Beatshare Privacy Policy

 

Privacy Policy

 

Beatshare is a fast and fun way to share your thoughts, feelings and emotions with your friends and the world around you. You can search multi-media streamed content such as music, pick piece of a song to create a “Beat” and send as message. You can also send a photo or video “Beat” to friends.

 

When you use these services—and any others we roll out—you’ll inevitably share some information with us. We get that that can affect your privacy. So we want to be upfront about the information we collect, how we use it, whom we share it with, and the choices we give you to control, access, and update your information.

 

That’s why we’ve written this privacy policy. And it’s why we’ve tried to write it in a way that’s blissfully free of the legalese that often clouds these documents. Of course, if you still have questions about anything in our privacy policy, just contact us.

 

Information We Collect

 

There are three basic ways we collect information:

Here’s a little more detail on each of these categories.

 

Information You Choose to Give Us

When you interact with our services, we collect the information that you choose to share with us. For example, most of our services require you to set up a basic Beatshare account, so we need to collect a few important details about you, such as: a unique username you’d like to go by, a password, an email address, a phone number, and your date of birth. To make it easier for others to find you, we may also ask you to provide us with some additional information that will be publicly visible on our services, such as profile pictures, a name, or other useful identifying information. Other services, such as commerce products, may also require you to provide us with a debit or credit card number and its associated account information.

 

Of course, you’ll also provide us whatever information you send through the services, such as “Beats”, music, pictures, videos, messages, videos and more to your friends. Keep in mind that the users you send content to can always save that content or copy it outside the app. So, the same common sense that applies to the Internet at large applies to Beatshare as well: Don’t send messages or share content that you wouldn’t want someone to save or share.

 

It probably goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: When you contact Beatshare Support or communicate with us in any other way, we’ll collect whatever information you volunteer.

 

Information We Get When You Use Our Services

 

When you use our services, we collect information about which of those services you’ve used and how you’ve used them. We might know, for instance, that you watched a particular video, listened to a song, saw a specific ad for a certain period of time, and sent a few messages (Beats) to friends. Here’s a fuller explanation of the types of information we collect when you use our services (to learn about how you can control some of this information, be sure to read the aptly titled Control over Your Information section below):

Usage Information. We collect information about your activity through our services. For example, we may collect information about:

Content Information. We collect information about the content you provide, such as if the recipient has viewed the content, replayed the content, and the metadata that is provided with the content.

Device Information. We collect device-specific information, such as the hardware model, operating system version, advertising identifier, unique application identifiers, unique device identifiers, browser type, language, wireless network, and mobile network information (including the mobile phone number).

Device Phonebook. Because Beatshare is all about communicating with friends, we may—with your consent—collect information from your device’s phonebook.

 Camera and Photos. Many of our services require us to collect images and other information from your device’s camera and photos. We’ll access your camera and photos only after you give us your consent.

 Location Information. When you use our services we may collect information about your location. With your consent, we may also collect information about your precise location using methods that include GPS, wireless networks, cell towers, Wi-Fi access points, and other sensors, such as gyroscopes, accelerometers, and compasses.

 Information Collected by Cookies and Other Technologies. Like most online services and mobile applications, we may use cookies and other technologies, such as web beacons, web storage, and unique advertising identifiers, to collect information about your activity, browser, and device. We may also use these technologies to collect information when you interact with services we offer through one of our partners, such as commerce features. Most web browsers are set to accept cookies by default. If you prefer, you can usually remove or reject browser cookies through the settings on your browser or device. Keep in mind, though, that removing or rejecting cookies could affect the availability and functionality of our services. To learn more about how we use cookies and your choices, please check out our Cookie Statement. To learn more about how third parties use these technologies on our services, be sure to read the Analytics and Advertising Services Provided by Others section of our privacy policy.

Log Information. We also collect log information when you use our website. That information includes, among other things:

 

Information We Collect from Third Parties

 

We may collect information that other users provide about you when they use our services. For example, if another user allows us to collect information from their device phonebook—and you’re one of that user’s contacts—we may combine the information we collect from that user’s phonebook with other information we have collected about you. We may also obtain information from other companies that are owned or operated by us, or any other third-party sources, and combine that with the information we collect through our services.

 

How We Use Information

 

What do we do with the information we collect? The short answer is: Provide you with an amazing set of products and services that we relentlessly improve. But we do a lot more as well, such as:

 

We may also store some information locally on your device. For example, we may store information as local cache so that you can open the app and view content faster.

 

How We Share Information

 

We may share information about you in the following ways:

         With other Beatshare users. We may share the following information with other Beatshare users:

                  information about you, such as your username and name;

                  information about how you have interacted with the services, such as the names of Beatshare users you are friends with, and other information that will help Beatshare users understand your connections with others using the services. For example, because it may not be clear whether a new friend request comes from someone you actually know, we may share whether you and the requestor have Beatshare user friends in common;

                  any additional information you have consented for us to share. For example, when you let us access your device phonebook, we may share information about you with other users who have your phone number in their device phonebook; and

                  content you post or send will be shared with other Beatshare users; how widely your content is shared depends on your personal settings and the type of service you are using. For example, a message may be sent to just a single friend you select, but your content may be seen by any user whom you allow to see your messages.

         With all Beatshare users and the general public. We may share the following information with all Beatshare users as well as the general public:

                  public information like your profile pictures; and

                  any content that you submit to Live, Local, or any other crowd-sourced service. If a Live, Local, or any other crowd-sourced service is streamed on the web or broadcast in some other media, it may be viewed by the public at large.

         With our affiliates. We may share information with entities within the Beatshare family of companies.

         With third parties. We may share your information with the following third parties:

                  With service providers, sellers, and partners. We may share information about you with service providers who perform services on our behalf, sellers that provide goods through our services, and business partners that provide services and functionality.

                  With third parties for legal reasons. We may share information about you if we reasonably believe that disclosing the information is needed to:

                           comply with any valid legal process, government request, or applicable law, rule, or regulation;

                           investigate, remedy, or enforce potential Terms of Service violations;

                           protect the rights, property, and safety of us, our users, or others; or

                           detect and resolve any fraud or security concerns.

                  With third parties as part of a merger or acquisition. If Beatshare gets involved in a merger, asset sale, financing, liquidation or bankruptcy, or acquisition of all or some portion of our business to another company, we may share your information with that company before and after the transaction closes.

         In the aggregate or after de-identification. We may also share with third parties, such as advertisers, aggregated or de-identified information that cannot reasonably be used to identify you.

 

Information You Choose to Share with Third Parties

 

The services may also contain third-party links and search results, include third-party integrations, or be a co-branded or third-party-branded service that’s being provided jointly with or by another company. By going to those links, using the third-party integration, or using a co-branded or third-party-branded service, you may be providing information (including personal information) directly to the third party, us, or both. You acknowledge and agree that we are not responsible for how those third parties collect or use your information. As always, we encourage you to review the privacy policies of every third-party website or service that you visit or use, including those third parties you interact with through our services.

 

How Long We Keep Your Content

 

Beatshare lets you capture what it’s like to live in the moment. On our end, that means that we automatically delete the content of your Beats (the photo and video messages that you send your friends) from our servers after we detect that a Beat has been opened or has expired. But remember: There are various ways Beatshare users can save your content and also upload it to Beatshare. We go into more detail below about how users can save Beatshare content.

 

Outside of Beats, the rest of our services may use content for longer periods of time, which means those services may follow different deletion protocols. If you submit content to one of our inherently public features, , we may retain the content indefinitely. If you have any questions about how a feature works you can just pop on over to our Support Site.

 

Finally—and this is important—you should understand that users who see the content you provide can always save it using any number of techniques: screenshots, in-app functionality, or any other image-capture technology. It’s also possible, as with any digital information, that someone might be able to access messages forensically or find them in a device’s temporary storage. Keep in mind that, while our systems are designed to carry out our deletion practices automatically, we cannot promise that deletion will occur within a specific timeframe. And we may also retain certain information in backup for a limited period of time or as required by law.

 

Control over Your Information

 

We want you to be in control of your information, so we provide you with the following tools.

         Access and Updates. We strive to let you access and update most of the personal information that we have about you. There are limits though to the requests we’ll accommodate. We may reject a request for a number of reasons, including, for example, that the request risks the privacy of other users, requires technical efforts that are disproportionate to the request, is repetitive, or is unlawful. You can access and update most of your basic account information right in the app by visiting the app’s Settings page. We will try to update and access your information for free, but if it would require a disproportionate effort on our part, we may charge a fee. We will of course disclose the fee before we comply with your request.

         Revoking Permissions. If you change your mind about our ongoing ability to collect information from certain sources that you have already consented to, such as your phonebook, camera, photos, or location services, you can simply revoke your consent by changing the settings on your device if your device offers those options. Of course, if you do that, certain services may lose full functionality.

         Account Deletion. While we hope you’ll remain a lifelong Beatshare user, if for some reason you ever want to delete your account, just go here. If you ask to delete your account, you will have up to 30 days to restore your account before we delete your information from our servers. During this period of time, your account will not be visible to other Beatshareters.

         Communicating with other Beatshare users. It’s also important to us that you stay in control over whom you communicate with. That’s why we’ve built a number of tools in Settings that let you indicate, among other things, who you want to see your Stories, whether you’d like to receive Snaps from just your friends or all Beatshare users, and whether you’d like to block another Beatshare users from contacting you again. For more information about how to control your privacy settings, check out our Support Site.

 

Analytics and Advertising Services Provided by Others

 

We may let other companies use cookies, web beacons, and similar tracking technologies on the services. These companies may collect information about how you use the services and other websites and online services over time and across different services. This information may be used to, among other things, analyze and track data, determine the popularity of certain content, and better understand your online activity.

Additionally, some companies may use the information they collect on our services to deliver targeted advertisements on behalf of us or other companies, including on third-party websites and apps. Beatshare does not currently respond to do-not-track signals that may be sent from your device. If we do so in the future, we will provide information about that practice in an updated version of this privacy policy. For more information about interest-based ads, including how to opt out of having your web-browsing information used for behavioral-advertising purposes, please visit www.aboutads.info/choices.

 

Users Outside the United States

 

Although we welcome Beatshare users from all over the world, keep in mind that no matter where you live or where you happen to use our services, we operate our services from the United States. This means that we may collect your personal information from, transfer it to, and store and process it in the United States and other countries whose local data-protection and privacy laws may offer fewer protections than those in your country of residence or from any country where you use or access the services.

 

Children

 

Our services are not intended for—and we don’t direct them to—anyone under 13. And that’s why we do not knowingly collect personal information from anyone under 13.

 

Revisions to the Privacy Policy

 

We may change this privacy policy from time to time. But when we do, we’ll let you know one way or another. Sometimes, we’ll let you know by revising the date at the top of the privacy policy that’s available on our website and mobile application. Other times, we may provide you with additional notice (such as adding a statement to our websites’ homepages or providing you with an in-app notification).

 

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