LAST REVISED: September 7, 2020
Information That PLATE Collects
Receipt and Collection of Information. We collect Personal Information from users. In each case, you will only be required to provide the Personal Information that we need in order to be able to provide the services you have requested. You may be entitled under data protection laws to access and review the Personal Information that we hold on you, if you provide the necessary consent and background information and pay any mandated fee. All such communications regarding access to your personal data should be addressed to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Such inquiries should clearly be marked as data protection queries and as being time sensitive.
PLATE provides User the option, at User’s sole election, to upload a profile image that is viewable by other participants of the Services, but this is not mandatory. User may delete User’s profile picture at any time by logging into the Mobile App and visiting the profile settings page.
PLATE also collects data about User, including about User’s make-up, fitness level, health indicators, and related information that does not identify User and that enables User to fully participate in the Service.
Information PLATE Collects or Stores as User Accesses and Uses the Website and Service
In addition to any Personal Information or other information that User choose to submit to PLATE via PLATE’s Website, PLATE and PLATE’s third-party service providers may use a variety of technologies that automatically (or passively) store or collect certain information whenever User visits or interacts with the Website (“Usage Information”). This Usage Information may be stored or accessed using a variety of technologies that may be downloaded to User’s personal computer, browser, laptop, tablet, mobile phone or other device (a “Device”) whenever User visits or interacts with PLATE’s Website and/or the Mobile App. To the extent PLATE associates Usage Information with User’s Personal Information PLATE collects directly from User on the Website, PLATE will treat it as Personal Information.
This Usage Information may include:
• User’s IP address, UDID or other unique identifier (“Device Identifier”). A Device Identifier is a number that is automatically assigned to User’s Device used to access the Website, and PLATE’s computers identify User’s Device by its Device Identifier;
• User’s Device functionality (including browser, operating system, hardware, mobile network information);
• User’s subscription level;
• the URL that referred User to PLATE’s Website;
• the areas within PLATE’s Website and/or Mobile App that User visits and User’s activities there, including remembering User, User’s preferences and pages User requested and/or viewed;
• User’s Device location;
• User’s Device characteristics; and
• certain other Device data, including the time of day, among other information.
PLATE may use various methods and technologies to store or collect Usage Information (“Tracking Technologies”). Tracking Technologies may set, change, alter or modify settings or configurations on User’s Device. The Tracking Technologies that may be used are the following (and subsequent technology and methods later developed which perform a similar function):
- Cookies. A cookie is a data file placed on a Device when it is used to visit the Website. HTML5 cookies can be programmed through HTML5 local storage. Unlike Flash cookies, HTML5 cookies do not require a plug-in. Regular cookies may generally be disabled or removed by tools that are available as part of most commercial browsers, and in some but not all instances can be blocked in the future by selecting certain settings. Each browser User uses will need to be set separately and different browsers offer different functionality and options in this regard. Please be aware that if User disables or removes cookies, or HTML5 cookies on User’s Device, some parts of PLATE’s Website, Mobile App and/or Services may not function properly, and that when User revisits PLATE’s Website, Mobile App and Services User’s ability to limit cookies is subject to User’s browser settings and limitations.
- Embedded Scripts. An embedded script is programming code that is designed to collect information about User’s interactions with the Website, Mobile App and Services, such as the links User clicks on. The code is temporarily downloaded onto User’s Device from PLATE’s web server and/or Mobile App or a third party service provider, is active only while User is connected to the Website and/or Mobile App, and is deactivated or deleted thereafter.
- ETag, or entity tag. A feature of the cache in browsers. It is an opaque identifier assigned by a web server to a specific version of a resource found at a URL. If the resource content at that URL ever changes, a new and different ETag is assigned. Used in this manner ETags are a form of Device Identifier. ETag tracking may generate unique tracking values even where the consumer blocks HTTP, Flash, and/or HTML5 cookies.
PLATE may use Tracking Technologies for a variety of purposes, including:
Various third parties are developing or have developed signals or other mechanisms for the expression of consumer choice regarding the collection of information about an individual consumer’s online activities over time and across third-party web sites or online services (e.g., browser do not track signals). Currently, PLATE does not monitor or take any action with respect to these signals or other mechanisms.
How PLATE Uses the Personal Information
PLATE may use User’s information that PLATE collects about User:
- to contact User occasionally to inform User of new Services features, or news or articles PLATE thinks will be of interest to User. PLATE may send User regular updates on issues PLATE thinks will be of interest to User;
• to contact User with regard to User’s use of the Services and, in PLATE’s discretion, changes to the Services and/or the service policies;
• for internal business purposes;
• to provide User with information or services or process transactions that User has requested or agreed to receive including to send User electronic newsletters;
• to provide User with marketing materials or relevant advertising, promotions and recommendations from PLATE or our business partners;
• to enable User to participate in a variety of the Service features;
• to process User’s account registration, including verifying User’s information is active and valid;
• to identify User as the author of any comments that User sends to PLATE to be posted on the Website or Mobile App;
• to ensure that content on the Website and Mobile App is presented in the most effective manner for User and for User’s computer or mobile device;
• to provide User with information relating to any events held by PLATE, where User has consented to be contacted for such purposes; and
• to provide User with access to User’s personal account.
User can always opt out of utilizing the Service, and accordingly opt out of PLATE’s use of User’s Personal Information, by sending an email to email@example.com
User-Generated Content and Public Information. “User Content” is any content, materials or information (including without limitation, any text, information, graphics, messages, photos, images, nutritional information contributed to the Food Database and works of authorship kind), data, questions, comments, suggestions or other content, including personally identifiable information that you upload, send, email, display, perform, distribute, post or otherwise transmit to us, at our request or on your own, on, or through the Services (such as message boards, recipe logging), whether in connection with your use of the Services or through the use of any Third Party Websites or Third Party Services or otherwise, and whether publicly posted or privately transmitted.
PLATE or others may store, display, reproduce, publish, distribute or otherwise use User Content online or offline in any media or format (currently existing or hereafter developed) and may or may not attribute it to User. Others may have access to this User Content and may have the ability to share it with third parties. Please think carefully before deciding what information User shares, including Personal Information, in connection with User’s User Content. Be aware that public postings (including group messaging with other Users) are not confidential. Please note that the PLATE does not control who will have access to the information that User chooses to make public, and cannot ensure that parties who have access to such publicly available information will respect User’s privacy or keep it secure. PLATE is not responsible for the privacy or security of any information that User makes publicly available on the Service, the Mobile App or Website or what others do with information User shares with them on the Mobile App and Website. PLATE is not responsible for the accuracy, use or misuse of any User Content that User discloses or receives from third parties through the Service.
Name and Likeness. PLATE may also publish User’s name, voice, likeness and other Personal Information that is part of User’s User Content, and PLATE may use the content, or any portion of the content, for advertising, marketing, publicity and promotional activities, provided that PLATE will not exercise such rights as to any User Content which identifies User in a public manner (other than in providing the Services to the Business Customer and the Business Customer’s other participants) unless User provides a separate consent to PLATE in writing (email is sufficient) authorizing such use. For full terms and conditions regarding User Content User submits to the Service, please review PLATE’s Terms & Conditions.
Profiles. A User’s profile page may be, by default, set up to display information such as the User’s display name, images, location (city/state/country), groups that the User has joined and optional information added by User. Profile information is used by PLATE primarily to be presented back to and edited by User when User accesses the Service and to be presented to others permitted to view that information on the Service. PLATE may offer users the ability to manage their public profile and use profile preference settings, the functionality and features of which are subject to change from time to time, so visit it frequently to confirm the settings reflect User’s then current preferences and PLATE recommends that User does not post information or content as part of User’s profile that User is not prepared to make public. Changing setting options may not result in immediate changes to the settings, which are subject to PLATE’s operations and maintenance schedules. User should carefully consider the use of such settings to improve information display options and to ensure the settings are properly set and functioning in the manner desired. Notwithstanding the availability of profile preference settings, User should be aware that these settings are for convenience only, do not employ complex data security protection and may not be error free. Further, other users that have access may repost or otherwise make public User’s information or content. Accordingly, discretion and good judgment should be exercised when posting information or content as part of User’s profile.
Use of Anonymous Information. We may use Anonymous Information (as defined below), or disclose it to third party service providers, to provide and improve the Service. We may also disclose Anonymous Information (with or without compensation) to third parties, including advertisers and partners, for purposes including, but not limited to, targeting advertisements. “Anonymous Information” means information which does not enable identification of an individual user, such as aggregated information about use of the Service.
Opting Out. You may choose not to receive future promotional, advertising, or other Service-related notifications from us by changing the notification settings on your device. If you choose not to receive notifications, you may still use the Service but you may not receive, or may be unable to use, certain services that involve our interaction with you.
Choice. At all times, you may choose whether or not to provide or disclose Personal Information. The notices that we provide on the Service in circumstances where we collect Personal Information should help you to make this choice. If you choose not to provide the Personal Information we request, you may still use the Service, but you may be unable to access certain programs and services that involve our interaction with you.
Access/Accuracy. To the extent that you do provide us with Personal Information, we wish to maintain accurate Personal Information. If you would like to delete or correct any other of your Personal Information that we may be storing, you may submit a request to us by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your email should include adequate details of your request.
Links to Other Websites. The Service may contain links to third party websites that are not owned or controlled by us. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such other third party websites, and you visit them at your own risk.
Security. The security of your Personal Information is important to us. We follow generally accepted industry standards, including the use of appropriate administrative, physical and technical safeguards, to protect the Personal Information submitted to us. However, no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect Personal Information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security or confidentiality. If you have any questions about security, you can contact us at email@example.com
Please be aware that certain Personal Information and other information provided by you in connection with your use of the App may be stored on your device (even if we do not collect that information). You are solely responsible for maintaining the security of your device from unauthorized access.
Merger, Sale or Bankruptcy. If we are acquired by or merged with a third party entity, or if we are subject to a bankruptcy or any comparable event, we reserve the right to transfer or assign Personal Information in connection therewith.
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In the event PLATE goes through a business transition, such as a merger, acquisition by another organization, or sale of all or a portion of its assets, User’s Personal Information might be among the assets transferred. User will be notified via this Website of any such change in ownership or control of User’s Personal Information.