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Privacy Statement

This privacy statement discloses the privacy practices for bettercodes.org, which is owned and operated by »bettercodes.org Internetdienste Unternehmergesellschaft (haftungsbeschränkt)« (or "bettercodes.org") under German law. If bettercodes.org makes material changes to the bettercodes.org.net privacy practices, a prominent notice will be posted on this webpage and the bettercodes.org home page.

NOTICE

bettercodes.org provides this privacy statement to make users aware of the bettercodes.org privacy practices, and of the choices a user may make about the way the user's information is collected and used.

Children

Users represent that they are of legal age to create binding and financial obligations for any liability users may incur as a result of their use of bettercodes.org. bettercodes.org does not knowingly collect, or wish to obtain, personal data from children.

What information bettercodes.org collects

Personal information collected on bettercodes.org includes community forum / groups content, profiles, name, occupation, industry, personal interests, unique identifiers (e.g., passwords), contact and maybe billing information (e.g., email address, postal address, telephone, fax), and transaction information. In order to tailor bettercodes.org's subsequent communications to users and continuously improve bettercodes.org-related services, bettercodes.org may also ask users to provide information regarding their interests, demographics, experience with its products, and detailed contact preferences.

Web beacons

Bettercodes.org may use web beacons from time to time. Such web beacons may be provided by bettercodes.org's third party advertising companies to help manage and optimize bettercodes.org's online advertising. To opt out of targeted advertising delivered by Network Advertising Initiative members, click here: http://www.networkadvertising.org/consumer/opt_out.asp. A web beacon is a string of code that provides a method for delivering a graphic image on a web page or in an email message for the purpose of transferring data, or determining how many times a specific web page has been viewed. Web beacons enable bettercodes.org to recognize a browser's cookie when a browser visits Bettercodes.org, and to learn which banner ads bring users to bettercodes.org. For example, when a user visits a web page, the code for the page may include instructions to go to another server to gather a single pixel graphic image. Web beacons are not placed on a user's computer, and users remain anonymous.

Cookies

bettercodes.org may uses cookies on the bettercodes.org website. A cookie is a unique text file that may be used for data analysis, and enables a website to tailor information presented to a user based on a user's browsing program. bettercodes.org may use cookies to personalize a user's pages at bettercodes.org, to remember a user when the user registers for products or services, or to track visits to bettercodes.org. If a user does not want bettercodes.org to deploy cookies in the user's browser, the user may set the browser to reject cookies or to notify the user when a website tries to place cookies in the browser program. Rejecting cookies may affect a user's ability to use some of the products, features, functions, or services on bettercodes.org. Cookies are not tied to personally identifiable information. The third party advertising technology that bettercodes.org may uses on bettercodes.org maybe apply information derived from a user's visits to bettercodes.org to target advertising within this site. In addition, bettercodes.org's advertisers may use other third party advertising technology to target advertising on this site. In the course of serving advertisements to bettercodes.org, the third party advertising technology provider may place or recognize a unique cookie on a user's browser. Information about users' visits to bettercodes.org, such as the number of times users have viewed an ad (but not users' names, addresses, or other personally-identifiable information), are used to serve ads to visitors. As with other cookies, and consistent with bettercodes.org's policy on cookies stated above, the user may block or delete such cookies from the user's drive or memory. bettercodes.org has no access or control over third party cookies.

Log files

bettercodes.org web servers may automatically log a user's IP address, domain name, browser type, date and time of access, and other log file data. This information may be used to analyze trends or administer bettercodes.org. Log files are not tied to personally identifiable information.

How bettercodes.org uses the information collected

bettercodes.org may use the personal information a user submits for any purposes related to bettercodes.org's business, including, but not limited to:
  • To understand a user's needs and create content that is relevant to the user;
  • To generate statistical studies;
  • To conduct market research and planning by sending user surveys;
  • To notify user referrals of bettercodes.org services, information, or products when a user requests that bettercodes.org send such information to referrals;
  • To improve services, information, and products;
  • To help a user complete a transaction, or provide services or customer support;
  • To communicate back to the user;
  • To update the user on services, information, and products;
  • To personalize bettercodes.org for the user;
  • To notify the user of any changes with bettercodes.org which may affect the user;
  • To enforce terms of use on bettercodes.org; and
  • To allow the user to purchase products, access services, or otherwise engage in activities the user selects.

User names, identifications ("IDs"), and email addresses (as well as any additional information that a user may choose to post) may be publicly available on bettercodes.org when users voluntarily and publicly disclose personal information, such as when a user posts personal information in conjunction with content subject to an Open Source license, or as part of a message posted to a public forum or a publicly-released software application. Users may not be able to change or remove public postings once posted. Such personal information may be used by visitors of these pages to send unsolicited messages. bettercodes.org is not responsible for any consequences which may occur from the use of personally identifiable information that a user chooses to submit to public pages.
With respect to surveys, in the event that responses are publicly disclosed, users will be notified at the time they take the survey. bettercodes.org will disclose only aggregate information regarding its users and not personal information identifying any specific individual. Circumstances under which bettercodes.org would publicly disclose such aggregate information include, but are not limited to, sharing survey results with the site population, providing data to bettercodes.org advertisers on user preferences and/or demographics, and publicizing overall usage data in press communications. Where surveys allow users to submit written comments, and where bettercodes.org advises users of the possibility of such disclosure at the time they take the survey, bettercodes.org reserves the right to disclose any information provided by users, provided that no personal information identifying a specific user is disclosed. Participation in surveys is at a user's option; bettercodes.org does not conduct mandatory surveys.

CHOICE/OPT OUT

A user makes the decision whether to proceed with any activity that requests personal information. If a user does not provide requested information, the user may not be able to complete certain transactions. Users who use the personal information of other users agree to use such information only for:
  • Using services offered through bettercodes.org;
  • bettercodes.org transaction-related purposes and not for unsolicited commercial messages; or
  • Other purposes that the other user expressly chooses.

Users are not licensed to add other bettercodes.org users, even users who entered into transactions with them, to their mail lists without consent. bettercodes.org encourages users to evaluate privacy and security policies of any bettercodes.org transaction partners before entering into transactions or choosing to disclose personal information.

Emails

bettercodes.org will not use or share the personally identifiable information provided to it online in ways unrelated to the items described above without first letting a user know and offering the user a choice. If a user no longer wishes to receive direct marketing materials, bettercodes.org will provide instructions in each of its emails on how to be removed from any lists. bettercodes.org will do everything commercially reasonable to honor such requests.

Profile or User ID Display

A user's personal information may be publicly available through a user's profile or user ID display. In such cases, users have the option and discretion to opt out of publicly displaying their real names at any time by changing their display name under the site user preferences. Profile or user ID display may allow other users to see a user's activities, including purchase and sales content, ratings, and comments.

Email Display

Users may have the opportunity to use a service to send electronic mail to another user or email list. In such cases, a user's valid email address and real name will be included with such messages. In order to prevent abuse, users may not opt-out of such a display, but may choose to refrain from using such service to transmit an email message.

ONWARD TRANSFER

With whom may bettercodes.org share information? bettercodes.org will not sell, rent, or lease a user's personally identifiable information to others, except as described in this privacy statement. Unless bettercodes.org has a user's permission or as required by law, bettercodes.org will only share the personal data a user provides online with other entities that are part of the bettercodes.org corporate family and/or outside service providers who may be used to ship products, process credit cards, provide technical support, handle order processing, or otherwise act on bettercodes.org's behalf. These third parties are prohibited from using users' information for any other purpose, including their own marketing.
When bettercodes.org uses third parties to assist in processing bettercodes.org user personal information, bettercodes.org requests that they comply with bettercodes.org privacy practices, and other appropriate confidentiality and security measures.
Please be advised that in certain instances, it may be necessary for bettercodes.org to disclose a user's personal information to government officials or otherwise as required by legal obligations. bettercodes.org may disclose user information when responding to subpoenas, court orders, or legal process, or to establish or exercise legal rights or defend against claims, including fraud or infringement investigations.
Data collected online may be combined with information a user provides through other means of communication, such as postal mail or third parties to further carry out the purposes described above under the heading "NOTICE, How bettercodes.org uses the information collected".
When users choose to provide bettercodes.org with personal information, users consent to the transfer and storage of such information by bettercodes.org hosting provider, e.g. Amazon Web Services.

Marketplace Service Orders

To purchase services, users may be asked to be directed to a third party site, like PayPal, to pay for their purchase. If applicable, the third party site may collect payment information directly to facilitate the transaction. None of this information will be captured or stored by bettercodes.org.

Links to third party websites

Links to third party web sites on bettercodes.org.net are provided solely as a convenience to the user. When a user uses these links, the user leaves bettercodes.org. bettercodes.org has not reviewed all of these third party sites, does not control, and is not responsible for, any of these sites, their content or privacy practices. bettercodes.org does not endorse or make any representations about the third party sites, or any information, services, or products found on the sites. If a user decides to access any of the linked sites, bettercodes.org encourages the user to read their privacy statements. The user accesses such sites at user's own risk.

Bankruptcy or Sale of business

bettercodes.org reserves the right to share or transfer information to a third party should bettercodes.org ever file for bankruptcy or in the event of a sale, merger or acquisition of bettercodes.org, provided such third party agrees to adhere to the terms of this privacy statement.

DATA INTEGRITY AND ACCESS

Should a bettercodes.org user find inaccuracies in such bettercodes.org user's information, or desire to close an account or view the information bettercodes.org may have regarding the user, the user may contact bettercodes.org through the communication methods described under the imprint & contacts webpage, or when technically feasible, directly on bettercodes.org through the Developer Profile. bettercodes.org will make commercially reasonable effort to respond to requests for access within thirty (30) days of receiving requests. bettercodes.org may decline to process users' access or update requests to their personal information if the requests require disproportionate technical effort, jeopardize the privacy of other users, or are impractical (for instance, requests concerning information residing on backup tapes).

SECURITY

To prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the appropriate use of information, bettercodes.org implements physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information bettercodes.org collects. bettercodes.org uses encryption when collecting or transferring sensitive data. However, bettercodes.org does not guarantee that unauthorized third parties will never defeat measures taken to prevent improper use of personal information. Internal bettercodes.org access to users' nonpublic personal information is restricted to bettercodes.org's administrators and individuals on a need-to-know basis. These individuals are bound by confidentiality agreements. User passwords are keys to accounts. Use unique numbers, letters, and special characters for passwords and do not disclose passwords to other people in order to prevent loss of account control. Users who share their passwords are responsible for all actions taken in their accounts. Notify bettercodes.org of any password compromises, and change passwords periodically to maintain account protection.

ENFORCEMENT

In the event bettercodes.org becomes aware that the security of bettercodes.org has been compromised or user nonpublic information has been disclosed to unrelated third parties as a result of external activity, including but not limited to security attacks or fraud, bettercodes.org reserves the right to take reasonable appropriate measures, including but not limited to, investigation and reporting, and notification to and cooperation with law enforcement authorities. If bettercodes.org becomes aware that a bettercodes.org user's personal information has been disclosed in a manner not permitted by this privacy statement, bettercodes.org will make reasonable efforts to notify the affected user, as soon as reasonably possible and as permitted by law, of what information has been disclosed, to the extent that bettercodes.org knows this information.

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