For Facetopo there are two main reasons for asking you to create an account:
1) When we publish a paper as a result of your efforts we feel extremely strongly about crediting you for your efforts. Attempting to publish a paper with 1,000 authors is somewhat frowned upon by the scientific journals but we plan to link to an author page to credit the contributions of citizen scientists. We can only credit you if you share some personal information with us when you sign up.
2) For our research methods to work well, identifying an individual ‘classifier’ is pretty important. In order to produce the best results possible we spend lots of time working out who is ‘best’ at a particular task and weighting their contributions accordingly. Being able to reliably identify an individual throughout the lifetime of a project (and even between projects) is most simple when someone has logged in.
What information do we collect?
We collect video/photographs of your face submitted by you via your mobile device, tablet or web browser, and the 2D and 3D biometric data derived from mapping scientifically-derived facial landmarks onto your images.
We do not collect personally identifiable information except where you specifically provide Facetopo.com with such information. Providing Facetopo.com with personally identifiable information is always your choice. Where you do decide to provide such information, we may collect your full name, gender, e-mail address, street address, telephone number and any other personal information that you make available (“Personal Information”) . We generally collect this type of information from your personal profile.
If you choose to advertise on the Web Site using our fee-based services (e.g. purchasing primary advertising space) , we may collect credit card information from you as well (“Billing Information”) . We generally collect this billing information on our registration forms.
We also collect aggregate technical information (such as IP addresses, screen resolution, browser language, etc.) and anonymous demographic information (such as your postal code, the web site that you came from, etc.) during your usage of the Web Site (“Aggregate Information”).
What do we do with the information we collect?
We use Personal Information and Aggregate Information you make available to compile web site statistics that enables Facetopo.com to analyze the performance of the Web Site. Any Personal Information you provide to FaceTopo.com is NEVER sold to advertisers or market researchers. Your Personal Information may be available to other users of the Web Site to the extent that you make such information available to them.
Whenever possible, we use non-identifiable Aggregate Information (i.e. IP addresses and anonymous demographic information) rather than Personal Information. Non-identifiable Aggregate Information is used to tailor your experiences on the Web Site by showing content in which we think you will be interested and displaying content according to your preferences. We may use Aggregate Information to analyze user behavior and characteristics in order to measure interest in and use of the various areas of the Web Site. We also use the Aggregate Information collected to evaluate and improve our services, analyze traffic to the Web Site and provide non-identifiable statistics to existing and potential advertisers.
Personal Information, Billing Information and Aggregate Information collected on the Web Site is stored and processed in the USA and, by using the Web Site, you consent to any such transfer of information outside of your country – nonetheless, you can be assured that FaceTopo.com intends to adhere to the principles set forth in this Policy. In other words, our goal is to provide protection for your Personal Information no matter where that information is collected, transferred, or retained.
Do we share the information we collect with third parties?
We NEVER sell, provide or otherwise transfer the Personal Information you provide to FaceTopo.com to any third parties for any reason. FaceTopo.com is opposed to spam mail activities and does not participate in such mailings, nor do we release or authorize the use of Personal Information for such purposes. You should keep in mind that FaceTopo.com is an online community which fosters the sharing of information. As a result, we do allow you to share information with other Web Site users – however, you are able to choose what information you wish to make available to other users.
We may use statistical analysis of Aggregate Information to inform advertisers of aggregate user demographics and behavior, as well as the number of users that have been exposed to, or clicked on, their advertising banners. We will provide only aggregate data from the analysis of Aggregate Information to third parties.
We may share information we collect with third party service providers to manage certain aspects of the services we provide, such as maintaining our servers and processing payment for advertising-priority services. We ensure that the third party service providers that we share your information with have privacy policies in place substantially similar to our own.
We may also disclose your information in special cases if required to do so by law, court order or other governmental authority or when we believe in good faith that disclosing this information is otherwise necessary or advisable, including, for instance, to identify, contact, or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to or interfering with the rights or property of Facetopo.com, the Web Site, another user or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities.
How long do we retain information?
We retain your Personal Information for such period of time as we feel is necessary to ensure that you have a reasonable opportunity to access the information. If you no longer consent to us retaining your Personal Information, you can contact our Privacy Contact by email at email@example.com.
Do we save any correspondence that you send to Facetopo.com?
Yes. If you send Facetopo.com correspondence, including e-mails and faxes, we may retain such information in the records of your account. We may also retain customer service correspondence and other correspondence from Facetopo.com to you. We may retain these records in order to measure and improve our customer service, and investigate potential fraud and violation of our Terms and Conditions of Use. We may, over time, delete these records if permitted by law.
Is the information submitted in public forums confidential?
No. The Web Site may offer chat rooms, forums, instant messaging features, message boards and/or news groups for you to use. IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT ANY INFORMATION DISCLOSED IN THESE AREAS BECOMES PUBLIC INFORMATION. Accordingly, you should exercise extreme caution when deciding to disclose your Personal Information, or any other information, and you do so at your own risk.
Do we collect information from children under eighteen (18) years old?
We do not knowingly collect or solicit Personal Information from anyone under the age of eighteen (18) or knowingly allow such persons to register WITHOUT A PARENT OR GUARDIAN’S CONSENT.
Do we use web beacons?
Yes. Some areas of the Web Site may contain electronic images known as "web beacons" or single-pixel gifs that allow Facetopo.com to count visitors to the Web Site and collect aggregate data. Web beacons collect limited information including cookie number, time and date of a page view and a description of the page on which the web beacon resides.
Is the Web Site secure?
We are committed to maintaining the security of your information and have measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. We employ the latest and most secure techniques available for protecting our systems from intrusion by unauthorized individuals, and we are constantly upgrading our security as better methods become available. Our data center utilizes state-of-the-art physical security measures to prevent unauthorized access to the facility. In addition, all information is stored in a secure location behind a firewall and other sophisticated security systems with limited (need-to-know) administrative access. All FaceTopo.com employees who have access to, or are associated with, the processing of Personal Information are contractually obligated to respect the confidentiality of your information and abide by the privacy standards we have established. Although we use industry standard practices to protect your privacy, we do not promise, and you should not expect, that your Personal Information or private communications will always remain private.
Does this Policy apply to linked sites other than the Web Site?
No. The Web Site contains links to third party web sites. By clicking on a third party advertising banner or other link, you will be redirected off the Web Site and to such third party web site. Furthermore, we may permit third parties to offer subscription and/or registration-based services through the Web Site. We are not responsible for the privacy policies of such web sites. You should make sure that you read and understand the privacy policies of the third party web sites and direct any concerns regarding external links to the web site administrator or webmaster prior to providing any personally identifiable information.
Can you update/correct your information?
Yes. Access and control over most Personal Information on the Web Site is readily available through the profile editing tools. You may modify or delete any of your profile information at any time by logging into your account. If you need assistance to correct or update your Personal Information, you may contact our Privacy Contact by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do we do with your data?
We put it into our database and carry out data analysis tests to assess the facial morphology and biometric data of a large group of faces. We use the answers to the questionnaires to see how things like lifestyle relate to your preferences for the faces and voices. The scientific papers we published on data from Facetopo will be public and posted on the website.
All of your responses are confidential and anonymous. Although we will present average results for our tests, we will never make the answers of a single person public. Your data are stored on a secure server and we will never ask for identifying data, such as your email address, in a way that can link it to your user data. If you have any concerns about the security or the use of your data, do not hesitate to contact us.
Facetopo User Agreement
User privacy and security are important to Facetopo. By tapping the CREATE ACCOUNT button: You submit that you are over 18 years of age or else you have secured parental consent to create a Facetopo account. You agree and understand all Facetopo user data, images, and responses are confidential and private. Although Facetopo may present averages, variations, and measures of deviation, we will never make the data of a single person public. Your data are stored on a secure server and we will never ask for identifying data, such as your email address, in a way that can link it to your user data. Facetopo retains the rights to all images and data derived from the Facetopo app. Your creation of a user account constitutes your consent to create and submit photographs and/or other recordings or representations of yourself to Facetopo. You understand that all photographs and/or recordings will be done in reliance on this consent given by you by creating a user account. You understand and accept that we are capturing anonymous usage data to improve FaceTopo. If you have any concerns about the security or the use of your data, do not hesitate to contact us.