The privacy of our Users is extremely important to PBlinked. The personal information shared with us by our Users is only used to enhance the service we provide to our Users. The personal information of our Users will be used anonymously to determine advertisements displayed to our Users, however, NEVER will PBlinked transmit any User information to any third party, or advertiser, without the EXPLICIT authorization of our User.
Third party advertisements are displayed to our Users on the PBlinked website based on the personal information provided to us by the User. When a third party advertiser on the PBlinked website requires personal information (e.g. contact information) which the User had previously saved on the PBlinked website, PBlinked will attempt to pre-fill the advertiser's information request fields with the PBlinked User's personal information - BUT THIS IS ONLY TO ELIMINATE the need to re-input the data by our User. In EVERY case, the User MUST validate the pre-filled information and manually and personally submit the User's personal information to the third party. PBlinked will NEVER provide a PBlinked User's personal information to a third party.
Several features of PBlinked provide the opportunity for Users to receive email notifications from PBlinked. To receive these communications from PBlinked, the User must personally opt-in, and the opt-in screens will clearly state what emails the User can expect to receive from PBlinked. In EVERY case where a User receives an email communication from PBlinked, the email from PBlinked includes a method (usually an unsubscribe link) permitting the User to change or delete the preferences which prompted the email. Our commitment to our Users is that we will immediately update our email systems to support the intent of our Users.
Periodically, PBlinked will need to contact our Users via email communication regarding the service. We will NOT include advertisements from third parties in our email communications to our Users, and each email communication from PBlinked will provide our Users with a link to permanently remove the User from future email notifications.
Users can also create personal Profiles and link these to other Users through User established networks. When a User elects to participate in the Networking features of PBlinked, the User, not PBlinked, controls which personal information is shared with other Users of PBlinked
PBlinked Users can view the Public Profiles of other Users, communicate with friends (both new and old) on the service, share photos, post messages and comments, and describe their professional, personal, and career interests. To enrich and facilitate the experiences of our Users we request and display some personal information to other Users and visitors of PBlinked, which allows Users to identify each other and expand their networks; the information displayed by PBlinked is the Public Profile information presented by the User. PBlinked Users can edit their Profile information, and change the status from / to Public or Private at any time.
A Note to Our Users: Public Profiles are formatted by PBlinked so that they are indexed by search engines; this is a service to our Users. It is important for our Users to understand that there are websites on the internet that store every internet web page. What this means is that each User should personally review the Profile BEFORE making it Public.
PBlinked collects personal information submitted by our Users. This information includes Profile data explicitly provided to PBlinked by Users, as well as demographic and site utilization data to authenticate Users and to send notifications to Users relating to the PBlinked service. PBlinked also collects other profile data including but not limited to: personal interests, gender, age, work history, education and occupation in order to assist Users in finding and communicating with each other and customize the User experience (including advertising by third parties) on our site.
PBlinked logs non-personally identifiable information including IP address, aggregate profile information, aggregate User data, aggregate Profile content, and browser type, from Users and visitors to the site. User IP addresses are recorded for security and monitoring purposes. All of this data is used to manage the website, track usage, display relevant advertising, and improve the website services. This non-personally identifiable information may be shared with third-parties to facilitate the provision of more relevant services and advertisements to members.
PBlinked will never provide, share, rent or sell User-specific personal information to any third parties, unless the User requests PBlinked to transmit this information on the User's behalf - and in EVERY case the User must personally and manually elect to participate in this information transfer.
User Public Profile information, when the User's profile is set to "Public", is displayed to other Users, visitors to the site, and formatted such that the User's Profile is publicly accessible by third party search engines and the entire internet.
Email addresses are used for the purposes of inviting new friends to join PBlinked, to add Users to a User's friends' network(s), and to send notifications related to the service. With the exception of inviting friends, adding friends, and notifications, a User's eMail address is not shared or displayed to people within a User's personal network. Users within a personal network communicate on PBlinked with each other through the PBlinked service, without disclosing their email addresses.
Email addresses of non-PBlinked Users provided by Users for PBlinked Features (such as Profile Recommendations, Reviews, and Proof-Reading) are utilized by PBlinked solely to initiate, coordinate, facilitate, and complete the User experience for which the email address was provided to PBlinked.
PBlinked may also use a User's personal email address to send updates, notifications of unread email messages, or a newsletter or news regarding the service. Users may choose not to receive email of this type by changing their "notification" settings on the User "Account Settings". In every case, any email communication by PBlinked will include a provision to opt-out of future email communications.
Users can invite friends to particpate in or join the service by sending emails via our automated system. PBlinked stores the email addresses that Users provide so that the respondents may be added to the User's network, and to send the request, and also to send reminders of the requests. PBlinked does not sell, rent, or trade these email addresses or use them to send any other communication besides requests and request reminders (up to three  per email address). Recipients of invitations from PBlinked may contact PBlinked to request the removal of their information from our database; each email message will include a provision to permit the recipient to opt-out of receiving future email communications from PBlinked.
PBlinked Users may also store email addresses and other contact information of people they know in their internal PBlinked account and may also choose to send invitations and other communications to those addresses.
All Users, please be aware that whenever you voluntarily post public information to any page on PBlinked, that the information you post can be accessed by the public and can in turn be used by those people to send you unsolicited communications. For this reason we recommend that Users only post to third party employment sites using the PBlinked service and Users refrain from posting contact information of any type on any internet website(s).
PBlinked Users may modify or remove any of their personal information at any time by logging into their account, accessing the appropriate features, and making the desired changes.
PBlinked Users who no longer wish to receive notifications may choose not to by logging into their account, accessing the appropriate features, and making the desired changes. All notification emails from PBlinked also include the above instructions for opting-out of those communications in the future.
PBlinked User accounts are secured by member-created UserID's and Passwords. PBlinked takes precautions to insure that User account information is kept private. We use reasonable measures to protect User information that is stored within our database, and we restrict access to User information to those employees who need access to perform their job functions, such as our technical staff. Please note that no company, including PBlinked, can guarantee the security of User account information. Users will note that on PBlinked we do NOT collect personally identifiable information such as social security numbers, credit card numbers, or bank account information. Users must personally research any third party advertisers who do require this information, and even if the request for this information appears to be on the PBlinked Site, the User is required to research the advertiser; Users, not PBlinked, PBlinked's Parent Company, or any of PBlinked's subsidiaries, are responsible for transmitting any personally identifiable information to third parties, even if such third party was found by the User by accessing the PBlinked site.
Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise the security of User information at any time. PBlinked recognizes the trust of our Users is the foundation for our long-term success; we review our security processes regularly, and we attempt to take every commercially reasonable step to keep our systems updated with the newest in security technologies to protect our Users' information.
Thank you for your interest in how we address Privacy for our Users; we hope you are comfortable joining us and that you benefit from the service(s) we provide – Welcome to PBlinked!