Privacy

These are the privacy principles that hellotxt.com adheres to.


1. You can control your data. If you don't have a Hellotxt user account, we do not store your personal data like text logs, buddies, passwords, etc. If you opt to sign up for a Hellotxt account, we store your usernames and passwords to automatically log you into your stored services. Future Hellotxt features may require us to store additional data, but we will only do so to enable the features you choose.


2. Hellotxt respects the privacy of its users. We will not share, sell, or give away your data. We hate spam and don't want you to get any because of Hellotxt. This document explains how Hellotxt will use the information that you provide to us via the Websites.


3. Information collected
3.1 You are not required to provide personally identifiable information to visit the Websites; however, in order to access your third-party services, you are required to enter your applicable user name(s) and password(s). In order to use the basic services of the third-party Websites, Hellotxt does not automatically store your user name(s) or password(s) on our server. If you wish to utilize advanced features of the Websites, such as automatic sign-in, storage of your name(s), password(s) cell phone or other mobile device whether provided by your other service providers or yourself etc may be necessary. Hellotxt may inform you by a screen message and ask you to confirm your election to have your information stored on our servers before doing so. In addition, to further enhance your user experience Hellotxt may collect usage data and other information on all users e.g. content viewed, people contacted, messages transmitted but it is for service optimisation purposes only, except as described below under the IP Addresses section (and specifically not for resale purposes). It may also include information supplied by your browser when accessing our Website, such as IP address, type of browser, date and time of access, location when accessing the Website and/or the services etc.


4. Editing Registration Data
4.1 You may review and edit the information input by you when registering with the Website by using your e-mail address or User ID and Password. If you cancel your account, you may also have such registration data deleted from Hellotxt's database by sending your request to help [at] hellotxt [dot] com. You should also be aware that even if you delete your registration data, there may remain residual information that will remain within Hellotxt's databases, access logs and/or other records, which may or may not contain personal information.


5. Posting
5.1 Users of the Websites may post messages regarding various topics in the posting areas of the Websites. Such messages may be saved on our servers and may be accessible to the public. However, you should be aware that once posted, you cannot change or remove any public postings made to Hellotxt's Website.


6. Cookies and Web Beacons
6.1 Hellotxt may use Cookies and Web Beacons on the Websites.

6.2 Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer's hard drive by our servers to identify your computer to our servers. Except as provided in Section 5, below, no personally identifiable information stored in the Hellotxt cookies will be shared with outside companies for any purpose without your permission. You can also disable cookies or otherwise manage them through tools provided with your browser software and with third-party software packages, or simply not use the features that require Cookies.

6.3 Hellotxt uses web beacons and other such monitoring tools to follow your behaviour when visiting the Website and using the services in order to get a better understanding of how you use the Website and the services to as to improve the services provided to you. Such activities may include making recommendations for additional content and information which may be of interest and value to you based on your previous usage. However, you are no under obligation to read or utilise any of the facilities contained in them.

6.4 Hellotxt and our advertisers may use third-party companies to serve ads when you visit the Websites. These third-party ad-serving companies may also place Cookies on your computer. Sometimes these Cookies may be used to provide targeted advertising to you. These advertising companies may also use web beacons to help manage and optimize our online advertising.

6.5 To the extent that Hellotxt allows advertisers or other third parties to use cookies or web beacons on the Websites, Hellotxt will require that they agree to adopt a substantially similar privacy policy with respect to your information. Some third-party ad serving companies have agreed to allow users to opt-out of receiving targeted advertising. For more information see: http://www.networkadvertising.org/consumer/opt_out.asp


7. IP Addresses
7.1 Hellotxt compiles logs of IP addresses of visitors to the Websites for administrative and analytical purposes. Hellotxt does not routinely collect any personally identifiable information through its compilation of IP address or the location of computers on the Internet. However, in cases of suspected abuse or service problems, Hellotxt may use an IP address in conjunction with other personally identifiable information to enforce our Terms of Use and/or to protect or troubleshoot the Websites, its users or others who may be affected. Except as provided in Section 6, below, Hellotxt will not share personally identifiable information associated with IP addresses or with third parties without your permission.

7.2 Hellotxt may share data about aggregate IP addresses, but such data does not include personally identifiable information except as set out below in Sharing Information.


8. Sharing of Information
8.1 Hellotxt may share personally identifiable information with third parties in the following cases:

a) to enable the normal course of functionality of the Websites (for example, your user name(s) and password(s) will be shared with your message services in order to permit you to send or receive messages). In some cases, Hellotxt may work with third parties that do analysis and development on our behalf. We may share your personally identifiable information with such a third-party on the condition that the third-party maintains the information as confidential and uses the information only to perform the services specified by Hellotxt; and/or

b) to respond to subpoenas, court orders, or legal process, to prevent fraud or imminent harm, or to establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims; and/or

c) in the event that Hellotxt is acquired by or merged with another company, HelloTxt will transfer information about you to that other company. In this event, Hellotxt will notify you before information about you is transferred and becomes subject to a different privacy policy, and permit you to delete your account.

8.2 Hellotxt reserves the right to send you certain communications relating to the Websites and the services offered thereby, such as service announcements and administrative messages, but we plan on doing so sparingly, if ever. In any case, we reserve the right to contact you regarding violation of this privacy policy, the Terms of Use, and any other violation of law or applicable regulations and policies.


9. Changes
9.1 HelloTxt may amend this privacy policy from time to time. If Hellotxt does so, the revised privacy policy will be posted on the Websites, and you will have the opportunity to modify your information on file with Hellotxt as explained below.


10. Links to Other Sites
10.1 The Websites contain links to and media and other content from other sites. In addition, such third-party media and content may also contain external links. Because of the dynamic media capabilities of the Websites, it may not be clear to you which links are embedded in the Websites and which are embedded in third-party media and/or content. Although Hellotxt requires our business partners and advertisers to adopt privacy policies similar to this privacy policy with respect to any information collected on the Websites, Hellotxt cannot and does not guarantee the privacy policies and practices of any third-party. Hellotxt does not control, operate or endorse any information, products or services of any third-party Websites that may be reached through links from the Websites. The use of any personal information provided to such a third-party will be governed by that party's privacy policy.


11. Security
11.1 Hellotxt's site has reasonable security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction of your personal information. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while Hellotxt strives to protect your personal information, Hellotxt cannot ensure the security of any information that you transmit to Hellotxt and/or the Website or any information that you receive from Hellotxt's Service, and you transmit and receive such information at your own risk. Your Hellotxt registered user account information is protected by a password for your privacy and security. Please make sure to protect your account information and log off when you are done using the Hellotxt Website, especially if other users have access to the same computer.


12. Acceptance
12.1 This privacy policy is incorporated into and subject to the terms and conditions of Hellotxt's Terms of Use, available on the Websites. Use of the Websites and the services offered thereby is subject to your compliance with the Terms of Use, which constitutes a legal agreement between you and Hellotxt. Each time you use the Websites and the services offered thereby you signify that you have read, understood and agree to be bound by the Terms of Use, which incorporates the privacy policy, and the applicable posted guidelines. USE OF THE WEBSITES AND THE SERVICES OFFERED THEREBY SIGNIFIES THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE TERMS OF USE AND THE PRIVACY POLICY. If you do not agree with the terms of either of these documents, please do not provide Hellotxt with any information and do not use the Websites and the services offered thereby. Your continued use of the Websites and the services offered thereby in light of changes to this privacy policy, the Terms of Use, or to the relevant principles thereof will signify your acceptance of the changes.


13. Comments and Questions
13.1 If you have any comments or questions you may address them to our customer service department at help [at] hellotxt [dot] com



This statement is effective as of July 2011.

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