Privacy Policy

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Privacy Policy

design3’s Privacy Policy

Date of last revision: 10/22/12

We want to earn your trust by being transparent about how design3, owned and operated by Applications Developers Alliance, works on the web site www.design3.com.

Design3 has been awarded TRUSTe's Privacy Seal signifying that this privacy policy and practices have been reviewed by TRUSTe for compliance with TRUSTe's program requirements including transparency, accountability and choice regarding the collection and use of your personal information. The TRUSTe program covers only information that is collected through this web site www.design3.com. TRUSTe's mission, as an independent third party, is to accelerate online trust among consumers and organizations globally through its leading privacy Trustmark and innovative trust solutions. If you have questions or complaints regarding our privacy policy or practices, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If you are not satisfied with our response you can contact TRUSTe here.

You should read this policy in its entirety but should pay particular attention to these four highlights:

  • design3 is designed to make it easy for you to share your information with anyone you want. You decide how much information you feel comfortable sharing on design3. You should review the default privacy settings and change them if necessary to reflect your preferences. You should also consider your settings whenever you share information.
  • design3 is not just a website. It is also a service for sharing your information on design3-enhanced applications and websites and to and with the Application Developers Alliance (“Alliance”) the premier trade association representing app developers and its members. You can also limit how your friends share your information with applications through your privacy settings.
  • Certain categories of information such as your name, profile photo, list of friends and pages you are a fan of, gender, geographic region, and networks you belong to are considered publicly available to everyone, including design3-enhanced applications, and therefore do not have privacy settings.  
  • design3 and the Alliance allow advertisers to select characteristics of users they want to show their advertisements to and we use the information we have collected to serve those advertisements.

This policy contains eight sections, and you can jump to each by selecting the links below:

1. Introduction

Questions. If you have any questions or concerns about our privacy policy, contact our privacy team through this help page help. You may also contact us by mail at design3, 2450 17th Ave. STE #125, Santa Cruz, CA 95062.

Scope. This privacy policy covers all of design3. It does not, however, apply to entities that design3 does not own or control, such as design3-enhanced applications and websites. By using or accessing design3, you agree to our privacy practices outlined here as well as those of the Alliance as stated in the Alliance Privacy Policy [insert hyperlink to Alliance Privacy Policy].

No information from children under age 13. If you are under age 13, please do not attempt to register for design3 or provide any personal information about yourself to us. If we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from a child under age 13, please contact us.


2. Information We Receive

Information you provide to us:

Personal information. When you sign up for design3 you provide us with your name, email, gender, email address, billing information (credit card), company name, if any, and telephone number. During the registration process we give you the opportunity to provide additional profile information, such as where you went to school and where you work, and to add a picture of yourself, to help your friends connect with you. In some cases we may ask for additional information for security reasons or to provide specific services to you. Once you register you can visit your profile at any time to add or remove personal information about yourself. You can add basic information about yourself, such as information about your hometown, family, relationships, and your political and religious views. You can also add other information about yourself including your activities, interests, contact information, as well as more information about your education and job history. 

Content. One of the primary reasons people use design3 is to share content with others. Examples include when you update your status, upload or take a photo, upload or record a video, share a link, create an event or a group, make a comment, write something on someone’s Wall, write a note, or send someone a message. 

Transactional Information. We may retain the details of transactions or payments you make on design3. However, we will only keep your payment source account number with your consent.

Friend Information. We offer contact importer tools to help you upload your friends’ addresses so that you can find your friends on design3, and invite your contacts who do not have design3 accounts to join. If you give us your password to retrieve those contacts, we will not store your password after you have uploaded your contacts’ information.

Location Information. When you share your location with others or add a location to something you post, we treat that like any other content you post (for example, it is subject to your privacy settings). If we offer a service that supports this type of location sharing we will present you with an opt-in choice of whether you want to participate.

Information we collect when you interact with design3:

Site activity information. We keep track of the actions you take on design3, such as adding a friend, becoming a fan of a design3 Page, joining a group or an event, creating a photo album, sending a gift, poking another user, indicating you “like” a post, attending an event, or authorizing an application. In some cases you are also taking an action when you provide information or content to us. For example, if you share a video, in addition to storing the actual content you uploaded, we might log the fact you shared it. 

Access Device and Browser Information. When you access design3 from a computer, mobile phone, or other device, we may collect information from that device about your browser type, location, and IP address, as well as the pages you navigate from, if any, including the referring URL before accessing design3’s web page or those you visit after leaving design 3’s website.

Cookie Information. We use "cookies" (small pieces of data we store for an extended period of time on your computer, mobile phone, or other device) to make design3 easier to use, to make our advertising better, and to protect both you and design3. For example, we use them to store your login ID (but never your password) to make it easier for you to login whenever you come back to design3. We also use them to confirm that you are logged into design3, and to know when you are interacting with design3 platform applications and websites, our widgets and Share buttons, and our advertisements. You can remove or block cookies using the settings in your browser, but in some cases that may impact your ability to use design3. 

This Privacy Policy covers the use of the tracking technologies by design3 cover the use of the tracking technologies used by design3 at www.design3.com only and does not cover the use of cookies by any 3rd party. The use of cookies by our partners, affiliates, tracking utility company, service providers is not covered by our privacy statement. We do not have access or control over these cookies. Our partners, affiliates, tracking utility company, service providers use session ID cookies to make it easier for you to navigate our site. The Alliance Privacy Policy covers the use of the tracking technologies by the Alliance at on www., only and does not cover the use of cookies by any 3rd party.

Information from other websites. We may institute programs with advertising partners and other websites in which they share information with us: 

- We may ask advertisers to tell us how our users responded to the ads we showed them (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 us measure our advertising effectiveness and improve the quality of the advertisements you see.

- We may receive information about whether or not you’ve seen or interacted with certain ads on other sites in order to measure the effectiveness of those ads. 

If in any of these cases we receive data that we do not already have, we will “anonymize” it within 180 days, meaning we will stop associating the information with any particular user. If we institute these programs, we will only use the information in the ways we explain in the “How We Use Your Information” section below.

Information from other users. We may collect information about you from other design3 users, such as when a friend tags you in a photo or video, provides friend details, or indicates a relationship with you. You can limit who can see that you have been tagged in a photo or video – which we refer to as photos or videos “of me” – in your privacy settings.

3. Information You Share With Other Users

We take steps to ensure that others use information that you share on design3 in a manner consistent with your privacy settings, but we cannot guarantee that they will follow our rules. Read the following section to learn more about how you can protect yourself when you share information with third parties.

Sharing information on design3. We designed our privacy settings to enable you to control how you share your information on design3. You should review the default privacy settings to make sure they reflect your preferences. Here are some specific things to remember when sharing information on design3:

- Unless you opt out of membership, information you share on design3 will be shared with the Alliance and its members. 

- Certain categories of information such as your name, profile photo, list of friends and pages you are a fan of, gender, geographic region, and networks you belong to are considered publicly available, and therefore do not have privacy settings. 

- Some of the content you share and the actions you take will show up on your friends’ home pages and other pages they visit.

- Even after you remove information from your profile or delete your account, copies of that information may remain viewable elsewhere to the extent it has been shared with others, it was otherwise distributed pursuant to your privacy settings, or it was copied or stored by other users. Pursuant to the Alliance Privacy Policy, the Alliance aims to ensure that any Personal Data held by the Alliance is accurate. You may update, delete or amend your Personal Data held by the Alliance by changing your member profile information on the site(s) for which you have registered as a member or by contacting the Alliance at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

- You understand that information might be re-shared or copied by other users.

- Certain types of communications that you send to other users cannot be removed, such as messages.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. offers publicly accessible blogs or community forums. You should be aware that any information you provide in these areas may be read, collected, and used by others who access them. To request removal of your personal information from our blog or community forum, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why.

- If you use an external source to publish information to design3 (such as a mobile application or a Connect site), you should check the privacy setting for that post, as it is set by that external source.

“Everyone” Privacy Setting. Information set to “everyone” is publicly available information, may be accessed by everyone on the Internet (including people not logged into design3), is subject to indexing by third party search engines, may be associated with you outside of design3 (such as when you visit other sites on the internet), and may be imported and exported by us and others without privacy limitations. The default privacy setting for certain types of information you post on design3 is set to “everyone.” You can review and change the default settings in your privacy settings. If you delete “everyone” content that you posted on design3, we will remove it from your design3 profile, but have no control over its use outside of design3.

Exporting Information. You (and those you make your information available to) may use tools like RSS feeds, mobile phone address books, or copy and paste functions, to capture and export information from design3, including your information and information about you.

Advertisements. Sometimes the advertisers who present ads on design3 use technological methods to measure the effectiveness of their ads and to personalize advertising content. You may opt-out of the placement of cookies by many of these advertisers by clicking here. You may also use your browser cookie settings to limit or prevent the placement of cookies by advertising networks. 

Links. When you click on links on design3 you may leave our site. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites, and we encourage you to read their privacy statements.

4. How We Use Your Information

We use the information we collect to try to provide a safe, efficient, and customized experience. Here are some of the details on how we do that:

To manage the service. We use the information we collect to provide our services and features to you, to measure and improve those services and features, and to provide you with customer support. We use the information to prevent potentially illegal activities, and to enforce our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. For example, we ask for your date of birth to verify that you are over age 13 and so that we can better limit your access to content and advertisements that are not age appropriate. We also use a variety of technological systems to detect and address anomalous activity and screen content to prevent abuse such as spam. These efforts may on occasion result in a temporary or permanent suspension or termination of some functions for some users.

To contact you. We may contact you with service-related announcements from time to time. You may opt out of all communications except essential updates on your account notifications page. We may include content you see on design3 in the emails we send to you. We may also occasionally send news letters to our registered users. To unsubscribe from these newsletters please follow the directions in these emails.

To serve personalized advertising to you. We don’t share your information with advertisers without your consent. (An example of consent would be if you asked us to provide your shipping address to an advertiser to receive a free sample.) We allow advertisers to choose the characteristics of users who will see their advertisements and we may use any of the non-personally identifiable attributes we have collected (including information you may have decided not to show to other users, such as your birth year or other sensitive personal information or preferences) to select the appropriate audience for those advertisements. For example, we might use your interest in soccer to show you ads for soccer equipment, but we do not tell the soccer equipment company who you are. You can see the criteria advertisers may select by visiting our advertising page. Even though we do not share your information with advertisers without your consent, when you click on or otherwise interact with an advertisement there is a possibility that the advertiser may place a cookie in your browser and note that it meets the criteria they selected. 

To serve social ads. We occasionally pair advertisements we serve with relevant information we have about you and your friends to make advertisements more interesting and more tailored to you and your friends. For example, if you become a fan of a Page, we may display your name and profile photo next to an advertisement for that Page that is displayed to your friends. We only share the personally identifiable information visible in the social ad with the friend who can see the ad. You can opt out of having your information used in social ads on this help page.

To supplement your profile. We may use information about you that we collect from other design3 users to supplement your profile (such as when you are tagged in a photo or mentioned in a status update) or your member profile in the Alliance. In such cases we generally allow you to direct how that information is shared in your privacy settings or give you the ability to remove the content (such as allowing you to remove a photo tag of you) or limit its visibility on design3.

To make suggestions. We use your profile information, the addresses you import through our contact importers, and other relevant information, to help you connect with your friends, including making suggestions to you and other users that you connect with on design3. If you want to limit your visibility in suggestions we make to other people, you can adjust your search visibility privacy settings as you will only be visible in our suggestions to the extent you choose to be visible in public search listings. You may also block specific individual users from being suggested to you and you from being suggested to them.

To provide you benefits and opportunities as members of the Alliance. As a design3 account holder, unless you opt out, you are provided with membership in the Alliance a trade association dedicated to providing education and services to the app developer community around the world. We may use your profile information and other information obtained through your use of design3 to enhance services for members in the Alliance.

Downloadable Software. Certain downloadable software applications and applets that we offer, such as our browser toolbars and photo uploaders, transmit data to us. We may not make a formal disclosure if we believe our collection of and use of the information is the obvious purpose of the application, such as the fact that we receive photos when you use our photo uploader. If we believe it is not obvious that we are collecting or using such information, we will make a disclosure to you the first time you provide the information to us so that you can decide whether you want to use that feature.

Memorializing Accounts. If we are notified that a user is deceased, we may memorialize the user’s account. In such cases we restrict profile access to confirmed friends, and allow friends and family to write on the user’s Wall in remembrance. We may close an account if we receive a formal request from the user’s next of kin or other proper legal request to do so.

5. How We Share Information

design3 is about sharing information with others — friends and people in your networks — while providing you with privacy settings that you can use to restrict other users from accessing your information. We will share your personal information with third parties only in the ways that are described in this privacy policy. We share your information with third parties when we believe the sharing is permitted by you, reasonably necessary to offer our services, or when legally required to do so. For example:

When you make a payment. When you enter into transactions with others or make payments on design3, we will only share transaction information with those third parties necessary to complete the transaction and will require those third parties to agree to respect the privacy of your information. 

When you invite a friend to join. When you ask us to invite a friend to join design3, we will send your friend a one time message on your behalf using your name. If your friend does not want us to keep their information, we will remove it at their request on this help page.

When you choose to share your information with marketers. You may choose to share information with marketers or electronic commerce providers that are not associated with design3 through on-site offers. This is entirely at your discretion and we will not provide your information to these marketers without your consent.

To help your friends find you. By default, we make certain information you have posted to your profile available in search results on design3 to help your friends find you. However, you can control who has access to this information, as well as who can find you in searches, through your privacy settings. We also partner with email and instant messaging providers to help their users identify which of their contacts are design3 users, so that we can promote design3 to those users. 

To give search engines access to publicly available information. We generally limit search engines’ access to our site. We may allow them to access information set to the “everyone” setting and your public search listing (but you can turn off your public search listing in your privacy settings). 

To help improve or promote our service. Sometimes we share aggregated information with third parties to help improve or promote our service. But we only do so in such a way that no individual user can be identified or linked to any specific action or information.

To provide you with services. We may provide information to service providers that help us bring you the services we offer. For example, we may use third parties to help host our website, send out email updates about design3, remove repetitive information from our user lists, process payments, provide search results or links (including sponsored links), ship your order, or provide customer service. These service providers may have access to your personal information for use for a limited time, but when this occurs we implement reasonable contractual and technical protections to limit their use of that information to helping us provide the service. These companies are authorized to use your personal data only as necessary to provide these services to us.

To advertise our services. We may ask advertisers outside of design3 to display ads promoting our services. We may ask them to deliver those ads based on the presence of a cookie, but in doing so will not share any other information with the advertiser.

To offer joint services. We may provide services jointly with other companies, such as the classifieds service in the design3 Marketplace. If you use these services, we may share your information to facilitate that service. However, we will identify the partner and present the joint service provider’s privacy policy to you before you use that service.

To respond to legal requests and prevent harm. We may also disclose your personal data as required by law, such as to comply with a subpoena, or similar legal process, when we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, protect your safety or the safety of others, investigate fraud, or respond to a government request, to any other third party with your prior consent to do so.

Transfer in the Event of Sale or Change of Control. If the ownership of all or substantially all of our business changes, we may transfer your information to the new owner so that the service can continue to operate. In such a case, your information would remain subject to the promises made in any pre-existing Privacy Policy. You will be notified via email and/or a prominent notice on our Web site of any change in ownership or uses of your personal information, as well as any choices you may have regarding your personal information.

6. How You Can View, Change, or Remove Information

Viewing and editing your profile. You may change or delete your profile information at any time by going to your profile page and clicking “Edit My Profile” or you can email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Information will be updated immediately. You can use the setting on the info tab of your profile information page to hide all or part of it from other users.

Delete uploaded contacts. If you use our contact importer to upload addresses, you can later delete the list on this help page.

Testimonials. With your consent we may post your testimonial along with your name. If you want your testimonial removed please contact us.


Deactivating or deleting your account. If you want to stop using your account you may deactivate it or delete it. When you deactivate an account, no user will be able to see it, but it will not be deleted. We save your profile information (friends, photos, interests, etc.) in case you later decide to reactivate your account. Many users deactivate their accounts for temporary reasons and in doing so are asking us to maintain their information until they return to design3. You will still have the ability to reactivate your account and restore your profile in its entirety. When you delete an account, it is permanently deleted. You should only delete your account if you are certain you never want to reactivate it. You may deactivate your account on your account settings page or delete your account on this help page.

Limitations on removal. We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. However, even after you remove information from your profile or delete your account, copies of that information may remain viewable elsewhere to the extent it has been shared with others, it was otherwise distributed pursuant to your privacy settings, or it was copied or stored by other users. However, your name will no longer be associated with that information on design3. (For example, if you post something to another user’s profile, and then you delete your account, that post may remain, but be attributed to an “Anonymous design3 User.”) We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements. Additionally, we may retain certain information to prevent identity theft and other misconduct even if deletion has been requested.

Backup copies. Removed and deleted information may persist in backup copies for up to 90 days, but will not be available to others. 

Non-user contact information. If a user provides your email address to us, and you are not a design3 user but you want us to delete your address, you can do so on this help page. However, that request will only apply to addresses we have at the time of the request and not to any addresses that users provide to us later. 

7. How We Protect Information

We do our best to keep your information secure, but we need your help. For more detailed information about staying safe on design3, visit the design3 Security Page.  

Steps we take to keep your information secure. We keep your account information on a secured server behind a firewall. When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card numbers and passwords), we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). We also use automated and social measures to enhance security, such as analyzing account behavior for fraudulent or otherwise anomalous behavior, may limit use of site features in response to possible signs of abuse, may remove inappropriate content or links to illegal content, and may suspend or disable accounts for violations of our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.    

Risks inherent in sharing information. The security of your personal data is important to us. We follow generally accepted standards to protect the personal data submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. Although we allow you to set privacy options that limit access to your information, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. We cannot control the actions of other users with whom you share your information. We cannot guarantee that only authorized persons will view your information. We cannot ensure that information you share on design3 will not become publicly available. We are not responsible for third party circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures on design3. 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. 

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Links to other web sites . Our Site includes links to other Web sites whose privacy practices may differ from those of The Alliance. If you submit personal data to any of those sites, your information is governed by their privacy policy. We encourage you to carefully read the privacy policy of any Web site you visit.

8. Additional Information 



 

Links to 3rd Party Sites. Our site includes links to other web sites whose privacy practices may differ from those of design3. If you submit personal information to any of those sites, your information is governed by their privacy policies. We encourage you to carefully read the privacy policy of any web site you visit.

 

Single Sign-On. You can log in to our site using sign-in services such as Facebook Connect or an Open ID provider. These services will authenticate your identity and provide you the option to share certain personal information with us such as your name and email address to pre-populate our sign up form.  Services like Facebook Connect give you the option to post information about your activities on this Web site to your profile page to share with others within your network.

 

Blog/Forum. Our web site offers publicly accessible blogs or community forums. You should be aware that any information you provide in these areas may be read, collected, and used by others who access them. To request removal of your personal information from our blog or community forum, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why.

 

Social Media Widgets. Our web site includes social media features, such as the Facebook Like button and widgets, such as the ShareThis button or interactive mini-programs that run on our site. These features may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our site, and may set a cookie to enable the feature to function properly. Social media features and widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our wite. Your interactions with these features are governed by the privacy policy of the company providing it.

Changes to this Policy. We may update this privacy policy to reflect changes to our information practices. If we make any material changes we will notify you by email or by means of a notice on this site prior to the change becoming effective. We encourage you to periodically review this page for the latest information on our privacy practices.


9. Other Terms

Consent to Collection and Processing in the United States. By using design3, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States.

Defined Terms. "Us," "we," "our," "platform" and "design3" mean the same as they do in the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.  “Information” and “content” are used more generally and interchangeably here than in the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities unless otherwise limited by the context.

Right to a Copy of the Personal Data Collected by design3 and the Alliance. You may have a legal right to a copy of all the personal data about you held by the alliance. If you wish to obtain a copy of particular information provided to the alliance, or if you become aware the information is incorrect and you would like us to correct or delete it, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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