Privacy Policy

This policy is effective as of February 1, 2008.

StratPlace Principles

We built StratPlace to make it easy to share information and collaborate with other professionals, and we understand you may not want everyone in the world to have the information you share on StratPlace; that is why we give you control of your information. You can choose to hide all of your information from all StratPlace Members, or you may choose to expose only certain elements at your discretion.

With respect to privacy, StratPlace follows the following core principles:
  1. You should have control over your personal information. StratPlace helps you share information and collaborate with professional contacts of your choosing. You choose what information you put in your profile, including contact and personal information, pictures, interests and groups you join. And you control the Members with whom you share that information through the settings in your Account page.
  2. You should have access to the information others want to share. There is an increasing amount of information available within StratPlace, and you may want to know what relates to you, your colleagues, and professionals around you. We want to help you easily get that information.
  3. Sharing information should be easy. And we want to provide you with the privacy tools necessary to control how and with whom you share that information. If you have questions or ideas, please send them to

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What This Policy Covers

  1. This policy covers how StratPlace treats personal information that StratPlace collects and receives, including information related to your past use of StratPlace products and services. Personal information is information about you that is personally identifiable like your name, address, email address, or phone number, and that is not otherwise publicly available.
  2. This policy does not apply to the practices of companies that StratPlace does not own or control, or to people that StratPlace does not employ or manage.

The StratPlace Privacy Policy is designed to help you understand how we collect and use the personal information you decide to share, and to help you make informed decisions when using StratPlace, located at and its directly associated domains (collectively, "StratPlace" or "Website").

By using or accessing StratPlace, you accept the practices described in this Privacy Policy. If you have questions or concerns regarding this statement, you should first contact our privacy staff at

The Information We Collect

When you visit StratPlace you provide us with two types of information: personal information you knowingly choose to disclose that is collected by us and Web Site use information collected by us as you interact with our Web Site.

When you register with StratPlace, you may provide us with certain personal information, such as your name, your email address, your telephone number, your address, your employer and any other personal or preference information that you provide to us.

When you enter StratPlace, we collect your browser type and IP address. This information is gathered for all StratPlace visitors. In addition, we store certain information from your browser using cookies. A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's computer and tied to information about the user. We use session ID cookies to confirm that users are logged in. These cookies terminate once the user closes the browser. By default, we use a persistent cookie that stores your login ID (but not your password) to make it easier for you to login when you come back to StratPlace. You can remove or block this cookie using the settings in your browser if you want to disable this convenience feature.

When you use StratPlace, you may set up your personal profile, form relationships, send messages, perform searches and queries, form groups, and transmit information through various channels. We collect this information so that we can provide you the service and offer personalized features. In most cases, we retain it so that, for instance, you can return to view prior messages you have sent. When you update information, we usually keep a backup copy of the prior version for a reasonable period of time to enable reversion to the prior version of that information.

You post User Content (as defined in the StratPlace Terms of Use) on the Site at your own risk. Although we allow you to set privacy options that limit access to your information, please remember that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. We cannot control the actions of other Members with whom you may choose to share your pages and information. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that Member Content you post on the Site will not be viewed by unauthorized persons. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the Site. You understand and acknowledge that, even after removal, copies of User Content may remain viewable in cached and archived pages or if other Users have copied or stored your User Content.

When you purchase a subscription to StratPlace, StratPlace only uses your credit card information to process the transaction, and does not store your credit card information within our systems. PayPal stores your credit card information for the purpose of automated subscription renewals.

Any improper collection or misuse of information provided on StratPlace is a violation of the StratPlace Terms of Use and should be reported to

If you choose to use our invitation service to tell a colleague about our site, we will ask you for information needed to send the invitation, such as your colleague's email address. We will automatically send your colleague a one-time email inviting him or her to visit the site. StratPlace stores this information to send this one-time invitation and to track the success of our referral program. Your colleague may contact us at to request that we remove this information from our database.

StratPlace may also collect information about you from other sources, such as blogs, messaging services, and other users of the StratPlace service through the operation of the service (e.g., tags) in order to provide you with more useful information and a more personalized experience.

By using StratPlace, you consent to have your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States.


StratPlace seeks to serve adult professionals for professional purposes and does not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from children or knowingly allow such persons to register.

If you are under 13, please do not attempt to register for StratPlace or send any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, or email address. No one under age 13 may provide any personal information to or on StratPlace. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at

We recommend that minors over the age of 13 ask their parents for permission before sending any information about themselves to anyone over the Internet.

Use of Information Obtained by StratPlace

When you register with StratPlace, you create your own profile and privacy settings. Your profile information, as well as your name, email and photo, are displayed to people in the networks specified in your privacy settings to enable you to connect with people on StratPlace. We may occasionally use your name and email address to send you notifications regarding new services offered by StratPlace that we think you may find valuable.

Profile information is used by StratPlace primarily to be presented back to and edited by you when you access the service and to be presented to others permitted to view that information by your privacy settings. In some cases where your privacy settings permit it (e.g. providing professional endorsements), other StratPlace users may be able to supplement your profile.

Profile information you submit to StratPlace will be available to users of StratPlace to the extent that you allow to access the information through your privacy settings. Your name, company name, and profile picture thumbnail will not be available in search results across the StratPlace network if you make your profile private; however, those limited pieces of information may be made available to third party search engines to the extent that you make them public and they are indexed by those search engines.

StratPlace may send you service-related announcements from time to time through the general operation of the service. For instance, if a colleague sends you a new message, you may receive an email alerting you to that fact.

Generally, you may opt out of such emails in your profile controls, though StratPlace reserves the right to send you notices about your account even if you opt out of all voluntary email notifications.

We may use information about you that we collect from other sources, including but not limited to newspapers and Internet sources such as blogs, StratPlace Platform developers and other users of StratPlace, to supplement your profile. Where such information is used, we generally allow you to specify in your privacy settings that you do not want this to be done.

Sharing Your Information With Third Parties

StratPlace is about sharing information with colleague and peers to help you do your work while providing you with privacy settings that restrict other users from accessing your information. We allow you to choose the information you provide to Members and networks through StratPlace. Our network architecture and your privacy settings allow you to make informed choices about who has access to your information. We do not provide contact information to third party marketers without your permission. We share your information with third parties only in limited circumstances where we believe such sharing is 1) reasonably necessary to offer the service, 2) legally required or, 3) permitted by you. For example:

  1. Unlike most sites on the Web, StratPlace limits access to site information by third party search engine "crawlers" (e.g. Google, Yahoo, MSN, Ask). StratPlace takes action to block access by these engines to personal information beyond your name, profile picture, and limited aggregated data about your profile (e.g. number of wall postings).
  2. We may provide information to service providers to help us bring you the services we offer. Specifically, we may use third parties to facilitate our business, such as to host the service at a co-location facility for servers, to send out email updates about StratPlace, to remove repetitive information from our user lists, to process payments for products or services, to offer an online job application process, or to provide search results or links (including sponsored links). In connection with these offerings and business operations, our service providers may have access to your personal information for use for a limited time in connection with these business activities. Where we utilize third parties for the processing of any personal information, we implement reasonable contractual and technical protections limiting the use of that information to the StratPlace-specified purposes.
  3. We occasionally provide demonstration accounts that allow non-users a glimpse into the StratPlace world. Such accounts have only limited capabilities (e.g., messaging is disabled) and passwords are changed regularly to limit possible misuse.
  4. We may be required to disclose user information pursuant to lawful requests, such as subpoenas or court orders, or in compliance with applicable laws. We do not reveal information until we have a good faith belief that an information request by law enforcement or private litigants meets applicable legal standards. Additionally, we may share account or other information when we believe it is necessary to comply with law, to protect our interests or property, to prevent fraud or other illegal activity perpetrated through the StratPlace service or using the StratPlace name, or to prevent imminent bodily harm. This may include sharing information with other companies, lawyers, agents or government agencies.
  5. We let you choose to share information with marketers or electronic commerce providers through sponsored groups or other on-site offers.
  6. We may offer stores or provide services jointly with other companies on StratPlace. You can tell when another company is involved in any store or service provided on StratPlace, and we may share customer information with that company in connection with your use of that store or service.
  7. If the ownership of all or substantially all of the StratPlace business, or individual business units owned by StratPlace, Inc., were to change, your user information may be transferred to the new owner so the service can continue operations. In any such transfer of information, your user information would remain subject to the promises made in any pre-existing Privacy Policy.

When you use StratPlace, certain information you post or share with third parties (e.g., a colleague or someone in your network), such as personal information, comments, messages, photos, videos or other information, may be shared with other users in accordance with the privacy settings you select. All such sharing of information is done at your own risk. Please keep in mind that if you disclose personal information in your profile or when posting comments, messages, photos, videos, or other items , this information may become publicly available.


StratPlace may contain links to other websites. We are, of course, not responsible for the privacy practices of other web sites. We encourage our Members to be aware when they leave our site to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information. This Privacy Policy applies solely to information collected by StratPlace.

Third Party Advertising

StratPlace does not utilize or seek advertising from third parties.

StratPlace may utilize third-party web services to provide richer features and information to StratPlace Members. Some of those providers may include advertisements within the delivery of their service, and their terms of use (by which StratPlace must abide) may preclude StratPlace from removing those advertisements from the service. StratPlace does not receive or seek any revenues or other consideration from such providers, and StratPlace does not share any personal information from our Members with those providers.

This privacy policy covers the use of cookies by StratPlace and does not cover the use of cookies or other tracking technologies by any of its advertisers.

Changing or Removing Information

Access and control over most personal information on StratPlace is readily available through the profile editing tools. StratPlace users may modify or delete any of their profile information at any time by logging into their account. Information will be updated immediately. Individuals who wish to deactivate their StratPlace account may do so on the My Account page. Removed information may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time but will not be generally available to members of StratPlace.

Where you make use of the communication features of the service to share information with other individuals on StratPlace, however, (e.g., sending a personal message to another StratPlace user) you generally cannot remove such communications.


StratPlace takes appropriate precautions to protect our users' information. Your account information is located on a secured server behind a firewall. When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card number), we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). (To learn more about SSL, go to Because email and instant messaging are not recognized as secure communications, we request that you not send private information to us by email or instant messaging services. If you have any questions about the security of StratPlace Web Site, please contact us at

Terms of Use, Notices and Revisions

Your use of StratPlace, and any disputes arising from it, is subject to this Privacy Policy as well as our Terms of Use and all of its dispute resolution provisions including arbitration, limitation on damages and choice of law. We reserve the right to change our Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use at any time. Non-material changes and clarifications will take effect immediately, and material changes will take effect within 30 days of their posting on this site. If we make changes, we will post them and will indicate at the top of this page the policy's new effective date. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by email, or through notice on our home page. We encourage you to refer to this policy on an ongoing basis so that you understand our current privacy policy. Unless stated otherwise, our current privacy policy applies to all information that we have about you and your account.

Contacting StratPlace

If you have any questions about this privacy policy, please contact us at privacy-at-stratplace-dot-com. You may also contact us by mail at:

660 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107