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THE WHAT & HOW OF INFORMATION WE COLLECT
We collect information that you voluntarily provide to us. For example, we collect your name, email address, username, social network information and other information you provide us when you register, set up an account, contact us by e-mail or use our services. We may also obtain information from other companies and combine that with information we collect on the AppStars Service; for example, when you link your account with Facebook, we might have access to your name. We may collect information about you from other Users if they share any Content with you, send a message, image and online contact information.
When you visit the Site, we automatically collect some information. For example, it is standard for your Web browser to automatically send information to every Web site you visit, including ours. Such information includes your computer’s Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, access times, browser type and language, and referring Web site addresses. We also collect and combine information about devices you use to access AppStars Services, and information about your usage and activity on the Site.
With your permission (on download or in the app), we may access and store your device’s contact list to find your friends on the AppStars Service, to invite them, or to share your Content with them. We may also collect information about others if you use the AppStars Service to upload, share and/or distribute Content that contains information about them, including their name, image, and online contact information.
Content and Metadata We also collect and retain your metadata along with your Content. For example, your images may be accompanied by additional Content such as a hashtag (e.g., to mark keywords), comments, or may include metadata like a geotag. This makes your User Content more searchable by others and more interactive. If you geotag your photo or tag your photo using others’ APIs then your latitude and longitude will be stored with the photo and may be searchable (e.g., through a location or map feature) if your photo is made public by you in accordance with your privacy settings.
TrueDepth API – Apple iOS When you use your iOS device camera in connection with the AppStars Services, through Apple’s TrueDepth API we may also automatically collect information related to the spatial positioning of a person’s head or face within an image frame. The purpose of this information collection is to track the positioning of a user’s head or face in real time so that the user can apply effects and use other editing tools. None of the information collected via the TrueDepth API ever leaves your device, nor is it persistently stored on the device – it isn’t shared with third parties.
STORAGE OF INFORMATION & TRANSFER OF DATA
If you are using the AppStars Service from a country other than the country in which our Web servers are located (currently the United States of America) the various communications will necessarily result in the transfer of information across international boundaries.
HOW WE USE YOUR INFORMATION
We use information collected through the AppStars Service:
- to communicate with you or third parties;
- to process your requests and transactions;
- to provide and improve the AppStars Service;
- to customize the services and/or products we provide to you;
- to assist with our product and service development;
- to perform marketing activities;
- to provide relevant advertising;
- for other purposes related to our business;
- to protect the security of our interests, including our premises, assets, and systems;
- to comply with the law; or
- as otherwise disclosed at the time personal information is collected.
WITH WHOM WE SHARE YOUR INFORMATION
Information collected through the AppStars Service may be shared with companies and organizations that perform services on our behalf (for example, companies that provide data management or other support services to us such as data storage and Web hosting services). We may share your information with third parties to serve you relevant advertising and market our products.
Also, we may disclose the information we collect through the AppStars Service when we, in good faith, believe disclosure is appropriate:
- to comply with applicable law (e.g., in response to a valid court order or subpoena);
- to prevent or investigate a possible crime, such as fraud or identity theft;
- pursuant to a subpoena, court order, governmental inquiry, or other legal process or as otherwise required by law, or to protect our rights or the rights of third parties;
- with your consent or as otherwise disclosed at the time of data collection or sharing; or
- to protect the rights, property, vital interests, or safety of us, our users or others.
We share information that has been de-identified or aggregated without restriction.
Your information and other data collected by us may be transferred to another company that has acquired our stock or assets, for example, as a result of a sale, merger, reorganization, dissolution or liquidation.
HOW LONG WE RETAIN YOUR INFORMATION
The retention period of collected information depends on the type of information and the reasons why we collect it. In case the retention of your information is extended for a longer period for reasons we define below, we encrypt (anonymize) it to ensure it does not directly identify you. Such data is further retained until complete deletion becomes possible.
Your account information is retained while your account is active, unless you request us to delete it or remove your account. In case you deactivate/delete your account or request us to delete your information, some information may still be retained for a reasonable time to enhance your re-activation in case you decide to return to our services. We may also retain some information we believe in good faith is necessary for legal and regulatory compliance, research and development, business matters, and improvement of our Services.
In cases when you delete your information or request us to delete it, some of your information you shared through the Services may still be accessible for those with whom you shared it. For example, if you shared an image through AppStars Services, this image may still be visible for those with whom you shared, even if we delete it from your account.
CONTROLLING AND MODIFYING YOUR INFORMATION – OPT-OUT / OPT-IN
We respect your right to control and make choices about your information. You may request AppStars to:
- provide you with information we collect about you;
- transfer your information to another controller of your choice, when technically feasible;
- delete (please see below for more details on deletion);
- update, edit or modify your information; or
- change your privacy preferences at any time.
Your request can be made by emailing us at [email protected] or, in some instances you may also do it yourself via the AppStars Service. If you are a Nevada or California resident, please see the “Nevada Privacy Rights” or “California Privacy Rights” sections, respectively, for state-specific information.
You may also opt out of receiving promotional communications from us, including, but not limited to, promotional emails, by emailing us at [email protected] Transactional service communications (such as messages about your registration) are not subject to the foregoing opt-out procedures, as are necessary for the regular conduct of our business records. Requests to disable your account or reset your password should be sent to [email protected] for faster processing.
DIGITAL ADVERTISING & ANALYTICS
We may partner with ad networks and other ad serving providers (“Advertising Providers”) that serve ads on behalf of us and others on non-affiliated platforms. Some of those ads may be personalized, meaning that they are intended to be relevant to you based on information Advertising Providers collect about your use of the Site and other sites or apps over time, including information about relationships among different browsers and devices. This type of advertising is known as interest-based advertising.
We may also work with third parties that collect data about your use of the Site and other sites or apps over time for non-advertising purposes. AppStars uses Google Analytics and other third-party services to improve the performance of the Site and for analytics and marketing purposes. For more information about how Google Analytics collects and uses data when you use our Site, visit www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners , and to opt out of Google Analytics, visit tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
We support the ad industry’s 2009 Self-regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising ( https://www.iab.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/ven-principles-07-01-09.pdf ) and expect that ad networks we directly engage to serve you Interest-based Advertising will do so as well, though we cannot guarantee their compliance. We are not responsible for effectiveness of, or compliance with, any third-parties’ opt-out options or programs or the accuracy of their statements regarding their programs.
SECURITY OF YOUR INFORMATION
We work hard to ensure integrity and security of your information (including preventing the loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction of your information). To this end we have incorporated security measures into our system to protect you and AppStars from any data breach. Such measures include encryption of your data while in transfer, regular revision of security procedures and compliance in the system, restricted number of employees under strict confidentiality obligations that are authorized to access your information for the purposes of legitimate processing and handling, as described above. However, we cannot guarantee that unauthorized third parties will not be able to defeat our security measures. If you use a password on the AppStars Service, you are responsible for keeping it confidential. Do not share it with any other person. If you believe your password has been misused or your account compromised, please advise us immediately by sending a notice at [email protected]
CHILDREN UNDER 13
THE APPSTARS SERVICES ARE NOT MEANT FOR PEOPLE UNDER 13. We are committed to protecting the privacy needs of children and we encourage parents and guardians to take an active role in their children’s online activities and interests. We do not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 13 and we do not target the AppStars Service to children under 13. If we receive a valid notice through [email protected] that a minor under age of 13 has provided us with personal information, we will take measures to delete it as soon as possible.
This section contains disclosures required by the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) and applies only to “personal information” that is subject to the CCPA.
California Children Under 16 and Advertising. THE APPSTARS SERVICES THAT FEATURE ADVERTISING ARE NOT MEANT FOR CALIFORNIA-LOCATED PEOPLE UNDER 16. We do not knowingly collect information for use in connection with advertising from California children under the age of 16. If we receive a verifiable notice through [email protected] that a California minor under the age of 16 has signed up for an advertising-based AppStars Services account and provided us with personal information, we will take measures to delete it as soon as possible. Additional details regarding California consumer rights follow below.
Personal Information We Collect and Disclose for Business Purposes.
Personal Information We Collect and Disclose for Advertising Purposes – Applicable to Subscriptions with Advertising Only.
In the event a California consumer has a AppStars subscription that features advertisements, we collect and disclose the following information for the purpose of delivering relevant advertising: personal and online identifiers such as IP address and device identifiers, internet or other electronic network activity information (i.e., advertisement interaction), geolocation information, as well as other information about California consumers that is linked to these categories of personal information. We also draw inferences from this information about your predicted characteristics and preferences. We disclose the categories of personal information designated above to the following categories of advertising-related third parties: advertising/marketing companies; advertising networks; and social networks.
Your Rights Regarding Personal Information. California residents have certain rights with respect to the personal information collected by businesses. If you are a California resident, you may exercise the following rights regarding your personal information, subject to certain exceptions and limitations:
- The right to know the categories and specific pieces of personal information we collect, use, disclose, and sell about you, the categories of sources from which we collected your personal information, our purposes for collecting or selling your personal information, the categories of your personal information that we have either sold or disclosed for a business purpose, and the categories of third parties with which we have shared personal information;
- The right to request that we delete the personal information we have collected from you or maintain about you.
- The right to opt out of our sale(s) of your personal information. Please note that if you opt out of certain types of sales, we will be unable to provide you with the services that rely on such sales.
- The right not to receive discriminatory treatment for the exercise of the privacy rights conferred by the CCPA
To exercise any of the above rights, please contact us using the following information and submit the required verifying information, as further described below: please email [email protected] or contact us using this address: AppStars.
Verification Process and Required Information. Note that we may need to request additional information from you to verify your identity or understand the scope of your request, although you will not be required to create an account with us to submit a request or have it fulfilled. In the event you designate an authorized agent to make a CCPA request on your behalf, we will require verification of identity and authorization.