Who wants to read a Privacy Policy or Terms of Use Agreement? Not many folks, but these are important documents — they affect your rights and responsibilities! We want our Advocates and our Clients to understand what we do and how our services work. So here it is, in plain English.

Two important things to note at the outset:

  • This Privacy Policy applies only to HireInfluence Advocates — the savvy, trending social media users or bloggers with significant social media contacts through the Advocates’ social media networks. There is a separate Privacy Policy for HireInfluence Clients — brands, businesses or individuals who use HireInfluence to promote a product, service, candidate, cause, or event.
  • As with our Terms of Use, into which this Privacy Policy is incorporated, you must completely agree to the Privacy Policy in order to use our website and services. If you do not agree to any portion of this Privacy Policy or our Terms of Use, please stop using our site and services immediately. By registering with HireInfluence or using our services, you are consenting to our practices, as described in this Privacy Policy, regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of your personal information and social media contacts.

Advocates — Welcome to HireInfluence!

Introduction to Our Privacy Policy

While we use plain English, it’s important that we all understand the same meaning of certain terms used in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use, so you can find definitions for the following terms here: Advocate; Client; App or Mobile App; Campaign; Campaign Specifics; Content; Cookies; Financial Information; HireInfluence Platform; Opportunity or Opportunities; Personal Information; Profile; Services; Share; Site; Social Media Contacts; and Social Media Networks.

In this Privacy Policy, we tell you about:

  • HireInfluence – How We Work with Advocates
  • What Information We Collect from You
  • What We Do with Information Collected
  • Our Advocates’ Rights
  • Our Advocates’ Responsibilities
  • Children’s Privacy
  • Our Security, Technology and Policy Amendments
  • How to Contact Us

HireInfluence — How We Work with Advocates

HireInfluence revolutionizes social media, how social media networks and social media contacts can be used, and how we can all benefit. HireInfluence establishes, manages, and optimizes online marketing campaigns for our Clients and Advocates. We are committed to protecting and appropriately managing the personal information that our Advocates share with us.

HireInfluence offers a dynamic, online social media marketing platform; our Advocates are typically sophisticated users of social media networks with large numbers of social media contacts. Advocates join HireInfluence to potentially receive Opportunities for which they will receive compensation by making available their social media networks (such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest) to share Content from HireInfluence Clients, who select HireInfluence Advocates, based upon the Advocates’ social media networks and social media contacts, to promote the Client’s products, services, candidates, causes, or events. Using the HireInfluence Platform, Advocates may consolidate and connect their social media networks, blogs, and other digital assets into a single Profile that may be accessed by Clients in order to facilitate such Opportunities.

You need to know that this Privacy Policy applies to all of our Services, products, widgets, and websites – including AdvoWire, Traffic Boost, Lead Generation, Custom Landings, Community Building, Advocate Sampling, Beta Testing Trials, Ambassador Groups, and AdvoSearch – that are offered by HireInfluence or its subsidiaries or affiliated companies.

What Information We Collect from You

Personal Information

To register and create a HireInfluence account or Profile and to start earning income for shares made through your social media networks and social media contacts, you must, at a minimum, provide us with your name, email address, and set up a password for your HireInfluence Profile. You may choose to include other personal information about yourself during registration or by adding it to your Profile. In order to provide you with a better experience and to improve the quality of our Services, we may combine the information provided to set up your account and Profile with information from the other social media networks that you have elected to include in your Profile.

To incorporate the personal information from those social media networks into your HireInfluence Profile, you must log into those networks directly through the Site. (You do not need to provide us with your username or passwords for your social media networks.) Once authorized, these social media networks may recognize HireInfluence as permitted to access your account information and retrieve materials from it. You hereby authorize HireInfluence to access your social media networks and further represent that you have the authority to permit HireInfluence to do so.

By agreeing to our Terms of Use and creating an Advocate Profile, you authorize us to access your accounts on those social media networks for these purposes. While you always retain the ability to revoke our access to any social media network by amending your HireInfluence account settings, or through the account settings of each specific social network, data we have collected prior to your revoking our right to access may be retained by HireInfluence.

Cookies

We may place Cookies in your browser to improve your experience using our Site and Services, to track usage trends, and to improve security. By visiting HireInfluence, you consent to the placement of cookies or similar identifiers in your browser. You can, however, control the receipt of cookies through your web browser’s settings. Please note that some HireInfluence Services may not function properly if our cookies are disabled.

Log Information

When you access our Site and your HireInfluence Profile, our servers automatically record information sent from your browser, including your web request, Internet Protocol address, domain names, referring Uniform Resource Locator, browser type, browser language, and operating system; the date and time of your request and access; and cookies that may uniquely identify your browser. This information is neither used nor intended to be used to personally identify you.

What We Do With Information Collected

Creation of the Advocate Profile

Our Clients determine via AdvoWire and our other Services whether to engage an Advocate for an Opportunity based upon the information collected and assembled in the Advocate’s Profile. Each time an Advocate links his or her Profile to another social media network, he or she expands the comprehensiveness of information collected in his or her HireInfluence Advocate Profile. Thus, the more comprehensive your Profile, the more likely that a Client may find you to be a suitable candidate for that Client’s Opportunity.

Disclosure and Sharing of Personal Information to Third Parties

HireInfluence will not distribute, sell, rent, transfer, or otherwise disclose your personal information to any third party without your consent except as follows:

  • To Clients seeking Advocates for potential Opportunities (for example, we could provide an Advocate’s age, location or gender as well as the demographics of the Advocate’s social media contacts to help a Client decide whether the Advocate could help promote an upcoming event by sharing via the Advocate’s social media networks and social media contacts);
  • To business partners, suppliers, and other third parties such as Pay-Pal to help us process payments;
  • When necessary to identify, contact, or bring legal action against someone who may be injuring or interfering with HireInfluence’s rights or property, or otherwise harming any other individual by utilizing HireInfluence’s website or services;
  • When you have consented to such disclosure; and
  • When we have a good-faith belief that disclosure is required or permitted by law.

Any disclosures made by you to a third party, including Clients, other Advocates, and your social media contacts, are not covered by this Privacy Policy, though they may be governed by privacy policies of those third parties.

Other Websites

Our Services are offered in connection with other websites, including social media networks. Personal information you provide to HireInfluence to enable creation of your Profile and to facilitate the use of our Services is handled pursuant to terms of this Privacy Policy and our Site’s Terms of Use; other websites, however, may have different privacy policies, and we encourage you to read them. HireInfluence is not responsible for an Advocate’s compliance with various privacy policies on the Advocate’s social media networks that the Advocate links to through his or her HireInfluence Profile. Further, for your convenience, you may be directed by HireInfluence (through posted links or otherwise) to websites that are not owned or controlled by HireInfluence and that may collect personal information from you. You access those sites at your own risk.

We also do not exercise control of other websites that may display information about HireInfluence and our Services, or direct how those other websites may collect, distribute, or otherwise use your personal information. Such websites may place their own cookies or similar files on your computer, collect data, or solicit personal information from you. We do not guaranty the security of any information that you may disclose on other websites, and HireInfluence is not responsible or liable for those websites’ policies, actions, or content.

User Communications

So as to process your inquiries, respond to your requests, and improve our services, we may collect and retain electronic messages, mail, and other communications that you send to HireInfluence as well as the information contained therein.

Retention of Data

We may retain residual information about you, including in our backup files or database, particularly when such retention is required by law or is pursuant to legitimate business purposes. You agree that we are under no obligation to delete or modify information that you have previously chosen to provide us. Please remember that if we have already disclosed some of your personal information to third parties, we cannot access that personal information any longer and cannot force the deletion or modification of that information by the parties to whom we have made those disclosures.

An Advocate’s Rights

Accessing, Controlling, Updating, and Deleting Your Personal Information

When you use HireInfluence, we work to provide you the ability to access, review, correct, edit, or remove the personal information that you have provided to us. You can do this by logging into HireInfluence and accessing your account. You must identify yourself before we can process any request to access, review, correct, edit, or remove your personal information. Although most changes will occur immediately, some information may stay stored on your browser’s web cache. We take no responsibility and are not liable for information stored in your cache or on any other electronic devices through which you may access HireInfluence.

We may decline to process requests that are unreasonably repetitive or systematic, require disproportionate technical effort, jeopardize the privacy of others, or would be extremely impractical. (In some instances, a request that requires disproportionate technical effort to accommodate may be processed for an additional fee.) You authorize us to use and disclose, in accordance with this Privacy Policy, any new or modified information that you provide. Please note our data retention practices identified above.

Choices for Personal Information

We will ask for your consent prior to collecting or using personal information for any purpose other than those described in this Privacy Policy or other supplementary privacy notices. Additionally, you may be given the option to opt out of some of our data-collection practices. If we propose to use personal information for any purpose other than those described in this Privacy Policy or other supplementary privacy notices, we will provide you with an effective way to opt out of such use. Please note that declining to submit personal information for any HireInfluence Service may prevent us from being able to provide that Service to you.

Closing Your Account

Upon your request, we will, as soon as practicable and in accordance with all applicable laws, close your account, delete your login information, and purge your Profile. After we have closed your account, information about your Opportunities may remain on the Site, and we may continue to use log information in accordance with this Privacy Policy. We may also retain your personal information to comply with any applicable laws, prevent fraud, resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems, assist with any lawful investigations, enforce our Terms of Use, or take any other actions permitted by law.

An Advocate’s Responsibilities

As an Advocate, you owe certain obligations to other Advocates, including potential legal obligations. You are also expected to extend to other Advocates and users of the HireInfluence Platform various common courtesies broadly accepted by the social media community. As an Advocate, you must:

  • Abide by the terms and conditions of the governing and most current Privacy Policy, Terms of Use, and other HireInfluence policies;
  • Not solicit or utilize non-genuine or false contacts within your social media networks, nor create fictitious accounts;
  • Respect all intellectual-property rights (e.g., trademarks or copyrights) that may belong to HireInfluence, other Advocates, Clients, or third parties;
  • Refrain from uploading, posting, or disseminating any personal information that may infringe on the rights of others or be deemed offensive, injurious, discriminatory, prejudiced, or bigoted; and
  • Safeguard your username and password by not sharing it with others.

HireInfluence retains sole discretion to restrict, suspend, or terminate the account of an Advocate for any violation of the obligations or requirements set forth in our Terms of Use or other governing policies.

Indemnification

Any Client who uses the HireInfluence Site, the HireInfluence Platform, or any of HireInfluence’s Services to engage in a Campaign that is false or fraudulent or is based upon false or misleading information, false or misleading advertising, or otherwise created for any improper or unlawful purpose, will be required to indemnify and hold harmless HireInfluence for all loss, claims, causes of action and costs and expenses associated with such use, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees, court costs, and any potential verdict or settlement resulting from such use.

Acceptance of These Terms

By using the HireInfluence website and agreeing to the Terms of Use, you acknowledge and agree to the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy. If you object to these terms, please immediately stop using this Site.

Children’s Privacy

HireInfluence is committed to protecting the privacy of children and encourages parents and guardians to take an active role in their children’s online activities and interests. HireInfluence is not directed to children or designed to attract them. You must be at least 18 years of age to use our services. HireInfluence does not knowingly collect, use, or disclose personal information about users that are under 18 years of age. If we later learn that a user is under 18 years of age, we will remove that user’s personal information from our databases and prevent the user from further using the HireInfluence Site and its Services. If you become aware that a user is under 18 years of age, please notify us immediately at admin@HireInfluence.com or flag the user’s Profile If you are a user who is identified in this manner, we may require you to submit suitable proof of age, such as a copy of government-issued identification, in order to continue using the HireInfluence Platform.

Security, Technology, and Amendments to Policies

Verification of Advocate

Due to the significant amount of income that Advocates can make using our Platform, we have implemented multiple layers of verification or authentication throughout our Services to avoid or reduce fraudulent activity (such as buying social media contacts then leveraging that reach to make more money per Share, or creating fake accounts within the HireInfluence Platform).

The following steps of verification are performed to authenticate Advocates’ HireInfluence Profiles:

  1. HireInfluence utilizes StatusPeople (http://statuspeople.com/), an automated “Fakers” tool that differentiates between Active, Inactive, and Fake social followers within an Advocates network;
  2. Advocates and Clients can select an optional pay-for-review and “Certification” award process by Social Intelligence Corp (http://www.socialintel.com/) wherein Social Intelligence Corp. reviews authenticity factors within a person’s social media network;
  3. HireInfluence performs random Advocate Profile spot checks; and
  4. HireInfluence utilizes mandatory and automated phone/geographical verification through third-party provider Twilio.com.

Security

In accordance with industry standards, we have implemented security safeguards to protect HireInfluence and its users against unauthorized accessing, disclosure, alteration, or destruction of personal information. Some of the safeguards may include:

  • Requiring passwords in order to access sections of the website or certain data;
  • Encryption;
  • Restricting access to personal information to certain HireInfluence employees, contractors, agents, and operators; and
  • Requiring HireInfluence employees, contractors, agents, and operators to agree to and comply with strict confidentiality agreements, the violation of which include discipline, termination, and criminal prosecution.

While we are always looking to take reasonable steps to improve our security, the Internet can never be completely secure, and we cannot guarantee the security of the information transmitted to HireInfluence. In particular, emails, messages, and other communications between HireInfluence users are not encrypted, and you should never use these communication methods to convey personal information that you wish to keep private. Ultimately, you are responsible for protecting the security of your password and login information.

Data Breach

While HireInfluence employs multiple security measures to maintain data security, data breaches can occasionally happen, even to the most secure of systems. In the event of such a situation, HireInfluence will, in compliance with any applicable federal and state data breach laws, endeavor to timely notify all Advocates and Clients whose Personal Information HireInfluence knows or has clear reason to believe was accessed by an unauthorized person.

Borders

Your personal information will be processed in conformance with this Privacy Policy. However, that processing may occur in countries with different laws as regards to your privacy. By using HireInfluence and providing any personal information, you consent to the transfer of data from your country to a country that may have different privacy laws. For citizens of the United States, your data may leave the territorial boundaries of the USA.

Changes to the Privacy Policy

HireInfluence reserves the right, at any time, to change, modify, or revise this Privacy Policy and the privacy and security practices discussed herein. We will post any revised version of the Privacy Policy on our Site. We will not reduce your rights under this Privacy Policy without your explicit consent. If we make any significant, material changes to the Privacy Policy, we will prominently note such changes on the Site and also send notification to the last email address you have provided to us. Continued use of the HireInfluence Platform and our Services following such notice of changes constitutes your acknowledgement of them and agreement to be bound by their terms and conditions.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns about our Advocate’s Privacy Policy or our Advocates Terms of Use, please contact us by sending an email to admin@HireInfluence.com.

This Privacy Policy was published on January 27, 2014.