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Privacy Policy

Updated January 5, 2012

We are committed to a strong privacy policy at Fastnote. We want you to understand how we use information we collect about you and what you may do if you have questions or concerns about privacy.

Personal Information

Your Fastnote Account. For some activities on Fastnote, like posting notes, flagging content, voting, or moderating, you need to register and create a Fastnote Account. We require a limited amount of personal information when you create an account including your email address, a sign-in ID, and a password that is used to protect your account from unauthorized access. We also require additional information such as age, gender, and location.

Reading notes on Fastnote. You can read notes on Fastnote without having a Fastnote Account and we do not collect personal information about you if you are simply visiting the site.

Usage Information. After you register, when you use Fastnote, we may record information about your usage of the site, such as the notes you read and write, the names you follow, as well as information you click on in Fastnote and we may associate that information with your Fastnote Account.

Content contributed to Site. Any personal information or content that you voluntarily supply (e.g., name details, notes, votes, or comments), may be collected and viewed by others as part of normal operations of the Fastnote site.

Anonymity. We recommend that you not post notes that include personal information that could be used to identify you. Notes that include personal information that could be used to identify you are violations of our Terms of Service and are likely to be flagged by members of the site and then may be deleted via the Fastnote community moderating processes. This personal information includes email addresses, phone numbers, addresses or other information that could be used to identify a writer. We recommend that you avoid references in notes that could be used to identify a writer, e.g., when you are writing a note about a meeting, if there were only two people in the meeting, do not say “during the meeting today…”


We may use information you provide to operate, maintain, and improve the site and functionality of Fastnote, and to manage any moderating activity or other communication you send to us.

We do not use your email address or other personal information to send commercial or marketing messages without your consent. We may use your email address without further consent for non-marketing or administrative purposes (such as notifying you of major Fastnote changes or for customer service purposes such as notifying you of a note you have written that has been removed via our community moderating process). We do not currently offer general email updates about Fastnote at this point in time. We do not share, sell, rent or trade your personal information to third parties for marketing purposes. We may use cookies, web beacons, and log file information to: (a) store information so that you will not have to re-enter it during your visit or the next time you visit Fastnote; (b) provide custom, personalized content and information; (c) monitor the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns; (d) monitor aggregate metrics such as total number of visitors and pages viewed; and (e) track your entries, submissions, and status in any promotions, sweepstakes, and contests that we may offer. Our cookies are linked to personal information.

Information That is Publicly Available

Unless you opt out on a note by note basis, (which you may do by checking the “Do not link my age, sex, and location with this note” located underneath the “write a note” box) we will link demographic data that you supplied (gender, age, and location) with each note that you post and we will enable our members to search and perform analyzes based on this publicly available demographic data. We do not link your email address or your Sign In ID with this demographic data.

Notes you write on Fastnote and comments you make are publicly visible.

Any notes or votes that you submit to Fastnote may be redistributed through the Internet and other media channels and may be viewed by other Fastnote users or the general public.

If you post notes, enter addressees, use a bulletin board, blog, or chat room on this Web site, you should be aware that any personally identifiable information you submit there can be read, collected, or used by other users of these forums, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. We are not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in these forums.

Your Account and Your Choices

If you have a Fastnote Account, you may update or correct your personal profile information and email preferences at any time by visiting your account profile via the manage account link.

You may, of course, decline to submit personal information through Fastnote, in which case you can still view notes and explore Fastnote, but you will not be able to write notes, vote, or moderate.

If you would like your personally identifiable information; i.e., your email address, and the demographic information (gender, location and age) you supplied at registration deleted, please contact us as described below. We will respond to your request within 30 business days.

Cookies, Tracking Technologies and Advertising on Fastnote

Fastnote strives to provide you with relevant and useful advertising and we use the DoubleClick cookie, as well as other third party ad serving systems, to do so. We may use a range of information including cookies, web beacons, IP addresses, usage data and other non-personal information about your computer or device (such as browser type and operating system) to provide you with relevant advertising. If you are logged into your Fastnote Account, we may also show you advertising based on the information you have provided to us in your Fastnote Account.

We use the DoubleClick cookie on Fastnote to help advertisers and publishers serve and manage ads on this site. We currently use the Google AdSense ad network and may at our discretion add additional networks as well as sell ads directly. Advertisers may serve ads based on interests associated with non-personally identifiable online activity, such as notes read, written, voted on, or moderated and frequency and nature of activity on other AdSense partner sites. Advertisers may also serve ads to you based on previous activity on that advertiser's website. This non-personally identifiable information is held separately from your Fastnote Account data or other personally identifying information in our possession.

You may view, edit and add to the categories used to provide you with interest-based advertising in the Ads Preferences Manager for the DoubleClick cookie. Your ads preferences will be respected across Fastnote and other AdSense partner sites using the DoubleClick cookie to serve such ads. For more information about interest-based advertising and the Ads Preference Manager see the Google FAQ about the Double Click cookie.

You also may choose to opt out of the DoubleClick cookie at any time. If you select the DoubleClick opt-out cookie, ads delivered to your browser by our ad-serving technology will not be served based on the DoubleClick cookie. Find more information here about opting out of the DoubleClick cookie.

Other third-party ad serving companies may display ads on Fastnote provided they comply with ad serving requirements comparable to AdSense. Fastnote does not provide any personal information to these third-party ad servers or ad networks without your consent. You should consult the respective privacy policies of these third-party ad servers or ad networks for more information on their practices and for instructions on how to opt-out of certain practices. Fastnote’s privacy policy does not apply to, and we cannot control the activities of, such other advertisers or web sites. Any data obtained by third-party ad servers subsequently shared with Fastnote is maintained and dealt with by Fastnote in accordance with this privacy policy.

Note: all of the information collected by the technologies above is not linked to personal information.


The security of your personal information is important to us. We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Links to Other Sites

This Web site contains widgets that link to and links to other sites that are not owned or controlled by Fastnote Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites.

We encourage you to be aware when you leave our site and read the privacy statements of each and every Web site that collects personally identifiable information.

General Notice on Information Sharing

Any information collected by Fastnote may be shared if it is necessary to investigate, prevent or prosecute illegal activities, suspected fraud, violations to the Terms of Service, or as otherwise required by law or a valid government request (including, but not limited to, search warrants, subpoenas or court orders). Fastnote may also share information if it is acquired by or merged with another company. In this event, Fastnote will notify you if information is transferred and becomes subject to a different privacy policy. Fastnote reserves the right to use and disclose any information collected that is not in personally identifiable form.

We reserve the right to disclose your personally identifiable information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on our Web site.

Changes in this Privacy Statement

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to this privacy statement with a notice on the home page, and other places we deem appropriate so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.

We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it frequently. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by email, or by means of a notice on our home page.

More Information

Fastnote complies with the EU Safe Harbor framework as set forth by the Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of data from the European Union. For more information about the Safe Harbor framework, see the Department of Commerce's web site.

For questions concerning your account or other aspects of the site, please visit the Fastnote Help page.

For more information about our privacy practices, you may contact us at:

Privacy Officer, Fastnote
16192 Coastal Highway
Lewes, Delaware 19588

Or by sending an email to Privacy@Fastnote . com

Or by using our General Contact Form