Data Use Policy

Registration information:

When you sign up for Ripplear, you are required to provide information such as your name, email address, birthday, and gender. In some cases, you may be able to register using other information, like your telephone number.

Information you choose to share:

Your information also includes the information you choose to share on Ripplear, such as when you post a status update, upload a photo, or comment on a friend's post.It also includes the information you choose to share when you communicate with us, such as when you contact us using an email address, or when you take an action, such as when you add a friend, like a Page or a website, add a place to your post, use our contact importers, or indicate you are in a relationship.Your name, profile pictures, cover photos, gender, networks, username and User ID are treated just like information you choose to make public. Learn more.Your birthday allows us to do things like show you age-appropriate content and advertisements.

Information others share about you

We receive information about you from your friends and others, such as when they upload your contact information, post a photo of you, tag you in a photo or status update, or at a location, or add you to a group. When people use Ripplear, they may store and share information about you and others that they have, such as when they upload and manage their invites and contacts.

Other information we receive about you

  1. We receive data about you whenever you use or are running Ripplear, such as when you look at another person's timeline, send or receive a message, search for a friend or a Page, click on, view or otherwise interact with things, use a Ripplear mobile app, or make purchases through Ripplear.
  2. When you post things like photos or videos on Ripplear, we may receive additional related data (or metadata), such as the time, date, and place you took the photo or video.
  3. We receive data from or about the computer, mobile phone, or other devices you use to install Ripplear apps or to access Ripplear, including when multiple users log in from the same device. This may include network and communication information, such as your IP address or mobile phone number, and other information about things like your internet service, operating system, location, the type (including identifiers) of the device or browser you use, or the pages you visit. For example, we may get your GPS or other location information so we can tell you if any of your friends are nearby, or we could request device information to improve how our apps work on your device.
  4. We receive data whenever you visit a game, application, or website that uses Ripplear Platform or visit a site with a Ripplear feature (such as a social plugin), sometimes through cookies. This may include the date and time you visit the site; the web address, or URL, you're on; technical information about the IP address, browser and the operating system you use; and, if you are logged in to Ripplear, your User ID.
  5. When we get your GPS location, we put it together with other location information we have about you (like your current city). But we only keep it until it is no longer useful to provide you services, like keeping your last GPS coordinates to send you relevant notifications.

As described in "How we use the information we receive" we also put together data from the information we already have about you, your friends, and others, so we can offer and suggest a variety of services and features. For example, we may make friend suggestions, pick stories for your News Feed, or suggest people to tag in photos. We may put together your current city with GPS and other location information we have about you to, for example, tell you and your friends about people or events nearby, or offer deals to you in which you might be interested. We may also put together data about you to serve you ads or other content that might be more relevant to you. When we get your GPS location, we put it together with other location information we have about you (like your current city). But we only keep it until it is no longer useful to provide you services, like keeping your last GPS coordinates to send you relevant notifications. We only provide data to our advertising partners or customers after we have removed your name and any other personally identifying information from it, or have combined it with other people's data in a way that it no longer personally identifies you.

Public information

When we use the phrase "public information" (which we sometimes refer to as "Everyone information"), we mean the information you choose to make public, as well as information that is always publicly available.

Information you choose to make public

  1. Choosing to make your information public is exactly what it sounds like: anyone, including people off Ripplear,
  2. Choosing to make your information public also means that this information:
  3. can be associated with you (i.e., your name, profile pictures, cover photos, timeline, User ID, username, etc.) even off Ripplear;
  4. can show up when someone does a search on Ripplear or on a public search engine;
  5. will be accessible to the Ripplear-integrated games, applications, and websites you and your friends use; and
  6. will be accessible to anyone who uses our APIs such as our Graph API.
  7. Sometimes you will not be able to select an audience when you post something (like when you write on a Page's wall or comment on a news article that uses our comments plugin). This is because some types of stories are always public stories. As a general rule, you should assume that if you do not see a sharing icon, the information will be publicly available.

Information that is always publicly available

The types of information listed below are always publicly available, and they are treated just like information you decided to make public:

Name:

This helps your friends and family find you. If you are uncomfortable sharing your real name, you can always delete your account.

Profile Pictures and Cover Photos:

These help your friends and family recognize you. If you are uncomfortable making any of these photos public, you can always delete them. Unless you delete them, when you add a new profile picture or cover photo, the previous photo will remain public in your profile picture or cover photo album.

Networks:

This helps you see who you will be sharing information with before you choose "Friends and Networks" as a custom audience. If you are uncomfortable making your network public, you can leave the network.

Gender:

This allows us to refer to you properly.

Username and User ID:

These allow you to give out a custom link to your timeline or Page, receive email at your Ripplear email address, and help make Ripplear Platform possible.

Usernames and User IDs

Usernames and User IDs are the same thing a way to identify you on Ripplear. A User ID is a string of numbers and a username generally is some variation of your name. With your username, you get a custom link (a Ripplear URL, such as www.Ripplear.com/username) to your timeline that you can give out to people or post on external websites.If someone has your Username or User ID, they can use it to access information about you through the Ripplear.com website. For example, if someone has your Username, they can type Ripplear.com/Username into their browser and see your public information as well as anything else you've let them see. Similarly, someone with your Username or User ID can access information about you through our APIs, such as our Graph API. Specifically, they can access your public information, along with your age range, language and country. If you do not want your information to be accessible to Platform applications, you can turn off all Platform applications from yourPrivacy Settings. If you turn off Platform you will no longer be able to use any games or other applications until you turn Platform back on. For more information about the information that apps receive when you visit them, see Other websites and applications.

How we use the information we receive

We use the information we receive about you in connection with the services and features we provide to you and other users like your friends, our partners, the advertisers that purchase ads on the site, and the developers that build the games, applications, and websites you use. For example, in addition to helping people see and find things that you do and share, we may use the information we receive about you:

  1. As part of our efforts to keep Ripplear products, services and integrations safe and secure;
  2. To protect Ripplear's or others' rights or property;
  3. To provide you with location features and services, like telling you and your friends when something is going on nearby;
  4. To measure or understand the effectiveness of ads you and others see, including to deliver relevant ads to you;
  5. To make suggestions to you and other users on Ripplear, such as: suggesting that your friend use our contact importer because you found friends using it, suggesting that another user add you as a friend because the user imported the same email address as you did, or suggesting that your friend tag you in a picture they have uploaded with you in it; and
  6. For internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research and service improvement.

Granting us permission to use your information not only allows us to provide Ripplear as it exists today, but it also allows us to provide you with innovative features and services we develop in the future that use the information we receive about you in new ways. While you are allowing us to use the information we receive about you, you always own all of your information. Your trust is important to us, which is why we don't share information we receive about you with others unless we have:

  1. Received your permission;
  2. Given you notice, such as by telling you about it in this policy; or
  3. Removed your name and any other personally identifying information from it.

Of course, for information others share about you, they control how it is shared. We store data for as long as it is necessary to provide products and services to you and others, including those described above. Typically, information associated with your account will be kept until your account is deleted. For certain categories of data, we may also tell you about specific data retention practices. We may enable access to public information that has been shared through our services. We may allow service providers to access information so they can help us provide services.

Deleting and deactivating your accoun

If you want to stop using your account, you can either deactivate or delete it.

Deactivate

Deactivating your account puts your account on hold. Other users will no longer see your time line, but we do not delete any of your information. Deactivating an account is the same as you telling us not to delete any information because you might want to reactivate your account at some point in the future. You can deactivate your account on your account settings page.

Your friends will still see you listed in their list of friends while your account is deactivated.

Deleting

When you delete your account, it is permanently deleted from Ripplear. It typically takes about one month to delete an account, but some information may remain in backup copies and logs for up to 90 days. You should only delete your account if you are sure you never want to reactivate it. Certain information is needed to provide you with services, so we only delete this information after you delete your account. Some of the things you do on Ripplear aren't stored in your account, like posting to a group or sending someone a message (where your friend may still have a message you sent, even after you delete your account). That information remains after you delete your account.

Cookies, pixels and other similar technologies

Cookies are small pieces of data that are stored on your computer, mobile phone or other device. Pixels are small blocks of code on webpages that do things like allow another server to measure viewing of a webpage and often are used in connection with cookies. We use technologies like cookies, pixels, and local storage (like on your browser or device, which is similar to a cookie but holds more information) to provide and understand a range of products and services.

We use these technologies to do things like:

  1. Make Ripplear easier or faster to use;
  2. Enable features and store information about you (including on your device or in your browser cache) and your use of Ripplear;
  3. Deliver, understand and improve advertising;
  4. Monitor and understand the use of our products and services; and,
  5. Protect you, others and Ripplear.

For example, we may use these tools to know you are logged in to Ripplear, to help you use social plugins and share buttons, or to know when you are interacting with our advertising or Platform partners. We may ask advertisers or other partners to serve ads or services to computers, mobile phones or other devices, which may use a cookie, pixel or other similar technology placed by Ripplear or the third party (although we would not share information that personally identifies you with an advertiser). Most companies on the web use cookies (or other similar technological tools), including our advertising and Platform partners. For example, our Platform partners, advertisers or Page administrators may use cookies or similar technologies when you access their apps, ads, Pages or other content. Cookies and things like local storage help make Ripplear work, like allowing pages to load faster because certain content is stored on your browser or by helping us authenticate you to deliver personalized content. Refer to your browser or device's help material to learn what controls you can often use to remove or block cookies or other similar technologies or block or remove other data stored on your computer or device (such as by using the various settings in your browser). If you do this, it may affect your ability to use Ripplear or other websites and apps.

Some other things you need to know

Responding to legal requests and preventing harm

We may access, preserve and share your information in response to a legal request (like a search warrant, court order or subpoena) if we have a good faith belief that the law requires us to do so. This may include responding to legal requests from jurisdictions outside of the United States where we have a good faith belief that the response is required by law in that jurisdiction, affects users in that jurisdiction, and is consistent with internationally recognized standards. We may also access, preserve and share information when we have a good faith belief it is necessary to: detect, prevent and address fraud and other illegal activity; to protect ourselves, you and others, including as part of investigations; or to prevent death or imminent bodily harm. Information we receive about you, including financial transaction data related to purchases made with Ripplear, may be accessed, processed and retained for an extended period of time when it is the subject of a legal request or obligation, governmental investigation, or investigations concerning possible violations of our terms or policies, or otherwise to prevent harm. We also may retain information from accounts disabled for violations of our terms for at least a year to prevent repeat abuse or other violations of our terms.

Access requests

You can access and correct most of your personal data stored by Ripplear by logging into your account and viewing your timeline and activity log.

Notifications and Other Messages

We may send you notifications and other messages using the contact information we have for you, like your email address. You can control most of the notifications you receive, including ones from Pages you like and applications you use, using controls we provide, such as a control included in the email you receive or in your "Notifications" settings.

Friend Finder

We offer tools to help you upload your friends' contact information so that you and others can find friends on Ripplear, and invite friends who do not use Ripplear to join, and so we can offer you and others better experiences on Ripplear through suggestions and other customized experiences. If you do not want us to store this information, visit this help page. If you give us your password, we will delete it after you upload your friends' contact information.

Invitations

When you invite a friend to join Ripplear, we send a message on your behalf using your name, and we may also include names and pictures of other people your friend might know on Ripplear. We'll also send a few reminders to those you invite, but the invitation will also give your friend the opportunity to opt out of receiving other invitations to join Ripplear

Memorializing accounts

We may memorialize the account of a deceased person. When we memorialize an account, we keep the timeline on Ripplear, but limit access and some features. You can report a deceased person's timeline.

Affiliates

We may share information we receive with businesses that are legally part of the same group of companies that Ripplear is part of, or that become part of that group (often these companies are called affiliates). Likewise, our affiliates may share information with us as well. This sharing is done in compliance with applicable laws including where such applicable laws require consent. We and our affiliates may use shared information to help provide, understand, and improve our services and their own services.

Service Providers

We give your information to the people and companies that help us provide, understand and improve the services we offer. For example, we may use outside vendors to help host our website, serve photos and videos, process payments, analyze data, conduct and publish research, measure the effectiveness of ads, or provide search results. In some cases we provide the service jointly with another company, such as the Ripplear Marketplace. In all of these cases our partners must agree to only use your information consistent with the agreement we enter into with them, as well as this Data Use Policy.

Security and bugs

We do our best to keep your information secure, but we need your help. For more detailed information about staying safe on Ripplear, visit the Ripplear Security Page. We try to keep Ripplear up, bug-free and safe, but can't make guarantees about any part of our services or products.

Change of Control

If the ownership of our business changes, we may transfer your information to the new owner so they can continue to operate the service. But they will still have to honor the commitments we have made in this Data Use Policy.

Notice of Changes

If we make changes to this Data Use Policy we will notify you (for example, by publication here and on the Ripplear Site).

Sharing and finding you on Ripplear

Whenever you post content (like a status update, photo or check-in), you can select a specific audience, or even customize your audience.

  1. If you want to make something Public. Choosing to make something public is exactly what it sounds like. It means that anyone, including people off Ripplear, will be able to see or access it.
  2. If you want to share with your Ripplear Friends.
  3. If you want to Customize your audience. You can also use this to hide your post from specific people.
  4. If you tag someone, that person and their friends can see your post no matter what audience you selected.
  5. The same is true when you approve a tag someone else adds to your post. Always think before you post. Just like anything else you post on the web or send in an email, information you share on Ripplear can be copied or re-shared by anyone who can see it. Although you choose with whom you share, there may be ways for others to determine information about you. For example, if you hide your birthday so no one can see it on your timeline, but friends post "happy birthday!" on your timeline, people may determine your birthday. When you comment on or like someone else post or write on their timeline that person gets to select the audience. For example, if a friend posts a Public post and you comment on it your comment will be Public. Often you can see the audience someone selected for their post before you post a comment. however, the person who posted the post may later change their audience. So, if you comment on a post, and the post's audience changes,the new audience can see your comment. You can control who can see the Ripplear Pages you've "liked" by visiting your timeline, clicking on the Likes box on your timeline, and then clicking "Edit. Sometimes you will not see a sharing icon when you post something (like when you write on a Page's wall or comment on a news article that uses our comments plugin). This is because some types of stories are always public stories. As a general rule, you should assume that if you do not see a sharing icon, the information will be publicly available.

  6. If you want to Customize your audience.
  7. You can also use this to hide your post from specific people. If you tag someone, that person and their friends can see your post no matter what audience you selected. The same is true when you approve a tag someone else adds to your post. Always think before you post. Just like anything else you post on the web or send in an email, information you share on Ripplear can be copied or re-shared by anyone who can see it. Although you choose with whom you share, there may be ways for others to determine information about you. For example, if you hide your birthday so no one can see it on your timeline, but friends post "happy birthday!" on your timeline, people may determine your birthday. When you comment on or like someone else post or write on their timeline that person gets to select the audience. For example, if a friend posts a Public post and you comment on it your comment will be Public. Often you can see the audience someone selected for their post before you post a comment. however, the person who posted the post may later change their audience. So, if you comment on a post, and the post’s audience changes, the new audience can see your comment. You can control who can see the Ripplear Pages you've "liked" by visiting your timeline, clicking on the Likes box on your timeline, and then clicking "Edit. Sometimes you will not see a sharing icon when you post something (like when you write on a Page's wall or comment on a news article that uses our comments plugin). This is because some types of stories are always public stories. As a general rule, you should assume that if you do not see a sharing icon, the information will be publicly available.

Finding you on Ripplear

To make it easier for your friends to find you, we allow anyone with your contact information (such as email address or telephone number) to find you through the Ripplear search bar at the top of most pages, as well as other tools we provide, such as contact importers - even if you have not shared your contact information with them on Ripplear.

You can choose who can look up your timeline using the email address or telephone number you added to your timeline through your Privacy Settings. But remember that people can still find you or a link to your timeline on Ripplear through other people and the things they share about you or through other posts, like if you are tagged in a friend's photo or post something to a public page.

Your settings do not control whether people can find you or a link to your timeline when they search for content they have permission to see, like a photo or other post in which you've been tagged.

Access on phones and other devices

Once you share information with your friends and others, they may be able to sync it with or access it via their mobile phones and other devices. For example, if you share a photo on Ripplear, someone viewing that photo could save it using Ripplear tools or by other methods offered by their device or browser. Similarly, if you share your contact information with someone or invite someone to an event, they may be able to use Ripplear or third-party applications or devices to sync that information. Or, if one of your friends has a Ripplear application on one of their devices, your information (such as the things you post or photos you share) may be stored on or accessed by their device.

You should only share information with people you trust because they will be able to save it or re-share it with others, including when they sync the information to a device.

What your friends and others share about you

Links and Tags

Anyone can add a link to a post. Links are references to something on the Internet; anything from a website to a Page or timeline on Ripplear. For example, if you are writing a post, you might include a link to a blog you are referencing or a link to the blogger's Ripplear timeline. If someone clicks on a link to another person's timeline, they'll only see the things that they are allowed to see.

A tag is a special type of link to someone's timeline that suggests that the tagged person add your post to their timeline. In cases where the tagged person isn't included in the audience of the post, it will add them so they can see it. Anyone can tag you in anything. Once you are tagged, you and your friends will be able to see it (such as in News Feed or in search).

You can choose whether a post you've been tagged in appears on your timeline. You can either approve each post individually or approve all stories by your friends. If you approve a post and later change your mind, you can always remove it from your timeline.

If you do not want someone to tag you, we encourage you to reach out to them and give them that feedback. If that does not work, you can block them. This will prevent them from tagging you going forward.

Social reporting is a way for people to quickly and easily ask for help from someone they trust.

If you are linked to in a private space (such as a message or a group) only the people who can see the private space can see the link. Similarly, if you are linked to a comment, only the people who can see the comment can see the link.

Other information

As described in the "What your friends and others share about you" section of this policy, your friends and others may share information about you. They may share photos or other information about you and tag you in their posts. If you do not like a particular post, tell them or report the post.

Groups

Once you are in a Group, anyone in that Group can add you to a subgroup. When someone adds you to a Group, you will be listed as "invited" until you visit the Group. You can always leave a Group, which will prevent others from adding you to it again.

Pages

Ripplear Pages are public pages. Companies use Pages to share information about their products. Celebrities use Pages to talk about their latest projects. And communities use Pages to discuss topics of interest, everything from baseball to the opera.

Because Pages are public, information you share with a Page is public information.

When you "like" a Page, you create a connection to that Page. The connection is added to your timeline and your friends may see it in their News Feeds. You may be contacted by or receive updates from the Page, such as in your News Feed and your messages. You can remove the Pages you've "liked" through your timeline or on the Page.

Some Pages contain content that comes directly from the Page owner. Page owners can do this through online plugins, such as an iframe, and it works just like the games and other applications you use through Ripplear. Because this content comes directly from the Page owner, that Page may be able to collect information about you, just like any website.

Page administrators may have access to insights data, which will tell them generally about the people that visit their Page (as opposed to information about specific people). They may also know when you've made a connection to their Page because you've liked their Page or posted a comment.