Privacy Policy


Data Policy

This policy describes the information we process to support Popcircl.

I. What kinds of information do we collect?

To provide the Popcircl Products, we must process information about you. The types of information we collect depend on how you use our Products.

 

Things you and others do and provide

 

Device Information

As described below, we collect information from and about the computers, phones, connected TVs and other web-connected devices you use that integrate with our Products, and we combine this information across different devices you use. For example, we use information collected about your use of our Products on your phone to better personalize the content (including ads) or features you see when you use our Products on another device, such as your laptop or tablet, or to measure whether you took an action in response to an ad we showed you on your phone on a different device.

Information we obtain from these devices includes:

 

Information from partners

Advertisers, app developers, and publishers can send us information through various Popcircl tools they may use, including our social plug-ins (such as the Like button), Popcircl Login, or any other partner or service. These partners provide information about your activities off Popcircl—including information about your device, websites you visit, purchases you make, the ads you see, and how you use their services—whether or not you have a Popcircl account or are logged into Popcircl. For example, a game developer could use our API to tell us what games you play, or a business could tell us about a purchase you made in its store. We also receive information about your online and offline actions and purchases from third-party data providers who have the rights to provide us with your information.

Partners receive your data when you visit or use their services or through third parties they work with. We require each of these partners to have lawful rights to collect, use and share your data before providing any data to us. 

 

II. How do we use this information?

We use the information we have (subject to choices you make) as described below and to provide and support the Popcircl Products and related services described in the Popcircl Terms of Service. Here's how:

Provide, personalize and improve our Products.

We use the information we have to deliver our Products, including to personalize features and content (including your different feeds and channels you subscribe to). To create personalized Products that are unique and relevant to you, we use your connections, preferences, interests and activities based on the data we collect and learn from you and others (including any data with special protections you choose to provide); how you use and interact with our Products; and the people, places, or things you're connected to and interested in on and off our Products.

 

Provide measurement, analytics, and other business services.

We use the information we have (including your activity off our Products, such as the websites you visit and ads you see) to help advertisers and other partners measure the effectiveness and distribution of their ads and services, and understand the types of people who use their services and how people interact with their websites, apps, and services. 

 

Promote safety, integrity and security.

We use the information we have to verify accounts and activity, combat harmful conduct, detect and prevent spam and other bad experiences, maintain the integrity of our Products, and promote safety and security on and off of Popcircl Products. For example, we use data we have to investigate suspicious activity or violations of our terms or policies, or to detect when someone needs help.

 

Communicate with you.

We use the information we have to send you marketing communications, communicate with you about our Products, and let you know about our policies and terms. We also use your information to respond to you when you contact us.

 

III. How is this information shared?

Your information is shared with others in the following ways:

 

Sharing on Popcircl Products

 

People and accounts you share and communicate with

When you share and communicate using our Products, you choose the audience for what you share. For example, when you post on Popcircl, you select the audience for the post, such as friends or people you follow, your Home Channel, your local channel, channels you create, or any of the topical channels. Your network can also see actions you have taken on our Products, including engagement with ads and sponsored content.

Public information can be seen by anyone, on or off our Products, including if they don't have an account. This includes any information you share with a public audience; information in your public profile on Popcircl; and content you share on a Popcircl Channel or page, or any other public forum. You, other people using Popcircl, and we can provide access to or send public information to anyone on or off our Products, including in other Popcircl Company Products, in search results, or through tools and APIs. Public information can also be seen, accessed, re-shared or downloaded through third-party services such as search engines, APIs, and offline media such as TV, and by apps, websites and other services that integrate with our Products.

 

Content others share or re-share about you

You should consider who you choose to share with, because people who can see your activity on our Products can choose to share it with others on and off our Products, including people and businesses outside the audience you shared with. For example, when you share a post or send a message to specific friend, accounts, or channels, they can download, screenshot, or re-share that content to others across or off our Products.  Also, when you comment on someone else's post or react to their content, your comment or reaction is visible to anyone who can see the other person's content, and that person can change the audience later.

People can also use our Products to create and share content about you with the audience they choose. For example, people can share a photo of you, or tag you at a location in a post, or share information about you in their posts, messages, or channels.

 

Information about your active status or presence on our Products.

People in your networks can see signals telling them whether you are active on Popcircl.

 

Apps, websites, and third-party integrations on or using our Products.

When you choose to use third-party apps, websites, or other services that use, or are integrated with, our Products, they can receive information about what you post or share. For example, when you watch video content with your Popcircl friends or use a Popcircl Comment or Share button on a website, the website can receive information about your activities in the game or receive a comment or link that you share from the website on Popcircl. Also, when you download or use such third-party services, they can access your public profile on Popcircl, and any information that you share with them. Apps and websites you use may receive your list of Popcircl friends, followers, and people you follow. Information collected by these third-party services is subject to their own terms and policies, not this one.

Devices and operating systems providing native versions of Popcircl (i.e. where we have not developed our own first-party apps) will have access to all information you choose to share with them, including information your friends share with you, so they can provide our core functionality to you.

 

New owner.

If the ownership or control of all or part of our Products or their assets changes, we may transfer your information to the new owner.

 

Sharing with Third-Party Partners

We work with third-party partners who help us provide and improve our Products or who use Popcircl Business Tools to grow their businesses, which makes it possible to operate our companies and provide free services to people around the world. We don't sell any of your individual information to anyone, and we never will. We also impose strict restrictions on how our partners can use and disclose the data we provide. Here are the types of third parties we may share information with:

 

Partners who use our analytics services.

We may provide aggregated statistics and insights that help people and businesses understand how people are engaging with their posts, channels, videos and other content on and off the Popcircl Products.

 

Advertisers.

We may provide advertisers with reports about the kinds of people seeing their ads and how their ads are performing, but we don't share information that personally identifies you (information such as your name or email address that by itself can be used to contact you or identifies who you are) unless you give us permission. For example, we may provide general demographic and interest information to advertisers (for example, that an ad was seen by a woman between the ages of 25 and 34 who lives in Madrid and subscribes to a software engineering channel) to help them better understand their audience. We may also confirm which Popcircl ads led you to make a purchase or take an action with an advertiser.

 

Measurement partners.

We may share information about you with companies that aggregate it to may provide analytics and measurement reports to our partners.

 

Partners offering goods and services in our Products.

When you subscribe to receive premium content, or buy something from a seller in our Products, the content creator or seller can receive your public information and other information you share with them, as well as the information needed to complete the transaction, including shipping and contact details.

Vendors and service may providers.

We may provide information and content to vendors and service may providers who support our business, such as by providing technical infrastructure services, analyzing how our Products are used, providing customer service, facilitating payments or conducting surveys.

 

Researchers and academics.

We also may provide information and content to research partners and academics to conduct research that advances scholarship and innovation that support our business or mission, and enhances discovery and innovation on topics of general social welfare, technological advancement, public interest, health and well-being.

 

Law enforcement or legal requests

We share information with law enforcement or in response to legal requests in the circumstances outlined below.

 

 

IV. How can I manage information about me?

 

We provide you with the ability to access, edit, erase your data.

 

We store data until it is no longer necessary to provide our services and Popcircl Products, or until your account is deleted - whichever comes first. This is a case-by-case determination that depends on things like the nature of the data, why it is collected and processed, and relevant legal or operational retention needs. For example, when you search for something on Popcircl, you can access and delete that query from within your search history at any time, but the log of that search is deleted after 6 months. If you submit a copy of your government-issued ID for account verification purposes, we delete that copy 30 days after submission.

 

When you delete your account, we delete things you have posted, such as your photos and status updates, and you won't be able to recover that information later. Information that others have shared about you isn't part of your account and won't be deleted. If you don't want to delete your account but want to temporarily stop using the Products, you can deactivate your account instead. To delete your account at any time, please visit the Popcircl Settings.



 

 

V. How do we respond to legal requests or prevent harm?

We access, preserve and share your information with regulators, law enforcement or others:

 

Information we receive about you (including financial transaction data related to purchases made with Popcircl) can be accessed and preserved for an extended period when it is the subject of a legal request or obligation, governmental investigation, or investigations of possible violations of our terms or policies, or otherwise to prevent harm. We also retain information from accounts disabled for terms violations for at least a year to prevent repeat abuse or other term violations.



 

VI. How do we operate and transfer data as part of our global services?

 

We share information globally, both internally and externally with our partners, and with those you connect and share with around the world in accordance with this policy. Your information may, for example, be transferred or transmitted to, or stored and processed in the United States or other countries outside of where you live for the purposes as described in this policy. These data transfers are necessary to provide the services set forth in the Popcircl Terms of Service and to globally operate and provide our Products to you. We utilize standard contract clauses, rely on the European Commission's adequacy decisions about certain countries, as applicable, and obtain your consent for these data transfers to the United States and other countries.

NOTE: This clause only applies when Popcircl expands past its home country, the United States.

VII. How will we notify you of changes to this policy?

 

We'll notify you before we make changes to this policy and give you the opportunity to review the revised policy before you choose to continue using our Products.



VIII. How to contact Popcircl with questions

 

If you have questions about this policy, you can contact us as described below. You can contact us at popcircl@gmail.com.