Last updated on November 28, 2012.
INFORMATION GATHERED THROUGH BITYOTA WEB SITES:
Currently, BitYota uses personal information as a basis for notifications to users, “opt-in” emails, and in order to implement portions of the Terms of Service governing the website (the “TOS”). User names and email addresses (as well as any additional information that a user may choose to post) are publicly available on the BitYota site. When users voluntarily and publicly disclose personal information during the registration process, or post personal information in conjunction with content subject to an Open Source license, such personal information necessarily will be disclosed subject to the terms of the license. An example of such a disclosure includes, but is not limited to, a user’s disclosure of personal information as part of a message posted to a public message forum, or a publicly released software application.
BitYota tracks the domains from which people visit BitYota and analyzes this data for trends and statistics. Subject to the provisions of this Privacy Statement, BitYota may use accumulated data for various purposes, including but not limited to marketing analysis, service evaluation, and planning.
BitYota may conduct surveys of other studies of its customer base and usage for marketing and planning purposes. With respect to information collected from such surveys or studies, and in the event that responses are to be publicly disclosed, users will be notified at the time they take the survey and BitYota will disclose only aggregate information regarding its users and not personal information identifying any specific individual. In cases where surveys allow users to submit written comments, and where BitYota advises users of the possibility of such disclosure at the time they take the survey, BitYota reserves the right to disclose text information provided by any user through such a survey, provided that no personal information that could be used to identify that user is disclosed. Participation in such surveys is at the user’s option; BitYota does not conduct mandatory surveys. Circumstances under which BitYota would publicly disclose such aggregate information include, but are not limited to, sharing survey results with the site population and publicizing overall usage data in press communications.
LINKS WITH OTHER SITES
BitYota contains links to other websites, whether owned or controlled by BitYota affiliates or unrelated third parties. Please note that the privacy policies of these sites may differ from those of BitYota. BitYota is not responsible for the privacy policies and practices of any linked website. We encourage you to read the privacy statement of any website you may visit.
“Opt-in” Emails: Users may request to receive site notifications, newsletters, or other information via an email list. Users may remove themselves from such services at their discretion. Any email sent to a User via an email list will include directions for how a user may remove himself or herself from the list, or a URL where they may find such directions.
COLLECTION AND DISCLOSURE OF PII
When you visit the BitYota website (the “BitYota Site”), you may be explicitly asked to provide some information about yourself in order for us to provide you services that you request (“Account Data”). This may include your name, home or business address, e-mail address, and/or telephone number, all of which is considered PII. You may choose to provide this information to us by entering it into the BitYota Site when requested. We can only obtain this information from you if you choose to enter it into the BitYota Site, and we will only use it to communicate with you and provide you, directly and through third parties, the services you requested. However, if you do not provide such information, we will be unable to provide some or all of the services you requested.
When you navigate to the BitYota website, we will also collect non-PII related to your visit to the BitYota Site (“BitYota Session Data”). Additionally, certain standard information that your browser sends to every website you visit, such as your IP address, browser type and language, access times, and referring Web site addresses is collected by BitYota during visits to the BitYota Site.
BitYota does not collect or use sensitive data associated with a specific individual, such as Social Security Numbers or other Government-issued identifiers, financial account numbers, precise information about an individual’s past, present, or potential future health or medical conditions or treatments, including genetic, genomic, and family medical history.
HOW WE USE NON-PII
BitYota uses the BitYota Session Data to operate and enhance the BitYota Site, the BitYota products and services, and to facilitate the provision of BitYota services. Non-PII may be stored and processed in the U.S. or any other country where BitYota or its service providers, or its or their affiliates, conduct business.
HOW WE USE PII
BitYota does not share PII without the user’s permission. From time to time, BitYota engages with partners to perform services on behalf of BitYota, our partners and other third parties. For example, we use third parties under contract with BitYota (“Contracted Parties”) to provide services such as credit card verification and payment processing, fraud detection and prevention, as well as certain online and offline communication services. In all cases, Contracted Partners are contractually required to maintain the confidentiality of PII and may not use it for purposes other than performing the specific services on BitYota’s behalf. Other than such disclosure to Contracted Parties, BitYota may also disclose PII is if such disclosure is required for BitYota to comply with valid and binding legal requirements, to protect BitYota’s rights or property (or that of BitYota customers), and/or where needed to protect personal safety. In the event we are required to disclose personal information in response to legal process or a government request, we will notify you to the extent we are legally permitted to do so.
BitYota will provide the ability for users to (i) obtain and correct or request destruction of any PII relating to them maintained by BitYota by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and (ii) control the delivery of promotional emails from BitYota.
Users can view their data on their personal profile page. When technically feasible, users are permitted to update their personal information directly through BitYota Service. When such updating service is not technically feasible, BitYota will make reasonable efforts to assist users in updating their personal information.
THIRD PARTY DATA
We take commercially reasonable efforts to maintain security protections in accordance with industry “best practices” to protect data we collect from loss, alteration, destruction, misuse, and unauthorized access or disclosure. We maintain strict control and physical security of the facilities used to store data and only allow access to authorized personnel. To secure site integrity, BitYota employs measures including but not limited to security audits, use of encryption tools and software, and other reasonable security measures and procedures. We restrict access to data to those employees, contractors, and agents that have a need to know the information in order to provide and support our services. All BitYota employees are bound by confidentiality obligations and may be subject to disciplinary or legal action if they fail to meet these responsibilities.
We process information in data centers located in the United States and the European Union, and to facilitate our operations, we may transfer data between locations and across international boundaries. You understand and agree to this transfer and our compliance with the laws of the country(ies) in which the data center(s) is/are located.
In the event that BitYota becomes aware that site security is compromised or user nonpublic information has been disclosed to unrelated third parties as a result of external activity, including but not limited to external security attacks, BitYota shall take reasonable measures which it deems appropriate, including but not limited to internal investigation and reporting, and notification to and cooperation with law enforcement authorities, notwithstanding other provisions of this Statement.
UPDATES TO THE PRIVACY STATEMENT
To substantively update the Privacy Statement, we will both post the changed version and its effective date on our website at www.BitYota.com. Concurrently with any substantive change to the Privacy Statement, we will email notice of the change to known users at least 15 days in advance (or such shorter or longer time as mandated by law or any judicial or government body).