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Thank you for using Gazettr!

We wrote this policy to help you understand what information we collect, how we use it, and what choices you have regarding your information. 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.


What information do we collect?

We collect information in two ways:

1) 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, pins, comments, likes, email address you used to sign up, and any other information you provide us. If you’re using Gazettr on your mobile device, you can also choose to provide us with location data.

You also may give us permission to access your information in other services – for example, you may link your Facebook or Twitter account to Gazettr, which allows us to obtain information from those accounts (e.g., your friends or contacts). The information we obtain from those services often depends on your settings or their privacy policies, so be sure to check what those are.

2) We get technical information when you use our products.

These days, whenever you use a website, mobile application, or other Internet service, there’s certain information that almost always gets created and recorded in an automated way. The same is true when you use our products, and here are some of the types of information we collect in this way:

Depending on how you’re accessing our products, we may use “cookies” (a small text file sent by your computer each time you visit our website, unique to your Gazettr 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 Gazettr settings so you don’t have to set them up every time you visit Gazettr.


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 Gazettr 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.

We also use the information we collect to offer you customized content – including helping you discover stories or maps you might like or provide you with tailored advertising. For example, if you’ve indicated that you’re interested in skateboarding, we may suggest skateboarding stories or maps.

We also use the information we collect to respond to your questions or comments.

The information we collect may be “personally identifiable” (meaning it can be used to specifically identify you as a unique person) or “non-personally identifiable” (meaning it can’t be used to specifically identify you). We use both types of information, and combinations of both types, as described above. We may use or store information wherever Gazettr does business, including countries outside your own.


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 Gazettr account, many of the choices you have on Gazettr are built directly in to the product or your account settings. For example, you can:
Access and change information in your settings page at any time.
Close your account at any time. When you close your account, we’ll deactivate it and remove your pins and boards from Gazettr.

In addition, you may have choices available to you through the device or software you use to access Gazettr. For example:
The browser you use may provide you with the ability to control cookies or other types of local data storage;
Your mobile device may provide you with choices around how and whether location or other data is shared with us.

To learn more about these choices, please see the information provided by the device or software provider.


How is your information shared?

Gazettr is a tool people use to discover new places, organize them and share them to others in the process. When you create public stories and maps, anyone can view them. You may also provide us with profile page information that that anyone can view. The other limited instances where we may share your personal information include:

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 or with our accountants to make sure we’re keeping the books right.
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 Gazettr; or to detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues.
We may engage in a merger, acquisition, bankruptcy, dissolution, reorganization, or similar transaction or proceeding that involves the transfer of the information described in this Policy.

We may also share aggregated or non-personally identifiable information with our partners or others. For example, we may tell a business using Gazettr how many people visited a map they shared, or the percentage of people who click a on story after viewing it.


Our Policy on Children’s Information

Gazettr is not directed to children under 13. If you learn that your minor child has provided us with personal information without your consent, please contact us.

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 Gazettr after those changes are in effect, you agree to the revised policy. If the changes are significant, we may provide more prominent notice or obtain your consent as required by law.


Trademarks and copyrights

Gazettr respects the trademark rights of others. Accounts with usernames, places names, or any other content that misleads others or violates another’s trademark may be updated, transferred or permanently suspended. If you are concerned that someone may be using your trademark in an infringing way on our site you can let us know by sending us a mail at people@gazettr.com. We will review your submission and take whatever action, in its sole discretion, it deems appropriate, including temporary or permanent removal of the trademark from the Gazettr site.