Terms + Conditions

SOCIAL STUDIES, INC. Terms of Service

Last Updated: April 23, 2019

Welcome to Social Studies, Inc.(“Social Studies“)’s website located at http://socialstudies.io/ (the “Site“). Please read these Terms of Service (the “Terms“)and our Privacy Policy carefully because they govern your use of our Site and related services accessible via our Site. To make these Terms easier to read, the Site and our services are collectively called the “Services.”

1.Agreement to Terms. By using our Services, you agree to be bound by these Terms. If you don’t agree to be bound by these Terms, do not use the Services. If you are accessing and using the Services on behalf of a company (such as your employer) or other legal entity, you represent and warrant that you have the authority to bind that company or other legal entity to these Terms. In that case, “you” and “your” will refer to that company or other legal entity. WHEN YOU AGREE TO THESE TERMS YOU ARE ALSO AGREEING (WITH LIMITED EXCEPTION) TO RESOLVE ANY DISPUTE BETWEEN YOU AND SOCIAL STUDIES THROUGH BINDING, INDIVIDUAL ARBITRATION RATHER THAN IN COURT. PLEASE REVIEW CAREFULLY SECTION 15 BELOW FOR DETAILS REGARDING ARBITRATION (INCLUDING THE PROCEDURE TO OPT OUT OF ARBITRATION)

2.Privacy Policy. Please refer to our Privacy Policy for information on how we collect, use and disclose information from our users. You acknowledge and agree that your use of the Services is subject to our Privacy Policy.

3.Changes to Terms or Services. We may update the Terms at any time, in our sole discretion. If we do so, we will let you know either by posting the updated Terms on the Site or through other communications. It is important that you review the Terms whenever we update them or you use the Services. If you continue to use the Services after we have posted updated Terms, you are agreeing to be bound by the updated Terms. If you don’t agree to be bound by the updated Terms, then, except as otherwise provided in Section 16(f) “Effect of Changes on Arbitration,” you may not use the Services anymore. Because our Services are evolving over time we may change or discontinue all or any part of the Services, at any time and without notice, at our sole discretion.

4.Who May Use the Services?

(a) Registration and Your Information. If you want to use certain features of the Services you will have to create an account (“Account”) . You can do this via the Site or through your account with certain third-party social networking services such as Facebook, Google, or LinkedIn (each, an “SNS Account”) . If you choose the SNS Account option we will create your Account by extracting from your SNS Account certain personal information such as your name and email address and other personal information that your privacy settings on the SNS Account permit us to access.

(b) Accuracy of Account Information. It is important that you provide us with accurate, complete and up-to-date information for your Account and you agree to update such information to keep it accurate, complete and up-to-date. If you don’t, we might have to suspend or terminate your Account. You agree that you won’t disclose your Account password to anyone and you will notify us immediately of any unauthorized use of your Account. You’re responsible for all activities that occur under your Account, whether or not you know about them.

5.Feedback. We welcome feedback, comments and suggestions for improvements to the Services (“Feedback“). You can submit Feedback by emailing us at [email protected]. You grant to us a non-exclusive, transferable, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, fully-paid, royalty-free license, with the right to sublicense, under any and all intellectual property rights that you own or control to use, copy, modify, create derivative works based upon and otherwise exploit the Feedback for any purpose. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Social Studies is under no obligations to use the Feedback.

6.Content Ownership, Responsibility and Removal.

(a) Definitions. For purposes of these Terms:(i)  “Content” means text, graphics, images, music, software, audio, video, works of authorship of any kind, and information or other materials that are posted, generated, provided or otherwise made available through the Services; and (ii)  “User Content” means any Content that Account holders (including you) provide to be made available through the Services. Content includes without limitation User Content.

(b) Our Content Ownership. Social Studies does not claim any ownership rights in any User Content and nothing in these Terms will be deemed to restrict any rights that you may have to use and exploit your User Content. Subject to the foregoing, Social Studies and its licensors exclusively own all right, title and interest in and to the Services and Content, including all associated intellectual property rights. You acknowledge that the Services and Content are protected by copyright, trademark, and other laws of the United States and foreign countries. You agree not to remove, alter or obscure any copyright, trademark, service mark or other proprietary rights notices incorporated in or accompanying the Services or Content.

(c) Rights in User Content Granted by You. By making any User Content available through the Services you hereby grant to Social Studies a non-exclusive, perpetual, transferable, worldwide, royalty-free license, with the right to sublicense, to use, copy, modify, create derivative works based upon, distribute, publicly display, and publicly perform your User Content in connection with operating and providing the Services and Content to you and to other Account holders.

(d) Your Responsibility for User Content. You are solely responsible for all your User Content. You represent and warrant that you own all your User Content or you have all rights that are necessary to grant us the license rights in your User Content under these Terms. You also represent and warrant that neither your User Content, nor your use and provision of your User Content to be made available through the Services, nor any use of your User Content by Social Studies on or through the Services will infringe, misappropriate or violate a third party’s intellectual property rights, or rights of publicity or privacy, or result in the violation of any applicable law or regulation.

(e) Rights in Content Granted by Social Studies. Subject to your compliance with these Terms, Social Studies grants to you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable license, with no right to sublicense, to download, view, and print the Content solely in connection with your permitted use of the Services and solely for your personal and non-commercial purposes.

7.General Prohibitions and Social Studies’ Enforcement Rights. You agree not to do any of the following:

(a) Submit or transmit any Content that:(i)  infringes, misappropriates or violates a third party’s copyright, trademark, trade secret, moral rights or other intellectual property rights, or rights of publicity or privacy; (ii)  violates, or encourages any conduct that would violate, any applicable law or regulation or would give rise to civil liability; (iii)  is fraudulent, false, misleading or deceptive; (iv) is defamatory, obscene, pornographic, vulgar or offensive; (v)  promotes discrimination, bigotry, racism, hatred, harassment or harm against any individual or group; (vi)  is violent or threatening or promotes violence or actions that are threatening to any person or entity; or (vii)  promotes illegal or harmful activities or substances;

(b) Use, display, mirror or frame the Services or any individual element within the Services, Social Studies’ name, any Social Studies trademark, logo or other proprietary information, or the layout and design of any page or form contained on a page, without Social Studies’ express written consent;

(c) Access, tamper with, or use non-public areas of the Services, Social Studies’ computer systems, or the technical delivery systems of Social Studies’ providers;

(d) Attempt to probe, scan or test the vulnerability of any Social Studies system or network or breach any security or authentication measures;

(e) Avoid, bypass, remove, deactivate, impair, descramble or otherwise circumvent any technological measure implemented by Social Studies or any of Social Studies’ providers or any other third party (including another user) to protect the Services or Content;

(f) Attempt to access or search the Services or Content or download Content from the Services through the use of any engine, software, tool, agent, device or mechanism (including spiders, robots, crawlers, data mining tools or the like) other than the software and/or search agents provided by Social Studies or other generally available third-party web browsers;

(g) Send any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, email, junk mail, spam, chain letters or other form of solicitation;

(h) Use any meta tags or other hidden text or metadata utilizing a Social Studies trademark, logo URL or product name without Social Studies’ express written consent;

(i) Use the Services or Content, or any portion thereof, for any commercial purpose or for the benefit of any third party or in any manner not permitted by these Terms;

(j) Forge any TCP/IP packet header or any part of the header information in any email or newsgroup posting, or in any way use the Services or Content to send altered, deceptive or false source-identifying information;

(k) Attempt to decipher, decompile, disassemble or reverse engineer any of the software used to provide the Services or Content;

(l) Interfere with, or attempt to interfere with, the access of any user, host or network, including, without limitation, sending a virus, overloading, flooding, spamming, or mail-bombing the Services;

(m) Collect or store any personally identifiable information from the Services from other users of the Services without their express permission;

(n) Impersonate or misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity;

(o) Violate any applicable law or regulation; or

(p) Encourage or enable any other individual to do any of the foregoing.

Although we’re not obligated to monitor access to or use of the Services or Content or to review or edit any Content, we have the right to do so for the purpose of operating the Services, to ensure compliance with these Terms and to comply with applicable law or other legal requirements. We reserve the right, but are not obligated, to remove or disable access to any Content, at any time and without notice, including, but not limited to, if we, at our sole discretion, consider any Content to be objectionable or in violation of these Terms. We have the right to investigate violations of these Terms or conduct that affects the Services. We may also consult and cooperate with law enforcement authorities to prosecute users who violate the law.

8.Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) Notice and Copyright Policy. Materials may be made available via the Site by users and other third parties not within our control. We are under no obligation to, and do not, scan Content posted on the Site for the inclusion of illegal or impermissible Content. However, we respect the copyright interests of others. It is our policy not to permit materials known by us to infringe another party’s copyright to remain on the Site. If you believe any materials on the Site infringe a copyright, you should provide us with written notice that at a minimum contains:

(a)A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;

(b)Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online website are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that website;

(c)Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material;

(d)Information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted;

(e)A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and

(f)A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

All DMCA notices should be sent to our designated agent as follows: [email protected].

9.Links to Third Party Websites or Resources. The Services may contain links to third-party websites or resources. We provide these links only as a convenience and are not responsible for the Content, products or services on or available from those websites or resources or links displayed on such websites. You acknowledge sole responsibility for and assume all risk arising from, your use of any third-party websites or resources.

10.Termination. We may terminate your access to and use of the Services, at our sole discretion, at any time and without notice to you. You may cancel your Account at any time by sending an email to us at [email protected]. Upon any termination, discontinuation or cancellation of the Services or your Account, the following Sections will survive: 6(a) , 6(b) , 6(c) , 6(d) , 12, 14, 15 and 16.

11.Warranty Disclaimers. THE SERVICES AND CONTENT ARE PROVIDED “AS IS,” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, WE EXPLICITLY DISCLAIM ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, QUIET ENJOYMENT AND NON-INFRINGEMENT, AND ANY WARRANTIES ARISING OUT OF COURSE OF DEALING OR USAGE OF TRADE. We make no warranty that the Services will meet your requirements or be available on an uninterrupted, secure, or error-free basis. We make no warranty regarding the quality, accuracy, timeliness, truthfulness, completeness or reliability of any Content.

12.Indemnity. You will indemnify and hold harmless Social Studies and its officers, directors, employees and agents, from and against any claims, disputes, demands, liabilities, damages, losses, and costs and expenses, including, without limitation, legal and accounting fees arising out of or in any way connected with (i) your access to or use of the Services or Content, (ii) your User Content, or (iii) your violation of these Terms.

13.Limitation of Liability.

(a) NEITHER SOCIAL STUDIES NOR ANY OTHER PARTY INVOLVED IN CREATING, PRODUCING, OR DELIVERING THE SERVICES OR CONTENT WILL BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR DAMAGES FOR LOST PROFITS, LOST REVENUES, LOST SAVINGS, LOST BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY, LOSS OF DATA OR GOODWILL, SERVICE INTERRUPTION, COMPUTER DAMAGE OR SYSTEM FAILURE OR THE COST OF SUBSTITUTE SERVICES OF ANY KIND ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THESE TERMS OR FROM THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICES OR CONTENT, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE) , PRODUCT LIABILITY OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, AND WHETHER OR NOT SOCIAL STUDIES OR ANY OTHER PARTY HAS BEEN INFORMED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE, EVEN IF A LIMITED REMEDY SET FORTH HEREIN IS FOUND TO HAVE FAILED OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

(b) IN NO EVENT WILL SOCIAL STUDIES’ TOTAL LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THESE TERMS OR FROM THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICES OR CONTENT EXCEED THE AMOUNTS YOU HAVE PAID TO SOCIAL STUDIES FOR USE OF THE SERVICES OR CONTENT OR SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS ($6,000) , IF YOU HAVE NOT HAD ANY PAYMENT OBLIGATIONS TO SOCIAL STUDIES, AS APPLICABLE.

(c) THE EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATIONS OF DAMAGES SET FORTH ABOVE ARE FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTS OF THE BASIS OF THE BARGAIN BETWEEN SOCIAL STUDIES AND YOU.

14.Governing Law and Forum Choice. These Terms and any action related thereto will be governed by the Federal Arbitration Act, federal arbitration law, and the laws of the State of New York, without regard to its conflict of laws provisions. Except as otherwise expressly set forth in Section 15 “Dispute Resolution,” the exclusive jurisdiction for all Disputes (defined below) that you and Social Studies are not required to arbitrate will be the state and federal courts located in the State of New York, and you and Social Studies each waive any objection to jurisdiction and venue in such courts.

15.Dispute Resolution.

(a) Mandatory Arbitration of Disputes. We each agree that any dispute, claim or controversy arising out of or relating to these Terms or the breach, termination, enforcement, interpretation or validity thereof or the use of the Services or Content (collectively, “Disputes“) will be resolved solely by binding, individual arbitration and not in a class, representative or consolidated action or proceeding. You and Social Studies agree that the U.S. Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of these Terms, and that you and Social Studies are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action. This arbitration provision shall survive termination of these Terms.

(b) Exceptions and Opt-out. As limited exceptions to Section 15(a) above:(i)  you may seek to resolve a Dispute in small claims court if it qualifies; and (ii) we each retain the right to seek injunctive or other equitable relief from a court to prevent (or enjoin) the infringement or misappropriation of our intellectual property rights. In addition, you will retain the right to opt out of arbitration entirely and litigate any Dispute if you provide us with written notice of your desire to do so by email at [email protected] or by regular mail at 130 Madison Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10016 within thirty (30) days following the date you first agree to these Terms.

(c) Conducting Arbitration and Arbitration Rules. The arbitration will be conducted by the American Arbitration Association

(“AAA“) under its Consumer Arbitration Rules (the “AAA Rules“) then in effect, except as modified by these Terms. The AAA Rules are available at www.adr.org or by calling 1-800-778-7879. A party who wishes to start arbitration must submit a written Demand for Arbitration to AAA and give notice to the other party as specified in the AAA Rules. The AAA provides a form Demand for Arbitration at www.adr.org/Forms.

(d) Class Action Waiver.You and Social Studies agree that each may bring claims against the other only in your or its individual capacity, and not as a plaintiff or class member in any purported class or representative proceeding. Further, if the parties’ dispute is resolved through arbitration, the arbitrator may not consolidate another person’s claims with your claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding. If this specific provision is found to be unenforceable, then the entirety of this Dispute Resolution section shall be null and void.

(e) Effect of Changes on Arbitration. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 3 “Changes to Terms or Services” above, if Social Studies changes any of the terms of this Section 15 “Dispute Resolution” after the date you first accepted these Terms (or accepted any subsequent changes to these Terms) , you may reject any such change by sending us written notice (including by email to [email protected]) within 30 days of the date such change became effective, as indicated in the “Last Updated” date above or in the date of Social Studies’ email to you notifying you of such change. By rejecting any change, you are agreeing that you will arbitrate any Dispute between you and Social Studies in accordance with the terms of this Section 15 “Dispute Resolution” as of the date you first accepted these Terms (or accepted any subsequent changes to these Terms) .

16.General Terms.

(a) Severability. With the exception of any of the provisions in Section 16 (d) of these Terms (“Class Action Waiver”) , if any provision of these Terms is held invalid or unenforceable by an arbitrator or a court of competent jurisdiction, that provision will be enforced to the maximum extent permissible and the other provisions of these Terms will remain in full force and effect.

(b) Entire Agreement. These Terms constitute the entire and exclusive understanding and agreement between Social Studies and you regarding the Services and Content, and these Terms supersede and replace any and all prior oral or written understandings or agreements between Social Studies and you regarding the Services and Content.

(c) Assignment. You may not assign or transfer these Terms, by operation of law or otherwise, without Social Studies’ prior written consent. Any attempt by you to assign or transfer these Terms, without such consent, will be null. Social Studies may freely assign or transfer these Terms without restriction. Subject to the foregoing, these Terms will bind and inure to the benefit of the parties, their successors and permitted assigns.

(d) Notices. Any notices or other communications provided by Social Studies under these Terms, including those regarding modifications to these Terms, will be given: (i)  via email; or (ii)  by posting to the Services. For notices made by e-mail, the date of receipt will be deemed the date on which such notice is transmitted.

(e) Waiver of Rights. Social Studies’ failure to enforce any right or provision of these Terms will not be considered a waiver of such right or provision. The waiver of any such right or provision will be effective only if in writing and signed by a duly authorized representative of Social Studies. Except as expressly set forth in these Terms, the exercise by either party of any of its remedies under these Terms will be without prejudice to its other remedies under these Terms or otherwise.

17.Contact Information. If you have any questions about these Terms or the Services, please contact Social Studies at [email protected].


Privacy Policy

SOCIAL STUDIES INC. PRIVACY POLICY

Last Updated: April 23, 2019

1.              Who We Are and What We Do

Social Studies Inc. (“Social Studies”), is a technology and micro-influencer company designed to support brands in each step of their campaigns. This Privacy Policy explains our information practices, the kinds of information we collect, how we use and share that information, and your options.

2.              Definitions

Employee” refers to any current, temporary, permanent, prospective or former employee, director, contractor, worker, or retiree of Social Studies or its subsidiaries worldwide.

Personal Information” is any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person.

Process” or “Processing” means any operation which is performed upon Personal Information, whether or not by automatic means, such as collection, recording, organization, structuring, storage, adaptation or alteration, retrieval, consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, alignment or combination, restriction, erasure, or destruction.

Sensitive Data” or “Sensitive Personal Information” is a subset of Personal Information which, due to its nature, has been classified by law or by policy as deserving additional privacy and security protections. Sensitive Personal Information includes financial information such as credit card number and bank account number and social security number, government or taxpayer ID.

3.              Scope

This Privacy Policy applies to Personal Information Processed by us in our business, including on our websites (each a “Site”) and other online or offline offerings (collectively, the “Services”). All Individuals (as defined below) whose responsibilities include Processing Personal Information for us are expected to protect it by following this Privacy Policy.

4.              Transparency/Notice

4.1           Personal Information We Collect and How We Use It

The types of Personal Information we collect and our privacy practices depend on whether you are a customer, user, visitor or Employee (together, “Individuals”) and the requirements of applicable law.

  • Communications with Us. We may collect Personal Information from you such as email address, phone number, or mailing address when you request information about our Services, register for our newsletter, request customer or technical support, or otherwise communicate with us.
  • Surveys. We may contact you to participate in surveys. If you decide to participate, you may be asked to provide certain information which may include Personal Information.
  • Posting. We may offer forums, blogs, or social media pages. Any content you provide on these channels will be considered “public” and is not subject to privacy protections.
  • Registration for Sweepstakes or Contests. We may run sweepstakes and contests. Contact information you provide may be used to reach you about the sweepstakes or contest and for other promotional, marketing and business purposes, if permitted by law. In some jurisdictions, we are required to publicly share information of winners.
  • Automatic Data Collection. We may collect certain information automatically when you use the Services. This information may include your Internet protocol (IP) address, user settings, cookie identifiers and other unique identifiers, details about your browser, operating system or device, location information, Internet service provider, pages that you visit before, during and after using the Services, information about the links you click, and other information about how you use the Services. Information we collect may be associated with accounts and other devices.
  • Information from Other Sources. We may obtain information about you from other sources, including through third party services and organizations to supplement information provided by you. For example, if you access our Services through a third party application, such as a third party login service, or a Social Networking Site (“SNS”), we may collect information about you from that third party application that you have made public via your privacy settings. Information we collect through these services may include your name, your user identification number, your user name, location, gender, birth date, email, profile picture, and your contacts stored in that service. This supplemental information allows us to verify information that you have provided to us and to enhance our ability to provide you with information about our business, products, and Services.

4.2           How We Use Your Information

We Process Personal Information about Individuals for a variety of business purposes, including:

  • To provide our Services, or information requested including to:
    • Manage Individual information and accounts;
    • Respond to questions, comments, and other requests;
    • Provide access to certain areas, functionalities, and features of our Services; and
    • Answer requests for customer or technical support.
  • For administrative purposes including to:
    • Measure interest and engagement in our Site and Services;
    • Conduct research and development;
    • Improve our products and Services;
    • Develop new products and Services;
    • Ensure internal quality control;
    • Verify Individual identity;
    • Communicate with you about your account, activities on our Site and Services and policy changes;
    • Process your financial information and other payment methods for products or Services purchased;
    • Process applications and transactions;
    • Prevent potentially prohibited or illegal activities; and
    • Enforce our Terms.
  • To market our products and Services. We may use Personal Information to provide you with materials about offers, products, and Services that may be of interest, including new content or Services. We may provide you with these materials as permitted by applicable law. Such uses include:
    • To tailor content, advertisements, and offers;
    • To notify you about offers, products, and services that may be of interest to you;
    • To provide our Services to you; and
    • Other purposes you consent to or which are disclosed when you provide Personal Information.
  • To create de-identified and aggregated information, such as de-identified demographic information, de-identified location information, information about the computer or device from which you access our Site and Services, or other analyses we create. De-identified or aggregated information is not Personal Information, and we may use such information in a number of ways, including research, internal analysis, analytics, and any other legally permissible purposes.
  • Other Uses. Social Studies may use Personal Information to pursue legitimate interests, such as direct marketing, research (including marketing research), network and information security, and fraud prevention, or any other purpose disclosed to you at the time you provide Personal Information or with your consent.

4.3       Cookies, Pixel Tags/Web Beacons, Analytics Information, and Interest-Based Advertising

We, as well as third parties that provide content, advertising, or other functionality on the Services, may use cookies, pixel tags, local storage, and other technologies (“Technologies”) to automatically collect information through the Services. Technologies are essentially small data files placed on your computer, tablet, mobile phone, or other devices that allow us to record certain pieces of information whenever you visit or interact with our Site and Services.

  • Cookies. Cookies are small text files placed in visitors’ computer browsers to store their preferences. Most browsers allow you to block and delete cookies. However, if you do that, the Services may not work properly.
  • Pixel Tags/Web Beacons. A pixel tag (also known as a web beacon) is a piece of code embedded on the Site that collects information about users’ engagement on that web page. The use of a pixel allows us to record, for example, that a user has visited a particular web page or clicked on a particular advertisement.
  • Analytics. We may also use Google Analytics and other analytical technologies to collect information regarding visitor behavior and visitor demographics on our Site and Services. For more information about Google Analytics, please visit www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/. You can opt out of Google’s collection and Processing of data generated by your use of the Services by going to http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

Our uses of such Technologies fall into the following general categories:

  • Operationally necessary. This includes Technologies that allow you access to our Site, Services, and tools that are required to identify irregular site behavior, prevent fraudulent activity and improve security or that allow you to make use of our functions such as shopping-carts, saved search, or similar functions;
  • Performance related. We may use Technologies to assess the performance of our Services, including as part of our analytic practices to help us understand how our visitors use the Services;
  • Functionality related. We may use Technologies that allow us to offer you enhanced functionality when accessing or using our Site and Services. This may include identifying you when you sign into our Site or Services or keeping track of your specified preferences, interests, or past items viewed;
  • Advertising or targeting related. We may use first party or third party Technologies to deliver content, including ads relevant to your interests, on our Site and Services or on third party sites.

4.4       Third Party Websites, Social Media Platforms and Software Development Kits

The Services may contain links to other websites and other websites may reference or link to our Site or other Services. These other domains and websites are not controlled by us. We encourage our users to read the privacy policies of each website and application with which they interact. We do not endorse, screen or approve, and are not responsible for the privacy practices or content of such other websites or applications. Visiting these other websites or applications is at your own risk.

Social Studies’ Services may include publicly accessible blogs, forums, social media pages, and private messaging features. By using such services, you assume the risk that the Personal Information provided by you may be viewed and used by Third Parties for any number of purposes.

We may use third party APIs and software development kits (“SDKs”) as part of the functionality of our Services. APIs and SDKs may allow third parties including advertising partners to collect your Personal Information to provide content that is more relevant to you. For more information about our use of APIs and SDKs, please contact us at [email protected] .

5.              Onward Transfer—How We May Disclose Your Information

5.1       Information We Share

We may share your information as described in this Privacy Policy:

  • Affiliates, Business Partners, Service Providers, Consultants. We may provide Personal Information to affiliates, business partners, service providers and consultants with whom we jointly offer products or services.
  • Marketing – Interest-Based Advertising and Third Party Marketing.  Through our Services, Social Studies may allow third party advertising partners to set Technologies and other tracking tools to collect information regarding your activities and your device (e.g., your IP address, page(s) visited, location, time of day). We may also combine and share such information and other information (such as demographic information and past purchase history) with third party advertising partners. These advertising partners may use this information (and similar information collected from other websites) for purposes of delivering targeted advertisements to you when you visit third party websites within their networks. This practice is commonly referred to as “interest-based advertising” or “online behavioral advertising. We may allow access to other data collected by the Site and Services to share information that may be useful, relevant, valuable or otherwise of interest to you.
  • Disclosures to Protect Us or Others. We may access, preserve, and disclose your Personal Information, other account information, and content if we believe doing so is required or appropriate to: (i) comply with law enforcement or national security requests and legal process, such as a court order or subpoena; (ii) respond to your requests; (iii) protect your, our or others’ rights, property, or safety; (iv) to enforce our policies or contracts; (v) to collect amounts owed to us; (vi) when we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to prevent physical harm or financial loss or in connection with an investigation or prosecution of suspected or actual illegal activity; or (vii) if we, in good faith, believe that disclosure is otherwise necessary or advisable.
  • Merger, Sale, or Other Asset Transfers. If we are involved in a merger, acquisition, financing due diligence, reorganization, bankruptcy, receivership, purchase or sale of assets, or transition of service to another provider, then your information may be sold or transferred as part of such a transaction as permitted by law and/or contract.

5.2       International Data Transfers

You agree that all information Processed by us may be transferred, processed, and stored anywhere in the world, including but not limited to, the European Union, the United States or other countries. Personal Information may be stored in the cloud, on our servers, or on the servers of our affiliates or partners. Your Personal Information may be accessible to law enforcement or other authorities pursuant to a lawful request.

6.              Your Choices:  Right to Object to Processing

6.1           General

You may have the right to object to or opt out of certain uses of your Personal Information. Where you have consented to the Processing of your Personal Information or Sensitive Personal Information, you may withdraw that consent at any time and prevent further Processing by contacting us at [email protected]. Even if you opt out, we may still collect and use non-Personal Information regarding your activities on our Site, Services and/or information from the advertisements on third party websites for other legal purposes as described above.  

6.2           Email and Telephone Communications

If you receive an unwanted email from us, you can use the unsubscribe link found at the bottom of the email to opt out of receiving future emails. Note that you will continue to receive transaction-related emails regarding products or Services you have requested. We may also send you certain non-promotional communications regarding us and our Services, and you will not be able to opt out of those communications (e.g., communications regarding the Services or updates to our Terms or this Privacy Policy).

6.3           “Do Not Track”

Do Not Track (“DNT”) is a privacy preference that users can set in certain web browsers. Please note that we do not respond to or honor DNT signals or similar mechanisms transmitted by web browsers.

6.4           Cookies and Interest-Based Advertising

You may stop or restrict the placement of Technologies on your device or remove them by adjusting your preferences as your browser or device permits. The online advertising industry also provides websites from which you may opt out of receiving targeted ads from data partners and other advertising partners that participate in self-regulatory programs. You can access these, and also learn more about targeted advertising and consumer choice and privacy, at www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp, http://www.youronlinechoices.eu/, https://youradchoices.ca/choices/, and www.aboutads.info/choices/. Please note that you must separately opt out in each browser and on each device.

7.              Rights of Access, Rectification, Erasure, and Restriction

In accordance with applicable law, you may have the right to: (i) request confirmation of whether we are processing your Personal Information; (ii) obtain access to or a copy of your Personal Information; (iii) receive an electronic copy of Personal Information that you have provided to us, or ask us to send that information to another company (the “right of data portability”); (iv) restrict our uses of your Personal Information; (v) seek correction or amendment of inaccurate, untrue, incomplete, or improperly Processed Personal Information; and (vi) request erasure of Personal Information held about you by Social Studies, subject to certain exceptions prescribed by law. If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact us as set forth below. 

We will process such requests in accordance with applicable laws. To protect your privacy, Social Studies will take steps to verify your identity before fulfilling your request.

8.              Data Retention

Social Studies retains the Personal Information we receive as described in this Privacy Policy for as long as you use our Services or as necessary to fulfill the purpose(s) for which it was collected, provide our Services, resolve disputes, establish legal defenses, conduct audits, pursue legitimate business purposes, enforce our agreements, and comply with applicable laws.

9.              Security of Your Information

We take steps to ensure that your information is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy. Unfortunately, the Internet cannot be guaranteed to be 100% secure, and we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you provide to us. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, we do not accept liability for unintentional disclosure.

By using the Services or providing Personal Information to us, you agree that we may communicate with you electronically regarding security, privacy, and administrative issues relating to your use of the Services. If we learn of a security system’s breach, we may attempt to notify you electronically by posting a notice on the Services, by mail or by sending an e-mail to you.

10.           Children’s Information

The Site and Services are not directed to children under 13 (or other age as required by local law), and we do not knowingly collect Personal Information from children. If you learn that your child has provided us with Personal Information without your consent, you may contact us as set forth below. If we learn that we have collected any Personal Information in violation of applicable law, we will promptly take steps to delete such information and terminate the child’s account.

11.           California Privacy Rights

California law permits users who are California residents to request and obtain from us once a year, free of charge, a list of the third parties to whom we have disclosed their Personal Information (if any) for their direct marketing purposes in the prior calendar year, as well as the type of Personal Information disclosed to those parties. Except as otherwise provided in this Privacy Policy, Social Studies does not share Personal Information with third parties for their own marketing purposes.    

12.           Changes to Our Privacy Policy

We may revise this Privacy Policy from time to time in our sole discretion. If there are any material changes to this Privacy Policy, we will notify you as required by applicable law. You understand and agree that you will be deemed to have accepted the updated Privacy Policy if you continue to use the Services after the new Privacy Policy takes effect.

13.           Terms of Service

This Privacy Policy is to be read in connection with Social Studies’ Terms of Service (the “Terms”). All other terms not defined in this Privacy Policy will have the meanings set forth in the Terms.

  1. Contact Us

If you have any questions about our privacy practices or this Privacy Policy, please contact us at [email protected] or 130 Madison Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10016.