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PICBREEDER PRIVACY POLICY

The Picbreeder.org website (“Picbreeder”) was designed by and is operated by the Evolutionary Complexity Research Group (EPlex) at the University of Central Florida, which is supervised by Professor Kenneth Stanley. Picbreeder is an internet property of the University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc. ("UCFRF" "we" or "us"). Because the privacy of the users of the Picbreeder site is important to us, we are firmly committed to protecting this privacy.

Please read this privacy policy before using the Picbreeder site or its services. By using this site, you are bound by this policy, which may be modified from time to time without notice to you. If you do not agree to this policy, you may not use the Picbreeder site or the services provided by Picbreeder.

1. PERSONAL INFORMATION

"Personal Information" is information that you provide to us which personally identifies you, such as your name, email address, or other data, which can be reasonably linked to such information by Picbreeder. Personal Information is different than Aggregate Non-Personal Information. "Aggregate Non-Personal Information" is information that is recorded about users and collected into groups so that it no longer reflects or references an individually identifiable user.

We do not collect any Personal Information from a visitor to the Picbreeder site unless that visitor expressly and intentionally provides it. Picbreeder does not collect any Personal Information revealing political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, health, or sex life, unless such information is required to comply with applicable laws or regulations. If you are simply browsing the Picbreeder site, we do not gather any Personal Information about you. Picbreeder may collect Aggregate Non-Personal Information to assist Picbreeder in improving the services offered through the Picbreeder site or for any other reason.

2. AUTOMATICALLY GATHERED INFORMATION

Picbreeder may automatically collect your browser type and browser software version to tailor the presentation of the Picbreeder site to your platform and to maintain a record of your activity on the site. Picbreeder may also use cookies to enable users to specify unique preferences and to track user trends and patterns. Users always have the option of disabling cookies via their browser preferences. If you disable cookies on your browser, please note that some parts of our site may not function or may be considerably slower. As an automatic process, our web server software may record a log file of IP addresses that access the Picbreeder site. We may also collect IP address information but do not ordinarily link IP addresses to users' Personal Information, other than for statistical analysis as needed. However, we can and will use IP addresses to identify a user when we, in our sole discretion, determine that it is necessary to enforce compliance with the Picbreeder Terms and Conditions (http://picbreeder.org/legalterms.php) or to protect our service, site, customers or others.

3. HOW WE USE REGISTRATION INFORMATION

We use Personal Information for our own internal purposes including contacting you via email to inform you about important updates to the Picbreeder web site. We do not rent or sell our users' Personal Information to third parties. We may, however, provide you with the opportunity to receive communications via email but will provide you with an opportunity to opt out of such communications. The primary purpose of collecting Personal Information is to provide you with a safe and seamless experience and to allow you to keep track of your own site information on Picbreeder.org.

4. E-MAIL REQUEST FOR INFORMATION OR REGISTRATION

We may use links on the Picbreeder site to provide you with the opportunity to contact us via e-mail or through other means to ask questions, request information and, register or provide comments and suggestions. To do so, we may request additional Personal Information from you, such as your name and telephone number, to help us satisfy your request. However, we will never contact you via email to ask you for credit card information, bank account numbers or other financial information.

5. MANDATORY COMMUNICATIONS

Picbreeder may send newly registered users a welcome email to verify their email addresses and other registration information. We may also communicate with registered users via personal emails.   Registered users cannot unsubscribe from service announcements that discuss important upcoming changes that affect their Picbreeder accounts.

6. LINKS TO OTHER SITES

Picbreeder is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of any other web sites to which the site links or which link to the site. By clicking on a link, logo, advertisement or other item, please note that you may no longer be on the Picbreeder site. To check what Internet location you are on, note the URL at the top and/or bottom of your browser. We encourage you to read the posted privacy statement of that site when browsing to another site, as this Privacy Policy does not apply to sites other than Picbreeder

7. THIRD PARTY INTERMEDIARIES

Picbreeder may engage third-party intermediaries to provide our users with additional offerings and services. Picbreeder makes no representations regarding these third parties and their use of Personal Information. Please refer to the third-party’s web site and terms of service for their specific privacy policies.

8. ACCOUNT PROTECTION

Your password is the key to your account. Use unique numbers, letters and special characters, and do not disclose your Picbreeder password to anyone. Picbreeder will not contact you via email to ask for your username or password. If you do share your username and password or your Personal Information with others, remember that you are responsible for all actions taken in the name of your account. If your password has been compromised for any reason, you should immediately notify Picbreeder and change your password.

9. UPDATING AND CORRECTING INFORMATION

If you need to update user information, please submit a help ticket at help@picbreeder.org to notify us of any changes or errors related to any of your information that we have on file. Upon receipt of such requests, we will update our files within a reasonable time from the date of the request.

10. SECURITY

Your information is stored on our servers located in the United States. We treat data as an asset that must be protected and use tools (encryption, passwords, physical security, etc.) to protect your Personal Information against unauthorized access and disclosure. However, as you probably know, third parties may unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications, and other users may abuse or misuse your Personal Information that they collect from the site. We will use commercially reasonable methods to keep Personal Information securely in our files and systems. Please note that with current technology, we cannot guarantee the security of your data from all possible attacks or intrusions on our servers or guarantee the security of your data as it travels over the Internet. Thus, you hereby release UCF, its Board of Trustees, UCFRF and Picbreeder.org from liability relating to any such possible attacks or intrusions that might compromise the security of your data.

11. INTERNATIONAL USERS

The Picbreeder site is controlled, operated and administered by EPlex from its offices within the United States of America, and this Privacy Policy is provided in accordance with and subject to applicable U.S. law. If you are based outside the United States and decide to access the Picbreeder site from your location outside of the United States, you hereby agree to be subject to this Notice and waive all privacy-related rights in other jurisdictions that conflict with U.S. law or the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use on this site.

12. TERMINATING YOUR USER ACCOUNT

We save your Personal Information until your account as a registered user with us is terminated. You may cancel your account at any time by sending an email to our help address at help@picbreeder.org with the phrase “Account Cancellation Request” in the subject line . If you terminate your user account, your Personal Information may be deleted from our records and, after deletion, cannot be recovered. You may also continue to receive email communications for a short period of time until we have updated all of our databases. Notwithstanding the above, we will maintain information on users who have been removed for violating any of our agreements.

13. LEGAL DISCLAIMER

Though we make every effort to preserve user privacy, we may need to disclose your Personal Information when we have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with applicable law or a current judicial or administrative proceeding, a court order or legal process. If we believe in accordance with the above, that we are required to disclose your Personal Information, we will notify you of the legal requirement to disclose your Personal Information. (unless we are prohibited by law from doing so) to give you an opportunity to object to the disclosure. Neither UCF, its Board of Trustees, UCFRF or Picbreeder.org shall have any liability for disclosure of your Personal Information, if UCF has a good faith belief that it is required by law to disclose such information.

14. CONTACTING US

If you have any questions about this Privacy Agreement or the practices of the Picbreeder site, you may contact us the help@picbreeder.org email address with any questions you have.

Please note that this policy may be amended from time to time without notice to you. You should check back for the most current version before relying on any of the provisions in this privacy policy.


Last Updated: November 2013

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