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SOCIALMENTUM, LLC PRIVACY POLICY

In General

Socialmentum, LLC (“Socialmentum”) has established this website (the “Site”) to enable you, as a visitor, to provide input, feedback and suggestions on the topics described on the home page and other pages of the Site, as applicable (the “Service”). This Privacy Policy sets forth the nature, purpose, use and sharing of any any information that identifies or can be used to identify you (“Personal Information”). Personal Information does not include any information that we use to identify you in our system, such as your username. Please regularly review our Privacy Policy, as our Site and our activities on our Site are governed by the then-current Privacy Policy, which may be different than the privacy policy in effect at the time data was collected. This Privacy Policy does not govern privacy practices associated with offline activities, websites other than the Site, or practices of third parties that we do not own or control, such as our partners or advertisers.

The Site is intended for adult audiences only, and Socialmentum does not knowingly collect any Personal Information from anyone under 13 years of age. If you are under age 13, please do not attempt to register for the Site or provide any Personal Information about yourself to us. If we learn that we have collected Personal Information from a child under age 13, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any Personal Information from a child under the age of 13, please contact us immediately.

The Site may contain links to other sites at which Personal Information is collected. Additionally, you may be able to access the Site from other sites on which you will be required to provide Personal Information. In such instances, unless expressly provided to the contrary, the collection and use of your Personal Information will be governed by the privacy policy applicable to each site. That privacy policy should identify the entity that is collecting your Personal Information.

If Socialmentum sells assets or interests to, or is acquired by or merged with, another person or entity, you agree that Socialmentum may provide to such person or entity all information in its possession without obtaining your further consent. Socialmentum may or may not provide notice of such sales, acquisitions, or mergers on this Site.

Changes in Privacy Policy

Socialmentum may change this Privacy Policy from time to time at its sole discretion. If as the result of such changes you want to alter the ways in which Socialmentum is allowed to use your Personal Information, you can do so by following the procedure described in the section entitled “Updating Your Personal Information and Privacy Preferences.” You will be deemed to have been made aware of, and will be subject to, the changes to the Privacy Policy after such changes have been posted.

Collection of Personal Information

Personal Information on this Site is collected by Socialmentum. During the registration process, you will be required to provide us with your name, birthdate, zip code and email address. We will follow up by sending you an email to verify that you are the owner of the email address. We will use your email address to identify you in our system. You can choose to provide us with additional optional Personal Information in your profile, including your gender and mobile phone number. If you do not provide the mandatory data required at registration, you will not be able to use the Service. Similarly, if you wish to delete your information (pursuant to the mechanism set forth in “Updating Your Personal Information and Privacy Preferences and Reporting Privacy Complaints”) that is mandatory, you will no longer be able to use the Service.

Metadata: One of the primary reasons people use this Site is to share content with others. Examples include when you submit an idea, upload or take a photo, upload or record a video, share a link, make a comment, or send someone a message. This information is not considered Personal Information protected under this Privacy Policy. If you do not want us to store metadata associated with content you share on the Site, please remove the metadata before uploading the content.

Socialmentum may also collect certain information about your computer to facilitate, evaluate and verify your use of the Site. For example, we may log environmental variables, such as browser type, operating system, CPU speed, referring or exit webpages, click patterns, Session ID (a unique identifier assigned to the browser in connection to the Site), and the Internet Protocol (IP) address of your computer. Socialmentum also uses such information to measure traffic patterns on the Site. We do not match such information with Personal Information held about you by Socialmentum unless we have your consent, except as otherwise described in this Privacy Policy.

By using this Site, you agree and acknowledge that with respect to certain activities, the collection, transfer, storage, and processing of your information may be undertaken by trusted third party vendors or agents of Socialmentum such as web hosting providers and mail and email service providers, to help facilitate Socialmentum in providing certain functions.

In order to reduce errors in our database, authenticate our users, prevent fraud and abuse of our Site, and to provide more consistent, relevant experiences to our users, we may on occasion supplement or correct the Personal Information you submit to us and your Internet Protocol (IP) address with information in our other databases or information from third-party sources.

How Your Personal Information Is Used

In general, Socialmentum collects and uses your information in order to record, support and facilitate your participation on our Site, as well as to prevent fraud and abuse. While the input, feedback and suggestions you provide will be provided to the entity who is sponsoring this Site (the “Sponsor”), and may also be displayed on the Site for viewing by the general public, we will not disclose your Personal Information to either Sponsor or to any other third party, except as provided herein. Specifically, Socialmentum uses your Personal Information in the following manner:

  1. Communications. We will use email as our primary means to inform you of important service, promotional, and system-related announcements.
  2. On the Site.
    • Contributions. The Site offers opportunities for you to vote and comment on content submitted by others, engage in dialogue, share information, and submit original content. When you make a contribution to the Site, you will be identified by your username as the author of that contribution. Other than the username, which can be entirely made up, and except as otherwise provided herein, in using the Site, you are not required to provide or publicize any Personal Information in connection with your contributions and actions on the Site. Please note that any information you post to the Site after you sign up is not considered Personal Information under this Privacy Policy and may be available to all persons accessing the Site. The information you share may be read, collected or used by others for any purpose. Neither Socialmentum nor the Sponsor is responsible for the Personal Information or any other information you elect to submit to the Site, or the use of such information. If you do not wish for your information to be posted or distributed in this manner, you should not contribute to the Site.
    • Public Profile. When you register, we will create a public profile based on your username. You may, but are not required, to include Personal Information in your public profile. Any contributions you make to your public profile may be accessed, viewed and used by the public.
    • Site Statistics. Socialmentum may collect information about the use of the Site and the Service, such as how many users/visitors we receive daily, Site pages visited, and the IP address of your computer. This information is generally collected in aggregate form, without identifying any user individually, although IP addresses and Session ID in relation to downloads may be tracked as part of Socialmentum’s fraud prevention efforts. Other exceptions to this, where an individual may be identified individually, are noted in this Privacy Policy.
  3. With Third Parties.
    • Statistics. Occasionally we share anonymous, non-personal, aggregate information about our user base with our partners or advertisers and we may publish these aggregate usage statistics on our Site for your interest. Except as otherwise provided herein, we do not tie this shared or published data to Personal Information.
    • Providers. Socialmentum recognizes and appreciates the importance of responsible use of information collected on the Site. Socialmentum will respect your legal rights regarding access to, and correction and deletion of, your Personal Information. Socialmentum may communicate information to you regarding products, services, and special offers available from Socialmentum unless you have opt not to receive such communications or such communications are prohibited by law, although in such cases we may find it necessary to continue to communicate with you regarding your use of the Site. In addition, you may receive communications and special offers from selected reputable advertisers, organizations, partners or other entities that offer services or products that we believe would interest you (collectively, “Providers”) (or from Socialmentum on behalf of such Providers), but only if you have not previously opted out of receiving such communications. Except in the particular circumstances described in this Privacy Policy, Socialmentum will not provide your name to other companies or organizations without your consent. If you wish to discontinue receipt of communications from our selected Providers, please contact those third parties directly to update your preferences.
    • Linked Services. In some cases, we allow you to access or link to other third party web services or websites through our Site. In other instances, you may access or link to this Site through other third party sites. In such instances, we will clearly identify situations where you are accessing or linking to or from these other sites or services through or to our Site. In these instances, the third party web services or websites may choose to collect your personal information as they deem appropriate. We and the Sponsor are not responsible for or in control of how such third parties collect, disclose or otherwise use your Personal Information. Such use shall be governed by each applicable third party’s own privacy policies.
  4. Sponsors; Governmental Entities.
    • General. We will provide certain Personal Information to the Sponsor. Specifically, we will provide the Sponsor with the following information under the following circumstances: (a) your name and email address, along with any “winning ideas” that you are associated with; (b) a summary of the demographic information related to the Site’s user base; (c) a database of user names and associated email addresses; (d) aggregate reports containing information about users’ ages, locations and activities on the Site; and (f) other related data.
    • Public Records. If the Sponsor is a government entity or other public body, then representatives of that government entity or public body will communicate via the Site. Consequently, any communication via the Site (whether by a government representative, you, or the general public) may considered a “public record” in the jurisdiction of the Sponsor, and, as such, may be subject to monitoring and retention by the Sponsor, and disclosure to third parties.
  5. Other/Legal. There are other instances in which Socialmentum may divulge your Personal Information, such as when required by law, regulation, or litigation. We may also disclose your Personal Information if we determine that such disclosure should be made for reasons of national security, law enforcement, or other issues of public importance.

Tracking, Use of Cookies, Web Beacons and Similar Devices

In order to improve the Site and provide more convenient, relevant experiences to you, we and our agents may use “cookies,” “web beacons,” and similar devices to track your activities. A cookie is a small amount of data that is transferred to your browser by a web server and can only be read by the server that gave it to you. It functions as your identification card and enables Socialmentum to record your passwords and preferences. It cannot be executed as code or deliver viruses. A web beacon is a small transparent .gif image that is embedded in an HTML page or email used to track when the page or email has been viewed.

Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, giving you the chance to decide whether or not to accept it. (For some web pages that require an authorization, cookies are not optional. Users choosing not to accept cookies or similar devices will probably not be able to access those pages.)

We may ask you to provide information of others such as when reporting suspected piracy. In this instance, we will ask for the person’s or company’s name and contact information so that we may investigate. Personal information supplied in these instances will only be used for the purpose being submitted.

Socialmentum may hire other companies to place our banner ads on other websites. Such companies perform tracking and reporting activities on ads served and user reaction (“Third-party Advertisement Servers”). They do not collect any information other than IP addresses and behaviors associated with those IP addresses on our behalf, and we do not give any Personal Information to them. Third-party Advertisement Servers are subject to their own privacy policies. Socialmentum may also allow other companies to display advertisements on certain pages of the Site. If you click on these advertisements these companies may place a persistent cookie on your computer which may allow them to display further advertisements to you. It is our policy to require these companies to provide accessible methods for you to disable these cookies. Should you have any complaints about the practices of any of these companies you should contact Socialmentum.

Updating Your Personal Information and Privacy Preferences and Reporting Privacy Complaints

You have the right to access, correct and delete inaccuracies in your Personal Information and privacy preferences (such as whether you wish to receive promotional communications) at any time. If you wish to access and correct your Personal Information and privacy preferences, or if you believe that Socialmentum has not complied with this Privacy Policy with respect to your Personal Information, you may write to Socialmentum at the following address:

Socialmentum, LLC
1111 N. 13th Street, Suite 116
Omaha, NE 68102
Attn: Chief Executive Officer

In your correspondence, please indicate with as much detail as possible the location on this Site or otherwise where you provided your Personal Information, or any details surrounding your belief that we have not complied with our Privacy Policy with respect to your Personal Information. You may expect a response from us within thirty (30) days.

Also, please note that neither Socialmentum nor the Sponsor is responsible for the content or privacy practices of non-Socialmentum websites to which this Site or any other Socialmentum website may link. You should review the privacy policies of such sites before using the sites.

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