BX businessXplainer follows a simple, but powerful principle: we can do more together than any of us can do alone. We cannot work collectively without gathering, sharing, and analyzing information about our users as we seek new ways to make the BX businessXplainer site more useable, safer, and more beneficial.
We believe that you should provide a minimum of personal information to participate in the free knowledge movement. We only require that you tell us your real name and give us an email address to be able to contact you in case any problems occur. You can still be anonymous to other users by using a fictional profile name. All other personal information is voluntary to state.
Your Public Contributions
The BX businessXplainer Site were primarily created to help you share your knowledge with the world, and we share your contributions because you have asked us to do so.
When you make a contribution to any BX businessXplainer Site, including on user or discussion pages, you are creating a permanent, public record of every piece of content added, removed, or altered by you. The page history will show when your contribution or deletion was made, as well as your username (if you are signed in) or your IP address (if you are not signed in). We may use your public contributions, either aggregated with the public contributions of others or individually, to create new features or data-related products for you or to learn more about how the BX businessXplainer Site is used.
Unless this Policy says otherwise, you should assume that information that you actively contribute to the BX businessXplainer Site, is publicly visible and can be found by search engines. Like most things on the Internet, anything you share may be copied and redistributed throughout the Internet by other people. Please do not contribute any information that you are uncomfortable making permanently public, like revealing your real name or location in your contributions.
You should be aware that specific data made public by you or aggregated data that is made public by us can be used by anyone for analysis and to infer information about users, such as which country a user is from, political affiliation, and gender.Account Information & Registration
Your username will be publicly visible, so only use your real name as your username if you feel comfortable to do so. Your password is only used to verify that the account is yours. Your IP-address is also automatically submitted to us, and we record it temporarily to help prevent abuse. Except your real name and e-mail address, no other personal information is required: no date of birth and no credit card information unless you intend to make a donation or pay to register your business in the topic related service registers.
To gain a better understanding of the demographics of our users, to localize our services, and to learn how we can improve our services, we may on your profile page ask you for more demographic information about yourself. We will tell you if such information is intended to be public or private, so that you can make an informed decision about whether you want to provide us with that information. Providing such information is always completely optional. If you don't want to, you don't have to—it's as simple as that.Information Related to Your Use of the BX businessXplainer Site
We want to make the BX businessXplainer Site better for you by learning more about how you use it. Examples of this might include how often you visit the BX businessXplainer Site, what you like, how you rate different content, how you get to the BX businessXplainer Site, and whether you would use a helpful feature more if we explained it differently. We also want this Policy and our practices to reflect our community's values. For this reason, we keep information related to your use of the BX businessXplainer Site confidential, except as provided in this Policy.Information We Receive Automatically
Because of how browsers work and similar to other major webSite, we receive some information automatically when you visit the BX businessXplainer Site. This information includes the type of device you are using (possibly including unique device identification numbers, for some beta versions of our mobile applications), the type and version of your browser, your browser's language preference, the type and version of your operating system, in some cases the name of your internet service provider or mobile carrier, the website that referred you to the BX businessXplainer Site, which pages you request and visit, and the date and time of each request you make to the BX businessXplainer Site.
Put simply, we use this information to enhance your experience with BX businessXplainer Site. For example, we use this information to administer the Site, provide greater security, and fight vandalism; optimize mobile applications, customize content and set language preferences, test features to see what works, and improve performance; understand how users interact with the BX businessXplainer Site, track and study use of various features, gain understanding about the demographics of the BX businessXplainer Site, and analyze trends.Information We Collect
We actively collect some types of information with a variety of commonly-used technologies. These generally include a variety of "locally stored data" technologies, such as cookies and local storage.
Depending on which technology we use, locally stored data can be anything from text, pictures, and whole articles (as we explain further below) to personal information (like your IP address) and information about your use of the BX businessXplainer Site (like your username or the time of your visit).
We use this information to make your experience with the BX businessXplainer Site safer and better, to gain a greater understanding of user preferences and their interaction with the BX businessXplainer Site, and to generally improve our services. We will never use third-party cookies, unless we get your permission to do so. If you ever come across a third-party data collection tool that has not been authorized by you (such as one that may have been mistakenly placed by another user or administrator), please report it to us at email@example.com Locally stored data help us do things like:
- Provide you with a personalized experience, such as using cookies to know your language preference, to remember the user preferences you set so we can provide you with the customized look and feel that you want, and to tell you about interesting BX businessXplainer issues and events in your area.
- Deliver more relevant content to you faster. For example, we may use local storage to store your most recently read content directly on your device, so they can be retrieved quickly.
- Understand how you use the BX businessXplainer Site across different devices, so that we can make our BX businessXplainer Site more efficient and effective for you.
- Make the BX businessXplainer Site more convenient to use, such as by using cookies to maintain your session when you log in or to remember your username in the login field.
We believe this data collection helps improve your user experience, but you may remove or disable some or all locally stored data through your browser settings, depending on your browser. While locally stored data may not be necessary to use our Site, some features may not function properly if you disable locally stored data. While the examples above concerning information about you collected through the use of data collection tools are kept confidential in accordance with this Policy, please note that some information about the actions taken by your username is made publicly available through public logs alongside actions taken by other users. For example, a public log may include the
date your account was created on a BX businessXplainer Site along with the dates that other accounts were created on a BX businessXplainer Site. Information available through public logs will not include personal information about you.Emails
We use your email address to let you know about things that are happening with the BX businessXplainer Site, such as telling you important information about your account, letting you know if something is changing about the BX businessXplainer Site or policies, and alerting you when there has been a change to a topic that you have decided to follow. Please note that if you email us, we may keep your message, email address, and any other information you provide us, so that we can process and respond to your request.
Emails such as those containing critical information that all users need to know to participate successfully in the BX businessXplainer Site, you may not be able to opt out of. You can manage what kinds of notifications you receive and how often you receive them by going to your edit profile page.
We will never ask for your password by email (but may send you a temporary password via email if you have requested a password reset). If you ever receive such an email, please let us know by sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can investigate the source of the email.Location InformationIP Addresses
When you visit the BX businessXplainer Site, we automatically receive IP address of the device you are using to access the Internet, which could be used to infer your geographical location. We keep IP addresses confidential, except as provided in this Policy. We use IP addresses for research and analytics; to better personalize content, notices, and settings for you; to fight spam, identity theft, malware, and other kinds of abuse; and to provide better mobile and other applications.SharingWhen May We Share Your Information?
For Legal Reasons
We may access, preserve, or disclose your personal information if we reasonably believe it necessary to satisfy a valid and legally enforceable warrant, subpoena, court order, law or regulation, or other judicial or administrative order. However, if we believe that a particular request for disclosure of a user's information is legally invalid or an abuse of the legal system and the affected user does not intend to oppose the disclosure themselves, we will try our best to fight it. We are committed to notifying you via email at least ten (10) calendar days, when possible, before we disclose your personal information in response to a legal demand. However, we may only provide notice if we are not legally restrained from contacting you, there is no credible threat to life or limb that is created or increased by disclosing the request, and you have provided us with an email address.
These rights may include access to limited amounts of otherwise nonpublic information about recent contributions and activity by other users. They use this access to help protect against vandalism and abuse, fight harassment of other users, and generally try to minimize disruptive behavior on the BX businessXplainer Site. Users are selected through a community-driven process and overseen by their peers through a logged history of their actions.
We hope that this never comes up, but we may disclose your personal information if we believe that it's reasonably necessary to prevent imminent and serious bodily harm or death to a person, or to protect our organization, employees, contractors, users, or the public. We may also disclose your personal information if we reasonably believe it necessary to detect, prevent, or otherwise assess and address potential spam, malware, fraud, abuse, unlawful activity, and security or technical concerns.To Our Service Providers
As hard as we may try, we can't do it all. So we reserve the right to use third-party service providers or contractors who help run or improve the BX businessXplainer Site for you and other users. We may give access to your personal information to these providers or contractors as needed to perform their services for us or to use their tools and services. We put requirements, such as confidentiality agreements, in place to help ensure that these service providers treat your information consistently with, and no less protective of your privacy than, the principles of this Policy.To Understand & Experiment
The software that powers the BX businessXplainer Site depends on the work of software developers, who spend time writing and testing code to help it improve and evolve with our users' needs. To facilitate their work, we may give some developers limited access to systems that contain your personal information, but only as reasonably necessary for them to develop and contribute to the BX businessXplainer Site.
When we give access to personal information to third-party developers or researchers, we put requirements, such as reasonable technical and contractual protections, in place to help ensure that these service providers treat your information consistently with the principles of this Policy and in accordance with our instructions. If these developers or researchers later publish their work or findings, we ask that they not disclose your personal information. Please note
that, despite the obligations we impose on developers and researchers, we cannot guarantee that they will abide by our agreement, nor do we guarantee that we will regularly screen or audit their projects.ProtectionHow Do We Protect Your Data?
We strive to protect your information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. Unfortunately, there's no such thing as completely secure data transmission or storage, so we can't guarantee that our security will not be breached (by technical measures or through violation of our policies and procedures).How Long Do We Keep Your Data?
- In the event of substantial changes, we will provide the proposed changes to our users in at least two (2) languages (selected at our discretion) for open comment period lasting at least thirty (30) calendar days. Prior to the start of any comment period, we will provide notice of such changes and the opportunity to comment via the BX businessXplainer Site, or an e-mail.
- For minor changes, such as grammatical fixes, administrative or legal changes, or corrections of inaccurate statements, we will post the changes and, when possible, provide at least three (3) calendar days' prior notice via BX or an e-mail.