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ZoomGroups - Privacy Policy

We, the people behind ZoomGroups, are also Internet users, and just like you, we care about our own privacy when we surf the Internet. That is why our privacy policy was conceived so that all ZoomGroups users can have the utmost confidence that whatever information they wish to be private and confidential is kept that way.

Please read the following information to understand our commitment to the privacy of each and every ZoomGroups user.

Who has access to your data?

When you sign up with ZoomGroups, the only information that becomes available to others is your name, the region or state where you live and your country.

Except in some specific circumstances - mentioned later - absolutely nobody has access to any other information you enter when you sign up with ZoomGroups, with the exception of yourself and a restricted group of ZoomGroups employees should they need such access for support or maintenance reasons or to get in direct contact with you.

Later, from your profile and settings page, you can enter more information about yourself and select what information you want to be accesible by others and who can access that information. The only additional information that becomes readily available for others to see regardless of your settings is if you upload a picture of yourself in your Profile area, testimonials, or if you list an item for sale in the marketplace area.

Can ZoomGroups disclose your information to third parties?

ZoomGroups will not sell, publish or deliver to third parties any of the private information entered by ZoomGroups users under any circumstance, except when we are required for legal reasons.

We might have to deliver personal information to a third party in order to protect our intellectual property, in any case always abiding to legal obligations.

Child Pornography:
Should ZoomGroups find any child pornography content of any kind posted by you on your account, blogs or groups, ZoomGroups will immediately notify the corresponding authorities, law enforcement agencies and the FBI, making availaboe to them all information related to this activity, including email addresses of all users subscribed to the group or blog and/or directly or indirectly related to the posting of such contents, including IP addresses and timestamps.

The use of ZoomGroups implies the acceptance of this clause. If you do not wish ZoomGroups to share your information and use of the service with the corresponding authorities, law enforcement agencies and the FBI, do not engage on these "activities", period.

Accidental running into any of the content described above does not result in reporting your account activities to the authorities, and is protected by our general privacy policy.

What information does a group or blog administrator have when I subscribe to their group or blog?

When you subscribe to a group or blog hosted at ZoomGroups, the group or blog administrators have access to your email address as well as your name, the day you subscribed and your subscription preferences.

What information is exposed when I send a message to a group hosted by ZoomGroups?

If the group is moderated, your message will be delivered to the group administrators. Should your message be accepted - or if you send it to a non-moderated group - the message will be delivered to all members of the group, including your email address as well as the typical header information: delivery date, servers involved in the delivery and reception of the message, etc. ZoomGroups is not an anonymous remailer.

Does ZoomGroups have any interest in my personal information?

ZoomGroups uses several parameters to quantify certain general statistics, such as the number of members, average of subscriptions per day, etc.

ZoomGroups will only use this information to better serve advertising in the groups you join or in the web pages of ZoomGroups, but will never make any of this information available to others.

ZoomGroups also produces and keeps for a limited period of time a history log of your access to the services offered by ZoomGroups, including web page access, messages sent to a group and other information regarding your access to our services, such as date and time, IP from where you connect, account you sign in and actions performed on the site, with the sole purpose of having a mechanism that allows us to investigate service abuse or to provide better technical assistance whenever is required, for example when you contact our technical support team.

ZoomGroups is committed to not use this information for commercial reasons of any kind, except in the cases just explained above.

Will ZoomGroups use my email address to send me unsolicited emails?

NOT EVER! ZoomGroups will never use your email address to send you unsolicited email.

Any message originated in our servers that you may feel was unsolicited is always the result of the actions of another ZoomGroups user - for example when a user decides to add you to his/her list of contacts, you will receive an email from ZoomGroups asking for your acceptance or rejection.

Sometimes we may also feel that we have to send a message to several or all registered users because we believe it is absolutely necessary to do so, and always responding to administrative reasons.

It is also possible that sometimes an ZoomGroups team member might contact you personally for some specific reason.

What legal guarantee does ZoomGroups offers regarding the privacy of my data?

ZoomGroups takes very seriously the privacy of our users and clients, as well as the privacy and security of our systems; we follow these things very closely, use industry standard measures to protect our system and have a 24/7 monitoring team. However, and although we have never had any security breach ever since we are in business, we cannot guarantee that nobody would ever break into our systems in the future. Also, much of the information that travels between your machine and ours, does it so in "plain text", that is, it does not travel encrypted, and so it is vulnerable from eavesdropping attacks.

For these reasons, ZoomGroups cannot be and is not responsible of any event that results in someone other than ZoomGroups or yourself from obtaining any information stored in our servers.

What should I do if I think my account has been compromised?

Send us immediately a message through the forms you can find in http://www.zoomgroups.net/contact.html, indicating in the subject "SECURITY PROBLEM". Your message will be processed, depending on the seriousness of the problem, either immediately or within 24-48 hours.

Normally, when this happens, it is because your email address has been compromised before anyone can gain access to your account in ZoomGroups, so it is a wise thing to do to use a different email address in the meantime.

Remember, your account at ZoomGroups is only as safe as your email address. If someone gains access to your mailbox, they may also gain access to your account at ZoomGroups.

ZoomGroups uses cookies Could this pose a security concern?

In more than four years that we've been offering our services, the use of cookies has never resulted in a security problem. ZoomGroups requires that you have cookies activated so that you can easily navigate through our pages. The cookies used by ZoomGroups do not study your habbits nor are used for any other obscure reason, simply, they help us to know who you are so that you don't have to keep signing in.

ZoomGroups uses advertising agencies. How do these agencies use my personal information?

ZoomGroups may work with one or several advertising agencies to provide advertising in our web pages or in the email messages of the email groups. However, ZoomGroups will never release any of your private or confidential information to any of these companies for any reason.

Data acquisition and cancellation

ZoomGroups enforces a policy of zero tolerance regarding fraudulent data acquisition or submission. Not only ZoomGroups despites such practices, but will also work with the law enforcement whenever we consider that our services have been used by obtaining or submitting fraudulent information.

Personal data information will be cancelled whenever it is no longer needed for the purpose of which it was obtained in the first place. Such data will not be kept in our files in such ways that might be used to identify a particular individual for a period longer than what was needed for the purpose of which it was obtained.

Modifications and Revisions

This Privacy Policy will be reviewed periodically to make sure that it serves the needs of ZoomGroups as well as our clients and users and the current legislature. We we will always try to let our clients and users know about any changes to this policy in advance, either by updating this page, sending a message to all affected users, or by posting a prominent note in our main home page. In order to keep yourself updated with this policy, we suggest you visit this page periodically.

Should you have any questions or comments about our Privacy Policy, please contact us by visiting http://www.zoomgroups.net/contact.html.

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