Our Privacy Policy describes the information we collect and how we use it.
Tongal is committed to protecting the privacy of our users and we want to provide a safe and secure user experience. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to ensure that the personal information submitted to us remains private. Should you submit your personal information, it is immediately transferred from our web server to behind our firewall, where it remains isolated from a direct connection to the Internet. By using our website, and in doing so accepting the Terms and Conditions of Use under which you may use this website (see Terms and Conditions of Use), you consent to the use of your personal information as described in this Privacy Policy.
Our Privacy Policy and security measures are periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary. You should understand, however, that "perfect security" does not exist on the Internet. The information that you submit to us is used only for the purposes as set forth herein, as required by law, or when we believe in good faith that disclosure is legally required to protect our rights. We will not use your personal information for any purpose other than as set out here without first obtaining your permission. The following reflects our commitment to you.
Your California Privacy Rights
California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits registered users who are California residents to request certain information regarding disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To request such information, please email or write to us at:
Tongal, Inc.
1918 Main St. 2nd floor
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Attention: Legal
Information About You Specifically
Customers & Potential Customers. If you express an interest in obtaining additional information about Tongal, we may request that you provide personal contact information such as name, title, company name, address, phone number, email address, and other information about your potential business needs.
Community Members. If you choose to register as a member of Tongal, you will be required to provide us with information about yourself, including your name and/or company name, email address and birth date. Once registered, you will be able to add additional optional information about yourself such as a photograph, address, gender, race, relationship status, education, profession, income, skills, among other demographic data. A Tongal member's name, location, websites, information provided in the 'about me' section, seasons points and rank, skills, and brands you have worked with on Tongal, will be publicly available to any visitors to the Tongal website. You have the ability to update and change this information at any time and we encourage you to keep it updated. Should you not wish this information to be viewable by visitors of the website, please do not enter this information into your profile. By participating in a project, you will also be supplying us with your words, ideas, concepts, scripts, pictures, videos, or other information that you choose to submit. We may aggregate these submissions with other submissions to analyze the data for our own usage or to provide to a Sponsor of a project. On select projects, we may also make your submissions available for public voting on our website.
In addition, if you are a winner and a U.S. person (including U.S. resident aliens), we will request your social security number (or taxpayer identification number) on IRS form W-9. If you are a winner and you are not a U.S. person, we will request a Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding on IRS form W-8BEN (Individuals) or W-8BEN-E (Entities). We use this information to verify your eligibility to participate in projects, and to contact you and properly notify the IRS, as necessary, should you be a winner. From time to time, we may use the contact information to alert members of new projects and communicate news, events and reminders. During a project, participants to the project will be shown and identified only by their handles, which are their public login names and their photograph, if they choose to upload a picture.
Visitors to the website may be allowed to view a project without identifying themselves, but project participants must be members logged in with their email and password. Winners' names and earnings may be released to governmental authorities as required by law.
Usage & Information About All Tongal Visitors
We gather information about the visitors to our website, including without limitation, (a) internet domain and computer IP address, (b) what area of the site visited most frequently, (c) the type of device, browser, and operating system used to view the site and (d) if the visitor linked to our website from another website, the address of that other website.
We use this information for analyzing trends and statistics, fraud protection, improving our services, planning website enhancements and measuring overall website effectiveness. From time to time we may reveal or analyze general, anonymous, aggregated statistical information about our website, services and visitors, such as the number of visits, the geographic location of visitors, demographic information provided by the visitors, and what website features they use.
Tongal may also use information submitted by its visitors for marketing purposes. For example, if you fill out web form requesting additional information about Tongal, we will use that information to provide you with additional information about Tongal.
Tongal makes forum-style discussion topics available to our members and customers. These forums will identify Tongal members by their user handles and profile picture, if provided. Those simply viewing the forums may do so without identifying themselves, but those who wish to participate must be logged in members or customers. Please remember that any information you disclose in these areas becomes public information. Accordingly, you should always exercise caution when deciding to disclose any personal information in the forum.
Cookies, Web Beacons, and Similar Technologies
To enhance your experience at Tongal, we may use features on your Internet browser called "cookies" and "web beacons."
As you may already know, cookies are small files that your browser places on your computer's hard drive. Standing alone, cookies do not personally identify you, they only recognize your web browser. We use cookies for purposes such as remembering user names, passwords and preferences, tracking click streams, and for load balancing. Because of our use of cookies, we can deliver faster service, consistent, updated results, and a more personalized site experience. Web beacons help deliver cookies and gather usage and performance data about our services. Our services may include web beacons and cookies from third-party service providers. You have a variety of tools to control cookies, web beacons and similar technologies, including browser controls to block and delete cookies and controls from some third-party analytics service providers to opt out of data collection through web beacons. Your browser and its settings may impact your experience with our website.
Tongal may ask you for feedback and comments about the website or the projects and we encourage your participation. Any feedback that is submitted becomes the property of Tongal. We may use this feedback, such as success stories, for marketing purposes, to enhance our capabilities, to create new features, or to contact you for further feedback.
Links to Other Sites
We may provide links to other websites that we believe can offer you useful information. We are not, however, responsible for the privacy policies of other websites, including those websites on which our logo or other information supplied by us appears. This Privacy Policy only applies to information collected by this website. We suggest that you access other websites' online policies regarding their own data collection practices.
Access to Your Information
Tongal will provide you with a reasonable opportunity to review the information provided by you, as well as a reasonable opportunity to correct any erroneous information. To view or correct your information, log in to the Tongal website, click on "Settings" from your "Activity Feed" page, or contact us at
You may manage your receipt of marketing communication by clicking on the "unsubscribe" link located on the bottom of Tongal's marketing emails or by opening the "Email Preferences" section in the Settings section of your Activity Feed.
Privacy of Children on Our Website
Our website is not intended for use by children under the age of 13, and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13. Anyone under the age of 13 is not allowed to be a member of Tongal.
Mobile Applications
Without limiting the generality of this Privacy Policy, Tongal may obtain information through its mobile applications that users download to your mobile device. Tongal's mobile applications may obtain information or access data stored on users' mobile device. For example, a mobile application may access a camera on the mobile device, access a users' calendar, access a users' contacts, or access the geographic location of a users' mobile device.
Mobile applications may provide Tongal with information related to your use of the mobile application, information regarding the mobile device, the mobile device's operating system, and information regarding your usage of the features of the mobile application. Tongal may use this information to improve the mobile usage experience. Users will be able to configure certain services or features of the mobile application. Information obtained to provide mobile application services may include information obtained in preparation for anticipated updates to those services.
Privacy Commitment Changes
If we decide to change our privacy commitment, we will post those changes here so that you will always know the information we gather, how we might use that information, and whether we will disclose it to anyone. In the event that we make any significant changes to our Privacy Policy, we will also provide you with the opportunity to consent to these different uses of your personal information or to opt-in to these changes or features. If, at any time, you have questions or concerns about Tongal's privacy commitment, please feel free to e-mail us at
This Privacy Policy is effective as of January 1, 2017.
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