(a) Blink Media Inc. (“Blink”, “we,” “us,” “our”) is the owner of the Blink mobile applications and the http://www.blink.la website (collectively, the Platform). Blink connects the world’s greatest storytellers and producers with Companies who need vibrant, original and high quality content (the Service).
2 - Privacy statement – our commitment to you
2.1 Blink is a location-based service. To enable us to provide each User (“you”) with our Service, we need to collect certain information from and about you, including your location.
2.2 We understand that at times information about your whereabouts can be highly sensitive. This is why we offer you total control over where you set your location. Nonetheless, we ask to any Blink members travelling incognito or in hazardous regions to disable the real-time location tracking feature of our mobile applications and ensure that their location is set elsewhere. For guidance on safe travelling, Blink suggests checking the US Department of State travel advisories website available at http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings.html, and the news alerts of the Community to Protect Journalists available at http://www.cpj.org as a starting point. At all times, please use your best judgment.
2.3 Keeping customer information private and confidential is the foremost priority for us. We therefore limit personal data collection to the minimum required to provide the Service. All personal information is maintained as confidential. Blink uses Transport Layer Security – read more about it at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transport_Layer_Security – to encrypt the connection between our servers and our website and mobile applications.
3 - Purpose of our policy
(a) Providing the system and services that we offer; and
(b) The normal day-to-day operations of our business.
4 - The information we collect
4.1 In the course of business it is necessary for us to collect Personal Information. This information allows us to identify who an individual is for the purposes of our business, contact the individual in the ordinary course of business and transact with the individual. We require this information in order to verify the identity of our Users, to protect our customers, and to ensure the integrity of the Service. Knowing where and who Blink members are allows them to contact one another and contract for services.
4.2 Some parts of the Platform are public and you may visit these anonymously. We will collect personal identification information from you only if you voluntarily submit such information to us. You can always refuse to supply personally identification information, except that it may prevent you from engaging in certain Site related activities or accessing parts of the Platform.
4.3 Without limitation, the type of information we may collect is:
(a) Personal Information. We may collect personal details such as an individual’s name, location, date of birth, nationality, family details and other information defined as “Personal Information” that allows us to identify who the individual is. We may utilize this information in order to adapt our Service to your needs or to develop new tools for the community;
(b) Contact Information. We may collect information such as an individual’s email address, telephone and fax number, and other information that allows us to contact the individual;
(c) Financial Information. We may collect financial information related to an individual such as any bank or credit card details used to transact with us and other information that allows us to transact with the individual and/or provide them with our services;
(d) Social Media Information. We may collect twitter, Facebook or other social media Usernames if you connect to these social networks through the Service;
(e) Location Information. We use proprietary technologies to determine your location when you use the Service. We may use the location information we receive to customize your experience of the Service. However, you control what location information is publicized to the network. Users should note that comments and other Content they post on their profile may allow others to infer their location at times.
(f) Professional Information. We may collect information about where you currently work, or have previously worked, as well as other information about those businesses.
(g) Statistical Information. We may collect information about an individual’s online and offline preferences, habits, movements, trends, decisions, associations, memberships, finances, purchases and other information for statistical purposes;
(a) This Site is not designed nor intended for use by children under the age of 18 ("Minors"). We do not knowingly collect information from Minors. If you are under the age of 18, you are not authorized to use this site so please do not submit any information to us.
5 - How information is collected
5.1 Most information will be collected in association with an individual’s use of Blink, an enquiry about Blink or generally dealing with us. However we may also receive Personal Information from sources such as advertising, an individual’s own promotions, public records, mailing lists, contractors, staff, recruitment agencies and our business partners. In particular, information is likely to be collected as follows:
(a) Registrations/Subscriptions. When an individual registers or subscribes for a service, list, account, connection or other process whereby they enter Personal Information details in order to receive or access something, including a transaction;
(b) Accounts. When an individual submits their details to open an account;
(c) Supply. When an individual supplies us with goods or services;
(d) Contact. When an individual contacts us in any way;
(e) Voluntary Location Tracking. When you turn on Blink’s real-time location tracking service, Blink will show your real-time location at a level of detail chosen by you. This data is visible to all Users of Blink.
(f) Access. When an individual accesses our offices we may require them to provide us with details for us to permit them such access.
5.2 As there are many circumstances in which we may collect information both electronically and physically, we will endeavour to ensure that an individual is always aware of when their Personal Information is being collected.
6 - The safety & security of personal information
6.1 Physical Facilities. We will take all reasonable precautions to protect an individual’s Personal Information from unauthorised access. We adopt appropriate data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures to protect against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction of your personal information, Username, password, transaction information and data stored on Blink. This includes appropriately securing our physical facilities and electronic networks.
6.2 Encrypted Data. All personal data exchange between Blink and its Users happens over HTTPS protocol and it is encrypted using Transport Layer Security – read more about it at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transport_Layer_Security. Afterwards the collected data is stored on our servers located at the SoftLayer http://www.softlayer.com data centers. SoftLayer employs innovative network architecture and is committed to using advanced hardware technologies to minimize data centers and server exposure to outside threats.
6.4 Internet Security. The security of online transactions and the security of communications sent by electronic means or by post cannot be guaranteed. Each individual that provides information to us via the internet or by post does so at their own risk. We do not accept responsibility for misuse or loss of, or unauthorised access to, Personal Information where the security of information is not within our control.
7 - When personal information is used & disclosed
7.1 Purpose. We will not use any Personal Information other than for the purpose for which it was collected without the individual’s permission. The purpose of collection is determined by the circumstances in which the information was collected and/or submitted.
7.3 Non-Disclosure. We will not disclose or sell an individual’s Personal Information to unrelated third parties under any circumstances. We do not sell, trade, or rent Users personal identification information to others.
7.4 Business Operations. Information is used to enable us to operate our business, especially as it relates to an individual. This may include:
(a) The provision of goods and services between an individual and us;
(b) Verifying an individual’s identity;
(c) Communicating with an individual about:
i Their relationship with us;
ii Our goods and services;
iii Our own marketing and promotions to customers and prospects;
iv Competitions, surveys and questionnaires;
(d) Improve Customer Service. Information you provide helps us respond to your customer service requests and support needs more efficiently.
(e) Personalize Your Experience. We may use information in the aggregate to understand how our Users as a group use the services and resources provided on Blink.
(f) Site Improvement. We may use feedback you provide to improve our products and services.
(g) Payments. We may use the information Users provide about themselves when placing an order only to provide service to that order. We do not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to provide the service.
(h) Emails. We may use the email address to send you information and updates pertaining to their order. It may also be used to respond to inquiries, questions, and/or other requests. If you decide to opt-in to our mailing list, you will receive emails that may include company news, updates, related product or service information, etc. If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, you may do so by contacting us via Blink.
7.5 Disclosure. There are some circumstances in which we must disclose an individual’s information:
(a) Subpoena. Where we are required to disclose by a United States Court of Law under subpoena.
8 - How to access and/or update information
8.1 All the information we hold about a User is available in the User’s account and settings page and Edit Profile page. The User can modify their information there.
8.2 If for any reason an individual cannot update his or her own information, we will correct any errors in the Personal Information we hold about an individual within 30 business days of receiving notice from them about those errors.
8.3 It is an individual’s responsibility to provide us with accurate and truthful Personal Information. We cannot be liable for any information that is provided to us that is incorrect.
9 - Complaints and disputes
9.1 If an individual has a complaint about our handling of their Personal Information, they should address their complaint in writing to the details below.
9.2 If we have a dispute regarding an individual’s Personal Information, we both must first attempt to resolve the issue directly between us.
9.3 If we become aware of any unauthorised access to an individual’s Personal Information we will inform them at the earliest practical opportunity once we have established what was accessed and how it was accessed.
10 - Contacting individuals
10.1 From time to time, we may send an individual important notices, such as changes to our terms, conditions and policies. Because this information is important to the individual’s interaction with us, they may not opt out of receiving these communications.
11 - Your acceptance of these terms
11.1 By using this Site, you signify your acceptance of this policy. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use Blink. Your continued use of Blink following the posting of changes to this policy will be deemed your acceptance of those changes.
12 - Contacting us