Golf Network's Privacy Policy

Golf Network's Privacy Policy is designed to help you understand how we collect and use the personal information you decide to share, and help you make informed decisions when using Golf Network and its directly associated domains (collectively, "Golf Network" or "Website")

By using or accessing Golf Network, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy.

Golf Network is a licensee of the TRUSTe Privacy Programme. TRUSTe is an independent, non-profit organisation whose mission is to build user trust and confidence in the Internet by promoting the use of fair information practices. This privacy statement covers the site and its directly associated domains. Because this Website wants to demonstrate its commitment to your privacy, it has agreed to disclose its information practices and have its privacy practices reviewed for compliance by TRUSTe.

If you have questions regarding this statement, please contact us. If you do not receive acknowledgement of your enquiry or your enquiry has not been satisfactorily addressed, you should contact TRUSTe Watchdog at http://www.truste.org/consumers/watchdog_complaint.php. TRUSTe will then serve as a liaison with us to resolve your concerns.



The information we collect

When you visit Golf Network you provide us with two types of information: personal information you knowingly choose to disclose that is collected by us and Website use information collected by us as you interact with our Website.

When you register with Golf Network, you provide us with certain personal information, such as your name, your email address, your telephone number, your address, your gender, schools attended and any other personal or preference information that you provide to us.

When you enter Golf Network, we collect your browser type and IP address. This information is gathered for all Golf Network visitors. In addition, we store certain information from your browser using 'cookies'. A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's computer tied to information about the user. We use session ID cookies to confirm that users are logged in. These cookies terminate once the user closes the browser. By default, we use a persistent cookie that stores your login ID (but not your password) to make it easier for you to log in when you come back to Golf Network. You can remove or block this cookie using the settings in your browser if you want to disable this convenience feature.

When you use Golf Network, you may set up your personal Profile, form relationships, send messages, perform searches and queries, form groups, set up events, add applications and transmit information through various channels. We collect this information so that we can provide you the service and offer personalised features. In most cases, we retain it so that, for instance, you can return to view prior messages you have sent or easily see your friend list. When you update information, we usually keep a back-up copy of the prior version for a reasonable period of time to enable reversion to the prior version of that information.

You post User Content (as defined in the Golf Network Terms and conditions) on the Site at your own risk. Although we allow you to set privacy options that limit access to your pages, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. We cannot control the actions of other Users with whom you may choose to share your pages and information. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that User Content you post on the Site will not be viewed by unauthorised persons. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the Site. You understand and acknowledge that, even after removal, copies of User Content may remain viewable in cached and archived pages or if other Users have copied or stored your User Content.

Any improper collection or misuse of information provided on Golf Network is a violation of the Golf Network Terms of Service and should be reported through the Help Centre.

If you choose to use our invitation service to tell a friend about our site, we will ask you for information needed to send the invitation, such as your friend's email address. We will send your friend an email or instant message in your name inviting him or her to visit the site, and may send up to two reminders to them. Golf Network stores this information to send invitations and reminders, to register a friend connection if your invitation is accepted, to allow you to see invitations you have sent and to track the success of our referral program. Your friend may contact us through the Help Centre to request that we remove this information from our database.

Golf Network may also collect information about you from other sources, such as newspapers, blogs, instant messaging services and other users of the Golf Network service through the operation of the service (e.g. photo tags) in order to provide you with more useful information and a more personalised experience.

By using Golf Network, you are consenting to have your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States.



Use of information obtained by Golf Network

When you register with Golf Network, you create your own profile and privacy settings. Your Profile information, as well as your name, email address and photo, are displayed to people in the networks specified in your privacy settings to enable you to connect with people on Golf Network. We may occasionally use your name and email address to send you notifications regarding new services offered by Golf Network that we think you may find valuable.

Profile information is used by Golf Network primarily to be presented back to and edited by you when you access the service and to be presented to others permitted to view that information by your privacy settings. In some cases where your privacy settings permit it (e.g. posting to your Wall), other Golf Network users may be able to supplement your Profile.

The Profile information that you submit to Golf Network will be available to users of Golf Network who belong to at least one of the networks you allow to access the information through your privacy settings (e.g. school, university, geography, friends of friends). Your name, network names and Profile picture thumbnail will be available in search results across the Golf Network network and those limited pieces of information may be made available to third-party search engines. This is primarily so your friends can find you and send a friend request. People who see your name in searches, however, will not be able to access your Profile information unless they have a relationship to you (friend, friend of friend, member of your networks etc.) that allows such access based on your privacy settings.

Golf Network may send you service-related announcements from time to time through the general operation of the service. For instance, if a friend sends you a new message or poke, or someone posts on your Wall, you may receive an email alerting you to that fact.

Generally, you may opt out of such emails through the Notifications page, though Golf Network reserves the right to send you notices about your account even if you opt out of all voluntary email notifications.

Golf Network may use information in your Profile without identifying you as an individual to third parties. We do this for purposes such as aggregating how many people in a network like a band or film and personalising advertisements and promotions so that we can provide you with Golf Network. We believe this benefits you. You can know more about the world around you and, where there are advertisements, they're more likely to be interesting to you. For example, if you put a favourite film in your profile, we might serve you an advertisement highlighting a screening of a similar film where you live. But we don't tell the film company who you are.

We may use information about you that we collect from other sources, including but not limited to newspapers and Internet sources such as blogs, instant messaging services, Golf Network Platform developers and other users of Golf Network, to supplement your Profile. Where such information is used, we generally allow you to specify in your privacy settings that you do not want this to be done or to take other actions that limit the connection of this information to your Profile (e.g. removing photo tag links).



Sharing your information with third parties

Golf Network is about sharing information with others — friends and people in your networks — while providing you with privacy settings that restrict other users from accessing your information. We allow you to choose the information you provide to friends and networks through Golf Network. Our network architecture and your privacy settings allow you to make informed choices about who has access to your information. We do not provide contact information to third-party marketers without your permission. We share your information with third parties only in limited circumstances where we believe such sharing is 1) reasonably necessary to offer the service, 2) legally required or 3) permitted by you. For example:

  • Your News Feed and Wall may aggregate the information you provide and make it available to your friends and network members according to your privacy settings. You may set your preferences for your News Feed and Wall on your Privacy Settings page.
  • Unlike most sites on the web, Golf Network limits access to site information by third-party search engine "crawlers" (e.g. Google, Yahoo, Live Search, Ask). Golf Network takes action to block access by these engines to personal information beyond your name, Profile picture and limited aggregated data about your Profile (e.g. number of Wall postings).
  • We may provide information to service providers to help us bring you the services we offer. Specifically, we may use third parties to facilitate our business, such as to host the service at a co-location facility for servers, to send out email updates about Golf Network, to remove repetitive information from our user lists, to process payments for products or services, to offer an online job application process, or to provide search results or links (including sponsored links). In connection with these offerings and business operations, our service providers may have access to your personal information for use for a limited time in connection with these business activities. Where we utilise third parties for the processing of any personal information, we implement reasonable contractual and technical protections limiting the use of that information to the Golf Network-specified purposes.
  • If you, your friends or members of your network use any third-party applications developed using the Golf Network Platform ("Platform Applications"), those Platform Applications may access and share certain information about you with others in accordance with your privacy settings. You may opt out of any sharing of certain or all information through Platform Applications on the Privacy settings page. In addition, third-party developers who have created and operate Platform Applications ("Platform Developers"), may also have access to your personal information (excluding your contact information) if you permit Platform Applications to access your data. Before allowing any Platform Developer to make any Platform Application available to you, Golf Network requires the Platform Developer to enter into an agreement which, among other things, requires them to respect your privacy settings and strictly limits their collection, use and storage of your information. However, while we have undertaken contractual and technical steps to restrict possible misuse of such information by such Platform Developers, we of course cannot and do not guarantee that all Platform Developers will abide by such agreements. Please note that Golf Network does not screen or approve Platform Developers and cannot control how such Platform Developers use any personal information that they may obtain in connection with Platform Applications. In addition, Platform Developers may require you to sign up to their own terms of service, privacy policies or other policies, which may give them additional rights or impose additional obligations on you, so please make sure that you review these terms and policies carefully before using any Platform Application. You can report any suspected misuse of information through the Golf Network Platform and we will investigate any such claim and take appropriate action against the Platform Developer up to and including terminating their participation in the Golf Network Platform and/or other formal legal action.
  • We occasionally provide demonstration accounts that allow non-users a glimpse into the Golf Network world. Such accounts have only limited capabilities (e.g. messaging is disabled) and passwords are changed regularly to limit possible misuse.
  • We may be required to disclose user information pursuant to lawful requests, such as subpoenas or court orders, or in compliance with applicable laws. We do not reveal information until we have a good faith belief that an information request by law enforcement or private litigants meets applicable legal standards. Additionally, we may share account or other information when we believe it is necessary to comply with law, to protect our interests or property, to prevent fraud or other illegal activity perpetrated through the Golf Network service or using the Golf Network name, or to prevent imminent bodily harm. This may include sharing information with other companies, lawyers, agents or government agencies.
  • We let you choose to share information with marketers or electronic commerce providers through on-site offers.
  • We may offer shops or provide services jointly with other companies on Golf Network. You can tell when another company is involved in any shop or service provided on Golf Network, and we may share customer information with that company in connection with your use of that shop or service.
  • Golf Network Beacon is a means of sharing actions you have taken on third-party sites, such as when you make a purchase or post a review, with your friends on Golf Network. In order to provide you as a Golf Network user with clear disclosure of the activity information being collected on third-party sites and potentially shared with your friends on Golf Network, we collect certain information from that site and present it to you after you have completed an action on that site. You have the choice to tell Golf Network whether to discard that information or to share it with your friends.
    Like many other websites that interact with third-party sites, we may receive some information even if you are logged out from Golf Network or that pertains to non-Golf Network users, from those sites in conjunction with the technical operation of the system. In cases where Golf Network receives information on users that are not logged in or on non-Golf Network users, we do not attempt to associate it with individual Golf Network accounts and will discard it.
  • If the ownership of all or substantially all of the Golf Network business, or individual business units owned by Golf Network, Inc., were to change, your user information may be transferred to the new owner so the service can continue operations. In any such transfer of information, your user information would remain subject to the promises made in any pre-existing Privacy Policy.

When you use Golf Network, certain information you post or share with third parties (e.g. a friend or someone in your network), such as personal information, comments, messages, photos, videos, Marketplace listings or other information, may be shared with other users in accordance with the privacy settings you select. All such sharing of information is done at your own risk. Please keep in mind that if you disclose personal information in your Profile or when posting comments, messages, photos, videos, Marketplace listings or other items, this information may become publicly available.



Links

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



Third party advertising

Advertisements that appear on Golf Network are sometimes delivered (or "served") directly to users by third-party advertisers. They automatically receive your IP address when this happens. These third-party advertisers may also download cookies to your computer or use other technologies such as JavaScript and "web beacons" (also known as "1x1 gifs") to measure the effectiveness of their adverts and to personalise advertising content. Doing this allows the advertising network to recognise your computer each time they send you an advertisement in order to measure the effectiveness of their adverts and to personalise advertising content. In this way, they may compile information about where individuals using your computer or browser saw their advertisements and determine which advertisements are clicked. Golf Network does not have access to or control of the cookies that may be placed by the third-party advertisers. Third-party advertisers have no access to your contact information stored on Golf Network unless you choose to share it with them.

This privacy policy covers the use of cookies by Golf Network and does not cover the use of cookies or other tracking technologies by any of its advertisers.



Changing or removing information

Access and control over most personal information on Golf Network is readily available through the Profile editing tools. Golf Network users may modify or delete any of their Profile information at any time by logging into their account. Information will be updated immediately. Individuals who wish to deactivate their Golf Network account may do so on the My Account page. Removed information may persist in back-up copies for a reasonable period of time but will not be generally available to members of Golf Network.

Where you make use of the communication features of the service to share information with other individuals on Golf Network, however, (e.g. sending a personal message to another Golf Network user) you generally cannot remove such communications.



Security

Golf Network takes appropriate precautions to protect our users' information. Your account information is located on a secure server behind a firewall. When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card number or your password), we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). (To learn more about SSL, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_Sockets_Layer). Because email and instant messaging are not recognised as secure communications, we request that you do not send private information to us by email or instant messaging services. If you have any questions about the security of Golf Network Website, please contact us through the Help Centre.



Terms of Use, notices and revisions

Your use of Golf Network, and any disputes arising from it, is subject to this Privacy Policy as well as our Terms of Use and all of its dispute resolution provisions including arbitration, limitation on damages and choice of law. We reserve the right to change our Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use at any time. Non-material changes and clarifications will take effect immediately, and material changes will take effect within 30 days of their posting on this site. If we make changes, we will post them and will indicate at the top of this page the policy's new effective date. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by email or through notice on our home page. We encourage you to refer to this policy on an ongoing basis so that you understand our current privacy policy. Unless stated otherwise, our current privacy policy applies to all information that we have about you and your account.