Updated as of June 10, 2010
How Does Zastey Protect Children's Privacy?
The safety and privacy of children is extremely important to us.
Zastey is a general audience web site that complies with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Our registration process is designed to restrict children under the age of 13 from becoming members of Zastey and using our site. If we receive information suggesting that a user who has registered with Zastey is under the age of 13, we require the user to provide evidence confirming that the user is at least 13 years old. If the user fails to provide such information within 48 hours, we immediately terminate the user's account and nullify all personally identifiable information displaying on the site.
What Is the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act?
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) requires that commercial web sites obtain parental consent (under most circumstances) prior to the collection of any personally identifiable information from children whom they know to be under the age of 13. In addition, COPPA requires that web sites that collect personal information from children under the age of 13 provide parents with:
- Notice. Parents must be provided notice regarding what information is collected, how the information will be used, and with whom the information may be shared.
- The ability to prevent further use of the information collected about the child and prevent any future collection of personal information from the child.
- The ability to access and review their child's personal information.
COPPA also limits the amount of personal information a web site can collect from a child. Web sites may not collect any more personal information than is necessary to participate in a given game or activity.
For more information about COPPA, please visit the Federal Trade Commission's web site.
Parents: If your child is under the age of 13 and has joined Zastey using a false age, please notify Zastey at email@example.com, and we will immediately cancel your child's account and nullify all personally identifiable information displaying on the site. If you would like to know more about our site, information practices, stored information about your child, or how to close your child's account, please contact Zastey by sending a letter to Zastey.com, 10401 Aberdeen Court, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22408. We will happily respond to all letters from parents with Privacy questions or concerns.
User Information Collected by Zastey
Personally Identifiable User Information
All users begin using Zastey's services by registering on the Zastey website. When registering, users provide personally identifiable information, which includes their first and last name, email address, zip code, a user-chosen password, and date of birth, and other personal information. To complete the registration process, Zastey sends a validation email message to each user, with a URL link back to our website. This URL contains an alphanumeric identifier and a user-specific numeric passcode that allows us to confirm the user's identity.
Cookies and Passive Data Collection
Document Retention Schedule
All personal information collected by Zastey in connection with your use of the Zastey website, including, without limitation, your name, location, email address, pictures, friend connections, messages, comments, login information, ip addresses and other data, will be stored by Zastey indefinitely in a safe and secure manner.
How Zastey Uses the User Information
Personally Identifiable Information
Zastey uses personally identifiable user information for the purposes of the Zastey website, the Zastey referral and friend list building. Personally identifiable information including members' pictures and names are displayed to people in order to facilitate user interaction on Zastey. Email addresses are used for the purposes of inviting new friends to join Zastey and to add users to members' friends' networks. To facilitate searching and finding friends and acquaintances on the service, Zastey allows users to search for other members using first and last name, email address, location and schools where users may have attended. We also use email addresses to send useful information to all registered users regarding the Zastey website. For example, we provide users with an opportunity to send their friends invitations to join Zastey. The user can send such invitations either by entering the email address of the referral or importing an address book and selecting the specific email addresses that they would like to invite. This results in an email being sent from that registered user to the referral address, encouraging the referral to sign up on the Zastey website. If the referred person does not sign up within a few days, we may also send a reminder from the registered user to the referral address. All registered users will be able to view other users Stats, Profiles, Public Journals and friend list pages, which may include personal information and responses to survey questions. From time to time, Zastey may share the email address and/or other personally identifiable information of any registered user with third parties for marketing purposes. In addition, Zastey may share a registered user's email address with third parties to target advertising and to improve user experience on Zastey's pages in general.
Cookies and Passive Data Collection
Zastey allows Members to provide information to a profile and/or journal entries that is accessible to other users. We use this profile information for the purposes of providing our services to you, such as to analyze demographics, to better personalize our various offerings for users, or to enable other users to find your profile. All information, including any personally identifiable information, which is disclosed by users in his or her public profile and journal entries are available for others to see. Please do not post direct contact information in either your profile or your journal, such as your email addresses, URLs, instant messenger IDs, phone numbers, full names, or addresses. We also caution you not to share sensitive information (such as social security numbers, credit card numbers, and driver's license numbers) with other users whom you do not know or place such information in your profile. You are aware that when you publish content or information using the "everyone" setting, you are allowing everyone, including people off Zastey, to access that information and to associate it with you.
Sharing Your Content and Information
Zastey allows Members to upload and share content and information. You own the content and information that you post on Zastey and have the ability to control how it is shared through your privacy settings. For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, including but not limited to photos, videos and written compositions (IP Content), you specifically give us the following permission: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Zastey ("IP License"). For example, Zastey may make commercial use and/or otherwise display your name and/or IP Content in or in connection with endorcsements of and/or advertisements promoting Zastey and its Services. This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account, unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted the content. When you delete IP content it is removed from the website. However, you understand that we may maintain backup copies of the content, as part of our document retention policy.
The Invite Friends feature is an easy way for Zastey users to invite friends through email. The email address(es) that you supply to use this service will only be used to send invitations, and in some cases invitation reminders, to connect with you on Zastey.
Surveys and Contests
At various times we may offer surveys or contests to users. Surveys may ask for contact, demographic or unique identifying information to increase the value of the results. Contests may require contact information or other demographic or personally identifiable information in order to determine eligibility. Zastey may use information collected from surveys and contests for the entertainment of users, and to determine, notify and contact winners of various contests. In addition, users' demographic and/or personally identifiable information and responses to survey and contest questions may be used by Zastey and/or shared with third parties in order to provide specifically tailored special offers or advertisements. Zastey will not share a user's email address with third parties unless the user specifically opts-in to such sharing during the completion of or registration for a survey or contest.
Third Party Links and Ad Servers
Protection of Zastey and Others
Zastey may disclose personally identifiable user information if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such disclosure is reasonably necessary to respond to subpoenas, court orders, or other legal process. Zastey may also disclose information about its users to law enforcement officers or others, in the good faith belief that such disclosure is reasonably necessary to: enforce our Terms of Service; respond to claims that any posting or other content violates the rights of third-parties; respond to your requests for customer service; or protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Zastey, its users or the general public.
Zastey uses industry standard security measures to prevent the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. Although we make good faith efforts to store the information collected by the Zastey website in a secure operating environment that is not available to the public, we cannot guarantee complete security. Further, while we make every effort to ensure the integrity and security of our network and systems, we cannot guarantee that our security measures will prevent third-party "hackers" from illegally obtaining this information.
Updating or Removing User Information
As a registered user, you may, at any time, choose to correct or update the information you have submitted to us. This may be done by the following method:
- Log in to your Zastey account on our website.
- Click the "My Account" link on the top left hand corner of your PROFILE page.
- Change or edit any of the information there.
As a registered user, you may, at any time, cancel your account by following the instructions set forth here: http://help.zastey.com/t5/Account-Privacy-Settings/How-do-I-cancel-my-account/ta-p/133
Users can manage their mailing preferences to specify which type of email to opt out of on their Account Settings page when they are logged in, simply by un-checking the boxes under the Email Preferences section, indicating which type of email they would not like to receive. Canceling one's account will also prevent a user from receiving future communications from Zastey, and Zastey will not share the user's information with third parties for marketing purposes. However, you may still receive a user generated invitation from your friends asking you to join Zastey.
No Spam Policy
We at Zastey.com are opposed to spam. Our No Spam Policy and Terms of Service prohibit all users from engaging in any activity involving spam on our service. Violations of these policies may result in immediate termination of service and legal action against any spammer. Zastey's Terms of Service expressly prohibit users from uploading, posting, emailing, transmitting or otherwise making available junk mail, commercial advertisements, or other form of commercial solicitation on the Zastey website or through Zastey's services. Any violation of our policies, by sending unsolicited email advertisements to or through Zastey.com computer systems, will use or cause to be used Zastey.com servers, located in California and other states. Accordingly, any unauthorized use of Zastey.com computer systems is a violation of our policies and certain federal and state laws, including the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (18 U.S.C. sect 1030 et seq.), Section 502 of the California Penal Code and Section 17538.45 of the California Business and Professions Code. Such violations may subject the sender and his or her agents to civil and criminal penalties.
Change of Ownership
In the event of a change in ownership, or a direct merger or acquisition with another entity, we reserve the right to transfer all of Zastey's user information, including email addresses and postal addresses, to a separate entity. All registered users will be notified of any change in ownership, merger or acquisition of Zastey's assets by a third party, and may choose to modify any of their registration information at that time.
Revisions to This Policy
Zastey reserves the right to revise, amend, or modify this policy and our other policies and agreements at any time and in any manner. Notice of any revision, amendment, or modification will be posted on the website, and a user's continued use of Zastey will signify agreement to such changes.
Effective Date June 10, 2010.