Our Commitment to You
Welcome to Bebo, a social media network where friends share their lives and explore great entertainment. The Bebo service is operated by Bebo, Inc. ("Bebo"), and consists of the Bebo Web sites and other features and services offered by Bebo and its corporate affiliates in connection with the sites, such as e-mail and instant messaging (collectively the "Bebo Service").
â We give you choices about the personally identifiable information you share with Bebo and other Bebo users.
â You can end your membership at any time.
â Bebo does not send unsolicited bulk messages indiscriminately, or 'spam'.
Information Collected On the Bebo Service
We collect the following types of information about you when you use the Bebo Service:
â Information provided by you. We collect personally identifiable information, such as your name and email address, when you register to become a Bebo member. As part of your personal profile, you may choose to submit or incorporate additional information, such as your age, your hobbies and interests, as well as other content, such as photos, music and videos.
â Information collected automatically. Bebo receives and stores information which is transmitted automatically from your computer when you use the Bebo Service. This information includes information from cookies (which are described below), your IP address and browser type. Your IP address is the unique address of your computer which is automatically provided to other computers when your web browser or email application requests a web page or email from those computers on the Internet. We also collect information about how you use the Bebo Service, including information about the features you use and where you go on the Service.
â Information about you as a Bebo member may be supplemented with additional information, including publicly-available information and information from other companies.
Use and Disclosure of Information
We use this information in order to operate the Bebo Service and improve your and other users" experience:
â We will display your personally identifiable information on your profile according to the preferences you set. We will use your name so that you are recognisable on our database and so that we can personalize your experience. We will use your email address to contact you from time to time and may also use it for security reasons to confirm that you are who you say you are.
â We may use the information collected automatically, such as your IP address, information stored via cookies, and information about how you use the Bebo Service to develop statistics and aggregate information about the number of people who visit the Bebo Service and to customise Bebo"s content, layout and services. We may share this information with third parties to help us improve the Bebo Service and better serve our users. We may use your information in these ways both before and after your membership has ended.
â Advertisements that appear on the Bebo Service are delivered to you by advertising affiliates, partners and service providers. Bebo may transfer information about you and your use of Bebo, such as your name, personal contact information, IP address, information stored via cookies, and other demographic information about you, to advertising affiliates (such as Advertising.com), partners (including Yahoo! and its affiliates) and other third parties. This information may be used to provide advertising, promotions and other products and services that may be of particular interest to you. It may also be used to provide you with a tailored choice of content and media products.
â We may provide your personally identifiable information and the data generated by cookies and the aggregate information to the vendors and service agencies that we may engage to assist us in providing services to you.
â Personally identifiable information about you as a Bebo user, including the contents of your online communications, may be accessed or disclosed in response to legal process (for example, a court order, search warrant or subpoena); in other circumstances in which Bebo believes the Bebo service is being used in the commission of a crime; when we have a good faith belief that there is an emergency that poses a threat to the safety of you or another person; or when necessary either to protect the rights or property of Bebo and its affiliates, or for us to render the service you have requested.
â Personally identifiable information collected in connection with your use of the Bebo Service may be transferred to, or stored in the United States, or other countries where Bebo or its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries or service providers maintain facilities. Bebo complies with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework and the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information from the European Union member countries and Switzerland. Bebo has certified that it adheres to the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles of notice, choice, onward transfer, security, data integrity, access, and enforcement. To learn more about the Safe Harbor program, and to view Bebo's certification, please visit http://www.export.gov/safeharbor/. By using the Bebo Service, you expressly agree to the transfer to the United States and elsewhere of your personally identifiable information. By publicly posting information on the Bebo Service, you also certify that your posting conforms with all local data protection laws.
â We reserve the right to transfer your personally identifiable information in the event of a transfer of ownership of Bebo or its affiliates, such as acquisition by or merger with another company.
If you choose to use our referral service to tell a friend about Bebo, we will ask you for your friend's name and email address. We may send your friend email inviting him or her to visit Bebo. Bebo stores and only uses this information for the sole purpose of sending this email, tracking the success of our referral program, and identifying and linking existing friends who are existing or prospective Bebo users.
Your friend may submit a request that we remove this information from our database via the Contact Us page; remove requests of this nature will normally be completed within 30 days.
Collection of Information On Other Sites
This privacy statement applies only to information collected by Bebo.
Bebo contains links to other sites and services that are not owned or controlled by Bebo, including Bebo affiliates (e.g. AIM). Please be aware that these sites have their own privacy policies, and that Bebo is not responsible for their privacy practices. We therefore encourage you to read the privacy statements of each and every site that collects personally identifiable information.
We post customer testimonials on Bebo which may contain personally identifiable information such as your name. We may seek your prior consent to post your name along with your testimonial, but by providing a testimonial you should assume your consent is implied.
â Bebo may link information stored in cookies such as your age, gender and country with your personally identifiable information and we may use such information to, among other things, gather statistics about the number of people who visit Bebo and to customize Bebo"s content, layout and services for delivery to you.
â Bebo may from time to time send SMS messages to you. By completing or submitting a registration form or partial registration which includes your SMS number you are consenting to receive SMS, wireless or other mobile offering to your cell phone. You understand that your wireless carrier's standard charges and rates apply to these messages. For SMS text messages, you may remove your information by replying "STOP", "END", or "QUIT" to the SMS text message you have received and we will remove your personal information, and normally within 10 days of receiving such request.
â Bebo may use the personal information that you supply to us and work with other third party businesses to bring selected retail opportunities to our members via direct mail, email, telemarketing, and SMS/Mobile/Short Message service.
You can limit who sees your profile information on Bebo
â Your profile information on the Bebo Service will be shared with people you share such information with, and to other members of groups (such as universities) you choose to belong to. You can limit access to certain personal information, such as email addresses and phone numbers. Please bear in mind that if you choose to share your personal information (including any comments, videos, photos or any other information) with other people via Bebo, you do so at your own risk. Bebo recommends that you don't share your personal contact information.
â You can choose to make your profile visible to non-members of Bebo by editing your profile and opting in to accessible profile.
â For users identifying themselves as being under the age of 18, the default setting for profiles is private.
Sharing Information with Applications Providers
Bebo allows you to share your profile or other Bebo information with applications providers that may or may not be under Bebo"s control.
â These applications providers have their own privacy policies and terms for how they use the information you"ve chosen to share with them.
â While Bebo has Policies and Guidelines for these providers, we don"tcontrol how they may use your information, and so you should review these application providers" policies carefully.
Reviewing, deleting and changing your Profile
You can review, delete, correct and revise your privacy settings and personal profile, including who has access to your personal profile in your account at any time or contact us for assistance via the Contact Us page; requests of this nature will normally be completed within 30 days.
Whenever you voluntarily post personal information in public areas, like journals, weblogs, message boards and forums, this information can be accessed by the public and can in turn be used by others in unpredictable ways. Bebo recommends that you exercise discretion in deciding what information you disclose on the Internet or otherwise.
â Children under the age of 13 are not eligible to use Bebo and must not attempt to register with Bebo and/or submit any personal information to us. Bebo does not knowingly collect personal information from any person who is under the age of 13 or allow them to register. If it comes to our attention that we have collected personal data from a person under the age of 13, we will endeavor to delete this information as quickly as possible. If you have reason to believe someone under the age of 13 is using Bebo, please contact us via the Contact Us page and we will look into the matter and, where appropriate, attempt to delete corresponding information that is in our databases.
â We recommend that Users between the ages of 13 and 18 should not send any information about themselves to anyone over the Internet without asking their parents or legal guardians for permission beforehand.
Security and confidentiality
â Bebo uses a variety of safeguards to help protect your personal information, including technical, administrative and physical controls. Please bear in mind though, that it is impossible for Bebo to guarantee that impenetrable security measures are in place. For example, lapses in these safeguards may occur, and we also cannot control any illegal and/or unforeseen activity of other users that may allow them to get around the privacy or security settings on Bebo. Consequently, you acknowledge that there are circumstances in which your personal information may be accessed by unauthorised persons.
â The security of your personal information depends in part on your protection of your account password. Please do not disclose your account password to unauthorized people.
â Access to your personal information is given to our employees in order to do their jobs in connection with the Bebo service.
â If you become aware of any breach of data security or have any other questions about the security of our website, please contact us via the Contact Us page.
We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it frequently. If we make material changes to this policy, we may endeavor to notify you by email or otherwise.
IF ANY MODIFICATION IS UNACCEPTABLE TO YOU, YOU SHALL STOP USING THE BEBO SERVICE. YOUR CONTINUED USE OF THE BEBO SERVICE FOLLOWING OUR POSTING OF A CHANGE NOTICE OR ON OUR WEBSITE OR BLOG OR RECEIVING OUR EMAIL NOTIFYING YOU OF THE CHANGE WILL CONSTITUTE YOUR BINDING ACCEPTANCE OF THE CHANGE.
You have the option to cancel your membership at any time. If you are a member and no longer wish to participate in Bebo you can sign in to the site and click on the My Account at the top of the page; then select cancel membership and follow the simple instructions.
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