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Welcome to PsychAsk's Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy applies to you if you are a Member, Expert or other visitor to PsychAsk's expert services platform (Expert Platform) made available at www.PsychAsk.com and at other third party websites. Members, Experts and all other visitors to PsychAsk's Expert Platform are referred to in this policy as "you" or an "Expert Platform Visitor". This Privacy Policy applies regardless of whether you are using a computer, a mobile device or other device to visit PsychAsk's Expert Platform.

You are considered to be a "Member" if you register to be a member on PsychAsk's Expert Platform and your member application is accepted. You are considered to be an "Expert" if you complete the expert application on PsychAsk's Expert Platform and your profile has been activated by PsychAsk. Please note that this Privacy Policy applies to all Expert Platform Visitors regardless of whether or not such visitor is a Member or an Expert. This Privacy Policy explains how PsychAsk and certain third parties may collect, use, and disclose "Personal Information" and other information we obtain via PsychAsk's Expert Platform (together, “Data”).

Personal Information Defined. PsychAsk considers "Personal Information" to include information that alone or when in combination with other information may be used to readily identify or contact you, such as: name, address, email address, or phone number. PsychAsk does not consider Personal Information to include information that has been anonymized so that it does not allow a third party to easily identify a specific individual.

Use and Acceptance. By using PsychAsk's Expert Platform, you agree to this Privacy Policy. If you do not accept this Privacy Policy, you must not use PsychAsk's Expert Platform.

New Uses of Personal Information and Other Information. From time to time, PsychAsk may use Data for new, unanticipated uses not previously disclosed in our Privacy Policy. If our information practices change regarding information previously collected, PsychAsk will make reasonable efforts to provide notice and obtain consent to any such uses as may be required by law.

What information is collected from Expert Platform Visitors and how is it collected?

Communications with Experts and Members. If you engage in a communication with an Expert or a Member using PsychAsk's chat, email, voice, live video or other communication products or services made available to you by PsychAsk via PsychAsk's Expert Platform, you may voluntarily provide, or otherwise be asked to provide, Personal Information such as your name, contact information and other information to facilitate service. By providing Personal Information and other information via PsychAsk's communication products or services, you consent to PsychAsk collecting and processing such information for the purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy. PsychAsk maintains transcripts ("Transcripts") of chats, emails and other written communications conducted between you and any Expert or Member using PsychAsk's products and services. PsychAsk may, in accordance with applicable law (including laws related to notice and/or consent), record and maintain recordings of voice and live video communications ("Recordings") between you and any Expert or Member.

Communications with PsychAsk. If you engage in a communication with PsychAsk related to PsychAsk's Expert Platform using PsychAsk's chat, email, voice, live video or other communication products or services made available to you by PsychAsk, or if you engage in a pre- or post-interaction survey ("Survey") related to any such communication, you may voluntarily provide, or otherwise be asked to provide, Personal Information such as your name, contact information and other information to facilitate service. By providing Personal Information and other information via PsychAsk's communication products or services, you consent to PsychAsk collecting and processing such information for the purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy. PsychAsk maintains Transcripts of communications that are conducted between you and PsychAsk. PsychAsk also maintains copies of Surveys and PsychAsk may, in accordance with applicable law (including laws related to notice and/or consent), record and maintain Recordings of voice and live video communications between you and PsychAsk.

Browser Information and Usage Information. We log web browser information (e.g., Internet Protocol addresses and browser types) and other usage information from PsychAsk's Expert Platform such as page view tallies, time spent on each page, geographic location information, page browsing information, subject matter browsing information and operating system information. If the Expert Services Visitor is using a mobile or other portable device to visit or access PsychAsk's Expert Platform, we may collect hardware information related to the device used by the Expert Platform Visitor. Your browser may be set to limit or prevent any of the browser information described above from being transmitted. If so, PsychAsk's Expert Platform or certain communication tools, or other features or functions offered as part of PsychAsk's Expert Platform, may not be available to you.

Member Account. In order for a visitor to use many of the features or offerings on PsychAsk's Expert Platform, the visitor may be required to open a member account and provide Personal Information. Many services require payment of a fee. Before using pay services, the Member would be required to provide payment information via the members account. PsychAsk uses a third party credit card processor or other payment processor to process and store credit card or payment information submitted via the Member’s account. PsychAsk may allow Expert Platform Visitors to sign in to PsychAsk's Expert Platform and/or enroll as a Member by using the sign-in credentials used by such visitor on a third party social media website (e.g., Facebook). By signing in or enrolling using the third party website’s credentials, the Expert Services Visitor consents to PsychAsk collecting and maintaining the information provided via such third party website. PsychAsk is not responsible for the privacy practices of any third party website.

Requests for Information, News and other Content. When you sign up to become a Member or an Expert, you may sign up to receive information, news and other content related to new and existing products and services related to PsychAsk's Expert Platform and events, and other information related to PsychAsk that may be of interest to you. You may also sign up to receive information, news and other content from third parties whose services and/or products we believe may be of interest to you. You will be asked to provide Personal Information, such as contact details and other information, relevant to delivering such news and information. We maintain all such information.

Technical Support Requests. If you need technical support related to PsychAsk's Expert Platform, you will need to complete a form for the purposes of defining and clarifying your technical support request. When submitting a technical support request, you will be asked to provide Personal Information, including an email address and a description of the issue. We maintain copies of all technical support requests and other information submitted with or related to such requests.

Promotions. From time to time, we may offer promotions on PsychAsk's Expert Platform. If we do, and if you wish to participate, you may be required to provide Personal Information, such as contact information and other information. We maintain such information.

Expert Services Applicants. If a visitor wishes to apply to be an Expert on PsychAsk's Expert Platform, the visitor will be required to submit Personal Information as requested. Any information supplied by or on behalf of a visitor for purposes of becoming an Expert may be maintained by PsychAsk as well as third party affiliates and other third parties. Please note that PsychAsk may have additional privacy terms that apply to Expert applicants. Such terms will be made available when an applicant applies to be an Expert or when an applicant otherwise accesses his or her account.

Cookies. PsychAsk's services use cookies and other similar technologies such as pixel tags to collect and store information that is generated automatically as you use the services, including your preferences and anonymous usage statistics. Similar cookies and other technologies are used by our partners, which may also include Flash cookies. Flash cookies are set through a mechanism in Adobe Flash Player. With Flash cookies your data is stored in multiple places and it may be restored once you delete it. HTML5 has a local storage feature that, when used, allows for quicker access to a website upon a return visit. HTML5 is currently supported by some mobile devices and desktop browsers. HTML5 data is not stored in a browser's "cookies" file. Most browsers also give you the ability to control cookies, usually through the settings menu - your browser's help feature will explain how. The choices you make on these sites are browserspecific. So, if you use a different browser, you will need to opt out again. If a browser is set to refuse cookies, it is possible that some of the functionality offered by PsychAsk will not be available or will not work as effectively for you.

How does PsychAsk use and disclose information it collects from PsychAsk Users?

Transcripts, Surveys and Recordings. PsychAsk may access and use Transcripts, Surveys and Recordings for purposes of performing or delivering a service to an Expert Platform Visitor, providing maintenance or support services for an Expert Platform Visitor, for training and quality assurance purposes, for purposes of investigating any claim made by or related to an Expert Platform Visitor, for purposes of improving our services and/or for other lawful purposes. Thirdparty service providers retained by PsychAsk to perform services on behalf of PsychAsk may also have access to Transcripts, Surveys and Recordings for purposes of performing or delivering a service to PsychAsk, providing maintenance or support services, for training and quality assurance purposes, for purposes of investigating any claim made by an Expert Platform Visitor or related to an Expert Platform Visitor’s use of the services, for purposes of improving our services and/or for other lawful purposes. Experts with whom a Member or other Expert Platform Visitor communicates have access to the Transcripts and Recordings between them. PsychAsk has no control over the privacy practices of such Experts. You are encouraged to verify the privacy practices of Experts before you communicate with them.

Browser Information and Cookies. We use browser information, cookies and pixel tags to determine whether a communication service or marketing material should be deployed on your browser when you are visiting PsychAsk's Expert Platform. We may also use browser information, cookies and pixel tags: to determine how you arrived at PsychAsk's Expert Platform, to determine whether you are a return visitor, to help us improve our product and service offerings, for quality assurance and training purposes, to help diagnose problems with our servers, to gather broad demographic information, to administer and optimize our services, to deliver marketing or other materials to you on behalf of third parties and for other lawful purposes. Information collected by third party operators themselves is governed by their own privacy policies.

Aggregate Information. We may aggregate information so that it is not Personal Information, and we may use and share such aggregated information for training and quality assurance purposes, for purposes of delivering our services, for purposes of expanding and improving our services and for other lawful purposes.

Third Parties. PsychAsk does not sell, trade or rent Personal Information provided by you in any Transcript, Survey or Recording for direct marketing or any other purpose, except as provided in this Privacy Policy or with your permission. Except as described in this Privacy Policy, PsychAsk does not divulge the content of Transcripts, Surveys or Recordings to third parties or vendors performing services on behalf of PsychAsk. If you accessed PsychAsk's Expert Platform via a third party website, you may be subject to terms and conditions that apply to that third party website. As mentioned below, PsychAsk is not responsible for the privacy practices of any third party. PsychAsk uses third party data facilities and other third party service providers to perform services that are routinely handled by such providers. Such providers may store and, if applicable, process Personal Information and non-Personal Information in keeping with the service that they provide. We may also share weblog data and other similar non-Personal Information Data with third parties. For example, we may share traffic data for the Site with a third party that analyzes and publishes Website traffic surveys.

Legal Reason to Disclose. PsychAsk may disclose your information including Personal Information if: (i) PsychAsk reasonably believes that disclosure is necessary in order to comply with a legal process (such as a court order, subpoena, search warrant, etc.) or other legal requirement of any governmental authority, (ii) disclosure would potentially mitigate our liability in an actual or potential lawsuit, (iii) reasonably necessary to enforce this Privacy Policy, our Terms of Use or our agreement with an Expert Services Visitor, (iv) disclosure is intended to help investigate or prevent unauthorized transactions or other illegal activities (including any claim that a Member did not authorize charges incurred via PsychAsk's Expert Platform), or (v) necessary or appropriate to protect our rights or property, or the rights or property of any person or entity.

Special Notice to PsychAsk’s international Users

If you are visiting from regions with laws governing data collection and use that may differ from Hungarian law, including those whose privacy laws may be more restrictive than Hungarian law, please note that you are transferring your personal data to Hungary to PsychAsk. By providing your personal data you consent to that transfer.

Message Boards, Communities, Blogs

If you use any message board, community (including any Expert Platform community or forum) or blog made available on PsychAsk's Expert Platform you should be aware that any information you submit via those services may be read, collected, copied and used by other users, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. PsychAsk may access and use any such information for purposes of performing or delivering a service to an Expert Services Visitor, for purposes of providing maintenance or support services, for training and quality assurance purposes, for purposes of investigating any claim, for purposes of improving our services and/or for other lawful purposes. For the avoidance of doubt, PsychAsk is not responsible for the information that you choose to submit or post via any of those services and PsychAsk is not responsible for how any such information may be used by others or responded to by others. PsychAsk's privacy obligations set forth in this Privacy Policy are not applicable to your use of any message board, community or blog on PsychAsk's Expert Platform or on any third party website. Additional terms made available via any such message board, community and/or blog may apply to your use of any of the foregoing.

How does PsychAsk protect your information?

Security. Data transmissions over the Internet cannot be guaranteed to be fully and absolutely secure. Our website and our services have security measures in place designed to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. Our security measures include the measures described below.

Encryption and Firewalls. Chat transcripts and live video streams are encrypted during transmission. We use standard Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption that encodes information for such transmissions. All Transcripts are maintained and archived on secure servers. Access to stored data is protected by multi-layered security controls including firewalls, role-based access controls and passwords. Experts and Members may review their chat history and see Transcripts of chats that they have engaged in. Experts and Members are only granted access to the chats that they engaged in under their Expert profile or Member profile. Data is backed up regularly and archives are stored off-site in a secure location.

Additional terms that may apply to your information

PsychAsk's Expert Platform made available on Third Party Websites. PsychAsk's Expert Platform may be made available on third party websites. In addition, links to PsychAsk's Expert Platform may be made available on third party websites. PsychAsk is not responsible for and does not control the privacy practices of any third party. Accordingly, we encourage you to review the privacy practices of each website that you use or visit.

Business Transfers. In the event that all or substantially all of PsychAsk's assets have been acquired, or in the event of any merger, bankruptcy or reorganization involving PsychAsk, all Transcripts, Recordings and Surveys, as well as all other information about you and your use of our services will likely be included in the acquired or merged assets.

Choice Regarding Personal Information. If you elect to engage in any communication using our services, it is up to you to decide what, if any, information to provide during such session. Depending on your request or the means of communication it may not be possible to communicate with you or address all of your questions without providing some information. Nevertheless, if you do not wish to furnish certain information, then you should not do so.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We recommend that you review this policy periodically, as we may update it from time to time. Your use of any PsychAsk service offered on PsychAsk's Expert Platform following a change to this Privacy Policy represents your consent to the new Privacy Policy to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Definitions

Cookies are pieces of information that some websites transfer to a visitor’s web browser accessing the website and are used for record-keeping purposes at many websites. Use of cookies makes web-surfing easier by performing certain functions such as saving passwords, lists of potential purchases and personal preferences regarding the use of the particular website, and ensuring that the user does not see the same ad repeatedly.

Encryption is the process of transforming information into unreadable text so that it is only legible to those possessing an encryption key. The process of making encrypted information readable again is referred to as decryption.

Pixel tags are small graphic images that are embedded in a web page or email for purposes of tracking activity on web pages or whether a user has opened or accessed an email. A pixel tag may be set to identify on what browser and computer it was viewed, whether that browser has cookies received from a server associated with the pixel tag, and whether the web page or email with the pixel tag was forwarded or copied.

Web browser is a software program that allows a user to access, retrieve and view information on the World Wide Web. Examples of browsers include Internet Explorer, FireFox, Google Chrome and Safari.

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Last updated: September 1, 2014,