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Last Updated September 8, 2016
Pay By Group reserves the right to amend this Policy at any time by posting a revised version at this link, http://paybygroup.com/privacy-policy. The revised version will be effective at the time Pay By Group posts it, unless we provide additional notice or an opportunity to "opt-in" because changes are material or retroactive. Any information you enter on the Platform's website or application, or on Pay By Group pages, fields, or resources that are integrated with the Platform's website or application, may be shared with the owner of the Platform website or application, subject to the requirements of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) and applicable law. Pay By Group is not responsible for the content or information practices of Platforms.
Pay By Group collects the following information: information that Users intentionally provide to Pay By Group, information about Users that third parties provide to Pay By Group to augment or verify that information, and information automatically provided by Users as they interact with the Pay By Group Services or Site. This information may include personally identifiable information, which refers to information about Users that can be used to contact, identify or locate a User, and information on a User's use of and activities on the Site ("Personal Information"). Personal Information that Pay By Group collects may include, but is not limited to, a User's name, billing information, and email address. A User's credit card information is never stored on our server. Personal Information may also include a User's preferences and interests expressed in the course of using the Site or other information gathered from a User's Facebook or Twitter profiles.
In regards to payments, a User may either accept payments or make payments. If a User receives a payment, the User must provide their name, e-mail address, street address, date of birth, government identification number (e.g. Social Security Number or only the last 4 digits thereof), driver’s license, and bank account information. A User who makes payments provides their name, card number, expiration date, CVV code, street address, country, and zip code. In the event the User pays by ACH or EFT they must provide the payer’s name and bank account information.
Pay By Group may also employ a software technology, called clear gifs or web beacons, that helps us manage content on the Site, and in emails, by informing Pay By Group what content is effective. “Clear gifs” are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of Users of a website. Clear gifs are embedded invisibly on web pages and are extremely tiny.
Pay By Group does not respond to web browser "Do Not Track" signals or other mechanisms that provide a method to opt out of the collection of Personal Information across the websites and online services Pay By Group participates in. In the event Pay By Group does respond to the “Do Not Track” signals, we will update our Policy.
How We Use Personal Information
Personal Information is used to provide, improve, develop, operate, maintain and enhance the Site, Services, features and content; to administer a User's membership and use of the Site; to enable Users to enjoy and easily navigate the Site; to better understand User needs and interests; to fulfill requests a User may make; to personalize and customize the User experience; to process payment transactions; to resolve disputes, collect fees and troubleshoot issues; to provide or offer software updates and product announcements; and to provide Users with further information and offers from Pay By Group that Pay By Group believes Users may find useful or interesting, including newsletters, marketing or promotional materials and other information on services and products offered by Pay By Group or third parties that are authorized by Pay By Group.
Personal Information is gathered to monitor and analyze use of Pay By Group and its services, for technical administration, to increase the Site’s functionality and user-friendliness, to better tailor it to User needs, to generate and derive useful data and information concerning the interests, characteristics and website use behavior of Users, to verify that the proper information is submitted to fulfill and process User requests and to detect and prevent fraud. If a User decides at any time that they no longer wish to receive Pay By Group emails or communications, they should click on the unsubscribe link provided in Pay By Group's marketing emails or email email@example.com with subject line "unsubscribe."
Sharing Your Information
Pay By Group works with third-party Merchants ("Merchant(s)") to enable Users to split the cost of the products or services offered on the Merchant’s website. When a User joins into a group, Pay By Group provides that User's information to the Merchant, including information regarding whether or not that User has opted to receive marketing messages from the Merchant. Merchants are obligated not to use a User's Personal Information for any purpose other than providing the goods and services purchased by the User. The Merchant is only allowed to use the Personal Information for marketing messages if the User chose to opt in to the Merchant's marketing messages.
We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate the Pay By Group Site and Service, to provide service on Pay By Group's behalf, to perform Site-related services (including but not limited to maintenance services, database management, web analytics and improvement of Pay By Group’s features), or to assist Pay By Group in analyzing how the Site and Service are used and can be improved. These third party service providers have access to your Personal Information only for purposes of performing these tasks on our behalf, and Pay By Group requires that these third party service providers use such Personal Information only in connection with the services they perform for Pay By Group.
Compliance with Laws and Law Enforcement.
Pay By Group must cooperate with government and law enforcement officials and private parties to enforce and comply with the law. In the event of a claim and/or legal process (including but not limited to subpoenas), to protect the property and rights of Pay By Group or a third party, to protect the safety of the public or any person, or to prevent or stop any activity Pay By Group may consider to pose a risk of being illegal, unethical, inappropriate or legally actionable, Pay By Group reserves the right to disclose any Personal Information about you to government or law enforcement officials or private parties as Pay By Group in its sole discretion finds necessary or appropriate.
In the event of a merger, acquisition, reorganization or sale of assets, Pay By Group may sell, transfer or otherwise share some or all of its assets, and our Users' Personal Information may be transferred as part of that transaction.
Except as expressly disclosed in this Policy, Pay By Group will not sell or disclose User information to third parties. Pay By Group will not sell, rent, share, or trade personally identifiable information to third parties for their promotional purposes. Pay By Group may disclose aggregated or other types of non-personally identifiable information to third parties for various purposes.
Changing or Deleting Your Information
A request to delete a User's account is different from a request to unsubscribe from emails and communications. Users may opt to unsubscribe from our email alerts, which will terminate the issuance of automatically generated emails that inform Users about new features of the Site or to market Pay By Group's Services. To delete a User account entirely from Pay By Group.com, the User must email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "delete account.""
Pay By Group takes the security of Personal Information seriously. Pay By Group has implemented physical, technical, and procedural safeguards to protect User information from unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction. Pay By Group uses computer safeguards such as firewalls and data encryption, and authorizes access to Personal Information only for those employees, contractors, third party providers and agents who require it to fulfill their job responsibilities. Pay By Group also takes additional care to protect User information, such as credit card or bank account numbers, if disclosure of the particular type of User information could cause direct financial loss. To that end, all sensitive Personal Information, including credit card data, is transmitted through secure networks supported by high-grade 256-bit encryption. Credit card numbers are not stored or held on our servers.
EU-U.S. PRIVACY SHIELD
Pay By Group stores and processes User information on dedicated servers located in secure data centers that may be located within the United States or in other jurisdictions. If you use the Services from the European Union or other regions of the world with laws governing data collection and use that differ from laws of the United States, then you understand and consent to the transfer of your User information to the United States or other jurisdictions for the uses identified above in accordance with this Policy. You acknowledge and agree that the privacy and data security laws in place in the United States or other jurisdictions may be different from the privacy and data security laws in force in the country in which you reside. By voluntarily providing User information, you hereby agree that you are consenting to our collection, use, storage, and disclosure of such User information in accordance with this Policy.
Pay By Group complies with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework as set forth by the United States Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of Personal Information transferred from the European Union member countries to the United States. Pay By Group has certified to the Department of Commerce that it adheres to the Privacy Shield Principles (https://www.privacyshield.gov/servlet/servlet.FileDownload?file=015t00000004qAg). If there is any conflict between the terms in this Policy and the Privacy Shield Principles, the Privacy Shield Principles shall govern. To learn more about the Privacy Shield program, and to view our certification, please visit https://www.privacyshield.gov/
In compliance with the Privacy Shield Principles, Pay By Group commits to resolve complaints about your privacy and our collection or use of your Personal Information. Individuals in the European Union with inquiries or complaints regarding this Policy or our Privacy Shield policy should first contact Pay By Group by sending an email to email@example.com. Pay By Group has further committed to refer unresolved Privacy Shield complaints to cooperate with European Union data protection authorities (“DPAs”). If you do not receive timely acknowledgment of your complaint, or if your complaint is not satisfactorily addressed, then please contact the European Union DPAs for more information or to file a complaint. The Services of European Union DPAs are provided at no cost to you.
Our Policy Toward Children
Pay By Group is not directed to nor is it intended for children under 18. Pay By Group does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children. If a parent or guardian becomes aware that his or her child has provided Pay By Group with Personal Information without parental consent, he or she should contact Pay By Group at firstname.lastname@example.org. If Pay By Group becomes aware that a child has provided us with Personal Information, we will delete such information from our files. Users of Pay By Group accept responsibility of ensuring that children are not accessing or using their profile and the Site. If a User is under the age of 18, that User may only use the Site with the consent and under the supervision of their guardian parent.