Statement of Privacy

SOCRATIC MOBILE FORUM, an online community operated and managed by Paradigm Sample, Inc., is committed to protecting your privacy. The SOCRATIC MOBILE FORUM Statement of Privacy outlined below applies to the Web site, mobile site, Web surveys, mobile surveys, and other supporting panel Web and mobile sites produced and maintained by IdeaShifters.
This statement will notify you of the following:

  • Privacy Commitment and Philosophy
  • Collection of Personal Information
  • Usage and Sharing of Personal Information
  • Affiliation with Online Privacy Organizations
  • Usage of Cookies
  • Member Services and Opt-Out Policy
  • Security of Personal Information
  • Other Pertinent Information

 If you have questions regarding this statement, please email support@ideashifters.com.

Privacy Commitment and Philosophy
Paradigm Sample, Inc. is a market research firm specializing in online and mobile research techniques and online panel development and management. Privacy and confidentiality of your personal information is our priority.
Our surveys are conducted for market research purposes only. All of our research studies report information in aggregate form (i.e., information about groups, not individuals). No one will ever attempt to sell you anything as a direct result of your participation in one of our surveys. All individual information provided is held strictly confidential.

Collection of Personal Information

To join SOCRATIC MOBILE FORUM, we invite you to complete a brief registration survey that gathers some personal information about you. We ask that you provide your name and email address so that we can send you email invitations to participate in surveys. The additional personal information we gather during registration (which may include your employment status, household income, gender, smartphone brand and model, etc.) is to assist us in providing you with opportunities to complete surveys that are relevant and interesting to you.

We may also collect information about your computer hardware and software (if applicable). This information may include (among other things) your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times, and referring Web site addresses. This information is used by Paradigm Sample for the operation of our Web and mobile sites and services, to maintain quality of our services, and to provide general statistics regarding use of our sites and services.

If you participate in the registration survey and elect not to join the IdeaShifters community, the only information we will preserve is your email address for the purposes of contacting you if you are eligible to receive a survey incentive (e.g., you are a prize drawing winner). We will remind you no more than twice, by email, if you have registered but not yet opted in. Unless you opt-in to join IdeaShifters, we will not contact you for any other reason.

Usage and Sharing of Personal Information
SOCRATIC MOBILE FORUM member information is stored in our proprietary database and used to deliver invitations to surveys. If Paradigm Sample believes your profile makes you a potential candidate for a particular study, we may send you an email invitation to make you aware of the survey opportunity. Paradigm Sample may also use your personally identifiable information to inform you of new survey technologies and other IdeaShifters services.

Paradigm Sample may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to Paradigm Sample, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

Paradigm Sample may also share your personal (but non-identifiable) data with our clients who request this information for use in aggregate analysis. For example, Paradigm Sample may provide a client with data collected from a recent survey, with variables such as age, household income, or gender from the registration survey appended to the file. This is primarily designed to save our panelists time and effort, so they do not need to re-answer these questions on each and every survey. These appended data, however, will never include personally identifiable information such as your full name, mailing address, or email address.

Paradigm Sample will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on Paradigm Sample; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of Paradigm Sample; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of Paradigm Sample, its Web and mobile sites and services, or the public.


Affiliation with Online Privacy Organizations


IMRO
Paradigm Sample adheres to the Interactive Marketing Research Organization (IMRO) Code of Ethics. We have implemented the Code of Ethics as a means of achieving and implementing ethical research practices. Over and above normal standards of research, our professional activities shall be conducted with particular respect for the individual's right to privacy, both in terms of confidentiality of information collected during the marketing research process and the right to be free from unsolicited and unwanted contact (e.g., spam). To learn more about IMRO, please visit www.imro.org.

COPPA

We are committed to protecting your child's privacy online and our practices are in full compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), as regulated by the FTC. This means that Paradigm Sample does not conduct research with minors under the age of 13 without a statement of permission from the parents or guardians. To learn more about COPPA, please visit http://www.ftc.gov/ogc/coppa1.htm.

Usage of Cookies
A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk (desktop, laptop, or mobile device) by a Web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide you a convenience feature that will save you time. For example, if you register with IdeaShifters, a cookie could be used to help the site recall your specific information and/or preferences on subsequent visits. Then, when you access the site in the future, the information previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the IdeaShifters features you customized on your previous visit. While some IdeaShifters site features require use of cookies, you always have the option to disable cookies while registering or completing a survey without affecting your participation.

Member Services and Opt-Out Policy

SOCRATIC MOBILE FORUM provides you with a Member Services area of our Web or mobile site, where you may correct or update your membership information, or opt out (i.e., unsubscribe or remove yourself) from the community. Instructions on how to unsubscribe from SOCRATIC MOBILE FORUM are also available at the bottom of each email invitation sent to community members. If you are a community member and delete your membership, your active membership status and profile information will be removed from our database. Please note that in some cases it may take two to three business days for your information to be completely removed from our records.

When a user elects to use our Refer a Friend or Colleague service to inform a friend or business associate about IdeaShifters, we ask for the friend's name and email address. IdeaShifters automatically sends the referral an email invitation to visit the site. Paradigm Sample stores this contact information for the sole purpose of sending this one time email. The friend may contact IdeaShifters to request the removal of this information from our database.

Security of Personal Information

IdeaShifters takes strict measures to ensure every aspect of your information is kept secure, protecting your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment. Access to all personal information is restricted and limited to a few key personnel. Paradigm Sample will never ask you for private information such as your credit card number as part of our research. Your profile information is highly confidential and will be used only by IdeaShifters to email you information about our studies, reward notifications, and other information relevant to your panel membership.

Other Pertinent Information

Notification of Changes
Paradigm Sample will notify you directly if there are ever any material changes in our privacy policy practices. We will take all possible measures to obtain your consent if the information we collect from you is going to be used in a different manner than stated at the time of registration. Any changes in our privacy statement will be posted 30 days prior to that change.


Business Transfers
As we continue to develop our business, we might sell or buy additional assets. In such transactions, Paradigm Sample's right to contact its community members and the information you have voluntarily provided in your user profile would generally be considered transferred business assets. Any sale or transfer of Paradigm Sample or substantially all of its business assets, which included our community, would be to an entity that agreed to comply with all of the material terms of our privacy policy.

Contact Information
Paradigm Sample welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that Paradigm Sample has not adhered to this Statement, please contact Paradigm Sample by telephone, email, or postal mail.

Paradigm Sample, Inc.
130 Shore Road Suite #159
Port Washington, NY 11050
support@ideashifters.com

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