This policy contains nine sections and you can jump to each by selecting the links below:
Table of Contents
1. Introduction. 1
2. Information Received by Us. 1
3. Sharing of Information by You. 1
4. Information Shared with Third Parties. 1
5. Use of Your Information. 2
6. Sharing of Your Information. 2
7. Mobile and Children Related. 2
8. Information Protection. 3
9. Consent 3
2. Information Received by Us
2.1 Information You Provide to Us. During registration and thereafter, we give you the opportunity to provide and update information about yourself. Information about you may include your current city, hometown, gender, birth date, profile picture, workplace, school and education, and contact information. All such data will be accessible to persons on Essence of India.
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2.3 Importing Contact. We offer tools to find your friends, colleagues and network on Essence of India. You can also import contacts from your email accounts and invite your contacts who do not have Essence of India accounts to join. We will not store the password you give us to retrieve information and import contacts from your email list.
2.4 Site Activity Information. We keep track of the actions you take on Essence of India. For instance, we may track the list of articles browsed by you so as to make your browsing experience more relevant.
2.5 Access Device and Browser Information. Every time you access Essence of India from a computer or other device, we may collect information from that device about your browser type, location and IP address, as well as the pages you visit.
3. Information Shared with Third Parties
3.1 Advertisements. Essence of India may develop an advertising platform and permit advertisers to display their advertisement on Essence of India. Such advertisement may have a click enabled function which will take you to a webpage outside Essence of India, which is not owned and managed by Essence of India and over which Essence of India has no control. Essence of India shall not be responsible for the data that you may share or make available to such third parties and you are advised to observe proper care and diligence while sharing such data. Essence of India does not share personally identifiable information with advertisers unless we get your permission.
3.2 Links. When you click on links by outside parties on Essence of India you may leave our site. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites and we encourage you to read their privacy statements.
4. Use of Your Information
Keeping with our commitment to quality and a consistent user experience, here are some of the details on how we use the information we collect to provide a safe, efficient and customised experience.
4.1 To Manage the Service. We use the information we collect to provide our services and features to you, to measure and improve those services and features, and to provide you with customer support. We use a variety of technological tools to detect and prevent potential misuse of your profile page and your information, prevent circulation of spam, misleading advertisement and products and services, detect messages which are a possible hazard to our systems, and generally put a check on any illegal activities. Your support is equally valuable to us to help us achieve the above purposes. In the event we find, or are of the opinion that any or all of such activities are being carried out using your account, we may temporarily suspend your account and intimate the same to you.
4.2 To Contact You. We may contact you with service-related announcements from time to time to introduce and promote new developments, features, products and services of Essence of India.
4.3 To Serve Personalised Advertising to You. We do not share your information with advertisers without your consent. We may allow users and advertisers to choose appropriate characteristics that match advertisements to user preferences and needs. We may also use any of the non-personally identifiable attributes we have collected to select the appropriate audience for advertisements. Even though we do not share your information with advertisers without your consent, when you click on or otherwise interact with an advertisement there is a possibility that the advertiser may place a cookie in your browser to improve engagement and to ascertain the criteria selected.
4.4 To Make Suggestions. We use your information, including the addresses that you import through our contact importers, to make suggestions to you and other users on Essence of India. For example, if another user imports the same email address as you do, we may suggest that you connect with each other. We may also suggest that you use certain tools and features based on what your connections have used.
4.5 Memorialising Accounts. If we are notified that a user is deceased, we may memorialise the user’s account. In such cases we restrict profile access to confirmed connections. We may close an account if we receive a formal request from the user’s next of kin or other proper legal request to do so.
5. Sharing of Your Information
5.1 When You Choose to Share Your Information with Marketers. You may choose to share information with marketers or electronic commerce providers that are not associated with Essence of India through on-site offers. This is entirely at your discretion and we will not provide your information to these marketers without your consent.
5.2 To Provide Search Engine Access to Publicly Available Information. We generally limit search engines’ access to our site. We may allow them to access information your profile information that is visible to all.
5.3 To Improve or Promote Our Service. Sometimes we share aggregated information with third parties to help improve or promote our service. But we only do so in such a way that no business or individual user can be identified or linked to any specific action or information.
5.4 To Provide Services. We may provide information to service providers that help us bring you the services we offer. For example, we may use third parties to help host our website, send out email updates about Essence of India, remove repetitive information from our user lists, or provide search results or links. These service providers may have access to your information, but when this occurs we implement contractual and technical protections to limit their use of that information.
5.5 To Advertise Our Services. We may ask advertisers outside of Essence of India to display ads promoting our services. We may ask them to deliver those ads based on the presence of a cookie, but in doing so will not share any other information with the advertiser.
5.6 To Respond to Legal Requests and Prevent Fraud. We may disclose information pursuant to subpoenas, court orders or other requests (including criminal and civil matters) if we have a good faith belief that the response is required by law. This may include respecting requests from jurisdictions outside of India where we have a good faith belief that the response is required by law under the local laws in that jurisdiction and is consistent with generally accepted international standards. We may also share information when we have a good faith belief it is necessary to prevent fraud or other illegal activity, to prevent imminent bodily harm or to protect ourselves and your business. This may include sharing information with other businesses, advocates, courts or other government bodies.
6. Mobile and Children Related
6.2 Children's Privacy. The Essence of India website is a general audience website, and it and its related sites, applications, services, and tools are not intended for children under the age of 18.
7. Information Protection
7.1 Steps We Take to Keep Information Secure. We keep your account information on a secured server behind a firewall. When you enter sensitive information (such as a password), we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). We also use automated measures to enhance security, such as analysing account activity for fraudulent or anomalous behaviour, limiting use of site features in response to signs of abuse, removing inappropriate content or links to illegal content and suspending or disabling accounts for any security violations.
7.2 Risks Inherent in Sharing Information. Please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. We cannot control the actions of other users. We cannot guarantee that only authorised persons will view your information. We cannot ensure that information you share on Essence of India will not become publicly available. We are not responsible for third party circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures on Essence of India. You can reduce these risks by using common sense security practices such as choosing a strong password, using different passwords for different services and using current antivirus software.
7.3 Report Violations. You should report any security violations to us immediately.
8.3 Defined Terms. "Us", "we", "our", "Essence of India" mean the same. “Information” and “content” are used generally and interchangeably unless otherwise specified by the context.