Latest Revision Date: July 21, 2011
The Type of Information the Website Collects
When accessing our Website or services, Brooklynian will learn certain information about you during your visit. How we will handle information we learn about you depends upon what you do when visiting our site.
The Website generally collects personally identifying information with your specific knowledge and consent. For instance, when you post a message or comment, enter a contest, complete a survey, make a purchase, subscribe to our content or publication(s), or register for any portion of our services, you are asked to provide information such as your e-mail address, name or phone number. Optional information such as your age, gender, or location may also be requested.
Our servers may also automatically collect information about your computer when you visit the Website, including (but not limited to) the type of browser software you use, the operating system you are running, the website that referred you, and your Internet Protocol ("IP") address. Your IP address is usually associated with the place from which you enter the Internet, like your Internet Service Provider, your company, or your university.
Brooklynian will not obtain personally-identifying information about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information to us, nor will such information be sold or otherwise transferred to unaffiliated third parties without your approval.
Brooklynian will collect and store certain information about you if you visit Brooklynian or interact with it in any way, including (but not limited to) browsing content, downloading information, posting a topic or question, making a comment, sending a message, or uploading a photo or other file. The information we collect and store about you may include, but is not limited to:
1. The name of the domain from which you access the Internet, your browser type, location, and IP address
2. The dates and times you access Brooklynian websites or services
3. The Internet address of the website you used to link directly to Brooklynian, ie, the link that brought you to Brooklynian (known as the Referrer or HTTP Referrer)
4. The email address you use to sign up and receive site messages and notifications
5. Public profile information you optionally supply at the time of signup or when editing your profile, such as interests, location, profile picture, and website address
6. Your preferences, pages you visit, and other aspects of your visit, in order to make the site more useful and offer specific features (e. g. the "posts since last visit" notifier)
7. Any files you upload, such as photos, which may contain metadata (Brooklynian will not remove metadata from your files, so if you do not want to share metadata, please remove it before uploading).
These data may be stored as cookies in your web browser, or as database entries on the Brooklynian servers.
Site activity: We may keep track of some of the actions you take on Brooklynian, such as rating a post, joining a group, or sharing media, among other activities. For example, if you share a photo or video, we might store the fact that you shared it, along with the actual content that you uploaded.
Cookies: Like many sites, we use "cookies" (bits of data stored in your browser, mobile phone, or other device), mainly to make Brooklynian easier to use. For example, they may be used to confirm you are logged in or store your preferences. You can adjust browser settings to remove or block cookies, but doing so might impact your ability to use some Brooklynian features.
User Profile: The contents of your profile page are public, including the profile picture you upload, user interests, or any other information you choose to share about yourself. Your email address is not displayed to regular users, but as noted above, may be used by administrators or moderators to contact you. Regular users are able to contact you via the Messaging feature of Brooklynian, but they cannot see or obtain your email address through Brooklynian.
Online Privacy settings: When you access the site, you are listed as being currently online. To hide this status, visit your Profile page and edit your settings.
Public data: When you post a new topic or comment on Brooklynian, the contents may be available publicly immediately. This means they will be indexed by search engines such as Google; retrieved and downloaded through RSS feeds; quoted in messages posted by other members, or copied onto independent sites outside the control of Brooklynian. Even if you edit posts, a copy of the unedited post may be viewed, indexed, or downloaded by others. By posting on Brooklynian, you understand that information might be reshared or copied by other users.
Note that some kinds of communications you initiate can’t be deleted or removed, such as messages you send to other users. You can delete your copy, but just like email, the recipient gets to decide whether or not to delete your message.
Links: By clicking links on Brooklynian, you may leave our site. We cannot be responsible for the content and privacy practices of other sites, applications, online services, or communities. Please be sure to read their privacy statements.
How the Website Uses Information Provided by You
Service Provider uses your username and password to grant you access to and use of the Website. Your e-mail address will be used, at your request, to send you a copy of your user name and password. If you provide personally identifiable information, it will be used to provide you with the service you have requested. We may also use the information to communicate with you about new features, products or services, and/or to improve the services that we offer by tailoring them to your needs.
The information we collect may be used to help make your visit more relevant to you, by serving content or advertising that is geared to your interests or preferences. The information we collect may also be used for statistical purposes; Brooklynian may use software programs to create summary statistics, which are used for such purposes as assessing the number of visitors to the different sections of our site, what information is of most and least interest, determining technical design specifications, identifying system performance or problem areas, or to investigate potential misuse of the site.
For site security purposes, and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, Brooklynian uses software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. We may also use this information to:
Contact: We may contact you sometimes with service-related messages, which you will be able to opt out of. However, communications on essential updates on your account will be required. The email address you provide to us may be used by site administrators or moderators to contact you, and to send you site notices. We will not use your email address to send unsolicited commercial email or spam. If you identify yourself by sending us an e-mail containing personal information, then the information collected will be solely used to respond to your message.
Advertising: We do not share your information with advertisers without your consent. If you click on an advertisement, the advertiser may set a cookie in your browser. All advertisers are independent from Brooklynian, and Brooklynian cannot control their behavior. You are encouraged to review the privacy policies of the advertisers you visit.
Suggestions: We may use your information to make suggestions to you and other users on Brooklynian. For example, if you list yoga as an Interest on your public profile page, we may show you a list of pages about yoga. In the future, we may be able to show you a list of profile pages for other users who also listed interests similar to yours; if and when this feature becomes available, there will be an option to opt out of this feature.
Sharing with Third Parties: We may share aggregated information with third parties to help improve or promote our services, to advertise our services, or to offer joint services with other websites or companies. However, we would not do it in a way that would identify you or any other individual user, or link you to a specific action you took on the site.
Legal requests and preventing harm: If in good faith we believe a response is legally required, we may disclose information to lawyers, courts, government entities, or other companies; we would do so in the course of carrying out court orders, subpoenas, criminal and civil matters, or other such requests, including requests from outside the United States that are consistent with generally accepted international standards. In addition, we may share information if we believe in good faith that we need to do so in order to prevent illegal activity or fraud, prevent bodily harm, or prevent people from violating our Terms of Service.
We may also allow access to our database by third parties that provide us with services, such as technical maintenance, events, or job search software, but only for the purpose of, and to the extent necessary, to provide those services. If you choose to purchase items through the Website, we may forward your information to third parties for services such as credit card processing and order fulfillment. There are also times when you provide information about yourself to us in areas of the site that may be managed or participated in by third parties, such as auction services or shopping areas. In such cases, the information may be used by us and by such third party(ies), each pursuant to its own policies. We may also provide your information to our advertisers, so that they can serve ads to you that meet your needs or match your interests. While Service Provider will seek to require such third parties to follow appropriate privacy policies and will not authorize them to use this information except for the express purpose for which it is provided, Service Provider does not bear any responsibility for any actions or policies of third parties. We may also provide access to our database in order to cooperate with official investigations or legal proceedings, including, for example, in response to subpoenas, search warrants, court orders, or other legal process.
In addition, we reserve the right to use the information we collect about your computer, which may at times be able to identify you, for any lawful business purpose, including (but not limited to) diagnosing problems with our servers, gathering broad demographic information, and otherwise administering our Website.
Changing or Removing Your Information
Editing Your Posts: New topics or comments in public discussions can be edited or deleted within a set amount of time after you post (typically, 60 to 90 minutes). You can request that older posts be edited by an administrator or moderator, but doing so is at their discretion. You cannot edit messages sent to other users.
Editing Your Profile: To change or remove profile information, visit to your profile page and select the “Edit” button. After you submit your changes, they will be effective immediately.
Deactivating Your Account: If you want to stop using your account, you can request deactivation at firstname.lastname@example.org. The account will be viewable by others, and your profile information will be saved if you decide to reactivate your account.
Deleting Account: Account deletion is permanent and causes irretrievable data loss. You should only request deletion at email@example.com if you are absolutely sure you never want to reactivate it. Note that after your account is deleted, your username will be removed from your posts, but any post that is already part of a public discussion will be maintained as a service to the other users who participated in the public discussion.
Limitations on Editing and Removal: Even if you remove information from your profile or delete your account, copies of posts you made may still exist elsewhere if they have been copied and stored by other users, shared with others, copied by content aggregators independent from Brooklynian, or distributed through RSS feeds or other means. Notably, Brooklynian has no control over search engine results, so results on Google or other search engines may still show up long after your content on Brooklynian has been deleted. Also, even if deletion has been requested, we may decide to keep some information to prevent misconduct, identity theft, or other concerns.
Use of Your Information By Others Accessing the Site
Whenever you give out personal information online—for example, on a message board, chat room, folder, message or chat IM feature—that information can be collected and used by third parties completely unaffiliated with Service Provider. Although we strive to protect our users' privacy, we cannot guarantee the security of information you post on Brooklynian, and have no control over how such third parties may use your information. You disclose such information at your own risk.
Some of our advertisers occasionally serve you cookies as well. We do not have control over cookies placed by advertisers.
Advertisements and Other Commercial Content
Our goal is to deliver ads that are both valuable to advertisers, but also relevant and interesting to you. Some of the ads on the site are context-sensitive: for example, a Google ad may recognize that it is embedded on a page about Pilates, and thus, the ads it presents to you may also be about Pilates. We do not provide any information at all to Google about your personal account, and we would never give your content or information to advertisers without your consent. You are encouraged to visit the Google Privacy Center to learn more about how this works.
Information Security and Notification
Because no data transmission over the Internet is completely secure, and no system of physical or electronic security is impenetrable, Service Provider can not guarantee the security of the information you send to us, or the security of our servers or databases. This also means we cannot guarantee that only authorized persons will view your information, and we cannot ensure that information you share on Brooklynian will not become publicly available. We are not responsible if third parties circumvent sitewide security measures on Brooklynian or your personal privacy settings.
By using the Website, you agree to assume all risk in connection with the information sent to us or collected by us when you use the Website. In the unlikely event that we believe that the security of your information in our possession or control may have been compromised, we may seek to notify you. If notification is appropriate, we may notify you by e-mail (provided we have your e-mail address).
If you share your information with other users, we can’t control their actions. In addition, some users may upload attachments to Brooklynian; you should not download them if you are unsure of the contents, as they may harm your computer.
The most important thing you can do to protect your security online is to use smart security practices. Smart security practices include: not responding to requests from unknown individuals or sources; not clicking on suspicious links; picking a good password (at least 8 characters, that is not guessable, and includes a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols); by using a web browser that is updated and has anti-phishing software installed; and by using operating system software and antivirus software that is updated.
You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your information and password. You shall be responsible for all uses of your registration, whether or not authorized by you. You agree to immediately notify us of any unauthorized use of your registration or password.
Please report any security violations to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also report any suspicious posts by clicking the REPORT link in the individual post (you must be logged in to take advantage of this feature).
Kids and Parents
This Website is not intended for use by children, especially those under age 13. No one under age 13 is allowed to provide any personal information or use our public discussion areas, forums, chats, messaging system, or any other posting of content.
Children under age 13: If you are under age 13, do not attempt to register for Brooklynian or provide any of your personal information 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 at email@example.com.
Minors between the ages of 13 and 17 must get the permission of their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) before posting, commenting, making purchases (including subscriptions), or other activities on this site. Also, parents should instruct their children on safe use of the Internet.
If your children disclose information about themselves in publicly accessible areas of the Website, they may get unsolicited messages from other parties. Accordingly, you should tell them not to do so. If you're worried about your children's activities or their privacy on our site, we encourage you to contact the Bureau of Consumer Protection at: http://business.ftc.gov/privacy-and-security/children%E2%80%99s-online-privacy
Consent to using a website and service based in the United States. By using Brooklynian, you understand that you are using a website and services based in the United States, and that your personal data is received and processed in the United States.
Defined Terms. By "Brooklynian," “the site,” “service,” and “services” we mean the features and services made available through our website at brooklynian.com and any other Brooklynian branded or co-branded websites or apps (including subdomains, widgets, and mobile versions) and other Brooklynian-branded media, software, devices, or networks now existing or later developed. The terms "us," "we," and "our" refer to Brooklynian.
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