AGORA PRIVACY STATEMENT
AGORA is committed to protecting the privacy of users of our site. At AGORA, we intend to give you as much control as possible over your personal information, including the registration data. As part of the normal operation of this site, we collect information from you. This Privacy Statement describes the information we collect about you and what may happen to that information.
INFORMATION GATHERED THROUGH THE AGORA WEB SITE:
AGORA will track the domains from which people visit AGORA and analyze this data for trends and statistics. Subject to the provisions of this Privacy Statement, AGORA may use accumulated data for various purposes, including but not limited to marketing analysis, service evaluation and planning.
Currently, AGORA uses personal information as a basis for notifications to users, "opt-in" emails, and in order to implement the terms of the Terms and Conditions of Use governing the web site (the "Terms"). User names and additional information are available on the AGORA site only for the registered users to view. When users voluntarily and publicly disclose personal information that may contain Registration Data, or otherwise post personal information in conjunction with content subject to an Open Source license, such personal information necessarily will be disclosed subject to the terms of the license. An example of such a disclosure includes, but is not limited to, a user's disclosure of personal information as part of a message posted to a public message forum, or a publicly-released software application.
AGORA may conduct surveys or other studies of its customer base and usage for marketing and planning purposes. With respect to information collected from such surveys or studies, and in the event that responses are to be publicly disclosed, users will be notified at the time they take the survey and AGORA will disclose only aggregate information regarding its users and not personal information identifying any specific individual. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in cases where surveys allow users to submit written comments, and where AGORA advises users of the possibility of such disclosure at the time they take the survey, AGORA reserves the right to disclose any information provided by any user through such survey, provided that no personal information identifying that user is disclosed. Participation in such surveys is at the user's option; AGORA does not conduct mandatory surveys. Circumstances under which AGORA would publicly disclose such aggregate information include, but are not limited to, sharing survey results with the site population, providing data to AGORA advertisers on user preferences and/or demographics, and publicizing overall usage data in press communications.
Other Notification: In order to implement or enforce the Terms of AGORA, AGORA may use personal information to contact users on an individual basis.
At no time, unless the law requires such disclosure, disclosure is necessary to aid law enforcement, or a user specifically authorizes such disclosure, will AGORA disclose individual user personal information that is not publicly available to unrelated third parties.
LINKS WITH OTHER SITES
AGORA may contain links to other web sites, whether owned or controlled by AGORA affiliates or unrelated third parties. Please note that the privacy policies of these sites may differ from those of AGORA. AGORA is not responsible for the privacy policies and practices of any linked web site. We encourage you to read the privacy statement of any web site you may visit.
"Opt-in" Emails: Users may "opt-in" to receive site notifications, newsletters or other information via email. Users may remove themselves from such services at their discretion. Any email sent to an "opt-in" list will include directions for how a user may remove himself or herself from the list, or a URL where the user may find such directions.
Profile Display: In some cases, a user's personal information may be publicly available through such user's profile display.
In such cases, users have the option to opt out of publicly displaying their real names. In cases where site profiles allow users to display optional information publicly, such entry and display is at the user's discretion and may be changed at any time by the user.
Email Display: In some cases, users may have the opportunity to use a Service to send electronic mail to another user or email list. In such cases, a user's valid email address and real name will be included with such messages. In order to prevent abuse, users may not opt-out of such a display, but may choose to refrain from using said Service to transmit an email message.
Users can view their data on their personal profile page. When technically feasible, users are permitted to update their personal information directly through AGORA Service. When such updating service is not technically feasible, AGORA will make reasonable efforts to assist users in updating their personal information.
To secure site integrity, AGORA employs measures including but not limited to security audits, use of encryption tools and software, and other reasonable security measures and procedures.
Internal access to users' private and nonpublic personal information is restricted to site administrators and individuals on a need-to-know basis.
In the event that AGORA becomes aware that site security is compromised or user nonpublic information has been disclosed to unrelated third parties as a result of external activity, including but not limited to external security attacks, AGORA shall take reasonable measures which it deems appropriate, including but not limited to internal investigation and reporting, and notification to and cooperation with law enforcement authorities, notwithstanding other provisions of this Privacy Statement.
If AGORA becomes aware that a user's personal information provided to AGORA has been disclosed in a manner not permitted by this Privacy Statement, AGORA shall make reasonable efforts to notify the affected user, as soon as reasonably possible and as permitted by law, of what information has been disclosed, to the extent that AGORA knows this information.
UPDATES TO THE PRIVACY STATEMENT
To substantively update the Privacy Statement, we will both post the changed version and its effective date at http://www.risk-agora.org/. Concurrently with any substantive change to the Privacy Statement, we will email notice of the change to known users at least 15 days in advance (or such shorter or longer time as mandated by law or any judicial or government body).
Text last modified on August 29, 2007.
While this Privacy Statement expresses AGORA's standards for maintenance of private data, AGORA is not in a position to guarantee that the standards will always be met. There may be factors beyond our control that may result in disclosure of data. As a consequence, AGORA disclaims any warranties or representations relating to maintenance or nondisclosure of private information.
THIRD PARTY ADVERTISING AND COOKIES
The ads currently appearing on AGORA are delivered to visitors by Google Adsense. ('Adsense'). In the course of serving advertisements to AGORA, Adsense may place or recognize a unique cookie on a user's browser. Information about users' visits to AGORA, such as the number of times users have viewed an ad, are used to serve ads to visitors. As with other cookies and consistent with AGORA's policy on cookies stated above, the user may block or delete such cookies from the user's drive or memory.