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BuilderLink Privacy Policy
Your privacy is our top concern. We work hard to earn and keep your trust, so we adhere to the following principles to protect your privacy:

  • We do not rent or sell your personally identifiable information to third parties for marketing purposes.
  • We do not share your contact information with another User without your consent.
  • Any personally identifiable information that you provide will be secured with industry standard protocols and technology.

We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it frequently. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by email, or by means of a notice on our home page. By continuing to use the BuilderLink service after notice of changes have been sent to you or published on the BuilderLink website, you are consenting to the changes.

Please read this privacy policy to learn more about:

  1. What personally identifiable information of yours is collected by BuilderLink.
  2. How the information is used.
  3. With whom the information may be shared.
  4. How you can access and change your Account settings.
  5. What security procedures are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information collected by BuilderLink
  6. How to contact us.

1.   Personal Information Collected
The purpose of the BuilderLink website is to permit Users to voluntarily provide information about themselves for the purposes of developing, maintaining and enhancing a network of professional contacts. You willingly provide us certain personal information, which we collect in order to allow you to benefit from the BuilderLink website. If you have any hesitation about providing such information to us and/or having such information displayed on the BuilderLink website or otherwise used in any manner permitted in this Privacy Policy and the User Agreement, you should not become a member of the BuilderLink community.

We collect your personal information in the following ways:

Registration
In order to become a User, you must first create an account on our website. To create an account you are required to provide the following contact information, which you recognize and expressly acknowledge is personal information allowing others, including BuilderLink, to identify you: name, email address, country, ZIP/postal code, a brief summary of your professional background, and a password chosen by you.

Profile Information
Once you become a User, you may provide additional information in the Profile section describing your skills, professional experiences, and networking objectives. Providing additional information beyond what is required at registration to become a User is entirely optional, but enables you to better identify yourself and find new opportunities in the BuilderLink system to build and leverage your professional network. Any information you provide at registration or in the Profile section that is not personally identifiable may be used in the same manner and extent to which other information that is not personally identifiable is permitted to be used hereunder, including for the purpose of serving advertisements through the service. If you opt-out you may lose the potential benefit of being a User, including receiving ads that are more targeted to your interests.

Contacts Information
In order to invite others to connect with you directly in BuilderLink, you may use the BuilderLink services to invite them if they are a User, or enter their names and email addresses. This information will be used by BuilderLink to send your invitation including a message that you write. The names and email addresses of people that you invite will be used only to send your invitation and reminders.

You may also choose to manually enter or upload data about your contacts into the private "My contacts" section of the BuilderLink website. You may not invite anyone to connect with you whom you do not know. All information entered there will only be viewable by you and will not be searchable by others in the BuilderLink network without your permission. All information that you enter or upload about your contacts will be covered by the same terms of this privacy policy as cover your own information.

Customer Service
BuilderLink may collect information through the BuilderLink website in order to, among other things, accurately categorize and respond to a customer's inquiry and deliver appropriate service levels.

Cookies
Like most websites, BuilderLink uses cookies and web log files to track site usage. A cookie is a tiny data file which resides on your computer which allows BuilderLink to recognize you as a User when you return to the BuilderLink website using the same computer and web browser. If your browser settings do not allow cookies, you will not be able to use the BuilderLink website. Like the information you enter at registration or in your Profile, cookie and log file data is used to customize your experience on our website.

One type of cookie, known as a "persistent" cookie, is set once you've logged in to your BuilderLink account. The next time you visit the BuilderLink website, the persistent cookie will allow us to recognize you as an existing User. In order to access or change any of your private information (like a credit card number) or to send a message to another User, however, you must log in securely with your password even if your computer contains your persistent cookie.

Additionally, if you log out of the BuilderLink website you will need to re-enter your password the next time you visit in order to log in to your account. Another type of cookie, called a "session" cookie, is used to identify a particular visit to the BuilderLink website. Session cookies expire after a short time or when you close your web browser.

We use cookies to improve the quality of our service by storing User preferences and tracking User trends. In the course of serving advertisements or optimizing services to our Users, we may allow authorized third parties to place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser. Any information provided to third parties through such cookies will not be personally identifiable but may provide general segment information, e.g. your industry or geographic location, your occupation, or information about your professional or educational background, for greater customization of your user experience. Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies, but you can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. Unfortunately, if your browser settings do not allow cookies or you opt to refuse all cookies, you may not be able to use the BuilderLink website or services. BuilderLink does not store personally identifiable information in the cookies.

Log files, IP Addresses and Information About Your Computer
Due to the communications standards on the Internet, when you visit the BuilderLink web site we automatically receive the URL of the site from which you came and the site to which you are going when you leave BuilderLink. We also receive the Internet protocol (IP) address of your computer (or the proxy server you use to access the World Wide Web), your computer operating system and type of web browser you are using, email patterns, as well as the name of your ISP. This information is used to analyze overall trends to help us improve the BuilderLink service. The linkage between your IP address and your personally identifiable information is not shared with third-parties without your permission or except when required by law.

Consent to BuilderLink Processing Information About You
Certain information you provide to BuilderLink may reveal, or allow others to identify, your nationality, ethnic origin, religion or other aspects of your private life, and more generally about you. Please be aware that in providing information to BuilderLink for the purposes of opening your user account, you are expressly and voluntarily accepting the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy and BuilderLink's User Agreement. The supplying of all such information by you to BuilderLink, including all information deemed "sensitive" by applicable law, is entirely voluntary on your part. You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time, in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Policy and the User Agreement, but please note that your withdrawal of consent will not be retroactive.

Rights to Access, Correct and Eliminate Information About You

You have a right to access, modify, correct and eliminate the data about you which has been collected pursuant to your decision to become a User. If you update any of your information, we may keep a copy of the information which you originally provided to us in our archives for uses documented herein.

We take your rights seriously and encourage you to use them if you deem this to be appropriate. You may exercise these rights by emailing us at Support@YourBuilderLink.com or by contacting us at:

BuilderLink, LLC.
4660 Main St., Ste. 400-2
Springfield, OR 97478

2.   Uses of Personal Information
BuilderLink is an online service dedicated to helping all types of building professionals more effectively connect with one another. The personally identifiable information you choose to provide on our website is used to help you describe yourself to other Users. Other information, that does not personally identify you as an individual, is collected by BuilderLink from Users (such as, for example, patterns of utilization) and is exclusively owned by BuilderLink. This information can be utilized by BuilderLink in such manner as BuilderLink, in its sole discretion, deems appropriate.

BuilderLink Communications
BuilderLink will communicate with you through email and notices posted on the BuilderLink website or through other means available through the service, including text and other forms of messaging. If we send any communications to you via the carrier service with which you have a mobile communications subscription or otherwise have access, you understand you will pay any service fees associated with any such access (including text messaging charges for messages to your mobile device). These include a series of up to five welcome emails which help inform new Users about various features of the service. Please be aware that you will always receive certain emails from BuilderLink related to the proper functioning of your account, such as email notices when another User in your network sends you an opportunity. BuilderLink may send you promotional information unless you have opted out of receiving such information. You can change your e-mail and contact preferences at any time by logging into your 'Account & Settings' and amending your email notification choices. If you wish, you can also opt-out of receiving promotional emails, by sending a request to info@YourBuilderLink.com.

Customized Content
Information provided to BuilderLink (or to third parties with whom it offers combined services) is also used to customize your experience on our website. For example, when you login to your account we will display the screen names of new Users who have recently joined your network.

Teaming with Other Organizations to Offer Combined and Other Services

BuilderLink may offer our services in connection with other websites (including updates about the BuilderLink service) or may team with other online services to give you the combined results of both services or additional services and benefits.

For Platform Applications designed by most Platform Developers, you will be asked to confirm acceptance of the Platform Developers' respective privacy policies and user agreements, which have not necessarily been reviewed or approved by BuilderLink. In these cases, it will be your choice whether or not to make use of the services and whether to proceed under the Platform Developers' terms.

Platform Developers are required to agree to restrictions on access, storage and usage of your information. However, while we typically enter into contractual agreements and take technical steps to restrict possible misuse of such information by such Platform Developers, we may not screen or approve Platform Developers, and we cannot and do not guarantee that all Platform Developers will abide by such restrictions and agreements. Certain actions you take through the Platform Applications will be displayed to your connections. You understand that your use of any Platform Applications is on an "as is" basis without any warranty as to the Platform Developers' actions.

If you, your connections, members of your network, or other Users of BuilderLink use any Platform Application, or if you interact with a Platform Application being used by any of them, such Platform Application may access and share certain information about you with others. Because a Platform Application can make calls on behalf of the User interacting with it to access non-public information, the level of detail accessible by the Platform Application is constrained by the same settings that govern visibility of your data to that User on BuilderLink.

For example, assuming you have not already given a Platform Application permission to access your information, your nonpublic profile information should not be visible to someone using a Platform Application if it is not otherwise accessible to that person on BuilderLink.

We occasionally provide demonstration accounts that allow non-users a glimpse into the BuilderLink world. Such accounts have only limited capabilities and passwords are changed regularly to limit possible misuse.

We may offer stores or provide services jointly with other companies on BuilderLink. You can tell when another company is involved in any store or service provided on BuilderLink, and we may share customer information with that company in connection with your use of that store or service.

Surveys and Polls
As a User, you will receive requests to participate in market research including polls and surveys submitted by other BuilderLink members. If you participate in surveys and polls offered through our website, the information you provide may be visible to others using the BuilderLink website. You may opt-out of participating by changing your Account & Settings to stop receiving these inquiries and requests.

Forums/Chats/Blogs
If you post on the Answers section of BuilderLink, or use a bulletin board, import a blog, or participate in a chat room on BuilderLink, you should be aware that any personally identifiable information you choose to provide there can be read, collected, or used by other Users of these forums, as well as Platform Developers and other third parties, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. BuilderLink is not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in these forums.

Links
BuilderLink may contain links to other websites. We are of course not responsible for the privacy practices of other web sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information. This Privacy Policy applies solely to information collected by BuilderLink.

 

Testimonials and Advertisements Placed on BuilderLink
If you provide any testimonials about the BuilderLink service or place advertisements on BuilderLink , we may post those testimonials and examples of advertisements you place in connection with BuilderLink’s promotion of its service to third parties, which testimonials and advertisements may include your name and other personal information that you have provided.

Third Party Advertising
Advertisements that appear on BuilderLink are sometimes delivered (or "served") directly to users by third party advertisers. They automatically receive your IP address when this happens. These third party advertisers may also download cookies to your computer, or use other technologies such as JavaScript and "web beacons" (also known as "1x1 gifs") to measure the effectiveness of their ads and to personalize advertising content. Doing this allows the advertising network to recognize your computer each time they send you an advertisement in order to measure the effectiveness of their ads and to personalize advertising content. In this way, they may compile information about where individuals using your computer or browser saw their advertisements and determine which advertisements are clicked. BuilderLink does not have access to or control of the cookies that may be placed by the third party advertisers. Third party advertisers have no access to your contact information stored on BuilderLink unless you choose to share it with them.

This privacy policy covers the use of cookies by BuilderLink and does not cover the use of cookies or other tracking technologies by any of its advertisers.

Communications to Other Users
Many emails you initiate through BuilderLink, e.g., an invitation sent to a non-User, will list your email address and name in the header of the message. Emails you initiate may also provide aggregate information about your network (for instance how many people are in your network).

Legal Disclaimer
We may be required to disclose user information pursuant to lawful requests, such as subpoenas or court orders, or in compliance with applicable laws. We do not reveal information until we have a good faith belief that an information request by law enforcement or private litigants meets applicable legal standards. Additionally, we may share account or other information when we believe it is necessary to comply with law, to protect our interests or property, to prevent fraud or other illegal activity perpetrated through the BuilderLink service or using the BuilderLink name, or to prevent imminent bodily harm. This may include sharing information with other companies, lawyers, agents or government agencies.

Disclosures to Others
We may also disclose your personal and other information you provide, to another third party as part of a reorganization or a sale of the assets of the BuilderLink system. Any third party to which we transfer or sell BuilderLink’s assets will have the right to continue to use the personal and other information that you provide to us.

3.   Your Information Choices

Accessing and Changing Your Account Information
You can review the personal information you provided us and make any desired changes to the information you publish, or to the settings for your BuilderLink account including your email, and contact preferences, at any time by logging in to your account on the BuilderLink website. Please be aware that even after your request for a change is processed, BuilderLink may, for a time, retain residual information about you in its backup and/or archival copies of its database.

Closing Your Account
You can also close your account through the BuilderLink website. If you close your BuilderLink account, we will remove your name and other personally identifiable information from our publicly viewable database. We may retain certain data contributed by you if we believe it may be necessary to prevent fraud or future abuse, or for legitimate business purposes, such as analysis of aggregated, non-personally identifiable data, account recovery, or if required by law. To request that we close your account and remove your information from the BuilderLink website, please send your request to info@YourBuilderLink.com. Please send your request using an email account that you have registered with BuilderLink under your name. You will receive a response to requests sent to info@YourBuilderLink.com within five business days of its receipt.

4.   Your Obligations
As a User, you have certain obligations toward the other Users with whom you will be communicating. Certain of these obligations are imposed by applicable law and regulations, and others have become commonplace in user-friendly communities of like-minded members, such as BuilderLink:

  • You must, at all times, respect the terms and conditions of the then-current Privacy Policy and the User Agreement. This includes respecting all intellectual property rights which may belong to third parties (such as photographs).
  • You must not download or otherwise disseminate any information which may be deemed to be injurious, violent, offensive, racist or xenophobic or which may otherwise violate the purpose and spirit of BuilderLink and its community of Users.
  • You must not provide information to BuilderLink and /or other Users which you believe might be injurious or detrimental to your person, professional or social status.
  • Any violation of these guidelines may lead to the restriction, suspension or termination of your account by BuilderLink, as we take these principles seriously and consider them to be the basis on which our Users adhere to the BuilderLink website and the services which it offers.


5.   Important Information

Children
Children are not eligible to use our service and we ask that minors (under the age of 18) do not submit any personal information to us or use the service.

Changes to This Privacy Policy
BuilderLink may update this privacy policy at any time, with or without advance notice. In the event there are significant changes in the way we treat your personally identifiable information, we will display a notice on the BuilderLink website or send you an email, as provided for above. Non-material changes and clarifications will take effect immediately, and material changes will take effect within 30 days of their posting on this site. Unless stated otherwise, our current Privacy Policy applies to all information that we have about you and your account.

If you use the BuilderLink service after notice of changes have been sent to you or published on our site, you hereby provide your consent to the changed practices.

6.   Security
In order to secure your personal information, access to your data on BuilderLink is password-protected, and sensitive data (such as credit card information) is protected by SSL encryption when it is exchanged between your web browser and the BuilderLink web site. To protect any data you store on our servers we also regularly audit our system for possible vulnerabilities and attacks and we use a tier-one secured-access data center. It is your responsibility to protect the security of your login information. Please note that emails and instant messaging and similar means of communication with other users of BuilderLink are not encrypted and we strongly request you not to communicate any confidential information through these means.

7.   How to Contact Us
If you have questions or comments about this privacy policy, please email us at info@YourBuilderLink.com or contact us at:

BuilderLink, LLC
4660 Main Street, Suite 400-2
Springfield, OR 97478
877-228-0884, ext 4