Understanding Our Service
The Grade uses grades and other materials to rate its users that are publicly available to other users. If you do not want this information to be associated with you, you may not want to use our app. TDC is not responsible for the conduct of or the information provided by any user.
Users will receive a grade on their respective profile pages in each of the following three categories: Profile, Messaging and Peer Review. The “Profile” grade is measured largely by several factors including how much of your profile you have filled in and how often you match with another user (ie., “like” a user or you’re “liked” by swiping on each other’s profile). The “Messaging” grade is based on the quality of your messages and how often you respond to messages and receive a response back. The “Peer Review” grade is based on another user’s anonymous response to the question “Is this user a quality person?”. If a user’s answer is “yes”, the user has the option to select up to five pre-populated hashtagged reviews that describe your qualities that will appear on your profile. Once you begin to actively use the Service and our algorithm has collected sufficient data, the Service will populate each category with a grade ranging from A, B, C, or D (in plus and minus increments) to an “F”, with A+ being the highest grade and “F” representing a failing grade. The algorithm will then assign a cumulative “over-all” grade, also ranging from A+ to F, based on the category grades received. Category and cumulative grades will fluctuate depending on how often you use the Service and the user activity in each of the measured categories described above.
Users may send messages to other users with whom they have not “matched” by purchasing flirts (“Flirts”). Recipients of Flirts may opt out of receiving further Flirts from a sender. For more information on how to block Flirts, please refer to Section 5 below.
We recommend logging in regularly to stay apprised of your grades and hashtagged reviews. For users who do not wish to have their grades publicly available on The Grade, you must delete your account. Users who do not wish to have hashtagged reviews publicly available on The Grade may choose to hide them. Please refer to Section 4 below for more information on how to delete your account and Section 5 to hide hashtagged reviews on your profile.
1. INFORMATION WE COLLECT
Information You Provide To Us. We will collect personal information from you when you sign up for our Service, interact with our Service, create or update your account or profile, interact with other users, use various features of our Service, or to communicate directly with us. That information may include but is not limited to location, date of birth (or age), name, email address, interests, gender, gender preferences, location preferences for recommendations for nearby users, photos, and content from your communications with other users. We may combine that information with other information collected from the devices you use to access our Service, such as your mobile device model, and system settings, as well as the language your system uses and the country and time zone of your device and other demographics. With your permission, we may also combine that information with your public social media profile (which may include your friend list, birthday, work history, interests, current city, photos, personal description, such as “about me” and likes).
Information You Post. The Services are designed to enable you to communicate with others, and any information or content you post when participating with the Service, Social Networks, plug ins or other applications becomes public information, and is viewable by other users and subject to redistribution by TDC and other third parties. Other users will be able to view information you have provided to us directly or your Permitted Social Network Content posted through the Social Network. There is no expectation of privacy when posting content or otherwise participating in such interactive forums and we have no control over how those users may use the information you make public. Therefore, you should exercise caution and discretion when deciding to disclose personal information in a submission or posting.
Hashtagged Reviews. You may anonymously post hashtagged reviews, from a pre-populated list of reviews available on the Service, to the profiles of other users who you have indicated are “quality” users. The hashtagged reviews are automatically posted on the recipient’s profile and are publicly viewable to other users on the Service. To learn how a recipient can control the viewability of hashtagged reviews, please see Section 5 below.
Messages/Flirts. If you match with another user, you will be able to message that person, or if you have purchased “Flirts,” you may flirt with someone you have not matched with. If you chat or flirt with another user, we and that other user will see the content of your message.
Information About Others/Inviting Friends. Our Service allows you to invite your friends to use the Service. When you click on “Invite” (on the Profiles page) we collect the number times you elect to invite your friends. Inviting friends is always optional.
Information From Other Sources. The information we collect may be combined with information from outside records (e.g., demographic information, navigation information, additional contact information) that we have acquired in accordance with the law.
These companies may use tracking technologies, such as cookies or web beacons, to collect information about users who view or interact with their advertisements. We do not provide any non-anonymized personal information to third parties. Some of these third- party advertising companies may be advertising networks that are members of the Network Advertising Initiative, which offers a single location to opt out of ad targeting from member companies (www.networkadvertising.org). If you would like to learn more about how interest-based information is collected and know your choices about not having behavioral tracking information used in this manner, go to www.aboutads.info. Opting out will not necessarily decrease the number of advertisements you see.
2. INFORMATION COLLECTED THROUGH TRACKING TECHNOLOGIES.
Our goal is to collect and use only that information that we think is required for our legitimate business interests, in order to better understand your interests and improve your experience of using the Services.
Operationally Necessary. We may use tracking technologies required for system administration, to prevent fraudulent activity, improve security or allow you to make use of shopping cart functionality. We may also collect user names and password information from you when you log in, as well as computer and/or connection information.
Third Party Tracking. You may encounter tracking technologies/cookies from our third party service providers that we have allowed on our Services that assist us with various aspects of our operations and Services to provide us for our own use with information about your interests from your web viewing on other sites or applications. Keep in mind that certain features of our Services are available only through the use of tracking technologies and disabling them may impact the functionality of our Services. We may combine the information collected from you with other information collected through tracking technology.We do not track users in order to serve targeted advertising and do not respond to “do-not-track” technology.
3. HOW WE USE AND SHARE YOUR INFORMATION
Interacting with Other Users. Your registration information, Permitted Social Network Content, profile, feedback, and location may be displayed or stored so you can interact with other users, and use various interactive features of our Services. Information that you disclose or post while participating in the Service such as hashtagged reviews and the grade(s) you receive from the Service are publicly available and subject to aggregation, compiling, or ranking (e.g. via leaderboards created for measuring performance in various categories), or redistribution by us and any third party that reviews your profile, grade or information that you post. Please be aware that TDC is not responsible for the uses or any copies of your profile, grade or postings on or through Service that are accessed or disseminated by third parties.
Communicate With You and Third Parties at Your Request. We use your information to contact you to maintain your account, to comply with your stated communication preferences and to provide other Services requested by you, as described at the time when we collect the information from you, or to contact you for other purposes authorized by law.
Push Notifications. Our Service may include a function that allows us to use push notifications to send you updates, communications, and other messages about the Service. To opt out of getting these push notifications or other messages you must terminate the Service. We do not send promotional messages about other products or services through these push notifications.
Sale or Transfer Of Business Or Assets. If TDC or an affiliated company is sold or disposed of as a going concern, whether by merger, sale of assets or otherwise, or in the event of an insolvency, bankruptcy or receivership, personal information of our users may be one of the assets sold or merged in connection with that transaction. Information about our users may also need to be disclosed in connection with a commercial transaction where we or any one of our businesses are seeking financing, investment, support or funding.
4. ACCESSING AND CHANGING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION; CLOSING/DELETING ACCOUNT
Changing Your Account Information or Profile. Users of the Service can review and edit their personal information in their profile by clicking on “Profile”, then “Edit Profile,” or by clicking on “Settings” for changing other personal information or preferences. You should promptly update your account information if it changes or becomes inaccurate.
Assistance. If for any reason you are concerned that the personal information you provided to us is not correct and you cannot change it by accessing your Profile, contact us as set forth in Section 7 below.
Closing/Deleting Your Account. To close and delete your account, click on Settings and click on “Delete Account”. Or, if your membership has been revoked and you can no longer access Settings, you may go to the login page on The Grade and click on the “Delete Account” hyperlink at the bottom of the page. You may also email us at with your request. If you close your account, your profile and account is deleted from the Service and neither you nor other users will be able access your account, profile or any of your personal information.
Privacy Settings. To change your privacy settings or make other choices about the information received and shared with other members, go to Settings.
Hashtagged Reviews. To hide hashtagged reviews that appear or may appear in your profile go to Menu, Edit Profile, and tap on Peer Review Tags toggle.
Opting Out of Flirts. To block the receipt of further Flirts from a user, go to Menu and select Block
Administrative Messages. You may not opt-out of administrative e-mails (for example e-mails about your transactions or policy changes) for your registered account.
Timing And Third Parties. We will endeavor to comply with your requests as soon as reasonably possible but please note that changes requested of us may not be effective immediately. Unless required by law, we are not responsible for informing third parties with whom we have already shared your information of any changes requested pursuant to this section, or for removing information from or causing information to be removed from the databases or records of such entities.
Security. We implement security measures to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of information under our control. However, despite our efforts, no system can completely guarantee that there will never be unauthorized access to your personal information, and your use of the Service indicates that you are willing to assume this risk.
We do not represent or warrant that our Services are appropriate or available for use in any particular jurisdiction. Those who choose to access the Services do so on their own initiative and at their own risk, and are responsible for complying with all local laws, rules and regulations. We may limit access to our Service, in whole or in part, to any person, geographic area or jurisdiction we choose, at any time and in our sole discretion. By using our Service and submitting any personal information, you consent to the transfer of personal information to other countries, such as the United States, which may provide a level of data security different from your country of residence. You are also consenting to the application of United States law in all matters concerning the Services.
Children’s Privacy. The Services are directed to adults and we restrict the use of our Services to individuals age 18 and above. We do not knowingly collect personal information from individuals under 18 years of age and if we obtain actual knowledge that a user is under 18 years of age, we will take steps to remove that user’s personal information from our systems. If you become aware that anyone under 18 has provided us with personal information, please contact us in accordance with the “Contacting Us” in Section 7 below.
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