Privacy Policy

Last updated on 3 July 2018

Edison Nation’s Privacy Policy covers the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information that may be collected by Edison Nation anytime you interact with Edison Nation such as when you visit our website, when you sign up as a member, or when you submit an idea to one of our Innovation Searches. Please take a moment to read the following to learn more about our information practices, including what type of information is gathered, how the information is used and for what purposes, to whom we disclose information, and how we safeguard your personal information. Protecting your private information is a priority at Edison Nation and we go to great lengths to protect it.

Why we collect personal information

At Edison Nation,we value our members and inventors and respect your privacy. We collect information about you for the sole purpose of providing you with communications regarding products, services, programs and information that we think you’ll find interesting or to enable you to view a personalized dashboard through which to track your idea submissions.

What information we collect and how we may use it

We collect your email address when you subscribe to our newsletter and then ask for your first name, last name, a user name and password when you submit an invention idea through our portal.

There are a number of situations in which your personal information may help us provide better service. For example:

Your Edison Nation username and related information

The Edison Nation website allows you to create a username when you join the Edison Nation website as a member. This convenient service saves you time and allows for easier use of our web services. After joining the Edison Nation website, you may update your personal information such as your address, telephone number, and personal website. You may also upload a photo to your profile. When you edit your profile, Edison Nation provides privacy settings to control who can see the information in your profile. If you do not want reveal any of your personal information, then you should not enter additional information into your profile.

Publicly displayed information is public

If you use a forum on an Edison Nation website, you should be aware that any information you share is visible to other users. Personally identifiable information you submit to one of these forums can be read, collected, or used by other individuals to send you unsolicited messages. Edison Nation is not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in these forums. For example, if you choose to make information, which was previously non-public, available by enabling certain user features, Edison Nation will collect that information from your interaction and the information will become publicly available.

When we disclose your information

Edison Nation takes your privacy very seriously. Edison Nation does not sell or rent your contact information to other marketers.

Within Edison Nation

To help us provide superior service, your personal information may be shared with legal entities affiliated with Edison Nation who will take steps to safeguard it in accordance with Edison Nation’s privacy policy.

When required by law

At times we may be required by law or litigation to disclose your personal information. We may also disclose information about you if we determine that for national security, law enforcement, or other issues of public importance, disclosure is necessary.

How we protect your personal information

Edison Nation takes precautions—including administrative, technical, and physical measures—to safeguard your personal information against loss, theft, and misuse, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction.

The members-area of the Edison Nation website uses Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption on all web pages where personal information is required. To submit your innovation to an Innovation Search, you must use an SSL-enabled browser such as Safari, Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer. Doing so protects the confidentiality of your personal and credit card information while it’s transmitted over the Internet.

You can help us by also taking precautions to protect your personal data when you are on the Internet. Change your passwords often using a combination of letters and numbers, and make sure you use a secure web browser.

Safeguarding your personal information

Edison Nation has safeguards in place to keep your personal information accurate, complete, and up to date for the purposes for which it is used. Naturally, you always have the right to access and correct the personal information you have provided. You can help us ensure that your contact information and preferences are accurate, complete, and up to date by checking your profile on the Edison Nation website.

Children

Edison Nation does not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13 for marketing purposes. If a child under 13 submits personal information to Edison Nation and we learn that that personal information is the information of a child under 13, we will attempt to delete the information as soon as possible.

Cookies and other technologies

The Edison Nation website uses cookies and other technologies to help us understand which parts of our websites are the most popular, where our visitors are going, and how much time they spend there. We also use cookies and other technologies to make sure that our online advertising is bringing customers to our services. We use cookies and other technologies to study traffic patterns on our website—to make it even more rewarding—as well as to study the effectiveness of our customer communications. And we use cookies to customize your experience and provide greater convenience each time you interact with us.

If, however, you prefer not to enable cookies, you should know that certain features of the Edison Nation website will not be available once cookies are disabled.

As is true of most websites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information includes Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet Service Provider (ISP), referring pages, exit pages, operating system, date and time stamp, and clickstream data.

We use this information, which does not identify individual users, to analyze trends, to administer the site, to track users’ movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. Edison Nation does not and will not use the information collected to market directly to that person.

Privacy questions

If you have questions or concerns about Edison Nation’s Privacy Policy, please contact us at privacy@edisonnation.com. We will respond to your inquiry within 30 days.

Updates

Edison Nation may update this privacy policy from time to time. When we change the policy in a material way, we will post a notice on our website with a link to this policy.