WELCOME TO APPFIRMS PRIVACY POLICY:

When you use AppFirms services, you trust us with your information. This Privacy Policy is intended to help you understand what information we gather, why we gather it, and what we do with it. This is important; we hope you will take time to read it carefully. What's more, recall that, you can discover controls to manage your information and ensure your protection and security at My Account.

We ensure your personal data will never be shared to the third parties without a prior consent. AppFirms does not reveal your identity and neither believes in selling your personal data without your consent.

AppFirms is primarily dedicated to the security of it’s affiliate members and has made these policy terms keeping in mind the end goal to exhibit our firm duty to protection. AppFirms strives to gain and keep your trust, so it sticks to the accompanying standards to ensure your security:

Data available or shared on AppFirms Site will be secured with industry standard conventions and innovation.

Users of the Service may be Clients (anyone using the AppFirms platform to request services to be performed by a Freelancer) or Freelancers (any company, individual user, or groups of associated individual users or companies using the AppFirms platform to offer services to Clients). Freelancers may also operate as an Agency (a legally recognized entity with the ability to hire and/or contract) with other Freelancers.

1. INFORMATION COLLECTED BY APPFIRMS:

Personal Information: In the course of using the Service (whether as a Client or Freelancer), we may require or otherwise collect information that identifies you as a specific individual and can be used to contact or identify you (“Personal Information”). Examples of Personal Information includes the following data:

Your Name

Your Email Id

Your Permanent Address

Phone Number

Mobile Number

Language

Industry and Location

Where you are signed in?

Current Address

Language

Payment Information:If you use the Service to make or receive payments, we will also collect certain payment information, such as payment card, PayPal or other financial account information, and billing address.

Transactional Information (applicable when transactions has been done )

transactional information required for your undertakings on the sites (for example bidding, purchasing, selling, item and content you generate or that relates to your account), billing and other information you provide to purchase an item;

Identity Verification: We may collect Personal Information, such as your date of birth, or taxpayer identification number, to validate your identity or as may be required by law, such as completion of tax filings. We may request documents to verify this information, such as a copy of your government-issued identification or photo or a billing statement.

General Audience Service: The Service is general audience and intended for users 18 and older. We do not knowingly collect Personal Information from anyone younger than age 18. If we become aware that a child younger than 18 has provided us with Personal Information, we will use commercially reasonable efforts to delete such information from our files

Non-Identifying Information/User Names: We also may collect other information, such as zip codes, demographic data, information regarding your use of the Service, and general project-related data (“Non-Identifying Information”). We may aggregate information collected from AppFirms registered and non-registered users (“AppFirms Users”). We consider usernames to be Non-Identifying Information. Usernames are made public through the Service and are viewable by other AppFirms Users.

Combination of Personal and Non-Identifying Information: Certain Non-Identifying Information would be considered a part of your Personal Information if it were combined with other identifiers in a way that enables you to be identified (for example, combining information with your name). But the same pieces of information are considered Non-Identifying Information when they are taken alone or combined only with other non-identifying information (for example, your viewing preferences). We may combine your Personal Information with Non-Identifying Information, but AppFirms will treat the combined information as Personal Information.

2. INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM THIRD PARTIES:

We also may receive information about you from third parties. For example, we may supplement the information we collect with outside records or third parties may provide information in connection with a co-marketing agreement or at your request (such as if you choose to sign in with a third-party service). If we combine the information we receive from others with information we collect through the Service, we will treat the combined information as described in this Privacy Policy

3. HOW DO WE STORE AND USE YOUR INFORMATION, COLLECTED FROM USERS AUTOMATICALLY:

AppFirms uses its own Proprietary Server for Hosting & Web Services, in this manner your data might be exchanged to and put away on servers in different regions both in India and outside of USA. AppFirms keeps up control of your information. We ensure your data using specialized and regulatory efforts to establish safety to decrease the dangers of misfortune, abuse, unapproved access, exposure and modification. A portion of the shields we use are firewalls and information encryption, physical access controls to our server sites, and data access authorization controls
We and our third party service providers, including analytics and third party content providers, may automatically collect certain information from you whenever you access or interact with the Service. This information may include, among other information, the browser and operating system you are using, the URL or advertisement that referred you to the Service, the search terms you entered into a search engine that led you to the Service, areas within the Service that you visited, and other information commonly shared when browsers communicate with websites. We may combine this automatically collected log information with other information we collect about you. We do this to improve services we offer you, to improve marketing, analytics, and site functionality. The information we collect also includes the Internet Protocol (“IP”) address or other unique device identifier (“Device Identifier”) for any device (computer, mobile phone, tablet, etc.) used to access the Service. A Device Identifier is a number that is automatically assigned or connected to the device you use to access the Service, and our servers identify your device by its Device Identifier. Some mobile service providers may also provide us or our third party service providers with information regarding the physical location of the device used to access the Service.

The technology used to collect information automatically from AppFirms Users may include the following:

Cookies: Like many websites, we and our marketing partners, affiliates, analytics, and service providers use “cookies” to collect information. A cookie is a small data file that we transfer to your computer’s hard disk for record-keeping purposes. We use both persistent cookies that remain on your computer or similar device (such as to save your registration ID and login password for future logins to the Service and to track your compliance with any AppFirms applicable policies) and session ID cookies, which expire at the end of your browser session (For example, to enable certain features of the Service, to better understand how AppFirms Users interact with the Service and to monitor aggregate usage by AppFirms Users and web traffic routing on the Service). You may be able to instruct your browser, by changing its options, to stop accepting cookies or to prompt you before accepting a cookie from the websites you visit. If you do not accept cookies, however, you may not be able to use all functionality of the Service.
Some web browsers and certain browser add-ons such as Adobe Flash may provide additional data storage mechanisms that are used in a manner similar to cookies, and some of the content included on our Sites may make use of this type of storage. For example, a Flash cookie is a data file placed on a device via the Adobe Flash plugin that may be built-in to or downloaded by you to your device.

Web Beacons: We and our marketing partners, affiliates, analytics, and service providers may also employ software technology known as “web beacons” or “tracking tags” to help us keep track of what content on our Sites is effective and to serve relevant advertising to you. Web beacons are small graphics with a unique identifier that may be invisible to you, and which are used to track the online activity of Internet users. Web beacons are embedded in the web pages you review or email messages you receive. Web beacons or similar technologies may be used for a number of purposes, including, without limitation, to count visitors to our Service, to monitor how AppFirms Users navigate the Service, to count how many e-mails that were sent were actually opened, or to count how many particular articles or links were actually viewed.

Embedded Scripts: An Embedded Script is programming code that is designed to collect information about your interactions with the Service, such as the links you click on. The code is temporarily downloaded onto your computer or other device and is deactivated or deleted when you disconnect from the Service.
In addition, we may use a variety of other technologies that collect similar information for security and fraud detection purposes and we may use third parties to perform these services on our behalf.

USER PROFILES:

You may have the opportunity to create a profile, which consists of information about you, and may include Personal Information, photographs, cases of your work, information on work previously performed via the Service and outside the Service, skills, tests taken, test scores, feedback/rating information and other information, including your username (“Profile”). The information in your Profile may be visible to all AppFirms Users and the general public subject to the privacy choices you make within your AppFirms Profile. You may edit certain information in your Profile via your account and may choose to limit who is able to view certain content you post to your Profile. Clients and Agencies of associated individual users or companies may also have the opportunity to create an organization Profile. If in any case, you believe that an unauthorized profile has been created about you, you can request for it to be removed by contacting us at privacy@appfirms.co

FORUMS :

The Service may provide you the opportunity to participate and post content publicly in forums, on blogs, through interactive features AppFirms and through other communication functionality ("Community Forums"). You may choose, through such features or otherwise, to submit or post questions, comments, or other content (collectively, "User Forum Content"). Please note that certain information, such as your name and Profile may be publicly displayed on the Service along with your User Forum Content. Please note that your use of Community Forums is subject to the AppFirms Forum Rules and our Terms of Service. Note that anything you post to a Community Forum is public -- others will have access to your User Forum Content and may use it or share it with third parties. If you choose to voluntarily disclose Personal Information in your User Forum Content or use Community Forums to link to your Profile, that information will be considered public information and the protections of this Privacy Policy will not apply. To request removal of your personal information from our blog or community forum, contact us at privacy@appfirms.co . In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why. Testimonials, we display personal testimonials of satisfied Clients on our site in addition to other endorsements. With your consent we may post your testimonial along with your name.

4. USE AND RETENTION OF INFORMATION :

We use information we collect :

To provide and improve the Service, complete your transactions, and address your inquiries, process your registration, verify the information you provide is valid and for compliance and internal business purposes;

To contact you with administrative communications and AppFirms newsletters, marketing or promotional materials (on behalf of AppFirms or third parties) and other information that may be of interest to you. If you decide at any time that you no longer wish to receive such communications from us, please follow the instructions in the Your Choices and Opting Out section, below.

To tailor content we display to you and offers we may present to you, both on the Service and elsewhere online;

To administer and develop our business relationship with you and, if applicable, the company you represent;

To assess your application to perform a freelance project for AppFirms and prepare related governmental and internal statistics reports; and

For the purposes disclosed at the time you provide your information, with your consent, and as further described in this Privacy Policy. Unless you request that we delete certain information (see Changing Your Information or Closing Your Account below, we retain the information we collect for at least 5 years and may retain the information for as long as needed for our business and legal purposes.

5. INFORMATION SHARING AND DISCLOSURE:

We may share aggregated Non-Identifying information and we may otherwise disclose Non-Identifying Information to third parties. We do not share your Personal Information with third parties for those third parties' marketing purposes unless we first provide you with the opportunity to opt-in to or opt-out of such sharing. We may also share the information we have collected about you, including Personal Information, as disclosed at the time you provide your information, with your consent, as otherwise described in this Privacy Policy, or in the following circumstances:

Information about Freelancers Shared with Clients and Agencies: We share information regarding Freelancers working on a Client project, including information in Work Diaries and work history, with Clients. Note that if a Freelancer is suspended from the AppFirms Service, we may share that information with Clients for whom that Freelancer has worked or applied for work. We may also share information with Agencies to whom Freelancers are associated for a particular work project. If you choose to apply for work as a Freelancer via the Service, we will share information relevant to your application with the applicable Client(s), including, but not limited to, the information contained in your Freelancer Profile.

Service Providers: We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate our Service, to provide the Service on our behalf, to perform Service-related services (e.g., without limitation, maintenance services, database management, web analytics and online advertising, payment processing, fraud detection and improvement of AppFirms features) or to assist us in analyzing how our Service is used. These third parties may have access to your Personal Information in order to perform these tasks on our behalf.

What Happens If You Agree to Receive Information From Third Parties or Request That We Share Your Information:You may be presented with an opportunity to receive information and/or marketing offers from one or more third parties. If you agree at that time to have your Personal Information shared, your Personal Information will be disclosed to that third party (or parties) and will be subject to the privacy policy and practices of that third party. We are not responsible for the privacy policies and practices of third parties, and, if you later decide that you no longer want to receive communications from a third party, you will need to contact that third party directly. You also may request, sometimes through your use of Social Networking Services or similar interactive feature or third party application, that we share information about you with a third party and we will typically do so under those circumstances.

Legal and Investigative Purposes: AppFirms will share information with government agencies as required by law, including without limitation, in connection with reporting earnings. We cooperate with government and law enforcement officials and private parties to enforce and comply with the law. We will disclose information about you to government or law enforcement officials or private parties as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate to respond to claims and legal process (including but not limited to subpoenas), at the request of governmental authorities or other third parties conducting an investigation, to protect the property and rights of AppFirms or a third party, to protect the safety of the public or any person, or to prevent or stop activity we may consider to be, or to pose a risk of being, illegal, fraudulent, unethical or legally actionable activity. We may also use Device Identifiers to identify AppFirms Users, and may do so in cooperation with third parties at our discretion.

Internal and Business Transfers: AppFirms may share information, including Personal Information, with its parent company AppFirms, Inc., subsidiaries, and affiliates, primarily for business and operational purposes. We may sell, transfer or otherwise share some or all of our assets, including your Personal Information, in connection with a merger, acquisition, reorganization or sale of assets (including, in each case, as part of the due-diligence process with any potential acquiring entity) or in the event of bankruptcy. You will be notified via email and/or a prominent notice on our website of any change in ownership or uses of your personal information, as well as any choices you may have regarding your personal information.

6. THIRD PARTY ANALYTICS PROVIDERS, AD SERVERS AND SIMILAR THIRD PARTIES:

AppFirms works with (or may in the future work with) network advertisers, ad agencies, analytics service providers and other vendors: to provide us with information regarding traffic on the Service, including pages viewed and the actions taken when visiting the Service; to serve our advertisements on other web sites, within mobile apps and elsewhere online; and to provide us with information regarding the use of the Service and the effectiveness of our advertisements. Our service providers may collect certain information about your visits to and activity on the Service as well as other web sites or services, they may set and access their own tracking technologies on your device (including cookies and web beacons), and may use that information to show you targeted advertisements. Some of these parties may collect Personal Information when you visit the Service or other online websites and services. While we may use a variety of service providers to perform advertising services, some of these companies are members of the Network Advertising Initiative ("NAI”) or the Digital Advertising Alliance (“DAA”) Self-Regulatory Program for Online Behavioral Advertising.

7. NOTICES AND COMMUNICATIONS:

Mandatory Communications:

AppFirms sends all newly registered users a welcome email to verify their email addresses. At times, AppFirms sends service announcements to its registered Employers and Freelancers. Registered Users cannot unsubscribe from service announcements that discuss upcoming changes that affect their AppFirms accounts. In addition, we communicate with registered members via personal emails or phone calls to provide requested services.

Optional Communications:

Registered users receive monthly e-newsletters containing information on AppFirms products, services and announcements. Occasionally, registered users receive e-postcards that highlight special AppFirms announcements and features. Registered users can opt-out of the above listed communications. Please see our Opt-out section below.

Opt-Out Option:

Upon registration, users can opt-out of AppFirms option communications. Additionally, registered users can, at any time, modify their AppFirms email (service announcement) preferences by updating their account information.

8. OBTAINING AND MODIFYING YOUR INFORMATION:

You can update your information through your account profile settings. If you believe that personal information we hold about you is incorrect, incomplete or inaccurate, then you may request us to amend it.
Additionally, you may request access to any personal information we hold about you at any time by contacting us at privacy@appfirms.co. Where we hold information that you are entitled to access, we will try to provide you with suitable means of accessing it (for example, by mailing or emailing it to you). We may charge you a fee to cover our administrative and other reasonable costs in providing the information to you. We will not charge for simply making the request and will not charge for making any corrections to your personal information.There may be instances where we cannot grant you access to the personal information we hold. For example, we may need to refuse access if granting access would interfere with the privacy of others or if it would result in a breach of confidentiality. If that happens, we will give you written reasons for any refusal.

9. A PRIOR NOTIFICATION FOR ANY CHANGES THAT MAY OCCUR IN FUTURE:

AppFirms may update this Privacy Policy at any time and any changes will be effective upon posting. In the event that there are material changes to the way we treat your Personal Information, we will display a notice through the Services prior to the change becoming effective. We may also notify you by email, in our discretion. However, we will use your Personal Information in a manner consistent with the Privacy Policy in effect at the time you submitted the information, unless you consent to the new or revised policy.

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