Welcome to the web site (the “Site”) of Hearken, Inc. (“Hearken”, “we”, “us” and/or “our”). This Site is operated by Hearken (on behalf of itself or Publishers (as defined below)) and has been created to provide information about our company, our platform for engaging end user audiences in story generation, assignment and reporting, and our related services (together with the Site, the “Services”) to our Service visitors (“you”, “your”).
Information We Collect:
When you interact with us through the Services, we may collect Personal Data and other information from you, as further described below:
Personal Data That You Provide Through the Services as a Site Visitor: If you are a Publisher User or Site Visitor, we collect Personal Data from you when you voluntarily provide such information, such as when you contact us with inquiries, respond to one of our surveys, register for access to the Services or use certain Services. In addition, if you are a Publisher User we and/or End Users may collect and/or use information or content provided through Curious Nation’s “OpenNotebook” platform to allow you to interact with End Users regarding one or more stories or ideas.
Personal Data That You Provide Through the Services as an End User: If you are an End User and you post content on a Publisher website using the Services, such as questions, ideas or commentary regarding a potential story, (“Content”) the Publisher may ask (or we may ask on behalf of the Publisher) you to provide your contact information, such as your email address, name, neighborhood and/or zip code through the Services, so that the Publisher can use the information to evaluate, pursue, assign and report on stories or contact you regarding your commentary or content. We may collect this information on behalf of the Publisher in order to provide the Services to the Publisher. In addition, a Publisher may collect and/or use information or content provided through Curious Nation’s “OpenNotebook” platform to interact with you regarding one or more stories or ideas. Collection, disclosure and use of this information is also subject to any policies or terms that the Publisher may have posted on their website.
Non-Identifiable Data: When you interact with Hearken through the Services, we receive and store certain personally non-identifiable information. Such information, which is collected passively using various technologies, cannot presently be used to specifically identify you. Hearken may store such information itself or such information may be included in databases owned and maintained by Hearken affiliates, agents or service providers. The Services may use such information and pool it with other information to track, for example, the total number of visitors to our Site, the number of visitors to each page of our Site, and the domain names of our visitors' Internet service providers. It is important to note that no Personal Data is available or used in this process.
Aggregated Personal Data: In an ongoing effort to better understand and serve the users of the Services, Hearken conducts research on its customer demographics, interests and behavior based on the Personal Data and other information provided to us. This research may be compiled and analyzed on an aggregate basis, and Hearken may share this aggregate data with its affiliates, agents and business partners. This aggregate information does not identify you personally. Hearken may also disclose aggregated user statistics in order to describe our services to current and prospective business partners, and to other third parties for other lawful purposes.
Our Use of Your Personal Data and Other Information:
Our Disclosure of Your Personal Data and Other Information:
Hearken is not in the business of selling your information. We consider this information to be a vital part of our relationship with you. There are, however, certain circumstances in which we may share your Personal Data with certain third parties without further notice to you, as set forth below:
Business Transfers: As we develop our business, we might sell or buy businesses or assets. In the event of a corporate sale, merger, reorganization, dissolution or similar event, Personal Data may be part of the transferred assets.
Agents, Consultants and Related Third Parties: Hearken, like many businesses, sometimes hires other companies to perform certain business-related functions. Examples of such functions include mailing information, maintaining databases and processing payments. When we employ another entity to perform a function of this nature, we only provide them with the information that they need to perform their specific function.
Legal Requirements: Hearken may disclose your Personal Data if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to (i) comply with a legal obligation, (ii) protect and defend the rights or property of Hearken, (iii) act in urgent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of the Services or the public, or (iv) protect against legal liability.
You can visit the Site without providing any Personal Data. If you choose not to provide any Personal Data, you may not be able to use certain Services.
LINKS TO OTHER WEB SITES:
INTEGRATING SOCIAL NETWORK SERVICES
You may also have the option of posting your Services activities to Social Networking Services when you access content through the Services (for example, you may post to Facebook that you performed an activity on the Service); you acknowledge that if you choose to use this feature, your friends, followers and subscribers on any Social Networking Services you have enabled will be able to view such activity.
Hearken takes reasonable steps to protect the Personal Data provided via the Services from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction. However, no Internet or email transmission is ever fully secure or error free. In particular, email sent to or from the Services may not be secure. Therefore, you should take special care in deciding what information you send to us via email. Please keep this in mind when disclosing any Personal Data to Hearken via the Internet.
OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS; DO NOT TRACK SIGNALS:
Your access to and use of the Services is subject to the Terms of Service at www.wearehearken.com/terms. Hearken does not respond to Do Not Track signals and/or other mechanisms that provide consumer choice about tracking.
ACCESS TO INFORMATION; CONTACTING HEARKEN:
To keep your Personal Data accurate, current, and complete, please contact us as specified below. We will take reasonable steps to update or correct Personal Data in our possession that you have previously submitted via the Services.
You may contact us as follows: firstname.lastname@example.org.