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Privacy Policy

Welcome to the Nearpeer website (the "Site"). Nearpeer respects your privacy and wants to protect your personal information. To learn more, please read this Privacy Policy.

This Privacy Policy (hereinafter, the “Policy”) applies to the use of the website/application and covers any information about users of our products and services (hereinafter, “Services”) that may include personal data as defined by applicable laws and regulations (hereinafter, “Personal Information”), which Nearpeer may obtain when you use the Nearpeer website or application. The Policy is intended to inform you about how we collect and use information so you can make an informed decision about using the Services. Please read it carefully before using the Services or submitting any information to us. If you do not agree to any part of this Policy, then you should stop accessing the Services.

This Policy does not apply to information collected in any other way, including offline.

This Website may contain links to services maintained by others. This Policy does not reflect the privacy practices of those services.

The Policy may change as a result of changes to the Services and the content. Users are requested to refer to this Policy periodically or whenever you visit https://www.nearpeer.org. By accessing and using the Website and availing the Services, the User consents to the collection, storage, and use of the personal data that the User provides (including any changes thereto as provided by you) for any of the Services and expressly authorizes the operator to process such personal data.

What Information Do We Collect?

1. Personal Information

  1. Nearpeer may collect and store Personal Information that you provide to us when accessing or using the Services. “Personal Information” means information relating to a person who is or can be identified directly from that information. This includes your name, gender, date of birth, mobile number, email address, one-on-one communication between members on the Site, any information mentioned in inquiries, and any other details that are asked through the registration.
  2. Such Personal Information will be stored anonymously when you (a) create or update your account, (b) communicate with us, (c) request services on our website/application, (d) contact us, (e) update your profile (“Profile”), or post information using your Profile, we may also collect verification information.
  3. We may use certain information you provide for research and statistical purposes and in such cases, we will take steps with an aim of protecting your individual identity. We may also use the information you provide to offer you products and services that we believe may be of interest to you. You may choose not to receive such offers and communications from us when you register. You may also opt out or unsubscribe. If authorized by you, we may also access your information from services like Facebook, Google, Apple, and other related sites.
  4. You should exercise caution when disclosing personal information in the creation of your account. Please do not submit any confidential, proprietary, or sensitive personally identifiable information (e.g., CNIC; passport number (collectively, "Sensitive Information"). If you submit any Sensitive Information, you do so at your own risk and we will not be liable to you or responsible for consequences of your submission.
  5. If you submit your information, know that:
    • It must be accurate, complete, and current. It will be distributed to third parties in multiple formats (including online), and you will not be compensated by in any way for its use.
    • By submitting the information on our website, you consent to the review of such information by our team members and by those who assist us in the provision of services to the users of our Website and application. We may take steps to inform all such people that such information should be treated as being confidential and should not be shared with anyone (unless required for the provision of any requested service).
  6. If you choose to provide us with personal information, you consent to the transfer and storage of that information on our servers.
  7. Personal Information is not associated with user behavior and activity.

2. Financial Information

  1. Nearpeer can or may collect and store any Financial Information on our Website. Financial Information refers to bank account details, credit and debit card information, etc. (hereinafter, “Financial Information”). For a successful transaction, you will be asked to choose a payment mode and the relevant Financial Information. Nearpeer can or may retain such information.

3. Automatically Collected Information

  1. In addition to the abovementioned information, Nearpeer can and may collect some information through cookies and web beacons. When you access our Website or Services from a computer or mobile device, we may receive information about your location and your device including a unique identifier for your device, browser, operating system, and your IP address. If you do not allow access, the features of the Nearpeer Services will be limited or not available for use.
  2. We may use your geographic location if you allow us access. This information will only be shared with third parties if you give us permission to do so. If consented by you, your precise geographic location will be shared and used by us or our partners. This information cannot be traced back to personally identify you and is collected anonymously to help us improve our services.

4. Access to the Information

  1. You can access all the Personal Information we have stored by signing into your account. You may also email us at [email protected] to get access to this information or request to have any information permanently deleted from our servers.

5. Data Retention

  1. We retain user data for no longer than necessary in relation to the purposes for which it is collected or otherwise processed.
  2. Your Personal Information shall be deleted immediately after you delete your account on the Nearpeer website. However, other anonymous data in reference to your access and use of the Services collected with your permission may be retained indefinitely.

6. How We Use the Information You Provide Us

  1. You provide us with information when you sign up to Nearpeer. Nearpeer will also collect information from all of its users about their use of the Website and application. Any information on users or their use of the Website is subject to Nearpeer Privacy Policy. By using Nearpeer, you consent to the use of that information and warrant that all information provided by you is accurate.
  2. We use information other than Personal Information, including aggregated or anonymized information, for ad targeting, to analyze trends, administer the Services, improve customer service, diagnose problems with our servers, track user movement, and gather demographic information for aggregate use. Third-party platforms may use this information for a similar purpose, but you should follow up with third parties and confirm their information collection and usage practices directly. We may freely publish, disclose, and use information other than Personal Information, including aggregated or anonymized Personal Information, to or with third parties. This information may be linked to your device but not your identity.
  3. We may use your personal information to help us improve our products and services and get in touch with you to let you know about goods, services, or promotions that may interest you. Nearpeer understands your privacy needs and will not sell, trade, or share personal information collected online from customers with third parties. All personal information collected by Nearpeer will only be used internally and exclusively within our corporate group.
  4. In the event that your name and address are passed on to a third party, this will only happen in an effort to have the requested service provided to you. When you order a service through Nearpeer, your personal information will also be automatically used for marketing and/or promotional purposes from time to time. However, you can choose not to receive marketing or promotional information from Nearpeer at any time by simply utilizing the unsubscribe function in the electronic marketing material sent to you.
  5. In the event that we engage with third-party service providers in connection with our Services, Nearpeer may share Personal Information with such service providers who need access to such information to carry out their work for Nearpeer. Other than such service providers, Nearpeer does not share Personal Information with third parties unless (1) You have indicated to us that you wish to receive information from such parties; (2) You otherwise give us your consent to do so; or (3) in response to a request for information.
  6. You may request information about how we share data for direct marketing purposes with third parties. For this information, you may email us at [email protected].
  7. The use of information by third parties is limited to ad targeting purposes and required to be kept confidential. However, data security cannot be guaranteed.

7. Analytics Companies

  1. We may share anonymous data (such as your IP address or device id) with analytics companies including aggregated or anonymized information to analyze trends, administer the Services, improve customer service, diagnose problems with our servers, track user movement, and gather demographic information for aggregate use. They do not pass this data on except in aggregate form and no personal information is used by them.
  2. Your Personal and anonymous information may be shared by us with other companies including vendors and contractors. Their use of data is limited and they are privy to this information that they are required to keep confidential. Our partners guarantee that the data they retain on our behalf will be kept secure using reasonable methods, although data security is not guaranteed.

8. Transfers of Information

  1. Information about our Users, including Personal Information, may be disclosed as part of any merger, acquisition, debt financing, sale of company assets, as well as in the event of an insolvency, bankruptcy, or receivership in which Personal Information could be transferred to third parties as one of our business assets. In such an event, Nearpeer will attempt to notify you before your Personal Information is transferred, but you may not have the right to opt out of any such transfer.

9. Cookies

  1. The User is aware that a ‘Cookie’ is a small piece of information stored by a web server on a web browser so it can later be traced back from that particular browser, and that cookies are useful for enabling the browser to remember information specific to a given user, including but not limited to a User’s login identification, password, etc. The User is aware that the Website places both permanent and temporary cookies in the User’s computer's hard drive and web browser, and does hereby expressly consent to the same.
  2. The User is further aware that the Website uses data collection devices such as cookies on certain pages of the Website to help analyze web page flow, measure promotional effectiveness, and promote trust and safety, and that certain features of the Website are only available through the use of such cookies. While the User is free to decline the Website’s cookies if the User’s browser permits, the User may consequently be unable to use certain features on the Website.
  3. Additionally, the User is aware that they might encounter cookies or other similar devices on certain pages of the Website that are placed by third parties or affiliates of the Website. The User expressly agrees and acknowledges that the Website does not control the use of such cookies/other devices by third parties, that the Website is in no way responsible for the same, and that the User assumes any and all risks in this regard.

10. Security

  1. Nearpeer endeavors to secure your Personal Information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure by putting into place reasonable physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard the information we collect. We use a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software, to assure users that their connection is secure, that encrypts personal information you provide to us and stores it in an encrypted form protected by a firewall to block access by anyone outside our network. However, no security measure or encryption can guarantee protection of data from hacking and we do not provide any guarantee of complete protection of your data.
  2. We encrypt the transmission of data in which you provide payment information. However, no security or encryption method can be guaranteed to protect information from hackers or human error.
  3. No security measures are perfect or impenetrable. To protect the confidentiality of your Personal Information, you must keep your password confidential and not disclose it to any other person. You are responsible for all use of the Services by any person using your password. Please advise us immediately by emailing us if you believe your password has been misused. You should also note that email is not secure, and you should not send any confidential or sensitive information to us via an unsecured email.
  4. Data we collect can and may be stored in any country where we conduct business.

11. Lawful Use Only

  1. User will not publish, upload, submit, or distribute any posted materials on the Nearpeer Website or app which are unlawful, deceptive, misleading, or abusive in any way, including but not limited to posted materials that are defamatory, blasphemous, libelous, obscene, threatening, indecent, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, hateful, or would constitute or encourage a criminal offense, violate the rights of any party, contain any corrupted data or malicious code that may impair or alter the appearance or functionality of Nearpeer, or give rise to liability or violate any local, state, federal, or international law or regulation.
  2. On certain sections of the Nearpeer Website, posted materials submitted for publication will be accompanied by User’s name and shall not be submitted anonymously. User warrants that such posted materials will not misrepresent or obscure his or her identity or affiliation with any person or entity. Furthermore, User warrants that it will not, by any method or action, directly or through a third party seek to artificially enhance, degrade, or otherwise manipulate the recommendations or endorsements of any User, individual, or group on Nearpeer including User’s own.

12. Your Rights

  1. If you are concerned about your data, you have the right to request access to the personal data which we may hold or process about you. You have the right to require us to correct any inaccuracies in your data free of charge. At any stage, you also have the right to ask us to stop using your personal data for direct marketing purposes.

13. Children

  1. Our Services are not intended for use by children under the age of 18. We do not knowingly collect Personal Information from people under 18. If you become aware that a child has provided us with Personal Information, please contact us as set forth in this Policy.
  2. Children under the age of 18 can only use our services by declaring a guardian first.

Questions

  1. If you have any additional concerns or questions related to this Policy and/or our practices, please email us at [email protected] or contact us through our website https://www.nearpeer.org/contact-us

We may make changes to this Privacy Policy at any time by posting the amended terms on the Website. If the change materially affects registered users, they shall be notified by email.

This Privacy Policy was last updated on 1st June 2022.

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