1. COLLECTION OF INFORMATION:
We receive a variety of information (including Personal Information) about you when you visit the Treetle Website or avail of Treetle Services, either as a general User or as a Member, Administrator, Co-administrator, Organizer or Co-organizer of a Club or Event on Treetle.
Information that we collect from you will vary depending upon the activity you seek to engage in and may include (but not be limited to) your name, email address, mobile number, date of birth, and location and shall constitute your Personal Information. In addition, we may collect demographic information such as gender, information about your computer, hardware, software, platform, media, Internet Protocol (IP) address and connection, information about online activity such as feature usage and click paths, and other data that you may provide in surveys or online profiles. We may combine demographic information with Personal Information to tailor our offerings or web pages to your preferences or interests.
We may use your contact information to update you of our Services from time to time in addition to posting relevant advertisements so as to ensure that you have a more useful and positive experience.
We collect your Personal Information in the following ways:
Content provided by you:
Using the Treetle Website and its features and/or applications:
URLs, IP addresses and other information about your computer and other devices used to access Treetle:
Information collected by Third Parties/Advertisement companies/Ad Networks:
Customer Queries and Requests
When you create an account with Treetle you will be required to provide us with your e-mail address, first and last name, gender, location, date of birth and a password. To become a "Verified User", you will be required to provide us with your mobile number.
We assure you that your password, which constitutes the most sensitive Personal Information, will be secure and no third party shall have access to it except you and Treetle. Additionally, for the benefit of the Treetle community, certain user information will constitute "Public Information" (i.e., information which is always in the public domain and includes the information you choose to make public) for the purposes of this Policy and will be displayed on your profile page at all times and shall also appear in search results.These include, your first and last name, gender, profile picture, city, activities and interests, friend list, and club memberships.
You may choose to provide other information (including Personal Information) on your Treetle profile, or in the course of any Club activities or through the use of any other Services, including but not limited to, name, e-mail address, physical address, pictures, interests/hobbies, skills and abilities, educational qualifications, vocational experiences, objectives, etc. We may use this information to make appropriate suggestions and recommendations with regard to Clubs, Events, other activities, site applications, and other features that best suit your interests and likings and also deliver targeted advertisements so that you can make the most of Treetle's Services. This additional information over and above what is essentially required for you to be able to utilize Treetle's Services is entirely optional and Treetle shall not be held responsible for such information. You may access your Treetle account and use our Services even without providing such additional information; however, it is then possible that you may not be able to avail of certain Services and functionalities of Treetle.
We automatically receive certain data and information when you visit our Website or use any of our Services. This information includes the URL of the site you came from and the site you will be going to when you leave Treetle, the Internet Protocol ("IP") address of your computer or the proxy server you use to access the Internet. Treetle also receives information about your browser and computer operating system. In addition to the above, if you use Treetle Services from your mobile device, Treetle obtains information and details about your mobile device, your mobile operating systems and mobile carrier. If your mobile device is GPS configured we may also receive specific information about your location and whereabouts.
In addition when you click on any advertisement or any third party links on the Treetle Website such advertisers and third parties also receive the URL of the webpage you were on before you clicked on the said advertisement or link.
The use of this information however is consistent with the guidelines laid out in this document. We reiterate that we maintain complete User privacy and your Personal Information is not shared with our advertising partners and/or third parties without your express consent, or except as specified in this document.
When you access your Treetle account, we implant one or more cookies on your computer or any other device you use to interact with the Website. A cookie is nothing but a data file (extremely small in size) that gets stored on the system and allows us to determine and recognize you when you log in to the Website on another occasion from the same computer, mobile or other device. The cookie facilitates your use and access of the Treetle Website and it also helps us in collecting information about your activity on Treetle such as the nature of your search activities, the pages you visit, the Clubs and Events you browse, the Events you follow, etc. Most computer systems are configured to allow cookies, however, you may delete or block these cookies by modifying your browser settings. In addition you may also customize the browser settings and instruct your systems to prompt you before accepting a cookie sent to your computer. However, please note that if you choose to disable these cookies, it may affect or impact your ability to use Treetle. Treetle may use both "persistent" and "session" cookies to track the trend and pattern of usage of our Website, to improve the nature and quality of our Services and features, and to provide more personalized services.
In order to support our business, we allow companies and service providers to display their advertisements and promotional messages on our Website. In addition to the general advertisements that are exhibited on our Website we also direct certain advertisements towards specific Users on the basis of their User profiles and other information provided (such as hobbies, vocation, gender, demographics, nationality, etc.). These advertising companies may use tracking tools in the form of cookies and web beacons to collect information and conduct a survey about Users who view or interact with their advertisements. This information assists the companies to gauge their standing in the market and also enables them to evaluate the effectiveness and the progress of their advertisements. In addition it also allows these companies to select their target advertising audience they can direct their product commercials at.
In addition Treetle also makes available a variety of services that are hosted by third parties or platform/service developers in the form of blogs, polls, contests, competitions, games, etc., to provide you with a unique social experience. These services may place cookies on your computer and collect information such as your IP address, browser details, etc.
We do not however, provide these companies or service providers with your Personal Information.
We are also not responsible or liable for usage of Personal Information or any other information you voluntarily provide to a third party. We recommend that you exercise utmost caution in not only the nature but also the extent of information you share with third parties.
The Services offered by Treetle enable you to not only connect and network with existing Users and Members of the site but also facilitates your objective of expanding your existing network by inviting friends and other people you may know who are not existing Users or Members, to join Treetle. You may send an invitation using Treetle's Services to the email addresses of people who are not registered with Treetle. Treetle will use the names and email addresses of people you wish to invite to send invitations and a maximum number of 3 (three) reminders. In addition Treetle may also send the names and profile pictures of the User's contacts/friends and other people who the person receiving the invitation might know on Treetle along with information that has been made available by User and the User's contacts/friends to be viewed by friends or everyone.
Please note that when you send an invitation to an existing User or a Member, such Users will have access to your name and profile picture, as well as other information that Treetle construes as Public Information, or other information made available by you to be viewed by your contacts/friends, as the invitation request will contain these details.
We also receive your Personal Information when you post inquiries and requests on our Website and use it to write back to you with our response. In addition we also receive your information if any other User or Member lodges a complaint against you for anything posted or shared by you on our Website or for any offensive or lewd behaviour and other unauthorised use of our Services. This information is collected and used by us to curb such indecent activities and to ensure our Users a clean environment.
2. USE OF INFORMATION
Treetle uses the information collected about and from you to determine usage trends and patterns of its Users/Members that would enable us to upgrade and improve the Website and Services and also to provide more customized Services to you. By creating an account on Treetle you expressly agree to the use of your information by Treetle as detailed in this document or as required by law.
We use the information received and collected by us in the following manner:
Your activity and interaction on the Treetle Website:
Treetle's communications with its Users/Members
Communications with other Users and Club Members:
Other Services from Treetle
Sharing Information with third parties
Treetle Service Developers and Vendors
Third-Party Links and Websites
Compliance with the legal process
Usage of non-identifiable data and information
Disclosures of Information to Others as a Result of a Change in Control or Sale of Treetle's assets.
The main objective of Treetle is to provide you a platform where you can share or distribute information and other data, by creating Clubs and Events, sending invitations to Users to join Clubs and Events, posting comments and opinions on the public areas of the Website and through other applications and Services. The nature of the Website and its Services is to share information disclosed by the Users, to garner more utility for the Users. Thus by using the Services offered by Treetle you acknowledge that the information you share on the Website will be deemed Public Information and will always be available for viewing on your Treetle account or other public areas of the Website if such information is posted/shared therein.
Treetle may use various options available to communicate with you whether it is to inform you about new features or Services, and to answer your queries and complaints or for other purposes. Treetle may interact with you through e-mails, notice broadcasts on the Treetle Website, messages sent to your Treetle inbox, mobile text messages and other means of communication. In addition, shortly after signing in you may receive emails from Treetle containing details of the features offered by Treetle and a basic guide on how the same can be used. We may also either directly or through our service providers/vendors send you service related messages, updates and information. You cannot opt out of receiving these service related message and updates.
Many correspondences and conversations you initiate through Treetle will feature some of your information such as name/username, email address, profile picture, information regarding the number of contacts in your personal network, name and certain details about the Clubs and/or Events you have initiated or organised, name and details of Clubs that you are a member of, the Events you have participated in and may also provide other aggregate information about your network. These details will also appear when any User/Member conducts a general search on the Website if the key words used correspond to your account information. Treetle allows you to regulate the amount of information you want displayed in the search results by editing your account settings. However, your Public Information will always appear in these results. In addition all the contributions made by you on the Treetle Website in the form of information, data, pictures, comments, opinions posted/shared on the Treetle Website will be deemed to be Public Information and the same can be viewed by Treetle Users. In addition other Club Members and other Users can view all posts and other interactions by you as a Member of a Club or as a participant at an Event whether or not they feature in your list of personal contacts.
We will also use your information to provide customized Services to you to enhance your User experience. For this purpose, we may display the details of contacts you have recently added to your network, upcoming Events you may want to be a part of and Clubs that cater to your interests.
Treetle does not sell, rent or otherwise provide Personal Information of its Users/Members to third parties except as expressly provided in this document, or if the Users/Members have given us their consent and permission.
In addition your contributions in the form of comments, opinions, views and discussions on any page on Treetle, which are open to all Users for discussion, may appear along with your User name in search engine results.
The information provided by you on Treetle be it profile information or the information you post, share on the public areas of the Treetle Website or through the use of our Services, including applications and other features may be accessible and made public through syndication programs and by search engines using spider and other crawlers, metasearch tools, metacrawlers and other similar programs and software.
Treetle allows third parties and vendors to develop and offer services, features and functionalities on the Treetle Website in conjunction with Treetle. These Services may be provided by third parties, vendors, service developers in the form of hosting Clubs and other Services on the Treetle Website to promote or propagate their products or services or advertise their brand in general or in the form of providing unique services in the form of applications, games and other features to ensure you have a fulfilling networking experience.
However, Treetle is not responsible for the Personal Information and other data provided by you during Events/meetings/gatherings/get-together/conferences/conventions organised by third parties/vendors and the User consequently releases Treetle of any obligation with respect to such information.
As a part of the Services, Treetle offers a search option (the Search Box) which helps you find information and details about other Users, Clubs, Events, Club Members, Club organizers, Co-organizers, etc. This search option enables you to locate Users, Clubs and discover Treetle Services that best suit your interests. The main objective of the Treetle search is to ensure adequate and productive use of the Treetle Website. We track and log the information you search in order to provide you with personalised services in the form of relevant advertisements, friends/contacts, Club and Event suggestions, etc. We use the information you provide on your profile, your contributions to Clubs, Club activities and Events, to reply to search queries and also refine our search service.
We compile your non-identifiable information and data to provide you better personalized services. Hence when you join a Club or Club Events or activities, or regularly use particular applications, or interact and visit certain websites through the links provided on the Treetle Website, or respond to certain types of advertisement or to an advertisement of a particular brand or company, we record and put together this data along with other information we already have about you. This data is then aggregated and we use the same to make suggestions about the applications, Clubs, Events and other Services which suit your need and interests. We also provide this aggregated data to third parties and vendors who host Clubs on the Treetle Website, developers of services and applications, advertisers and investors for the purpose of conducting general business study and analysis. This data acts as feedback for these third parties as they can then evaluate User response to their Services and product advertisements which enables them to make improvements in their marketing and advertising strategies. Treetle assures you that this data is supplied to the third parties only after removing any Personal Information or by merging the data with that of others in a manner that is no longer associated with an individual User.
3. MEMORIALIZING ACCOUNTS
We may memorialize the account of deceased Users and restrict the account access to allow only family or personal friends/contacts to view their profiles and other Personal Information as well as write posts on the deceased's personal/profile page in their remembrance. We may also make certain features and functionalities of the account defunct, for instance messaging and mailing, access to various Clubs, ability to send or receive invitations to Clubs or Events and other features we may deem appropriate in the given context. To inform Treetle of the demise of any User, please e-mail us at email@example.com. We may also delete the deceased person's User account from Treetle on receiving a formal application/request from the User's next of kin or on receiving legal instructions from any legal/quasi legal authority.
4. MODIFICATION/CHANGES TO YOUR INFORMATION AND DELETION OF ACCOUNT
Treetle allows you to make changes and modifications, add and delete certain information provided by you and associated with your account/profile. The Treetle Website makes available various tools that can be utilised by you to make changes/amendments and updates/revisions to your profile information.
You can choose to temporarily deactivate your account on Treetle. If you choose to deactivate your account, your profile will no longer be available for viewing by the other Users or Members but all your information including Personal Information will remain in Treetles. It is our suggestion that if wish to discontinue using our Services only temporarily you deactivate your account instead of deleting it as you can always reactivate it as and when you desire to resume using our Services.
5. USERS OBLIGATIONS
You agree that you have the following obligations towards other Users with respect to your on-site conduct. We expect you to observe these to ensure a healthy and harmonious use of Treetle's Services. Some of these obligations are a result of legal requirements whereas some are practices adopted by other like-minded communities and sites:
You must at all times respect the person and property of other Treetle Users and must not download or otherwise distribute/share/publish any information on the website that may be deemed to be licentious, defamatory, injurious, violent, offensive, racist or xenophobic, or which may otherwise violate the spirit of Treetle and its community of Users.
You should refrain from publishing or sharing on the Treetle Website any information which in your opinion or belief might adversely affect or have a detrimental impact on the personal, professional or social status of any User.
You must safeguard your password and other login details and Treetle is not responsible if the same reaches the hands of any third party or unauthorised person due to any recklessness or fault on your part. We recommend that you do not share your User name and password with any third party. However, if you do, you agree to do it at your own risk.
Any violation or non-observance of these obligations may lead to the restriction, suspension or termination of your account at the sole discretion of Treetle.
6. POLICY TOWARDS CHILDREN
Treetle does not allow the use of its Services by children under the age of 18 nor does it deliberately or knowingly collect or solicit Personal Information from children under the said age. If Treetle becomes aware that a child under the specified age has provided us with Personal Information whether sensitive or non-sensitive, identifiable or non-identifiable, Treetle will take all necessary and immediate steps to deactivate his/her profile.
In order to protect your Personal Information and keep it secure, access to your User account on Treetle is password-protected, and sensitive data (such as credit card information) is protected by SSL encryption when it is exchanged between your web browser and the Treetle Website. However, it is your absolute duty and responsibility to secure the protection of your login information. Treetle also undertakes all reasonable and appropriate technical and administrative safeguards to ensure the security of your Personal Information. For this purpose, Treetle examines and appraises its system for possible vulnerabilities/weaknesses, system loopholes and attacks on a regular basis. However, Treetle cannot provide a 100% warranty or security of the Personal information you post/share on our Website as the Internet does not provide the safest of environments and suffers from numerous vulnerabilities. There is no guarantee that information you provide may not be accessed, disclosed, modified, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or organisational measures. We also recommend and advise you to refrain from sharing any confidential, classified and private information through e-mails, instant messaging, and like means of communication with other Users of Treetle as these forms of communication are not encrypted.