Welcome to Straw (“we,” “us,” or “our”) operates this website (strawapp.com) (the “Site”) as well as a number of related services, including our mobile applications (collectively, the “Services”). The focus of our Site and Service is to let You get opinions, give opinions, communicate with other users, and connect with people like you.
Privacy is of great importance to us whether You are a “Visitor” (which means that you simply browse the Site (defined below)) or a “Member” of Straw (which means you have either registered with Straw or established an account). Visitors and Members are individually referred to as a “User,” and collectively, as “Users” Because we gather important information from our Users, we have established this Privacy Statement as a means to communicate our information collection, use and dissemination practices.
So we are clear on the terminology we use, “Personal Information” means contact information (e.g., your name, address, email address, and/or telephone number) and any other non-public information that is used or intended to be used to personally identify an individual, and any other non-public information that is associated with that information. “Anonymous Information” means information that is not used or intended to be used to personally identify an individual.
BY USING OUR SITE OR SERVICES OR SUBMITTING PERSONAL INFORMATION THROUGH OUR SITE OR SERVICES, YOU AGREE TO THE TERMS OF THIS PRIVACY STATEMENT AND YOU EXPRESSLY CONSENT TO THE PROCESSING OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION ACCORDING TO THIS PRIVACY STATEMENT. YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION MAY BE PROCESSED BY US IN THE COUNTRY WHERE IT WAS COLLECTED AS WELL AS OTHER COUNTRIES (INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES) WHERE LAWS REGARDING PROCESSING OF PERSONAL INFORMATION MAY BE LESS STRINGENT THAN THE LAWS IN YOUR COUNTRY.
Children. The Site and Services are not directed to children and children are not eligible to use our Services. Protecting the privacy of children is very important to us. We do not collect Personal Information from people we actually know are under 13 years of age. If we later learn that a user is under 13 years of age, we will take steps to prevent the User from utilizing the Site and the Services.
Collected Information In general, the Personal Information we gather enables us to provide the Services to you and helps us learn more about the use of the Site and/or Services. We collect Personal Information that you submit to us voluntarily at registration and in the course of using the Site and/or Services, including the questions and opinions you post on the Site or through the Services. To use the Services you must create an “Account” by providing your name, email address, gender, age, location, additional preferences, a password, and potentially additional information. You may alternatively connect to the Site or Services through Facebook, in which case we may collect that information (less the password but including a photograph), from Facebook for the purposes of creating your Account on the Site. When you communicate with us by sending us an email, we will collect and store any information that is contained in your communications with us.
When you register, we will create a profile for you that includes your first name and first letter of your last name and any other information you want to provide, including, but not limited to, your gender, location, relationship status, your bio and a profile picture. We may collect information about your location in a variety of ways, including through Facebook and through functionality enabled in native mobile applications. If you registered through Facebook, we may use the information we collected about you from Facebook to pre-populate your Profile. You can choose not to provide us with certain information, but the Services have more relevancy when you provide this information, and you may be able to make more meaningful connections.
We will refer to all of the information contained in your Profile as your “Profile Information”. As your Profile Information is intended by you to be published on the Site, your Profile Information will not be considered Personal Information under this Agreement, even if it contains Personal Information and we may use and disclose the Profile Information on the Site without restriction.
We will refer to the questions asked through the Site and Services as “Questions” and responses to Questions as “Responses”.
If you access the Services from your mobile device, we will collect your unique device identifier, the application version you are using, and your event activity.
If you choose to use our “Refer to a Friend” feature, we will ask for your friends email address. We will send your friend a one time email inviting them to visit the site. We do not store this information or use it for any other purpose other than to fulfill send the email at your request.
Our Relationship with Social Networking Site We have created and may offer You interfaces that allow You to connect with social networking websites such as Facebook (“SN Site”) through our Site. We will work with the SN Site’s application protocol interface (better known as their developer API) in a way that allows You to authorize us to access Your account on that SN Site on Your behalf. In order to provide this authorization, You will not provide us with Your user name or password to the SN Site, but You will need to log-in to that SN Site directly through our Site. Once authorized by You, the SN Site will provide us a token that allows the SN Site to recognize us when we ask, on Your behalf, for access to Your account information or to post information. You will be able to revoke our access to any SN Site at any time by amending the appropriate settings from within Your account settings on the applicable SN Site, though such revocation may limit the Services we are able to provide You.
USE OF INFORMATION
We may also use your Personal Information to create Anonymous Information records by excluding information that makes the information personally identifiable to you.
We may send you communications via email about the Site and Services. You can opt out of receiving certain communications from the Site by clicking the “Unsubscribe” link at the bottom of each email. Please note that even if you unsubscribe or opt-out, we may still send you Site and Service related communications (e.g., emails related to your Account).
Profile Information, Questions and Responses To be clear, profile Information, Questions and Responses that are associated with your name, email or other identifying information is considered Personal Information and we use such Profile Information, Questions and Responses in all of the ways we use Personal Information.
DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION
We provide Members who seek opinions through the Services with the opportunity to communicate with responding Members. All such communication is directly through the Services, and we have access to this information as a result. Through this communication, another Member may request additional information from you. Such sharing of information is entirely your choice. Please be judicious about the information you share through the Site and Services.
Profile Information We may share your Profile Information publicly on the Site and through our Services, including to Members whose questions you Strawed on through the Service and to your friends on the Site. Additionally, if you ask a question and another Member provides a comment in addition to a Straws up or Straws down, we will make your Profile Information available to that Member.
Each time you ask a Question, you have an opportunity to define the set of people to whom the Question is sent (e.g., Straw public, Straw friends, your phone’s contact list or some other defined set). We disclose the Question you asked in association with your name as it appears in your Profile to the individuals you authorize.
Each time you provide a Response to a Question asked by another Member, we provide your Response to that Member along with your name as it appears in your Profile.
Please remember that this is a community-oriented Site. You are welcome to share as much Profile Information as you think is necessary and appropriate. But please be aware than any Profile Information will be made available on your Profile, which may be available to other Members and/or Visitors.
Anonymous Information We may disclose Anonymous Information without restriction.
If You provide feedback to us, we may use and disclose such feedback for any purpose, provided we do not associate such feedback with Your Personal Information. We will collect any information contained in such feedback and will treat the Personal Information in it in accordance with this Privacy Statement.
The Site or Services may contain links to other websites that are not owned or controlled by us. We have no control over, do not review and are not responsible for the privacy policies of or content displayed on such other websites. When you click on such a link, you will leave our Site or Services and go to another site. During this process, another entity may collect Personal Information or Anonymous Information from you.
This Policy was last revised: March 7, 2014.