Protecting your privacy is very important to Plugged In Cleveland.
ABOUT PLUGGED IN CLEVELAND. Plugged In Cleveland is an online social networking community that connects people and allows them to meet others, find jobs, roommates, buy and sell goods, and perform other transactions. Members create their own profiles, and those profiles are then shown to other people.
INFORMATION WE COLLECT. Plugged In Cleveland collects information our users submit to us such as their name and e-mail address to allow us to identify users and notify them of changes or updates to our service. We also collect personal information submitted by our users in filling out their profile on the service such as gender, state of residence, occupation, interests, etc. We collect this personal information when our users: (a) sign up as a member; (b) make changes to their member profile information; and (c) send e-mail messages, forms, or other information to us via Plugged In Cleveland. Members may choose to provide additional information beyond their basic profile for their personal and professional profiles. Providing additional information beyond what is required at registration is entirely optional, but enables our users to better identify each other and more effectively connect to other people.
Plugged In Cleveland also collects information from users that is unique, but cannot be linked to a specific individual, such as browser type. We gather this information on all visitors to www.pluggedincleveland.com for systems administration purposes and to track user trends, such as our most popular features.
We also use third party advertisements on Plugged In Cleveland to support our site. Some of these advertisers may use technology such as cookies and web beacons when they advertise on our site, which will also send these advertisers (such as Google through the Google AdSense program) information including your IP address, your ISP , the browser you used to visit our site, and in some cases, whether you have Flash installed. This is generally used for geotargeting purposes (showing New York real estate ads to someone in New York, for example) or showing certain ads based on specific sites visited (such as showing cooking ads to someone who frequents cooking sites).
You can chose to disable or selectively turn off our cookies or third-party cookies in your browser settings, or by managing preferences in programs such as Norton Internet Security. However, this can affect how you are able to interact with our site as well as other websites. This could include the inability to login to services or programs, such as logging into forums or accounts.
HOW WE USE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION. Plugged In Cleveland uses personal information to create a personalized service for our members. The Basic Profile information (first name, photo, age, gender, city, state, and occupation) is displayed to all members of Plugged In Cleveland. All other profile information members provide is also displayed to users.
Email address and full name are displayed only when a user invites a friend via email to join the service, when a user requests to add another user to their friend list, and when we send notifications to a user related to their use of the service. Except when members invite friends, full names are not shared or displayed with people outside of their Personal Network. Email addresses of Plugged In Cleveland members are never displayed to other users on the system. Users within a Personal Network communicate on Plugged In Cleveland with each other through the Plugged In Cleveland service without disclosing their email addresses.
CLICK TRACKING. Plugged In Cleveland uses a method called "click tracking" to log user movement throughout our service. As part of this effort, we passively collect IP address, Web browser type, domain names, access times, referring URLs and page views for each session. This information is used to keep track of login names and passwords, to offer users a personalized experience, to enhance navigation, to provide content tailored to the user's interest, and to time out their session.
DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION. We will not sell, lease or exchange your personal data to third parties, unless required by law or to protect your membership.
LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES. The Plugged In Cleveland site may contain links to other Web sites. Please be aware that Plugged In Clevleland. is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites our users choose to visit. If our users provide any information directly to parties other than Plugged In Cleveland (even if those sites are showing the Plugged In Cleveland brand), different rules may apply to the use or disclosure of the personal information disclosed. We encourage you to investigate and ask questions before disclosing your personal information to third parties.
THIRD PARTY ADVERTISERS. Plugged In Cleveland may choose to deploy advertising on the service that is delivered to users through a third party's advertising server. Information about users' visits to Plugged In Cleveland, such as number of times they have viewed an ad (but no personally identifiable information), would be used to serve ads to users on this site.
CHAT ROOMS, MESSAGE BOARDS, AND PUBLIC FORUMS. Please be aware that whenever members voluntarily disclose personal information online - e.g., message boards, chat areas, file uploads, events, and listings - that information becomes public and can be collected and used by others. By posting personal information online in public forums, members may receive unsolicited messages from other parties.
PRIVACY PROTECTION FOR CHILDREN. In compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), we will not knowingly provide access to Plugged In Cleveland to persons under the age of thirteen (13). If Plugged In Cleveland later learns that any member is under the age of thirteen (13), we will take appropriate steps to remove the member's information from the database and we will restrict this individual from future access to the Plugged In Cleveland service.
UPDATING AND DELETING PERSONAL INFORMATION. Members can access, change and update their registration and personal information by logging onto Plugged In Cleveland and selecting the Edit Profile option. Users who leave the service may choose to have their personal information deleted by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org and sending their unsubscribe request from the e-mail account used to create their Plugged In Cleveland membership. Unsubscribe requests will generally be responded to within 48 hours, and will generally be acted upon within 48 - 72 hours.
USER SURVEYS. From time to time, Plugged In Cleveland may contact registered members to invite them to participate in usability surveys. Participation in these surveys is purely voluntary. Typically these surveys are anonymous and no personal information is requested. However, occasionally, we may request your email address for the purpose of sending you a reward for completing the survey. No personally identifiable information submitted will be shared with people who are not authorized agents of Plugged In Cleveland. Data collected through the survey is used to compile demographic information about our members and to assist us in making improvements to our Web site.
IP ADDRESSES. Plugged In Cleveland automatically receives and records your IP address information in our server log in two instances: 1) when you initially register your membership; 2) when a new Plugged In Cleveland session is initiated by entering a user ID and password. Only ten IP addresses are recorded at any given time; each new login session will overwrite the previous IP address logged. This information is only visible to Plugged In Cleveland administrators and is used to authenticate member accounts or to identify and block individuals who are not permitted to use our service.
SECURITY PROCEDURES. Plugged In Cleveland has implemented security measures to protect member information from loss, misuse and alteration. We use industry-standard practices such as encrypted storage, firewalls and password protection systems to safeguard the confidentiality of your personal information. Each of our employees is aware of our security policies, and your information is only available to those employees who need it to perform their jobs.
NOTIFICATION OF CHANGES. If Plugged In Cleveland changes its policy and seeks to use your personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection we will update the policy online at the web site and change the policy's published date.
Plugged In Cleveland LLC
Last Updated: 03/13/09