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Privacy Notice.
Hello! And thank you for visiting the Kodo Startups Incorporated (“Kodo Startups”) website. We are committed to your privacy. Please read the following information carefully. It tells you when this policy is effective, what information we collect from you, how we might use it, how you can review or change the personal information you provided to us, how we may change this policy, and the steps we take to ensure that your personal information is protected.

Once a year, you are entitled to know what information, if any, we share with other businesses and for what purposes. Please request this information by contacting us at info@kodostartups.com.

Agreement to Terms.

All activities in which you may engage on this website are voluntary. You are not required to provide any personal information to us unless you choose to access features on this site which require such information. If you do not agree with the terms of this policy or other terms of use on this website, then you should immediately exit this website without providing us with any of your personal information and discontinue use of the site.

Effective Date and Changes to this Policy.

This privacy policy is effective as of the date below, and will remain in effect until a new policy supersedes it. We may choose to update this policy at our discretion, so you should check this page periodically as the terms may change from time to time. The most recent version of the policy will be reflected by the “last updated” date noted at the bottom of the page. Your continued use of the site will constitute your acknowledgment of the policy in its current version and your understanding of the terms of the policy.

Policy Applicable To Online Activities Only.

The privacy policy does not extend to anything that is inherent in the operation of the Internet and is therefore beyond our control, and is not to be applied in any manner contrary to applicable law or governmental regulation. This online privacy policy only applies to information collected through the Kodo Startups website. It does not apply to any information we may collect from you in any place other than this website.

What Types of Personal and Identifying Information we Collect.

When you create an account with us, or when you enter such information on this site, we collect personal information from you including your first name, your last name, your email address, location (city/state/country), phone number, occupation/job title, headline, biography, profile picture, education, skills, work experience, your gender, your age, your date of birth. We also collect financial information including your payment information and billing address. When you visit our site, we may also collect your activity data in connection with your account name and password. As a part of the services we use to store and manage information Mongo DB Inc and Amazon Web Services Inc.

Types of Non-Identifying Information we Collect.

We may also collect general information resulting from your activity on the site, including your preferences, insights, and other tendencies. This may include anonymous “traffic data” or tracking information provided by the website’s host or similar provider of such information (i.e., Google Analytics) that does not personally identify you, but may be helpful for marketing purposes or for improving the services we offer. In addition, when you visit our site, we may also log your anonymous IP addresses, a unique identifier for your computer or other access device. This helps us diagnose problems with our server, to administer our site, or to display the content according to your preferences.

Use of Click Stream Data and Cookies.

The Kodo Startups Website Collects Click Stream Data. When you visit the website, we may also collect “click stream data”. What is Click Stream Data? On a website, click stream analysis (sometimes called clickstream analytics) is the process of collecting, analyzing, and reporting aggregate data about which pages visitors visit in what order - which are the result of the succession of mouse clicks each visitor makes (that is, the clickstream). How we Use Click Stream Data. This information can be combined with information you have provided to us by registering, or by some other action, and which will enable us to analyze and better customize your visits. We may use click stream data for traffic analysis or e-commerce analysis of the website, to determine which features of the website are most or least effective or useful to you. Such general information, including the click stream data and cookies, as mentioned below, may be collected from you whenever you access the site, whether or not you provide us with any personal information.

The Kodo Startups website uses cookies. Kodo Startups currently does not use anonymous cookies. The use of cookies by Kodo Startups will be to maintain consistency in some user interfaces from page to page, such as, for example, a drop down filter choice or a sort-order choice on a listing page. In the future, however, Kodo Startups may decide to use anonymous cookies to track behavior of visitors to the site. Kodo Startups reserves the right to change this policy to reflect that change What is a Cookie? A cookie is a small string of information that the website you visit transfers to your computer for identification purposes. Cookies can be used to follow your activity on the website and that information helps websites to understand your preferences and improve your website experience. Cookies are also used for such activities as remembering your user name and password, if you use such a feature on this site. Anonymous cookies are cookies that other sites can utilize rather than site-specific cookies. You can turn off all cookies in the event you prefer not to receive them. You can also have your computer warn you whenever cookies are being used. There are also software products available that can manage cookies for you. Please be aware, however, that when you choose to reject cookies, this choice may limit the functionality of the website and you may lose access to some of its features.

How Your Information is Used.

We primarily use the personal information you provide and any general information we receive from you to provide products and services to you, including, but not limited to, the following: To administer a content promotion survey or other site and to provide you with the relevant products or services (for example, to deliver a prize you may have won in a contest).

To send you information or materials via e-mail about products, offers, and news we think might interest you. This information may relate to products, offers, and news about us or our licensees or selected commercial partners. We will send you this information unless you have expressly opted-out of receiving e-mails from us. If you no longer wish to receive any e-mails from us, you may unsubscribe by updating your email preferences.

To analyze visits to the website and learn about the interests of visitors in aggregate and on a personal level to better understand your interests and needs, so we can improve its products and services and deliver the type of content, features and promotions that you are most interested in.

You may control the frequency with which you receive emails from us (including the complete elimination of email notifications) by logging into your account and changing your preferences. Additionally, you can close your account and indicate that all of your related data should be deleted or, alternatively, indicate that the data can remain but the account be marked as inactive.

What Information is Shared and with Whom.

Your traffic and transaction information may be shared with our business partners and advertisers on an aggregate and anonymous basis. We may also draw inferences from this information, aggregate this information, and use this information to inform the operation of the website, enhance your website experience, or for any other lawful purpose. Such information shall be governed by this policy in the same manner as any other personal information.

We will not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer your personal information or general information to third parties without informing you in advance. However, we may provide some of our services through contractual arrangements with affiliates, services providers, partners and other third parties. Our service partners may use your personal information to operate the website and deliver their services. For example, your data may be transferred to website hosting partners and other parties who assist in designing and operating the website, executing services, or helping us analyze collected data. These parties will only use your data for the purpose of carrying out the work as agreed with us and will be required to keep the information confidential. We will encourage our service partners to adopt and post privacy policies. However, the use of your personal information by service partners is governed by the privacy policies of those service partners and is not subject to our control.

Kodo Startups uses the following third-party services:

Sendgrid (email)
Facebook Pixel
Google Analytics

A note about Sendgrid. At present, the only case where your personal information will be exchanged with third party services is in the case of SMTP Mail handling. In order to alleviate the burden on our server, Kodo Startups uses Sendgrid to provide SMTP service through which all Kodo Startups sourced emails will flow. Sendgrid's servers are optimized for getting mail delivered through sophisticated spam protection services. When you opt to receive our emails, we use Sendgrid to ensure that all email communication is sent from a trusted source.

What Can Other Users See?

Each user has a personal profile and can create multiple startup pages. The user profile is visible to other users of the platform and the option to be a public profile (visible for people with no account on the website) is also available. Events. Your connections can see if you are interested in an event but there is the option to keep this feature hidden. You can review your settings located in the Kodo Startups Settings for further details. The created startup and business information ( basic information – social media, name, vision, logo, and also landing pages) have the option to be public once created. If you have any concerns about material that has been shared, you can report that content by emailing us at info@kodostartups.com.

Disclosure of Your Information for Security Purposes.

Kodo Startups fully cooperates with law enforcement agencies in identifying those who use our services for illegal activities. We will release personal or general information without your consent for security purposes, when required by law, or to prevent imminent harm to any person or entity. We will disclose personal or general information upon receipt of a court order or subpoena, or to cooperate with a law enforcement investigation, which may include responding to requests and court orders from jurisdictions outside the United States. We reserve the right to report to law enforcement agencies any activities that we in good faith believe to be unlawful, as determined in our sole discretion.

Where Your Information is Stored.
All your information is stored in a secure database.

How we Protect your Information and Keep your Information Secure.

In order to protect both the personal information and the general information that we receive from you through the website, we have implemented various security measures, including but not limited to measures put in place by our web host, Pantheon Systems, Inc., and through Drupal, our platform and Content Management System. For server security, the code is controlled by a central repository and cannot be altered directly on the server. For user authentication, Drupal uses a stretched, multi-encryption method of SHA512 with a salt. What is SHA512? A secure hash algorithm is a set of cryptographic hash functions designed by the NSA. Cryptographic hash functions are mathematical operations run on digital data; by comparing the computed "hash" (the output from execution of the algorithm) to a known and expected hash value, a person can determine the data's integrity. For example, computing the hash of a downloaded file and comparing the result to a previously published hash result can show whether the download has been modified or tampered with. A key aspect of cryptographic hash functions is their collision resistance: nobody should be able to find two different input values that result in the same hash output. What is a salt? A salt is random data that is used as an additional input to a one-way function that hashes a password or passphrase.

Unauthorized Access by Third Parties.

Whenever you give out personal information online there is a risk that third parties may intercept and use that information. While we strive to protect your personal information and privacy, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you disclose online. By using this site, you expressly acknowledge and agree that we cannot guarantee the security of any data provided to or received by us through this site and that any personal information, general information, or other data or information received from you through the site is provided at your own risk.

Use of This Site by Minors.

This site is not intended for use by persons under the age of 16. Personal registration information submitted by a person under the age of 16 will not be accepted. Any general information provided by a person under the age of 18 and gathered (for example, through the use of cookies) during his or her visit may be used as indicated in this). Kodo Startups is committed to protecting the privacy of children and has no intention of collecting personal data from children under the age of 16. We encourage parents and guardians of children under 16 to regularly check and monitor their children’s use of e-mail and other activities online. We understand and are committed to respecting the sensitive nature of children’s privacy online. If we learn or have reason to suspect that a site user is under age 16, we will promptly delete any personal information in that user’s account.

Links to Third Parties.

The Kodo Startups site may contain hyperlinks to websites owned and operated by third parties. Where this is the case, we urge you to review the equivalent data protection, privacy and cookie policies available on such websites. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for the data protection of privacy practices of third parties in relation to such websites and your use of third party websites is entirely at your own risk.

For your convenience and to improve the usage of the website we may insert links to third parties on this site. This privacy policy does not apply to such third party websites. These links take you outside our service and off our site and are beyond our control. This includes links from partners that may use our logos as part of a co-branding agreement. The sites those links can take you to have their own separate privacy policy and although we seek to protect the integrity of the website, we are not responsible for the content and activities of those sites. Your visits and access to such websites is at your own risk. Please note that those other sites may send their own cookies to users, collect data, or solicit personal information.

Public Forums.

The Kodo Startups site may include interactive forums such as message boards and chat rooms. Please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information.

Changes to your Personal Information and Data Retention.

The information you provide is kept in perpetuity unless and until you decide to delete it. Deletion is destructive, meaning that it will be completely removed from the active database. For backup purposes, older versions of our database are kept for six months. We encourage you to promptly update your personal information when it changes. You may also cancel your registration at any time and you may opt out of receiving any e-mails from us. Additionally, you can choose to have all your personal information deleted from our database by notifying us at info@kodostartups.com. However, as provided in the Terms of Use, any content created by you belongs to us and will remain in in our database, even after your personal and personally identifying information is deleted from our database. We may choose to publish that content, however, we will not do so in a manner that discloses your information or identifies you in any way.

California Do-Not-Track Disclosures.

Without changing or revoking any of Your privacy protections contained in this Privacy Policy, Kodo Startups does not alter its behavior or change its services upon receiving “do-not-track” signals, as the term appears in Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code §§ 22575(b)(5).

Questions or Comments.

If you have any questions or comments relating to our website or the privacy policy, send an e-mail to info@kodostartups.com.

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