Profology is a professional social network created exclusively for higher education faculty, staff and administrators. It provides members with individualized, discipline-specific content, and enables collaboration with colleagues across academia.
To enrich our members' experience, we request and display some personal information to other members and visitors, which allows our users to identify and contact each other. Profology members can change their profile information at any time.
Information Collection and Use by Profology
Profology collects user submitted information such as name, email address, and age to authenticate users and to send notifications to those users relating to the Profology service. Profology also collects other profile data including but not limited to: research interests, gender, age, education and occupation in order to assist users in finding and communicating with each other.
Profology also logs non-personally-identifiable information including IP address, profile information, aggregate user data, and browser type, from users and visitors to the site. This data is used to manage the website, track usage and improve the website services. This non-personally-identifiable information may be shared with third-parties to provide more relevant services and advertisements to members. User IP addresses are recorded for security and monitoring purposes.
User profile information including members' pictures and names are displayed to people in order to facilitate user interaction in the Profology social networking community. Email addresses are used for the purposes of inviting new colleagues to join Profology, to add users to members' colleague's networks, and to send notifications related to the service.
We may also use a user's email address to send updates, a newsletter or news regarding the service.
From time to time, Profology or a partner, may sponsor a promotion, sweepstake or contest on Profology. Users may be asked to provide personal information including name, email address or home address or to answer questions in order to participate. We may transfer personal information to certain ad partners that you have explicitly requested to receive information from. It will be clear at the point of collection who is collecting the personal information and whose privacy statement will apply.
Invitations and Other Communications to Non-members
Profology members can invite colleagues to join the service by sending invitation emails via our automated invitation system. Profology stores the email addresses that members provide so that the respondents may be added to the colleagues list of the member sending the invitations, and also to send reminders of the invitations. Profology does not sell these email addresses or use them to send any other communication besides invitations and invitation reminders. Recipients of invitations from Profology may contact Profology to request the removal of their information from our database.
Chat Rooms, Journals and WebLogs, Message Boards, Classifieds and Public Symposia
Please be aware that whenever you voluntarily post public information to Journals, WebLogs, Message Boards, Classifieds or any other Public Symposia that that information can be accessed by the public and can in turn be used by those people to send you unsolicited communications.
Correcting/Updating or Removing Information
Profology users may modify or remove any of their personal information at any time by logging into their account and accessing features such as Edit CV and Account Info.
Third Party Advertising
Profology member accounts are secured by member-created passwords. Profology takes precautions to insure that member account information is kept private. We use reasonable measures to protect member information that is stored within our database, and we restrict access to member information to those employees who need access to perform their job functions, such as our customer service personnel and technical staff. Please note that we cannot guarantee the security of member account information. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise the security of member information at any time For any additional information about the security measures we use on Profology, please contact us at email@example.com
Sharing and Disclosure of Information Profology Collects
We use information held about you in the following ways:
to provide our service to you including allowing you to:
participate in interactive and social networking features of our service, when you choose to do so;
share your academic papers and other documents, statements and postings of any kind on the Profology service;
to ensure that content from our Website is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer;
to recommend articles that you may be interested in reading and to prepare individualized statistical information;
to identify and respond to any queries, complaints or questions you ask us;
to notify you about changes to our service and provide you with information about our service;
for research and development to evaluate and enhance the Website and the services we offer;
for pseudonymous analysis to create a profile used to determine the habits, interests or other characteristics of users for purposes of research, analysis and anonymous reporting; and
for the Website and system administration, such as for technical support of the Website and its computer system, including processing computer account information, information used in the course of securing and maintaining the Website and verification of Website activity;
We may use aggregate statistical data to help advertisers reach the kind of audience they want to target (for example, persons located in Chicago). We may make use of the personal data we have collected from you to enable us to comply with our advertisers' wishes by displaying their advertisement to that target audience. We do not pass any personally identifiable information to our advertisers, only anonymized aggregate statistical data about our users and their browsing actions and patterns.
We may also use aggregate statistical information regarding users' interests, habits and reading patterns. This statistical data does not contain any personally identifiable information and is made available to registered users and other interested third parties (such as publishers) on an anonymous and aggregated basis.
Contacting the Web Site
If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this Web site, please contact us at: privacy@Profology