Effective Date March 1, 2015



Portelo, Inc (“Portelo”) helps customers (“Users”) research, hire, and review a variety of business solution and services providers (collectively, “Providers”). The following Terms of Use outline your obligations when using the Portelo websites, mobile applications, and services (collectively “Services”).

Portelo is providing this Privacy Policy (“Privacy Policy”) with respect to all of our Services, all of which are hosted in the United States. This Privacy Policy describes our collection, use and disclosure of information that we receive when you use our Services. All terms used in this Privacy Policy that are not defined herein have the meanings set forth in our Terms of Use.

Collection of Information

Information You Provide. When using the Services, you may provide information about yourself, including name, address, telephone number, and email address. In addition, if you are a Provider, you may provide information about yourself or company, including for example, details to complete your business, work samples, videos, and other reference information.

Information We Collect From All Users.

Cookie Data. Cookies (small data files that can be transferred to your electronic device to uniquely identify your browser) are used by the Services to connect your activity on the Services with other information we store about you in your account profile or from prior usage of the Services. At any time, you may adjust your browser settings to delete existing cookies, or refuse new cookies, according to the method permitted by your browser. If you choose to disable cookies, some of the Services may not operate properly.

Log Usage Data. Our servers automatically record usage log data created when you use the Services. Usage log data may include information such as your IP address, browser type, operating system, referring web page, visited web pages, location, mobile carrier, computer or mobile device type, search terms and cookie information.

Social Networks. If you use the social networking connection functions offered through the Services, we may access any of your social profile information that you have made available to be shared and to use it in accordance with this Privacy Policy. Please refer to your social network policies to manage information that is shared through that account.

Location Data. If you provide location information during the registration process or at any other time via your account settings, we may store that information in connection with your account (including, for example, your IP address which may provide an approximate geo-location). If you are using mobile Services, we may collect location data directly from your mobile device if your device allows us to do so. Your mobile device manufacturer or mobile service provider may provide you with choices about how and whether location data is shared with us.

Information Collected by Third Parties. Our service providers and advertising networks use cookies, web beacons or similar technologies to collect information about your use of the Services (including mobile applications) and your online activities over time and across different web sites. Collected information may include the content you review, the date and time you view content, and the referring web site, which information may be associated with your unique browser, device identifier or IP address. Cookies may be used, for example, to deliver targeted ads or analyze visitor activity. The use of cookies or similar technologies by our service providers and advertising networks is not covered by our Privacy Policy. Your browser may offer you a “Do Not Track” option, which allows you to signal to operators of websites and other properties that you do not wish such operators to track certain of your online activities. Our Services do not support Do Not Track requests at this time.

Information We Collect From Third Parties. We may obtain information about you from third parties and use it to provide a customized experience, to suggest products or services that might be of interest to you, or to supplement or correct information that you have provided to us, and generally to improve our Services.

Use of Information

Among the information we collect, please note:

  1. Account Information: If you register with Portelo, we may store and use your full name, email address, zip code and other information you may provide with your account. Your Portelo user name, as well as any photo you submit through the registration process, will be publicly displayed as part of your account profile. You can modify some of the information associated with your account here. If you feel that an unauthorized account has been created depicting you or your likeness, you can request its removal here.
  2. User ID and Password: You may provide Portelo with a user ID and a password as part of your participation and access to the Site and Services. You are solely responsible for maintaining and protecting the confidentiality of your user ID and password. You are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your user ID and password.
  3. Public Content: The information that you post to the Site is intended for public consumption, including your reviews, profile, blogs, messages, offers, photos and videos. We may display this information on the Site, share it with businesses, and further distribute it to a wider audience through third party sites and services.

Any information we collect from you may be used in the following ways:

  • To provide and improve our Services to you;
  • To manage our relationship with you and to improve customer service
  • To administer a contest, promotion, contest or sweepstakes;
  • To verify the legitimacy of reviews and ratings
  • To communicate with you about products and services that may be of interest to you;
  • To notify you about updates to the Site and Services
  • To prevent fraud and abuse and to otherwise protect members and visitors and our business;
  • To perform functions described at the time of collection;
  • To perform internal business analysis or other business purposes consistent with our missions, and
  • To develop, deliver and analyze the effectiveness of our advertising, products and services.

Disclosure of Information

Your privacy is important and we are committed to protecting your information in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Policy. Information that you choose to provide in a public area of the Services (such as your profile page or via User Submissions) will not be protected by this Privacy Policy because you have chosen to make that information public. Otherwise, your information and aggregate information will be shared only in accordance with this Privacy Policy as follows:

Consent.  Should you consent or direct Portelo to share your information.

Portelo Service Providers. We may utilize third party service providers to help us administer, provide and improve the Services and these providers have access to your profile page or User submissions information only as necessary to perform services for us.

Investigations and Law. We may release information you have provided when we believe that doing so is appropriate to comply with applicable laws, to avoid legal liability, to cooperate with government or law enforcement or private parties; to investigate or enforce a potential violation of our Terms, policies and guidelines; to bill and collect amounts owed to us; to protect our rights, reputation, safety or property or that of users or others; and to address fraud, security or technical issues.

Sale/Merger: If we become party to a merger, acquisition, joint venture, sale or pledge of assets, securities offering, bankruptcy, reorganization, liquidation, dissolution or other transaction or if the ownership of all or substantially all of our business changes, we may share or transfer your information to a third party or parties in connection therewith.

General Matters

Changing Information. To change your information, you may login to your account and modify or remove specified information that resides in your account.  If you want to delete your account, please contact us at support@portelo.com. Information that you chose to provide in a public area of the Services may remain in accounts of users with whom such information has been shared, and Portelo may retain and use information in backup/archival copies for our records as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes and enforce our agreements.

Third-Party Websites. Our Services may contain links to other websites and services. Any information that you provide to such a third-party is provided directly to the owner or operator of the website or service and is subject to  for their content, privacy or security practices and policies. To protect your information we recommend that you carefully review the privacy policies of other websites and services that you access.

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

Privacy Policy Updates. We may update this Privacy Policy from time to time to reflect changes to our information practices by updating this page and the Privacy Policy effective date above. Your continued use of the Services after the date the Privacy Policy is changed (or the posted effective date, if later) will constitute your acceptance and agreement to such changes

Contacting Us. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding our Privacy Policy, please contact us by email support@portelo.com .