As an Infomediary, the purpose of ad-u.com is to use technology to enable businesses to interact with consumers in highly personalized ways, without forfeiting the privacy of the user. Therefore privacy is at the core of Ad-u.
We do not give, sell, rent, share, or trade any identifiable personal information regarding our members to any third party, with the exception of third-party contractors and service providers who work with Ad-u to provide the UserBar and other services, and who are strictly prohibited from later use of the information that they may have access to. We will disclose personal information to local, state, or federal law enforcement officials when we believe in good faith that the law requires it.
This document is a "work in progress," insofar as certain portions may be updated from time to time as the programs and services we offer to our members change. However the principles upon which this document is based will not change, nor will our fundamental commitment to protecting the privacy of our members. We also welcome your continuing input into this policy. Please give us your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collection Limitation Principle
ad-u.com adheres to the principle that the collection of personal information should be limited to that obtained through fair and lawful means and only with the knowledge and consent of the data subject.
How we deliver: Ad-u makes very clear our policies regarding our data gathering processes and seeks consent before obtaining personally identifiable data from the individual.
Information We Collect from Visitors
For visitors to our website, we gather only aggregate, non-personally identifying data about your visit to our website. If you visit Ad-u's website (whether you are using Ad-u's UserBar software or not), Ad-u's web servers log a number of basic pieces of information, including the following:
Information We Collect from Members
In our online registration form for new members of the service, we require you to provide us with your full name, full mailing address, email address and a password. In addition, we require your gender, birth date, and a password question with its corresponding answer, so that we may identify you if you ever lose your password.
Other Data We May Request from Members
Message Boards and Messaging Services
If you utilize a message board or other messaging service operated by Ad-u, your use of those services is governed by the Terms of Service agreement associated with those services. If you choose to publish your e-mail address or publish other personal data, you do so at your own risk. If you have concerns regarding privacy issues related to the message boards or messaging services, or wish to have a message removed from the message boards for privacy-related reasons, you should contact email@example.com for assistance.
If you decide to join the Ad-u community, at the time you submit your registration, and any time you access your account information, Ad-u's servers place a "session cookie." A cookie is a little piece of text stored by your browser on your computer, at the request of our server. Session cookies last until the conclusion of your visit to our website and allows our servers to correctly display pages based upon your account information.
You are always free to decline our cookies, if your browser permits, or to ask your browser to indicate when a cookie is being sent. You can also delete cookie files from your computer at your discretion. Note that if you decline our cookies or ask for notification each time a cookie is being sent, your UserBar may not function properly and we may have difficulty rendering service to you.
Sites Linked Via the website
Information about you may be collected by advertisers, merchants or other third parties when you click through advertisements on the Ad-u website. We have no control over the collection or handling of such data and urge you to review the privacy policies of those sites before providing them with personal data. ad-u.com is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.
A Special Note About Children
ad-u.com wants to help parents protect the privacy of children and takes steps to obtain parental permission before children may join Ad-u. ad-u.com does not consider our web Site or services to be directed at children but some children may have signed up as Members. We have designed our parental consent process to comply with the requirements of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which is further described at the Federal Trade Commission's Under the provisions of that law, we require that children under 13 obtain parental permission before joining ad-u.com. To remove your child from ad-u.com membership, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about protecting children online,
Members are always free to quit the service and close their account by contacting Member Support at the email address email@example.com.
Purpose Specification Principle
ad-u.com adheres to the principle that the purposes for which personal data are collected should be specified at or prior to the time of collection, and that any subsequent use should be limited to the fulfillment of purposes not inconsistent with those purposes previously specified.
How we deliver: We clearly specify the purposes for which we collect personal information from our members and restrict our usage of that data to purposes reasonably related to those described. Prior to any new data usage that may be beyond the scope of previously disclosed purposes, we will disclose such new uses and obtain the data subject's permission.
Visitors to Our website
We use information gathered from visitors to our website in an aggregate form to get a better understanding of where our visitors come from and to help us better design and organize our website. Although an IP address doesn't necessarily identify a visitor personally, it can sometimes suggest a connection to a particular individual or their computer, therefore we do not disclose the information contained in those logs to third parties unless compelled to by law. Information contained in our web server logs may be used in the course of fraud investigations.
Members of Our Service
We collect and process information about you in order to provide the services described in the Membership Agreement. We will process your information to administer your membership, determine your eligibility for certain services, provide services to you, and enable you to take advantage of other member benefits. In addition to the purposes specified under the Collection Limitation portion of this agreement, we will use the personal information provided by members to verify your identity, to protect against fraud, and to send you updates about your account, including new products and services that are specific to your membership and participation in Ad-u, as well as company news updates, and notices regarding our policies and practices.
Use Limitation Principle
ad-u.com adheres to the principle that personal data should not be disclosed, made available, or otherwise used for purposes other than those specified in accordance with the Purpose Specification Principle, except with the consent of the data subject or as required by law.
We do not give, sell, rent, share, or trade any identifiable personal information regarding our members with any third party, with the exception of third party contractors or service providers who work with Ad-u to provide this service. All parties with whom we contract for such services are strictly prohibited by the terms of those contracts from any other use of the information. For more information regarding the Ad-u Group of international subsidiaries, please see the Openness section of this policy.
It is Ad-u's policy to comply with
reasonable warrants issued by courts to law
enforcement officials. However, our policy is to
oppose attempts to seek release of member
information by private parties through the use of
civil subpoenas. When served with a civil
subpoena, our policy is to notify the specified
member of the request prior to disclosure of any
personal data, and to require the requesting party
to seek court review of the appropriateness and
sufficiency of the subpoena before we will
disclose any of the requested member information.
Individual Participation Principle
ad-u.com adheres to the principle that our members have a right to know what type of information we maintain relating to him/her, to have communicated to him/her the data relating to him/her in a reasonable time at reasonable cost, and to challenge the accuracy of that data.
How we deliver: Ad-u provides its members with access to their account information via a secure web interface. We allow our members to correct and update that information in a timely manner, following processes designed to insure the integrity of the information.
Personal Data recorded about members, as described in the Collection Limitation Principle section, will be provided to members upon their request, within a reasonable period of time, according to policies designed to assure the identity of the requesting party before this personal data is released. If the member discovers errors in that data, we will correct them upon request. You may update, correct, access, or delete your Personal Data in accordance with the following procedures:
Accessing and Updating Your Personal Data Online and Offline
You may update and correct your Personal Data by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may request that a paper copy of your
Personal Data be sent to you by contacting our
support organization using the form at (insert
URL) or by sending e-mail to email@example.com.
You may request to be sent a copy of all of your Personal Data by contacting our support organization using the form at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. A representative of Member Services will contact you with further information about the costs associated with retrieving and shipping that data to you.
Objecting to Processing of Your Personal Data
You may object at any time to our processing of your Personal Data by contacting our support organization using the membership cancellation process at (Insert URL). Upon cancellation of your account, any member benefits accrued in your account will be deemed "unearned" and will be forfeited.
Retention of your Personal Data
You may quit the service at any time and all
Personal Data relating to you will be taken out of
active use for our advertising targeting
processes. Our data retention policy requires that
data pertaining to former members will be retained
for a reasonable period of time necessary to
fulfill our service obligations to members and to
comply with applicable laws, and will then be
deleted according to a schedule established by
ad-u.com adheres to the principle that any personal data collected should be relevant to the purpose for which they are used and, to the extent necessary for those purposes, should be kept accurate and up-to-date.
ad-u.com adheres to the principle that we should provide our members with information regarding changes in our practices and policies with respect to their personal data, providing them with reasonable opportunities to know what type of personal information we retain, the purposes of their use, and other information regarding how we adhere to the principles stated in this document.
How we deliver: Ad-u has a general policy of openness about its practices and policies regarding personal data of consumers. Ad-u states in detail what personal data it collects and why it collects it. Ad-u also maintains a policy of disclosing any changes to its practices and policies. Any changes to our policies or procedures that materially reduce the privacy protections encompassed therein, including any changes in corporate ownership that impact upon the promises made in this policy, will be disclosed with sufficient advance notice to allow those individuals affected to exercise informed choices regarding their personal information.
Security Safeguards Principle
ad-u.com adheres to the principle that personal data should be protected by reasonable security safeguards against the loss, unauthorized access, use, modification, or disclosure of data.
How we deliver: Ad-u has mandated that its management company employ a variety of security measures to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control. Whenever possible, we make use of current industry standard procedures and processes to safeguard the confidentiality of your identifiable personal information, such as firewalls, encryption, token authentication, application proxies, monitoring technology, and adaptive analysis of network traffic to track abuse of our network and its data. In some cases we may employ practices that exceed current industry standards, and in other cases we may diverge therefrom when we reasonably believe circumstances dictate doing so. Unfortunately, when you submit information about yourself to ad-u.com over the Internet, the information may travel over many systems that are not under the control of ad-u.com. The Internet is not 100% secure and it is possible that others may be able to intercept the information that you are sending. While we endeavor to provide the greatest possible protection to your data, we cannot guarantee absolute security in all circumstances.
ad-u.com adheres to the principle
that an individual should be empowered to and
accountable for assuring the corporation complies
with the measures that give effect to the
principles stated herein.