Privacy Policy

Synaptop's Privacy Policy: Synaptop is committed to protecting privacy rights while providing you with an easy, interactive and social online shopping experience

We built Synaptop to enhance your online experience by tailoring it to you (literally), and by making it easy for you to share the fun of surfing online with others. It is a collaboration platform, that allows you to share with others only what you wish. Synaptop is not responsible for any data you freely share with others, as it is left up to you and your sole discretion.

Synaptop's Privacy Policy is designed to help you make informed decisions when using Synaptop. It will help you understand how we collect and use your personal information and how you can share that information with others through and its directly associated domains (collectively, "Synaptop" or "Website" or "We" or "Us"). By using or accessing Synaptop, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy.

We respect privacy rights, and provide you with privacy tools to control your personal information, including sharing it. As a User of Synaptop, you create and control your profile and preferences, choose your Friends, decide what information to share and which shopping trips to experience with which Friends.

If you have questions, ideas or concerns, you should contact our privacy staff at

Information Synaptop may collect:

When you visit our Website you provide Synaptop with two types of information: personal information you knowingly choose to disclose that is collected by us, and website use information collected by us as you interact with our Website.

When you register for Synaptop, you will be asked to provide your first and last name, and your birth date (for security purposes). You will also be asked to create a Screen Name (which will identify you to other Users of Synaptop), and to set up a password (to help us confirm that it is you logging in). This is the minimum personal information that you must disclose to Synaptop to become a User and enjoy our services. Additional information may be disclosed at your sole discretion.

Synaptop has many unique features that were created to help you enjoy your experience on the internet. To take advantage of Synaptop's features, further personal information may be required. We will let you know when our collection of further personal information is necessary to use a feature and when it is merely discretionary. For example, to buy something through Synaptop, we require your personal financial information to process your payment, and your address information to arrange for delivery, if necessary.

When you enter our Website, we automatically collect information about how you use and interact with it, such as your IP address, browser type and language, access times, the referring website address, and the content of any undeleted "cookies" (described below) that your browser previously accepted. This information is gathered for all Synaptop visitors, and helps us improve everyone's online experience. In addition, we store certain information from your browser using "cookies." A cookie is a piece of data stored on the User's computer tied to information about the User. We use session ID cookies to confirm that Users are logged in. These cookies terminate once the User closes the browser. By default, we use a persistent cookie that stores your login ID (but not your password) to make it easier for you to login when you come back to Synaptop. You can remove or block this cookie using the settings in your browser if you want to disable this convenience feature.

Sharing Information and Experiences through Synaptop:

Synaptop is about sharing information and shopping with others while providing you with privacy settings that restrict other Users from accessing your information. We allow you to choose the information you provide to Friends and networks through Synaptop. Our network architecture and your privacy settings allow you to make informed choices about who has access to your information. Although we allow you to set privacy options that limit access to your pages, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable.

Screen name:

Your Screen Name is the only piece of information that you are required to share with all other Users of Synaptop. So pick your Screen Name carefully because it can enable or prevent others from finding you. Other users can use the search bar in the contact tab to find you, and should they request you as a friend, you have the ultimate decision to decline or accept the friend request. This way, only people you know and/or accepted have access to the person information you have shared with Synaptop.

Privacy settings, and public and private profiles:

By using the privacy settings on your Preferences page, you determine what information is private (and should be in your private profile), and what is shared with your Friends on Synaptop (and should be in your public profile).

Information you disclose to Synaptop (other than financial information) becomes part of your private profile unless and until you delete it. You can delete information from your private profile at any time.

Your Screen Name is also the only piece of information that defaults to become part of your public profile, so it will identify you to your Friends. Other than your Screen Name, you decide what information you want to share, and with whom you want to share it. You can change your privacy settings to specify other information you want to be displayed on your public profile. If your privacy settings are on, all Users of Synaptop can see your Screen Name, only your Friends can see your public profile, and only you and Synaptop can see your private profile.

If you want all Users of Synaptop (and not just your Friends) to see your public profile, you can turn your privacy settings off. Without privacy settings, Users of Synaptop will be able to find you by searching for the information in your public profile, and connect with you easily. If you turn your privacy settings off, some elements of your public profile, may be made available to third party search engines.

Collaborative Apps and other experiences with Friends

Synaptop also allows you to go on collaborate with your Friends, send messages, perform searches and queries, draw with friends, chat with a built in translator, video conference call with several friends, and even write documents togather, and transmit information through various channels. These experiences are shared with your Friends.

Synaptop also has discussion forums. If you decide to post content on these forums, you do so at your own risk.

Synaptop's Tell A Friend Service:

If you choose to use our invitation service to tell a friend about our site and invite them to join, we will ask you for information needed to send the invitation, such as your Friend's email address. We will automatically send your Friend a one-time email or instant message inviting him or her to visit the site. Synaptop stores this information to send this one-time invitation, to register a Friend connection if your invitation is accepted, and to track the success of our referral program. Your Friend may contact us at to request that we remove this information from our database.

How Synaptop Uses Personal Information Collected Online:

Generally, we collect information so that we can provide you services and offer personalized and shared features.

How Synaptop may use the information you provide:

  • to provide you with personalized online services and to enhance your online experience
  • to process your shopping transactions, and deliver your purchases
  • to enable your Friends and you to collaborate together
  • to improve our Website and the services we offer
  • to maintain your public and private profiles
  • to present your public profile to your Friends and to enable your Friends and you to communicate with each other
  • to send you service-related announcements. For instance, if a Friend sends you a new message, invites you to collaborate on a document, or if someone posts on your chat window, you may receive an email alerting you to that fact
  • to use and share "anonymized" and aggregated demographic and other statistical information regarding our Users
  • if you opted-in when you registered for Synaptop, we may occasionally use your name and email address to send you notifications regarding new services offered by Synaptop that we think you may find valuable. You may opt out of such emails by filling out this form(hyperlink), though Synaptop reserves the right to send you notices about your account even if you opt out of all voluntary email notifications
  • If you opted-in, we may share your information with Synaptopís affiliated websites to, for example, make it easy for your to navigate between our websites

    We may use information about you that we collect from other sources, including but not limited to newspapers and Internet sources such as blogs, instant messaging services, Synaptop Platform developers and other Users of Synaptop, to supplement your profile. Where such information is used, we generally allow you to specify in your privacy settings that you do not want this to be done or to take other actions that limit the connection of this information to your profile (e.g., removing photo tag links).

    Other Ways Information may be Shared

    We do not sell or otherwise provide your contact information to third party marketers without your permission.

    However, in the following limited circumstances, we may share your information with third parties: 1) if sharing it is reasonably necessary to offer our services, 2) if sharing it is legally required or, 3) if sharing it is permitted by you. For example: Our stores and services are offered jointly with the vendors on Synaptop, and we share customer information with that company when necessary for you to use of that store or service. Unlike most sites on the Web, Synaptop limits access to site information by third party search engine "crawlers" (e.g. Google, Yahoo, MSN, Ask). Synaptop takes action to block access by these engines to personal information beyond your name, profile picture, and limited aggregated data about your profile. We may provide information to service providers to help us bring you the services we offer. Specifically, we may use third parties to facilitate our business, such as to host the service at a co-location facility for servers, to send out email updates about Synaptop, to remove repetitive information from our User lists, to process payments for products or services, or to provide search results or links (including sponsored links). In connection with these offerings and business operations, our service providers may have access to your personal information for use for a limited time in connection with these business activities. Where we utilize third parties for the processing of any personal information, we implement reasonable contractual and technical protections limiting the use of that information to the Synaptop-specified purposes. From time to time, our service provides may be located in other jurisdictions; when this occurs, please be aware that authorities in these other jurisdictions may lawfully access your information. We occasionally provide demonstration accounts that allow non-Users a glimpse into the Synaptop world. Such accounts have only limited capabilities (e.g., messaging is disabled) and passwords are changed regularly to limit possible misuse. We may be required or requested to disclose User information pursuant to lawful requests, such as subpoenas or court orders, or in compliance with applicable laws. We do not reveal information until we have a good faith belief that an information request by law enforcement or private litigants meets applicable legal standards. Additionally, we may share account or other information when we believe it is necessary to comply with law, to protect our interests or property, to prevent fraud or other illegal activity perpetrated through the Synaptop service or using the Synaptop name, or to prevent imminent bodily harm. This may include sharing information with other companies, lawyers, agents or government agencies. We let you choose to share your information with the other websites owned by us. We also let you choose to share information with marketers or electronic commerce providers through sponsored groups or other on-site offers. Synaptop is a means of sharing actions you have taken on third party sites, with your Friends on Synaptop. In order to provide you as a Synaptop User with clear disclosure of the activity information being collected on third party sites and potentially shared with your Friends on Synaptop, we collect certain information from that site and present it to you after you have completed an action on that site. You have the choice to have Synaptop discard that information, or to share it with your Friends. Like many other websites that interact with third party sites, we may receive some information even if you are logged out from Synaptop, or that pertains to non-Synaptop Users, from those sites in conjunction with the technical operation of the system. In cases where Synaptop receives information on Users that are not logged in, or on non-Synaptop Users, we do not attempt to associate it with individual Synaptop accounts and will discard it. If the ownership of all or substantially all of the Synaptop business, or individual business units owned by Synaptop, Inc., were to change, your User information may be transferred to the new owner so the service can continue operations. In any such transfer of information, your User information would remain subject to the promises made in any pre-existing Privacy Policy.

    When you use Synaptop, certain information you post or share with third parties (e.g., a Friend or someone in your network), such as personal information, comments, messages, photos, videos, listings or other information, may be shared with other Users in accordance with the privacy settings you select. All such sharing of information is done at your own risk. Please keep in mind that if you disclose personal information in your profile or when posting comments, messages, photos, videos, Marketplace listings or other items, this information may become publicly available.

    Synaptop's Commitment to Safeguarding Information

    We understand that security is key to protecting your privacy rights while online. Synaptop has put in place physical, technical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard the security, integrity of personal information, and when applicable, to safeguard its anonymity or confidentiality. We use encryption and other forms of technical protection to secure shopping transactions processed through our website.

    Synaptop takes appropriate precautions to protect our Users' information. Your account information is located on a secured server behind a firewall. When you enter sensitive information (your password), we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). (To learn more about SSL, go to Because email and instant messaging are not recognized as secure communications, we request that you not send private information to us by email or instant messaging services. If you have any questions about the security of Synaptop Web Site, please contact us at

    To protect the security of your information, each User has a User name and password* to access Synaptop. You are solely responsible for the security of your password, and must take precautions to keep it private to prevent any unauthorized use. Neither Synaptop nor any other person or entity will be responsible for any losses, damages or consequences suffered due to careless or unauthorized use of a password.

    Third Party Advertising

    Advertisements that appear on Synaptop are sometimes delivered (or "served") directly to Users by third party advertisers. They automatically receive your IP address when this happens. These third party advertisers may also download cookies to your computer, or use other technologies such as JavaScript and "web beacons" (also known as "1x1 gifs") to measure the effectiveness of their ads and to personalize advertising content. Doing this allows the advertising network to recognize your computer each time they send you an advertisement in order to measure the effectiveness of their ads and to personalize advertising content. In this way, they may compile information about where individuals using your computer or browser saw their advertisements and determine which advertisements are clicked. Synaptop does not have access to or control of the cookies that may be placed by the third party advertisers. Third party advertisers have no access to your contact information stored on Synaptop unless you choose to share it with them.

    This privacy policy covers the use of cookies by Synaptop and does not cover the use of cookies or other tracking technologies by any of its advertisers.

    How Long We Retain Information

    We retain information for as long as necessary to fulfill its identified purposes. Once information has fulfilled its identified purposes, it is erased, anonymized or destroyed.

    We retain the information in your profiles for as long as you keep your profiles with us, or until we receive a request from you to remove it. In most cases, we retain your information so that, for instance, you can return to view prior messages you have sent or easily see your Friends. When you update information, we usually keep a backup copy of the prior version for a reasonable period of time to enable reversion to the prior version of that information. For Synapstore, we retain your financial information until the shared transaction is complete. For gifts, we retain information until the timeframe for returns has ended. Once your transaction is complete, and we have confirmation of successful delivery, we will only retain information if you have asked us to.

    Changing or Removing Information

    Access and control over most personal information on Synaptop is readily available through the profile editing tools available on your Privacy page. Synaptop Users may modify or delete any of their profile information at any time by logging into their account. Information will be updated immediately. Individuals who wish to deactivate their Synaptop account may do so on the account page. Removed information may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time but will not be generally available to Users of Synaptop.

    Where you make use of the communication features of the service to share information with other individuals on Synaptop, however, (e.g., sending a personal message to another Synaptop User) you generally cannot remove such communications.

    Terms of Use, Notices and Revisions

    Your use of Synaptop, and any disputes arising from it, is subject to this Privacy Policy as well as our Terms of Use and all of its dispute resolution provisions including arbitration, limitation on damages and choice of law. We reserve the right to change our Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use at any time. Non-material changes and clarifications will take effect immediately, and material changes will take effect within 30 days of their posting on this site. If we make changes, we will post them and will indicate at the top of this page the policy's new effective date. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by email, or through notice on our home page. We encourage you to refer to this policy on an ongoing basis so that you understand our current privacy policy. Unless stated otherwise, our current privacy policy applies to all information that we have about you and your account.

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    Links to other sites

    Visitors will find links from to independently owned, controlled and/or managed World Wide Web or Internet sites whose content we have found of possible interest to our visitors. While we initially visit these sites to which we directly link, we do not monitor or control the content that appears on these sites and such content may be constantly changing. Read the privacy policies of all linked sites before navigating through them.

    Problems or Complaints with Synaptop Privacy Policy

    If you have a complaint about Synaptop's handling of your personal information, you may contact us at We will do our best to resolve any outstanding issues in a positive and co-operative spirit, and in a prompt manner.