I. ABOUT KIDGRADE
Kidgrade is an online service and community for those with children in their lives; this includes but is not limited to parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, sitters, etc. The Site is an online directory and neighborhood that allows the members of this community to share and get opinions from others on places kids love to eat, shop, stay and play. Kidgrade members ("Kidgraders") can view each other’s comments and opinion, share their opinions and see the ratings created by other members, post journals and comments, and describe their interests. Kidgrade members can change their profile information at any time and can control how other members and Kidgrade communicates with them.
II. INFORMATION WE COLLECT
User Provided Information. Kidgrade collects personal information from you when you register with our Site, update your profile, interact with other members, and use various features of our Site. To register with Kidgrade, you must provide your name, birthday, gender and email address, and select a screen name. When you submit this information, we will send you a confirmation email that you must respond to in order to complete the registration process. Once you are registered, you will be given the option to add additional personal information about you and your family to your profile. Other members do not have access to your personal profile data. Keep in mind, however, that certain basic profile data cannot be hidden and will always be displayed on the Site once you register (see, "When You Register" below.)
From time to time we may ask you to respond to surveys or other requests for information and we collect the information you provide. We may collect information from you when you participate in sweepstakes and promotions offered on our Site. We may also collect information about you through other methods, including research surveys or information we obtain from third parties, including verification services, data services, as well as public sources. We use this information to continually offer you the most value as a Kidgrade member.
Web Logs.Like most standard Website servers, we collect information from all visitors to the Site. This information may include the browser you are using, the internet address from which you linked to our Site, the operating system of your computer, the unique IP address of the computer you used to access our Site, and usage and browsing habits. We use this information to help diagnose and troubleshoot server malfunctions, to analyze trends, track user movement in the aggregate, and gather broad demographic information. We may also use individual information we collect through web logs to send you targeted offers and other communications.
Cookies.To help make sure you receive information that is relevant to you, our Site uses data "cookies." These cookies are small data files stored on your computer which identify you as a previous visitor to the Site and help us to personalize your experience when you arrive. Most web browsers are set to accept cookies. You can instruct your browser not to accept cookies. However, if you disable this function, you will not be able to use some of the features on our Site.
Web Beacons.Our Web pages and our e-mail newsletters contain "web beacons." Web beacons allow us to count users that have visited a web page or opened an email that contains a web beacon and collect other types of aggregate information. Using this information, we are able to measure the effectiveness of our advertising and how visitors use our Site. This allows us to learn what pages are most attractive to our visitors, which parts of our Site are the most interesting and what kind of offers our members like to see. Some of the web beacons that are in place on our Site are used only by Kidgrade, and other web beacons are from our vendors and advertisers who use this data to assist us in analyzing how our members use the Site. In addition, we have agreements with various affiliate networks that promote Kidgrade on their affiliate websites. These affiliate advertisers may use web beacons in their advertisements to track users who click through from the affiliate website to the Site.
III. HOW WE USE YOUR INFORMATION
When you Register.When you register with Kidgrade, you create your own profile. Your screen name is displayed to people in the network. Your real name is never displayed on the Site (unless you use it as your screen name), but your real name will be included in emails that you "send to a friend." You can choose to allow Members to search for you by using your real name or most other information you have entered in your profile.
Please be aware that certain personal profile information is displayed for all Members and cannot be hidden, specifically, your screen name. In addition, because this information is publicly displayed on the Site, it may appear in the results of searches conducted on Internet search engines while you are a member of the Site and potentially for some time period after your membership is terminated, depending upon the search engine's indexing practices.
We'll send you our email and newsletters.Kidgrade may send you service-related announcements and emails from time to time. For instance, if a new restaurant or shop opens, and meets your previous search or ratings we may email you the new listing. We may also use your information to send you e-newsletters, updates and communications about Kidgrade. We may ask you which newsletters you wish to receive. You may change your newsletter preferences (i) by opting-out of receiving future emails as described at the bottom of each communication from Kidgrade; you may (ii) Click the opt-out link in the body of the email.
Sweepstakes and Promotions.On occasion, we offer sweepstakes and other promotions in conjunction with a sponsor. By participating in a promotion, you submit to that promotion's terms and conditions including providing us with permission, if required, to share your personally identifiable information with a particular sponsor.
Third Party Offers.On occasion, we are able to offer you special products or services through a relationship with a third party. In those cases, the offer will be brought to you by Kidgrade and fulfilled by the third party. If you accept the offer, you will become a customer of the company that is fulfilling the offer and we will not have control over their use of the personally identifiable information that you provide to them when you accept the offer.
Invite a Friend.If you do become a member, not only can you enjoy all of the benefits of membership, but you can also invite other individuals to join by providing us with their first names and email addresses. Using the information you give us on these potential members, we will send them an email invitation to join Kidgrade. The only way these individuals can become members, however, is if they come to our Site and sign up themselves. We do not use this information for other purposes.
Legal Matters; Safety.We may, without your consent, access and disclose your information, any communications sent or received by you, and any other information that we may have about you or your account as may be permitted or required by law (including, but not limited to, court order or subpoena), or to prevent or investigate suspected fraud, violations of our Terms of Service, or activity that appears to us to be illegal or may expose us to legal liability. Additionally, we may disclose your information in situations that we believe to be emergencies involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person or property if we believe that your information in any way relates to that threat.
Sale of Business or Assets.In the event that Kidgrade, substantially all of its assets, or a line of business are acquired or merged with another company, personally identifiable information of our members may be one of the assets sold or merged in connection with that transaction. Kidgrade will notify users of the Site of such a change in ownership or transfer of assets by posting a notice on the Site.
IV. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURES, PRACTICES AND CONTACT INFORMATION
Kidgrade contains links to other sites.It is possible for you to receive information directly from our partners and other companies if you access them through a link on Kidgrade.com or if you go directly to their Websites. Once you are on their sites, any data that you supply to these partners, for example, to obtain information or buy products directly from them is beyond our reach and will be the responsibility of each of the linked-to entities and not Kidgrade. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these Websites or any other sites linked to or referenced on our Site.
Security.Kidgrade has multiple layers of security on its systems. We have implemented software and hardware security, including firewalls, data encryption, and private networks intended to protect your personally identifiable information from unauthorized access. We use firewalls and intrusion-detection devices that are designed to defend against hackers and notify us if any attempts are made to compromise our network. We regularly review additional software upgrades to enhance our security measures. However, despite our efforts, no system can completely guaranty that there will never be unauthorized access to your personally identifiable information, and your use of the Site indicates that you are willing to assume this risk.
Children's Privacy.Kidgrade does not encourage participation or visitation by children. Visitors who are known to be under the age of 16 are prohibited from becoming Kidgrade members. Kidgrade does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of 16.
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Chicago, Illinois 60601