The mission of Common Grounds is to promote the use of innovative forums and social media to achieve common grounds of shared understanding between Chinese and Tibetans. We work to fulfill this mission by providing a virtual platform for Common Grounds Users to connect, share and interact in a safe and secure network.
Creating an account with Common Grounds means sharing information about you, your interest and opinions and communicating with other Users. However, the amount and type of information you decide to share, and with whom you share it with is completely up to you.
Common Grounds is committed to protecting the privacy of your personal information and regard the importance of your privacy and security rights with the utmost importance. We are committed to transparency and disclosure of the ways in which we use your personal and non-personal information and pledge to safeguard any personal information that you provide us, making every reasonable effort to use this information only as you choose.
We take all reasonable measures to protect the integrity of private communication on the Common Grounds website. However even well protected sites can be subject to illegal hacking, technological glitches, User misconduct, and administrative errors, and we assume no liability for any of these actions or occurrences or the incontinences caused by them.
Personal information you provide will be secured with industry standards and technology. Since the internet is not a one hundred percent secure environment, we cannot ensure or warrant the absolute security of any information you submit to the Common Grounds website. There is no guarantee that information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards.
It is your responsibility to protect the security of your login information, including the secrecy of your unique password and account information. Please note that emails, instant messaging, and other similar means of communication with other Users of Common Grounds are not encrypted and we strongly advise you not to communicate any confidential information through these means.
To help secure your personal information, access to your data on the Common Grounds site is password-protected and sensitive data is protected by SSL encryption when it is exchanged between your web browser and the Common Grounds website.
Maintaining your trust is our top concern, so we adhere to the following principles to protect your privacy: (1) We do not rent, sell, or otherwise provide your personally identifiable information to third parties for marketing or commercial purposes. (2) We do not share any information you have not chosen to display on your Common Grounds profile to other parties. (3) All information that you provide will be protected with industry standard protocols and technology.
Information we gather, IP address and cookies
We do not retain or make available any personal data, except that which you actually post for public view (for example, information posted on your profile page). You are strongly advised not to post any personal identification numbers or other private information not required for registering or using the Common Grounds website.
The Common Grounds website uses your IP address to help diagnose technology-related problems with the Common Grounds site and monitor site usage. We do not use your IP address or cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you or your location.
Third Party Services
If you choose to link your Common Grounds account to a third party site or service such as Facebook or Twitter, these services may collect information sent by your browser as a part of a web page request, such as cookies or your IP request. Common Grounds is not responsible for the content streamed through third party sites or services.