Last updated: December 12, 2009
The terms "we", "us", and "Designers &" refer to Designers And Us. The terms "you" and "your" refer to you, as a user of any of the Designers & Sites. The term "personal information" means information that you provide to us which personally identifies you to be contacted or identified, such as your name, phone number, email address, and any other data that is tied to such information.
I. Information We Collect and How We Use It
We use commercially reasonable efforts to ensure that the collection of personal information is limited to that which is necessary to fulfill the purposes identified below. If we use your information in a manner different than the purpose for which it is collected, then we will ask you for your consent prior to such use.
If you create an account to take advantage of the full range of services offered on the Designers & Sites, we ask for and record personal information such as your name and email address. We use your email address to send you updates and news, and contact you on behalf of other users (such as other users who send you compliments, personal messages, or favorite reviews). You may opt-out of receiving further e-mails by following the instructions contained in Designers & e-mails.
We store and may publicly display your submissions in order to provide the services that we offer. When we display your submissions, we do so together with your account name ("Username"). The term "submissions" refers to the information that you submit or post to the Designers & Sites for public display, such as business ratings, reviews, compliments, and the information that you display as part of your account profile.
If you contact us to provide feedback, register a complaint, or ask a question, we will record any personal information and other content that you provide in your communication so that we can effectively respond to your communication.
We record information relating to your use of the Designers & Sites, such as the searches you undertake, the pages you view, your browser type, IP address, requested URL, referring URL, and timestamp information. We use this type of information to administer the Designers & Sites and provide the highest possible level of service to you. We also use this information in the aggregate to perform statistical analyses of user behavior and characteristics in order to measure interest in and use of the various areas of the Designers & Sites. You cannot be identified from this aggregate information.
We send cookies to your computer in order to uniquely identify your browser and improve the quality of our service. The term "cookies" refers to small pieces of information that a website sends to your computer's hard drive while you are viewing the site. We may use both session cookies (which expire once you close your browser) and persistent cookies (which stay on your computer until you delete them). Persistent cookies can be removed by following your browser help file directions. If you choose to disable cookies, some areas of the Designers & Sites may not work properly or at all.
II. Transfer of Information
We may distribute your submissions to third parties, as permitted pursuant to our Terms of Service. The third parties may in turn publicly display or publish your submissions in connection with their own websites and media platforms. When we distribute your submissions to third parties, we typically include your Username (but not your personal information unless you include your personal information in your submissions).
We may share your personal information with third parties to provide you with services that we offer through the Designers & Sites, conduct quality assurance testing, facilitate creation of accounts, provide technical and customer support, or provide specific services, in accordance with your instructions. These third parties are required not to use your personal information other than to provide the services requested by you.
We may disclose information in the aggregate to third parties relating to user behavior in connection with actual or prospective business relationship with those third parties, such as advertisers and content distributors. For example, we may disclose the number of users that have been exposed to, or clicked on, advertising banners.
We use third party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit the Designers & Sites. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, click here.
III. Third-party Advertisers, Links to Other Sites
The Designers & Sites may contain links to third party websites to which we have no affiliation. Except as set forth herein, we do not share your personal information with those third parties, and are not responsible for their privacy practices.
Designers & does not provide any personally identifiable information to these third-party ad servers or ad networks without your consent or except as part of a specific program or feature for which you will have the ability to opt-in or opt-out. However, please note that if an advertiser asks Designers & to show an advertisement to a certain audience (for example, men ages 18-34) or audience segment (for example, men ages 18-34 who work with particular products) and you respond to that advertisement, the advertiser or ad-server may conclude that you fit the description of the audience they are trying to reach. The advertiser may also use information regarding your use of the Site, such as the number of times you viewed an ad (but not any personally identifiable information), to determine which ads to deliver to you.
IV. Controlling Your Personal Data
To the extent you include personal information in your submissions (such as your last name or e-mail address), third parties may be able to identify you, associate you with your user account, and contact you. Third parties can also associate you with your user account using the member lookup feature on the Designers & Sites. Please do not include information in your submissions that you expect to keep private. In addition, you can reduce the risk of being personally identified by choosing a fictitious account name, though doing so could detract from the credibility of your submissions.
As a registered Designers & user, you can modify some of your personal information and your privacy preferences by accessing the "Account" section of this website. Upon your request, Designers & will use commercially reasonable efforts to close your account and cease displaying your submissions on the Designers & Sites; nevertheless, we may still retain your personal information in our systems.
You hereby acknowledge that Designers & is not responsible for any intercepted information sent via the internet, and you hereby release us from any and all claims arising out of or related to the use of intercepted information in any unauthorized manner.
VI. E-mails and Opt-out
VIII. Dispute Resolution
Designers & Us
241 Centre Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10013
United States of America
IX. Contacting the Website & Access to Your Personal Information
Upon written request, subject to certain exceptions, Designers & will inform you of the existence, use, and disclosure of your personal information and will give you access to that information. Access requests should be sent to our Privacy Officer, using the contact information above. When requesting access to your personal information, we may request specific information from you to enable us to confirm your identity and right to access, as well as to search for and provide the personal information that we hold about you. We may charge you a fee to access your personal information to cover our costs; however, we will advise you of any fee in advance, which will be no more than any maximum fee prescribed by law.