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Startupbusiness Privacy Policy



Startupbusiness network is a web platform aimed to start-ups and spin-offs, investors, universities, institutions, incubators, research centres, science and technological parks, companies. Startupbusiness aims to stimulate and support relationships, matching, deals, share of informations among the main actors of the innovation ecosystem, bypassing any kind of physical, geographical and structural barrier.

Like all social network, Startupbusiness allows member to communicate in different ways (via blog, forum, video, mailing, calendar) in order to disseminate news and knowledge that can be relevant to all and to create culture of innovation and business. The activities of members within the network is very important because it promotes the growth of the total value of the network and the value of each user and its relations system.

According to Startupbusiness nature and tasks, being part of Startupbusiness Network means sharing information about yourself with the other members of the community.

Here are the main types of information on Startupbusiness network:

  • information about yourself, including your profile and your contributions to discussions on Startupbusiness Groups, Answers, or other community features Startupbusiness may offer. You have control over what you share, and you can update information at any time;

  • communications, including one-to-one communications, in-groups communications, and communications is public discussion. You decide how much you wish to communicate to individuals or groups.

  • private activities, including how you use the tools you can privately use on Startupbusiness (i.e. searching, or adding notes to your connections information.) These actions and information are private and we don't share or distribute them to others on the website.

We adopt the following principles to protect your privacy:

  • we do not rent, sell, or otherwise provide your personally identifiable information to parties for marketing purposes;

  • we do not share any information you have chosen not to display on your Startupbusiness profile to other parties, unless compelled by law, or as necessary to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Startupbusiness, its users, and the public.

  • all information that you provide will be protected with industry standard protocols and technology.

We reserve the right to modify this Privacy Policy at any time, so please review it frequently. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by email, or by means of a notice on our home page. By continuing to use the Startupbusiness service after notice of changes has been sent to you or published on the Startupbusiness website, you are consenting to the changes.

Please read this policy and send us questions, concerns and suggestions at the contacts you can find at http://www.startupbusiness.it/contatti .

Startupbusiness’s Privacy Policy Covers:

  • 1. information collected by Startupbusiness;

  • 2. your consent for Startupbusiness processing of your information;

  • 3. how Startupbusiness uses your personal information;

  • 4. your rights as a user of Startupbusiness;

  • 5. your obligations as a user of Startupbusiness;

  • 6. norms as to changes in this Privacy Policy;

  • 7. information about security;

  • 8. how to contact us.

1. Personal Information Collected by Startupbusiness

Mission of Startupbusiness is to encourage the connections between the actors of the Italian ecosystem of innovation. In order to do so, Startupbusiness makes services available through our website, letting professionals develop, maintain and enhance a network of contacts, bypassing any kind of physical, geographical and structural barrier that obstruct a direct linkage between those who develop and offer innovation, and those who are able to support start-ups and their entrance in the market.

By joining Startupbusiness network, you voluntarily and willingly provide us certain information, including personally identifiable information, which we collect in order to provide our services. If you have any hesitation about providing information to us or having your information displayed on the Startupbusiness website or otherwise used in any manner permitted in this Privacy Policy and the user Agreement, you should not become a member of the Startupbusiness community; and, if you are already a member, you should close your account.

We collect your personal information in the following ways:

  • when you create your account

    in order to become a user, you must provide us the following information to create an account: name, email address, country, and password. Like other passwords, you should choose one that is known only by you. You acknowledge that this information is personal to you, and by creating an account on Startupbusiness, you allow others, including Startupbusiness, to identify you;

  • after your registration, when you add further profile information

    once you become a user, you may provide additional information in the Profile section describing your skills, professional experiences, educational background, group memberships, and networking objectives. Providing additional information about yourself beyond what is minimally required at registration is entirely up to you, but providing additional information enables you to derive more benefit from Startupbusiness and your professional network by helping you build and leverage your professional network and facilitating your search for professional resources, information, and new opportunities. Any information you provide at registration or in the Profile section may be used by Startupbusiness as described in this Privacy Policy, including for the purpose of serving advertisements through the service. If you decide not to share certain information, you may not receive the full benefit of being a Startupbusiness user.

  • when you add information about your contacts

    in order to connect with others on Startupbusiness, you may use the services to send invitations either to their Startupbusiness profiles or email addresses if they are not users; names and email addresses of people whom you invite will be used to send your invitations as well as to allow Startupbusiness to help expand your network; when you send an invitation to connect to another user, that user will have access to some of your persona information, hence you may not invite anyone you do not know and trust to connect with you; by providing email addresses or other information of non-users to Startupbusiness, you represent that you have authority to do so, and subject all information you enter about your contacts under this Privacy Policy;

  • when you stay online on our website, as to the way you use our services

    Startupbusiness can collect information about the fact that you use certain features and functionality of our website, interact with third party applications, click on ads, or participate in initiatives like polling and surveys on Startupbusiness.

  • when you stay online on our website, through cookies

    like most websites, Startupbusiness use cookies and log files to track site usage and trends, to improve the quality of our service, to customize user's experience on our website, as well as to deliver third-party advertising to users both on and off the Startupbusiness site; a cookie is a tiny data file that resides on your computer, mobile phone, or other device, and allows us to recognize you as a user when you return to the Startupbusiness website using the same computer and web browser; you can remove or block cookies using the settings in your browser, but in some cases that may impact your ability to use Startupbusiness; in the course of serving advertisements or optimizing the services to our users, we may allow authorized third parties to use information collected through cookie which, although will not allow you to be personally identifiable, may provide general information about your profile (i.e. your industry or geography, career field, or information about your professional or educational background) in order to give you a better customization of your user experience as a user;

  • when you stay online on our website, through log-files or other means

    due to the communications standards on the internet, when you visit the Startupbusiness website we automatically receive the URL of the site from which you came and the site to which you are going when you leave Startupbusiness; Startupbusiness also receives the internet protocol IP address of your computer (or the proxy server you use to access the World Wide Web), your computer operating system and type of web browser you are using, email patterns, mobile device operating system (if you are accessing Startupbusiness using a mobile device), as well as the name of your ISP or your mobile carrier; Startupbusiness use this information to analyse overall trends to help improve the service; the linkage between your IP address and your personally identifiable information is not shared with third parties without your permission, except as described at the end of section 3 of this Privacy Policy, as to the “compliance with legal process”.

2. Your consent for Startupbusiness processing of your information

The information you provide to Startupbusiness may reveal, or allow others to identify, your nationality, gender, age, geography, or other aspects of your private life. By providing information to us for the purposes of creating your user account or adding any additional details to your Startupbusiness profile, you are expressly and voluntarily accepting the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy that allow Startupbusiness to process information about you.

Supplying information to Startupbusiness, including any information deemed “sensitive” by applicable law, is entirely voluntary on your part. You have the right to withdraw your consent to Startupbusiness’s collection and processing of your information at any time, in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Policy and the user Agreement, by changing your Settings, or by closing your account, but please note that your withdrawal of consent will not be retroactive.

3. How Startupbusiness uses your personal information

By giving us your consent for Startupbusiness processing of your information, you allow us to effectuate operations such as:

  • sending you communications

    Startupbusiness will communicate with you through email and notices posted on the Startupbusiness website, messages to your Startupbusiness inbox, or through other means available through the service; we may send you a series of emails that help inform you about the features of our services, and the functioning of the these; we may also send you messages with promotional information directly or on behalf of our partners, unless you have opted out of receiving promotional information from Startupbusiness; 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 changing your account settings – while you cannot prevent Startupbusiness to send you service messages;

  • allowing you to send communications to other users

    some communications you initiate through Startupbusiness (i.e. an invitation sent to a non-user of the network) will list some of your personal information, such as your primary email address and your name, as well as aggregate information about your network (i.e. how many people are in your network), but will not list the people to whom you’re directly connected; other communications that you initiate through the Startupbusiness website will list your name as the initiator but will not include your personal email address contact information; generally your contact information will only be shared with another user if both of you have indicated that you would like to establish contact with each other;

  • offering you, basing on information you provide us, customized content

    we use information you provided to us (or to third parties with whom it offers combined services) in order to customize your experience on our website (i.e. when you login to your account, we will display recent updates from users you are connected to;)

  • sharing information you provide us with third parties

    Startupbusiness takes the privacy of our users very seriously, and that is why we do not sell, rent, or otherwise provide your personally identifiable information to third parties for marketing purposes; we only share your personally identifiable information with third parties to carry out your instructions or to provide our services or when compelled by law, or as necessary to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Startupbusiness, its users, and the public; instead we may provide aggregated anonymous data about the usage of the services to third parties for purposes that we deem, in our sole discretion, to be appropriate (i.e. we provide information to prospective advertisers on Startupbusiness;)

  • sending you polls and surveys

    Startupbusiness, Startupbusiness users or third parties we allow to do so, can carry out polls and surveys you may be invited to participate as a user; your selection may be random, or may be based on your non-personally identifiable information (i.e. job title, geography, company size and/or industry) and whether or not you decide to participate in a poll or survey is completely up to you; after you complete a poll, you will be given access to the aggregate responses of the poll on a results page; some third parties may target advertisements to you on the results page based on your answers in the poll; furthermore, Startupbusiness or third parties may follow up with you via in-mail service of Startupbusiness regarding your participation; we will not disclose any personally identifiable information to any third parties in connection with the conduct of any polls or surveys; your consent to use any personally identifiable information for the purposes set forth in the poll or survey will be explicitly requested by the party conducting it;

  • allow you to do searches within our network

    Startupbusiness offer search services to help you find information within our network; Startupbusiness makes effort to allow its user find other actors of the innovation ecosystem, collaboration opportunities, as well as user contributions to some aspects of the Startupbusiness community (i.e. “groups”, which help users to use Startupbusiness in a effective way, as well as to expand their network); we use information from user profiles and contributions to “groups” to inform and refine our search service;

  • allow you to send answers, join and create new groups, managing blogs, and other services

    if you participate in Startupbusiness “groups”, or chose to create or manage a blog, you should be aware that any personally identifiable information you choose to provide there can be read, collected, or used by other users of the community, as well as platform developers and other third parties, and could be used to send you messages, even unsolicited; Startupbusiness is not responsible for the information you choose to submit in these forums;

  • allow you to provide testimonials about our services, or place adv about external activities

    if you provide any testimonials about the Startupbusiness services or place advertisements through our network, we may post those testimonials and examples of advertisements you place in connection with our promotion of these services to third parties; testimonials and advertisements may include your name and other personal information that you have provided;

  • send you advertisements based on the info you provided us

    in order to guarantee services we freely offer to our users, as well as to offer them a more interesting and useful experience, Startupbusiness provides its advertisements and allow third parts to place their advs on our website; advertising on Startupbusiness site may be sent to user selected as fitting a specific profile, or based on anonymous information derived from the user profile (i.e. sector, income bracket, or other information on your private life) as well as the usage of Startupbusiness by the user; Startupbusiness do not provide, in any case, personally identifiable information to third parties.

As far as the compliance with legal process is concerned, it is possible that we may need to disclose personal information, profile information and/or information about your activities as a Startupbusiness user when required by subpoena or other legal process, or if Startupbusiness has a good faith belief that disclosure is necessary to:

  • investigate, prevent or take action regarding suspected or actual illegal activities or to assist government enforcement agencies;

  • investigate and defend ourselves against any third party claims or allegations, or to protect the security or integrity of our site;

  • exercise or protect the rights, property or personal safety of Startupbusiness, our users, employees, or others.

We may also disclose your personal information and other information you provide to another third party as part of a reorganization or a sale of the assets of Startupbusiness Srl, a subsidiary or division. Any third party to which Startupbusiness transfers or sells Startupbusiness’s assets will have the right to continue to use the personal and other information that you provide to us.

4. Your rights as a user of Startupbusiness

As a user of Startupbusiness, you have a right to access, modify, correct and eliminate the data you supplied to Startupbusiness. If you update any of your information, we may keep a copy of the information that you originally provided to us in our archives for uses documented in this policy. You may request deletion of your information at any time by contacting us through the contacts you can find at the page http://www.startupbusiness.it/contatti/ .

To be more precise, concering:

  • your access to and your changes to your account information

    you can review the personal information you provided to us and make any desired changes to the information you publish, or to the settings for your Startupbusiness account including your email and contact preferences, at any time by logging in to your account on the Startupbusiness website; even after your request for a change is processed, Startupbusiness may, for a time, retain residual information about you in its backup and/or archival copies of its database;

  • the default settings

    we have established what we believe to be a reasonable default settings in order to fit the desies of the actors of the innovation ecosystem (i.e. Startupbusiness accounts are defaulted to allow users to be contacted to participate in polls, surveys and partner advertising.) We encourage our users to review their account settings and adjust them in accordance with their preferences;

  • closing your account

    if you close your Startupbusiness account, we will remove your name and other personally identifiable information from our publicly viewable database, and have no obligation to retain your information, therefore we may delete any or all of your account information without liability; however, we may retain certain data contributed by you if Startupbusiness believes 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 if required by law; Startupbusiness may also retain and use your information if necessary to provide the services to other users (i.e. information you have shared with others, or that other users have copied, may also remain visible;) Startupbusiness 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; Startupbusiness does not control when search engines update their cache, which may contain certain public profile information that has since been removed from Startupbusiness’s publicly viewable database;

  • memorializing accounts

    if we learn that a user is deceased, we may memorialize the user’s account, restrict profile access, and close it if we receive a formal request from the user’s next of kin or other proper legal request to do so;

5. Your obligations as a user of Startupbusiness;

As a user of Startupbusiness, you have certain obligations to other users. Some of these obligations are imposed by applicable law and regulations, while others have become commonplace in user-friendly communities of like-minded members such as Startupbusiness:

  • you must, at all times, respect the terms and conditions of the this Privacy Policy, as well as all intellectual property rights that may belong to third parties (such as trademarks or photographs;)

  • you must not download or otherwise disseminate any information that may be deemed to be injurious, violent, offensive, racist or xenophobic, or which may otherwise violate the purpose and spirit of Startupbusiness and its community of users;

  • you must not provide to Startupbusiness and/or other users information that you believe might be injurious or detrimental to your person or to your professional or social status;

  • you must keep your access information (i.e. your password) confidential and not share it with others.

Any violation of these guidelines may lead to the restriction, suspension or termination of your account at the sole discretion of Startupbusiness.

6. Norms as to changes in this Privacy Policy

We may update this Privacy Policy at any time, with or without advance notice. In the event there are significant changes in the way we treat your personally identifiable information, or in the Privacy Policy document itself, we will display a notice on the Startupbusiness website or send you an email, in the terms provided in the sections above. Unless stated otherwise, our current Privacy Policy applies to all information that Startupbusiness has about you and your account.

Using the Startupbusiness services after a notice of changes has been sent to you or published on our site shall constitute consent to the changed terms or practices.

7. Information about security

In order to help secure your personal information, access to your data on Startupbusiness is password-protected, and sensitive data is protected by encryption system when it is exchanged between your web browser and the Startupbusiness website.

To protect any data you store on our servers, Startupbusiness also regularly check its system for possible vulnerabilities and attacks. However, since the internet is not a 100% secure environment, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to Startupbusiness. There is no guarantee that information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards. It is your responsibility to protect the security of your login information.

Please note that emails, instant messaging, and similar means of communication with other users of Startupbusiness are not encrypted, and we strongly advise you not to communicate any confidential information through these means.

8. How to contact us.

If you have questions or comments about this Privacy Policy, please email us at the contacts you can find at the page:

http://www.startupbusiness.it/contatti/ .

Startupbusiness Srl

Via I Maggio, 62

24060, Brusaporto (BG, Italy)

phone: +39 035 666 6380

 



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Startupbusiness è, dal 2008, il punto di riferimento dell’ecosistema italiano dell’innovazione che si fa impresa, offrendo informazione, contenuti, servizi, connettendo la community italiana delle startup e il mondo degli investitori e dell’industria.
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