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Privacy Policy for Talk Howdy

This Privacy Policy describes how we collect, use, and disclose Personal Information for our Service, including our web based services, and other services we may provide in the future (the “Service”). By using the Service, regardless of opening an account or becoming a “User”, you agree to the below. If you do not agree, please immediately stop using the Service.

Overview

As an overview, the Service is a platform for individuals to create and/or join interest-based online communities. We collect Personal Information about Users.

  1. Information we collect includes but is not limited to the following:
  2. First and Last Name
  3. Age
  4. Location and/or address
  5. Contact Information (including email, user names, screen names, phone numbers and/or other persistent identifiers)
  6. Personal interests, preferences, goals, and commentary
  7. Pictures, videos and sound clips which may identify you, your image or your voice
  8. Information about Users and their family (parents, guardians, or other kin)
  9. Information about interests with which the User is affiliated

Users may elect to share some or all of their Personal Information, subject to the terms of this Policy. If you have questions or comments about this policy, you may contact us via email at: [email protected]

Please review this Privacy Policy as well as the Service’s Terms of Use, which govern your use of the Service.

This Privacy Policy was last updated on February 18, 2021, and is effective as of that date.  We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time so please check back regularly to keep informed of updates.

By accessing our Service you expressly agree to the use of your Personal Information pursuant to the terms of this Policy. Children under the age of 13 are not allowed to use the Service, access the site, or create an account, without the express consent of their parent or guardian. The collection, use and disclosure of information that is not Personal Information is not covered by this Privacy Policy.  If you do not agree to this Privacy Policy or any changes to this Privacy Policy or our Terms of use, please do not visit or access our Service.

Important Features of Our Service

This Service is password protected and limited to registered Users.

Types of Accounts and Users

Community Pages: Any user may request to build a community on Talk Howdy. Pending Talk Howdy’s approval of community, said user will then become a Community Administrator of the now-approved community, and may now set up the homepage for the approved community. These pages will be managed by the Community Administrators, as set forth below.

Community Admin/Leader Roles: If you are a Community Administrator of a Talk Howdy community, then you can establish a community homepage. Other members of said community also acquire an administrative role (as assigned by the Community Administrator) for a particular community. The primary Community Administrator in question will be required to permit any additional Community Administrator prior to such account gaining administrative permissions. The initial Community Administrator shall also have the right to eliminate or remove any secondary Community Administrators or community members at any time.

Community Member Accounts: The Service provides a platform for individuals to join existing  communities built on the Talk Howdy platform. Individual users may sign up for a Community Member account to join communities. If you are a prospective user under the age of 13, then you must have a parent or guardian approve your Account prior to signing up. Unless specifically authorized by their legal guardian (via consent to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy of the Service), children under the age 13 may not participate in the use of the Service, including the management of an account, or the contribution or manipulation of content. Users with a Member Account may join as many communities as they like, and be appointed as secondary Community Administrators to as many communities as they like. Each member shall have his/her own login and may add a profile picture, comments or other content and participate in community messaging, virtual meetups, and any other features.

All of the proceeding (Community Administrator, Community Member) shall be considered a User.

All User profiles will be viewable by all other Users. Any information posted to an account or on a profile will become Shared Information. Please use caution when sharing your Personal Information.

What Information Do We Collect and How is it Used?

The information we collect, including Personal Information, Shared Information, and other information  includes, but is not limited to the following:

We collect this information in order to register and manage User accounts, to provide requested services, to contact Users about features or postings on the Service, to facilitate User communications, and to respond to any questions Users submit to us.   We share Users’ Personal Information internally in order to manage and operate the Service.

We collect information in order to notify Users by email that other Users have created relevant communities of interest or posted information.  Such notifications may occur when other Users post information and may require additional online communications.   Individuals with Shared Personal Information may require the deletion of their Account and any online contact information, and may do so as described below.

Personal Information

“Personally Identifiable Information,” or “Personal Information” for the purposes of this Privacy Policy, includes information that permits the physical or online contacting of a specific individual or User.  Users may elect to share some or all of their Personal Information (“Shared Personal Information” or ”Shared Information”).