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Posted 12 January 2007 - 01:52 PM
Posted 12 January 2007 - 02:26 PM
Viewpoint Consumer Software and Your Privacy
At no time will we collect and store your personal information, nor will we request that you give us permission to do so.
Viewpoint is constantly innovating and implementing new features in The Viewpoint Media Player to provide the best possible user experience. For this reason, this site will continue to evolve as our software evolves. Please visit the site when we issue new versions and releases of Viewpoint to ensure that you have the most current information.
Regardless of how this Privacy Statement evolves with our software, however, Viewpoint will never collect your personally identifiable information without your consent. [and then in the next section....]
The Information That We Collect
To provide a satisfying consumer experience and to operate effectively, the Viewpoint Media Player periodically sends information to servers at Viewpoint. Each installation of the Viewpoint Media Player is identifiable to Viewpoint via a Customer Unique Identifier (CUID), an alphanumeric identifier embedded in the Viewpoint Media Player. The Viewpoint Media Player randomly generates the CUID during installation and uses it to indicate a unique installation of the product. A CUID is never connected to a user's name, email address, or other personal contact information. CUIDs are used for the sole purpose of filtering redundant information. Each of these information exchanges occurs anonymously.
Because the Viewpoint Media Player can update itself, we may need to update information regarding the plug-in as new software functionality evolves.
If you decide to download the Viewpoint Media Player from the Viewpoint website, Viewpoint will not request your name, email, or system information.
The Viewpoint Media Player is designed to check for the availability of software updates to ensure that you have the latest product improvements. When the Viewpoint Media Player checks for the availability of an update, basic information about the product version and installed components are sent anonymously to Viewpoint. This step determines whether new, free software is available for download.
The Viewpoint Media Player will soon be capable of tracking information about the content it displays and how the user interacts with it. When the Viewpoint Media Player displays Viewpoint content, it tracks the URL it is served from, as well as Viewpoint file data tagged by the author in XML. This data can include, but is not limited to: the names of objects and textures displayed, and the names of animations invoked.
What We Do with the Information We Collect
Much of the data sent by the Viewpoint Media Player is temporary data that is required only to enable a feature or service to be performed over the Internet. This data is discarded after its intended use is served. The information that we do store and track, we use in three ways:
+ To gather anonymous, aggregate statistical data to help us better understand the quality of our product and services and how they are used.
+ To provide our clients with information about how visitors to their sites use their content.
+ To provide services to help our clients enhance their products and presentation.
At no point is the CUID connected to a user's name, email address, or other personal contact information, nor will it be used in connection with the data provided to our clients.
Posted 12 January 2007 - 03:26 PM
Posted 02 February 2008 - 12:16 AM
Posted 03 February 2008 - 01:52 AM
Quote from Wikipedia- Viewpoint
VMP is sometimes considered to be spyware because the license agreement states that the software collects information about users' interactions with advertisements and the browser and operating system in use. This information is reported to Viewpoint and is delivered with a unique identifying code. Most people consider this to be an infringement on their privacy.
The addition of their advertisements and collection of information will most often create a performance decrease on the user's computer. Though Viewpoint can be partially removed through the Add/Remove programs dialog in Windows, many users have reported having to search for all folders with "Viewpoint" in the name to completely remove the program from their system.
Edited by Teenage.Zombiee, 03 February 2008 - 01:55 AM.
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