Businesspartners LLC operates an online professional social network through which our members can locate and access other members in order to advance and promote their respective businesses. Through our websites, businesspartners.com, we assist businesses of all types create valuable alliances by connecting them with angel investors, venture capital firms, financing sources, investment funds, investment banks, corporate investors, potential partners, businesses for sale, consultants, and target data for mergers and acquisitions.
Through our proprietary database and efficient tools, members create an online profile page in which they can search, connect and communicate with potential business contacts and locate sales leads, capital, financing, information and other opportunities to grow and expand their businesses.
Being part of Business Partners means sharing information about yourself with other professionals, communicating with them, as well as working privately on your own. By default, your account is set up to share the information that we have found the vast majority of our Users are interested in sharing. But the amount and type of information you decide to share, and with whom you share it, is up to you.
Here are the three main types of information on Business Partners:
Information about yourself that you share. This is the information that your connections, other professionals, and companies see about you. This includes your profile and your contributions to discussions on community features Business Partners may offer which, if you choose to opt-in, can show you who viewed your profile (and will show others when you visited their profiles). You have control over what you share, and you can update information at any time.
Communication. We help you communicate with connections and other professionals. Some of this is one-to-one, some of it is in groups, and some of it is public discussion. You decide how much or how little you wish to communicate to individuals or groups.
Private activity. We also provide tools that you can use privately on Business Partners (for example, searching, or adding notes to your connections information.) These actions and information are private and we don't share or distribute them to others on the website.
Of course, maintaining your trust is our top concern, so we adhere to the following principles to protect your privacy:
· We do not rent, sell, or otherwise provide your personally identifiable information to third parties without your consent, except as described in this policy or as required by law.
· We do not share any information you have not chosen to display on your Business Partners profile to other parties, unless compelled by law, or as necessary to enforce our User Agreement or protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Business Partners, its Users, and the public.
· All information that you provide will be protected with industry standard protocols and technology.
Please read this policy and send us questions, concerns and suggestions.
1. Information collected by Business Partners.
2. How Business Partners uses your information.
3. Your information choices.
4. Your obligations as a User.
5. Important information regarding service eligibility and US Department of Commerce Safe Harbor certification.
7. How to contact us.
1. Information Collected
The mission of Business Partners is to operate an online professional social network through which our members can locate and access other members in order to advance and promote their respective businesses. Through our websites, businesspartners.com, we assist businesses of all types create valuable alliances by connecting them with angel investors, venture capital firms, financing sources, investment funds, investment banks, corporate investors, potential partners, businesses for sale, consultants, and target data for mergers and acquisitions.
We collect your personal information in the following ways:
In order to become a User, you must provide us the following information to create an account: name, email address, country, and password. Without this minimal amount of information, you cannot create a Business Partners account. Like other passwords, you should choose one that is known only by you. Business Partners requests other information from you during the registration process, (e.g., gender, location, etc.) that Business Partners uses to provide better, more customized services such as language-specific profile pages and updates, better ads, and more valuable career opportunities. You acknowledge that this information is personal to you, and by creating an account on Business Partners, you allow others, including Business Partners, to identify you and to allow Business Partners to use your information in accordance with our User Agreement.
B. Profile Information
C. Contacts Information
D. Customer Service
We collect information when you interact with Business Partners’ customer service website in order to accurately categorize and respond to customer inquiries and investigate breaches of our terms.
E. Using the Business Partners Site and Applications
We receive information when you interact with and use the Business Partners website, Business Partners Applications and Business Partners platform technology. For example, we know when you click on ads, upload your address book, install a Business Partners mobile application, etc.
F. Using Third Party Services and Visiting Third Party Sites
We receive information when you use your Business Partners account to log in or authenticate to a third-party website or application. Also, if you are logged into Business Partners and visit a third party site that embeds Business Partners professional plugins, Business Partners will receive information that those pages have loaded in your web browser. Business Partners will use this information to personalize the Business Partners-provided functionality, including providing you insights from your Business Partners network, allowing you to share information with your network, enabling you to use Business Partners functionality off the Business Partners site and serving you more relevant advertising. Users wishing to disable this personalization may opt-out of this feature. Business Partners’ retention of this data is addressed in Section 1.K.
In the course of serving advertisements or optimizing the Services to our Users, we may allow authorized third parties to place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser. Any information provided to third parties through cookies will not be personally identifiable but may provide general segment information (e.g., your industry or geography, career field, or information about your professional or educational background) for the enhancement of your user experience by providing more relevant advertising. Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies, but you can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. Business Partners does not store unencrypted personally identifiable information in the cookies.
H. Advertising and Web Beacons
To support the Services we provide at no cost to our Users, as well as provide a more relevant and useful experience for our Users, we target and serve our own ads and third-party ads both on and off the site using ad networks. Ad networks include third party ad servers, ad agencies, ad exchanges, ad technology vendors and research firms.
We target ads to Users based on general profile categories or on non-personally identifiable information inferred from a User’s profile (e.g., industry, current or former company, school, compensation bracket, gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, or other aspects of your life) in addition to a User’s use of Business Partners. Business Partners does not provide personally identifiable information to any third party ad network.
We use ad technology such as web beacons, pixels, anonymous ad network tags, and cookies to more effectively serve ads to our Users on and off Business Partners through ad networks, as well as to collect anonymized, aggregated auditing, research and reporting for advertisers. Because your web browser requests advertisements and web beacons directly from ad network servers, these networks can view, edit or set their own cookies, just as if you had requested a web page from their site.
I. Log files, IP Addresses and information about your computer and mobile device
Due to the communications standards on the internet, when you visit the Business Partners website we automatically receive the URL of the site from which you came and the site to which you are going when you leave Business Partners. Additionally, advertisers receive the URL of the page you were on when you click on an ad on Business Partners. Business Partners also receives the internet protocol (“IP”) address of your computer (or the proxy server you use to access the World Wide Web), your computer operating system and type of web browser you are using, email patterns, your mobile device (including your UDID) and mobile operating system (if you are accessing Business Partners using a mobile device), as well as the name of your ISP or your mobile carrier. Also, as described above in Sections 1.E. and 1.F., Business Partners receives information when you access web pages containing Business Partners interactive plugins. You can control the collection and use of this information. The link between your IP address and your personally identifiable information is not shared with third parties without your permission, except as described in Section 2.L (“Compliance with Legal Process”), below.
J. Rights to Access, Correct and Eliminate Information About You
You have a right to access, modify, correct and eliminate the data you supplied to Business Partners. If you update any of your information, we may keep a copy of the information that you originally provided to us in our archives for uses documented in this policy. You may request deletion of your information at any time by contacting Business Partners customer service. We will respond to your request within 30 days. Please note, however that information you have shared with others, or that other Users have copied, may also remain visible even if you request its deletion.
K. Data Retention
Business Partners will retain your information for so long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. If you wish to close your account, you may do so. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce this Agreement.
2. Uses of personal information
A. Consent to Business Partners Processing Information About You
B. Business Partners Communications
As described in the User Agreement, we will communicate with you through email, notices posted on the Business Partners website, messages to your Business Partners inbox, or through other means available through the service, including mobile text messages. We may send you a series of emails that help inform new Users about the features of the Services, and we will also send you service messages relating to the functioning of the Services. We may also send you messages with promotional information directly or on behalf of our partners, unless you have opted out of receiving promotional information.
You can change your e-mail and contact preferences at any time by logging into your account and changing your settings related to your email notification choices. If you wish, you can also opt-out of receiving promotional emails by sending a request to Business Partners customer service through our customer service website.
Please be aware that you cannot opt-out of receiving service messages from Business Partners. Also, if we send communications to you via the carrier service with which you have a mobile communications subscription or otherwise have access, you understand you will pay any service fees associated with your receipt of messages on your mobile device (including text messaging charges).
C. User Communications
Many communications you initiate through Business Partners will list your primary email address and name in the header of the message. Messages you initiate may also provide aggregate information about your network (for instance how many people are in your network), but will not list the people to whom you’re directly connected. Other communications that you initiate through the Business Partners website will list your name as the initiator but will not include your personal email address contact information. Your contact information will only be shared with another User if both of you have indicated that you would like to establish contact with each other.
D. Customized Content
We use information you provide to us (or to third parties with whom Business Partners offers combined services) to customize your experience on our website.
E. Sharing Information with Third Parties
Business Partners takes the privacy of our Users very seriously, and we do not sell, rent, or otherwise provide your personally identifiable information to third parties, except as described in this policy. We will also not share other personal information not published to your profile or generated through engagement with other Business Partners services without your explicit consent or to carry out your instructions (for example, to process payment information) unless, disclosure is reasonably necessary in our opinion to: (1) comply with legal process, including, but not limited to, civil and criminal subpoenas, court orders or other compulsory disclosures; (2) enforce this Agreement; (3) respond to claims of a violation of the rights of third parties, whether or not the third party is a User, individual, or government agency; (4) respond to customer service inquiries; or (5) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Business Partners, our Users or the public.
We may provide aggregated anonymous data about the usage of the Services to third parties for purposes that we deem, in our sole discretion, to be appropriate, including to prospective advertisers on Business Partners.
F. Developers using Business Partners Platform Services
We collaborate with and allow third parties to use Business Partners’ developer platform to offer services and functionality in conjunction with and outside of Business Partners. These third parties are either partners (“Business Partners Partners”) with whom we have negotiated an agreement to provide services (“Combined Services”), for example developers (“Platform Developers”) who have agreed to our developer terms in order to build applications (“Platform Applications”). Both the negotiated agreements and our terms and conditions contain restrictions on access, storage and use of your information.
Also, despite our agreements and technical steps taken to restrict access to and avoid possible misuse of information, we may not screen or audit all Combined Services or Platform Applications. We also cannot guarantee that any Business Partners Partner or Platform Developer will abide by our agreement. You agree that your use of Combined Services or Platform Applications is on an “as is” basis and without any warranty.
If you use any Combined Service or Platform Application, the Business Partners Partner or Platform Developer may access and share certain information about you, such as non-public profile information and information visible only to your connections. This includes information about your connections by virtue of you being connected to others. However, unless you have used a Combined Service or Platform Application, it can only access the information about you that is otherwise visible to other Business Partners Users.
To revoke permission granted to a Combined Service or Platform Application at any time, please visit the settings page. Note, however, that even if you revoke the permission granted a third party, your connections, other members of your network, or other Users of Business Partners may still be using the Platform Application, so the Platform Application or Combined Service may still have access to certain information about you, just as those Users do. To report any suspected misuse of information, contact Business Partners’ customer service. Business Partners is not responsible for your use of or inability to use any Combined Service or Platform Application, including the content, accuracy, or reliability of applications and the privacy practices or other policies of Business Partners Partners or Platform Developers.
G. Polls and Surveys
Polls and Surveys may be conducted by Business Partners, Business Partners Users or third parties. As a User, you may be invited to participate in polls and surveys from the Business Partners website. Your selection may be random, or it may be based on your non-personally identifiable information, such as job title, geography, company size and/or industry. Whether or not you decide to participate in a poll or survey is completely up to you.
We offer search services to help find information and learn more about other Users (for example, you can search for Users with particular expertise or consulting experience, or that you may know from your industry or profession).
I. Other Services
If you post on sections of Business Partners or import a blog, you should be aware that any personally identifiable information you choose to provide there can be read, collected, or used by other Users of these forums, as well as Platform Developers and other third parties, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. Business Partners is not responsible for the information you choose to submit in these forums. However, please note that ideas you post and information you share may be seen and used by other Users, and Business Partners cannot guarantee that other Users have not made copies of or use the ideas and information that you share with others on Business Partners.
J. Testimonials and Advertisements Placed through Business Partners Ads Service
If you provide any testimonials about the Business Partners Services or place advertisements through the Business Partners site, we may post those testimonials and examples of advertisements you place in connection with our promotion of these services to third parties. Testimonials and advertisements may include your name and other personal information that you have provided.
K. Advertising and Endorsements on Business Partners
In order to deliver relevant and valuable ads to you and your network, Business Partners may use your name and profile photo in connection with social advertising based on content shared on Business Partners. This advertising may include the fact that you have recommended or endorsed a product or service on Business Partners, followed a company, joined groups or conversations, established or added content to your profile, etc., and will only be displayed to your Business Partners network. You can opt-out of allowing your name and/or profile photo to be used in social ads.
L. Compliance with Legal Process
It is possible that we may need to disclose personal information, profile information and/or information about your activities as a Business Partners User when required by subpoena or other legal process, or if Business Partners has a good faith belief that disclosure is necessary to (a) investigate, prevent or take action regarding suspected or actual illegal activities or to assist government enforcement agencies; (b) to enforce the User Agreement, to investigate and defend ourselves against any third party claims or allegations, or to protect the security or integrity of our site; and/or (c) to exercise or protect the rights, property or personal safety of Business Partners, our Users, employees, or others.
M. Disclosures to Others as the Result of a Change in Control or Sale of Business Partners LLC
We may also disclose your personal information and other information you provide to another third party as part of a sale of the assets of Businesspartners LLC, a subsidiary or division, or as the result of a change in control of the company. Any third party to which Business Partners transfers or sells Business Partners’ assets will have the right to continue to use the personal and other information that you provide to us.
3. Your Information Choices
A. Accessing and Changing Your Account Information
You can review the personal information you provided to us and make any desired changes to the information you publish, or to the settings for your Business Partners account including your email and contact preferences, at any time by logging in to your account on the Business Partners website. Please be aware that even after your request for a change is processed, Business Partners may, for a time, retain residual information about you in its backup and/or archival copies of its database.
B. Default Settings
We have established what we believe to be reasonable default settings that we have found most professionals desire. Because Users may use and interact with Business Partners in a variety of ways, and because those uses may change over time, we designed our settings to provide our users granular control over the information they share. We encourage our Users to review their account settings and adjust them in accordance with their preferences.
C. Closing Your Account
You can close your account through the Business Partners customer service site. If you close your Business Partners account, we will remove your name and other personally identifiable information from our publicly viewable database. If you close your account, we have no obligation to retain your information, and may delete any or all of your account information without liability. However, we may retain certain data contributed by you if Business Partners believes it may be necessary to prevent fraud or future abuse, or for legitimate business purposes, such as analysis of aggregated, non-personally identifiable data, account recovery, or if required by law. Business Partners may also retain and use your information if necessary to provide the Services to other Users. For example, just as an email you may send to another person through an email service provider resides in that person’s inbox even after you delete it from your sent files or close your account, emails you send on Business Partners to other Users, as well as your contributions to Business Partners, may remain visible to others after you have closed your account. Similarly, other information you have shared with others, or that other Users have copied, may also remain visible. Business Partners disclaims any liability in relation to the deletion or retention (subject to the terms herein) of information or any obligation not to delete the information. Business Partners does not control when search engines update their cache, which may contain certain public profile information that has since been removed from Business Partners’ publicly viewable database.
D. Memorializing Accounts
If we learn that a User is deceased, we may memorialize the User’s account. In these cases we may restrict profile access, remove messaging functionality, and close an account if we receive a formal request from the User’s next of kin or other proper legal request to do so.
4. Your Obligations
As a User, you have certain obligations to other Users. Some of these obligations are imposed by applicable law and regulations, and others have become commonplace in user-friendly communities of like-minded members such as Business Partners:
· You must not download or otherwise disseminate any information that may be deemed to be injurious, violent, offensive, racist or xenophobic, or which may otherwise violate the purpose and spirit of Business Partners and its community of Users.
· You must not provide to Business Partners and/or other Users information that you believe might be injurious or detrimental to your person or to your professional or social status.
· You must keep your username and password confidential and not share it with others.
Any violation of these guidelines may lead to the restriction, suspension or termination of your account at the sole discretion of Business Partners.
Important information .
A. Children and Minors
Children under the age of 18 are not eligible to use our service.
Using the Business Partners Services after a notice of changes has been sent to you or published on our site shall constitute consent to the changed terms or practices.
In order to help secure your personal information, access to your data on Business Partners is password-protected, and sensitive data (such as credit card information) is protected by SSL encryption when it is exchanged between your web browser and the Business Partners website. To protect any data you store on our servers, Business Partners also regularly audits its system for possible vulnerabilities and attacks, and we use a tier-one secured-access data center. However, since the internet is not a 100% secure environment, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to Business Partners. There is no guarantee that information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards. It is your responsibility to protect the security of your login information. Please note that emails, instant messaging, and similar means of communication with other Users of Business Partners are not encrypted, and we strongly advise you not to communicate any confidential information through these means.
How to contact us
One West Camino Real
Boca Raton, FL 33432