Privacy Policy

Last updated November&:& 1, 2012 This privacy policy explains how Accelerant Research handles your personal information and data when using BlogNog. We value your trust, so we’ve strived to present this policy in clear, plain language instead of legalese. The policy is structured so you can quickly find answers to the questions which interest you the most.

This privacy policy applies to all the products, services and websites offered by Accelerant Research, LLC including BlogNog (www.blognog.com). We refer to those products, services and websites collectively as the “services” in this policy. Some services have supplementary privacy statements that explain in more detail our specific privacy practices in relation to them. Unless otherwise noted, our services are provided by Accelerant Research, LLC.

European Safe Harbors. Accelerant Research.com, LLC complies with the US-EU and US-Swiss Safe Harbor Frameworks developed by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use and retention of personal information from EU member countries and Switzerland.

Questions? For questions regarding our privacy policy or practices, contact Accelerant Research by mail at 1242 Mann Drive, Suite 100 Matthews, NC 28105, or electronically through this form. IF YOU CREATE BLOGNOG PROJECTS&:& Your data is owned by you. We don't sell them to anyone and we don’t use the data you collect for our own purposes, except in a limited set of circumstances (e.g. if we are compelled by a subpoena, or if you've made your responses public). We safeguard participants’ email addresses. To make it easier for you to invite people to participate in your groups via email, you may upload lists of email addresses, in which case Accelerant Research acts as a mere custodian of that data. We don't sell these email addresses and we use them only as directed by you and in accordance with this policy. The same goes for any email addresses collected by your BlogNog uses. We keep your data securely. Read our Security Statement for more information. All data are stored on servers located in the United States. Accelerant Research will process your data on your behalf and under your instructions (including the ones agreed to in this privacy policy). IF YOU ARE PARTICIPANTS IN A BLOGNOG PROJECT&:& Projects are administered by project creators. Project creators conduct many projects throughout the year using our services. We host the projects on our websites and collect the responses that you submit to the project creator. If you have any questions about a project in which you are participating, please contact the project creator directly as Accelerant Research is not responsible for the content of that project or your responses to it. The project creator is usually the same person that invited you to participate in the project and sometimes they have their own privacy policy. Are your responses anonymous? This depends on how the project creator has configured the project. Contact the project creator to find out. We don't sell your responses to third parties. Accelerant Research doesn't sell or share your responses with third party advertisers or marketers (although the project creator might, so check with them). Accelerant Research merely acts as a custodian on behalf of the project creator who controls your data. If you think a project violates our Terms of Use or may be engaging in illegal activity, click here to report it. Project Creators & Project Participants BlogNog is used by Project creators (people who create and conduct projects online) and project participants (people who answer those projects). The information we receive from project creators and project participants and how we handle it differs, so we have split this privacy policy into two parts. Click on the one that applies to you&:&

Privacy for Project Creators Privacy for Project Respondents

PRIVACY FOR PROJECT CREATORS What information does Accelerant Research collect? When you use BlogNog, Accelerant Research collects information relating to you and your use of our services from a variety of sources. These are listed below. The sections afterward describe what we do with this information.

Information we collect directly from you

Registration information. You need a BlogNog account before you can create projects on BlogNog. When you register for an account, we collect your username, password and email address. Billing information. If you make a payment to Accelerant Research, we require you to provide your billing details, such as a name, address, email address and financial information corresponding to your selected method of payment (e.g. a credit card number and expiration date or a bank account number). Account settings. You can set various preferences and personal details on pages like your account settings page. For example, your default language, timezone and communication preferences (e.g. opting in or out of receiving marketing emails from Accelerant Research). Address book information. We allow you to import email addresses into an Address Book and associate email addresses with email invitation collectors so you can easily invite people to participate in your projects via email. We don't use these email addresses for our own purposes or email them except at your direction. Project data. We store your project data (questions and responses) for you. Other data you intentionally share. We may collect your personal information or data if you submit it to us in other contexts. For example, if you provide us with a testimonial, or participate in an Accelerant Research contest. We safeguard your participants’ email addresses. Rest assured, Accelerant Research will not email your project respondents or people in your Address Book except at your direction. We definitely don’t sell those email addresses to any third parties. Information we collect about you from other sources.

Usage data. We collect usage data about you whenever you interact with our services. This may include the number of projects, the various BlogNog functions you use, and so on. Additionally, like most websites today, our web servers keep log files that record data each time a device accesses those servers. The log files contain data about the nature of each access, including originating IP addresses. Device data. We collect data from the device and application you use to access our services, such as your IP address and browser type. We may also infer your geographic location based on your IP address. Referral data. If you arrive at blognog.com from an external source (such as a link on another website or in an email), we record information about the source that referred you to us. Information from third parties. We may collect your personal information or data from third parties if you give permission to those third parties to share your information with us. For example, you have the option of registering and signing into BlogNog with your Facebook account details. If you do this, the authentication of your logon details is handled by Facebook and we only collect information about your Facebook account that you expressly agree to share with us at the time you give permission for your BlogNog account to be linked to your Facebook account. Information from page tags. We use third party tracking services that employ cookies and page tags (also known as web beacons) to collect aggregated and anonymized data about visitors to our websites. This data includes usage and user statistics. How does Accelerant Research use the information we collect? We treat your questions and responses as information that is private to you. We know that, in many cases, you want to keep your questions and responses (which we collectively refer to as “project data”) private. Unless you decide to share your questions and/or responses with the public, we do not use your project data for our own purposes, except in the limited circumstances described in this privacy policy or unless we have your express consent. We do not sell your project data to third parties. Generally, we use the information we collect from you in connection with providing our services to you and, on your behalf, to your project participants. For example, specific ways we use this information are listed below. (See the next section of this privacy policy to see who we share your information with.)

To provide you with our services. This includes providing you with customer support, which requires us to access your information to assist you (such as with project design and creation or technical troubleshooting). To manage our services. We internally use your information, including certain project data, for the following limited purposes&:& To monitor and improve our services and features. We internally perform statistical and other analysis on information we collect (including usage data, device data, referral data, and information from page tags) to analyze and measure user behavior and trends, to understand how people use our services, and to monitor, troubleshoot and improve our services. However, we do not use the non-public content of projects (i.e. the content of questions and responses that you have not publicly shared) for these purposes. To assist the enforcement of our Terms of Use. To prevent potentially illegal activities. To screen for undesirable or abusive activity. For example, we have automated systems that screen content for phishing activities, spam, and fraud. To create new services, features or content (public data and metadata only). We may use public project data and anonymized project metadata (that is, data about the characteristics of a project but not its non-public content), to create and provide new services, features or content. For example, we may look at statistics like response rates, question and answer word counts, and the average number of questions in a project and publish interesting observations about these for informational or marketing purposes. When we do this, neither individual project creators nor project participants will be identified or identifiable unless we have obtained their permission. To contact you about your service or account. We occasionally send you communications of a transactional nature (e.g. service-related announcements, billing-related matters, changes to our services or policies, a welcome email when you first register). You can't opt out of these communications since they are required to provide our services to you. To contact you for marketing purposes (if you opt in). We will only do this if you have given us your express permission to contact you for this purpose. For example, during the account registration process we will ask for your permission to use your information to contact you for promotional purposes. You may opt out of these communications at any time by clicking on the "unsubscribe" link in them, or changing the relevant setting on your My Account page. To respond to legal requests and prevent harm. If we receive a subpoena or other legal request, we may need to inspect the data we hold to determine how to respond. With whom do we share or disclose your information? We don't sell your project data! When might we disclose your project data to third parties? Only for a limited number of reasons. Mostly commonly, we share your information with our service providers who help us to provide our services to you. We contractually bind these service providers to keep your information confidential and to use it only for the purpose of providing their services to us. For example, we use payment processors who help us to process credit card transactions. By using our services, you authorize Accelerant Research to sub-contract in this manner on your behalf. Rarer circumstances include when we need to share information if required by law.

We recognize that you have entrusted us with safeguarding the privacy of your information. Because that trust is very important to us, the only time we will disclose or share your personal information or project data with a third party is when we have done one of three things, in accordance with applicable law&:& (a) given you notice, such as in this privacy policy; (b) obtained your express consent, such as through an opt-in checkbox; or (c) anonymized the information so that individuals cannot be identified by it. Where required by law, we will obtain your express consent prior to disclosing or sharing any personal information.

We may disclose&:&

Your information to our service providers. We use service providers who help us to provide you with our services. We give relevant persons working for some of these providers access to your information, but only to the extent necessary for them to perform their services for us. We also implement reasonable contractual and technical protections to ensure the confidentiality of your personal information and data is maintained, used only for the provision of their services to us, and handled in accordance with this privacy policy. Examples of service providers include payment processors, email service providers, and web traffic analytics tools. Your account details to your billing contact. If your details (as the account holder) are different to the billing contact listed for your account, we may disclose your identity and account details to the billing contact upon their request (we also will usually attempt to notify you of such requests). By using our services and agreeing to this privacy policy, you consent to this disclosure. Aggregated information to third parties to improve or promote our services. No individuals can be identified or linked to any part of the information we share with third parties to improve or promote our services. The presence of a cookie to advertise our services. We may ask advertisers to display ads promoting our services on other websites. We may ask them to deliver those ads based on the presence of a cookie but in doing so will not share any other information with the advertiser. Your information if required or permitted by law. We may disclose your information as required or permitted by law, or when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, subpoena, or other legal process served on us. Your information if there's a change in business ownership or structure. If ownership of all or substantially all of our business changes, or we undertake a corporate reorganization (including a merger or consolidation) or any other action or transfer between Accelerant Research entities, you expressly consent to Accelerant Research transferring your information to the new owner or successor entity so that we can continue providing our services. If required, Accelerant Research will notify the applicable data protection agency in each jurisdiction of such a transfer in accordance with the notification procedures under applicable data protection laws. Information you expressly consent to be shared. For example, we may expressly request your permission to provide your contact details to third parties for various purposes, including to allow those third parties to contact you for marketing purposes. (You may later revoke your permission, but if you wish to stop receiving communications from a third party to which we provided your information with your permission, you will need to contact that third party directly.) What are your rights to your information? You can&:&

Update your account details. You can update your registration and other account information on your My Account page. Information is updated immediately. Download/backup your project data. We provide you with the ability to export, share and publish your project data in a variety of formats. This allows you to create your own backups or conduct offline data analysis. See here for downloading instructions. Delete your project data. Deleting project data in the ways described on this page will not permanently delete project data immediately. As long as you maintain an account with us, we retain your deleted data in case you delete something by accident and need to restore it (which you can request by contacting customer support). To the extent permitted by law, we will permanently delete your data if you request to cancel your account. Cancel your account. To cancel and delete your account, please contact customer support. Deleting your account will cause all the project data in the account to be permanently deleted, as permitted by law, and will disable your access to any other services that require a BlogNog account. We will respond to any such request, and any appropriate request to access, correct, update or delete your personal information within the time period specified by law (if applicable) or without excessive delay. We will promptly fulfill requests to delete personal data unless the request is not technically feasible or such data is required to be retained by law (in which case we will block access to such data, if required by law). For how long do we retain your data? We generally retain your data for as long as you have an account with us, or to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, or enforce our agreements. Data that are deleted from our servers may remain as residual copies on offsite backup media for up to approximately 12 months afterward. We describe our retention practices in more detail in this FAQ Security, cookies and other important information Changes to this privacy policy. We may modify this privacy policy at any time, but if we do so, we will notify you by publishing the changes on this website. If we determine the changes are material, we will provide you with additional, prominent notice as is appropriate under the circumstances, such as via email. For any changes to this privacy policy for which you are required to provide prior consent, we will provide you with reasonable notice of such changes before they become effective and provide you with the opportunity to consent to those changes. If you do not cancel your subscription and continue to use our services beyond the advance-notice period, you will be considered as having expressly consented to the changes in our privacy policy. If you disagree with the terms of this privacy policy or any updated privacy policy, you may close your account at any time.

Security. Details about Accelerant Research’s security practices are available in our Security Statement. We are committed to handling your personal information and data with integrity and care. However, regardless of the security protections and precautions we undertake, there is always a risk that your personal data may be viewed and used by unauthorized third parties as a result of collecting and transmitting your data through the internet. Cookies. We use cookies on our websites. Cookies are small bits of data we store on the device you use to access our services so we can recognize repeat users. Each cookie expires after a certain period of time, depending on what we use it for. We use cookies for several reasons&:& To make our site easier to use. If you use the "Remember me" feature when you sign into your account, we may store your username in a cookie to make it quicker for you to sign in whenever you return to BlogNog. For security reasons. We use cookies to authenticate your identity, such as confirming whether you are currently logged into BlogNog. To provide you with personalized content. We may store user preferences, such as your default language, in cookies to personalize the content you see. We also use cookies to ensure that users can’t retake certain projects that they have already completed. To improve our services. We use cookies to measure your usage of our websites and track referral data, as well as to occasionally display different versions of content to you. This information helps us to develop and improve our services and optimize the content we display to users. We don't believe cookies are sinister, but you can still choose to remove or disable cookies via your browser. Refer to your web browser's configuration documentation to learn how to do this. Please note that doing this may adversely impact your ability to use our services. Enabling cookies ensures a smoother experience when using our websites. By using our websites and agreeing to this privacy policy, you expressly consent to the use of cookies as described in this policy. Blogs and Forums. Our website offers publicly accessible blogs and community forums. You should be aware that any information you provide in these areas may be read, collected, and used by others who access them. We’re not responsible for any personal information you choose to submit in these areas of our site. Safety of Minors and COPPA. Our services are not intended for and may not be used by minors. "Minors" are individuals under the age of majority in their place of residence (or under 13 in the United States). Accelerant Research does not knowingly collect personal data from minors or allow them to register. If it comes to our attention that we have collected personal data from a minor, we may delete this information without notice. If you have reason to believe that this has occurred, please contact us at info@accelerantresearch.com. English version controls. Non-English translations of this privacy policy are provided for convenience. In the event of any ambiguity or conflict between translations, the English version is authoritative. About IP addresses. Our servers record the incoming IP addresses of visitors to our websites (whether or not the visitor has a BlogNog account) and store the IP addresses in log files. We use these log files for purposes such as system administration and maintenance, record keeping, tracking referring web sites, inferring your location, and security purposes (e.g. controlling abuse, spam and DDOS attacks). We also store IP addresses along with certain actions you take on our system. IP addresses are only linked to project responses if a project creator has configured a project to collect IP addresses. By agreeing to this privacy policy, you expressly consent to Accelerant Research using your IP address for the foregoing purposes. If you wish to opt out from the foregoing consent to use your IP address, you must cancel your account (if you have one) or not respond to a project if requested to do so. Accessing and correcting your personal data. You have the right to access and correct the personal information that Accelerant Research holds about you. This right may be exercised through by visiting your account's My Account page or by emailing info@accelerantresearch.com. Your responsibilities. By using our services, you agree to comply with applicable data protection requirements when collecting and using your project data, such as requirements to inform respondents about the specific uses and disclosures of their data. Consents By clicking "I Agree" or any other button indicating your acceptance of this privacy policy, you expressly consent to the following&:&

You consent to the collection, use, disclosure and processing of your personal data in the manner described in this privacy policy, including our procedures relating to cookies, IP addresses and log files. Our servers are based in the United States, so your personal data will be primarily processed by us in the United States. You consent to the transfer and processing of your personal data in the United States by Accelerant Research, LLC. You consent and agree that we may transfer your data to data processors located in countries, including the United States, which do not have data protection laws that provide the same level of protection that exists in countries in the European Economic Area. Your consent is voluntary, and you may revoke your consent by opting out at any time. Please note that if you opt-out, we may no longer be able to provide you our services. You consent to us sharing your personal data with relevant persons working for service providers who assist us to provide our services. If you have enabled cookies on your web browser, you consent to our use of cookies as described in this privacy policy. PRIVACY FOR PROJECT PARTICIPANTS What information does BlogNog collect? When you respond to projects hosted by BlogNog, we collect, on behalf and upon instructions (including the ones provided in this privacy policy) of project creators, information relating to you and your use of our services from a variety of sources. These are listed below. The sections afterward describe what we do with this information.

Information we collect directly from you

Project responses. We collect and store the project responses that you submit. The project creator is responsible for these data and manages it. A project may ask you to provide personal information or data. If you have any questions about a project you are taking, please contact the project creator directly as Accelerant Research is not responsible for the content of that project. The project creator is usually the same person that invited you to take the project and sometimes they have their own privacy policy. Are your project responses anonymous? You will need to ask the project creator this as it depends on how he or she has chosen to configure the project. However, even if a project creator has followed steps necessary to ensure your anonymity, specific questions in the project may still ask you for your personal information or data that could be used to identify you.

Information we collect about you from other sources

Usage data. We collect usage data about you whenever you interact with our services. This may include which webpages you visit, what you click on, when you performed those actions, and so on. Additionally, as with most websites today, our web servers keep log files that record data each time a device accesses those servers. The log files contain data about the nature of each access, including originating IP addresses. Note that we do not link this usage data to your project responses. Device data. We collect data from the device and application you use to access our services, such as your IP address and browser type. We may also infer your geographic location based on your IP address. Your IP address will be linked to your project responses unless a project creator has disabled IP address collection for the project you respond to. Referral data. We record information about the source that referred you to a project (e.g. a link on a website or in an email). Information from page tags. We use third party tracking services that employ cookies and page tags (also known as web beacons) to collect aggregated and anonymized data about visitors to our websites. These data include usage and user statistics. Your email address. If a project creator uses an email invitation collector to send you a project invitation email, we collect your email address when the project creator provides it to us. We don’t use this to send you email except at the direction of a project creator. The emails we send on behalf of a project creator appear to come from that project creator's email address. Providing project responses is voluntary. Remember, you can always choose not to provide an answer to any given project question (especially those requesting your personal information or data). However, sometimes this will prevent you from completing a project if the project creator has marked that question as requiring an answer. How does Accelerant Research use the information we collect? Your project responses are owned and managed by the project creator, and we treat that information as private to the project creator. Please contact the project creator directly to understand how they will use your project responses. Some project creators may provide you with a privacy policy or notice at the time you take their project and we encourage you to review that to understand how the project creator will handle your responses. Please see the Project Creator version of this privacy policy to understand how Accelerant Research handles project responses. Accelerant Research does not sell project responses to third parties and we do not use any contact details collected in our customers’ projects to contact project respondents.

We also use the information we collect from you (including usage data, device data, referral data and information from page tags) to manage and improve our services.

With whom do we share or disclose your information? Accelerant Research does not sell your project responses! We disclose&:&

Your project responses to project creators. We host projects for project creators, but they are really the primary curator of project data. Anything you expressly disclose in your project responses will, naturally, be provided to them. Please contact the project creator directly to understand how they might share your project responses. Please see the Project Creator version of this privacy policy to understand what Accelerant Research tells project creators about how we handle project responses. What are your rights to your information? Contact the project creator to access and correct your responses and personal information.Because we collect project responses on behalf of project creators, you will need to contact the project creator if you have any questions about the project, or if you want to access, update, or delete anything in your responses. We provide project creators with tools to maintain the responses they collect through their projects. Accelerant Research cannot provide you with this access since project responses are the project creator's private information. Opt out of receiving projects. You may opt out of receiving email invitations to take projects which are sent by project creators via BlogNog. Security, cookies and other important information Changes to this privacy policy. We may modify this privacy policy at any time, but if we do so, we will notify you by publishing the changes on this website. If we determine the changes are material, we will provide you with additional, prominent notice as is appropriate under the circumstances, such as via email. For any changes to this privacy policy for which you are required to provide prior consent, we will provide you with reasonable notice of such changes before they become effective and provide you with the opportunity to consent to those changes. If you do not cancel your subscription and continue to use our services beyond the advance-notice period, you will be considered as having expressly consented to the changes in our privacy policy. If you disagree with the terms of this privacy policy or any updated privacy policy, you may close your account (if you have one) at any time or not respond to a project.

Security. Details about Accelerant Research’s security practices are available in our Security Statement. We are committed to handling your personal information and data with integrity and care. However, regardless of the security protections and precautions we undertake, there is always a risk that your personal data may be viewed and used by unauthorized third parties as a result of collecting and transmitting your data through the internet. Cookies. We use cookies on our websites. Cookies are small bits of data we store on the device you use to access our services so we can recognize repeat users. Each cookie expires after a certain period of time, depending on what we use it for. We use cookies for several reasons&:& To make our site easier to use. If you use the "Remember me" feature when you sign into your account, we may store your username in a cookie to make it quicker for you to sign in whenever you return to BlogNog. For security reasons. We use cookies to authenticate your identity, such as confirming whether you are currently logged into BlogNog. To provide you with personalized content. We may store user preferences, such as your default language, in cookies to personalize the content you see. We also use cookies to ensure that users can’t retake certain projects that they have already completed. To improve our services. We use cookies to measure your usage of our websites and track referral data, as well as to occasionally display different versions of content to you. This information helps us to develop and improve our services and optimize the content we display to users. Click here for more details about our cookies. We don't believe cookies are sinister, but you can still choose to remove or disable cookies via your browser. Refer to your web browser's configuration documentation to learn how to do this. Please note that doing this may adversely impact your ability to use our services. Enabling cookies ensures a smoother experience when using our websites. By using our websites and agreeing to this privacy policy, you expressly consent to the use of cookies as described in this policy. Blogs and Forums. Our website offers publicly accessible blogs and community forums. You should be aware that any information you provide in these areas may be read, collected, and used by others who access them. We’re not responsible for any personal information you choose to submit in these areas of our site. Safety of Minors and COPPA. Our services are not intended for and may not be used by minors. "Minors" are individuals under the age of majority in their place of residence (or under 13 in the United States). Accelerant Research does not knowingly collect personal data from minors or allow them to register. If it comes to our attention that we have collected personal data from a minor, we may delete this information without notice. If you have reason to believe that this has occurred, please contact us at info@accelerantresearch.com. English version controls. Non-English translations of this privacy policy are provided for convenience. In the event of any ambiguity or conflict between translations, the English version is authoritative. About IP addresses. Our servers record the incoming IP addresses of visitors to our websites (whether or not the visitor has a BlogNog account) and store the IP addresses in log files. We use these log files for purposes such as system administration and maintenance, record keeping, tracking referring web sites, inferring your location, and security purposes (e.g., controlling abuse, spam and DDOS attacks). We also store IP addresses along with certain actions you take on our system. IP addresses are only linked to project responses if a project creator has configured a project to collect IP addresses. By agreeing to this privacy policy, you expressly consent to Accelerant Research using your IP address for the foregoing purposes. If you wish to opt out from the foregoing consent to use your IP address, you must cancel your account (if you have one) or not respond to a project if requested to do so. Accessing and correcting your personal data. You have the right to access and correct the personal information that Accelerant Research holds about you. This right may be exercised through visiting your account's My Account page or by emailing info@accelerantresearch.com.

Consents By clicking "I Agree" or any other button indicating your acceptance of this privacy policy, you expressly consent to the following&:&

You consent to the collection, use, disclosure and processing of your personal data in the manner described in this privacy policy, including our procedures relating to cookies, IP addresses and log files. Our servers are based in the United States, so your personal data will be primarily processed by us in the United States. You consent and agree that we may transfer your data to data processors located in countries, including the United States, which do not have data protection laws that provide the same level of protection that exists in countries in the European Economic Area. Your consent is voluntary, and you may revoke your consent by opting out at any time. Please note that if you opt-out, we may no longer be able to provide you our services. You consent to us sharing your personal data with relevant persons working for service providers who assist us to provide our services. If you have enabled cookies on your web browser, you consent to our use of cookies as described in this privacy policy.

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