Privacy Policy

The Big Think, Inc. ("Big Think") knows that you care about how your personal information is used and shared, and takes your privacy seriously. Please read the following to learn more about our Privacy Policy. By visiting the Big Think's website at http://www.bigthink.com ("bigthink.com"), or using any of our services, you acknowledge that you accept the practices and policies outlined in this Privacy Policy.

What Does This Privacy Policy Cover?

This Privacy Policy covers Big Think's treatment of personally identifiable information ("Personal Information") that Big Think gathers when you are accessing bigthink.com and when you use our services. This policy does not apply to the practices of companies that Big Think does not own or control, or to individuals that Big Think does not employ or manage.

What Personal Information Does Big Think display or Collect?

The information we gather from users enables us to personalize and improve our services, and to allow our users to set up a user account and profile that can be used to interact with other users through bigthink.com. In connection with bigthink.com, we request and display some personal information to other users and visitors of bigthink.com, which allows users to identify each other.

We collect the following types of information from our users.

  1. Personal Information You Provide to Us: We receive and store any information you enter on bigthink.com or provide to us in any other way. The types of Personal Information collected include or may include in the future your name, age, gender, e-mail address, income, and hometown. You may choose not to provide us with certain information, but then you may not be able to take advantage of many of our special features. The Personal Information you provide is used for such purposes as responding to your requests for certain information, products and services, customizing the advertising and content you see, and communicating with you about specials and new features. You may modify or remove any of your personal information at any time by logging into your account and accessing features to edit your profile and account information.

  2. Personal Information Collected Automatically: We receive and store certain types of information whenever you interact with bigthink.com or obtain services from us. Big Think automatically receives and records information on our server logs from your browser including your IP address, Big Think cookie information, and the page you requested. We also record the details of your transactions on bigthink.com.

    Generally, our service automatically collects usage information, such as the numbers and frequency of visitors to our site and its components, similar to TV ratings that indicate how many people watched a particular show. Big Think only uses this data in aggregate form, that is, as a statistical measure, and not in a manner that would identify you personally. This type of aggregate data enables us to figure out how often users use parts of bigthink.com or services so that we can make bigthink.com appealing to as many users as possible, and improve those services. As part of this use of information, we may provide aggregate information to our partners about how our users, collectively, use our site. We share this type of statistical data so that our partners also understand how often people use their services and bigthink.com, so that they, too, may provide you with an optimal online experience. Again, Big Think never discloses aggregate information to a partner in a manner that would identify you personally.

  3. E-mail Communications: We often receive a confirmation when you open an e-mail from Big Think if your computer supports this type of program. Big Think uses this confirmation to help us make e-mails more interesting and helpful. We also compare our user list to lists received from other companies, in an effort to avoid sending unnecessary messages to our users.

What About Cookies?

Cookies are data that we transfer to your computer's hard drive through your browser to enable our systems to recognize your browser and tell us how and when pages in our site are visited and by how many people. Big Think cookies do not collect Personal Information, and we do not combine the general information collected through cookies with other Personal Information to tell us who you are or what your screen name or email address is.

Most browsers have an option for turning off the cookie feature, which will prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, as well as (depending on the sophistication of your browser software) allowing you to decide on acceptance of each new cookie in a variety of ways. We strongly recommend that you leave the cookies activated, however, because cookies enable you to take advantage of some of bigthink.com's most attractive features.

Ads appearing on bigthink.com may be delivered to users by our advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Big Think and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Will Big Think Share Any of the Personal Information it Receives?

Personal Information about our users is an integral part of our business. We neither rent nor sell your Personal Information to anyone. We share your Personal Information only as described below.

  1. Affiliated Businesses We Do Not Control: We anticipate that we may become affiliated with a variety of businesses and work closely with them. In certain situations, these businesses may operate stores at bigthink.com or sell items to you through bigthink.com. In other situations, Big Think may provide services, or sell products jointly with affiliated businesses. You can easily recognize when an affiliated business is associated with your transaction, and we will share user information that is related to such transactions with that affiliated business.

  2. Agents: We employ other companies and people to perform tasks on our behalf and need to share your information with them to provide products or services to you. Examples include sending email, analyzing data, and providing user services. Unless we tell you differently, Big Think's agents do not have any right to use Personal Information we share with them beyond what is necessary to assist us. You hereby consent to our sharing of Personal Information for the above purposes.

  3. User profiles: User profile information including users' name, phone number, and email address may be displayed to other users to facilitate user interaction within bigthink.com. Users' full names will not be directly revealed to other users by Big Think, however, to facilitate searching Contributor Submissions, Big Think allows users to search for other users by using information users provide in their profile.

  4. Communication in response to Contributor Submissions: As part of bigthink.com and Services, you will receive from Big Think and other users e-mail and other communication relating to your Contributor Submissions (as defined in the Terms of Service). You acknowledge and agree that by posting such Contributor Submissions, Big Think and other users may send you e-mail and other communication that they determine in their sole discretion relate to your Contributor Submissions.

  5. Promotional Offers: Big Think allows users the option of having daily email alerts sent to them if there is any activity from other users on the ideas they have submitted to the site. Users can opt-in to these email alerts by choosing to receive them upon registration. Subsequently, users can opt out of the email alerts by choosing not to receive them from the settings page of their Big Think account.

    We do not currently send offers to users on behalf of other businesses, but reserve the right to do so. However, if we do so, we will not give the other business your name and address. If you receive an offer and do not wish to do so, please send us an email to unsubscribe or click on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email.

  6. Business Transfers: In some cases, we may choose to buy or sell assets. In these types of transactions, user information is typically one of the business assets that is transferred. Moreover, if Big Think, or substantially all of its assets were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Big Think goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Big Think may continue to use your Personal Information as set forth in this policy.

  7. Protection of Big Think and Others: We may release Personal Information when we believe in good faith that release is necessary to comply with that law; enforce or apply our Terms of Use and other agreements; or protect the rights, property, or safety of Big Think, our employees, our users, or others. This includes, without limitation, exchanging information with other companies and organizations for fraud protection.

  8. With Your Consent: Except as set forth above, you will be notified when your Personal Information may be shared with third parties, and will be given the option to prevent the sharing of this information.

Is Personal Information About me Secure?

Your Big Think account Personal Information is protected by a password for your privacy and security. You need ensure that there is no unauthorized access to your account and Personal Information by selecting and protecting your password appropriately and limiting access to your computer and browser by signing off after you have finished accessing your account.

Big Think endeavors to protect user information to ensure that user account information is kept private, however, Big Think cannot guarantee the security of user account information. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise the security of user information at any time. For additional information about the security measures Big Think uses in connection with bigthink.com, please contact us at privacy@bigthink.com.

Bigthink.com contains links to other sites. Big Think is not responsible for the privacy policies and/or practices on other sites. When linking to another site a user should read the privacy policy stated on that site. This Privacy Policy only governs information collected on bigthink.com.

Please be aware that whenever you voluntarily post information to public areas on bigthink.com or any other public forums, such information can be accessed by the public.

What Personal Information Can I Access?

Big Think allows you to access the following information about you for the purpose of viewing, and in certain situations, updating that information. This list will change as bigthink.com changes. You may currently access the following information:

  1. Account information
  2. User profile
  3. User preferences
  4. Video and image content in your account

What Other Choices Do I Have?

As stated previously, you can always opt not to disclose information, even though it may be needed to take advantage of certain Big Think features.

You are able to add or update certain information on pages, such as those listed in the "What Personal Information Can I Access" section above. When you update information, however, we often maintain a copy of the unrevised information in our records.

You may request deletion of your Big Think account by sending an e-mail to our webmaster at accounts@bigthink.com. Please note that some information may remain in our records after deletion of your account.

Big Think may use a user's e-mail address to send updates, a newsletter or news regarding bigthink.com or Big Think services. Please note that if you do not want to receive legal notices from us, such as this Privacy Policy, those legal notices will still govern your use of the bigthink.com, and you are responsible for reviewing such legal notices for changes.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

Big Think may make changes to this Privacy Policy from time to time for any reason. Use of information we collect now is subject to the Privacy Policy in effect at the time such information is used or collected. If we make changes in the way we use Personal Information, we will notify you via e-mail or by posting an announcement on bigthink.com. Users are bound by any changes to the Privacy Policy when he or she uses bigthink.com after such changes have been first posted.

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