Privacy Policy

1. Overview

Your privacy is important to AOG, Inc. (AOG, “we” or “us”). It is our policy to respect the privacy of our users regarding all information we may collect while operating our Services (defined in our Terms of Service). This privacy policy applies to our Services. This privacy policy sets forth what information we collect about users of the Services and explains how that information is used and protected.

AOG's data privacy goals are:

  • Classify all data for proper security, transparency and fairness
  • Policy enforced data privacy
  • Empower users to control via opt-in the use, collection and deletion of their Personal Information
  • Ensure users always know for what purpose their Personal Information will be used
  • Compliance with US law

AOG is encrypted via HTTPS, and we encrypt and/or hash all sensitive information while in motion or when stored at rest, including emails, passwords and private messages.

AOG does not ask you for Personal Information unless it is required to provide certain features of the Services including, but not limited to registration, retrieval of username and password resets.

AOG does not willfully disclose the Personal Information of our users to anyone except to comply to applicable law or protect our rights.

2. Anonymity

As a cornerstone to our privacy policy, AOG users have the right, and are encouraged, to be anonymous. Certain features of the Services may require you to submit information (including Personal Information, which is defined below) as a condition to use certain features of the Services. We collect your Personal Information when voluntarily submitted by you. The Personal Information you provide is used to a create user account and login credentials for the purpose of using certain features of the Services and/or fulfilling your specific requests, unless you give us permission to use it in another manner. We will not collect your Personal Information unless you give it to us. “Personal Information” means any information that is classified as sensitive because it is personally identifiable such as a verified name, fingerprints or other biometric data, email address, street address, telephone number or social security number. Since anonymous data is de-identified by definition, and registration on AOG can be anonymous, AOG classifies nearly all site data as public. All non-public data is either encrypted or hashed.

Exceptions to the public default data classification include the following:

  • Logged-in users. Data is accessible to logged-in users only
  • Unlisted data. Data is classified as public, but it is not indexed and not accessible to anyone without knowledge of the URL.
  • Personal data. Data that is personally identifiable such as email address, chat history or mobile number is classified as sensitive and therefore encrypted by policy when in motion or stored at rest using an SHA-256 unique hash ID.
3. Gathering of Personal Information

AOG databases are architected to never store Personal Information in raw form or readable to anyone including AOG staff. AOG does not disclose Personal Information other than as described herein. And visitors may be anonymous on AOG or opt-out and refuse to supply Personal Information under the caveat that they understand it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

There are four categories of sensitive information that is deemed Personal Information which may be collected and stored by AOG:

  • Email address. AOG stores and uses your email address to provide secure access to the web site. Your email address is encrypted. AOG uses your email to facilitate the Forgot Password function and to keep users updated with the network when offline. AOG may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with AOG and our products.
4. Website Visitors

AOG does not collect information about website visitors such as the browser type, language preference, referring site; nor does AOG use any third party services or tools to monitor and analyze website traffic.

5. Disclosure and Protection of Personal Information

AOG discloses certain potentially Personal Information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on AOG's behalf or to provide services to AOG, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using AOG's website, you consent to the transfer of such information to them.

6. Notification and Disclosure of Breach

AOG will notify users immediately if we believe their Personal Information is disclosed in any unauthorized way.

Although AOG provides reasonable administrative, physical and electronic security measures to protect Personal Information from unauthorized access, we cannot assure the security of any information you transmit or guarantee that this information will not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed.

We will make any legally required disclosures of any breach of the security, confidentiality, or integrity of your unencrypted personal Information. To the extent the law of your jurisdiction allows for notification of a breach via e-mail or public posting, you agree to accept notice in that form.

If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users.

7. Cookies and Local Storage

AOG does not use traditional cookies; however, AOG does use Local Storage in modern browers to identify and validate sessions, ensure security and to improve the experience of the end users.

8. How Long We Keep Your Information

Personal Information that you provide to the Services may be retained indefinitely, to the extent it is consistent with the Terms of Use and applicable law. AOG may in its discretion elect to retain Personal Information only while deemed necessary for business, legal and tax purposes.

9. Government, Regulatory Agencies, Courts, and Law Enforcement

We may access, preserve, and share any information about you, without your consent, to government or law enforcement officials or private parties if we believe in good faith that it is necessary or appropriate to respond to requests, claims and legal process (including, but not limited to, subpoenas), to comply with applicable laws, to protect the property and rights of AOG, you or a third party, to protect the safety of the public or any person, or to prevent or stop activity we may consider to pose a risk of being, or is, illegal, unethical or legally actionable.

We may also access, preserve and share information when we have a good faith belief it is necessary to: detect, prevent and address fraud and other illegal activity; to protect ourselves, you and others, including as part of audits, inquiries or investigations; and to prevent death or imminent bodily harm. Information we receive about you may be accessed, processed and retained for an extended period of time when it is the subject of a legal request or obligation, governmental investigation, or investigations concerning possible violations of our terms or policies, or otherwise to prevent harm.

If you voluntarily share or submit any information (e.g., name) or content (e.g., pictures), or commentary (e.g., forums, message boards, chats) through the Services, or link it to any social media platforms, you acknowledge that the post and any content or information associated with it may become available to the public.

10. Business Transfers

If AOG, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that AOG goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of AOG may continue to use your Personal Information as set forth in this policy. At any time users are able to delete all content and personally identifiable information from the site.

11. Children’s Privacy

AOG does not knowingly collect or solicit any information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register for the Services. The Services and their content are not directed at children under the age of 13. In the event that we learn that we have collected Personal Information from a child under age 13 without parental consent, we will delete that information. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact AOG at [email protected].

All explicit or sensitive content exists behind multiple filters and it is strictly against the Terms for anyone under 18 to access such content.

12. How We Respond to Do Not Track Signals

AOG does not track its users over time and across third party websites to provide targeted advertising. AOG does not respond to Do Not Track (“DNT”) signals and handles all user information consistent with its Terms.

13. Other Web Sites and Services

The Services may contain links to other websites or services that we do not own or operate. We are not responsible for the practices employed by any websites or services linked to or from the Services, including the information or content contained within them. Your browsing and interaction on any third-party website or service, including those that have a link on our Services, are subject to that third party’s own rules and policies, not ours. In addition, you agree that we are not responsible and do not have control over any third-parties that you authorize to access your Personal Information. If you are using a third-party website or service and you allow them to access your Personal Information you do so at your own risk.

14. International Considerations

We have developed data practices designed to assure all AOG information is appropriately protected, but we cannot always know where Personal Information may be accessed or processed. While our primary facilities are in the United States, we may transfer Personal Information or other information to facilities outside of the United States. In addition, we may employ other companies and individuals to perform functions on our behalf. If we disclose Personal Information to a third party or to our employees outside of the United States, we will seek assurances that any information we may provide to them is safeguarded adequately and in accordance with this Privacy Policy and applicable privacy laws.

If you live in or you are visiting from the European Union or other regions with laws governing data collection and use, please note that you are agreeing to the transfer of your Personal Information, including sensitive data, by us from your region to countries which may not have data protection laws that provide the same level of protection that exists in countries in the European Economic Area, including the United States. By providing your Personal Information, you consent to any transfer and processing in accordance with this policy.

15. Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, AOG may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in AOG’ sole discretion. AOG encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. If you have a AOG.pug account, you should also check your account’s dashboard for alerts to these changes. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such changes.

Last updated: February 2, 2020