Last Updated: May 7, 2006
Yardbarker is a social media network for sports fans. The site lets people discover relevant sports content submitted by other community members. To accomplish this, our users create their own profiles, which display some personal information to other members and visitors. This allows our users to identify each other and expand their personal network of contacts. Yardbarker members can change their profile information at any time and can control how other members and the service communicates with them.
Information Collection and Use by Yardbarker
Yardbarker collects user submitted information such as name, email address, and age to authenticate users and to send notifications to those users relating to the Yardbarker service. Yardbarker also collects other profile data including but not limited to: personal interests, gender, age, and geographical location in order to assist users in finding and communicating with each other.
Yardbarker also logs non-personally-identifiable information including IP address, profile information, aggregate user data, cookie information, 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, user names, and first names are displayed to people in order to facilitate user interaction in the Yardbarker social networking community. Email addresses are used for the purposes of inviting new friends to join Yardbarker, to add users to members' contacts networks, and to send notifications related to the service. With the exception of inviting friends, adding friends, and notifications, a user's email address is not shared or displayed to people within a user's personal network. Users within a personal network communicate on Yardbarker with each other through the Yardbarker service, without disclosing their email addresses. Users' full names are never directly revealed to other members.
We may also use a user's email address to send updates, a newsletter, or news regarding the service, though users may choose not to receive email of this type.
From time to time, Yardbarker or a partner, may sponsor a promotion, sweepstake or contest on Yardbarker. 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
Yardbarker members can invite friends to join the service by sending invitation emails via our automated invitation system. Yardbarker stores the email addresses that members provide so that the respondents may be added to the friend's list of the member sending the invitations, and also to send reminders of the invitations. Yardbarker does not sell these email addresses or use them to send any other communication besides invitations, invitation reminders (up to three (3) per email address). Recipients of invitations from Yardbarker may contact Yardbarker to request the removal of their information from our database.
You may prevent Yardbarker email invitations and other messages from being sent to any email address you control by sending a single email with the subject "BLOCK INVITE" to [email protected] Please note that the email must come from the account you wish to block.
Chat Rooms, Message Boards, and Public Forums
Please be aware that whenever you voluntarily post public information to Journals, WebLogs, Message Boards, Classifieds or any other Public Forum 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
Yardbarker users may modify or remove any of their personal information at any time by logging into their account and accessing features such as Edit Profile and Account Info.
Third Party Advertising
Yardbarker member accounts are secured by member-created passwords. Yardbarker 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 Yardbarker, please contact us at [email protected]
Sharing and Disclosure of Information Yardbarker Collects
In the Event of Merger, Sale, or Bankruptcy
In the event that Yardbarker is acquired by or merged with a third party entity, we reserve the right, in any of these circumstances, to transfer or assign the information we have collected from our Users as part of such merger, acquisition, sale, or other change of control. In the unlikely event of our bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, receivership, or assignment for the benefit of creditors, or the application of laws or equitable principles affecting creditors' rights generally, we may not be able to control how your personal information is treated, transferred, or used.
Special Note to International Users
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: [email protected] (625 2nd Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco CA 94107).