Privacy Policy
AfroSocio.com AfroSocio.com easies sharing information with your friends and people in your life with an Afro sense of style. We understand you may not want everyone in the world to have the information you share on AfroSocio.com; that is why we give you control of your information. Our default privacy settings allow public access to your information but you should have control over your information and you should have access to the information others sharing. AfroSocio.com is a product of Max Online Services Limited, a registered private company under The Companies Act (CAP.110) of The Republic of Uganda. Incorporated on August 5, 2009, Max Online Services Limited is a platform service provider. We develop and deliver high-quality, efficient, cost effective and functional platforms like portals, sites and ecommerce carts that provide a broad range of services to individuals, groups, businesses, institutions, corporations, Governments and NGOs. Our platforms also offer internet advertising space for banners and links, building brand presence on the Internet and consultation in an innovative perspective tailored to specific preferences of African Internet users. The shareholders, management and staff of Max Online Services Limited are a socially responsible community as they strive to serve you beyond your expectations. AfroSocio.com's Privacy Policy AfroSocio.com's Privacy Policy helps you understand how we collect and use the personal information you decide to share, and help you make informed decisions when using AfroSocio.com.com By accessing AfroSocio.com, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy. When you visit AfroSocio.com you provide us with two types of information: personal information you knowingly choose to disclose that is collected by us and Web Site use information collected by us as you interact with our Web Site. When you register with AfroSocio.com, you provide us with certain personal information, such as your name, your email address, your telephone number, your address, your gender, schools attended and any other personal or preference information that you provide to us. When you enter AfroSocio.com, we collect your browser type and IP address. This information is gathered for all AfroSocio.com visitors. In addition, we store certain information from your browser using "cookies." A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's computer tied to information about the user. We use session ID cookies to confirm that users are logged in. These cookies terminate once the user closes the browser. By default, we use a persistent cookie that stores your login ID (but not your password) to make it easier for you to login when you come back to AfroSocio.com. You can remove or block this cookie using the settings in your browser if you want to disable this convenience feature. When you use AfroSocio.com, you may set up your personal profile, form relationships, send messages, perform searches and queries, form groups, set up events, add applications, and transmit information through various channels. We collect this information so that we can provide you the service and offer personalized features. In most cases, we retain it so that, for instance, you can return to view prior messages you have sent or easily see your friend list. When you update information, we usually keep a backup copy of the prior version for a reasonable period of time to enable reversion to the prior version of that information. You post User Content on the Site at your own risk. Although we allow you to set privacy options that limit access to your pages, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. We cannot control the actions of other Users with whom you may choose to share your pages and information. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that User Content you post on the Site will not be viewed by unauthorized persons. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the Site. You understand and acknowledge that, even after removal, copies of User Content may remain viewable in cached and archived pages or if other Users have copied or stored your User Content. You or your friend may contact us to request that we remove this information from our database. Any improper collection or misuse of information provided on AfroSocio.com is a violation of the AfroSocio.com Terms of Service and should be reported. AfroSocio.com may also collect information about you from other sources, such as newspapers, blogs, and other users of the AfroSocio.com service through the operation of the service in order to provide you with more useful information and a more personalized experience. By using AfroSocio.com, you are consenting to have your personal data transferred to and fro, and processed in Uganda and the United States. Children Under Age 13 AfroSocio.com does not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register. If you are under 13, please do not attempt to register for AfroSocio.com or send any information about yourself to us. No one under age of 13 may provide any personal information to or on AfroSocio.com. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have wrongly collected information from a child under 13, please Contact us. Children Between the Ages of 13 and 18 We recommend that minors 13 years of age or older ask their parents for permission before sending any information about themselves to anyone over the Internet. Use of Information Obtained by AfroSocio.com When you register with AfroSocio.com, you create your own profile and privacy settings. Your profile information, as well as your name, email and photo, are displayed to people in the networks specified in your privacy settings to enable you to connect with people on AfroSocio.com. We may occasionally use your name and email address to send you notifications regarding new services offered by AfroSocio.com that we think you may find valuable. Profile information is used by AfroSocio.com primarily to be presented back to and edited by you when you access the service and to be presented to others you permitted to view that information. Profile information you submit to AfroSocio.com will be available to users of AfroSocio.com who belong to at least one of the networks you allow to access the information. Your name, network names, and profile picture thumbnail will be available in search results across the AfroSocio.com network and those limited pieces of information may be made available to third party search engines. This is primarily so your friends can find you and send a friend request. People who see your name in searches, however, will not be able to access your profile information unless they have allowed such access based on your privacy settings. AfroSocio.com may send you service-related announcements from time to time through the general operation of the service but you may opt out of such emails, though AfroSocio.com reserves the right to send you notices about your account even if you opt out of all voluntary email notifications. AfroSocio.com may use information in your profile without identifying you as an individual to third parties. We do this for purposes such as aggregating how many people in a network like a band or movie and personalizing advertisements and promotions so that we can provide you AfroSocio.com. We believe this benefits you. We may use information about you that we collect from other sources, including but not limited to newspapers and Internet sources such as blogs, instant messaging services, AfroSocio.com Platform developers and other users of AfroSocio.com, to supplement your profile. Sharing Your Information with Third Parties AfroSocio.com is about sharing information with others — friends and people in your world — while providing you with privacy settings that restrict other users from accessing your information. We do not provide contact information to third party marketers without your permission. We share your information with third parties only in limited circumstances where we believe such sharing is 1) reasonably necessary to offer the service, 2) legally required or, 3) permitted by you. Such as: • Unlike most sites on the Web, AfroSocio.com limits access to site information by third party search engine "crawlers" (e.g. Google, Yahoo, MSN, Ask). AfroSocio.com takes action to block access by these engines to personal information beyond your name, profile picture, and limited aggregated data about your profile (e.g. number of wall postings). • We may provide information to service providers to help us bring you the services we offer such as to host the service at a co-location facility for servers, to send out email updates about AfroSocio.com, to remove repetitive information from our user lists, to process payments for products or services, to offer an online job application process, or to provide search results or links (including sponsored links). In connection with these offerings and business operations, our service providers may have access to your personal information for use for a limited time in connection with these business activities. Where we utilize third parties for the processing of any personal information, we implement reasonable contractual and technical protections. • We may be required to disclose user information pursuant to lawful requests, such as court orders, or in compliance with applicable laws. We do not reveal information until we have a good faith belief that an information request by law enforcement or private litigants meets applicable legal standards. Additionally, we may share your information when we believe it is necessary to comply with law, to protect our interests or property, to prevent fraud or other illegal activity perpetrated through the AfroSocio.com service or using the AfroSocio.com name, or to prevent imminent bodily harm. This may include sharing information with other companies, lawyers, agents or government agencies. • We let you choose to share information with marketers or electronic commerce providers through on-site offers. • We may offer stores or provide services jointly with other companies on AfroSocio.com. You can tell when another company is involved in any store or service provided on AfroSocio.com, and we may share customer information with that company in connection with your use of that store or service. • If the ownership of all or substantially all of the AfroSocio.com business, or individual business units owned by Max Online Services Ltd., were to change, your user information may be transferred to the new owner so the service can continue operations. In any such transfer of information, your user information would remain subject to the promises made in any pre-existing Privacy Policy. When you use AfroSocio.com, certain information you post or share with third parties such as personal information, comments, messages, photos, videos, Marketplace listings or other information, may be shared with other users in accordance with the privacy settings you select. All such sharing of information is done at your own risk. Please keep in mind that if you disclose personal information in your profile or when posting comments, messages, photos, videos, classified listings or other items, this information may become publicly available. Links AfroSocio.com may contain links to other websites. We are of course not responsible for the privacy practices of other web sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information. This Privacy Policy applies solely to information collected by AfroSocio.com. Third Party Advertising Advertisements that appear on AfroSocio.com are sometimes delivered or served directly to users by third party advertisers. They automatically receive your IP address and may also download cookies to your computer, or use other technologies such as JavaScript and "web beacons" (also known as "1x1 gifs") to measure the effectiveness of their ads and to personalize advertising content. Doing this allows the advertising network to recognize your computer each time they send you an advertisement in order to measure the effectiveness of their ads and to personalize advertising content. In this way, they may compile information about where individuals using your computer or browser saw their advertisements and determine which advertisements are clicked. AfroSocio.com does not have access to or control of the cookies that may be placed by the third party advertisers. Third party advertisers have no access to your contact information stored on AfroSocio.com. Note: This privacy policy covers the use of cookies by AfroSocio.com and does not cover the use of cookies or other tracking technologies by any of its advertisers. Changing or Removing Information Access and control over most personal information on AfroSocio.com is readily available through on site editing tools. AfroSocio.com users may modify or delete any of their profile information at any time by logging into their account. Information will be updated immediately. Individuals who wish to deactivate their AfroSocio.com account may do so. Removed information may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time but will not be generally available to members of AfroSocio.com. In cases where you make use of the communication features of the AfroSocio.com to share information with other individuals on AfroSocio.com, such as sending personal messages to another AfroSocio.com user, you generally cannot remove such communications. Security AfroSocio.com takes appropriate precautions to protect our users' information. Your account information is located on a secured server behind a firewall. When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card number or your password), we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). (To learn more about SSL, go tohttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_Sockets_Layer). Because email and instant messaging are not recognized as secure communications, we request that you not send private information to us by email or instant messaging services. If you have any questions about the security of AfroSocio.com Web Site, please contact us. Terms of Use, Notices and Revisions Your use of AfroSocio.com, and any disputes arising from it, is subject to this Privacy Policy as well as our Terms of Use and all of its dispute resolution provisions including arbitration, limitation on damages and choice of law. We reserve the right to change our Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use at any time. Non-material changes and clarifications will take effect immediately, and material changes will take effect within 14 days of their posting on this site. If we make changes, we will post them and will indicate at the top of this page the policy's new effective date. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here or by email, or through notice on our home page. We encourage you to refer to this policy on an ongoing basis so that you understand our current privacy policy. Unless stated otherwise, our current privacy policy applies to all information that we have about you and your account. Contacting the Web Site If you have any questions about this privacy policy, please contact us.