Pixta Privacy Policy

as part of

Hosted Software & Services Terms of Service

Effective Date: December 1, 2012

Pixta, Inc. (“Pixta”) values your privacy in your personal information and your Content that you store in our Service. This Privacy Policy explains what information Pixta collects about you and why, what we may do with that information and how we handle your Content.

Scope of Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy is incorporated into the Pixta Terms of Service, and applies to the information obtained by us through your use of this website, the Service and other Pixta products and services. Capitalized terms used in this Privacy Policy and not otherwise defined shall have the meanings provided for those terms in the Terms of Service.

Changes to Privacy Policy

As Pixta evolves, we may need to update this Policy to keep pace with changes in the Service and laws applicable to us and to you; we will, however, always maintain our commitment to respect your privacy.

We will post any revisions to this Policy, along with their effective date, in an easy to find area of our web site, so we recommend that you periodically check back here to stay informed of any changes. We will ask for your consent to such changes if required by applicable law; in other cases, please note that your continuation of your Pixta Service account after any change means that you agree with, and consent to be bound by, the new Privacy Policy. If you disagree with any changes in this Policy and do not wish your information to be subject to the revised Policy, you will need to close your account before the new Policy becomes effective.

I. Information Collection and Use

We collect very little personal information about our users. A list of the Personal Information Pixta may collect, and why we collect it, follows:

  • Your username, email address, and contact preferences. This lets us create your account, provide you with convenient and personalized access to your account, and deliver and support the Service. This information also helps us communicate with you about your use of the Service, product announcements and software updates, as well as respond to your requests for assistance (including providing account verification support if you’re having difficultly accessing your account). In addition, we may use your Personal Information to send you marketing emails and special offers about the Service. For more information, please see the section below entitled, Will Pixta Send Me Emails?
  • Transactional information such as your credit card number and billing address or your third-party payment account information, such as PayPal. This lets us process your payments.
  • The geographic area where you use your computer and mobile devices (as indicated by an IP address or similar identifier), and the language you select when interacting with the Pixta service. We collect this information in order to help us deliver and support the Service, including by localizing your Pixta experience. It also helps us improve our understanding of how our users use the Service.
  • The Pixta products and services you use. This information helps us deliver and support the Service and respond to your requests for assistance. We also collect this information to improve our understanding of how our users use the Service.
  • Any Content you add to your account. We don’t use this information for any purpose other than to make sure it is available to you when you use the Service.

Pixta’s web site and applications also collect and receive information from your computer or mobile device, including the activities you perform within your account, the type of hardware and software you are using (for example, your operating system or browser

Gathering this kind of information helps us administer the Service, provide convenient and personalized user access, improve the features and usability of our products and Service, analyze user trends and information about users use of our Service (including the extent to which our users share or make public notes and notebooks), collect information about use and growth of the Service in specific regions, and evaluate the content and organization of our site. We do NOT collect information about you to deliver any targeted advertising to you, or track your visits to any third-party websites.

In addition, we automatically gather non-personally identifiable information that indicates your association with one of our business partners or certain promotions. We use this information to determine the amount of revenue share payments to make to partners with whom we might have such arrangements and to provide anonymized aggregate reports.

Emails

From time to time, we may want to contact you with information about product announcements, software updates and special offers. We also may want to contact you with information about products and services from our business partners. You may opt out of such communications at any time by changing your contact preferences.

II. Information Access and Disclosure

Pixta is not in the business of selling or renting user information, and we only disclose information when:

  • We have your explicit consent to share the information.
  • We need to share your information with affiliated and unaffiliated service providers who process data on our behalf and subject to strict data protection requirements.
  • We need to share your information with affiliated and unaffiliated service providers to fulfill your product or service requests.
  • We believe it is necessary to investigate potential violations of our Terms of Service, to enforce those Terms of Service, or where we believe it is necessary to investigate, prevent or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud or potential threats against persons, property or the systems on which we operate the Service.
  • We determine that the access, preservation or disclosure of information is required or permitted by law to protect the rights, property or personal safety of Pixta and our users or is required to comply with applicable laws, including compliance with warrants, court orders or other legal process.
  • We need to do so in connection with the sale or reorganization of all or part of our business, as permitted by applicable law.

Some applications that work with our Service may ask for permission to access your Content or other information about your account. Those applications will provide you with notice and request your consent in order to obtain such access or information. Please consider your selection of such applications, and your permissions, carefully.

Personal Information

As a rule, Pixta employees do not monitor or view your personal information or Content stored in the Service, but it may be viewed if we believe our Terms of Service have been violated and confirmation is required, if we need to do so in order to respond to your requests for user support, or we otherwise determine that we have an obligation to review it as described in our Terms of Service. Your Notes also may be viewed where necessary to protect the rights, property or personal safety of Pixta and its users, or in order to comply with our legal obligations, such as responding to warrants, court orders or other legal process.

Personal Information or Content in the Public Realm

Certain portions of the Pixta web sites and Service, such as user notebooks designated as public and our user forum, are open to any online viewer. Any information that you post in these locations can be read, collected and used by anyone and could enable others to send you unsolicited messages. Pixta enables you to determine whether or not to post personal or otherwise sensitive information to publicly accessible areas of our site, so you should carefully consider how you use the services. Pixta is not responsible for any publication or use of any Personal Information you choose to post in these locations.

III. Data Storage and Transfer

Data Storage

When you use Pixta Software on your computing device, Content you save will be stored locally. When you synch your computing device with the Service, that Content will be replicated on our servers, which are located in the United States.

Please be aware that Personal Information and Content submitted to Pixta will be transferred to a data center in the United States. If you post information to the Pixta sites you are confirming your consent to such information, including Personal Information and Content, being hosted and accessed in the United States.

Accessing my Personal Information

Users who wish to (i) access any Personal Information that we hold about you; (ii) request that we correct or delete the Personal Information that we hold about you; or (iii) request that we not use or stop using your Personal Information for marketing purposes may do so by contacting us. We will comply with such requests to the extent permitted or required by law.

Data Security

Pixta is committed to protecting the security of your information and takes reasonable precautions to protect it. However, Internet data transmissions, whether wired or wireless, cannot be guaranteed to be 100% secure, and as a result, we cannot ensure the security of information you transmit to us; accordingly, you acknowledge that you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your data transmission, we make all commercially reasonable efforts to ensure its security on our systems:

  • Your Pixta password is protected by encryption, and only you have access to it.
  • Your personal information and data stored in our systems is protected by various physical, electronic and procedural safeguards. It is housed in a secure facility, and Pixta restricts physical and network access to this facility to select trained staff. We regularly evaluate our technologies, facilities, procedures and potential risks to maintain the security and privacy of our users data.
  • Certain Pixta services support the use of standard SSL encryption to protect data transmissions. However, this is not a guarantee that such data transmissions cannot be accessed, altered or deleted due to firewall or other security software failures.

If Pixta learns of a security system breach, we may attempt to notify you and provide information on protective steps, if available, through the email address that you have provided to us or by posting a notice on our web site. Depending on where you live, you may have a legal right to receive such notices in writing.

IV. Information Deletion

Content Deletion and Closing of Service by Customer

You can delete Content you have at any time, and you can stop using Pixta at any time. If you delete information and material, it will no longer be accessible to you or others who may access the Service, but residual copies of your deleted Content may continue to exist on Pixta’s back-up and archiving systems for up to one year due to the nature of those systems operations. If you cancel your account, the Content in your account will not be deleted unless you purposely delete that information, before you cancel your account.

Closing Accounts by Pixta

If Pixta closes your account due to a Terms of Service violation, then you may contact Pixta to request deletion of your data, and Pixta will evaluate such requests on a case-by-case basis, pursuant to our legal obligations.

 

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