2. Data we collect, process, and use
b) Regarding the Website: if you visit the Website your browser automatically transfers certain data so that it can access the Website, in particular:
- The IP address
- The date and time of request
- The browser type
- The operating system
- The language and version of the browser software
- Such data is processed, in particular, as without such data the Website cannot be accessed
c) In connection with the use of the App a random user number (hash value) is generated for you based on your mobile device that allows us to allocate your fanshout activities (by camera, gyroscope, accelerometer, decibel, posts, replies, emotion, club connection , etc.) to an account. The use of such number is required for the registration of your account (as without such value we cannot connect your activities within the App to your account and therefore a use of the App would not be possible). We cannot relate this number or the account to your name or other personal information of you. Furthermore, we also store data on the language in which you use the App in order to to provide to you the App and respective content in your preferred language.
d) In addition, regarding the App certain data transmitted by your mobile device is collected, namely your IP address, the periods of time in which you use the App, the date of the registration of your account, the operating system of your device (Android or iOS) and the type of device you use (e.g. iPhone, Samsung Galaxy). Such data is collected, in particular, in order to be able to distinguish actual App users from bots, prevent abusive behaviour and block abusive content that is reported by other users.
e) If you actively provide us in the App with additional basic demographic data such as profession, gender and age we might use such data to personalize the experience for you with regard to the App, as well as providing information tailored towards your profession, gender or age. If you prefer not to receive respective information tailored to you, you can opt out by going to the “settings” section in the app, and turn of nofitications option. Regarding your age, we might process such data also in order to verify whether you are old enough to use the App.
f) In addition, the full functionalities of the App are only accessible to you if you grant access to your mobile device’s geo location. To this end, when you use the App for the first time you will be asked by your device whether location data may be used. If you do not allow this or if you allow this, but later deactivate this functionality in the settings of your mobile device, please note that the App or at least certain features and functionalities of the App might not work or might not be accessible to you.
g) If you provide to us information on the Website via a signup form (messenger) contained on the Website or on another way then we will process your data in order to answer your respective (information) requests.
h) We might disclose your Personal Data where such disclosure is required by law (for example, upon request of a court or of law enforcement authorities).
i) We might disclose certain (anonymous) user data (such as information about posts, emotional data and information about activity) to universities in order for them to further analyse use patterns of our users and help us classify content created by our users. The respective data disclosed to such universities cannot be traced back by such universities to a specific user.
j) The legal basis for the processing of personal data described above in:
- Section 2.b (to the extent such data is to be considered Personal Data) is Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. f GDPR (legitimate interests; the legitimate interests to Use such data arises from the fact that without such data the Website cannot be accessed)
- Section 2.c (to the extent such data is to be considered Personal Data) is Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. b GDPR (fulfilment of contract and pre-contractual measures)
- Section 2.d (to the extent such data is to be considered Personal Data) is Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. f GDPR (legitimate interests; the legitimate interests are that we need a way to distinguish users from bots, prevent abusive behaviour and block abusive content when users report it)
- Section 2.e is Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. f GDPR (legitimate interests; the legitimate interests are that we use and analyze the respective data to improve the App, such as by gaining a better understanding of your interests and to help personalize your user experience, as well as providing you features exclusive to your specific demographic; regarding age verification we have an interest to verify whether you are old enough to use the App)
- Section 2.f is Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. b GDPR (fulfilment of contract and pre-contractual measures) and Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. f GDPR (legitimate interests; the legitimate interest is that we can only provide the App services with all its functionalities, if respective geo location data is processed). For the avoidance of doubt: we will not process your geo location data if you choose to not allow your device to share such data with regard to the App (cf. also above under 2.f)
- Section 2.g is Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. f GDPR (legitimate interests; the legitimate interests are that we need to process the respective data in order to being able to answer your (information) requests
- Section 2.h is Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. c GDPR (legal obligation)
- Section 2.i (to the extent such data is to be considered Personal Data) is Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. f GDPR (legitimate interests; the universities have a legitimate interest to analyze respective data from a scientific point of view and this analysis is not trivial for us to reproduce as we use the results of such analysis to further our understanding of our user base and its preferences)
3. Use of analyzing, advertising, and other tools
a) With regard to the App we use the advertising identifiers IDFA (for iOS devices) and AAID (for Android devices) (together the “Advertising Identifiers”). These Advertising Identifiers are non-personal, non-permanent numbers contained on your mobile device. We do not combine the Advertising Identifiers with any other mobile device related information or other personal information of you. The Advertising Identifiers identify your user data to enable us to provide you with personalized advertising and to evaluate your usage of the App. You can deactivate the use of the Advertising Identifiers in the settings of your operating system by switching off ad tracking on iOS (under “Settings/Privacy/Advertising”) or resetting your AAID on Android (under “Settings/Ads”).
aa) We use a self-developed tool with regard to the App that evaluates and stores user activity (in particular what features are used, what features are not used) and derive conclusions from that data to give us a better picture of how the App is used by our users. We use that data to improve the usability of the App for the users and to develop new features.
bb) We also use the Facebook Software Development Kit (“Facebook SDK”) of Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”) with regard to the App. The Facebook SDK allows for analyzing anonymized behavioral data, in particular the counting of active users and activity events (e.g. posts, replies, votes). For further information regarding the Facebook SDK please refer to developers.facebook.com/docs/ios?locale=en_GB and developers.facebook.com/docs/android?locale=en_GB. This give us only access to data from Facebook (email and gender), a user’s Facebook account by any means. Certain (pseudonymized) data of you might be submitted to Facebook servers in the USA. To our best knowledge Facebook complies with the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework as set forth by the US Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use and retention of personal information from EU member countries. Facebook has certified that it adheres to the relevant Privacy Shield Principles. The European Commission qualifies the US to provide an adequate legal protection for personal data transferred from the EU to self-certified organisations in the US that are certified under the Privacy Shield programme.
Further information can be found at: privacyshield.gov/EU-US-Framework.
You can also opt-out from the storage by Google of the data that is created by the cookie and is related to the use of the Website (including your IP address) and the processing of such data by Google by downloading and installing the Google Analytics opt-out Browser add-on available under tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.
As an alternative to the browser add-on or within browsers on mobile devices, you can click this link in order to opt-out from being tracked by Google Analytics within this Website in the future (this opt-out option applies only for the browser in which you set it and with regard to the Website). In this case an opt-out cookie is put on your device. In case you delete your cookies, you will have to use the aforementioned link again.
For further information on Google Analytics please refer to: google.com/analytics/terms/gb.html, support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en, google.de/intl/en-GB/policies/privacy/.
To our best knowledge Google complies with the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework as set forth by the US Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use and retention of personal information from EU member countries. Google Inc. (and its wholly-owned US subsidiaries) has certified that it adheres to the relevant Privacy Shield Principles, including for Google Analytics. The European Commission qualifies the US to provide an adequate legal protection for personal data transferred from the EU to self-certified organisations in the US that are certified under the Privacy Shield programme.
Further information can be found at: privacyshield.gov/EU-US-Framework.
4. Technical implementation of the services by subcontractors
We partly use service providers who process Personal Data on behalf of us to operate the technical platform for the Services. These service providers process the data exclusively according to our instructions (order processing). The legal basis for the data processing described in this section 4 is Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. b GDPR (performance of contract and pre-contractual measures) and Art. 28 GDPR (order processing).aws.amazon.com/blogs/security/aws-gdpr-data-processing-addendum/.
5. Duration of storage
6. Your rights
You have the right to request information from us at any time about your Personal Data stored by us. If the legal requirements are met, you also have rights vis-à-vis us to request from us access to and rectification or erasure or restriction of processing concerning your Personal Data or to object to the processing of your Personal Data as well as the right to receive from us your Personal Data provided to us in a structured, established and machine-readable format (you can transfer this data to other parties or have it transferred; data portability).
If you have given your consent to the use of personal data, you can revoke such consent at any time (for the future).
If you believe that the processing of your Personal Data by us is in breach of the applicable data protection laws, you can issue a complaint with the competent supervisory authority for data protection.
7. Keeping your personal data secure
We place great importance on the security of all Personal Data associated with the use of our Services. We have security measures in place to attempt to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of Personal Data under our control. Our security and privacy policies are periodically reviewed and enhanced as we consider it appropriate and only authorised personnel have access to Personal Data. Whilst we cannot ensure or guarantee that loss, misuse or alteration of information will never occur, we use all reasonable efforts to prevent it.
We have taken additional extensive security precautions relating to our Services and its use. However you should bear in mind that in spite of such security measures, submission of information over the internet is never entirely secure. We cannot guarantee the security of information you submit via our Services whilst it is in transit over the internet.
8. Transparancy report
We will update our website to let you know how our moderation system and cooperation with legal authorities works, what were the biggest challenges in the last few months and what is coming in the future.
We will update this website by the first weeks of August with data regarding moderation in VizStats.
Since VizStats started we have always deeply respected our user’s right to privacy while at the same time granting right to free uncensored speech. Additionally, for the last weeks we have been working hard on making sure that our internal processes are in line with the new GDPR law. That is why you can be sure that this topic is especially important for us and will be treated accordingly.
You can contact us, for example, via the address indicated above in section 1., via firstname.lastname@example.org and/or by using the contact info contained in the App or on the Website.
For all questions regarding data protection at VizStats A/S (including the assertion of your rights further describe above under section 6.), you can also contact Vizstats Data Protection Officer directly. The contact details of the data protection officer are:
Data Protection Officer, VizStats A/S, Vestergade 13 A, 6500 Vojens, Denmark, email@example.com.