Empowr Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy covers how Empowr treats your personal information that it collects when you access or use the Empowr Network. This Privacy Policy also covers Empowr's treatment of any personally identifiable information that its business partners, users, Third Party Providers and other parties share with Empowr. This policy does not apply to the practices of companies that Empowr does not own or control.

Please read this Privacy Policy carefully so that you can make an informed decision about using and accessing the Empowr Network. INFORMATION PROVIDED BY YOU AND COLLECTED ABOUT YOU MAY BE MADE PUBLICLY AVAILABLY EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT PROHIBITED BY LAW. By using or accessing the Empowr Network, you consent to the information collection and use practices described herein.

The definitions set forth in the Empowr Terms of Service shall have the same meanings herein this Privacy Policy.

1. Introduction

Empowr is meant for users to provide information to develop, retain, and expand connections, intelligence and targeted Services from information provided by and through your use of the Empowr Network. Empowr works to fulfill this mission by developing smart algorithms, technology and services that help you, your connections, and millions of users worldwide meet, exchange ideas, content, applications, find opportunities, and meet new friends and contacts.

Being part of the Empowr Network means sharing information about you with other users, communicating with them and being communicated with. By default, your Account is set up to share the information that Empowr has found the majority of its users are interested in sharing. However, you may decide whether you want to share, or not share some of this information by editing your profile and share settings.

A. No information from users under 18

If you are under age 18, please do not attempt to register, access, or download for any Services offered on, through or by the Empowr Network or provide any personal information about yourself. Empowr does not intend to collect, retain, or use any personal information about users under age 18 and will act to delete that information as quickly as possible upon receiving actual notice of such information. If you believe that Empowr might have any information from a person under age 18, please contact Empowr at support@empowr.com.

2. Information Collection

Empowr collects personally identifiable information when you access or register for an Account, when you use or purchase certain products or services offered by or through the Empowr Network, and when you visit web pages hosted on the Empowr Network. Empowr may also receive personally identifiable information from third parties, including but not limited to Third Party Providers.

Empowr also collects your information in the following ways:

A. Information you provide to us:

B. Customer Service

Empowr may also collect information through the Empowr Network or through your interactions with Empowr customer service in order to, among other things, accurately categorize and respond to customer inquiries and investigate breaches of the Terms of Service or to maintain the integrity of the Empowr community and the Services.

C. Site Usage, IP addresses, Cookies & Advertising

D. Linked Accounts and Services

If you link your Empowr Account to another account or service, or use other, third-party sites or services in conjunction with your Empowr Account, or provide Empowr your login credentials for other third-party sites or services, Empowr may collect information related to your use of third party sites and services accessed through or by the Empowr Network or when you access the Empowr Network through a third-party site or service.

E. Third Party Providers, Platform Developers and Platform Applications

Empowr does not own or operate the applications, services, content, images, data or websites that you purchase and use through the Empowr Network offered by Third Party Providers including but not limited to Platform Developers, advertisers, and blog content providers (such as blogs, games, videos and utilities). Whenever you connect with a Platform Application, service, content, image, data or website offered by Third Party Providers, Empowr may receive information from them, including information about actions you take. In some cases, in order to personalize the process of connecting, Empowr may receive a limited amount of information even before you connect with said service.

Empowr may have programs, or commence programs, with advertisers, Third Party Partners and other websites in which they share information with Empowr. For example, Empowr may ask advertisers how Empowr users responded to the ads showed them on the Empowr Network and other sites on the world wide web (and for comparison purposes, how other users who didn't see the ads acted on their site). This data sharing, commonly known as “conversion tracking,” helps Empowr measure advertising effectiveness and improve the quality of the advertisements you see.

F. Other Users

Empowr may receive information, data, and images about and of you from other users. Empowr may collect information about you from other users, such as, but not limited to, when a friend tags you in a photo, video, or place, provides friend details, or indicates a relationship with you.

G. Information About Your Rights

You have a right to access, modify, correct and eliminate the data you supplied to Empowr. If you update any of your information, Empowr may, but is not required to, keep a copy of the information that you originally provided in its archives. You may request deletion of your information at any time by contacting Empowr customer service at support@empowr.com. Empowr will respond to your request within 30 days or such time as is prescribed by law.

3. Information Sharing and Disclosure

A. Consent

The information you provide to Empowr may reveal, or allow others to identify, your nationality, ethnic origin, religion, gender, age, geography, or other aspects of your private life. By providing information to Empowr for the purposes of creating, modifying, or supplementing your Account or adding any additional details to your profile, you expressly and voluntarily accept the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy and Terms of Service that allow Empowr to collect, retain, and use information about you. Supplying information to Empowr, including any information deemed “sensitive” by applicable law, is entirely voluntary on your part. You have the right to withdraw your consent to Empowr's collection and processing of your information at any time, in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, by editing your Profile, changing your personal settings, or by closing your Account, but please note that your withdrawal of consent will not be retroactive.

B. Empowr Network Communications

Empowr will communicate with you through email and notices posted on the Empowr Network, messages to your Account inbox, or through other means available through the Services, including text messages. Empowr may also send you email advising you about the features of the Services, service messages, or promotional information directly or on behalf of Empowr partners, unless you have opted out of receiving such promotional information.

You can change your e-mail and contact preferences at any time by logging into your account and changing your settings related to your email notification choices. If you wish, you can also opt-out of receiving promotional emails by sending a request to support@empowr.com or by using the unsubscription mechanism in any email sent to you by Empowr.

Please be aware that you cannot opt-out of receiving non-commercial service messages from Empowr. If you wish to stop receiving such messages, You must terminate your Account. Also, if Empowr sends communications to you via a mobile carrier service, and fees apply under your mobile plan, you understand you will pay any service fees associated with your receipt of messages on your mobile device (including text messaging charges).

C. User Communications

Some of the communications you initiate through the Empowr Network, including but not limited to Invitations, may list your email address, profile, display name and given name in the header, subject line, message body, and reply to field. Messages you initiate may also provide information about your profile, connections, preferences, interests and information.

D. Customized Content

Empowr uses information to customize your experience on the Empowr Network. For example, when you login to your Account, Empowr may display the names of users you may know or recent status updates from your connections.

E. Sharing Information with Third Parties

Empowr will not sell or rent your personally identifiable information to anyone other than as specifically noted herein. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Empowr may sell and/or transfer your personally identifiable information to an affiliate or subsidiary or to any successor-in-interest as a result of a sale of any part of the Empowr Network or business or upon the merger, reorganization or consolidation of Empowr with another entity.

Empowr may provide personally identifiable information about you to other companies or people when:

Empowr may also provide aggregated anonymous data about its users' usage of the Services to third parties for purposes that Empowr deems, in its sole discretion, to be appropriate, including to prospective advertisers on the Empowr Network.

Empowr also offers a “public profile” feature that allows users to publish portions of their profile to the public internet such as your name, profile picture, and connections. This public profile is what a third party search engine may display when someone searches for your name, blog, or specific term displayed on your public profile. Such “public profile” information may, for example, be indexed by third party search engines, and be imported, exported, distributed, and redistributed by Empowr and others without privacy limitations. Such information may also be associated with you, including your name and profile picture, even outside of the Empowr Network, such as on public search engines and when you visit other sites on the internet. The default privacy setting for certain types of information you post on the Empowr Network is “public profile.” Users may opt-out of this feature by deleting their account or editing what is displayed; however, Empowr does not warrant how often third-party search engines update their caches, which may contain outdated public profile information.

By default, Empowr makes certain information you have posted to your profile available in search results on the Empowr Network to help your other users find you. However, you can control who can see some of this information, as well as who can find you in searches, through your privacy settings. Empowr also partners with email and instant messaging providers to help their users identify which of their contacts are on the Empowr Network, so that Empowr can promote the Empowr Network to those users.

F. Working with Third Parties to Offer Services.

Empowr collaborates with Third Party Providers to offer services and functionality on and through the Empowr Network. If you choose to use or access a Third Party Provider service, content, or application (“TPP Service”) you may be asked to confirm acceptance of the privacy policy and/or user agreement of that Third Party Provider, which have not necessarily been reviewed or approved by Empowr. It is your choice whether or not to access, make use of, or proceed under any Third Party Provider terms.

When you connect with a TPP Service it may have access to some information about you including your and your connections' names, profile pictures, gender, user IDs, connections, purchasing trends, usage trends, and any content shared using the “public profile” setting. Empowr may also make information about the location of your computer or access device and your age available to Third Party Providers in order to help them implement appropriate security measures and control the distribution of age-appropriate content.

Please also note that because of Empowr's relationship with certain Third Party Providers, permission to access certain account information may be automatically granted to provide the combined services or functionality.

To revoke permission granted to a Third Party Provider at any time, please visit the settings page. If the relevant Third Party Provider is not listed, contact the Third Party Provider directly to delete your subscription with them. Note, however, that even if you revoke the permission granted to a Third Party Provider, your connections, other members of your network, or other users of the Empowr Network may still be using the TPP Service, so the TPP Service may still have access to certain information about you, just as those users do. That is why it is important to only connect to users you know and trust. To report any suspected misuse of information, contact Empowr customer service at support@empowr.com. Empowr is not responsible for your use of or your inability to make use of any TPP Service, including the content, accuracy, or reliability of the service and the privacy practices or other policies of Third Party Providers.

In addition, in order to provide you with useful social experiences off of the Empowr Network, Empowr may occasionally need to provide some information about you to third party websites and applications that use the Empowr Network at the time you visit them (if you are still logged in to the Empowr Network). Similarly, when one of your friends visits such website or application, it may receive general information about you so you and your friend can be connected on that website as well (if you also have an account with that website).

G. When your connections use the Empowr Network

If your friend connects with an application, TPP Service or service, it will be able to access your name, profile picture, gender, user ID, and information you have shared on you “public profile.” It will also be able to access your connections, except it may not be able to access your friend list. If you have already connected with (or have a separate account with) that application, TPP Service or service, it may also be able to connect you with your friend on that application, TPP Service or service. If the application, TPP Service or service wants to access any of your other content or information (including your friend list), it will have to obtain specific permission from your friend. If your friend grants specific permission to the application, TPP Service or service, it will generally only be able to access content and information about you that your friend can access. In addition, it will only be allowed to use that content and information in connection with that friend. For example, if a friend gives an application access to a video you only shared with your friends, that application could allow your friend to view or print the video, but the application cannot show that video to anyone else.

Empowr provides you with a number of tools to control how your information is shared when your friend connects with an application, TPP Service or service. For example, you can use your privacy setting to limit some of the information your friends can access and you can delete your account. You can also disconnect from a friend if you are uncomfortable with how they are using your information.

H. Export or Syncing Information

You (and those you make your information available to) may use tools like RSS feeds, mobile phone address sync tools, address book applications, or copy and paste functions, to capture, export (and in some cases, import) information from your Empowr Network account, including your information and information about you. For example, if you share your phone number or photos with your friends, they may use third party applications to sync that information with the address book or photo album on their mobile phone or pc desktop.

I. Search

Empowr offers search services to help find information and learn more about other users (for example, you can search for users with that like biking), as well as find desirable services and applications. Empowr uses information from your profile, contributions to services, applications, connections, location and other criteria about you to inform others about you and refine what results are shown to you.

J. Blogs, Wall Posts, and other Community Applications

If you post on a blog, wall, and other community application section of the Empowr Network, participate in voting, or selecting the designation of “like or dislike” about certain features/elements, you should be aware that any personally identifiable information you choose to provide there can be read, collected, or used by other users of these services, as well as other third parties, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages.

K. Testimonials

If you provide any testimonials about the Services or place advertisements on the Empowr Network, Empowr may publish those testimonials and examples of advertisements you place in connection with its promotion of these services on the Empowr Network and related promotion materials. Testimonials and advertisements may include your name and other personal information that you have provided.

4. Information You Share

A. Name and Profile Picture

The Empowr Network is designed to make it easy for you to find and connect with others. For this reason, your name and profile picture will always be part of your “public profile.” If you are uncomfortable with sharing your profile picture, you should delete it (or not add one).

B. Gender and Birth Date

In addition to name and email address, Empowr requires you to provide your gender and birth date. Empowr asks for your date of birth to verify that you are 18 or older. Because your date of birth and gender are required, you cannot delete them.

C. Other Information

Some of the content you share and the actions you take will show up on your friends' home pages and other pages they visit. You should also remember the following:

5. How Information is Used by Empowr

Empowr uses the information collected about its users to optimize, customize and enhance a better, safer, more intelligent, efficient, and customized experience. Here are some of the ways Empowr accomplishes that objective:

A. To Make Suggestions

Empowr uses your profile information, the addresses you import through the contact importer tools and other relevant information such as communications and usage history, to help you connect with people you may know, including making suggestions to you and other users that you connect with or suggest applications and services that might be of interest to you. For example, if another user imports the same email address as you do, Empowr may suggest that you connect with each other.

B. Make the Service Safer

Empowr uses information collected to provide the Services, to measure and improve the Services, and to provide you with customer support. Empowr also uses a variety of technological systems to detect and address undesirable activity and abuse such as spam. These efforts may on occasion result in a temporary or permanent suspension or termination of some functions for some users.

C. To Supplement Your Profile

Empowr may use information collected about you to create a starter profile or to enhance or supplement your profile (e.g. if you are tagged in a video or photo). In such cases Empowr may provide you the ability to remove the information (e.g. allowing you to remove the tagged photo) or modify its visibility on your profile.

D. To Help Connect You with Connections

Empowr allows other users to use contact information they have about you, such as your name and email address, to find you, including through contact importer tools and search.

6. Your Information Options

A. Editing your profile.

You may change or remove your profile information at any time by going to your profile page and clicking “Edit My Profile.” Information will be updated immediately.

B. Delete Uploaded Contacts

If you use the Empowr contact importer tool to upload addresses, you can later request invitations and reminders not be sent by you to your friends by contacting Empowr at support@empowr.com.

C. Deleting Your Account

If you want to stop using your account you may contact Empowr at support@empowr.com.

D. Limitations on removal.

If you close your Account, Empowr will remove your name and other personally identifiable information from being publicly viewable. If you close your Account, Empowr has no obligation to retain your information, and may delete any or all of your Account information without liability. However, Empowr may retain certain data contributed by you if Empowr determines it may be necessary to prevent fraud or future abuse, or for legitimate business purposes, such as analysis of aggregated, non-personally identifiable data, account recovery, or as required by law. Empowr may also retain and use your information if necessary to provide the Services to other users. For example, just as an email you may send to another person through an email service provider resides in that person's inbox even after you delete it from your sent files or close your account, actions you've taken on the Empowr Network such as wall posts you made, or photos you shared with other users, as well as your contributions to other Services and Platform Applications, may remain visible to others after you have closed your account. Similarly, other information that was otherwise distributed pursuant to your privacy settings, you have shared with others or other users have copied, may also remain visible. Empowr disclaims any liability in relation to the deletion or retention (subject to the terms herein) of information or any obligation not to delete the information. Empowr does not control when search engines update their cache, which may contain certain public profile information that has since been removed from the Empowr Network publicly viewable database.

If you have given third party applications or websites access to your information, they may retain your information to the extent permitted under their terms of service or privacy policies.

E. Non-user contact information.

If a user provides your email address to Empowr, and you are not a user of the Empowr Network but you want Empowr to delete your address, you can do so by contacting Empowr customer service at support@empowr.com. However, that request will only apply to addresses Empowr has at the time of the request and not to any addresses that users provide later.

F. Memorializing Accounts

If Empowr learns that a user is deceased, Empowr may memorialize the user's account. In these cases Empowr may restrict profile access, remove messaging functionality, and close an account upon receipt of a formal request from the user's next of kin or other proper legal request to do so.

7. How Empowr Protects Information

Risks are inherent in sharing information. Although Empowr allows you to set privacy options that limit access to your information, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. Empowr cannot control the actions of other users with whom you share your information, nor the general public. Empowr cannot guarantee that only authorized persons will view your information. Empowr cannot ensure that information you share on or through the Empowr Network, including but not limited to information shared on or through Third Party Provider services, will not become publicly available. Empowr is not responsible for third party circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures on the Empowr Network. You can reduce these risks by using common sense security practices such as choosing a strong password, using different passwords for different services, and using up-to-date antivirus software. Also, always log off your Account and close your browser window each time you have finished visiting Empowr so others cannot access your Account, especially if you are sharing a computer or using a computer in a public venue.

8. Section Titles

The section titles in this Privacy Policy are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect.

9. Privacy Policy Changes

Empowr may amend this policy from time to time, in its discretion. If Empowr makes any substantial changes in the terms of this policy, Empowr will notify you by posting the changes here on these Privacy Policy pages. Accessing the Empowr Network or using the Services after a notice of changes has been sent to you or published on the website shall constitute your consent to the changed terms or practices.

If you have more questions or comments, please send your feedback at: support@empowr.com.

10. Empowr Contact Information

You may contact Empowr by mail at
501 West Broadway, Suite A182
San Diego, CA 92101

11. Opting-Out of Empowr Email List

At the bottom of every email sent from Empowr, there is the following sentence "To stop receiving messages from Empowr, click here." Click on the link and it will redirect you to the Opt-Out page. Then follow the instructions on this page and you will be removed from the Empowr email list.