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Privacy policy

GENERAL

Expat Connect FZ-LLC is a UAE-based company that owns and operates the Internet website www.expatconnect.com ("Website"). Your use of the ExpatConnect Website is subject to your acceptance of the Terms of Use, and this Privacy Policy. If you do not accept the Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy, then you may not use the Website.

In the course of your use of the Website, you will provide us with Personal Information and General Information. We respect your privacy, and we seek to comply with applicable legal requirements in respect of data collection, processing and transfer. By accepting the Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy and using the Website, you consent to our processing of your Personal Information and General Information.

TYPES OF INFORMATION

"Personal Information": When you register as a user, update your information, comment on Content, take part in discussions upload your own content, answer questionnaires, send emails to us, contact other users via the Website, or otherwise participate in ExpatConnect, you provide us with information which we store and process. Such information may include your name, address, phone number, email address, purchase history, interests, and other such 'Personal Information'.

"General Information": We also receive more general information from you as a result of your visits to, and use of, the Website. This general information does not identify you personally, and can include information such as your IP address, the length of time you spend on the site, your browsing history, and other such 'General Information'.

USE OF INFORMATION

We take all steps reasonably necessary to protect your Personal Information against unauthorised access, use, alteration, disclosure or destruction. Other than as may be required in order to operate the Website, or as otherwise described in the Terms of Service or this Privacy Policy, we disclose your Personal Information to third parties only as reasonably required to protect the rights and safety of ourselves and the Website's users, and only upon your active consent or as required by law enforcement authorities.

With regard to General Information, we may use that for tracking activity on the Website, preparing reports, assessing trends, and otherwise monitoring the way in which the Website is being used – none of which would be in a way that personally identifies any users.

By using the Website you accept that we may use your Personal Information and General Information for a variety of purposes, including those described above, and including purposes intended to:

  • (a) enhance your experience of the Website and to make it more user-friendly (including by sending you information about new features on the Website, and other announcements and notifications, or to seek your feedback);
  • (b) provide you with advertising information (including advertising for goods and services provided by other users or commercial entities);
  • (c) any additional purposes that may be communicated to you from time to time before your Personal Data is used for such additional purposes; and
  • (d) provide you with newsletters, service related announcements, or other notifications or emails in relation to the Website.

If we sell ExpatConnect to a third party, or ExpatConnect otherwise becomes subject to a merger, consolidation or acquisition, it would become necessary for us to transfer your Personal Information to a third party, and in such case we would require that the third party handles your Personal Information with the same care as exercised by us.

We only provide data to our advertising partners or customers after we have removed your name or any other personally identifying information from it, or have combined it with other people's data in a way that it is no longer associated with you.

PRIVACY SETTINGS

There area default settings for what Personal Information other users of ExpatConnect can see about you.

Generally, most of the non-sensitive Personal Information (like nationality, profession, etc.) is visible to other users, while some of your more sensitive Personal Information is only visible to your network contacts or users who live in the same District (like which part of the city you live in). Some of your most sensitive information is only visible to you (phone number and email address).

Sometimes you will not be able to select an audience when you post something (like when you write on a Page's wall or comment on a news article that uses our comments plugin. This is because some types of stories are always public. Generally, you should assume that if you do not see a sharing icon, the information will be publicly available.

When others share information about you, they can also choose to make it public.

INFORMATION THAT IS ALWAYS PUBLICLY AVAILABLE

The types of information listed below are always publicly available, and are treated just like information you decided to make public.

Name

This helps people in your network find you. If you are uncomfortable sharing your real name, you can always delete your account.

YOUR USERNAME, USER ID AND PROFILE PICTURE

Ausername (or ExpatConnect URL) is a custom link to your timeline that you can give out to people or post on external websites. Your username will appear in the URL on your timeline on the Website. We also use your user ID to identify your ExpatConnect account.

If someone has your username or user ID, they can use it to access information about you through the expatconnect.com Website. For example, if someone has your username, they can type expatconnect.com /Username into their browser and see your public information as well as anything else you've let them see.

Your current profile picture can appear as part of a random selection of members on a micro-communities public landing page.

INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR CONTACTS

If you choose to invite other people to ExpatConnect to join your network, the email addresses of the invitees need to be entered on the ExpatConnect Website. The email addresses of people that are invited will be used by ExpatConnect only to send your invitation email (including an optional personal message) and corresponding reminders. ExpatConnect stores this information to send the invitation email, register a contact connection if the User’s invitation is accepted, and track the success of ExpatConnect’s referral program.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE USER’S ACTIVITY ON PROFILES OF OTHER USERS

If you visit a profile of another user of ExpatConnect, this user may see that you have visited that user’s profile. This feature is an essential part of contact management on the Website and as such an essential part of the services ExpatConnect offers to you.

INFORMATION OTHERS SHARE ABOUT YOU

ExpatConnect receives information about you from your networks and others, such as when they upload your contact information, post a photo of you, tag you in a photo or status update, check in with you at a location, or add you to a group.

When people use the Website, they may store and share information about you and others that they have, such as when they upload and manage their invites and contacts.

SECURITY

ExpatConnect is committed to ensuring that your Personal Information and General Information is secure and ExpatConnect takes all steps reasonably necessary to protect your Personal Information against the unauthorised access, use, alteration, disclosure or destruction. ExpatConnect’s employees treat Personal Information held by ExpatConnect as confidential, and maintain the confidentiality of that Personal Information.

Any information that ExpatConnect collects and stores that is personally identifiable is protected using appropriate means. Although ExpatConnect takes appropriate precautions, it will not be held responsible for any unauthorised access by third parties.

ACCESS AND CORRECTION

Please contact us through the contact form on the Website if you believe that any Personal Information that ExpatConnect holds about you is incorrect or incomplete or if you want to change any marketing preferences. We will revise any information that is incorrect or change your preferences upon receipt of your request.

COOKIES

In addition to the Personal Information and General Information that ExpatConnect collects through the Website, the Website uses cookies and you hereby consent to this use. Most web browsers are set by default to accept cookies. However, if you do not wish to receive any cookies, you may set your browser to either prompt you on or refuse cookies. Please note that rejecting cookies will restrict the functionality of the Website as a whole. We also use cookies for tracking the statistics of the Website. This allows us to better understand our users and improve the layout and functionality of the Website.

EFFECTIVENESS; CHANGES

This Privacy Policy is effective with respect to all Information that we have collected since the launch of the Website. You will be informed of any changes in our Privacy Policy and they will be posted on the Website, and with respect to Personal Information we collect in the future, will become effective as of the date of the information collection. With regard to Personal Information previously collected, there will be no retroactive changes to the Privacy Policy.

LINKS TO THIRD PARTY SITES

This Website may contain links to other websites. ExpatConnect is not responsible for the privacy practices of websites not operated by it, and ExpatConnect encourages you to read the privacy statements of each and every website that you access that collects your information.

MISCELLANEOUS

As per our Terms of Use children and minors (under the age of 21) are not eligible to use any ExpatConnect services on the Website and therefore we will not be responsible for any Personal Information submitted by any persons under the age of 21.

PRIVACY SETTINGS

Profile information the User submits to ExpatConnect will be available to other Users of ExpatConnect based on the default privacy settings of ExpatConnect

NEWSLETTERS, EMAILS, AND NOTIFICATIONS TO USERS

ExpatConnect regularly sends out newsletters, service-related announcements, or other notification messages and emails (altogether "Member Communication") to all Users of ExpatConnect. You may send us an email to support@expatconnect.com if you wish to turn them off.

If you have any questions about our Privacy Policy, please contact us by email to  support@expatconnect.com.