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Privacy Policy

Big Think Edge Privacy Policy

Last Revised: March 29, 2019

The Big Think, Inc. ("Big Think" or "we" or "us" 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 Big Think Edge Privacy Policy. By visiting the Big Think Edge website at http://edge.bigthink.com ("edge.bigthink.com"), or accessing or using any of our services (collectively with edge.bigthink.com, "Edge Services"), you acknowledge that you agree to the practices and policies outlined in this Privacy Policy.

What Does This Privacy Policy Cover?

This Privacy Policy covers Big Think's treatment of personal information that Big Think gathers when you are accessing or using our Edge Services. A "data controller" refers to the person or organization that decides the purposes for which and the way in which any collected personal information is processed. This Privacy Policy applies when Big Think is the data controller with regards to the collected personal information referenced in this Privacy Policy. Big Think’s address is: Big Think, 18 E. 17th St., 5th Floor, New York, NY 10003.

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 Collect? 

We use the personal information we collect from you to operate, maintain, and provide you with the Edge Services. The legal bases for the processing of your personal information are our legitimate interests, namely the management of our client/user relationships and the administration of our Edge Services and business, and in some circumstances, your consent, which you may withdraw at any time by emailing us at privacy@bigthink.com. The information we gather from users enables us to personalize and improve our Edge Services.

We collect the following types of information from our users.

  1. Personal Information You Provide to Us: We receive and store personal information you enter on edge.bigthink.com, or provide to us via our other Edge Services, or in any other way. The types of personal information collected by Big Think may include your name, e-mail address, job title, company/employer, location/geography, and other information your company or you provide to us. You may choose not to provide us with certain personal information, but then you may not be able to take advantage of some or all of the Edge Services. The personal information you provide is used for such purposes as responding to your requests for certain information, products and services, customizing the content you see, and communicating with you about specials and new features.

    By providing the Edge Services your email address, you consent to our using the email address to send you Edge Services-related notices, including any notices required by law, in lieu of communication by postal mail. We may also use your email address to send you other messages, such as newsletters, changes to features of the Edge Services, or special offers. If you do not want to receive such messages, you may withdraw consent by opting out, which you may do by emailing us at privacy@bigthink.com. You will also have the opportunity to unsubscribe at the bottom of every email that is received. Opting out may prevent you from receiving messages regarding updates, improvements, or offers. Please note that if you do not want to receive legal notices and policies from us via email, those legal notices and policies will still govern your access to and use of edge.bigthink.com and the other Edge Services, and you are responsible for reviewing such legal notices and policies for changes.

  2. Personal Information Collected Automatically: We receive and store certain types of information whenever you interact with our Edge Services. 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 edge.bigthink.com

    Generally, Big Think 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 edge.bigthink.com or other Edge Services so that we can make our Edge Services appealing to as many users as possible, and improve those Edge Services.

  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. By using our Edge Services, you consent to our use of cookies.

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, allow 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 certain Edge Services, including some of our most attractive features.

Data Collected Via Tags

Big Think may partner with third parties, such as Quantcast, to allow these partners to collect data via cookies and tags for the purpose of interest-based advertising. A tag is a snippet of code inserted into Big Think’s website content that is used to collect data related to a website visit. Information collected by partners may include browser type, browser time, time of access, screen resolution, IP address, referring site URL, current site URL, and search strings. To opt-out of interest-based advertising, please visit http://optout.networkadvertising.org/?c=1.

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

We neither rent nor sell your personal information to anyone. We share your personal information only as described below.

  1. Organization: All users of edge.bigthink.com are associated with a specific organization ("Organization"), often your employer or company, but possibly a different third party. Personal information will be shared with the designated agents of the Organization with whom the user is associated. No personal information will be shared with an Organization unaffiliated with the user.

  2. Data Processors and Agents: In some cases, we use third-party service providers as agents and/or data processors to process personal information. Examples include sending email, analyzing data, and providing user services. Personal information is collected and/or shared to the extent necessary to enable such processing. These data processors include HubSpot, Insightly, Google Analytics, and ZenProspect, and may also include other service providers that facilitate processing of information to enable the Edge Services to function. Unless we tell you differently, Big Think's data processors and agents do not have any right to use personal information we share with them beyond what is necessary to assist us.

  3. Business Transfers: In some cases, we may choose to buy or sell assets. In these types of transactions, personal 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, personal 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 Privacy Policy.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 My Personal Information Secure? 

Your Big Think Edge account personal information is protected by a password for your privacy and security. You need to 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 personal information. We have implemented reasonable measures designed to secure your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration, and disclosure. Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure, and Big Think cannot guarantee the security of personal information. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise the security of personal information at any time. For additional information about the security measures Big Think uses in connection with our Edge Services, please contact us at privacy@bigthink.com.

Transfer of Information

Your information may be transferred, stored, or processed on servers outside of your home country. Where this is the case, we transfer information on the basis of mechanisms approved under applicable laws, and will take steps to make sure the right security measures are taken so that your privacy rights continue to be protected as outlined in this Privacy Policy. By submitting your personal information, you’re agreeing to this transfer, storing, and/or processing.

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 may change as edge.bigthink.com changes. You may currently access some or all of the following information:

  1. Your account information;
  2. Your user profile;
  3. Aggregate statistics from your associated Organization; and
  4. Video and image content in your account.

How Long Do We Retain Your Information? 

Collected personal information will be retained for no longer than is necessary to fulfill the purposes for which it was collected, or as required by applicable laws or regulations.

Children’s Privacy

Our site and our Edge Services are not directed to individuals under 16. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 16. If we become aware that a child under 16 has provided us with personal information, we will take steps to delete such information. If you become aware that a child has provided us with personal information, please contact us at privacy@bigthink.com.

Do Not Track Disclosure

Do Not Track is a privacy preference that users can set in their web browsers. When a user turns on the Do Not Track signal, the browser sends a message to websites requesting them not to track the user. At this time, we do not respond to Do Not Track browser settings or signals. For information about Do Not Track, please visit: www.allaboutdnt.org.

What Other Rights and Choices Do I Have?

As stated previously, if collection of personal information is based on your consent, you may withdraw your consent at any time by emailing us at privacy@bigthink.com. Please be aware that this may prevent you from taking advantage of certain features and functionality of Big Think Edge Services. In addition, your Organization may choose to remove all personal information collection fields on edge.bigthink.com so no personal information can be collected.

You may update or correct certain personal information at any time by contacting us at privacy@bigthink.com or, in some cases, updating the information from your account page. When you update information, however, we may maintain a copy of the unrevised information in our records.

You can also email us at privacy@bigthink.com if you would like to ask us to remove certain information you think is inaccurate.

Please be aware that you have the following additional rights with regards to your personal information:

Request a copy of personal information: You have the right to request a copy of the personal information that we hold about you. If you would like a copy of some or all of your personal information, please email us at privacy@bigthink.com or write to us at the following address: Big Think, 18 E. 17th St., 5th Floor, New York, NY 10003.

Deletion of personal information: Should you wish for Big Think to delete your personal information, please email us at privacy@bigthink.com or write to us at the above mailing address. Please be aware that information may be retained despite a request for deletion in certain situations, including where processing is required for Big Think’s compliance with a legal obligation or Big Think’s establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims.

Restrict/suspend/object to processing of personal information: In certain circumstances, you have the right to restrict or suspend processing of your personal information, as well as the right to object to the processing of your personal information. You also have the right to object to the processing of your personal information for direct marketing purposes.

Complaining to an authority: If you feel that your personal information has been processed in a way that does not meet the requirements of the law, you may lodge a complaint with a relevant supervisory or regulatory authority.

Data Portability: When processing of personal information is based on consent or contract, and carried out by automated means, you have the right to receive the personal information which you have provided to Big Think in a structured, commonly used, and machine-readable format, and have the right to transmit that information to another data controller without delay.

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 edge.bigthink.com. Users are bound by any changes to the Privacy Policy when the user accesses or uses our Edge Services after such changes have been first posted.

Contact Information

Please contact us with any questions or comments about this Privacy Policy, your personal information, our use and disclosure practices, or your consent choices by email at privacy@bigthink.com or mail at:

Big Think
18 E. 17th St., 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003