Terms of Service
Included below is a section-by-section summary of the revisions to the Terms of Service (if a section is not listed, it means that no changes were made to it). We are providing this summary to you as a courtesy, and nothing that it contains shall be deemed to modify any provisions in the Terms of Service.
- The introduction has been updated to better represent the websites and services that are included within the PeopleConnect family of brands, as well as highlight our updated arbitration clause (which is described in more detail below).
- Only minor language changes were made in Section 1.A.
- Sections 1.C and 2 have been revised to more generally refer to your “account” in regards to your obligation to control the activities that occur under it.
- Section 2.B now includes the updated steps through which Intelius and US Search users can cancel their subscriptions.
- Minor language changes were made in Section 2.C.
- The member conduct guidelines in Section 4.A relating to the use of the Intelius and US Search services have been updated to more accurately reflect our current policies.
- Minor language changes were made in Section 4.B.
- Section 4.C has been updated to better reflect the current limitations relating to the use of the Intelius and US Search services.
- We have revised Section 4.D to provide additional detail on the time limits relating to the availability of reports purchased via the Intelius and US Search services.
- We have added domain names to the list of items in Section 5 that are covered by our property rights.
- In Section 6, search reports were added to the list of items for which we may establish policies and practices and for which we have no responsibility should they be deleted.
- Only minor language changes were made in Section 8 (previously Section 9).
- We updated the telephone number for our Designated Agent in Section 9 (previously Section 10).
- Section 11 (previously Section 10) was revised to provide additional clarity regarding the limitations on our liability.
- Section 12 (previously Section 11) now includes our licensors and contractors in the list of parties that are subject to your indemnification obligations.
- Section 13 (previously Section 14) contains several changes:
- The entire section was significantly shortened and reorganized to provide better clarity regarding the parties’ agreement to use final and binding arbitration on an individual basis to resolve most disputes.
- The parties to which the arbitration clause applies were broadened to include our parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, and each of their respective directors, officers, employees and contractors.
- We have updated the information that must be included in the notice you are required to provide to us prior to initiating arbitration or a small claims court action so that the parties can try in good faith to negotiate a resolution to your dispute.
- Arbitration will now be governed by the Consumer Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association (AAA).
- The clause provides that the arbitration be held in Seattle, Washington, unless the AAA rules require otherwise, and also gives each party the right to have the arbitration conducted solely on written submissions and the right to attend any in-person hearing by telephone.
- The cost sharing provisions have been revised to state that payment of the arbitration fees will be governed by the AAA rules, with us paying some or all of the arbitrator’s fees under certain circumstances, as well as describe the circumstances under which the arbitrator may award attorneys’ fees.
- We have given you a one-time right to opt out of binding arbitration by sending written notice to us. For new users, this notice must be sent within 30 days of your first use of our services, and for existing users, it must be sent within 30 days of our email notice to you regarding the initial release of this updated arbitration clause.
- We have provided further clarity regarding the circumstances under which you may bring a small claims court action against us.
- We have added the right for either party to seek a temporary or preliminary injunction in court rather than arbitration, subject to the arbitrator’s review should such party then seek a permanent injunction.
- We have shortened the time period by which you must file a claim against us to one year after it first arises.
- The introduction has been updated to better represent the websites and services that are included within the PeopleConnect family of brands.
- Only minor language changes were made in Section 1(a).
- Section 1(b) has been updated to reflect that the acceptance of one of our applications, as well as what such acceptance may mean in regards to the posting of your information on Facebook or other third party websites, is not limited to just Classmates members, but may occur on any of our services.
- Section 1(c) now includes additional details where we may use testimonials and what information may be included with them.
- Section 1(d) has been revised to clarify that, when you use any of our services, cookies may be sent not just from one of our websites but also from our email to you and that cookies and web beacons may be used by us, our affiliates and brands, and third-party advertisers (per Section 2(d) discussed below).
- Consistent with changes to Sections 2(b) and 2(h) (discussed below), Section 1(i) now notes that profile information publicly viewable on the Classmates service may be included on our affiliates’ and brands’ services.
- Because there are now several different ways in which a Classmates member can view some or all of another member’s profile, we have clarified in Section 1(j) that your view of any portion of another member’s profile will result in your visit being left on that member’s profile.
- Section 1(m) has been updated to clarify that we may supplement your information with information from our affiliates, brands and other internal resources, and not just third-party resources.
- A new Section 2(b) has been added, which allows us to share your information between our commonly-owned affiliates and brands (which is a standard practice with other companies that offer multiple types of services) for the purposes specifically outlined in this section. If you want this shared information removed from these affiliates or brands, it also describes how you may do so.
- Section 2(d) (previously Section 2(e)) has been updated to state that information we receive from contest or sweepstakes entries may also be used to supplement your profile.
- Some language has been removed from Section 2(e) (previously Section 2(f)) to better reflect our current practices regarding the use of third-party service providers.
- We have updated Section 2(g) (previously Section 2(h)) to make is clear that we may also disclose your information in circumstances necessary to protect our interests.
- Section 2(h) (previously Section 2(i)) has been revised to better reflect our current practices regarding to how your information that is publicly displayed on our Services may potentially be shown on search engines and other third-party websites and devices and how you may opt out of having such information shown in this way.
- Section 3(b) has been updated to more accurately describe where we obtain the public records that are included in the Intelius and US Search databases and how you can have your information removed from these databases.
- Section 4 now notes that our communications to you may come in the form of not just emails, but also push notifications or other forms of communications and that all of our various Services provide you with the ability to update your email preferences by logging onto the applicable service.