• Plurk Privacy Policy

What This Privacy Policy Covers

  • This privacy policy pertains to the use of Plurk and the website located at http://www.plurk.com. By using our site, you are consenting to our processing of your information as set forth in this privacy policy.
  • This privacy policy describes how Plurk and any related companies treats personal information that it collects and receives as you use our service (from our social networking website, including via SMS, WAP, and Instant Messaging). Personal information refers to information about you that is personally identifiable like your name, address, email address, IP address or phone number.
  • When you register with Plurk, your personal information and other data will be stored and processed in Cayman Islands and this information will be subject to the laws of Cayman Islands.
Children Under the Age of 13
  • Children under 13 are not permitted to use Plurk. We do not knowing collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 13 or allow such persons to register on Plurk. In the event that we become aware that personal information from a child under 13 has been collected without parental consent, we will take all steps to delete this information immediately. Should you have any information about any such users under the age of 13, please contact us.
Children between the Ages of 13-18
  • We ask that users between the ages of 13-18 get permission from their parents or a guardian before registering on Plurk and sending us or anyone else any information about themselves.

Information Collection and How it is used

General Information
  • Plurk collects personal identifiable information (PII) (such as your name, age, gender) when you register on Plurk so that you may use the service or post content on post any content to Plurk
  • When you register we will ask for your email address, your name, your gender and other optional information such as your birth date, birth place, location, address, cell phone number, ICQ/AIM/Yahoo/MSN user name, and personal interests.
  • Plurk also automatically receives and records information on our server logs from your browser, including your IP address, a cookie, and the page you request.
  • This information is typically used for general purposes: service communication, identification, authentication, service improvements, contact coordination, research, thwarting malicious use and anonymous reporting.
  • Plurk may send registered users infrequent opt-in newsletters informing of major service improvements, upgrades, or other pertinent announcements affecting our users and the Plurk community. You may unsubscribe to this mailing list at any time directly from within the newsletter, or under the notifications tab in your account. Unsubscribe requests are honoured immediately.
  • You will only receive transactional email related to the activities you engage on Plurk. (ie. registration confirmations, unsubscribe requests, prod requests, notifications of new private messages, confirmation of account setting changes, notification of new friend requests) You are free to change your email notification settings at anytime from within your account options and notifications page.
  • If you are using the SMS option on Plurk, Plurk automatically receives and records information on its server from the software including your mobile network operator, cell phone ID, city, country and whether your are currently using your phone or your phone is idle.
  • You may opt-in to use our peer-initiated process to invite friends to Plurk by sending them email invitation requests.  Only one automated invitation email follow-up  is ever sent to individuals who are invited to use Plurk through a peer initiated process.  We do not store the email addresses of unregistered users on our service. All invited parties have the option of globally removing themselves from receiving any future invites initiated by other peers on the Plurk service in the future by opting-out from directly within the invitation email.
IP Addresses

IP Addresses are automatically reported by your browser whenever you view a webpage. This info is stored in Plurk with your user registration data in our database. We use this information to:

  • Diagnosing problems or issues reported by users that are associated with the IP addresses controlled by some specific company or ISP
  • Tailor advertising and the user experience based on the geo location of your IP address. Aggregate info derived from IP addresses may be reported to advertisers.
  • Get a picture of how many users are visiting Plurk from specific geographic regions.
  • Trace back the source of any malicious or illegal use of the Plurk service so that we can more easily track and disable such usage as it arises.
Cookies

Like most sites, we use cookies. Cookies are small pieces of data, which often include an anonymous unique identifier, that is sent to your browser from our website's computer and stored on your computer's hard drive. Our cookies aren't used to collect any personally identifiable information about you. We use two types of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies, to better help you interact with the service, to monitor web traffic data, and to improve the overall experience of our users on Plurk. A session cookie enables us to offer certain features to you on the site and is deleted immediately from your computer when you leave the site. A persistent cookie, on the other hand, remains after you leave the site or close your browser and can be used by your browser on subsequent visits (ie. to help you stay logged in on a follow up session). You should be able to configure your browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies or notify you when a cookie is set. If you reject all cookies, you will not be able to use Plurk services that require you to login to the service, which may render you unable to take full advantage of the service. Third party advertisers or other entities do not have access to our cookies.

Information Sharing and Disclosure

  • When you post a message on Plurk, your Plurk ID or alias that you are posting under is visible to other users.
  • Plurk does not and will not share your email address with any 3rd party or other entity without your express permission.  All email addresses are stored securely on our secure site servers behind a firewall. Your email address is only used to send you site specific communication that you've opted in to receive.
  • If you post personal information on Plurk that is accessible to the public, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return.
  • Plurk may be required to disclose personally identifiable information under special circumstances, such as to comply with subpoenas or when your actions violate the Plurk TOS.
  • Plurk may share demographic information with business partners. No personally identifiable information will ever be used without your permission.
  • Plurk does not rent, sell, or share personal information about you with other people or non-affiliated companies except to provide products or services you've requested or when we have your permission.
  • It may be necessary to share information 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 Plurk's TOS, or as otherwise required by law.
  • We will transfer information about you if Plurk is acquired by or merged with another company. In this event, Plurk will notify you by email or by putting a prominent notice on the web site before information about you is transferred and becomes subject to a different privacy policy.
  • Plurk may display targeted advertisements based on personal information that is exhibited in people's profiles.
  • The information you provide to anonymous plurk is shared on MOYI and stored on servers. Some details for the technically-minded:
    • MOYI is hosted on Google App Engine.
    • We use a highly-available, non-relational data built on Plurk site
    • All message data is encrypted before being written to the data in Plurk site

Editing and Deleting Account Information

  • You can change your Plurk info, at any time using the account edit link once your are logged in.
  • You can delete your Plurk account at any time from your account page; however, please note that some identification and contact information may remain in our records for a short period of time.
  • Your Plurk account info is password-protected.

Security

Plurk is concerned about safeguarding the confidentiality of your personally identified information. Your info is located on a secure server behind a firewall. Moreover, on some parts of the site (invitations, login), Plurk uses SSL-encryption to protect data transmission and safeguard your data. In case of breach, we will make any legally-required disclosures of breach of security or confidentiality of your unencrypted electronically stored personal data to you via email or through a prominent notice displayed on the site.

Links to other Sites/Content

Plurk contains links to other websites. The fact that there are links to other websites on Plurk is not an endorsement, authorization or representation of our affiliation with that third party site. We do not exercise control over the content of third party sites. Other sites follow different rules regarding the use and disclosure of personally identifiable info that you submit to them. Please review the privacy policies or TOS from other sites that you visit.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

Plurk may update this privacy policy at any time and for any reason. If there are major changes to how we handle your personal information, we will sent notification to the primary email address in your Plurk account or by placing an easily accessible notice on our site of such changes. If you do not agree to abide by any changes made in the privacy policy, you may remedy the situation by deleting your account and ceasing to use Plurk in the future.

Questions

Got questions? Suggestions? Want to review the personal information stored by us? Please contact us. You may also mail us at

Plurk Privacy Policy
P.O. Box 2582
Grand Cayman KY1-1103
Cayman Islands