Information We Collect and How We Use It
We use commercially reasonable efforts to ensure that the collection of personal information is limited to that which is necessary to fulfill the purposes identified below. If we use your information in a manner different than the purpose for which it is collected, then we will ask you for your consent prior to such use.
Account information – To take advantage of certain features offered on The Pexels, such as uploading photos or videos, you need to create a User account. When creating a User account, we ask for and record personal information such as your name, email address and password. When creating a User profile, you may choose to include preferential options such as adding a personal photo. We use your email address to send you updates, news, service-related announcements and contact you on behalf of other Users (such as other Users who send you personal messages). You may choose not to receive e-mails of this type by updating your notification settings on your account, though The Pexels reserves the right to send you notices about your account even if you opt out of all voluntary email notifications.
Submissions – We store your User profile information, as well as your name, photos, videos and other information you have chosen to display to people in the networks specified in your privacy settings. We store this information so that The Pexels may present it back to you when you and others when accessing your User profile. Any personal information you voluntarily disclose online may be collected and used by others pursuant to your privacy settings.
Feedback – If you contact us to provide feedback, register a complaint, or ask a question, we will record any personal information and other content that you provide in your communication so that we can effectively respond to your communication. You do not need a User account to contact The Pexels. Please understand that we are not obligated to compensate you for any feedback you provide.
Personal messaging – In order to allow you to send and receive personal messages to other registered Users of The Pexels, we record the messages that you send and receive.
Activity – Whether or not you have a User account with The Pexels, we record information relating to your use of The Pexels, such as the profiles and gadgets your view, the searches you undertake, which other Users you communicate with, the frequency and size of data transfers, the information you display about yourself, the information you click on, your browser type, IP address, requested URL, referring URL, and timestamp information. If you are logged in, we may associate this information with your User account. We use this type of information to administer the Website and provide the highest possible level of service to you. We also use this information in the aggregate to perform statistical analyses of User behavior and characteristics in order to measure interest in and use of the various areas of the Website. You cannot be identified from this aggregate information.
Cookies – We send cookies to your computer in order to uniquely identify your browser and improve the quality of our service. The term “cookies” refers to small pieces of information that a website sends to your computer’s hard drive while you are viewing the site. We may use both session cookies (which expire once you close your browser) and persistent cookies (which stay on your computer until you delete them). Persistent cookies can be removed by following your browser help file directions.
Information Made Available to the Public
When you create a User account, some information about your User account and your account activity will be visible to other The Pexels Users. This may include your User profile information, as well as your name, email and photo, and other personal information you voluntarily choose to disclose. You may limit the extent to which this information is accessed by adjusting your privacy settings.
Your name and profile picture thumbnail will be available in search results on the Website and those limited pieces of information may be made available to third party search engines. This is primarily so your friends can find you and send a friend request. People who see your name in searches, however, will not be able to access your profile information unless you have allowed such access based on your privacy settings.
Transfer of Information
We may distribute your User-Generated Content to third parties, as permitted pursuant to our Terms of Service. The third parties may in turn publicly display or publish your submissions in connection with their own websites and media platforms. When we distribute your submissions to third parties, we typically include your account name (but not your personal information unless you include your personal information in your submissions).
We may share your personal information with third parties to provide you with services that we offer through the The Pexels, conduct quality assurance testing, facilitate creation of accounts, provide technical and customer support. These third parties are required not to use your personal information other than to provide the services requested by you.
We may disclose information in the aggregate to third parties relating to User behavior in connection with actual or prospective business relationship with those third parties, such as advertisers and content distributors. For example, we may disclose the number of Users that have been exposed to, or have clicked on, advertising banners, or number of users that have particular product.
We use third party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit The Pexels. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you.
We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associate Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to the Amazon.com and affiliated sites. The Pexels may include links to other websites as part of content created by The Pexels (“The Pexels Content”) or User-Generated Content. The Pexels does not control or endorse any content of these third party websites, and, by using The Pexels you agree that The Pexels is not responsible for the availability or content of such third party websites.
Third Party Advertising
Controlling Your Personal Data
Although we allow you to set privacy options that limit access to the information on your User profile, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. We cannot control the actions of other Users with whom you may choose to share your User profile and information. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that the User-Generated content you post on the Website will not be viewed by unauthorized persons. We are not responsible for the circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the Website. You understand and acknowledge that, even after removal, copies of your User-Generated Content may remain viewable in cached and archived pages or if other Users have copied or stored your User-Generated Content.
Please also note that the personal messages you send or receive using The Pexels’s personal messaging feature are only private to the extent that you and the sender/recipient keep them private. For example, we do not have any control over whether a recipient of one of your personal messages publicly posts the contents of such a message.
As a registered The Pexels User, you can edit your personal information and your privacy preferences at any time by accessing the “Profile” section of this Website. You can also terminate your User account at any time. Upon request for termination of your account, The Pexels will use commercially reasonable efforts to close your account, and cease displaying your User-Generated Content on the Website, except for postings that have been shared with others on the Website such as but not limited to discussion comments or products that have become part The Pexels’s database; nevertheless, we may still retain your personal information in our systems.
You hereby acknowledge that The Pexels is not responsible for any intercepted information sent via the internet, and you hereby release us from any and all claims arising out of or related to the use of intercepted information in any unauthorized manner.
E-mails and Opt-out
You may opt-out of receiving personal messages from specific Users by changing the notification settings under the “Account” tab after you log on to The Pexels Unregistered Users who receive e-mails from us may also opt-out of receiving further e-mails by following the instructions contained in our e-mails.
If you do not want to receive advertisements based on usage data collected by The Pexels, you can opt out of data collection by managing many companies’ online advertising cookies. To do that, you can use consumer choices created in some countries’ self-regulatory programs, such as the EU Online Choices program (http://www.youronlinechoices.eu/) or the US-based DAA and NAI opt-out programs (http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ and http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/).
Please note, that deleting or rejecting cookies may adversely affect your user experience of our website. Also note that opting out does not mean you will stop seeing advertisements, but that the advertisements you do see will not be influenced by the usage data collected by The Pexels. You may still see ads based on factors such as your overall location, your IP address, your browser type, and your search terms.
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