Blink Survey's Privacy Policy

How We Collect and Use Information We collect the following types of information about you: Information you provide us directly: We ask for certain information such as your username, real name, and e-mail address when you register for a Blink Surveys account, or if you correspond with us. We may also retain any messages you send through the website, and may collect information you provide in User Content you post to the website. We use this information to operate, maintain, and provide to you the features and functionality of the website. Information we may receive from third parties: We may receive information about you from third parties. For example, if you access our websites or website through a third-party connection or log-in, for example,through Facebook Connect, by “following,” “liking,” adding the Blink Surveys application, linking your account to the Blink Surveys website, etc., that third party may pass certain information about your use of its service to Blink Surveys. This information could include, but is not limited to, the user ID associated with your account (for example, your Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft IDs), an access token necessary to access that service, any information that you have permitted the third party to share with us, and any information you have made public in connection with that service. If you allow us access to your friends list, your friends’ user IDs, and your connection to those friends, may be used and stored to make your experience more social, and to allow you to invite your friends to use our website as well as provide you with updates if and when your friends join Blink Surveys. You should always review, and if necessary, adjust your privacy settings on third-party websites and services before linking or connecting them to the Blink Surveys website. You may also unlink your third party account from the website by adjusting your settings on the third party service. Inviting a friend to use Blink Surveys: Blink Surveys may, in its sole discretion, develop a feature that allows you to invite third parties to the website. If you choose to use our invitation service to invite a third party to the website through our “Invite friends” feature, you may directly choose a friend to invite through your mobile device’s native contact list – but we do not require that you import your contacts list to the website, and we do not retain the information contained in your contacts list. You understand that by inviting a friend to Blink Surveys through the “Invite friends” feature, you are directly sending a text or email from your personal accounts and that we are not storing your contact list. In addition, you understand and agree that normal carrier charges apply to communications sent from you phone. Since this invitation is coming directly from your email or phone, we do not have access to or control this communication. Analytics information: We may directly collect analytics data, or use third-party analytics tools and services, to help us measure traffic and usage trends for the website. These tools collect information sent by your browser or mobile device, including the pages you visit and other information that assists us in improving the website. We collect and use this analytics information in aggregate form such that it cannot reasonably be manipulated to identify any particular individual user. Cookies information: Full details can be found on our Cookie Policy. When you visit the website, we may send one or more cookies — a small text file containing a string of alphanumeric characters — to your computer that uniquely identifies your browser and lets Blink Surveys help you log in faster and enhance your navigation through the site. A cookie may also convey information to us about how you use the website (e.g., the pages you view, the links you click and other actions you take on the website), and allow us or our business partners to track your usage of the website over time. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive after you close your browser. Persistent cookies may be used by your browser on subsequent visits to the site. Persistent cookies can be removed by following your web browser’s directions. A session cookie is temporary and disappears after you close your browser.You can reset your web browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, some features of the website may not function properly if the ability to accept cookies is disabled. Full details can be found on our Cookie Policy. Log file information: Log file information is automatically reported by your browser or mobile device each time you access the website. When you use our website, our servers automatically record certain log file information. These server logs may include anonymous information such as your web request, Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type, referring / exit pages and URLs, number of clicks and how you interact with links on the website, domain names, landing pages, pages viewed, and other such information. Clear gifs/web beacons information: When you use the website, we may employ clear gifs (also known as web beacons) which are used to anonymously track the online usage patterns of our Users. In addition, we may also use clear gifs in HTML-based emails sent to our users to track which emails are opened and which links are clicked by recipients. The information is allows for more accurate reporting and improvement of the website. Device identifiers: When you access the website by or through a mobile device (including but not limited to smart-phones or tablets), we may access, collect, monitor and/or remotely store one or more “device identifiers,” such as a universally unique identifier (“UUID”). Device identifiers are small data files or similar data structures stored on or associated with your mobile device, which uniquely identify your mobile device. A device identifier may be data stored in connection with the device hardware, data stored in connection with the device’s operating system or other software, or data sent to the device by Blink Surveys. A device identifier may convey information to us about how you browse and use the website. A device identifier may remain persistently on your device, to help you log in faster and enhance your navigation through the website. Some features of the website may not function properly if use or availability of device identifiers is impaired or disabled. Location data: When you access the website by or through a mobile device, we may access, collect, monitor and/or remotely store “location data,” which may include GPS coordinates (e.g. latitude and/or longitude) or similar information regarding the location of your mobile device. Location data may convey to us information about how you browse and use the website. Some features of the website, particularly location-based services, may not function properly if use or availability of location data is impaired or disabled. Commercial and marketing communications: We use the information we collect or receive, such as your email address, to communicate directly with you. We may send you emails containing newsletters, promotions, and special offers. If you do not want to receive such email messages, you will be given the option to opt out or change your preferences. We also use your information to send you website-related emails (e.g., account verification, purchase and billing confirmations and reminders, changes/updates to features of the website, technical and security notices). You may not opt out of website-related emails. You may also be able to be “found” on Blink Surveys based on information that you provide. Use of certain service type information we collect about you: We use or may use cookies, log file, device identifiers, location data and clear gifs information to: (a) remember information so that you will not have to re-enter it during your visit or the next time you visit the site; (b) provide custom, personalized content and information; (c) to provide and monitor the effectiveness of our website; (d) monitor aggregate metrics such as total number of visitors, traffic, and demographic patterns; (e) diagnose or fix technology problems; (f) help you efficiently access your information after you sign in; (g) to provide advertising to your browser or device, and (h) automatically update the Blink Surveys application on your mobile devices. Sharing of Your Information We will not rent or sell your information into third parties outside Blink Surveys clients and its group companies (including any parent, subsidiaries and affiliates) without your consent, except as noted below: 1. Who we may share your information with: We may share your information with third-party business partners and Trusted Users for the purpose of providing the website to you. Third party business partners will be given limited access to your information as is reasonably necessary to deliver the website, and we will require that such third parties comply with this Privacy Policy, or operate under a similar privacy policy. 2. Who can see User Content: Any User Content that you voluntarily disclose for posting to the website becomes available to the public and cannot be removed, except by Blink Surveys in its sole discretion. Once posted on Blink Surveys, User Content may not be removable from public view, as copies may remain viewable in cached and archived pages of the website, on other sites that have republished us, or if other Users have copied or saved that information. If you do not wish your User Content to be available to the public, please don’t post it on Blink Surveys. Your username and if you choose to disclose it, your real name, will be published publicly. Once published your username and / or real name may not be able to be removed. 3. Who can see your IP address: If you post User Content on the website while not logged in, your IP address will be published with your User Content in order to attribute your contribution to the website. A selection of Trusted Users with administrative powers on Blink Surveys have the ability to review IP addresses of users to reduce abusive behavior. Any third party service embedded on Blink Surveys such as an advertiser, video provider, social network or other third party will also have access to your IP address. 4. Who can see your email address: If you enter an email address, you will enable communication from Blink Surveys and other Users. If you reply to users or participate in group Blink Surveys activities such as meetups, your email address will be shared with these users. In addition, some email addresses such as blocked@Blink Surveys.com forward to a group of Trusted Users, who will use your email address to reply to the email. What happens in the event of a change of control: We may buy or sell/divest/transfer the company (including any shares in the company), or any combination of its products, services, assets and/or businesses. Your information such as customer names and email addresses, User Content and other user information related to the website may be among the items sold or otherwise transferred in these types of transactions. We may also sell, assign or otherwise transfer such information in the course of corporate divestitures, mergers, acquisitions, bankruptcies, dissolutions, reorganizations, liquidations, similar transactions or proceedings involving all or a portion of the company. Instances where we are required to share your information: We will disclose your information where required to do so by law or subpoena or if we reasonably believe that such action is necessary to (a) comply with the law and the reasonable requests of law enforcement; (b) to enforce our Terms of Use or to protect the security, quality or integrity of our website; and/or (c) to exercise or protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Blink Surveys, our Users, or others. Sharing certain service type information we collect about you: We may share certain service type information, including information obtained through tools such as cookies, log files, device identifiers, location data and clear gifs (such as anonymous usage data, referring/exit pages and URLs, platform types, number of clicks, etc.): (i) with our third-party business partners for the purposes described in the section above on “How We Collect and Use Information.” We may also aggregate or otherwise strip data of all personally identifying characteristics and may share that aggregated, anonymized data with third parties. Ads on Blink Surveys: We may also share certain information such as your location, browser, and cookie data and other data relating to your use of our website with our business partners to deliver advertisements (“ads”) that may be of interest to you. Blink Surveys may allow third-party ad servers or ad networks to serve advertisements on the website. These third-party ad servers or ad networks use technology to send, directly to your browser or mobile device, the ads and ad links that appear on the website, and will automatically receive your IP address when they do so. They may also use other technologies (such as cookies, JavaScript, device identifiers, location data, and clear gifs, see above) to compile information about your browser’s or device’s visits and usage patterns on the website and on other websites, and to measure the effectiveness of their ads and to personalize the advertising content delivered to you. For example, Google uses DART cookies in order to deliver ads to you through the website. Google's use of the DART cookie enables it and its partners to serve ads to you based on your visit to the website and previous websites that you may have visited. Other advertising networks also use similar cookies, clear gifs, or other mechanisms to deliver targeted advertising to you through the website. You can delete these cookies.You may opt out of use of Google’s DART cookie and cookies placed by Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) certified ad networks here: http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp . Opting out of these cookies will be effective not only on the website, but on all websites with NAI certified advertising networks. However, these opt-outs will be ineffective on networks that are not NAI certified. Please note that an advertiser may ask Blink Surveys to show an ad to a certain audience of Users (e.g., based on demographics or other interests). In that situation, Blink Surveys or our Partners determines the target audience and Blink Surveys serves the advertising to that audience and only provides anonymous data to the advertiser. If you respond to such an ad, the advertiser or ad server may conclude that you fit the description of the audience they are trying to reach. To enhance your user experience or help us improve and measure our effectiveness, Blink Surveys may embed code from third parties on the website. Examples of such parties may include Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, YouTube, Howcast, VideoJug, AOL, and others. These third parties may collect information about you including IP address, cookies in ways Blink Surveys does not control. The Blink Surveys Privacy Policy does not apply to, and we cannot control the activities of third-parties. Please consult the respective privacy policies of such third parties or contact such third parties for more information. How We Store and Protect Your Information Storage and Processing: Your information collected through the website may be stored and processed in the United States or any other country in which Blink Surveys or its subsidiaries, or to other third parties across borders and from your country or jurisdiction to other countries or jurisdictions around the world. If you are located in the European Union or other regions with laws governing data collection and use that may differ from U.S. law, please note that we may transfer information, including personal information,to a country and jurisdiction that does not have the same data protection laws as your jurisdiction, and you consent to the transfer of information to the U.S. or any other country in which Blink Surveys or its parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, or service providers maintain facilities and the use and disclosure of information about you as described in this Privacy Policy. Keeping your information safe: Blink Surveys cares about the security of your information, and uses commercially reasonable safeguards to preserve the integrity and security of all information collected through the website. To protect your privacy and security, we take reasonable steps (such as requesting a unique password) to verify your identity before granting you access to your account. You are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your unique password and account information, and for controlling access to your email communications from Blink Surveys, at all times. However, Blink Surveys cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to Blink Surveys or guarantee that information on the website may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed. Your privacy settings may also be affected by changes to the functionality of third party sites and services that you add to the Blink Surveys website, such as social networks. Blink Surveys is not responsible for the functionality or security measures of any third party. Compromise of information: In the event that any information under our control is compromised as a result of a breach of security, Blink Surveys will not be liable and will take reasonable steps to investigate the situation and where appropriate, notify those individuals whose information may have been compromised and take other steps, in accordance with any applicable laws and regulations. Your Choices about Your Information You control your account information and settings: You may update your account information and email-communication preferences at any time by logging in to your account and changing your profile settings. We make every effort to promptly process all unsubscribe requests. As noted above, you may not opt out of website-related communications (e.g., account verification, purchase and billing confirmations and reminders, changes/updates to features of the website, technical and security notices). Opting out of collection of your information for Tracking / Advertising: Please refer to your mobile device or browser’s technical information for instructions on how to delete and disable cookies, and other tracking/recording tools. Depending on your type of device, it may not be possible to delete or disable tracking mechanisms on your mobile device. Note that disabling cookies and/or other tracking tools prevents Blink Surveys or its business partners from tracking your browser’s activities in relation to the website, and for use in targeted If you have any questions about opting out of the collection of cookies and other tracking/recording tools, you can contact us directly at sales@BlinkSurveys.com. How long we keep your private profile information: Following termination of your User account, Blink Surveys may retain your private profile information for a commercially reasonable time for backup, archival, or audit purposes. For the avoidance of doubt, any information that you choose to make public on the service may not be removable. Children’s Privacy Blink Surveys does not knowingly collect or solicit any information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register as Users. The website and its content are not directed at children under the age of 13. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at sales@BlinkSurveys.com. Links to Other Websites and websites We are not responsible for the practices employed by websites or services linked to or from the website, including the information or content contained therein. Please remember that when you use a link to go from the website to another website, our Privacy Policy does not apply to third-party websites or services. Your browsing and interaction on any third-party website or service, including those that have a link or advertisement on our website, are subject to that third party’s own rules and policies. In addition, you agree that we are not responsible and we do not control over any third-parties that you authorize to access your User Content. If you are using a third-party website or service (like Facebook, Google groups, or an IRC chatroom) and you allow such a third-party or from other sources other than through the website. (Adapted and Edited for Blink Surveys USA Dec 2014)