I. Information we collect and how we use it
We use commercially reasonable efforts to ensure that the collection of personal information is limited to that which is necessary to fulfill the purposes identified below. If we use your information in a manner different than the purpose for which it is collected, then we will ask you for your consent prior to such use.
Account information. If you create an account to take advantage of the full range of services offered on Read Startups, we ask for and record personal information such as your name and email address. We use your email address to send you updates, news, and newsletters (if you willingly subscribe to the newsletter during signup, or anytime after sign up) and contact you on behalf of other users (such as other users who send you compliments, personal messages, or favorite reviews). If you create an account on Read Startups, we ask for and record information such as your name, email address and startup/company information(description, founders detail, funding etc.).
Submissions. We store and may publicly display your submissions in order to provide the services that we offer. When we display your submissions, we do so together with your account name (username). The term “submissions” refers to the information that you submit or post to Read Startups for public display, such as business ratings, reviews, compliments, and the information that you display as part of your account profile.
Feedback. If you contact us to provide feedback, register a complaint, or ask a question, we will record any personal information and other content that you provide in your communication so that we can effectively respond to your communication.
Activity. We record information relating to your use of Read Startups, such as the searches you undertake, the pages you view, your browser type, IP address, location, requested URL, referring URL, and timestamp information. We use this type of information to administer Read Startups and provide the highest possible level of service to you. We also use this information in the aggregate to perform statistical analyses of user behavior and characteristics in order to measure interest in and use of the various areas of Read Startups. You cannot be identified from this aggregate information.
Cookies. We send cookies to your computer in order to uniquely indentify your browser and improve the quality of our service. The term “cookies” refers to small pieces of information that a website sends to your computer’s hard drive while you are viewing the site. We may use both session cookies (which expire once you close your browser) and persistent cookies (which stay on your computer until you delete them). Persistent cookies can be removed by following your browser help file directions. If you choose to disable cookies, some areas of Read Startups may not work properly or at all. Read Startups uses third party tools, who may collect anonymous information about your visits to Read Startups using cookies, and interaction with Read Startups products and services. Such third parties may also use information about your visits to Read Startups products and services and other websites to target advertisements for Read Startups products and services. No PII is collected or used in this process. These third parties do not know or have access to the name, phone number, address, email address, or any personally identifying information about Read Startups users. Read Startups users can opt-out of sharing this information with third parties by deactivating cookies, the process of which varies by browser to browser. Please refer to the help file of your browser to understand the process of deactivating Cookies on your browser.
II. Transfer of information
We may distribute your submissions to third parties, as permitted pursuant to our Terms of Service. The third parties may in turn publicly display or publish your submissions in connection with their own websites and media platforms. When we distribute your submissions to third parties, we typically include your account username (but not your personal information unless you include your personal information in your submissions).
We may share your personal information with third parties to provide you with services that we offer through Read Startups, conduct quality assurance testing, facilitate creation of accounts, provide technical and customer support, or provide specific services, such as synchronization of your contacts with other software applications, in accordance with your instructions. These third parties are required not to use your personal information other than to provide the services requested by you.
We may disclose information in the aggregate to third parties relating to user behavior in connection with actual or prospective business relationship with those third parties, such as advertisers and content distributors. For example, we may disclose the number of users that have been exposed to, or clicked on, advertising banners.
Read Startups may contain links to third party websites to which we have no affiliation. Except as set forth herein, we do not share your personal information with those third parties, and are not responsible for their privacy practices. We suggest you read the privacy policies on all such third party websites.
IV. Controlling your personal data
To the extent you include personal information in your submissions (such as a photo of yourself), third parties may be able to identify you, associate you with your user account, and contact you. Please do not include information in your submissions that you expect to keep private. In addition, you can reduce the risk of being personally identified by choosing a fictitious account name, though doing so could detract from the credibility of your submissions. As a registered Read Startups user, you can modify some of your personal information and your privacy preferences by accessing the “Account” section of this website. For example, you may choose not to receive e-mail solicitations from Read Startups by accessing the “Account” tab on Read Startups (after signing in) and updating your settings.
VII. Dispute resolution
VIII. Governing Law and Arbitration
This Agreement and its performance shall be governed by and construed in all respects in accordance with the laws of the Republic of India. In the event of a dispute relating to Clause VII or relating to any of the matters set out in this Agreement or any other Transaction Document.
All such disputes shall be referred to arbitration before a sole arbitrator to be appointed by the Secretary of the International Centre for Alternate Dispute Resolution having its office at Plot No. 6, Vasant Kunj Industrial Area, Phase-II, New Delhi-110070, India herein after referred to as ICADR The Parties agree that all disputes related to and under this Agreement shall be resolved by final and binding arbitration, and no Party shall, to the extent permissible under applicable law, refer any dispute to a court for resolution. The arbitration proceedings shall be carried out in accordance with the rules laid down by the ICADR and the provisions of the Arbitration & Conciliation Act, 1996 shall apply. The place of arbitration shall be New Delhi. The arbitration proceedings shall be conducted in the English language. The award of the arbitral tribunal shall be final and conclusive and binding upon the Parties.
The Parties shall equally share the costs of the arbitrator’s fees, but shall bear the costs of their own legal counsel engaged for the purposes of the arbitration. The Parties further agree that the arbitrators shall also have the power to decide on the costs and reasonable expenses (including reasonable fees of its counsel) incurred in the arbitration and award interest up to the date of the payment of the award.
The Parties agree that the Delhi High Court shall have the exclusive jurisdiction to entertain any proceedings for interim relief related to this Agreement and the other Transaction Documents whether during pendency, or after expiry or termination.
When any dispute is referred to arbitration, except for the matters under dispute, the Parties shall continue to exercise their remaining respective rights and fulfill their remaining respective obligations under this Agreement.
If any provision of this Agreement is or becomes invalid, illegal or unenforceable under the laws of any jurisdiction, then such provision shall (so far as it is invalid or unenforceable) be given no effect and shall be deemed not to be included in this Agreement but without invalidating any of the remaining provisions of this Agreement which shall not in any way be affected or impaired. The Parties hereto shall then use all reasonable endeavours to replace the invalid or unenforceable provisions with a valid and enforceable and mutually satisfactory substitute provision, achieving as nearly as possible the intended commercial effect of the invalid, illegal or unenforceable provision.
X. Entire Agreement
This Agreement represents the entire agreement between the Parties in relation to the terms of the matters contained in this Agreement and shall supersede and extinguish any previous drafts, agreements or understandings between all or any of the Parties (whether oral or in written) relating to the subject matter herein, and shall include all schedules and amendments executed by the Parties mutually in writing, provided, nothing herein shall affect the rights and obligations of the Parties pursuant to the Agreement.
XI. Contacting the website and access to your personal information