HOW WE COLLECT INFORMATION ON YOU
In the course of providing you access to the Network, as well as Platform features and Services, IGBO ENGINE collects and receives personal information in a few ways. Often, you can choose what information to provide, but sometimes we require personal information from you to carry out certain activities such as account verification. This section details the ways in which we collect information from you and how that information is received.
Although the Network provides for anonymous and pseudonymous participation, in some instances in order to use certain Platform features or Services, we require account registration. This requires a name associated with your account, an email address at which we can contact you, and in some cases, additional information including, a contact address, a billing address, and a password to help secure your personal information.
When completing a public “profile” be it for use of the Network or our Platform features and Services, we may require you to share certain personally identifying information or sensitive information in required and optional profile fields. The name associated with your account, which you may review and change in your account settings, as well as accolade/badge points are publicly displayed and connected to your activity on the IGBO ENGINE Network.
Other profile information may also be publicly displayed if you choose to complete certain elective components of the Account Registration options including, e.g., your short bio, display picture, your location and your social media profile links technologies (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.). Similarly, you may share additional information that is not required but will be displayed publicly at your election.
Information Collected Automatically
IGBO ENGINE receives and records information from your browser or mobile device when you visit the Network or use the Apps, such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address or unique device identifier. Cookies and data about which pages you visit on our Network allow us to operate and optimize the Platform features and Services we provide to you. This information is stored in secure logs and is collected automatically. We may combine this browser information with other information we collect about you. This information is used to keep the Platform features and Services secure, analyze and understand how our Services are used, optimize such usage, provide advertising across the Network as well as certain Platform features and Services to personalize your experience.
When you use the IGBO ENGINE Network, and certain of our Platform features and Services, we collect location information about you including your IP address, your location, browser information, and how you came to the IGBO ENGINE Network. This is the case for individuals who have registered for an account, and non-members who engage with the IGBO ENGINE Network by visiting our website(s) but who have not completed an account registration. This information is collected for various purposes, including advertising, analytics and to serve content as it relates to certain Platform features or Services (e.g., PUMPS), as well as to provide you with localized content, recommendations, and marketing. You may revoke our permission to collect some of this data, including your location and browser information through your Profile Settings, but this may limit functionality in some cases. Certain location information we collect is required for security and site functionality. We share this information with certain third-parties (e.g., payment processors, and advertising providers) in order to provide you with our Platform features and Services.
Information from Third Parties
Advertising and Marketing Partners
When you register for an account, and when you interact with IGBO ENGINE, we and authorized third parties place cookies on you and your account activity as described in more detail within our Cookies Policy. We use this information to serve you certain advertising content. Similarly, we market our Platform features and Services to you and communicate important information and platform features opportunities to you. If you do not wish to receive direct marketing communications from us, you can tell us and remove yourself from our marketing communications via the unsubscribe and opt out options in our email communications
IGBO ENGINE uses data analytics to ensure site functionality and to optimize our Platform features and Service offerings to you. We use web browser and mobile analytics to allow us to understand Network and Apps functionality. In doing so, we record information including, for example how often you visit the Network, how often you contribute content, Network and Apps performance data, errors and debugging information, and the type of activity you engage in while on the Network or in your use of our Platform features and Services. We may on occasion share this information with third parties for research or platform features and services optimization.
For Platform features and Services requiring payment, we collect a billing name, phone number, and email address. We also collect a billing and shipping address for invoicing purposes. If you elect to pay by credit card, IGBO ENGINE may engage a third party to securely process your payment. All payment processing is done through a PCI DSS compliant third party. If customers are paying by a credit card, their card details are vaulted through a third party payment gateway.
WHAT INFORMATION WE COLLECT ON YOU
This section describes in further detail the information we collect on you and how we use that information broken down by our Platform features and Services offerings.
Public Network (Questions and Answers Content)
The Public Question and Answer Network (“public Network”) allows individual users to engage in a community to share their knowledge and expertise, and to acquire knowledge and expertise. It is community-moderated, and the content in the public Network is . . . public. To provide an optimal community experience, and to ensure Network security, we collect certain personal information.
We collect information such as your username, password, email address, IP address (collected at each site visit). This information is also used to identify individual users to the public Network and to award activities and attribute them to you. Your username and additional content you provide including your profile picture, question, and answer content, and your reputation are visible publicly. Other limited information is visible to moderators, who have elevated access privileges, and may access content including your posts. For more information about moderators and their role in the IGBO ENGINE Network, please visit: /help/site-moderators. Other account information and usage information including your IP address and browser data may be used for diagnosis, security, and Platform features and Service optimization.
Please be aware that when using the Public Question and Answer Network, you cannot revoke permission for IGBO ENGINE to publish and to allow others to have derivative rights to such public content once it is made public. The content you contribute on the public network is public, in perpetuity, and IGBO ENGINE loses direct control over such content when it is published on the open internet. This also means that if you post personal information about yourself, you do so at your own risk, including the risk of abandoning any privacy rights you had in such information.
Additionally, from time to time, IGBO ENGINE makes such public content available via compilation via the Creative Commons Data Dump and by providing public content to the IGBO ENGINE Network, you should be aware that such content, once public, cannot often be removed from public view even if it is removed from the IGBO ENGINE network and our servers.