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Privacy policy

Last Modified July 26, 2012

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At TipMine, we take your privacy very seriously. Because of this, we want to provide you with explicit information on how we collect, gather, and identify information whenever you sign up for or use our websites at (the “Site”). From time to time, this information may be updated as we change or update our Site and how we may use your information. We will notify you of any material changes to this Privacy Policy by posting a notice on the homepage of our Site at for a reasonable period of time after such changes are made that this Privacy Policy has been updated, and by changing the 'Last Modified' date at the top of this Privacy Policy. You are bound by such changes and therefore should periodically review this Privacy Policy. Use of the Site by you following such notification constitutes your acceptance of the Privacy Policy as modified.

When you use our Site, you are accepting the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy, and we will have the right to use your personally identifiable information (“Personal Information” as further defined herein) or other information about you as described in this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to have your Personal Information used in any of the ways described in this Privacy Policy, you must not use our Site.

This Privacy Policy is supplementary to our Terms of Service

Information Collected

TipMine collects information on our users in various ways, such as, by your voluntary submissions, participation in services provided at the Site, and through cookie and other tracking technology. The information TipMine collects is used in a variety of ways, including for internal review, to improve the Site, to notify you about updates to the Site; to let you know about products, services, and promotions that you may be interested in, for our marketing purposes, and to fulfill and provide services requested by you. With your authorization, we may also share the information you provide us with others.

Personal Information

Personal Information refers to information that tells us specifically who you are, such as your name, phone number, email, postal address, and possibly information relating to certain support or customer service issues. In many cases, we need this information to provide to you certain services and certain personalized or enhanced services that you may have requested.

We may be required to share Personal Information with others to provide you with certain services. You never have to provide us with Personal Information and you can decline this exchange of information on any site on the Internet, not just ours, at any time. However, if you should choose to withhold requested information, we may not be able to provide you with certain services dependent upon the collection of this information.

Aggregate Information

From time to time, we may collect general, non-personal, statistical information about the use of the Site, such as how many visitors visit a specific page on the Site, how long they stay on that page, and which hyperlinks, if any, they click on. This information represents a generic overview of our users, including their collective viewing habits, and allows us and other third parties to modify information, promotions, offers and/or discounts on products and services based on user traffic and behavior. We collect this information through the use of technologies such as 'cookies', which are discussed in greater detail in this Privacy Policy. We collect this information in order to determine which areas of the Site are most popular and to enhance the Site for visitors. We may also group this information into aggregate visitor data in order to describe the use of the Site to our existing or potential business partners or other third parties, or in response to a government request. From time to time, we may use this information to optimize third-party offers of products and/or services. We also may share aggregated demographic and preference data with third parties to enable the provision of targeted information, promotions, offers and/or discounts on products and services. However, please be assured that this aggregate data will in no way personally identify you or any other visitors of the Site.

Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies

TipMine may automatically collect non-personally identifiable information and data through the use of cookies. Cookies are small text files a website uses to recognize repeat users, facilitate the user's ongoing access to the website and facilitate the use of the website. Cookies also allow a website to track usage behavior and compile site usage information that will allow for the improvement of content and target advertising. Most browsers allow you to control cookies, including whether or not to accept them and how to remove them. You may set your browsers to notify you if you receive a cookie, or you may choose to block cookies with your browser. However, please be aware that some features of our Site may not function or may be slower if you refuse cookies. You may occasionally get cookies from our advertisers or other third parties with links on the Site as described below. We do not control these cookies. The use of advertising cookies sent by third party ad servers is standard in the Internet industry.

Tracking technologies may record information such as Internet domain and host names; Internet protocol (IP) addresses; browser software and operating system types; clickstream patterns; and dates and times that our Site is accessed. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the web. Web servers, the computers that 'serve up' webpages, automatically identify your computer by its IP address. We may link the information we record using tracking technologies to Personal Information we collect at the Site for our own and our marketing partners marketing and advertising purposes. In addition, we reserve the right to use IP addresses and other tracking technologies to identify a visitor only when we feel it is necessary to enforce compliance with our Terms Of Use, to protect our Site, our customers or others, or when we believe in good faith that the law requires it.

The Site may also use technology called ”tracer tags”. These may also be referred to as “Pixels”, “Clear GIFs” or “Web Beacons”. This technology allows us to understand which pages you visit on the Site. These tracer tags are used to help us to optimize and tailor our Site for you and other users of our Site.

Pop-up blockers or stoppers prevent extra pop-up windows (usually advertisements) from opening in your browser. Pop-up blocking software often has negative effects on other 'good' software. If you disable Java Script pop-up windows, you may also disable other website functionality that uses Java Script. If you are using a pop-up blocker that allows you to manage a list of 'pop-up friendly' sites, please refer to your Help files and add the URL of our Site to your approved list to ensure maximum functionality at the Site.

Disclosures and Transfers of Information

We do not disclose Personal Information to third parties, except when one or more of the following conditions is true:

  1. We have the individual's permission to make the disclosure;
  2. The disclosure is permitted by relevant law;
  3. The disclosure is reasonably related to the sale or other disposition of all or part of our business or assets;
  4. The Personal Information to be disclosed is publicly available;
  5. The party to whom the disclosure is made controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with TipMine;
  6. The disclosure is reasonably necessary for the establishment or maintenance of legal claims; or
  7. The disclosure is consistent with the purpose for which the personal information was obtained.

Prior to sharing of your Personal Information with others, agreements are made between TipMine and such outside parties to whom we are transferring data. Under these agreements, outside parties are required to provide and follow privacy standards that comply with relevant privacy laws. If TipMine becomes aware that any such outside party is improperly using or disclosing Personal Information, it will notify that outside party and take commercially reasonable steps to cease such use or disclosure.

Financial Institutions

For certain promotions and services, we may make Personal Information that you provide us available to one or more financial institutions, in order to fulfill and carry out the purchase and provision of goods and services requested by you. By providing us your Personal Information for these purposes, you authorize us to exchange your Personal Information with such financial institutions.

As a Service to Others

We may provide certain Personal Information as a service to others for their marketing purposes, but only you have authorized us to do so by providing express and/or implied consent to a particular marketing service, program, or promotion. As indicated above, if you have at some point authorized us to share your Personal Information with others and later properly notify us that you no longer want us to share your Personal Information, we will cease sharing your Personal Information. However, except as otherwise stated in this Privacy Policy, we do not control the third parties to which we share such Personal Information and you will need to further notify such third parties if you would like them to cease use of your Personal Information.

Our Service Providers

We may sometimes use other businesses to perform certain services for us, such as maintaining our Site, mailing lists, processing orders and delivering products and services, sending postal mail, processing claims for lost or stolen certificates or cards, providing marketing assistance, and data analysis ('Service Providers'). We may provide Personal Information to Service Providers when that information is necessary for them to complete a requested transaction or otherwise perform their duties. TipMine will take reasonable steps to ensure that these Service Providers are obligated to reasonably protect Personal Information on TipMine' behalf.

Your information may be transferred to, and maintained on, computers located outside of your state, province, or country where the privacy laws may not be as protective as those where you live. If you are located outside Canada or the United States and choose to provide information to us, please be aware that we transfer Personal Information to Canada and the United States and process and store it there. By submitting your Personal Information, you consent to having your personal data transferred to, processed, and stored in Canada or the United States.

Business Transfers

As TipMine develops, we may buy other businesses or their assets or sell our business assets. Personal Information is generally one of the business assets involved in such transactions. Thus, in the event that TipMine or all of its assets are acquired, Personal Information may be one of the transferred assets.

Protection of TipMine and Others

TipMine fully cooperates with law enforcement agencies in identifying those who use our services for illegal activities, and may in its sole discretion disclose Personal Information and Personal Information or other information to satisfy any law, regulation, subpoena, or government request or in connection with litigation. TipMine reserves the right to release Personal Information or other information about users who we believe are engaged in illegal activities or are otherwise in violation of our Terms of Use, even without a subpoena, warrant or court order, if we believe in our sole discretion that such disclosure is necessary or appropriate to operate the Site, or to protect the rights or property of TipMine, its affiliates, or any of their officers, directors, or employees, agents, third party content providers, suppliers, sponsors, or licensors. TipMine also reserves the right to report to law enforcement agencies any activities we reasonably believe in our sole discretion to be unlawful.

Data Security, Integrity, and Access

TipMine will collect and use Personal Information only in ways that are compatible with the purposes for which it was collected or authorized by the individual. TipMine will take reasonable steps to ensure that Personal Information is relevant to its intended use, accurate, complete and current.

The Personal Information you provide and we collect is stored within databases that we control directly or through our Service Providers. As we deem appropriate, we use security measures consistent with industry standards, such as firewalls and encryption technology, to protect your information. However, since no security system is impenetrable, we cannot guarantee the security of our databases, nor can we guarantee that information you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the Internet.

If you create a Site Account, you may be asked to choose a password for your account, in which case your online account information shall be protected by your password. We recommend that you do not disclose your password to any other person. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and Site Account, and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or Site Account. You can access and update information in your account profile at any time by logging in to the website with your login name and password. Once you have logged in, you can update your certain information such as your name, email, password, and/or change your address.

Third Party Websites and Links

Please note that you may have cookies placed on your computer by third party websites that refer you to the Site. Although we do not share your Personal Information with these third party websites unless you have authorized us to do so, they may be able to link certain non-personally identifiable information we transfer to them with Personal Information they previously collected from you. Please review the privacy policies of each website you visit to better understand their privacy practices. In addition, TipMine would like to inform you that anytime you click on links (including advertising banners), which take you to third party websites, you will be subject to the third parties' privacy policies. While we support the protection of our customer's privacy on the Internet, TipMine expressly disclaims any and all liability for the actions of third parties, including but without limitation to actions relating to the use and/or disclosure of Personal Information by third parties.

Our Site may contain links to other sites operated by third parties. TipMine does not control such other sites and is not responsible for their content or for their privacy policies. TipMine' inclusion of such links does not imply any endorsement of the material on such sites or of their owners or operators except as disclosed on the Site. Any information submitted by you directly to these third parties is subject to that third party's privacy policy.

Children's Privacy

TipMine does not intend the Site to be used by individuals under the age of 18 without the supervision of a parent or guardian 18 years of age or older. TipMine relies upon parents or guardians 18 years of age or older to determine if the Site is appropriate for the viewing, access, or participation by such individuals under the age of 18. If an individual under the age of 18 uses the Site, such individual may only use the Site under the supervision of a parent or guardian 18 years of age or older.

We do not seek or knowingly collect any Personal Information about children under 13 years of age. If we become aware that we have unknowingly collected Personal Information from a child under the age of 13, we will make commercially reasonable efforts to delete such information from our database.

Governing Law; Visitors Residing Outside the United States

This Privacy Policy and the privacy practices of TipMine will be subject exclusively to the laws of the United States, without regard to its conflict of law principles. TipMine makes no representation that this Privacy Policy and such practices comply with the laws of any other country.

How To Contact us

All requests, questions or concerns about your Personal Information or this Privacy Policy, please contact our Privacy Policy Officer by mail or email at the following:

Privacy Officer


Email: [email protected]