Buzz Privacy Policy

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Effective August 2018

This policy explains what information we collect when you use Buzz’s sites, services, mobile applications, products, and content (“Services”). It also has information about how we store, use, transfer, and delete that information.

Our aim is not just to comply with privacy law. It is to earn your trust.

Your Credit Card Information

Your credit card and payments are processed in the most secure way possible in today’s online standards. We do not store your credit card information and outsource payment processing to Stripe Inc. Stripe Inc is a PCI Level 1 Service Provider. This is the most stringent level of certification available in the payments industry.

Information We Collect & How We Use It

Buzz does not make money from ads. So we do not collect data in order to advertise to you. The tracking we do at Buzz is to make our product work better.

In order to give you the best possible experience using Buzz, we collect information from your interactions with our network. Some of this information, you actively tell us (such as your email address, which we use to track your account or communicate with you). Other information, we collect based on actions you take while using Buzz, such as what pages you access and your interactions with our product features (like highlights, follows, and applause). This information includes records of those interactions, your Internet Protocol address, information about your device (such as device or browser type), and referral information.

We use this information to:

  • Provide, test, improve, promote and personalize Buzz Services

  • Fight spam and other forms of abuse

  • Generate aggregate, non-identifying information about how people use Buzz Services

When you create your Buzz account, and authenticate with a third-party service (like Twitter, Facebook or Google) we may collect, store, and periodically update information associated with that third-party account, such as your lists of friends or followers. We will never publish through your third-party account without your permission.

Information Disclosure

Buzz will not transfer information about you to third parties for the purpose of providing or facilitating third-party advertising to you. We will not sell information about you.

We may share your account information with third parties in some circumstances, including: (1) with your consent; (2) to a service provider or partner who meets our data protection standards; (3) with academic or non-profit researchers, with aggregation, anonymization, or pseudonomization; (4) when we have a good faith belief it is required by law, such as pursuant to a subpoena or other legal process; (5) when we have a good faith belief that doing so will help prevent imminent harm to someone.

If we are going to share your information in response to legal process, we’ll give you notice so you can challenge it (for example by seeking court intervention), unless we are prohibited by law or believe doing so may endanger others. We will object to requests for information about users of our services that we believe are improper.

Data Storage

Buzz uses third-party vendors and hosting partners, such as Amazon, for hardware, software, networking, storage, and related technology we need to run Buzz. We maintain server logs and event logs. By using Buzz Services, you authorize Buzz to transfer, store, and use your information in the United States and any other country where we operate.

Third-Party Embeds

Some of the content that you see displayed on Buzz is not hosted by us. These “embeds” are hosted by a third-party and embedded in Buzz. For example: YouTube or Vimeo videos, Imgur or Giphy gifs, SoundCloud audio files, Twitter tweets, GitHub code, 3rd party documents that appear within a Buzz post. These files send data to the hosted site just as if you were visiting that site directly (for example, when you load a Buzz post page with a YouTube video embedded in it, YouTube receives data about your activity). Buzz does not control what data third parties collect in cases like this, or what they will do with it. So, third-party embeds on Buzz are not covered by this privacy policy. They are covered by the privacy policy of the third-party service.

Some embeds may ask you for personal information, such as your email address, through a form. For example, some videos may pause and ask you for an email address.

We do our best to keep bad actors off of Buzz. However, if you choose to submit your information to a third party this way, we do not know what they can do with it. As explained above, their actions are not covered by this Privacy Policy. So, please be careful when you see embedded forms on Buzz asking for your email address or any other personal information. Make sure you understand who you are submitting your information to and what they say they plan to do with it. We suggest that you do not submit personal information to any third-party through an embedded form.

If you embed a form that allows submission of personal information by users, you must provide near the embedded form a prominent link to an applicable Privacy Policy that clearly states how to you intend to use any information collected. Failure to do so may lead Buzz to disable the post or take other action to limit or disable your account.

Tracking & Cookies

We use browser cookies and similar technologies to recognize you when you return to our Services. We use them in various ways, for example to log you in, remember your preferences (such as default language), evaluate email effectiveness, allow our paywall and meter to function, and personalize content and other information.

Buzz does not track you across the Internet. We track only your interactions within the Buzz network (which encompasses getbuzz.io and custom domains hosted by Buzz).

Some third-party services that we use to provide the Buzz Service, such as Google Analytics, may place their own cookies in your browser. This Privacy Policy covers use of cookies by Buzz only and not the use of cookies by third parties.

Modifying or Deleting Your Personal Information

If you have a Buzz account, you can access, modify or export your personal information, or delete your account here: https://getbuzz.io/u/username/settings

To protect information from accidental or malicious destruction, we may maintain residual copies for a brief time period. But, if you delete your account, your information and content will be unrecoverable after that time. Buzz may preserve and maintain copies of your information when required to do so by law.

Data Security

We use encryption (HTTPS/TLS) to protect data transmitted to and from our site. However, no data transmission over the Internet is 100% secure, so we cannot guarantee security. You use the Service at your own risk, and you are responsible for taking reasonable measures to secure your account.

Business Transfers

If we are involved in a merger, acquisition, bankruptcy, reorganization or sale of assets such that your information would be transferred or become subject to a different privacy policy, we’ll notify you in advance so you can opt out of any such new policy by deleting your account before transfer.

Email from Buzz

Sometimes we will send you emails about your account, service changes or new policies. You cannot opt out of this type of “transactional” email (unless you delete your account). You can opt out of any other types of email.

When you interact with an email sent from Buzz (such as opening an email or clicking on a particular link in an email), we may receive information about that interaction. We won’t email you to ask for your password or other account information. If you receive such an email, please send it to us so we can investigate.

Changes to this Policy

Buzz may periodically update this Policy. We’ll notify you about significant changes to it. The most current version of the policy will always be here and we will archive former versions of the policy.

Questions

We welcome any questions to this policy: team@getbuzz.io





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