What Information Does Copper Collect?
The information we gather enables us to personalize, improve and continue to operate the Services. In connection with certain aspects of the Services, we may request, collect and/or display some of your Personal Information. We collect the following types of information from our users.
When you create an Account, you will provide information that could be Personal Information, such as your username, password and email address. You acknowledge that this information may be personal to you, and by creating an account on Copper and providing Personal Information to us, you allow others, including Copper, to identify you and therefore may not be anonymous. We may use your contact information to send you information about our Services, but only rarely when we feel such information is important. You may unsubscribe from these messages through your Account settings, although Copper regardless reserves the right to contact you when we believe it is necessary, such as for account recovery purposes.
One feature of the Services is the ability to make donations or make voluntary contributions (Tip) to original content creators of content (Authors) uniform resource locator (“URLs”). Copper collects and stores both the Tipped URL and, if you have an Account and are logged in, associates that information with your Account. Copper also collects and stores (i) the time and date on which you Tipped the original URL and (ii) if you chose to share the URL, information on the channels through which the URL was shared.
Metrics and Analytics
Copper collects information about accesses (such as clicks) of every Tipped URL created through the Services. This information includes, but is not limited to: (i) the IP address and physical location of the devices accessing the Tipped URL; (ii) the referring websites or services; (iii) the time and date of each access; and (iv) information about sharing of the Tipped URL on Third Party Services such as Twitter and Facebook. These metrics and analytics are used by Copper and its partners to improve their websites and services by, for example, providing value-added features.
Information Collected From Third Party Services
Some features of the Services allow you to share your Copper information through your accounts with Third Party Services such as Facebook and Twitter. If you choose to connect Copper to such Third Party Services, we may collect information related to your use of those Third Party Services, such as authentication tokens that allow us to connect to your Third Party Service accounts. We may otherwise collect information about how you are using the Services to interact with those connected Third Party Services. Note that Third Party Services may have the ability to restrict the information that is provided to us.
IP Address Information and Other Information Collected Automatically:
Copper automatically receives and records information from your web browser when you interact with the Services, including your IP address and cookie information. This information may be used for to help us understand how users transit a website, to fight spam/malware, to facilitate collection of data concerning your interaction with the Services (e.g., what Copper links you have clicked on) and for other similar purposes. Generally, the Services automatically collect usage information, such as the number and frequency of visitors to the Site. Copper may use this data in aggregate form, that is, as a statistical measure, but not in a manner that would identify you personally. This type of aggregate data enables us and third parties authorized by us to figure out how often individuals use parts of the Services so that we can analyze and improve them.
We may receive a confirmation when you open an email from us. We use this confirmation to improve our customer service.
Information Collected Using Cookies
We collect statistical information about how both unregistered and registered users, collectively, use the Services (“Aggregate Information”). Some of this information is derived from Personal Information, such as your location (which, in turn, is derived from your IP address). This statistical information is not Personal Information and cannot be tied back to you, your Account or your web browser.
How and To Whom Is My Information Shared
The Services are designed to help you share information with others. As a result, much of the information generated through the Services is shared publicly or with third parties.
Public Copper Activity Information
Much of your activity on and through the Services is public by default. This includes, but is not limited to:
For registered users, some of this information is publicly accessible through a unique URL, which that user can make non-public through his/her Account settings when he or she is logged in. Removing access to the unique URL does not, however, make this information non-public, and it may still be accessible through other means, such as Copper’s API services.
Please also remember that if you choose to provide Personal Information using certain features of the Service, then that information is governed by the privacy settings of those particular features and may be publicly available. Individuals reading this information may use or disclose it to other individuals or entities without our control and without your knowledge. Therefore, we urge you to think carefully about including any specific information you may deem private in content that you create or submit through the Service.
IP Address Information
While we collect and store IP address information, that information is not made public. We do at times, however, share this information with our partners, service providers and other persons with whom we conduct business. We may share hashes of your IP address with other third parties, but these hashes cannot feasibly be reversed into the IP addresses themselves or linked to you individually.
Information You Elect to Share
We share Aggregate Information with our partners, service providers and other persons with whom we conduct business. We share this type of statistical data so that our partners can understand how and how often people use our Services and their services or websites, which facilitates improving both their services and how Copper interfaces with them. In addition, these third parties may share with us non-private, aggregated or otherwise non Personal Information about you that they have independently developed or acquired.
Email Communications with Copper
As part of the Services, you may occasionally receive from Copper email and other communication relating to your Account. These emails will only be sent for purposes important to the Services, such as password recovery.
User Profile Information
User profile information including your username, Twitter account name and Facebook account name (to the extent you have linked your Account with those services), and other information you enter may be displayed to other users to facilitate user interaction within the Services. Users’ email addresses will not be directly revealed to other users by Copper.
Information Shared with Agents of Copper
We employ and contract with people and other entities that perform certain tasks on our behalf and who are under our control (our “Agents”). We may need to share Personal Information with our Agents in order to provide products or services to you. Unless we tell you differently, our Agents do not have any right to use Personal Information or other information we share with them beyond what is necessary to assist us. You hereby consent to our sharing of Personal Information with our Agents.
Information Disclosed Pursuant to Business Transfers
In some cases, we may choose to buy or sell assets. In these types of transactions, user information is typically one of the transferred business assets. Moreover, if Copper, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Copper goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Copper may continue to use your Personal Information as set forth in this policy.
Information Disclosed for the Protection of Copper and Others
Copper also reserves the right to access, read, preserve, and disclose any information as it reasonably believes is necessary to (i) satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, (ii) enforce these Terms of Service, including investigation of potential violations hereof, (iii) detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues, (iv) respond to user support requests, or (v) protect the rights, property or safety of Copper, its users and the public. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for fraud protection and spam/malware prevention.
Information We Share With Your Consent
Except as set forth above, you will be notified when your Personal Information may be shared with third parties, and will be able to prevent the sharing of this information.
Is Information About Me Secure?
Copper endeavors to protect Account information to ensure that it is kept private; however, Copper cannot guarantee the security of any Account information. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors, may compromise the security of user information at any time.
Copper otherwise stores all of its information, including your IP address information, using industry-standard security techniques. Copper does not guarantee or warrant that such techniques will prevent unauthorized access to information about you stored by Copper, Personal Information or otherwise.
What Information of Mine Can I Access?
If you are a registered user, you can access information associated with your Account by logging into the Site. This information includes a history of the URLs you have Tipped, and access to the metrics pages for those URLs.
How Can I Delete My Account?
Should you ever decide to delete your Account, you may do so by emailing us@Copper.is If you terminate your Account, any association between your Account and information stored by Copper will no longer be accessible through your Account. However, given the nature of sharing using Copper, any public activity on your Account prior to deletion will remain stored on Copper’s servers and will remain accessible to the public.
What Choices Do I Have Regarding My Information?
What If I Have Questions or Concerns?
If you have any questions or concerns regarding privacy using the Services, please send us a detailed message to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will make every effort to resolve your concerns.
Effective Date: June 14, 2011.