Site-related services (e.g., without limitation, maintenance services, database management, web analytics and improvement of the Site's features) or to assist us in analyzing how our Site and Service are used. These third parties may have access to your Personal Information; if they do, this access is only so that they may perform these tasks on our behalf and they are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose. We may also provide Personal Information to our business partners or other trusted entities for the purpose of providing you with information on goods or services we believe will be of interest to you. You can, at any time, opt out of receiving such communications. Third party vendors, including Google, may use cookies to serve ads based on a user's prior visits to ScienceExchange.com. You can disable these specific cookies that track prior visits for the sake of follow-up advertising by opting out at google.com/privacy_ads.

COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT

Science Exchange cooperates with government and law enforcement officials and private parties to enforce and comply with the law. We will disclose any information about you to government or law enforcement officials or private parties as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate to respond to claims and legal process (including but not limited to subpoenas), to protect the property and rights of Science Exchange or a third party, to protect the safety of the public or any person, or to prevent or stop activity we may consider to be, or to pose a risk of being, any illegal, unethical or legally actionable activity.

BUSINESS TRANSFERS

Science Exchange may sell, transfer or otherwise share some or all of its assets, including your Personal Information, in connection with a merger, acquisition, reorganization or sale of assets or in the event of bankruptcy.

CHANGING OR DELETING YOUR INFORMATION

All Members may review, update, correct or delete the Personal Information in their registration profile by contacting us at support@scienceexchange.com or editing the relevant part of their profile. If you would like us to delete your record in our system, please contact us and we will attempt to accommodate your request if we do not have any legal obligation to retain the record. See below for privacy contact information.

SECURITY

Science Exchange is very concerned with safeguarding your information. 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, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. If you have any questions about security on our Web site, you can contact us at support@scienceexchange.com.

We will make any legally required disclosures of any breach of the security, confidentiality, or integrity of your unencrypted electronically stored "personal data" (as defined in applicable state statutes on security breach notification) to you via email or conspicuous posting on this Site in the most expedient time possible and without unreasonable delay, insofar as consistent with (i) the legitimate needs of law enforcement or (ii) any measures necessary to determine the scope of the breach and restore the reasonable integrity of the data system.

LINKS TO OTHER SITES

Our Site may contain links to other websites. If you choose to visit an advertiser by "clicking on" a banner ad or other type of advertisement, or click on another third party link, you will be directed to that third party's website. The fact that we link to a website or present a banner ad or other type of advertisement is not an endorsement, authorization or representation of our affiliation with that third party, nor is it an endorsement of their privacy or information security policies or practices. We do not exercise control over third party websites. These other websites may place their own cookies or other files on your computer, collect data or solicit personal information from you. Other sites follow different rules regarding the use or disclosure of the personal information you submit to them. We encourage you to read the privacy policies or statements of the other websites you visit.

TESTIMONIALS

With your consent we may post your testimonial along with your name. If you want your testimonial removed please contact us at support@scienceexchange.com.

CONTACTING US

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at support@scienceexchange.com.