Effective Date: May 12, 2018
If You DO NOT agree with the policies set forth in this document, YOU SHOULD NOT DOWNLOAD OR ACCESS THIS APP OR WEBSITE.
We are currently beta testing Services that comprise, generally, aggregating factual data about political contributions made by businesses, as well as available statements and votes made by politicians, media personalities and candidates for office, so that that You and other consumers may easily factor such political engagement into Your own purchasing and voting decisions.
In advance of releasing Our Services to the general Public through Our Website and downloadable Application, we are engaging with You, the Beta Testers, to further develop Our Services so that such Services may be prepared for use by Our intended audience in the coming months.
WHAT INFORMATION DO YOU COLLECT FROM ME?
You may be required to provide certain personally identifiable information in order to register an account on Our Website or Application or to gain access to Our Services and become a Beta tester. In particular, use of Our Services as a Beta Tester will require that You disclose a unique email address and/or individualized login credentials to register an account on Our Website. We do not collect personally identifiable information (e.g., name, e-mail address, geographic location, contact or similar information) unless You choose to provide it to us. If You voluntarily provide Us with personal information, for example by sending an e-mail or by filling out a form and submitting it through Our Website or Application, We may use that information only to respond to Your message and to help Us provide You with the information or services that You request.
You can always choose not to provide us with Your personally identifiable information, however, this may limit Your ability to use, or even prevent You from using, Our Services.
IS THERE ANY INFORMATION THAT WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY COLLECTED WHEN I USE YOUR SERVICES?
While using Our Services, We automatically collect and store the following anonymous information about Your visit to our Website:
We may use this information, in the aggregate, to make Our Services more useful to Our intended audience, to learn about the number of visitors to Our Website and Application and the types of technology used, to detect operational problems, and to improve Our Website's and Application’s overall security.
In other words, information regarding Your use of or interaction with Our Services may be anonymized, along with the information of Our other users’, to help Us administer Our Services.
Analytics, Log Files and Reading History
We may gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information may include IP addresses, browser type, operating system and other usage information about the use of Our Services, including a history of any Website or Application pages You view.
We may combine this automatically collected log information with other information We collect about You. We do this to improve services we offer You, including customized recommendations, advertising, to improve marketing, and to track access and use of Our Services across the devices that You may use to access Our Services.
We may hire third parties to provide Us information, reports and analysis about the usage, browsing patterns of Our beta testers. They may independently record the type of device and operating system You are using, general location information, as well as events that occur on Our Website and/or Application, such as how often you use Our Website and/or Application.
HOW IS MY INFORMATION USED?
In general, We use the information We collect to provide, analyze, administer, enhance, and personalize Our Services and marketing efforts. Where applicable, We may also use the information We collect to process Your registration and to communicate with You on this and other topics. For example, We use the information we collect for:
Personal information that You voluntarily provide Us with may be used for additional reasons including, but not limited to:
We may periodically use Your information to communicate with You concerning Our Services (for example, by email, push notification and text messaging) so that We can send You news about Our Service, details about new features and content on Our Website, and special offers, promotional announcements (including those generated by third party product or service providers), and user surveys.
DO YOU SHARE MY PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION WITH ANYONE?
We do not sell, rent, swap or authorize any third party to use your email address. In general, We share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of Ethiq only when we have Your consent to do so. We require opt-in consent for the sharing of anysensitive personal information.
For instance, we may hire third parties to analyze Our users’ behavior, tastes and interests as submitted by You and other beta testers in an effort to develop our Services for general release. Similarly, we may use such data in combination with personal information that You provide Us with to predictively tailor Our Services, including recommendations and third party referrals, to your particular tastes, interests, and preferences.
Additionally, as we continue to develop our Services, We or Our affiliates may sell or buy other businesses or entities, or we may merge with another company, or be bought by another company. In such transactions, personal information may be among the transferred assets. We will notify You if such a transaction occurs and require that You opt-in consent to share your personal information with such a buyer. If You choose not to opt-in, Your access to Our Services may be terminated.
Additionally, when You engage with Us on third-party social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, you may reveal certain personal information (such as a username) to Us and to third parties. Except when used by Our representatives to respond to particular messages or requests from You, We will not use, share, or retain such information.
Disclosure by Necessity
We may occasionally access, preserve, and/or disclose personal information as required by law, for example, to comply with a court order or subpoena or We have a good faith belief that such action is necessary to
Your information may be stored and processed in any country in which We maintain facilities or conduct operations. By using Our Website, Your personal information may be transferred outside of Your country of use and/or residence.
As the beta testing phase of Our business ends, Your information may remain in our computers, electronic databases, and archives, and may not be reasonably capable of expungement.
HOW DO YOU KEEP MY INFORMATION SAFE?
In order to protect Our users from unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of information that We hold, We take the following precautions:
CAN I UPDATE MY INFORMATION?
If You have registered an account on Our Website or Application, You may review or update the contact information that We have at Your discretion. You may also request that we remove Your information from Our database by contacting us at (email@example.com).
COPPA Compliance. We do not knowingly collect or store any personal information about children under the age of 13.
BETA TEST PARTICIPATION TERMS OF SERVICE
EFFECTIVE DATE: March 2, 2018
Through this Website, and any downloadable Application, and related Social Media accounts,
Ethiq, Inc. (“Ethiq,” “We,” “Us,” “Our”) are currently in the beta-testing stage in development Services that
comprise, generally, aggregating factual data about political contributions made by businesses, as well as available
statements and votes made by politicians, media personalities and candidates for office, so that You and other
consumers may easily factor such political engagement into Your own purchasing and voting decisions.
In advance of releasing Our Services to the general Public, we are offering You, a “Tester”, access to materials, including software and other information related to the Services, to use for the purpose of providing Us with feedback on the quality and usability of such materials, so that such Services may be prepared for use by Our intended audience in the future.
Please read this Agreement carefully before participating in our Beta Test.
By CONSENTING TO BE A TESTER, DISCLOSING Your PERSONAL INFORMATION, INCLUDING GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION AND VIEWING PREFERENCES, creating an account to access Our Service, logging into, using, AND/or downloading any materials PROVIDED BY US, and clicking “SIGN UP” You acknowledge that You:
To be a Tester and to use Our Services, You must be at least 18 years old and either
You agree that you are accessing the Services on Our Website and/or Application for personal and non-commercial purposes.
If you do not agree with the terms of this Agreement, are under 18 years old, or are not a residing citizen or legal resident of the United States, please do not use the Services or Our Website. If at any time you are not willing to be bound by the terms of this Agreement, You should:
Ethiq hereby grants you a personal, limited license to use its Services, including any related Application software as may be made available to you over the course of this Agreement, solely for testing and evaluation purposes, subject to Your compliance with the terms of this Agreement.
This license does not grant You the right to use Our Services, including Application software, for any other purpose, or to disclose, reproduce, distribute, modify, or create derivative works of the Services.
You agree not to decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble, decrypt, or otherwise attempt to derive the source code of any of Our Software, except where prohibited by applicable law. In accepting this Agreement, You certify that any materials associated with the Ethiq Services will only be used for testing and evaluation purposes in connection with the further development of the Services, and will not be rented, sold, leased, sublicensed, assigned, distributed, or otherwise transferred. We retain ownership of all materials related to the Ethiq Services, including content presented on Out Website and via our Application software.
Except as expressly set forth herein, no other rights or licenses are granted or to be implied under any Ethiq intellectual property.
You agree that the Services and any information concerning the Services (including its nature and existence, features, functionality, and screen shots) and any other information disclosed by Ethiq to You in connection with the beta-stage development of such Services will be considered Confidential Information. Information that otherwise would be deemed Confidential Information but
(a) is generally and legitimately available to the public through no fault or breach of Yours,
(b) is generally made available to the public by Ethiq,
(c) was rightfully obtained from a third party who had the right to transfer or disclose it to you without limitation, or
(d) any third-party software and/or documentation provided to You by Ethiq and accompanied by licensing terms that do not impose confidentiality obligations on the use or disclosure of such software and/or documentation
will not be considered Confidential Information under this Agreement. All Confidential Information remains the sole property of Ethiq and You have no implied licenses or other rights in the Confidential Information not specified in this Agreement.
You agree that you will not disclose, publish, or otherwise disseminate any Confidential Information to anyone except as expressly permitted or agreed to in writing by Ethiq. You further agree to take reasonable precautions to prevent any unauthorized use, disclosure, publication, or dissemination of Confidential Information, including preventing unauthorized access to or display of Our Services to third parties. You agree to use the Confidential Information solely for the permitted uses as set forth in this Agreement. You agree not to use Confidential Information otherwise for your own or any third party’s benefit without the prior written approval of an authorized representative of Ethiq in each instance. You hereby acknowledge that unauthorized disclosure or use of Confidential Information could cause irreparable harm and significant injury to Ethiq that may be difficult to ascertain. Accordingly, you agree that Ethiq will have the right to seek immediate injunctive relief to enforce obligations under this Agreement in addition to any other rights and remedies it may have.
We will provide you with a copy of or instructions to obtain access to the Services, including any downloadable Application software if applicable, and any documentation necessary to instruct You on how to use the Services as well as any testing data We may desire stemming from Your use.
We may request that You provide feedback to Us regarding the performance of Our Services in the form of questionnaire submissions, issue reports, and/or support information. We may request feedback from you through email, online questionnaires, bug forms, and other means.
By accepting this Agreement, You agree that We may contact You from time to time regarding our Services. You agree that We will be free to use any feedback You provide for any purpose.
In order to better facilitate Our Services, You may be directed to register or create a personally identifying account by providing or receiving personally identifying login credentials. Certain personally identifying information, such as email address, may be required.
You agree that You will not provide false information to Us in generating Your account. Specifically, You agree that You will not select or use the login credentials of another person with the intent to impersonate that person.
Failure to comply with the foregoing shall constitute a breach of this Agreement, which may result in immediate suspense or termination of Your access to the Services including access to any Application software.
You are responsible for all usage or activity on Your account on this Website including use of the account by any third party authorized by You to use Your login credentials.
By accepting the terms of this Agreement, You agree that We may collect, use and disclose personally identifying information obtained as a result of Your use of these Services, for the following purposes:
Additionally, when You communicate with Us or send Us information, You grant Us a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free right to exercise all copyright and publicity rights that You have in such information, in any manner whatsoever, in any media now known or which may be created in the future, as relates to this Website, the Services, and any of Our related Social Media.
Any Website functionality, Application software, or other materials provided as part of the Service may be designated as alpha, beta, development, pre-release, untested, or not fully tested versions. The Website and Application download, including any functionality thereof, may be incomplete and may contain errors or inaccuracies that could cause failures, corruption and/or loss of data or information. You expressly acknowledge and agree that, to the extent permitted by applicable law, all use of the Services is at Your sole risk and that the entire risk as to satisfactory quality, performance, accuracy and effort is with You.
In no event will We be liable to You or any party related to You for any damage or other pecuniary loss, whether under a theory of contract, warranty, tort (including negligence) products liability or otherwise, even if We have been advised of the possibility of such damages. As such ETHIQ IS PROVIDING THE SERVICES, INCLUDING ALL CONTENT AND SOFTWARE ASSOCIATED THEREWITH, INCLUDING ANY FUNCTIONALITIES AND FEATURES ASSOCIATED WITH OUR SERVICES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, WARRANTIES OF TITLE OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
You acknowledge that We have not publicly announced the availability of the Services to the general public, that We has not promised or guaranteed to You that such Services will be announced or made available to anyone in the future, and that We have no express or implied obligation to You to announce or introduce the Services or any similar or compatible product, or to continue to offer access to the Services in the future.
Any testimonials, reviews, or other user or tester opinions regarding this Service viewable on this Website or related Social Media are based on individual experiences using this Service. There is no guarantee that You will experience the same level of satisfaction.
YOU HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT USE OF THE SERVICES IS AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Limitations herein described shall be applied to the greatest extent enforceable under applicable law.
Ethiq® and the contents of the Services, including the Website, Application software and other materials made available to You via related Social Media, are protected by United States copyright, trademark and other intellectual property laws and international treaties and owned or controlled by Ethiq, Inc., or the party credited as the provider of the materials. Other products and/or company names referenced or mentioned on the Website, Application software and other materials made available to You via related Social Media may be trademarks of their respective owners. We have no affiliation with these companies, and Our services are not endorsed by them. You agree to abide by all additional copyright notices, information, or restrictions contained in any materials accessed through the Services.
By accepting the terms of this Agreement, You further acknowledge and agree that We and Our third party licensors own and shall continue to own all right, title, and interest in and to the materials and other elements of Our Services, including associated intellectual property rights under copyright, trade secret, patent, or trademark laws.
Except for any limited, revocable license expressly granted to You herein, this Agreement does not grant You any ownership or other right or interest in or to the materials and/or other elements of the Services, or any other intellectual property rights of Ours, whether by implication, estoppel, or otherwise. Any and all trademarks or service marks that We use in connection with the Services are marks owned by Us. This Agreement does not grant You any right, license, or interest in such marks, and You shall not assert any right, license, or interest in such marks or any words or designs that are confusingly similar to such marks.
You may not modify, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale of, reproduce (except where expressly permitted for the storage of downloadable material), create new works from, distribute, perform, display, or in any way exploit, any of the content on Our Website, Application software or other material comprising Our Services (including software), in whole or in part.
We may elect to terminate this Agreement or an individual portion of the Services being developed and/or tested at any time and for any reason at Our discretion without notice to You or any liability for any reasons whatsoever, including without limitation, if You breach these Terms.
You may terminate this Agreement by returning or destroying any Confidential Information that is in your possession and control, including any Application software. In the event that You are unable to purge Application software and/or other materials related to the Services from Your computer and/or other electronic devices, You agree to hold such Application software and/or other materials as Confidential Information.
We reserve the right to modify, terminate, or otherwise amend Services available during this beta-testing stage of development. We may, in the future, offer new and/or different services and/or features through Our Website, Application software, and associated Social Media accounts. Such new features and/or services shall be subject to this Agreement.
Our failure to enforce any rights granted by this Agreement or to take action against any other party in the event of any breach shall not be deemed a waiver by Us as to subsequent enforcement of rights or subsequent actions in the event of future breaches.
This Agreement is entered into in Los Angeles County, California. You agree and consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the state of California and county of Los Angeles for any dispute arising from or related to this Agreement.
Should any term or terms in this Agreement be declared void or unenforceable, such term or terms shall be severed from this Agreement, and such declaration shall have no effect on the enforceability of any remaining terms.
Correspondence regarding these Terms should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Ethiq?
Ethiq® is a tool designed to help you make purchases more aligned with your beliefs and values; to Vote With Your Wallet®. Our core mission is transparency through objective, factual data.
How does Ethiq match me with compatible companies?
An Ethiq user submits their opinion on a variety of prompts relating to ideological positions, on-the-record positions and statement by politicians, specific bills, ballot measures, etc. As you do this, Ethiq’s propriety algorithm tracks the sponsors, authors and votes related to these prompts, cross-referencing your responses with a dataset that links corporate money and its paths to these individuals and groups, both directly and indirectly. Currently, Ethiq offers customized rankings in 4 key consumer categories: Gas Stations, Grocery Stores, Department Stores, and Fast Food Restaurants. Please let us know if there which additional categories you’d like us to add.
Where does Ethiq lean on the political spectrum – across political positions, ideologies and party lines?
Ethiq is a tool designed for Republicans, Democrats, Liberals, Conservatives, and everything in between. There are values-driven consumers on all sides of the political spectrum. The results Ethiq outputs, depending on your unique responses, should be equally valid to every user. Try for yourself! Click “Start Over” in the prompt box, and answer the prompts as your ideological opposite. You’ll soon see how the results match the “new you.”
Where does Ethiq’s data come from?
Ethiq’s data is primarily sourced from Federal Election Commission and IRS 527 filings, with additional data and assistance from the National Institute on Money in Politics (www.followthemoney.org).
Why should I trust Ethiq’s rankings?
Every attempt has been made to present prompts and results in the most unbiased way possible. However, creating a ranking engine such as our requires different datasets to be weighted against each other. For example, Ethiq must consider the effects of money originating directly from a company’s associated PAC to a candidate vs. money that first flows through a committee or party before reaching a candidate. Or, money that was routed to a candidate from a company’s associated PAC 5 years ago vs. 5 months ago. Since there is no “right” or “wrong” answer on how to weight these factors, Ethiq starts with a set of weighting factors, and uses your input and feedback to further refine our engine, and your scores. The more users provide input and validation, the stronger the ranking engine becomes.
I thought corporations weren’t allowed to give money directly to federal candidates and officeholders. Is this true?
True. Although certain states allow corporations to give money directly to candidates and incumbents, this is not allowed at the federal level. Ties between corporations and federal officeholders are made via a company’s associated Political Action Committees (PACs) and executive-level employees.
What is a “Why Trail”...and why does it matter?
As you click on the “WHY” button to the right of each company, you’ll often see a Why Trail appear on the right of your screen. This consistently updated trail allows Ethiq to explain to you, in clear, actionable language, why companies have the scores they do.
Why do you need my zip code?
Different states feature different retail locations. Although certain corporations (Starbucks, McDonald’s, etc.) can be found in all 50 U.S. states, others are region-specific. By sharing your zip code, Ethiq can present you with geo-specific businesses relevant to your location. We encourage you to enter a new zip code to see results from a different part of the country. Currently, Ethiq is available only to users in the United States.
When can I download the Ethiq app?
A mobile-ready version of Ethiq’s app, which will be available for both iOS and Android, is currently in development.
Who do I contact with questions, complaints or suggestions?
Ethiq welcomes your feedback! Please email us at email@example.com or use the feedback form on our main page.