Collection of your ICQ Services InformationICQ may collect certain information about you when you interact with the ICQ Services. Depending on how you use the ICQ Services, your “ICQ Services Information” may include:
- Registration-related information (such as name, home or work addresses, e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers, birth date or gender);
- Information made available by you in Public Areas (as defined below);
- Information about your visits to the various ICQ Services, and your responses to the offerings and advertisements presented on these ICQ Services;
- Information about the searches you perform through the ICQ Services and how you use the results of those searches;
- Information about the ICQ Services, offerings and features that you use, including, without limitation, how frequently you use them
- Transaction-related information;
- Customer service information about you as an ICQ Services user or subscriber;
- Data regarding your location for the purpose of enabling location based services
- Information about mobile devices used to access ICQ including UDID (Unique Device Identifier)
- Certain technical information gathered or received when you use the ICQ Services, including, without limitation, browser type, operating system, connectivity, IP address, geographic location, and ISP
If you are using ICQ Mobile ICQ may collect and store the address book (names and phone numbers only) on your mobile phone. ICQ will use such address book solely for the following purposes:
- To identify if anyone on your address book is using ICQ and to inform you of such use by such user
- To inform you when someone in your address book registers to ICQ
- To integrate such users into your ICQ contact list and enable you to communicate with those contacts in your address book that have registered to ICQ.
In addition, many software versions provided by ICQ ("Software") are configured to automatically report back information relating to computer errors arising in connection with use of the Software, without notice to you. Information on your Software configuration settings may be included. This data is sent to ICQ to help us diagnose performance issues with, and improve, the Software.
Your ICQ Services Information may be supplemented with additional information from other companies.
How Your ICQ Services Information is UsedYour ICQ Services Information is used to:
- Operate and improve the Software, Web sites, services and offerings available through the ICQ Services;
- Provide to you personalized content, services and advertisements;
- Fulfill your requests for products, programs, and services;
- Communicate with you and respond to your inquiries;
- Conduct research about your use of the ICQ Services; and
- Send you materials regarding ICQ products, programs, or services that may be of interest to you, including any new services, products or value added services.
A cookie is a small text file transferred to your computer that records information about your preferences and use of services. Such cookies may also include cookies which help ICQ to identify your location while others may assist ICQ in remembering certain settings that you have chosen. Web beacons are small pieces of code placed on Web pages that can be used, among other things, to count the users who visit that Web page, or to deliver a cookie to the browser of a user viewing that page. You can control cookies through your browser's settings. If you reject all cookies, however, you may not be able to take advantage of many of the ICQ Services offerings.
In order to provide you with certain services, and except as specified below, ICQ may share with third parties certain information that is not personally identifiable. Any personal identifiable information may be shared with third parties when:
- We have your prior consent to disclose such information;
- We need to disclose such information to fulfill a transaction you have requested;
- (i) We are required to disclose such information to authorized officers of the court in order to comply with valid legal process or (ii) to act in other circumstances in which ICQ believes the ICQ Services is being used illegally or in the commission of a crime or (iii) when we have a good faith belief that there is an emergency that poses a threat to the safety of you or another person; or (iv) when necessary either to protect the rights or property of ICQ or its users (v) or to enforce and/or investigate terms of service violations. In such cases the contents of your online communications, as well as other information about you as an ICQ Services user (e.g. IP address), may be disclosed
- We need to send such information to a third party contractor, company, partner or affiliated company which works with ICQ in helping us operate the ICQ Services and provide our services to you. In such circumstances we will only provide these companies with the information they need to deliver the service;
In the event that ownership of the ICQ Services was to change as a result of a merger, acquisition or transfer to another company, your ICQ Services information may be transferred.
Furthermore, when a user registers to the ICQ Services such user will be searchable through the ICQ public directories. ICQ users may search the ICQ directories for other users based on the information provided by such users, including, name, ICQ#, phone number etc. and add such users to their contact list. Once a user has added you to their contact list they may view your online/offline presence unless otherwise selected via your security and privacy settings. Please note that if you’ve registered through a mobile device using your phone number then any other ICQ user that has your phone number in their address book may be able to view your online presence regardless of your security and privacy settings.
ICQ Account and PasswordThe holder of an ICQ account and password has the ability and discretion to edit the user details provided in the user profile for such account. For this reason and other reasons it is very important to choose a difficult password, to keep your password in a safe place and to use updated anti-virus software. It is your responsibility to keep your password and username secure.
Advertising and Added Value ServicesICQ may display various types of advertising to you throughout the ICQ Services and may provide you with certain added value services to enhance your Web browsing experience(i.e. a comparison shopping feature). Certain advertising and added value services displayed may be based, among other things, on certain keywords you’ve entered, search queries, interests added to your profile (or other locations within the ICQ Service), or the content of a Website that you are viewing. For example, when visiting a sports Website ICQ may present you with ads related to sports gear or when viewing a camera on a certain ecommerce site ICQ may present with you alternative prices from other web sites. If you do not want to receive advertisements or added value services relevant to the content you may be viewing then you may opt out of the applicable service as follows:
Advertising on the ICQ Toolbar: Click the arrow on the ICQ button in your toolbar and then click on ‘Options’. Then uncheck ‘Activate ICQ Offers’.
General Internet HazardsYou should be aware that receiving files from third parties, via any application (e.g. ICQ, email, etc.) may be harmful. Before receiving any files from any user, and even if the account from which the file transfer notice is sent looks familiar to you, it is strongly recommended that you verify that the person sending you these files is indeed the person you think he is, for example by asking him for some kind of information known only to the two of you. Please make sure not to receive files from users you do not trust, from users you are not sure they are whom they say they are or whenever you are not sure you want to receive the files.
You should be aware that communications over the Internet are not secure unless they have been encrypted. ICQ does not encrypt your communications. In addition, your communications may be routed through different countries - that is the nature of the Internet. ICQ cannot accept any responsibility for any unauthorized access or loss of Data.