PRIVACY POLICY

Effective Date: November 1, 2015

This privacy statement ("Privacy Statement") is designed to provide information about Mobile Nations’  (“Mobile Nation”, “we”, “our” or “us”) privacy and data collection practices for the Mobile Nations network of websites and mobile applications, including but not limited to MobileNations.com, AndroidCentral.com, iMore.com, WindowsCentral.com, CrackBerry.com, Connectedly.com, ShopAndroid.com, WebOSnation.com, VisorCentral.com, NokiaExperts.com, and TreoCentral.com (each a “Site” and collectively, the “Sites”). This Privacy Statement does not cover any information collected at any other websites, or services (unless specifically stated on the website or service).

Please review this Privacy Statement carefully.  If you have questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Statement, contact Mobile Nations' privacy coordinator by sending an email to info@mobilenations.com.  In addition, please review the Mobile Nations Terms and Conditions which governs your use of the Sites.

By accessing the Sites, you consent to our collection, use and sharing of your information and data, and other activities, as described below. 

 

Active Collection of Personal Information.  In order that you may access or take advantage of the Sites, we may ask you to provide Personal Information when you register with the Sites and when you communicate or otherwise interact with the Sites. "Personal Information" is information that can be used to identify a specific individual.  Examples of Personal Information we may collect through the Sites include, without limitation: name, gender, birthday, current city, phone number, payment card information, email address, social media profile picture, physical or geographic location data, and information about your use of the Sites, such as the content in your forum posts.  You may elect not to submit Personal Information; however, as a result, you may not be able to use some of the Sites' features or functionality.

 

Passive Collection of Information; Online Tracking by Third Parties. In addition to the Personal Information that you actively provide to us, we or our third party service providers may use a variety of technologies to automatically collect certain information about your use of the Sites. This information may include demographic information; IP address; browser type; and operating system characteristics.  This information may also include clickstream data, which is information about the page-by-page paths you take as you browse through our website.

The methods that we and our service providers may use to automatically collect such information may include the following:

Cookies: Cookies are data files that are placed on a computer when it is used to visit a website. These cookies may be used for many purposes, including, without limitation, tracking user preferences and web pages visited while using the Sites. You may disable cookies using your browser's preferences. However, some features of the Sites may not function properly or may operate slowly if you disable the cookies. In addition, please be aware that if you choose to block cookies, some advertising preferences that are dependent on cookies may not be able to be respected. 

Web Beacons: We may include small graphic images called web beacons, also known as "Internet tags" or "clear gifs," in our web pages. We may use web beacons or similar technologies for a number of purposes, including, without limitation, to count the number of visitors to the Sites and to monitor how users navigate the Sites.

Embedded Scripts: An embedded script is programming code that is designed to collect information about your interactions with the Sites. It is temporarily downloaded onto your computer from our web server or a third party with whom we work, is active only while you are connected to the Sites, and is deleted or deactivated thereafter.

Location-identifying Technologies: – We may use GPS (global positioning systems) software and other location-based technologies such as iBeacons (as defined below) to locate you so we may verify your location and deliver relevant content to you based on your location.  In addition to traditional GPS location-based services, some of the service providers and others with whom we work may install low power Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, radio transmitters, or other devices in physical locations, which emit a signal that the Service can detect to pinpoint your location or otherwise interact with the Service (“iBeacons”). 

We may send you product promotions that we think you may be interested in receiving based on passively-collected information. Passively-collected information about you, such as how you interact with the Sites, may be combined with your Personal Information, in which case we will treat the combined information as Personal Information under this Privacy Statement.

We, along with third parties, may collect Personal Information about your online activities over time and across different websites when you use the Sites.

 

Use of Personal Information. Mobile Nations may use your Personal Information: (1) to provide you with access to the Sites and to process transactions that you have requested or agreed to receive; (2) to process your registration with the Sites, including verifying that your email address(es) are active and valid; (3) to improve the Sites or other Mobile Nations products and services; (4) to customize your experience with the Sites, or to serve you specific content that is relevant to you; (5) to contact you with regard to your use of the Sites and, in our discretion, changes to our policies; (6) to provide you with Site related notices; (7) to conduct surveys and promotions regarding the Sites and other Mobile Nations products and services; (8) to send you advertisements for Mobile Nations products and services; and (9) for purposes disclosed at the time you provide your Personal Information or with your consent, or as described elsewhere in this Policy. 

 

How We Respond to Do Not Track Signals

Note that your browser settings may allow you to automatically transmit a “Do Not Track” signal to websites and online services you visit. There is no consensus among industry participants as to what “Do Not Track” means in this context. Like many websites and online services, Mobile Nations currently does not alter its practices when it receives a “Do Not Track” signal from a visitor’s browser. To find out more about “Do Not Track,” you may wish to visit http://www.allaboutdnt.com.

 

Disclosure of Information.

We may, in our sole discretion, share with third parties information that is not associated with your name or identity, such as website usage information, non-personally identifiable demographic information, and aggregate user statistics.

In addition, we may share Personal Information with third parties as described in this Privacy Statement or at the time you provide the information, with your consent, or in the following circumstances:

Sites Providers: We may share your Personal Information with third party service providers so that they may perform certain services for us, such as website hosting, delivery of Mobile Nations promotional materials and product offers, or performing other services on our behalf.

Business Transfers: Mobile Nations may share Personal Information with its subsidiaries and affiliates for internal business purposes.  Mobile Nations also reserves the right to disclose and/or transfer all information collected, whether through or in connection with the Sites or otherwise, including Personal Information, to third parties in the event of a proposed or actual purchase, sale (including a liquidation, realization, foreclosure or repossession), lease, merger, amalgamation or any other type of acquisition, disposal, transfer, conveyance or financing of all or any portion of Mobile Nations or of any of the business or assets or shares of Mobile Nations or a subsidiary or division thereof in order for you to continue to receive the same products and services from the third party.

Legal and Safety Obligations: To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, we may also transfer and disclose user information, including Personal Information: (i) in the event we are required to respond to subpoenas or other legal process or if in our good faith opinion such disclosure is required or permitted by law; (ii) at the request of governmental authorities conducting an investigation; (iii) to protect and/or defend Mobile Nations or enforce other policies applicable to the Sites; or (iv) to protect the personal safety, life, health, rights, property or security of any individual. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, we may also use IP addresses, mobile device identifiers or any other information we collect to identify users, and may do so in cooperation with copyright owners, Internet service providers, wireless service providers or law enforcement agencies in our discretion. Such disclosures may be carried out without notice to you.

 

Sweepstakes, Contests, and Promotions. We may offer sweepstakes, contests, and other promotions (each, a “Promotion”) that may require registration. If you choose to enter a Promotion, your Personal Information may be disclosed to third parties in connection with the administration of such Promotion, such as in connection with winner selection, prize fulfillment, and as required by law, such as on a winners list. By entering a Promotion, you are agreeing to the official rules that govern that Promotion, which may contain specific requirements of you, including, except where prohibited by law, allowing the sponsor and/or other parties to use your name, voice and/or likeness in advertising or marketing materials. Mobile Nations may offer opportunities to enter a contest or sweepstakes or other feature that we offer jointly with a third party.  As a result of your participation in such feature, your information may be shared with the third party that is jointly offering the feature, which will be disclosed at the time your information is collected.

 

Your Choices and Controls.

Email. Mobile Nations provides several means for you to opt-out of receiving commercial emails from Mobile Nations. If you do not wish to receive e-mail notices regarding our products or services, you may also opt-out by selecting the "unsubscribe" or similar option included with each email.

Geo-Location Information. When you use the Service on your mobile device, you may choose not to share your geo-location details with us by adjusting the device’s location services and/or Bluetooth settings. For instructions on changing the relevant settings, please contact your service provider or device manufacturer.

Analytics and Advertising and Your Choices.  Third party analytics service providers may place cookies, web beacons, or other technologies on the Sites to help us compile website metrics and analytics, and thereby improve and customize your experiences on the Sites. We also may license technology to serve advertisements on the Sites as that content is served across the Internet. 

We may target advertisements for products and services in which you might be interested based on your visits to the Sites. Cookies, web beacons, and other technologies may be used to, among other things, target advertisements, prevent you from seeing the same advertisements too many times, or to conduct research regarding the usefulness of certain advertisements to you. We may share information about visitors to the Sites with third party companies for the same purposes.

Third party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on a user's prior visits to our website. Users may opt out of Google's use of cookies by visiting the Google advertising opt-out page

Certain advertising networks and exchanges may participate in the Digital Advertising Alliance ("DAA") AdChoices Program and may display an Advertising Option Icon for interest-based ads. You can learn more about the DAA AdChoices Program here: http://www.youradchoices.com/. In addition, certain advertising networks and exchanges may participate in the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI). The NAI has developed a tool that allows consumers to opt out of targeted advertising delivered by NAI members' ad networks. To learn more about opting out of targeted advertising or to use the tool, click here: http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/. Please be aware that, even if you are able to opt out of certain kinds of targeted advertising, you will continue to receive generic ads.

 

Community Features and User Content. The Sites may provide you the opportunity to participate and post content publicly through chat rooms, forums, interactive features, or other communication functionality (“Community Features”).  We may provide functionality for you to submit or post text (including questions, comments, and suggestions), photographs, audio, videos, or other content (collectively, "User Content") through Community Features, by linking Sites to a third party service, or otherwise. Please note that certain information, such as your username and profile picture, may be publicly displayed on the Sites along with your User Content. User Content consisting of uploaded files may contain metadata, which may contain Personal Information or other information about or relating to you. You may wish to remove metadata from your file(s) before transmitting such file(s) to the Service.

Note that anything you post through Community Features is public -- others will have access to your User Content and may use it or share it with third parties. If you choose to voluntarily disclose Personal Information, that information will be considered public information. If you submit User Content, it may be published online or offline at any time. In addition, we may use your User Content and any excerpt from your User Content in connection with our advertising, marketing, publicity and promotional activities.

 

Social Features.  Certain functionality on the Sites may permit interactions that you initiate between the Sites and a third party website or service (“Social Features”).  Examples of Social Features include enabling you to “like” or “share” Site content to other websites or services; to log-in to the Sites using your username and password for a third party site or service; to transmit content to the Sites from your account on a third party website or service; and to otherwise connect the Sites to a third party website or service.

If you choose to use Social Features, information you post or provide access to may be publicly displayed on the Sites or by the provider of the Social Feature that you use. Similarly, if you post information on a third party platform that references the Sites (e.g., by using a hashtag associated with Mobile Nations in a tweet or status update), your post may be published on the Sites in accordance with the terms of the third party website or service. Also, both Mobile Nations and the third party may have access to certain information about you and your use of the Sites and the third party site or service.  In addition, we may receive information about you if other users of a third party website give us access to their profiles and you are one of their “connections,” or information about you is otherwise accessible through your “connections’” web pages, profile pages, or similar pages on a social networking or other third party website or interactive service.

The information we collect in connection with Social Features is subject to this Privacy Statement. The information collected and stored by the third party remains subject to the third party’s privacy practices, including whether the third party continues to share information with us, the types of information shared, and your choices with regard to what is visible to others on that third party website or service.

 

Complaints, inquiries, and requests for disclosure. You should direct any complaints, inquiries, and requests pertaining to this Privacy Statement (regarding disclosure, correction, or discontinuation of use of Personal information, or anything else) to the address listed below.

 

Children's privacy

The Sites are not intended for children and are not targeted to children under the age of thirteen (13). Mobile Nations does not knowingly collect data from children and, if we learn that we have received identifying information from a user under the age of thirteen (13), we will delete this information.  We will also obtain parental consent for older children where required by applicable law.

 

Third party Websites

There may be hyperlinks on the Sites to other websites or locations that are operated and controlled by third parties ("Third Party Websites"). These Third Party Websites may use their own cookies, web beacons and other technology to independently collect information about you. In addition, these Third Party Websites may solicit Personal Information from you. We make no representations regarding the policies or business practices of such Third Party Websites and encourage you to familiarize yourself with their privacy policies before providing them with your Personal Information.

 

Your California Privacy Rights (as provided by California Civil Code Section 1798.83). When California customers provide Personal Information to a business, they have the right to request certain disclosures if that business shares Personal Information with third parties (and in some cases, affiliates) for the third parties' or affiliates’ direct marketing purposes. Once per calendar year the customer may request that the business provide a list of companies with which it shares Personal Information for those companies' direct marketing purposes, and a list of the categories of Personal Information that the business shares.

California customers may request information about our compliance with this law by sending an email to the address listed below or sending a letter by mail to the address below.  Any such inquiry must include "California Privacy Rights Request" in the first line of the description and include your name, street address, city, state, and ZIP code. Please note that we are only required to respond to one request per customer each year.

 

Consent to Transfer Information. The Sites are operated in the United States.  If you are located outside of the United States, and are accessing or using the Sites, please be aware that information we collect, including Personal Information, will be transferred to, processed and stored in the United States. By using or accessing the Sites or providing us with any information through the Sites, you consent to this transfer, processing and storage of your information in United States.

 

Security. Mobile Nations takes commercially reasonable steps to help protect and secure Personal Information. However, no data transmission over the Internet, wireless transmission or electronic storage of information can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Please note that we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information we collect, and you use the Sites, and provide us with your information, at your own risk.

 

Changes to this Statement. Mobile Nations may from time to time and without prior notice revise this Privacy Statement. Any changes will be effective immediately when the revised statement is posted on the Sites, unless stated otherwise. We will not, however, use your Personal Information in a manner materially different than what was stated in the Privacy Statement posted on the Sites at the time your Personal Information was collected unless we receive your consent.

 

Who can I ask if I have any additional questions?

If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, our practices, or your dealings with the Sites, wish to request access to or correction or update of your Personal Information, wish to withdraw your consent (subject to legal or contractual restrictions and reasonable notice), or you have reason to believe Mobile Nations may have failed to adhere to this Privacy Statement, you can contact us by email or you can write to:

Mobile Nations
3151 E Thomas St
Inverness, FL 34453
info@mobilenations.com