You can use the Website or contact us without having an account. However, certain other activities on IndieGuide.com such as uploading information to your profile or adding content to the site, posting comments, or participating at the forum require you to have an IndieGuide.com account When you register we ask for some personal information when you create your account, including your email address and a password, which is used to protect your account from unauthorized access.
We may record information about your usage, such as when you use the Website, specific information, features, the contacts you communicate with, the videos you watch, and the frequency and size of data transfers, as well as information you display or click on in the Website (including UI elements, settings, and other information). If you are logged in, we may associate that information with your account.
Content Uploaded to Site
Any personal information or content that you voluntarily disclose online (on discussion boards, in messages and chat areas, within your profile page, etc.) becomes publicly available and can be collected and used by others.
How We Use Personal Information
If you submit personally identifiable information to us through the Website, we use your personal information to operate, maintain, and provide to you the general and personalized features and functionality of the Website.
Your account name (not your email address) is displayed to other Users when you upload information or send or post messages through the Website and other Users can contact you through messages and comments. Any information that you submit to IndieGuide.com may be redistributed through the internet and other media channels, and may be viewed by the general public. We do not use your email address or other personally identifiable information to send commercial or marketing messages without your consent or except as part of a specific program or feature for which you will have the ability to opt-in or opt-out. We may, however, use your email address without further consent for non-marketing or administrative purposes (such as notifying you of major Website changes or for customer service purposes).
We use both your personally identifiable information and certain non-personally-identifiable information (such as anonymous user usage data, cookies, IP addresses, browser type, and other data) to improve the quality and design of IndieGuide.com and to create new features, promotions, functionality, and services by storing, tracking, analyzing, and processing user preferences and trends, as well as user activity and communications.
We reserve the right to share information in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person or as otherwise required by law.
Information That is Publicly Available
When you create an account on the site, some information about your account and your account activity will be provided to other Users of the site. This may include the date you opened your account, the date you last logged into your account, your country, the amount of information you've posted, etc. Your account name (not your email address) is displayed to other Users when you engage in certain activity on the site, such as posting on the discussion board. Other Users can contact you through messages and comments.
You may also choose to add personal information that will visible to other Users on your profile page (which is the public facing page for your account on the site). If you choose to add certain features to your profile, then these features and your activity associated with these features will be displayed to other Users and may be aggregated and shared with your confirmed friends or other Users. Such shared activity may include what parts of the Website you find useful, what items you rated and what information you uploaded. Of course, any information or materials you submit to the IndieGuide.com may be redistributed through the internet and other media outlets, and may be seen by the general public.
Your Handling of Your Information
You may, of course, decline to submit personally identifiable information through the Website, in which case you can still view information and explore IndieGuide.com, but IndieGuide.com may not be able to provide certain services to you. You may update or correct your personal profile information and email preferences at any time by visiting your account profile page. You may control the information that is available to other Users at any time by editing your account and the features that are included on your profile page.
For more information about our privacy practices, you can contact us at privacy (at) indieguide.com