Privacy policy
What is privacy policy
This policy is to help you understand what information we collect, how we use it, and what choices you have. Because we’re an internet company, some of the concepts below are a little technical, but we’ve tried our best to explain things in a simple and clear way. We welcome your questions and comments on this policy.
When you give it to us or give us permission to obtain it
When you sign up for or use our products, you voluntarily give us certain information. This can include your name, profile photo, comments, upvotes, the email address you used to sign up, and any other information you provide us. If you’re using WhyAndWhere on your mobile device, you can also choose to provide us with location data. And if you choose to buy something on WhyAndWhere, you provide us with payment information, contact information (ex., address and phone number), and what you purchased. If you buy something for someone else on WhyAndWhere, you’d also provide us with their contact information. You also may give us permission to access your information in other services. For example, you may link your Facebook or Gmail account to WhyAndWhere, which allows us to obtain information from those accounts.
Additional Information
These days, whenever you use a website, mobile application, or other internet service, there’s certain information that almost always gets created and recorded automatically. The same is true when you use our products. Here are some of the types of information we collect:
  1. Log data. When you use WhyAndWhere, our servers automatically record information (“log data”), including information that your browser sends whenever you visit a website or your mobile app sends when you’re using it. This log data may include your Internet Protocol address, the address of the web pages you visited on WhyAndWhere, browser type and settings, the date and time of your request, how you used WhyAndWhere, and cookie data.
  2. Cookie data. Depending on how you’re accessing our products, we may use “cookies” (small text files sent by your computer each time you visit our website, unique to your WhyAndWhere account or your browser) or similar technologies to record log data. When we use cookies, we may use “session” cookies (that last until you close your browser) or “persistent” cookies (that last until you or your browser delete them). For example, we may use cookies to store your language preferences or other WhyAndWhere settings so you don‘t have to set them up every time you visit WhyAndWhere. Some of the cookies we use are associated with your WhyAndWhere account (including personal information about you, such as the email address you gave us), and other cookies are not.
  3. Device information. In addition to log data, we may also collect information about the device you’re using WhyAndWhere on, including what type of device it is, what operating system you’re using, device settings, unique device identifiers, and crash data. Whether we collect some or all of this information often depends on what type of device you’re using and its settings. For example, different types of information are available depending on whether you’re using a Mac or a PC, or an iPhone or an Android phone. To learn more about what information your device makes available to us, please also check the policies of your device manufacturer or software provider.
Our partners and advertisers may share information with us
We may get information about you and your activity off WhyAndWhere from our affiliates, advertisers, partners and other third parties we work with.

Online advertisers typically share information with the websites or apps where they run ads to measure and/or improve those ads. We also receive this information, which may include information like whether clicks on ads led to purchases or a list of criteria to use in targeting ads.

How do we use the information we collect?
We use the information we collect to provide our products to you and make them better, develop new products, and protect WhyAndWhere and our users. For example, we may log how often people use two different versions of a product, which can help us understand which version is better. If you make a purchase on WhyAndWhere, we’ll save your payment information and contact information so that you can use them the next time you want to buy something on WhyAndWhere.

We also use the information we collect to offer you customized content, including showing you ads you might be interested in.

We also use the information we collect to send you updates (such as when certain activity, like upvotes happens on WhyAndWhere), newsletters, marketing materials and other information that may be of interest to you.

Help your friends and contacts find you on WhyAndWhere. For example, if you sign up using a Facebook account, we may help your Facebook friends find your account on WhyAndWhere when they first sign up for WhyAndWhere. Or, we may allow people to search for your account on WhyAndWhere using your email address.

Transferring your information
By using our products or services, you authorize us to transfer and store your information outside of your home country, including in the United States, for the purposes described in this policy. The privacy protections and the rights of authorities to access your personal information in such countries may not be equivalent to those in your home country.
What choices do you have about your information
Our goal is to give you simple and meaningful choices over your information. If you have a WhyAndWhere account, many of the choices you have on WhyAndWhere are built directly into the product or your account settings. For example, you can:
  1. Access and change information in your profile page at any time.
  2. Close your account at any time. When you close your account, we’ll deactivate it and remove your content from WhyAndWhere. We may retain archived copies of your information as required by law or for legitimate business purposes (including to help address fraud and spam).
  3. The browser you use may provide you with the ability to control cookies or other types of local data storage.
  4. Your mobile device may provide you with choices around how and whether location or other data is shared with us.
How and when do we share information
Anyone can see the public content you create, and the profile information you give us.

We can share you information when we have your consent. This includes sharing information with other services (like Facebook or Twitter) when you’ve chosen to publish your activity.

When you buy something on WhyAndWhere using your credit card, we may share your credit card information, contact information, and other information about the transaction with the merchant you’re buying from. The merchants treat this information just as if you had made a purchase from their website directly, which means their privacy policies and marketing policies apply to the information we share with them.

Online advertisers typically use third party companies to audit the delivery and performance of their ads on websites and apps. We also allow these companies to collect this information on WhyAndWhere.

We may employ third party companies or individuals to process personal information on our behalf based on our instructions and in compliance with this Privacy Policy. For example, we may share data with a security consultant to help us get better at identifying spam. In addition, some of the information we request may be collected by third party providers on our behalf.

If we believe that disclosure is reasonably necessary to comply with a law, regulation or legal request; to protect the safety, rights, or property of the public, any person, or WhyAndWhere; or to detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues. We may also share aggregated or non-personally identifiable information with our partners, advertisers or others. For example, we may tell an advertiser on WhyAndWhere how many people saved content page, or the percentage of people who navigate to a specific content page.

How do we make changes to this policy
We may change this policy from time to time, and if we do we’ll post any changes on this page. If you continue to use WhyAndWhere after those changes are in effect, you agree to the revised policy. If the changes are significant, we may provide more prominent notice or get your consent as required by law.
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