Privacy

Date of Last Revision:  July 24, 2017

 

Overview

 

This Privacy Policy (the “Privacy Policy”) explains the online information practices governing the use of mobile application(s), chatbot(s) and related websites and services (individually or collectively, the “Services”) of Blink the Bee, LLC and our affiliates (“Blink”, “Company”, “we”, “us”, and “our”), acting as data controller. This Privacy Policy applies only to the use and collection of data by us on the Services.

 

By using the Services, you agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy and, if you provide us with information enabling to identify you either directly or indirectly (“Personal Information”), you consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of your Personal Information as described in this Privacy Policy.

 

If you do not agree with this policy, please do not provide us with any Personal Information and do not use the Services.

 

Blink reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time by posting a new or updated Privacy Policy through the Services. We will use the reasonable means available to us in order to make you aware of any update of this Privacy Policy. However, we recommend that you review such Privacy Policy periodically for changes.

 

By accessing the Services, you indicate your agreement to and acceptance of the terms of this Privacy Policy, and consent to the collection, retention and use of your Personal Information consistent with this Privacy Policy, as amended from time to time.

 

Personal Information We Collect And How We Use Your Personal Information

 

We collect Personal Information about you affirmatively provide to us, including, by way of example, your name, address, telephone number, and/or email address, and any other information that is not otherwise publicly available. You can choose not to provide us with your Personal Information, but then you may not be able to take advantage of many of the features our Services.

 

We will process your Personal Information in order to operate the Services and to better understand your needs, including by providing you with customized advertising, and how we can improve our products and services accordingly. Please note that automated decision-making may be performed, including profiling, on the basis of your Personal Information. However, such automated decision-making will not have any consequences for you.

 

When you voluntarily give us your personal contact information, we may use this information to contact you directly. If we contact you by email in compliance with applicable law, you can in any case opt-out of receiving future emails from us at any time by following the instructions in the email or notifying us at opt-out@BlinktheBee.com.

 

We may use your Personal Information to provide you with information or as otherwise disclosed to you on the registration portion of the Services when you submit your information to us, including, without limitation, receiving Blink announcements, information, and newsletters. In the event you are not willing to receive such information from us, you can in any case opt-out at any time by following the instructions in the information you received or by notifying us at opt-out@BlinktheBee.com.

 

Besides, we will process your Personal Information for the additional following purposes: (i) to protect and defend the rights of Blink and its employees, the Services, or the users of the Services; (ii) as incident to a sale, merger, reorganization, dissolution, bankruptcy, or similar event; (iii) under circumstances we believe reasonably necessary to protect the personal safety of users of Blink products, the Services, or the public; (iv) to complete any transaction initiated by you on the Services or to provide Services or information to you; or (v) as is otherwise described in this Privacy Policy or to the extent that you otherwise consent to in writing.

 

Please note that your Personal Information may be shared with third parties, including: (i) our affiliates; (ii) third party service providers we hire to assist in the administration of the Services and/or the processing or handling of customer information (such service providers are required to maintain the confidentiality of user information and are prohibited from using it for any purpose other than as described in this Privacy Policy); (iii) competent authorities, as required by law, such as when compelled by subpoena or court order; (iv) third parties in charge of measuring the effectiveness of our programs and advertisements.

 

The information you provide will be maintained for a commercially reasonable period of time by Blink for administrative, liability, and archival purposes, but in no event for longer than five (5) years after the termination of our contractual relationship.

 

We may also disclose the aggregate statistical data that we collect to third parties in order to allow them to measure the effectiveness of our programs and advertisements.

 

We may collect and store any content posted, stored, allowed access to or uploaded by you or any third party, including a list of your connections (“User Content”). We may retain and use User Content on our servers to improve performance and deliver media messages more efficiently, and to improve our Services. We may disseminate User Content to users, customers, and services, including search engines, developers, and publishers, and organizations and firms that analyze the information for trends and insights. We may also use User Content to make inferences, like what topics you may be interested in.

 

We are free to use or distribute comments, emails, suggestions, or other communications sent by you to us in any way without compensation to the author, sender, or any other party, pursuant to the terms provided under our Terms and Conditions.

 

We also may collect automatic information about how you use the Services for, among other things, the operation and improvement of the Services. Such automatic information can entail collection and processing of: browser information, operating system information, unique device identifiers or your IP address, referring site, visit metrics, action metrics, page view metrics, search metrics, and others.

This automatically collected information may be collected through technologies provided by third parties. Information that might be collected using these technologies includes, for example, the pages you visit on the Services, the paths you take within the Services, and the length of time that you spend on the Services. We use this information in the aggregate in order to better understand how to improve the quality of the Services.

 

We also collect information about your activity, such as how you use our Services, how you interact with others using our Services, and the like, including information and confirmations regarding payments (payment receipts, including from app stores or other third parties processing your payment), device and connection information (when you install, access, or use our services, hardware model, operating system information, browser information, IP address, mobile network information including phone number, and device identifiers), device location information if you use our location features, status information (online and status message changes on our Services).

 

As is common among website operators, the operator of the Services maintains Web server logs. Web servers automatically identify your computer or mobile device by its IP address and collect that information in its Web server logs. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer or mobile device by your Internet service provider or mobile service provider whenever you log onto the World Wide Web or access the Internet. The Blink Web server logs collect statistical data that is generated by your computer when it visits the Services, such as the type of Web browser and operating system used to access the Services, the domain name of your Internet service provider, the date and time you access the Services, and the pages you visit. Within the framework of the Services, we process this Web server log information for a variety of purposes. Some of these purposes include: system administration; examination of overall traffic trends on the Services; troubleshooting; and the collection of broad demographic information about users of the Services.

 

Cookies

 

Like many websites, the Services also use a technology called cookies or similar technology referred to as pixel tags (collectively, “Cookies”). A Cookie is a small text file that a Web server gives your browser to store on your computer when you access a website. Cookies are capable of storing many types of data and may be placed on your browser by Blink. We may also use cookies to store preferences; record session information; develop information about visitors’ preferences and interests; record past activity in order to provide better service when you return to the Services; or customize website content based on information you voluntarily provide.

 

In all cases in which Cookies are used, however, Blink will not use the Cookie to collect personally identifying information from the Services, unless you voluntarily agree to enter the information. Most Web browsers are set up to accept Cookies. You can, however, reset your browser to refuse all Cookies or to indicate when a Cookie is being sent. Note, however, that some portions of the Services may not work properly if you refuse Cookies.

 

Links

 

The Services may contain links to third party websites. Please recognize that we do not control these third party websites and this Privacy Policy will not apply to those websites. You should consult each applicable privacy policy before using another linked website. Blink is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content included on third party websites.

 

Do Not Track

 

Because we may use the information that we collect through the Services in the ways described in this Privacy Policy, we do not respond to "Do Not Track" requests or other similar mechanisms.

 

Security of data stored by Blink

 

Blink has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of information under our control. While we make reasonable efforts to ensure the integrity and security of our network and systems, we cannot guarantee that our security measures will prevent third parties from illegally obtaining this information. You agree and acknowledge that Blink shall not be liable or responsible if any information about you is intercepted, accessed, and/or used by an unintended recipient. If you have reason to believe that the security of your communications or Personal Information has been compromised, please immediately notify us at: privacy@BlinktheBee.com.

 

Collection of Personal Information from or about children

 

The Services are not intended or designed to attract children under the age of 13. If you are 13 years old or older but under the age of majority where you live, you may only use the Services provided the holder of parental responsibility over you has given his/her consent.

 

We do not knowingly collect or process Personal Information from persons under age 13. If we learn that we have collected the personally identifying information of a user under the age of 13 without obtaining the prior consent of the holder of parental responsibility over him/her, we will take steps to delete the concerned information as soon as possible.

 

If you are a parent and you think we have inadvertently collected and processed Personal Information from your child who is under 13 (or under the age of majority where you live), you may contact us by sending an email to privacy@BlinktheBee.com to request that we delete his or her information from our records.

 

Transfer and Storage of your Personal Information

 

Your Personal Information can be delivered to servers located in a different country than the one you are located in.

 

With respect to the entities of the Blink located in the European Economic Area, you authorize these entities to transfer, store, and use your Personal Information to the United States and other countries where we operate. Please note that, in some of these countries, the privacy and data protection laws and rules regarding when government authorities may access data may vary from those in the country where you live.

 

In order to ensure that, within the framework of the above mentioned transfers, an appropriate level of data protection is ensured regarding your Personal Information, Blink has implemented relevant safeguards to provide an adequate level of protection.

 

By using the Services, you consent to the transfer of this personally identifying information and non-personally identifying information and to our use of such information as outlined in this Privacy Policy. If you are located in a country embargoed by the United States, you will not engage in commercial activities using the Services. You will not use the Services if you are prohibited from receiving products, services, or software originating from the United States.

 

Your Rights

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or any disclosure of Personal Information to third parties, or if you would like to request a copy of your Personal Information processed by Blink, please send an email containing your request to privacy@BlinktheBee.com. You must provide your full name, and email address.

In addition, if you no longer wish to receive communications from us, you may opt out at any time by notifying us at opt-out@BlinktheBee.com.

 

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding our Privacy Policy, please contact us at privacy@BlinktheBee.com.

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