Privacy Policy

Last updated: September 02, 2020

Estuarize recognizes that your privacy is very important, and we take it seriously. This Privacy Policy (“Privacy Policy”) describes our policies and procedures on the collection, use, disclosure, and sharing of your personal information when you use the Estuarize Platform.

This Privacy Policy applies to activities by Estuarize, and its affiliates and subsidiaries (collectively “Estuarize,” “we” or “us”). Capitalized terms that are not defined in this Privacy Policy have the meaning given to them in our Terms of Service.

The Information We Collect: We collect information directly from individuals, from third parties, and automatically through the Estuarize Platform. Account and Profile Information: When you create an account and profile on the Estuarize Platform, we collect your name, contact information (including your telephone number), demographic information, and other information you provide, such as topics that you know about or find interesting. Your name, photo, and any other information that you choose to add to your public-facing profile will be available for viewing by the public and other users of the Estuarize Platform. Once you create a profile, others will be able to see in your profile certain information about your activity on the Estuarize Platform, such as the questions and answers you post, your followers and who you follow, topics of interest to you, the information you list as credentials, and your edits to your content. For more information about your choices for publicly displayed information, see the section below about Your Choices.

Your Content: We collect the information and content that you post to the Estuarize Platform, including your questions, answers, photos, and comments. Unless you have posted certain content anonymously, your content, date and time stamps, and all associated comments are publicly viewable on the Estuarize Platform, along with your name. This also may be indexed by search engines and be republished elsewhere on the Internet in accordance with our Terms of Service. For more information about what you can change, see the below section on Your Choices.

Communications: Your contact information will be used to communicate with you (via email, phone, text message, through the Estuarize Platform or otherwise). When you communicate with us (via email, phone, text message, through the Estuarize Platform, or otherwise), we may maintain a record of your communication. By disclosing your contact information to Estuarize, you consent to our use of your contact information to communicate with you.

Integrated Service Provider and Linked Networks: You can connect your existing Estuarize account with certain third-party networks like Twitter or Google, for example (each a “Linked Network”). You can also elect to sign in or sign up to the Estuarize Platform through a Linked Network. If you elect to sign up through or connect a Linked Network, we receive certain profile and account information about you from the Linked Network. These Linked Networks may also appear in your profile, so that people can find you on these Linked Networks. The specific information provided to us by Linked Networks is determined by you and these third parties, and may vary by network. In all cases, the permissions page for the Linked Network will describe the information being shared. You should consult their respective privacy policies for information about their practices. You may elect to use information from the Linked Network to populate your profile on the Estuarize Platform and help you find and follow your contacts on the Estuarize Platform. For information on your choices, including how to disconnect a Linked Network from your Estuarize profile, see the Your Choices section below. You may also elect to connect and make and receive payments to and from use through third-party networks (“Integrated Service Provider”); if you do so, you will be allowing us to pass to and receive from the Integrated Service Provider your login information and other user data for payment purposes.

Automatically Collected Information About Your Activity: We use cookies, log files, pixel tags, local storage objects, and other tracking technologies to automatically collect information about your activities, such as your searches, page views, date and time of your visit, and other information about your use of the Estuarize Platform. We also collect information that your computer or mobile device provides to us in connection with your use of the Estuarize Platform such as your browser type, type of computer or mobile device, browser language, IP address, mobile carrier, unique device identifier, location, and requested and referring URLs. We also receive information when you view content on or otherwise interact with the Estuarize Platform, even if you have not created an account.

Engagement: We collect browsing information – such as IP address and location, date and time stamp, user agent, Estuarize cookie ID (if applicable), URL, unique advertising or content identifiers (if applicable) and time zone, and other information about user activities on the Estuarize Platform, as well as on third-party sites and services that have embedded our Estuarize pixels (“Pixels”), widgets, plug-ins, buttons, or related services. See the section below about Estuarize Ads and Personalization for more detailed information about how our Pixels may be used by publishers or users of our advertising services (“Ad Services”) on the Estuarize Platform to enable personalization, as well as your choices related to advertising and personalization. We may also receive information about you from third parties, such as other users, partners (including ad partners), or our affiliated companies.

How We Use Your Information: We do not sell your personal information – such as your name and contact information – to third parties to use for their own marketing purposes. Estuarize uses the information we collect for the following purposes:

  • Provide our Services. To provide you the services we offer on the Estuarize Platform and make the Estuarize Platform available to the public, communicate with you about your use of the Estuarize Platform, respond to your inquiries, provide troubleshooting, and for other customer service purposes.
  • Personalization. To tailor the content and information that we may send or display to you in the Estuarize Platform, to suggest followers and content, to offer location customization, and personalized help and instructions, and to otherwise personalize your experiences while using the Estuarize Platform.
  • Analytics. To gather metrics to better understand how users access and use the Estuarize Platform; to evaluate and improve the Estuarize Platform, including the Ad Services and personalization, and to develop new products and services.
  • Comply with Law. To comply with legal obligations, as part of our general business operations, and for other business administration purposes. Prevent Misuse. Where we believe necessary to investigate, prevent or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the safety of any person or violations of our Terms of Service or this Privacy Policy.

Anonymous Posts: You may post certain content anonymously, including questions and answers. In such event, your name is not displayed along with the content, and Estuarize does not associate such content with your user ID and other profile data. For further information see how anonymity works on Estuarize.

Your Content: You may edit or delete the answers that you post at any time. Any questions you have posted may remain on the Estuarize Platform and be edited by other users. Any deleted content will be removed from third-party sites from which it has been shared via Estuarize’s standard sharing features; however we have no control over deletions or changes to your content if it has been shared manually by others. When you make edits to your content, other users will be able to see the history of those edits in your profile activity and on content edit logs.

Adult Content: We don’t allow any adult content in our website. If we find any adult content you may be banned from using our platform.

Emails, Text Messages, and Communications: When you join the Estuarize Platform by signing up for an account or creating a profile, as part of the service, you will receive the Estuarize digest containing content that we believe may match your interests. As permitted by law, you are also opting to receive other emails and text messages from us that may be of interest to you as a user of the Estuarize Platform. You can manage your email, text messages, and notice preferences in your account profile settings, under your Emails and Notifications settings, but note that you cannot opt out of receiving certain administrative or legal notices from us. If you opt-out of receiving emails and text messages about recommendations or other information we think may interest you, we may still send you transactional e-mails and text messages about your account or any services you have requested or received from us. Third parties may comment on your postings within the Estuarize Platform. In your profile, under your Privacy Settings, you can adjust whether to allow people to comment on your answers and posts. You can also adjust permissions about who you allow to send you messages on the Estuarize Platform.

Followers: You can block the ability of another Estuarize user to follow you by selecting the setting for this in the other user’s profile. You can change whether or not you follow other users.

Credentials: You can change your credentials that are displayed in your profile or in connection with a specific answer.

Indexed Search: In your privacy settings, you can control whether your profile and name is indexed by search engines. Changes to privacy settings may only apply on a going-forward basis; for example, your name (e.g., answers and profile) that has already been indexed by search engines may remain indexed for a period of time even after you have turned off indexing, as implementing this change is outside of our control.

Deleted or Deactivated Account: If you choose “Delete Account” in your profile’s “Privacy Settings,” then all of your content will be removed from public visibility on the Estuarize Platform, and it may not be restored by us, even if you change your mind. If you choose “Deactivate Account,” then you will no longer receive any communications from us, and users will not be able to interact with you; however your content will remain on the Estuarize Platform. Once you deactivate your account, you can reactivate it any time by choosing to log in.

Pixels: To opt out of tracking via the Estuarize Pixels, please visit this page. Opting out of Pixels tracking may impact our ability to personalize ads and content tailored to your interests. This setting is tied to your cookies, and, unless you are logged in to the Estuarize Platform, will only be effective on the browser for which you have performed the opt-out.

Children’s Privacy: We do not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 10 or knowingly allow such persons to register. If we become aware that we have collected personal information from a child under the relevant age without parental consent, we take steps to delete that information.

Links to Other Websites: The Estuarize Platform may contain links to third-party sites or online services. We are not responsible for the practices of such third parties, whose information practices are subject to their own policies and procedures, not to this Privacy Policy.

Contact Us: If you have any questions or grievances about our practices or this Privacy Policy, please contact us at [email protected].

Changes to Our Privacy Policy: If we change our privacy policies and procedures, we will post those changes on this page. If we make any changes to this Privacy Policy that materially change how we treat your personal information, we will endeavor to provide you with reasonable notice of such changes, such as via prominent notice in the Estuarize Platform or to your email address of record, and where required by law, we will obtain your consent or give you the opportunity to opt out of such changes. By continuing to use the Estuarize Platform and Estuarize’s services without consenting to the changes or opting out, it will be deemed that you have consented to such changes by your conduct.