Updated effective March 12, 2013.
Welcome to www.houseparty.com. This website (this “Website”) is owned and operated by House Party, Inc., a Delaware corporation with offices at 50 S. Buckhout Street, Suite 301, Irvington, NY, U.S.A. 10533 (“House Party”, “we”, “our”, or “us”).
Our Commitment to Privacy
House Party knows that your privacy is important to you, and we work hard to earn and keep your trust.
Our Participation in the U.S./EU Safe Harbor Program.
As part of our commitment to privacy, House Party adheres to the US Safe Harbor Privacy Principles and the guidelines provided in the U.S. Safe Harbor Frequently Asked Questions (together, the “U.S. Safe Harbor Framework”). To learn more about the U.S. Safe Harbor Program, please visit the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Website at http://www.export.gov/safeharbor/.
As part of our participation in the Safe Harbor Program, we participate in the Safe Harbor Privacy Dispute Resolution Program administered by the Direct Marketing Association (“DMA”). If you have any concerns regarding our compliance with the Safe Harbor Privacy Framework, you should contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing us at Privacy Officer, House Party, Inc., 50 S. Buckhout Street, Suite 301, Irvington, NY, U.S.A. 10533. If your concern is not addressed to your satisfaction, then, at your request, the DMA will review your complaint and work with us to resolve the dispute. To learn more about the DMA Safe Harbor Privacy Dispute Resolution Program, please visit http://www.export.gov/safeharbor/.
What Personal Information Do We Collect Through This Website?
We collect three types of personal information through this Website: the personal information you knowingly choose to provide or post when you use this Website; personal information collected from your browser or using standard Web technologies, such as cookies; and the personal information others may provide about you when they post User Generated Content on this Website.
Information You Provide. We collect the personal information you knowingly provide (using your mouse and keyboard) when you use this Website. The information we collect depends on how you use this Website. For example, if you apply to host a party, we collect the information you provide as part of the online application process. If you post photographs, comments or other User Generated Content on a party page, we collect that information also. All postings must comply with the requirements for User Generated Content as set forth in our Terms of Service.
Information Others Post on This Website. The User Generated Content others post on this Website may contain your personal information. For example, if you attend a party, someone may post photographs of you and others that were taken at the party. All postings must comply with the requirements for User Generated Content as set forth in our Terms of Service.
Information Sent to Us by Your Web Browser. We collect information that is sent to us automatically by your Web browser. This information typically includes your IP address, the identity of your Internet service provider, the name and version of your operating system, the name and version of your browser, the date and time of your visit, and the pages you visit. Please check your browser if you want to learn what information your browser sends or how to change your settings. Generally, we do not link the information provided by your browser to information that identifies you by name. You should know, however, that when you access this Website by clicking on a link in an email or other electronic communication you receive from us, your browser tells us that someone has clicked on a particular link in a communication addressed to you. We collect that information to improve the effectiveness of our marketing efforts.
More About IP Addresses. An “IP address” is a unique number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you connect to the Internet. It is used to identify your computer’s “location” in cyberspace, so that the information you request can be delivered to you. If you use a dial-up connection or a connection that assigns dynamic IP addresses, your computer will be assigned a new IP Address each time you connect to the Internet. If, however, your computer is permanently connected to the Internet using a static IP address, the IP address assigned to your computer will generally be the same each time you use your computer.
IP addresses do not include your name, email address or other information that identifies you personally, but in some cases, they can be used to identify you. For example, if you have created a user identity, for example, by joining House Party, we may link your IP address to information that identifies you personally. In addition, if, for example, we suspect fraud or a threat to the security of this Website, we may share our server logs – which contain visitors’ IP addresses -- with the appropriate investigative authorities, who could use that information to trace and identify individuals. Because IP addresses can be used, under certain circumstances, to trace and identify particular individuals, House Party treats them as personal information.
Cookies and Similar Technologies. We use "cookies" and other Web technologies to collect information and support certain features of this Website. For example, we may use these technologies to
• collect information about the ways visitors use this Website – which pages they visit, which links they use, and how long they stay on each page;
• to manage and determine the effectiveness of our advertising and marketing campaigns;
• to support the features and functionality of this Website — for example, to save you the trouble of reentering information already in our database or to prompt the settings you established on previous visits to this Websites; and
• to personalize your experience when you use this Website.
Generally, the information we collect using these Web technologies does not identify you personally. If, however, you have created a user identity, for example, by joining House Party or applying to host a party, we may link the information we collect using these Web technologies to other information that identifies you personally.
If you do not wish to receive cookies, you may set your browser to reject cookies or to alert you when a cookie is placed on your computer. You may also delete our cookies as soon as you leave this Website. Although you are not required to accept our cookies when you visit this Website, if you set your browser to reject cookies, you will not be able to use all of the features and functionality of this Website.
How Do We Use Your Personal Information?
Generally. We use the personal information we collect through this Website
* to provide the information, services and products you request;
* to process your application to host a party;
* to contact you regarding your interest or participation in a House Party event;
* to contact you about events we believe will be of interest to you (in accordance with any privacy preferences you have expressed to us);
* to contact you with special offers and other information we believe will be of interest to you (in accordance with any privacy preferences you have expressed to us);
* to process your entry, if you enter a sweepstakes or contest;
* to contact you regarding your use of this Website;
* to invite you to participate in surveys and provide feedback to us (in accordance with any privacy preferences you have expressed to us);
* to better understand your needs and interests;
* to improve the content, functionality and usability of this Website;
* to provide you with a personalized experience when you use this Website;
* to improve our products and services;
* to improve our marketing and promotional efforts;
* for security, credit or fraud prevention purposes;
* for any other purpose identified in an applicable privacy notice; and
* for any other purpose identified in a click-through agreement or other agreement between House Party and you.
“Refer-a-Friend.” You may use the “Refer a Friend” feature on this Website to tell your friends about House Party. When you do, we ask your for name and email address and for your friend’s name and email address. We use your name and email address in the “From” line of the email message so that your friend knows who sent the message. We use your friend’s name only to personalize your message. We use this information only to deliver your message and do not use it to add your name or your friend’s name to our mailing lists. Please be aware, however, that you or your friend may already be on our mailing lists (for example, because you have applied to host a House Party event).
Invitations. If you use this Website to invite a friend to a party you are hosting, we may send a separate e-mail to your friend explaining what the invitation and House Party are all about, and we may send follow-up e-mails regarding the party you are hosting . We will not add your friend’s contact information to our general mailing list unless your friend decides to register on this Website.
Direct Marketing. Before we use your personal information for direct marketing purposes, we will offer you the opportunity to opt-in or opt-out, as required by applicable law. To learn more about the choices you have about the ways we use your personal information, see below.
How Does House Party Share My Personal Information?
Service Providers. We share personal information with companies and organizations that perform services on our behalf, for example, companies that provide support services to us (such as email management services and data storage services). These third parties are required by contract to use the personal information we share with them only to perform services on our behalf and to treat your personal information as strictly confidential.
Sponsors. If you apply to host one of our events, we may share your application with the company that is sponsoring the event (the “Sponsor”) to determine whether you and the Sponsor are a good match. Unless you “opted-out” on the application, the Sponsor may also add the contact information on your application to its mailing lists and marketing databases and contact you with information and offers the Sponsor believes will be of interest to you. If you are selected to host one of our events, the Sponsor will use your contact information to contact you regarding the event (before, during and after the event). Please be aware that if you communicate directly with the Sponsor or visit the Sponsor’s Web site, any information you provide to the Sponsor will be governed by the Sponsor’s privacy policies.
If you sign up to attend one of our events as a guest, we may share your contact information with the host and the Sponsor, who may use your information to contact you about the event. Unless you “opted-out” during the registration process, the Sponsor may also add your contact information to its mailing lists and contact you with information and offers the Sponsor believes will be of interest to you. If you communicate directly with the Sponsor or visit the Sponsor’s Web site, any information you provide to the Sponsor will be governed by the Sponsor’s privacy policies.
Our Sponsors have full access to the party pages and national page for their events and may use the User Generated Content posted on those pages to advertise and promote their products, services and brands. Please see below for more information about the ways User Generated Content is shared and distributed.
Other Marketing Partners. From time to time, we may wish to share your personal information with carefully selected marketing partners so that they can contact you with information and offers we and they believe will be of interest to you. We will not do so, however, unless you have given us your express (“opt-in”) consent.
You post User Generated Content at your own risk. You should have no expectation of privacy with respect to the User Generated Content you or others post. You should not post any User Generated Content you do not wish to make permanently available to the general public, and you must take special care to make sure your postings do not violate the privacy or other rights of others. If, at any time, you wish us to take down User Generated Content that contains your personal information, please contact us by email at email@example.com and we will work with you to remove the User Generated Content from this Website. Please be aware, however, that if the User Generated Content has already been distributed to other Websites or published in other media (for example, via an RSS Feed), we will not be able to recapture it and delete it from third-party Websites or other media.
Your Account Information and Public Profile. When you register on this Website, you will be required to provide certain personal information to us. This information becomes part of your House Party account information (your “Account Information”) and some of this information becomes part of your “Public Profile.” Your Account Information includes your personal details (such as your name, contact information, shipping address, screen name and password), your photograph, and your contact preferences. Your Account Information is password protected. Your Public Profile is the information that others will see if they click on your screen name or User Generated Content you have posted. Your Public Profile includes your screen name, age, gender and photograph (unless you choose to use an icon instead of a photograph). Your Public Profile also tells people how many photos, videos, and blog posts you have posted.
Compliance With Laws and Protection of Our Rights and the Rights of Others. We may disclose personal information when we, in good faith, believe disclosure is appropriate to comply with the law, a court order or a subpoena. We may also disclose personal information to prevent or investigate a possible crime, such as fraud or identity theft; to enforce or apply our online Terms of Service or other agreements; or to protect our own rights or property or the rights, property or safety of our users or others.
As Described in a Privacy Notice. We reserve the right to disclose your personal information as described in any Privacy Notice posted on the Web page (or area) where you provide that information. By providing your personal information on that Web page you will be consenting to the disclosure of your personal information as described in that Privacy Notice.
As Described in a Click-Through Agreement. We reserve the right to disclose your personal information as described in any click-through agreement to which you have agreed, including our Release.
Age verification. House Party currently uses the following procedures in the event that you submit information via the Website for age and/or indentify verification purposes in connection with your registration for certain activities or events, such as product demonstrations, parties, and sampling, educational and informational activities (collectively “Activities”) for which House Party has implemented age and/or identification verification procedures. Anyone wishing to register for such Activities will need to submit to House Party’s current age and/or identity verification procedures. It is important to note that submitting to the verification process is completely voluntary. Individuals who choose not to submit to the verification process will not be allowed to register or attend such Activities. The information that you may need to submit for such verification activities may vary depending on the activity, and may include your: passport, driver’s license, national ID number and/or social security number (or a portion thereof). In addition, you may be required to provide simple details about your identity; generally, this includes information such as your: name, date of birth, and address. The information you submit in connection with the verification process is provided to a third party verification provider, which is cross-checked against pre-existing databases to verify your identity and age. Our verification provider will assess the consistency of the information you submit to us and return a code to us that indicates whether the information you submitted matches the information in the verification provider’s database. We do not store the information you submit to us in connection with the verification process. However, we do store the code returned by our verification provider indicating whether the information you submitted to us matches the information in the verification provider’s database.
We respect your right to make choices about the ways we collect, use and disclose your personal information. In most cases, we will ask you to indicate your choices at the time we collect your personal information. If you have registered on this Website, you may update some of your privacy choices by changing your account settings.
Before we use your personal information for direct marketing purposes we will offer you the opportunity to choose (by opting out or opting in, depending on applicable law) whether to have your information used in this way. We will also include an "opt-out" link in any promotional email we send you, so that you can inform us that you do not wish to receive such communications from us in the future. If at any time you wish to be taken off our mailing lists, please send an email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing us at Privacy Officer, House Party, Inc., 50 S. Buckhout Street, Suite 301, Irvington, NY, U.S.A. 10533. Please provide your full name, address and email address so that we can find you on our direct marketing mailing lists. Once we have the information we need, we will remove you from our mailing lists. Please give us a reasonable amount of time to honor your request.
Sharing Your Personal Information.
Please review the section entitled “How Does House Party Share My Personal Information?” to learn how we may share your personal information with third parties and the general public and what choices you have about purposes for which we may share your personal information with third parties and the general public.
How Can You Access, Update or Correct Your Personal Information?
If you have created an account or a personal profile on this Website, you may update your account information, including your contact information and privacy preferences, by logging into your account.
In other cases, you will need our help to access and update your personal information. If you wish to know what personal information about you we have stored in our databases or if you wish to update or correct your personal information, please send us an email at email@example.com or by writing us at Privacy Officer, House Party, Inc., 50 S. Buckhout Street, Suite 301, Irvington, NY, U.S.A. 10533. We will respond to you within a reasonable time and within the time limits established by applicable law. We may ask you for additional information to verify your identity. In most cases, we will provide information about the personal information stored in our databases and correct or delete any inaccurate information you discover. In some cases, however, we may limit or deny your request if the law permits or requires us to do so or if we are unable to verify your identify. Although generally we do not charge for these services, we reserve the right, at our discretion, to charge a reasonable fee as permitted by applicable law. We will notify you if a fee will apply in your case.
How do we protect your personal information?
We maintain a comprehensive data security program, including commercially reasonable administrative, physical and technological security measures, to protect your personal information from unauthorized access, unauthorized use, and unauthorized or accidental destruction, modification or disclosure. Although we take commercially reasonable precautions to provide a level of security appropriate to the sensitivity of the personal information we collect, no website or database is completely secure or “hacker proof.” We therefore cannot guarantee that your personal information will not be disclosed, misused or lost by accident or by the unauthorized acts of others.
Password Protected Areas of This Website
For your protection, certain areas of this Website are password protected. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your passwords. We have the right to assume that anyone accessing this Website using a password assigned to you has the right to do so. You will be solely responsible for the activities of anyone accessing this Website using a password assigned to you, even if the individual is not, in fact authorized by you. If you have reason to believe that your password has been compromised or used without authorization, you must promptly change it using the functionality provided on this Website.
Special Notice for Visitors Who Reside Outside the United States
In addition, if you access this Website from a country within the European Union or Switzerland, you should know that House Party adheres to the US Safe Harbor Privacy Principles and the guidelines provided in the U.S. Safe Harbor Frequently Asked Questions. To learn more about the U.S. Safe Harbor Program, please visit the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Website at http://www.export.gov/safeharbor/.
BY USING THIS WEBSITE, YOU ARE CONSENTING TO THE COLLECTION, USE, AND TRANSFER OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION IN OR TO THE UNITED STATES OR TO ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD SUBJECT TO THE TERMS OF THIS POLICY.
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What Personal Information Do We Collect From Children?
House Party does not knowingly collect personal information from anyone under fourteen (14) years of age. If you are under 14, do not use this Website to provide personal information to us. If you believe that a child under the age of 14 has provided personal information through this Website, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing us at Privacy Officer, House Party, Inc., 50 S. Buckhout Street, Suite 301, Irvington, NY, U.S.A. 10533. We will work with you to identify and delete information provided by children under the age of 14.
House Party does not knowingly collect personal information from anyone under eighteen (18) years of age without first obtaining verifiable parental consent if required to do so by applicable law. If you believe we have collecting information from anyone under 18 in violation of applicable law, please contact us by email at email@example.com or by writing us at Privacy Officer, House Party, Inc., 50 S. Buckhout Street, Suite 301, Irvington, NY, U.S.A. 10533. We will work with you to identify and delete information collected from minors under the age of 18 in violation of applicable law.