Privacy Policy

Last updated on November 28, 2012.

BitYota is committed to protecting the privacy of users of our site. This Privacy Policy describes the information we collect about you and how we protect that information.

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.

Cookies: BitYota employs “cookies” to provide a user with tailored information. A “cookie” is an element of data that a web site, when visited by a user, sends to that user’s browser and is stored the user’s hard drive or memory. BitYota uses cookies to better serve users who use our Services; any cookies sent by BitYota will be marked so that they will be accessible only by websites subject to this Privacy Statement. However, at their option, any user may block or delete our cookies. By disabling cookies, however, certain site features and functionality may no longer work properly, or at all.

Users have the ability to accept, decline, or delete cookies.  Currently there are four ways to disable, decline or delete the BitYota cookies stored by your Internet browser.  Each browser has user interface differences, so you may need to refer to your help or FAQ file to determine how to delete or disable cookies in your browser. You may set the browser to (i) delete all cookies manually; (ii) refuse all cookies for all website visits; (iii) refuse all third party cookies (all cookies from other than the website being visited); or (iv) require your approval to accept cookies.  If you delete or refuse cookies you will find that many websites do not function as well as they did when using cookies. For example, websites on which you have an account may not recognize your browser and it may take additional steps to login and reach the desired portion of the website. If you require permission to accept cookies, you may find the number of requests is so high as to make using the site impractical. If you accept cookies, you will be able to later delete these cookies. Please refer to information provided by your browser and follow the instructions regarding deleting cookies.

We do not use cookies on our own site for any other purpose than to enable consumers to opt in or out of our privacy framework and to collect BitYota Session Data (defined below).  All BitYota cookies other than the BitYota Opt-Out cookie expire automatically if inactive for six (6) months.

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.

CHOICE

“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

We aim to keep PII data off of our platform whenever possible. If we are required to host PII data, we will do so only at the specific request of our clients or the consumers from whom it originates and will protect that data in accordance with all applicable state and federal laws and this Privacy Policy.   If you terminate your account, we will remove your PII from our systems within a reasonable time following such termination, subject to our right to retain (i) copies of transactions between you and BitYota and related payment information, and (ii) information relating to any dispute or potential fraud. In accordance with industry standards and the COPPA regulations, we do not knowingly collect, administer, or enable the commercial use of PII relating to children less than 13 years of age.

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 privacy@bityota.com, and (ii) control the delivery of promotional emails from BitYota.

ACCESS

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

BitYota provides products and services allow clients to deliver data onto a data-hosting Platform under BitYota’s control and perform database operations on their large datasets using BitYota data technology products and services.  This security of this data is maintained as set forth below and while under BitYota’s control is subject to this privacy policy and the privacy policy of the respective BitYota clients. 

DATA SECURITY

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.

ENFORCEMENT

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).