ThoughtWorld, Inc. (“ThoughtWorld”), the provider of the thoughtworld.com online user community and related websites and digital properties (the “Platform”) permits only real people to contribute thoughts or vote on the Platform.
A. Information we collect from you
In using the Platform, you will provide us with information about yourself, and we value and respect your privacy. Here is a summary of information we collect from you:
1. Your Thoughts.
While using the site, we expect that you will vote on thoughts, submit new thoughts, and comment on the thoughts of others. Part of our purpose is to help people understand what other people think about things, so we will show others information about your votes and thoughts, but only in an aggregated manner. ThoughtWorld will group your opinions with the opinions of others so that other people can see and understand trends about public opinion in various groups. We will never share your opinions with anyone without your express permission. Protecting your privacy is one of our core values.
2. Your Identity.
To maintain the integrity of the Platform, we must ensure that people cannot use multiple aliases to skew voting results, and that bots cannot pose as real people to manipulate the system. Accordingly, we may use various methods such as multi-factor authentication, third party database verification, or other verification techniques to ensure that each human user has only one ThoughtWorld alias at a time. So, ThoughtWorld may collect the following information from you:
- Your name
- Your email address
- Your mobile telephone number
- Your physical residence address or registered voting address
- Other information you voluntarily give us on your “My Account” page to help us customize your experience. You can select which information you choose to provide, which may include a wide variety of topics including your age, race, gender, ethnicity, political preferences, income bracket,
We use this information:
- To validate you as a real person.
- To customize your feed.
- To give you an experience that is tailored to the size of screen and device or location you use to connect.
- To show you thoughts from others in your geographic area.
3. Technical Information.
Like many other websites, we store small pieces of information on your computer or mobile device (“cookies”) so that our system can remember who you are and how you are interacting with the Platform. Our Platform will not function correctly without some essential cookies. If you want to use the platform, these basic cookies must be accepted. In addition to cookies, we also collect the following technical information:
- The IP address and device settings from the device you used to log in
- The type of browser you are using
- The website you came from or the ad you clicked on to find us
- The country of origin where your internet connection originates
We use this information to format our pages for your device and browser, to give you customized content, and to improve the site by studying how you use the site.
B. Information we DO NOT provide to Advertisers
Most advertising you view on the internet tracks the users who view the ad and collect various other kinds of information from you. At ThoughtWorld, we believe this practice violates a user’s privacy so we do not permit the display of ads on the site. We may allow retailers or others to purchase the right to display images or logos in the world (“digital artifacts”), but we will never allow those digital artifacts to track the identity of users who view them.
We may purchase advertising on other platforms to tell people about thoughts appearing on ThoughtWorld. If we do, those sites may provide us with information about people who click on those ads. If we receive any of that information, we may use it to enhance our profile information for you, but we will not disclose it to any third party.
C. Information We Give Others
1. Our Service Providers.
ThoughtWorld uses various service providers to support the Platform. All of these service providers are under confidentiality obligations to ThoughtWorld and have agreed to keep your information confidential and not to use it except when necessary in providing services for us. Our vendors include:
- Hosting companies
- Internet service providers
- Authentication services
- Identity verification services
2. Connection Invitations.
ThoughtWorld customers may request to be connected with people who like a particular thought or combination of thoughts. In those circumstances, ThoughtWorld may offer you the opportunity to be connected with its customer. If you refuse the invitation, neither your identity nor the fact that you refused the invitation will be revealed to the customer. If you accept the connection invitation, the customer will be given your email address and real name, but not your screen name or alias.
3. Aggregated Information
The primary product we sell is a set of online dashboards that allow our customers to understand what groups of people think. These dashboards allow customers to compare trends between thoughts and target people within certain demographic categories. We will never disclose your information on dashboards without aggregating your information with others so that your identity is protected.
4. Developers and Contractors
We use the services of third party developers located both in the United States and in other countries to assist us with developing the Platform. In each case, those developers provide services under a written agreement with ThoughtWorld that requires that they keep all of your information confidential and not use or disclose it for any purpose other than fulfilling the engagement.