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Privacy Policy

MyStepTo Privacy Policy

MyStepTo’s Privacy Policy is designed to help you understand how we collect and use the personal information you decide to share, and help you make informed decisions when using MyStepTo.
By using or accessing MyStepTo, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy.
We collect information:

    • When you register an account to become a MyStepTo user (“User”), such as your name, e-mail, and a password.

    • When you add to your profile with further information about yourself or your private contacts

    • We use cookies and other technologies to recognize you and customize your experience.

    • We automatically receive from your internet use such information as your IP address, the URLs of sites from which you arrive or leave the MyStepTo website, your type of browser and your ISP.

Uses of Personal Information

We use the information you provide to:

    • Administer your account with us and customize the service we provide to you.

    • To send you service or promotional communications through email and notices on the MyStepTo website.

    • We do not sell, rent or otherwise provide your personal identifiable information to any third parties for marketing purposes.

    • We provide you with the means to control whether or not your contact information is shared with another User.

    • Enable you to share your information and communicate with other Users, or provide (usually at your option) your personal details to third parties offering combined services with MyStepTo.

Your Information Choices

You can:

    • Review, enhance or edit your personal information through your personal profile page.

    • Choose what information you make available through your public profile.

    • Control the messages you receive from MyStepTo and other Users and how these messages are sent.

    • Change your settings to control visibility and accessibility through our website.

    • Tell us to close your MyStepTo account.

Important Information

    • Notice of all changes that materially affect ways in which your personal information may be used or shared will be posted in updates to our Privacy Policy.

Security

    • Personal information you provide will be secured with industry standards and technology.

How to contact us

If you have any questions or comments please email us at privacy@MyStepTo.com.

 

MyStepTo Privacy Policy

Your privacy is our top concern. We work hard to earn and keep your trust, so we adhere to the following principles to protect your privacy:

We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it frequently. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by email, or by means of a notice on our home page. By continuing to use the MyStepTo service after notice of changes have been sent to you or published on the MyStepTo website, you are consenting to the changes.
Please read this privacy policy to learn more about:

  1. What personally identifiable information of yours is collected by MyStepTo.

  2. How the information is used.

  3. With whom the information may be shared.

  4. How you can access and change your Account settings.

  5. What security procedures are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information collected by MyStepTo

  6. How to contact us.

We built MyStepTo to make it easy to share information with your friends and people around you. We understand you may not want everyone in the world to have the information you share; that is why we give you control of your information. Our default privacy settings limit the information displayed in your profile to your networks and other reasonable community limitations that we tell you about.

 

1. Personal Information Collected

The purpose of the MyStepTo website is to permit Users to voluntarily provide information about themselves for the purposes of developing, maintaining and enhancing a network of professional contacts. You willingly provide us certain personal information, which we collect in order to allow you to benefit from the MyStepTo website. If you have any hesitation about providing such information to us and/or having such information displayed on the MyStepTo website or otherwise used in any manner permitted in this Privacy Policy and the User Agreement, you should not become a member of the MyStepTo community.

We collect your personal information in the following ways:

Registration

In order to become a User, you must first create an account on our website. To create an account you are required to provide the following contact information, which you recognize and expressly acknowledge is personal information allowing others, including MyStepTo, to identify you: name, email address, and a password chosen by you.

Your password and/or your user name are never visible to any MyStepTo Member at any time. MyStepTo shall never disclose or pass your password and/or your user name on to any third party.

Profile Information

Once you become a User, you may provide additional information in the profile section describing your skills and professional experiences. Providing additional information beyond what is required at registration to become a User is entirely optional, but enables you to better identify yourself and find new opportunities in the MyStepTo system to build and leverage your job networking. Any information you provide at registration or in the Profile section that is not personally identifiable may be used in the same manner and extent to which other information that is not personally identifiable is permitted to be used hereunder.

Groups

On the MyStepTo Web site, MyStepTo offers certain groups, forums and similar services.

Each group has one (1) or more moderator(s). The moderator decides for each group whether the group is public or whether it is only accessible to a specific group of people, as well as who has read and/or write access for each relevant group. This information will be displayed on the MyStepTo Website for the relevant group. It is visible to MyStepTo Members and it may also be visible to non-members of MyStepTo, depending on the settings chosen by the moderator.

Please note: where a group is specified as "public" on the MyStepTo Website and in the event that the moderator has not restricted the access rights to the group, all contributions of MyStepTo Members to such a group can be read by all other MyStepTo Members, and these contributions are then also accessible to non-members of MyStepTo on the Internet without any restrictions. You may deactivate the traceability of your contributions to a group by Internet search engines or by so called RSS-readers in your privacy settings under "Privacy". However, any contributions you posted on the group prior to deactivation will remain visible after the deactivation as well.

Contacts Information

In order to invite others to connect with you directly in MyStepTo, you may use the MyStepTo services to invite them if they are a User, or enter their names and email addresses. This information will be used by MyStepTo to send your invitation including a message that you write. The names and email addresses of people that you invite will be used only to send your invitation and reminders.

All information that you enter or upload about your contacts will be covered by the same terms of this privacy policy as cover your own information.

Cookies

Like most websites, MyStepTo uses cookies and web log files to track site usage. A cookie is a tiny data file which resides on your computer which allows MyStepTo to recognize you as a User when you return to the MyStepTo website using the same computer and web browser. If your browser settings do not allow cookies, you will not be able to use the MyStepTo website. Like the information you enter at registration or in your Profile, cookie and log file data is used to customize your experience on our website.

One type of cookie, known as a “persistent” cookie, is set once you’ve logged in to your MyStepTo account. The next time you visit the MyStepTo website, the persistent cookie will allow us to recognize you as an existing User so you will not need to log in before using the service. In order to access or change any of your private information (like a credit card number) or to send a message to another User, however, you must log in securely again with your password even if your computer contains your persistent cookie.

Additionally, if you log out of the MyStepTo website you will need to re-enter your password the next time you visit in order to log in to your account. Another type of cookie, called a “session” cookie, is used to identify a particular visit to the MyStepTo website. Session cookies expire after a short time or when you close your web browser.

We use cookies to improve the quality of our service by storing User preferences and tracking User trends. In the course of optimizing services to our Users, we may allow authorized third parties to place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser. Any information provided to third parties through such cookies will not be personally identifiable but may provide general segment information, e.g. your industry or geographic location, your occupation, or information about your professional or educational background, for greater customization of your user experience. Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies, but you can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. Unfortunately, if your browser settings do not allow cookies or you opt to refuse all cookies, you may not be able to use the MyStepTo website or services. MyStepTo does not store personally identifiable information in the cookies.

Consent to MyStepTo Processing Information About You

Certain information you provide to MyStepTo may reveal, or allow others to identify, your nationality, ethnic origin, religion or other aspects of your private life, and more generally about you. Please be aware that in providing information to MyStepTo for the purposes of opening your user account, you are expressly and voluntarily accepting the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy and MyStepTo’s User Agreement. The supplying of all such information by you to MyStepTo, including all information deemed “sensitive” by applicable law, is entirely voluntary on your part. You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time, in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Policy and the User Agreement, but please note that your withdrawal of consent will not be retroactive.

Rights to Access, Correct and Eliminate Information About You

You have a right to access, modify, correct and eliminate the data about you which has been collected pursuant to your decision to become a User. If you update any of your information, we may keep a copy of the information which you originally provided to us in our archives for uses documented herein.

We take your rights seriously and encourage you to use them if you deem this to be appropriate. You may exercise these rights by emailing us at privacy@MyStepTo.com.

 

2. Uses of personal information

MyStepTo is an online service dedicated to helping all types of users to more effectively connect with one another. The personally identifiable information you choose to provide on our website is used to help you describe yourself to other Users. Other information, that does not personally identify you as an individual, is collected by MyStepTo from Users (such as, for example, patterns of utilization) and is exclusively owned by MyStepTo. This information can be utilized by MyStepTo in such manner as MyStepTo, in its sole discretion, deems appropriate.

Sharing Information with Third Parties

MyStepTo takes the privacy of Users very seriously. We do not sell, rent, or otherwise provide your personally identifiable information to third parties for marketing purposes. We will only share your personally identifiable information with third parties to carry out your instructions or to provide specific services or information.

We may provide aggregated anonymous data about the usage of our services to third parties for such purposes as we deem, in our sole discretion, to be appropriate, including to prospective advertisers on MyStepTo. We may segment our Users by role (i.e. product managers, vice presidents), industry, geographic location, or company. If you would like to be excluded from the aggregated research or products based upon aggregated data about our Users’ activities on the site, please email support@MyStepTo.com.

Forums/Chats/Blogs

If you participate in a chat room on MyStepTo, you should be aware that any personally identifiable information you choose to provide there can be read, collected, or used by other Users of these forums, as well as other third parties, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. MyStepTo is not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in these forums.

Communications to other Users

Many emails you initiate through MyStepTo, e.g., an invitation sent to a non-User, will list your email address and name in the header of the message. Emails you initiate may also provide aggregate information about your network (for instance how many people are in your network), but will not list the people to whom you’re directly connected. Other communications that you initiate through the MyStepTo website, like a request for contact, will list your name as the initiator but will not include your personal contact information. Your contact information will only be shared with another User if both of you have indicated that you would like to establish contact with each other.

Legal Disclaimer

It is possible that we may need to disclose personal information when required by law, such as responses to civil or criminal subpoenas, or other requests by law enforcement personnel. We will disclose such information wherein we have a good-faith belief that it is necessary to comply with a court order, ongoing judicial proceeding, subpoena, or other legal process or request to MyStepTo brought in any country throughout the world, or to exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims.

Disclosures to others

We may also disclose your personal and other information you provide, to another third party as part of reorganization or a sale of the assets of a MyStepTo corporation division or company. Any third party to which we transfer or sell MyStepTo’s assets will have the right to continue to use the personal and other information that you provide to us.

 

3. Your Information Choices

Accessing and Changing Your Account Information

You can review the personal information you provided us and make any desired changes to the information you publish, or to the settings for your MyStepTo account including your email, and contact preferences, at any time by logging in to your account on the MyStepTo website. Please be aware that even after your request for a change is processed, MyStepTo may, for a time, retain residual information about you in its backup and/or archival copies of its database.

Closing Your Account

You can also close your account through the MyStepTo website. If you close your MyStepTo account, we will remove your name and other personally identifiable information from our publicly viewable database. We may retain certain data contributed by you if we believe it may be necessary to prevent fraud or future abuse, or for legitimate business purposes, such as analysis of aggregated, non-personally identifiable data, account recovery, or if required by law. To request that we close your account and remove your information from the MyStepTo website, please send your request to support@MyStepTo.com. Please send your request using an email account that you have registered with MyStepTo under your name. You will receive a response to requests sent to support@MyStepTo.com within five business days of its receipt.

 

4. Your Obligations

As a User, you have certain obligations toward the other Users with whom you will be communicating. Certain of these obligations are imposed by applicable law and regulations, and others have become commonplace in user-friendly communities of like-minded members, such as MyStepTo:

    • You must, at all times, respect the terms and conditions of the then-current Privacy Policy and the User Agreement. This includes respecting all intellectual property rights which may belong to third parties (such as photographs).

    • You must not download or otherwise disseminate any information which may be deemed to be injurious, violent, offensive, racist or xenophobic or which may otherwise violate the purpose and spirit of MyStepTo and its community of Users.

    • You must not provide information to MyStepTo and /or other Users which you believe might be injurious or detrimental to your person, professional or social status.

Any violation of these guidelines may lead to the restriction, suspension or termination of your account by MyStepTo, as we take these principles seriously and consider them to be the basis on which our Users adhere to the MyStepTo website and the services which it offers.

 

5. Important Information

Children

Children are not eligible to use our service and we ask that minors (under the age of 18) do not submit any personal information to us or use the service.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

MyStepTo may update this privacy policy at any time, with or without advance notice. In the event there are significant changes in the way we treat your personally identifiable information, we will display a notice on the MyStepTo website or send you an email, as provided for above. Unless stated otherwise, our current Privacy Policy applies to all information that we have about you and your account.

If you use the MyStepTo service after notice of changes have been sent to you or published on our site, you hereby provide your consent to the changed practices.

 

6. Security

In order to secure your personal information, access to your data on MyStepTo is password-protected, and sensitive data (such as credit card information) is protected by SSL encryption when it is exchanged between your web browser and the MyStepTo web site. To protect any data you store on our servers we also regularly audit our system for possible vulnerabilities and attacks and we use a tier-one secured-access data centre. It is your responsibility to protect the security of your login information. Please note that emails and instant messaging and similar means of communication with other users of MyStepTo are not encrypted and we strongly request you not to communicate any confidential information through these means.

 

7. How to contact us

If you have questions or comments about this privacy policy, please email us at privacy@MyStepTo.com.

 

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