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Privacy Policy

Effective as of May 9, 2016

This Privacy Policy describes the policies and procedures of Atlas (“we”, “our” or “us”) regarding the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information on www.the-atlas.com (the “Site”) and our services, features, content or applications (together with the Site, the “Services”). We receive information about you from various sources, including: (i) if you register for the Site and the Services, through your user account (your “Account”); (ii) your use of the Services; and (iii) from third party websites and services. When you use the Services, you are consenting to the collection, transfer, manipulation, storage, disclosure and other uses of your information as described in this Privacy Policy.

What Information is Covered by this Privacy Policy?

This Privacy Policy covers the treatment of personally identifiable information (“Personal Information”) gathered when you use or access the Services. This Privacy Policy also covers our treatment of Personal Information that our business partners share with us or that we share with them. This Privacy Policy does not apply to the practices of people we do not manage or employ or third parties that we do not own or control, including but not limited to websites, applications or services (“Third Party Services”) that you elect to access through the Service. While we attempt to provide access only to Third Party Services that share our respect for your privacy, we cannot take responsibility for the activities of those Third Party Services. We encourage you to carefully review the privacy policies of any such Third Party Services

The Services are Not Intended for Children

Our Services are not intended to be used by persons under thirteen (13) years of age. We do not knowingly collect Personal Information from children under 13, and no such person may provide any Personal Information to us. If you are under 13, do not register with or use the Services or provide any information to us. If we learn we have received Personal Information from a child under 13 without verified parental consent, we will delete that information. If you believe we might have received any information from a child under 13, please contact us at support@the-atlas.com.

What Information Do We Collect?

The information we gather enables us to operate, improve and personalize the Services. In connection with aspects of the Services, we may request, collect or display some of your Personal Information. We collect the following types of information from our users:
Account Information: When you create an Account, you will provide information that could be Personal Information, such as your email address, username, password, phone number and your current place of employment. By creating an Account on the Services and providing this information to us, you allow us and others to identify you. Rarely, if we feel it is important, we may use your contact information to send you information about our Services. You may unsubscribe from these messages by contacting us at support@the-atlas.com, although even in such case we reserve the right to contact you when we believe it is necessary, such as for account recovery purposes.
User Content: Some features of the Services allow you to provide content to the Services, such as a written project or Request for Proposal posts. All content submitted by you may be retained by us indefinitely, even after you terminate your account. We may continue to disclose such content to third parties in a manner that does not reveal Personal Information.
IP Address Information and Other Information Collected Automatically: We automatically receive and record information from your web browser when you interact with the Services, including your IP address and cookie information. This information is used for fighting spam/malware and also to facilitate the collection of data concerning your interaction with the Services (e.g., what links you have used, what links you may have come from, the kind of computer you are using, etc.).
Financial Information: We do not currently collect financial information, such as your payment method (bank account routing number, credit card type or number or expiration date). That information is collected and stored by our third party payment processing company (the “Payment Processor”), and use and storage of that information is governed by the Payment Processor’s applicable terms of service and privacy policy.
The Services automatically collect statistical information about our users, such as the number and frequency of visitors to the Site (“Aggregate Information”). Some of this information is derived from Personal Information. We may use this data in aggregate form as a statistical measure, but not in a manner that would identify you personally. Use of aggregate data enables us and authorized third parties to determine how frequently individuals use aspects of the Services so that we can analyze and improve them.

Information Collected Using Cookies:

  • Cookies are pieces of text that may be provided to your computer through your web browser when you access a website. Your browser stores cookies in a manner associated with each website you visit. We use cookies to enable our servers to recognize your web browser and tell us how and when you visit the Site and otherwise use the Services through the Internet.
  • Cookies do not, by themselves, contain Personal Information, and we do not combine information collected through cookies with other Personal Information to tell us who you are. However, we do use cookies to determine that your web browser has accessed aspects of the Services and we may associate that information with your Account.
  • Most browsers have an option for turning off the cookie feature, which will prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, as well as allowing you to decide on the acceptance of each new cookie. We recommend that you leave cookies active because they enable you to take full advantage of the various features of the Services.
  • This Privacy Policy covers our use of cookies only. We do not control when or how third parties place cookies on your computer. For example, third party websites to which a link points may set their own cookies on your computer.

With Whom do you Share My Information?

The Services are designed to help you share information with others. As a result, some of the information generated through the Services is shared publicly or with third parties.
Public Information about Your Activity on the Services: Some of your activity on and through the Services is public by default. This may include, but is not limited to, content you have posted publicly on the Site or otherwise through the Services. This type of information may be associated with the Accounts of registered users. This will not be the case for unregistered users, however information concerning their use of the Services (such as what pages they have visited) may be tracked and stored by us through the use of cookies. Please also remember that if you choose to provide Personal Information using public features of the Services, that information will be governed by the privacy settings of those particular features and may be publicly available. People reading such information may use or disclose it to other people or entities without our control and without your knowledge. Also, search engines may index that information. Therefore, we urge you to act carefully when including any specific personal information in content that you create or submit through the Services.
IP Address Information: While we collect and store IP address information, we do not make that information. We do at times, however, share this information with our partners, service providers and other persons with whom we conduct business, and as otherwise specified in this Privacy Policy.
Information You Elect to Share: By clicking on links to Third Party Services from within the Site, you may access other Third Party Services. We are not responsible for the policies or practices of any Third Party Services, and you are responsible for reading and understanding their privacy policies.
Aggregate Information: We share Aggregate Information with our partners, service providers and other persons with whom we conduct business so that our partners can understand how and how often people use our Services and their services or websites, which aids the improvement of both their services and how our Services interact with them. In addition, these third parties may share with us non-private, aggregated or otherwise non-personal Information about you that they have independently developed or acquired.
User Profile Information: Your user profile information and other information you provide may be displayed to other users to facilitate their interactions within the Services. We will not directly reveal user email addresses to other users without your prior consent.
Email Communications: You may occasionally receive email or other communications from us. We will endeavor to limit communications relating to your Account to only those that are important to the Services, such as password recovery or other transactional emails.
Financial Information: As stated above, we do not currently collect financial information, as that information is collected and stored by our Payment Processor. However, we may from time to time request and receive some of your financial information from our Payment Processor for the purposes of completing transactions you have initiated through the Services, enrolling you in discount, rebate, and other programs in which you elect to participate, protecting against or identify possible fraudulent transactions, and otherwise as needed to manage our business.
Information Shared with Our Agents: We use third parties who are under our control (our “Agents”) to perform certain tasks on our behalf. We may need to share Personal Information with our Agents in order to provide products or services to you. Unless we inform you otherwise, our Agents do not have any right to use Personal Information or other information we share with them beyond what is necessary to assist us. You hereby consent to our sharing of Personal Information with our Agents.
Information Disclosed Pursuant to Business Transfers: If we were to sell business assets, user information is typically one of the transferred assets. Moreover, if we were acquired, or if we go out of business or enter bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that could be transferred or acquired by a third party. You consent to any such transfer to the acquirer’s continued use of your Personal Information as set forth in this policy.
Information Disclosed for Our Protection and the Protection of Others: We also reserve the right to access, read, preserve, and disclose any information as we reasonably believes is necessary to (i) satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, (ii) enforce this Privacy Policy or our Terms of Service, including investigation of potential violations hereof, (iii) detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues, (iv) respond to user support requests, or (v) protect our rights, property or safety, our users and the public. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for fraud protection and spam/malware prevention.
Information We Share With Your Consent: Additionally, you will be notified and given the opportunity to consent to any other sharing of your Personal Information.

Is My Information Secure?

Your Account information will be protected by a password for your privacy and security. You should prevent 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.

We seek to protect Account information. However, we cannot guarantee the security of any Account information. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise the security of user information at any time.

We store all of your information, including your IP address information, using industry-standard techniques. We do not guarantee or warrant that such techniques will prevent unauthorized access to information about you that we store, Personal Information or otherwise.

What Information of Mine Can I Access?

If you are a registered user, you can access information associated with your Account by logging into your Account. Registered and unregistered users can access and delete cookies through their web browser settings.

How Can I Delete My Account?

Should you ever decide to delete your Account, you may do so by emailing support@the-atlas.com. If you terminate your Account, any association between your Account and information we store will no longer be accessible through your Account. However, given the nature of sharing on the Services, any public activity on your Account prior to deletion will remain stored on our servers and may remain accessible to the public.

What Choices Do I Have Regarding My Information?

  • You can use many of the features of the Services without registering, thereby limiting the type of information that we collect.
  • You can always choose not to disclose certain information to us, even though it may be needed to take advantage of some of our features.
  • You can delete your Account. Please note that we will need to verify that you have the authority to delete the Account, and activity generated prior to deletion will remain stored by us and may remain publicly accessible.

What Happens When There Are Changes to this Privacy Policy?

We may amend this Privacy Policy from time to time. Use of information we collect is subject to the Privacy Policy in effect at the time such information is collected. If we make changes in the way we collect or use information, we will notify you by posting an announcement on the Services or sending you an email. A user is bound by any changes to the Privacy Policy when he or she uses the Services after such changes have been first posted.

Can you Answer my Other Questions or Concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy, please send us a detailed message to support@the-atlas.com. We will make every effort to resolve your concerns.