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Classmates.com - Privacy Policy - Version 1

Privacy Policy from Classmates.com. The live version of this document is available at http://www.classmates.com/about/privacy. This document is a part of Docracy's Terms of Service Tracker project, which tracks changes to terms of service and privacy policy documents of many of the world's top websites.


a. When You Register

When you register for Services directly on the Website, you may be required to provide certain information, such as your name, maiden name (if applicable), mailing address and/or zip code, email address, phone number, birth date or year, marital status, password, and one or more community affiliations (such as with a school or college). You may also be presented with the option to register for the Services using your Facebook login credentials or similar login processes or co-registration forms from or on other third party websites, in which case you will be authorizing us to access certain information from your current profile on Facebook or other third party website (which will be specified in such login process) for purposes of completing your registration. In addition, when you install certain of our applications on Facebook or other third party websites or devices, you will also be registering for the Services by agreeing to such installation, which takes place when you "accept", "install" or "allow" (or similar language) such application. Each such application includes a disclosure that this registration will occur upon the acceptance, installation or allowance of the application.

Please keep in mind that, although much of the information described above will not be viewable by other members, once you are registered your name, community affiliations and years associated with those affiliations will be displayed on the Website and you will no longer be anonymous to us or to other individuals who access the Website. In addition, because this information is publicly displayed on the Website, it may be included in the Website "search" tools and on third party websites and devices as described in Section 2(i) below. We may also publicly display your general geographic location based upon the zip code or other geographical information provided to us, as another means of assisting members in finding each other. However, you have the option of opting out of having your general geographic location publicly displayed by accessing your privacy settings on the Website and changing your preferences. In addition, some of our Services may only be accessible if, based on information you have provided to us, you have an affiliation related to our Services.

b. When You Accept an Application

Some third party websites, such as Facebook, provide their users with access to applications or other tools, such as "social login", which allow that website's users to share certain personal information with us. When you accept or allow one of our applications or use another tool to create a connection between us and Facebook or other third party website, you authorize us to collect, store and use (in accordance with this Privacy Policy) all information that you agreed Facebook or other third party website could provide to us. If you choose to remove or delete any such application on, or otherwise break our connection with your account on, Facebook or other third party website, we will no longer be able to continue to collect your information from that website. However, deletion or removal of such application does not delete your account from the Website, and we will continue to store and use information that we have previously collected. You can of course edit or delete your profile information on the Website at any time (see Section 3 below). In addition, acceptance of one of our applications may authorize us to automatically post information to your profile on Facebook or other third party website about certain of your activities, such as looking at a reunion, joining a community affiliation, viewing a yearbook, tagging someone in a yearbook, becoming a reunion organizer, updating the details of a reunion, responding to a reunion invitation or tagging someone as "remembered". We may also provide you with the option to post additional information about your activities or information you have found through the Services to your profile on Facebook or other third party website.

c. When You "Surf" the Website

Log Files

As is the case with most standard website servers, we use and maintain the information that we obtain from and through your browser on our server logs. This information can include Internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet service provider ("ISP"), and other data. We may use this information to analyze trends, administer the Services, track user movement, detect fraud or other types of abuse, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. We may associate this information with your information to resolve technical issues, support security for our users, and take action on any activity that may violate this Privacy Policy or the Terms of Service.


A cookie is a small piece of data that is sent to your browser from a website's computers and stored in a browser-related file on your computer's hard drive. Cookies are uniquely assigned to your computer, and are read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you. We link cookies to your unique registration number and use them to enhance and personalize your experience on the Services, including helping authenticate you when you use the Services, remembering your preferences and registration information, and customizing the content and advertisements provided to you via the Services. For example, storing a cookie on your computer allows you to login without typing the registered email address or registration number and password. We also use cookies to deliver information and content specific to your interests through the Services. We (or our third party service providers) may also use cookies to target advertisements for the Services that you may view when visiting other websites. If you do not want these cookies stored on your computer you can delete and/or reject cookies by modifying your Internet browser setting accordingly (each browser is different, so check the "Help" menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences). However, if you choose to delete and/or reject cookies, you may not be able to sign in or use certain portions of the Services. Please also note that certain types of emails available through the Services may automatically log you into the Services and/or set new cookies when you click on the links in the emails and that you may need to manually remove such cookies if you do not want them to be stored on your computer. See Section 2(d) below for additional information about cookies in regards to our use of third party ad servers.

Web Beacons

A web beacon (also known as a clear gif) is a tiny graphic with a unique identifier that is placed on a web page or within an email. It is similar in function to a cookie, and is used to collect a limited set of information, such as a cookie number, time and date of page view, and a description of the page on which the web beacon resides. We (and our third party advertisers) may use web beacons to compile aggregate statistics about which advertisements and promotions users have seen and how users responded to them. This information helps us better manage content available on the Services by informing us about what content is effective and of interest to users. In addition, we may use web beacons in our promotional email messages to keep track of how many messages and which emails have been opened and acted upon. This use allows us to gauge the effectiveness of certain communications and our marketing campaigns. We associate web beacons with individual members for internal purposes only, in an effort to understand our members' individual preferences with our email products..

d. When You Purchase a Product or Paid Service from Us

If you choose to purchase a product or paid Service from us, you may be required to provide us with certain personal contact information, such as your name, email address and billing address. We may also require other information necessary for you to receive the product, access the paid Service and/or process any applicable payment, such as a credit card or debit card number and expiration date. We may use the information that you provide to us to bill you for products and paid Services you request, or to notify you of additional products and paid Services we may offer. When you sign-up for a product or paid Service, you are consenting to our delivery of this information to our service providers, which may include banks and credit card companies that we use to process a transaction or other third parties who may provide all or a portion of the underlying product or paid Services on our behalf. See Section 2(f) below for additional information about sharing your information with our service providers. We may also show your membership status through the Services so that other members can see what options they have to contact or communicate with you.

e. When You Use Member-to-Member Communications

We have developed a "double-blind" email system, which hides the email addresses to protect the privacy of both the sender and receiver when a member sends another member an email through the Services. When using these member-to-member communications, it is up to you to choose when you are comfortable disclosing your email address, or any other personal contact information, to others. We respect the privacy of these member-to-member communications and do not read or disclose them unless we believe it is necessary in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, violations of this Privacy Policy and/or our Terms of Service, or as otherwise permitted or required under Section 2(h) below. Please keep in mind that you will not be able to delete, revise or otherwise recover any message that you send once it has been sent.

f. When You Use Comment Fields, Message Boards, Events or Other Public Forums

Information and content submitted to comment fields, message boards, events and other public forums on the Services are displayed publicly, so please exercise care in deciding what information and content you wish to disclose. Because this information is publicly displayed through the Services, it may be included in the Services’ search tools and on third party websites and devices as described in Section 2(i) below. Please keep in mind that, because of the interactive nature of these forums, in many cases you will not be able to remove or revise the information or content that you submit in these areas of the Services and such information or content may remain on the Services even if your membership is terminated. To protect the privacy of our members, we do not allow the public posting of personal contact information. We have the right, but not the obligation, to monitor any activity and content within the comment fields, message boards, events and other public forums on the Services. Please review our "Community Guidelines" (found in our Terms of Services) for more information regarding your appropriate use of these areas.

g. When You Use "Invite-A-Friend", "Email this Page" or Other Email Referral Services

If you elect to use any of our referral services for informing friends via email about the Services or any portion thereof, you will be asked to provide your friends' names and email address. We will then automatically send your friends a one-time email, plus a reminder email if you so choose (each of which will usually include your name and email address) inviting them to visit the Services. We ask for this information for the sole purpose of sending these emails and tracking the success of our email referral program.

h. When You Build a Personal Profile

We have created tools to enable you to build a personal profile to share as much information about yourself as you wish. Except as otherwise noted, when you use a specific profile tool all information that you add to your profile is publicly viewable and may be included in the Services’ search tools and on third party websites and devices as described in Section 2(i) below. For this reason, please use care in providing information that you may not want to publicly disclose. To protect the privacy of our members, we do not allow the public posting of personal contact information. Additionally, please see the Community Guidelines in our Terms of Service for more information regarding the limitations on the types of information that you may post on your personal profile and elsewhere on the Services. As provided in our Terms of Service, we may use the information you provide in your profile in a variety of our products and features, such as affiliation-specific emails. This enables us to provide our members with information in a more personalized fashion. If you feel that a profile depicting you or your likeness has been created without your consent, please contact Member Care to request its removal.

i. When You View Other Members' Profiles

We give you the ability to find other members by browsing the affiliation lists or using the search functionality on the Services. When you find other members, you can view their personal profiles to find out more about them. Every time that you visit another member's profile, your name and the date of your visit will be viewable by that member as someone who visited that member's profile unless you opt out of having your name automatically left on other members' profiles, which you can do by accessing the "Account" section on the Website and changing your preferences. If you opt out of automatically having your name left on other members' profiles, you will still have the ability to leave your name on specific members' profiles on an individual basis.

j. When You View Other Members' Yearbook Tags

We have made digitized versions of historic yearbooks for various schools available for viewing on the Services. When you tag a member's photo in a yearbook or click on or hover over a tagged name or photo of a member, your name and the date of your tag and/or visit will be added to that member's yearbook visits list unless you opt out of having your name automatically left on such list, which you can do by clicking "Remove name" on that specific tag. You can also change your default setting by accessing the "Account" section on the Website and changing your preferences. If you opt out of automatically having your name left on other members' yearbook visits list, you will still have the ability to leave your name on specific members' yearbook visits list on an individual basis.

k. When You Participate in Surveys

From time-to-time we may request information from our users via surveys relating to the Services or on behalf of our affiliates or third party advertisers. When you participate in a survey, we may request personal contact information (such as your name and email address) or demographic information (such as your zip code, age or income level). We conduct surveys relating to the Services in order to target advertising and content and to better understand members' needs and opinions. We may share, in aggregate form, information we collect from these surveys with our advertisers, partners, affiliates and the general public, but we will not share survey information containing personally identifiable information with any third party without your prior consent. Participation in these surveys is completely voluntary, such that you have the choice of whether you wish to disclose the requested information.

l. When You or Third Parties Contact Us

If you contact us by phone, email or letter, we may keep a record of such correspondence. Thus, if you report an issue with the Services, we may collect such information in a file specific to your membership account. Moreover, if you contact us through our feedback area, we require your name and email address in order to send you a reply. Additionally, if other users or third parties send us correspondence about your activities or postings on the Services, we may keep the information in a file specific to you.

m. How We May Supplement Your Information

In order for us to provide all of the products and Services that are available to you as a member of the Services, it may be necessary for us from time to time to supplement the information we receive through your use of the Services with information from third party resources. For example, we may obtain updated email address information from email-change-of-address vendors or purchase third party marketing data and address information and add it to our existing database to better target our advertising and provide pertinent offers we think you would be interested in.

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