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Privacy Policy

1. Introduction

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    Welcome to ThanksTo, a service where people can thank individuals or organisations for things that have had a positive effect on them, people they know or their community. The ThanksTo service is operated by Thanks To Limited ("ThanksTo/we/us/our") and consists of the ThanksTo website and other features and services offered by ThanksTo in connection with the website, such as the search engine and discussion forum within which search results and other content can be shared (collectively, the "ThanksTo Service"). The data controller for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998.
     
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    We take your privacy seriously. This privacy policy (together with our Terms of Service sets out the basis on which any personal information we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us. Please read through this privacy policy carefully to understand exactly how we will treat your personal information.
     
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    We may, at our sole discretion, make changes to our privacy policy at any time. Although we try to keep you up-to-date on all of these changes, we may amend the privacy policy without notice to you. Please make sure you check this page from time to time to review any changes that have been made.
     

2. Personal Information

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    In providing the ThanksTo Service, we may collect any or all of the following information from you:
     
    • Username and password: To register with the ThanksTo Service, you need to provide us with a username and password.
       
    • Email address: To register with the ThanksTo Service, you also need to provide your email address.
       
    • Name, Age, Gender and certain other demographic information: We may ask you to complete surveys that we use for research purposes, although you do not have to respond to them. This is an example of the type of information that we may ask you to provide us with.
       
    • IP Address (mobile and computer) and other browser information: When you access the ThanksTo Service, our servers automatically record information that your browser sends whenever you visit a website. These server logs may include information, such as your web request, IP address, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request and one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser. More information about cookies is provided at Section 6 below.
       
    • Communications with ThanksTo and other users: If you provide feedback and comments through the 'ThanksTo Service, we may retain those communications to process your enquiries, respond to your requests and improve our services.
       
  • Please note that even if you do not provide any personal information to the ThanksTo Service (for example, by providing us with an email address), if you choose a username that reveals your name or any other personal information, this information may be available to other users of the ThanksTo Service and to the general public.
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    For the purposes of this privacy policy, the terms "personal information" and "personally identifiable information" shall mean all information provided during your initial registration, and subsequent use of the ThanksTo Service, including, for example, your real name, email address, location information, your age, gender and certain other demographic information that may enable online or offline contact with you.
     

3. Use and Disclosure of Information

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    We use your personal information to operate the ThanksTo Service and improve your experience. In addition:
     
    • We will use your email address (if provided) to contact you from time to time. This may be for security reasons (so that we can check that you are who you say you are), to ask your opinion about the ThanksTo Service or simply to keep you updated on the features currently available through the ThanksTo Service and those that we intend to launch in the future. We may also use your email address to send you notices, on behalf of others and ourselves, about products and services that we think you may be interested in.
       
    • We may use the information collected automatically, such as your IP address, information stored via cookies and information about how you use the ThanksTo Service, to develop statistics and aggregate information about the number of people who visit the ThanksTo Service. We may also use this aggregate information to customise the content and layout of the ThanksTo Service or share the information with third parties to help us improve the ThanksTo Service.
       
    • Advertisements that appear on the ThanksTo Service are delivered to you by ThanksTo's advertising affiliates and partners. ThanksTo may transfer information about you and your use of ThanksTo (for example, your IP address, information stored via cookies and other demographic information about you) to our advertising affiliates, partners and other third parties. This information may be used to provide targeted advertisements, promotions and other similar initiatives. We will not permit any third parties to contact you directly on an unsolicited basis regarding their own products and services, unless you have provided explicit consent to this when signing up to the ThanksTo Service. You may 'opt-out' of receiving marketing and promotional emails or text messages from us at any time by [changing or editing your preferences].
       
    • Our advertising and promotional partners will have no access to your name or personal information unless you choose to share it with them. ThanksTo does not provide your name or personal information to any advertising partner when you interact with or view a targeted advertisement.
       
    • We will disclose users' personally identifiable information if we reasonably believe we are required to do so by law, regulation or other government authority, to protect our rights and property or the general public. We may also co-operate with law enforcement agencies and, where required, may disclose users' personally identifiable information.
       

4. Message Boards

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    Please remember that all personal information you display or communicate on the Website becomes public information, and we are not responsible for any information that you make available to the public. We reserve the right to remove any content any other part of the ThanksTo Service which offers message board functionality at our complete discretion. If you choose to give out personal details to another user through the ThanksTo Service, you do so at your own risk and ThanksTo shall not be held responsible for any consequences which flow from this. We suggest you use extreme caution when posting information about yourself on the Internet.
     

5. Links

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    This privacy statement applies only to information collected by ThanksTo. The ThanksTo Service may provide links to other websites and services that are not owned or controlled by ThanksTo. These websites have their own privacy policies and we cannot control or be held responsible for the way in which they treat information about their users. We encourage you to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information.
     

6. Sponsorship and Branding

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    Some parts of the ThanksTo Service may be sponsored and co-branded by third parties.
     

7. Cookies 

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    Cookies are small files that are written or downloaded to your computer's hard drive or phone's memory when you access a website. Many websites use cookies to provide useful features for their users. They enable ThanksTo to store and quickly retrieve login information and provide data that we can use to improve the quality of our service. Most browsers have cookies turned on as a default. If you prefer, you can disable cookies or only allow non-persistent cookies via your browser preferences. Please remember that cookies cannot read your hard drive or give any information collected to any third party. A cookie can only be read by the organisation that sets it.
     
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    ThanksTo may link information stored in cookies such as your age, gender and country with your personally identifiable information and we may use such information to gather statistics about the number of people who visit ThanksTo.
     
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    ThanksTo cookies 
         First party cookies: none
         Third party cookies: Google analytics, collects usage statistics on website users.
     

8. Security and Confidentiality

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    ThanksTo employs a variety of measures to help protect your personal information, including technical, administrative and physical controls. [We employ firewalls and store all of our files and information on password protected terminals.] Please understand that whilst we employ good industry practices to keep your personal information safe and secure, no security system is completely secure. You acknowledge that there will be circumstances in which your personal information will be accessed by unauthorised persons.
     
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    The security of your personal information depends partly on your protection of your account password. You should never disclose this to unauthorised people.
     
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    If you become aware of any breach of data security or have any other questions about the security of our website, please contact us at thanks@thanksto.com. If we believe that the security of your personal information in our possession may have been compromised, we may seek to notify you and endeavour to do so as quickly as possible under the circumstances. We may notify you by email if we have your email address. If you would prefer us to use another method to notify you in this situation, please email us at thanks@thanksto.com with the alternative contact information you would like us to use.
     
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    Phishing attacks attempt to steal consumers' personal identity data and financial account credentials. 'Phishers' use 'spoofed' emails to lead consumers to counterfeit websites designed to trick recipients into divulging sensitive personal information such as credit card numbers, account usernames, passwords, and social security numbers. WE DO NOT SEND EMAILS ASKING YOU TO PROVIDE OR CONFIRM SENSITIVE PERSONAL INFORMATION OR YOUR USERNAME OR PASSWORD. If you receive such email communication, please forward it immediately to ThanksTo's privacy administrator at thanks@thanksto.com, and then immediately delete the fraudulent email from your computer or mobile device.
     
     

9. Changes to Privacy Policy

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    If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page so that you are fully aware of what information is collected, how it is used and under what circumstances it will be disclosed (if any). If you are concerned about how your information is collected, used or disclosed, we recommend that you check this page periodically.
     
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    We reserve the right to modify this privacy policy at any time, so please review it regularly. If you decide that you do not want us to use your personal information in the way described in this privacy policy, you can send us a notice to withdraw your consent by emailing thanks@thanksto.com
     
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    If you have questions about our privacy policy or if you do not understand any information about how we collect, maintain, use or share your personally identifiable information, you may contact us directly by sending an e-mail to thanks@thanksto.com.
     

10. Changes to Business


  • If ThanksTo becomes involved in a merger, acquisition or sells all or a portion of its assets to another company, it is likely that user information will be a part of the assets transferred. If as a result of such a merger, acquisition or sale of assets, personal information becomes subject to a different privacy policy, ThanksTo will endeavour to provide notice to users of these changes beforehand.
     

11. Effective Date


  • This privacy policy is effective as of 1st June 2009.