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Welcome to KON Community, a personal online service operated by Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society. Registered membership is restricted to members of Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society. The service consists of, among other things, a website containing a suite of applications that allow you to share personal information about yourself, interact with other members, make public comments about the articles presented, and communicate in various ways with others. Contained within the service are applications that allow you to connect your account with other social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. Your privacy is important to us and, as described in this Privacy Policy, we have designed the Service to protect information about you from unauthorized disclosure to others. This Privacy Policy explains how we collect, use and, in certain circumstances, share your personally identifying information. Please read this Privacy Policy carefully, and if you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

By using the Service, you consent to the collection and use of your personal information as outlined in this Privacy Policy, as such policy may be amended from time to time. We may update the Privacy Policy and if we do, we will post a notice that changes have been made on the website at community.kon.org. You should visit this page periodically to review any changes to the Privacy Policy.

What We Collect

All information that you enter on this site may be collected and recorded. The storage may be permanent.

Information provided by connections with other Social Networking accounts may be collected and recorded. We will attempt to quantify exactly which information is shared with us, but you should be aware of the sharing policy of any Social Networking account that you connect with this site. Every Social Networking site has different policies on information sharing and you should check each site you use to discover what those policies are. In general, other Social Networking sites share all information that you have designated as public (for Facebook, shared with 'Everyone') by default, and you must change your preferences on that site to prevent it. In some cases, if you prevent information sharing you will not be able to use KON Community in conjunction with other sites or use common logins.

Sensitive information

While the information designated by us as private in the registration form and your profile is not shared by us with others, you should not consider this service to be secure. Never enter information, either in your profile or any area to which you have access, including 'Private Messaging' facilities, that you do not wish to share. In particular, do not enter any information that is normally considered sensitive. This includes your Social Security Number (or equivalent in your country), financial account numbers, email addresses you wish to keep private, phone numbers you wish to keep private, logon information for other online facilities, or answers to questions you use to retrieve logon information (e.g. "What was the name of your first pet?").

This organization will never contact you to obtain information about your account. If you receive such communications, do not provide any information others could use to gain access to your account, and please let us know so that we can take appropriate action. If you receive mail from us that provides a link you should treat it with caution and ensure the link connects to the correct address on this site.

Communications with others

Do not provide sensitive information with others who communicate to you through this site. We cannot guarantee that any member has identified themselves correctly. If you receive suspicious communications from other members, or communications that advertise products or services not directly related to and sanctioned by Kappa Omicron Nu you should report it to us immediately, stating the member's username and providing copies of the communication.

Information and material you provide for public display.

Any information you provide that is meant for public display, whether entered directly on KON Community or provided through external services, in your profile or in content areas, may be re-used elsewhere on KON Community or other Kappa Omicron Nu websites indefinitely. If you wish to have information provided by you removed or edited you may request it by contacting us. (In some cases, the application will provide you a facility to edit or delete information you have provided yourself.) KON Community will normally abide by your wishes concerning material you have provided, but does not guarantee that previously entered information will be removed or edited.

Terms of use

Advertising

You may not offer goods or services for sale on any area of KON Community, including private messaging, or provide links with the intention of doing so. You may not add links that contain 'affiliate' information. You may not add third party advertising. You may not include links to financial accounts, including email addresses, with the intention of facilitating payments.

Exceptions: If you wish to obtain exceptional permission to advertise paid goods or services you should contact us separately for every instance. Exceptions will only be given to advisers wishing to promote activities specifically related to the purpose and mission of Kappa Omicron Nu.

When you register a profile with KON Community, your profile including any information (name, address, gender) will be registered with KON Community.

When you identify yourself on a KON Community site, you may identify yourself using a KON Community account.

When you identify yourself on a KON Community site, you may identify yourself through a social network account in which KON Community may receive additional information about your profile.

In each case, we will collect and record the information you have provided. Other than names and email addresses provided at your discretion, we don't generally collect any “Personally Identifying Information” about our users (such as social security number, telephone number, street address, drivers license number, etc.), exception being for billing and payments where we store your billing information such as name, street address, phone number. We may offer you the opportunity to submit other information about yourself (such as gender, age, occupation, hobbies, interests, zip code, etc.), or we may be able to collect that information from social networking systems you have connected to KON Community or SNS Apps (in accordance with the terms of use of those systems), which would then also be covered by this Privacy Policy.

In addition to information about yourself, you may choose to share information about yourself in other content ("Content"), such as in article comments, at your own discretion.

When you use an SNS App on your social network page or use an SNS App on someone else's page, we may record information regarding the use of that SNS App, and we may collect other information that is visible on your social network page in accordance with the relevant terms of use associated with that page.

Note that since some KON Community content is served through SNS Apps, it is your responsibility to read and accept their Terms of Use, as well as Privacy Policy prior to continuing.

When you send messages through the Service, we may collect and maintain the information associated with those messages, including email addresses and content.

We may use information about you that we collect from other sources, including but not limited to newspapers and Internet sources such as blogs, instant messaging services, KON Community and other users of KON Community, to supplement your profile.

KON Community may contain links to other websites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of other web sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information. This Privacy Policy applies solely to information collected by KON Community.

You should also be aware that some content delivered through KON Community originates with other content providers.

Finally, in order to provide the best possible service and to allow us to make certain internal reports and make recommendations, we collect aggregate information about the use of the Service, including non-personally identifiable information about users accessing the KON Community site or using SNS Apps on other sites, such as internet protocol addresses, browser type, browser language, referring / exit pages and URLs, other browser history, platform type, number of clicks, domain names, landing pages, pages viewed and the order of those pages, the amount of time spent on particular pages, and the date and times of your activity.

By using the Service, you consent to our retaining all the above-described information in anonymous form as long as KON Community sees fit.

Children Under The Age Of 13

KON Community does not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register. If you are under 13, please do not attempt to register for KON Community or send any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, or email address. No one under age 13 may provide any personal information to or on KON Community. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us.

Children Between The Ages of 13 and 18

We recommend that minors over the age of 13 ask their parents for permission before sending any information about themselves to anyone over the Internet.

How We Use Your Information

We do not sell or rent your “Personally Identifiable Information” to any third party. We may, however, use certain information about you that is not personally identifiable.

We may use public information collected to determine the kinds of content that you would like to view.

We also use your name, email address and other information on our system to notify you of Kappa Omicron Nu information, service notifications, and to solicit your feedback and input. Those emails will contain links for preference management and where appropriate, unsubscribe links should you decide you do not want to receive further emails.

You understand and agree that we may access, preserve, and disclose any information we may have about you and the contents of your account if required to do so by law or in a good faith belief that such access, preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to avoid liability, to comply with legal process, such as a search warrant, subpoena, statute, or court order, or to protect our rights and property, or that of our affiliates or the public. KON Community is not required to question or contest the validity of any search warrant, subpoena or other similar governmental request that KON Community receives.

KON Community may maintain copies of your Content indefinitely, or delete certain Content in whole or in part if KON Community determines, in its sole discretion, that such Content constitutes an "Infringing Posting" or a "Prohibited Posting" as defined in our Terms of Use or for any or no reason.

We also use non-Personally Identifiable Information and certain technical information about your computer and your access of the Service (including your internet protocol address) in order to operate, maintain and manage the Service.

KON Community may disclose information about you to its technical partners in order to provide the Service, resolve service problems and correct errors in the Service, to communicate with you about the Service, to provide you with advertising and promotional information in connection with the Service, and to enhance your experience on the Service. However, we do not give our partners any rights to share or use this information for other purposes.

Due to our need to share information to deliver and support the Service, we cannot provide you with the opportunity to opt-out of sharing information (whether Personally Identifiable Information or other information) with these third parties.

KON Community, certain of its partners, and each of their contractors and employees may view the Content that you transmit to the service to provide the Service and otherwise perform the tasks set forth in this Privacy Policy.

Controlling Your Personal Information

Be advised that if you send messages or post material containing personal information, that information can be collected and used by others.

You can terminate your account at any time which will remove your profile and other personal information from view. KON Community, however, may (but is not obligated to) keep information about you that is on its system following your termination. Please contact KON Community to terminate your account or for any other questions about your personal information.

Transfer of Information

We reserve the right to transfer your personal information in the event of a transfer of ownership of KON Community or the acquisition of substantially all the assets of KON Community related to the business which collected such information, such as acquisition by or merger with another company. In such an event, KON Community will notify users who have provided email addresses when information about those users is transferred and becomes subject to a different privacy policy.

Others' Information

You may decide to provide us with another Kappa Omicron Nu member's email address so that person may be invited to join KON Community or so that we may facilitate your communication with other people through the Service.

You may also provide us with another person's contact information for purposes of delivering information through SNS Apps. We use this information to contact and, if necessary, remind that person that he or she has been invited to join KON Community or received content through an SNS App. All invitees are provided with the option not to receive further invitations from KON Community. We may disclose such information if required to do so in order to comply with legal process, as described above.

Cookies

The Service sends "cookies" to your computer when you access the KON Community site, or use an SNS App and the Service uses such cookies as described in here. The Service uses cookies to improve the quality of our service, make recommendations, and make the Service easier to use for our users. A cookie is a small text file recorded on your hard drive that identifies you as a unique user and contains certain information about your particular login session and/or your use of the Service.

Use of Information

KON Community may contain links to other web sites, and content in KON Community and SNS Apps may be hosted by other web sites. In addition, as described above, some content offered through KON Community or SNS Apps is served or hosted by other sites. These other sites maintain their own policies regarding cookies and the collection and use of personal information. It is up to you to review those policies yourself.

Security

KON Community takes appropriate precautions to protect our users' information. Your account information is located on a secured server behind a firewall. Because email and instant messaging are not recognized as secure communications, we request that you not send private information to us by email or instant messaging services. If you have any questions about the security of KON Community Web Site, please contact us.

Additional Questions

Again, feel free to contact us by sending an email if you have further questions about KON Community or this Privacy Policy, or if you want to receive a previous version of this document.

Last Updated on Saturday, 03 April 2010 15:28