Privacy and Data Policy

The policy explains the ways in which we collect and use information for Flooant and all Flooant services and products, including the Flooant name and trademark.

I. What Type of information Does Flooant collect?

To provide the Flooant products, we must process information about you. The types of information we collect depend on how you use our products. You can learn how to access and delete information we collect by visiting the Flooant settings section under your account, in the Flooant app.

Things you and others do and provide

Information and content you provide. We collect the content, communications and other information you provide when you use our products, including when you sign up for an account, create or share content, and message or communicate with others. This can include information in or about the content you provide (like metadata), such as the location of a photo or the date a file was created. It can also include what you see through features we provide, such as our camera, so we can do things like suggest masks and filters that you might like, or give you tips on using camera formats. Our systems automatically process content and communications you and others provide to analyze context and what's in them for the purposes described below. Learn more about how you can control who can see the things you share.

Data with special protections: You can choose to provide information in your Flooant profile fields or in the Languages spoken categories, and also in the additional optional information fields. This and other information (such as racial or ethnic origin, philosophical beliefs or trade union membership) could be subject to special protections under the laws of your country.

Networks and connections. We collect information about the people you interact with while using Flooant. We also collect contact information if you choose to upload, sync or import it from a device(such as an address book or call log or SMS log history), which we use for things like helping you and others find people you may know and for the other purposes listed below.

Your usage. We collect information about how you use our products, such as the types of content you view or engage with; the features you use; the actions you take; the people or accounts you interact with; and the time, frequency and duration of your activities. For example, we log when you're using and have last used our products, and what posts, videos and other content you view on our products. We also collect information about how you use features like our camera.

Information about transactions made on our Products. If you use our Products for purchases or other financial transactions (such as when you make a purchase in a game or make a donation), we collect information about the purchase or transaction. This includes payment information, such as your credit or debit card number and other card information; other account and authentication information; and billing, shipping and contact details.

Things others do and information they provide about you. We also receive and analyze content, communications and information that other people provide when they use our products. This can include information about you, such as when others share or comment on a photo of you, send a message to you, or upload, sync or import your contact information.

Device Information

As described below, we collect information from and about the computers, phones, connected TVs and other web-connected devices you use that integrate with our products, and we combine this information across different devices you use. For example, we use information collected about your use of our products on your phone to better personalize the content (including ads) or features you see when you use our products on another device, such as your laptop or tablet, or to measure whether you took an action in response to an ad we showed you on your phone on a different device.

Information we obtain from these devices includes:

Device attributes: information such as the operating system, hardware and software versions, battery level, signal strength, available storage space, browser type, app and file names and types, and plugins.

Device operations: information about operations and behaviors performed on the device, such as whether a window is foregrounded or backgrounded, or mouse movements (which can help distinguish humans from bots).

Identifiers: unique identifiers, device IDs, and other identifiers, such as from games, apps or accounts you use (or other identifiers unique to Flooant associated with the same device or account).

Device signals: Bluetooth signals, and information about nearby Wi-Fi access points, beacons, and cell towers.

Data from device settings: information you allow us to receive through device settings you turn on, such as access to your GPS location, camera or photos.

Network and connections: information such as the name of your mobile operator or ISP, language, time zone, mobile phone number, IP address, connection speed and, in some cases, information about other devices that are nearby or on your network.

Cookie data: data from cookies stored on your device, including cookie IDs and settings. 

II. How do we use this information?

We use the information we have (subject to choices you make) as described below and to provide and support the Flooant products and related services described in the Flooant Terms and Conditions. Here's how:

Provide, personalize and improve our Products.

We use the information we have to deliver our products, including to personalize features and content and make suggestions for you on and off our Products. To create personalized products that are unique and relevant to you, we use your connections, preferences, interests and activities based on the data we collect and learn from you and others; how you use and interact with our products; and the people, places, or things you're connected to and interested in on and off our products. Learn more about how we use information about you to personalize your Flooant experience, including features, content and recommendations in Flooant products; you can also learn more about how we choose the ads that you see.

Information across Flooant products and devices: We connect information about your activities on different Flooant products and devices to provide a more tailored and consistent experience on all Flooant products you use, wherever you use them. For example, we can suggest that you join a group on Flooant, of users that share similar language interests. We can also make your experience more seamless, for example, by automatically filling in your registration information (such as your phone number) from one Flooant product when you sign up for an account on a different product.

Location-related information: We use location-related information-such as your current location, where you live, the places you like to go, and the businesses and people you're near-to provide, personalize and improve our products, including ads, for you and others. Location-related information can be based on things like precise device location (if you've allowed us to collect it), IP addresses, and information from your and others' use of Flooant products.

Product research and development: We use the information we have to develop, test and improve our products, including by conducting surveys and research, and testing and troubleshooting new products and features.

Ads and other sponsored content: We use the information we have about you-including information about your interests, actions and connections-to select and personalize ads, offers and other sponsored content that we show you. Learn more about how we select and personalize ads, and your choices over the data we use to select ads and other sponsored content for you in the Flooant account registration and settings.

Provide measurement, analytics, and other business services.

We use the information we have (including your activity off our products, such as the websites you visit and ads you see) to help advertisers and other partners measure the effectiveness and distribution of their ads and services, and understand the types of people who use their services and how people interact with their websites, apps, and services.

Promote safety, integrity and security.

We use the information we have to verify accounts and activity, combat harmful conduct, detect and prevent spam and other bad experiences, maintain the integrity of our Products, and promote safety and security on and off of Flooant products.

Communicate with you.

We use the information we have to send you marketing communications, communicate with you about our products, and let you know about our policies and terms. We also use your information to respond to you when you contact us.

Research and innovate for social good.

We use the information we have to conduct and support research and innovation on topics of general social welfare, technological advancement, public interest, health and well-being.

III. How is user information shared?

Your information is shared with others in the following ways: 

Sharing on Flooant Products

People and accounts you share and communicate with

When you share and communicate using our products, you choose the audience for what you share. For example, when you practice speaking a language through Flooant, you select the teacher you interact with, and you will be sharing verbal and written information with them.

Public information can be seen by anyone, on or off our products, including if they don't have an account. This includes your Flooant username; any information you share with a public audience; information in your public profile on Flooant; and content you share on a Flooant page. You, other people using Flooant, and we can provide access to or send public information to anyone on or off our products, including in other Flooant company products, in search results, or through tools and APIs.

Content others share or reshare about you

You should consider who you choose to share with, because people who can see your activity on our products can choose to share it with others on and off our products, including people and businesses outside the audience you shared with. For example, when you share information through a speaking conversation or on a feedback or interest form on Flooant, others can download, screenshot, or share that content to others across or off our products. Also, when you comment on someone else's post or react to their content, your comment or reaction is visible to anyone who can see the other person's content, and that person can change the audience later.

People can also use our products to create and share content about you with the audience they choose.

Information about your active status or presence on our products.

People in your networks can see signals telling them whether you are active on our products, including whether you are currently active Flooant, and signed in as available to teach.

Apps, websites, and third-party integrations on or using our Products.

When you choose to use third-party apps, websites, or other services that use, or are integrated with, our Products, they can receive information about what you post or share. hen you download or use such third-party services, they can access your public profile on Flooant, and any information that you share with them. Apps and websites you use may receive your list of Flooant contacts if you choose to share it with them. But apps and websites you use will not be able to receive any other information about your Flooant contacts from you, or information about any of your Flooant connections. Information collected by these third-party services is subject to their own terms and policies, not this one.

Devices and operating systems providing native versions of the Flooant app will have access to all information you choose to share with them, including information your friends share with you, so they can provide our core functionality to you.

Note: We are in the process of restricting developers’ data access even further to help prevent abuse. For example, we will remove developers' access to your Flooant data if you haven't used their app in 3 months, and we are changing Login, so that in the next version, we will reduce the data that an app can request without app review to include only name, Flooant username and bio, profile photo and email address. Requesting any other data will require our approval.

New owner.

If the ownership or control of all or part of our Products or their assets changes, we may transfer your information to the new owner.

Partners who use our analytics services.

We provide aggregated statistics and insights that help people and businesses understand how people are engaging with their posts, listings, Pages, videos and other content on and off the Flooant products. For example, admins and Flooant teacher profiles receive information about the number of people or accounts who viewed, reacted to, or commented on their posts, as well as aggregate demographic and other information that helps them understand interactions with their Page or account. Flooant shares data used for the benefit of product development and API integration with our Braintree payment partner, with our development team at NavSoft (https://www.thenavsoft.com/).

 

Advertisers.

We provide advertisers with reports about the kinds of people seeing their ads and how their ads are performing, but we don't share information that personally identifies you (information such as your name or email address that by itself can be used to contact you or identifies who you are) unless you give us permission. For example, we provide general demographic and interest information to advertisers (for example, that an ad was seen by a woman between the ages of 25 and 34 who lives in Madrid and likes software engineering) to help them better understand their audience. We also confirm which Flooant ads led you to make a purchase or take an action with an advertiser.

Measurement partners.

We share information about you with companies that aggregate it to provide analytics and measurement reports to our partners.

Partners offering goods and services in our Products.

When you subscribe to receive premium content, or buy something from a seller in our Products, the content creator or seller can receive your public information and other information you share with them, as well as the information needed to complete the transaction, including shipping and contact details.

Vendors and service providers.

We provide information and content to vendors and service providers who support our business, such as by providing technical infrastructure services, analyzing how our Products are used, providing customer service, facilitating payments or conducting surveys.

Researchers and academics.

We also provide information and content to research partners and academics to conduct research that advances scholarship and innovation that support our business or mission, and enhances discovery and innovation on topics of general social welfare, technological advancement, public interest, health and well-being.

Law enforcement or legal requests

We share information with law enforcement or in response to legal requests in the circumstances outlined below.

Learn more about how you can control the information about you that you or others share with third-party partners with Flooant.

IV. How can I manage information about me?

We provide you with the ability to access, rectify, port and erase your data. Learn more in your Flooant settings. 

We store data until it is no longer necessary to provide our services and Flooant products, or until your account is deleted - whichever comes first. This is a case-by-case determination that depends on things like the nature of the data, why it is collected and processed, and relevant legal or operational retention needs. For example, when you search for something on the Flooant app, you can access and delete that query from within your search history at any time, but the log of that search is deleted after 6 months. If you submit a copy of your government-issued ID for account verification purposes, we delete that copy 30 days after submission. Learn more about deletion of content you have shared and cookie data obtained through social plugins. 

When you delete your account, we delete things you have posted, such as your photos and status updates, and you won't be able to recover that information later. Information that others have shared about you isn't part of your account and won't be deleted. If you don't want to delete your account but want to temporarily stop using the Products, you can deactivate your account instead. To delete your account at any time, please visit the Flooant settings.

 

V. How do we respond to legal requests or prevent harm?

We access, preserve and share your information with regulators, law enforcement or others:

  • 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 when 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.

  • When we have a good-faith belief it is necessary to: detect, prevent and address fraud, unauthorized use of the Products, violations of our terms or policies, or other harmful or illegal activity; to protect ourselves (including our rights, property or Products), you or others, including as part of investigations or regulatory inquiries; or to prevent death or imminent bodily harm. For example, if relevant, we provide information to and receive information from third-party partners about the reliability of your account to prevent fraud, abuse and other harmful activity on and off our Products.


Information we receive about you (including financial transaction data related to purchases made with Flooant) can be accessed and preserved for an extended period when it is the subject of a legal request or obligation, governmental investigation, or investigations of possible violations of our terms or policies, or otherwise to prevent harm. We also retain information from accounts disabled for terms violations for at least a year to prevent repeat abuse or other term violations.

 

VI. How do we operate and transfer data as part of our global services?

We share information globally, both internally within the Flooant companies, and externally with our partners and with those you connect and share with around the world in accordance with this policy. Your information may, for example, be transferred or transmitted to, or stored and processed in the United States or other countries outside of where you live for the purposes as described in this policy. These data transfers are necessary to provide the services set forth in the Flooant terms and to globally operate and provide our Products to you. We utilize standard contract clauses, rely on the European Commission's adequacy decisions about certain countries, as applicable, and obtain your consent for these data transfers to the United States and other countries.

 

VII. How will we notify you of changes to this policy?

We'll notify you before we make changes to this policy and give you the opportunity to review the revised policy before you choose to continue using our Products.

 

VII. How to contact Flooant with questions

You can learn more about how privacy works Flooant. If you have questions about this policy, you can contact us as described below.

You can contact us online or by through email at: info@flooant.com. 

Flooant, LLC

Ann Arbor, Michigan


Date of Last Revision: May 15, 2018