But first, a note about uploading and posting information on the Site:
At the time you register for a Scismic account, you will choose and provide Scismic with an email address, your full name, and password. When you post a comment or message on the Site, provide information in connection with features such as chat functions, forums, profiles, job postings, reviews, testimonials, and recommendations your name may be visible to other users.
What information does Scismic collect?
Scismic may collect information about you, when you interact with the Site, including, your name, email, phone number, address, location, personal information you choose to submit to the Site, Log Data, and other data as specifically described herein.
You may provide us with this personal information when you:
- Register for a Scismic account
- Sign up for newsletters, email alerts, and special offers;
- Submit a job posting, job application or inquiry;
- Submit information through any contact form on the Site;
- Request customer support or send Scismic any other communication;
- Enter sweepstakes or contests;
- Sign up for, or redeem, special offers;
- Respond to surveys;
- Participate in any Scismic referral, rewards or promotional programs;
- Make use of Scismic’s Social Media Widget features; and/or
- You may provide us with information about other people, such as their email addresses, if you refer a friend to the Site or Scismic promotions or share Scismic content with such third party.
Depending on which services you choose to use, Scismic may require additional information, such as a business name, a telephone number, a physical address, state/regional identification, links to various online profiles, professional history/Resume/CV, photos, education history, including degrees, dates and locations of attendance, grades, extracurricular accomplishments and educational institute affiliations, laboratory affiliations, biographies, demographic information (gender/ethnicity), and/or salary information. Scismic may contact users to confidentially request more information and/or to ensure compliance with Scismic’s rules.
Who can see your information?
When you post a comment, review, testimonial, or message on the Site or in response to a Scismic blog, your name may be visible to other users.
Your information may be disclosed to our third-party vendors, affiliates, or advertisers, who may contact you with information and promotions, otherwise Scismic will not sell or disclose your name, email address or other personal information to third parties without your explicit consent, except as may be specified in this policy from time to time. Scismic may prepare and share information about our users with third parties, such as advertisers or partners, for research, academic, marketing, commercial, and/or promotional purposes. For example, Scismic may share demographic data that describes the percentage of our users who work in a particular industry or field or who use a particular operating system. Scismic or our third-party partners may publicly report the aggregated findings of the research or analysis, but only in a way that would not allow you or any other user to be personally identified.
Information collected by Cookies:
You can always delete the cookies and reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to display a message when a cookie is being sent. If you reset your browser, some of the Site features and functionality may not be available to you and you may not be able to take advantage of all the features on the Site.
Do Not Track:
Do Not Track (“DNT”) is a privacy preference that users can set in certain web browsers. DNT is a way for users to inform websites and services that they do not want certain information about their webpage visits collected over time and across websites or online services. Scismic is committed to providing you with meaningful choices about the information collected on the Scismic Site for third party purposes, and that is why Scismic provides the opt-out links below. However, Scismic does not recognize or respond to browser-initiated DNT signals, as the Internet industry is currently still working toward defining exactly what DNT means, what it means to comply with DNT, and a common approach to responding to DNT.
These links may not represent all opt-out options available or third parties collecting information via the Site.
- To opt-out of the double click and other Google advertising cookies, please visit the Google advertising opt-out page.
- To opt-out of analysis via the Google Analytics cookie, please visit the Google Analytics opt-out page.
Your California Privacy Rights:
If you live in California and have an established business relationship with us, you can request a list of the personal information we have shared with third parties for their marketing purposes. We will also give you a list of the third parties that have received your information. You can make a request one time each year. To exercise your rights, you can email us or write to us at Scismic LLC, PO Box 391763, Cambridge, MA 02139. Mention in your letter that you are making a "California Shine the Light" inquiry. We will respond within 30 days.
Information collected by Web Beacons and Log Files:
Information collected through Reviews and Testimonials:
You may choose to submit a review or testimonial. If you post a review, Scismic may, but is not required to, ask for certain information to validate your review or testimonial such as email address and your city/state/country of residence. If you submit a review, Scismic will keep your email address private. Additionally, any personally identifiable information that you submit as part of the review or testimonial can be read or used by other visitors to the Site. Scismic is not responsible for any personally identifiable information that you choose to submit as part of your review or testimonial.
Information collected from other sources:
We may get information about you from third parties. We may collect information about you from a friend or colleague. For example, if your friend or colleague provides your information through a refer-a-friend feature or promotion. If you use one of these features, please ensure that you only submit email addresses of individuals with whom you have a close personal, professional, or family relationship, who would be interested in receiving the communication, and who has authorized you to share their email address.
How does Scismic secure your information?
The security of your personal information is important to us. Scismic uses an SSL Protocol to secure the Site. Additionally, your Scismic account information is protected by a password. It is important that you protect against unauthorized access of your account and information by choosing your password carefully, and keeping your password and computer secure by signing out after using Scismic’s services. Scismic believes in the privacy of Scismic’s users. Scismic employs industry standard precautions designed to protect your information from unauthorized access. Scismic will make any legally-required disclosures of any breach of the security, confidentiality, or integrity of your unencrypted electronically stored personal data to you via email or conspicuous posting on this Site in the most expedient time possible and without unreasonable delay, consistent with (i) the legitimate needs of law enforcement or (ii) any measures necessary to determine the scope of the breach and restore the reasonable integrity of the data system. Scismic cannot promise, and you should not expect, that your personal information or private communications will always remain private. Scismic cannot guarantee complete security.
How does Scismic use your information?
Scismic uses the personally identifiable information you provide to:
- Provide the features and functionality of the Site and to improve Scismic’s services;
- Fulfill your requests for Scismic’s products and services;
- Communicate with you about the status of your account and/or other inquiries about Scismic’s products and services;
- Send you information about Scismic’s products and services;
- For Scismic’s internal business purposes, such as data analysis, audits and so forth;
- Help us create content that is most relevant to you; and
- Provide notices about the results of sweepstakes, contest, and other promotions.
Scismic uses your email address to communicate with you about your account and to send you certain notification emails. You can unsubscribe from such communications using the unsubscribe link provided therein. If you refer a friend or colleague to the Site or Scismic’s promotions, Scismic will use your friend's/colleague’s email to send them the e-mail you requested. Your friend's/colleague’s e-mail addresses will only be used for this purpose unless permission is otherwise granted.
Scismic uses non-personally identifiable information to monitor the use and performance of the Site so that Scismic can learn more about how people use the Site which helps us improve Scismic’s products and services and significantly enhance your experience on the Scismic Site.
Does Scismic disclose the information it collects to outside parties?
Generally, Scismic does not share personal information about you with other people or nonaffiliated companies without your consent except that:
Scismic provides information to its agents and trusted service providers and contractors for limited purposes, without limitation, hosting and maintenance, database storage and management, offering certain products and services; marketing campaigns; communicating with customers; providing customer service; managing information on Scismic’s behalf; and enhancing the Site features and functionality. Scismic will share your personally identifiable information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these functions and provide such services, and only pursuant to binding contractual obligations requiring such third parties to maintain the privacy and security of your data.
If you sign up for a promotion (e.g., a contest, rewards program, or sweepstakes offer) or enroll in a service Scismic offers in partnership with a third party, Scismic may provide information (such as your name, email address, and account activity) to such third parties.
Scismic may also release information (including, but not limited to, your name, addresses, telephone number, and account activity) when Scismic, in Scismic’s sole discretion believes that such release is necessary or appropriate to:
- comply with law;
- comply with subpoenas, warrants, court orders, government investigations, or other legal process;
- enforce or apply the terms of any of Scismic’s user or license agreements;
- investigate or respond to allegations of fraud, intellectual property infringement, or other unlawful activity
- investigate fraud or similar claims;
- protect the rights, property or safety of Scismic, Scismic’s users, or others.
- to protect Scismic’s operations; or
- to permit Scismic to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that Scismic may sustain.
Disconnecting your Account from Third Party Websites
You will be able to connect your Scismic account to third party accounts, for instance Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. BY CONNECTING YOUR SCISMIC ACCOUNT TO YOUR THIRD-PARTY ACCOUNT, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOU ARE CONSENTING TO THE CONTINUOUS RELEASE OF INFORMATION ABOUT YOU TO SUCH THIRD PARTIES (IN ACCORDANCE WITH YOUR PRIVACY SETTINGS ON THOSE THIRD-PARTY SITES). IF YOU DO NOT WANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOU, INCLUDING PERSONALLY IDENTIFYING INFORMATION, TO BE SHARED IN THIS MANNER, DO NOT USE THE THIS FEATURE.
Scismic may use third party service providers to place ads on Scismic’s behalf across the internet and sometimes on the Site. They may collect anonymous information about your visits to Scismic’s Site, and your interaction with Scismic products and services. They may also use information about your visits to this and other websites to target advertisements for goods and services. This anonymous information is collected through the use of a web beacon, which is industry standard technology used by most major sites. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this anonymous information used by Scismic’s third party service providers, please contact Scismic at [email protected].
Scismic’s Policy Towards Children
The Site is not directed to persons under 18. If a parent or guardian becomes aware that his or her child has provided Scismic with personally identifiable information without their consent, he or she should contact Scismic at [email protected]. Scismic will take actions to promptly remove such data. Scismic does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under 18. If Scismic becomes aware that a child under 18 has provided personal identifiable Information, Scismic will delete such information.
How can I change, delete, or update my information?
Most of your account information can be changed in the “Account Settings” section of your account on the Site. If you have any questions about what information is stored or would like to obtain a copy of such information, please contact us at [email protected] or Privacy c/o Scismic LLC, PO Box 391763, Cambridge, MA 02139. After receiving proof of your identity, Scismic will provide the information to you, and you may request that Scismic delete or change any or all of the information.