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Last Updated: 29.01.2020

Welcome to SpeakingNear’s privacy policy. We at SpeakingNear consider your privacy as a crucial point of our operations. We recommend you to read this privacy policy in full so you have a complete view of how we collect and use your data.

PRIVACY POLICY

This statement details how we handle personal data. We at SpeakingNear enormous respect for your privacy. And take protecting it very seriously.

Even being a super tiny team of two engineers :). We are firmly committed to meeting the European data protection standards for all our members whenever possible.

Please, take your time and read fully our privacy policy to understand how we handle and protect your data.

CONTACT

Tiago Batista Butzke

Rigaer Straße, 18A

10247 Berlin

Germany

You can also reach out to us directly on the email [email protected]

PERSONAL DATA

Personal data refers to any information about personal or factual circumstances of an identified or identifiable person. This includes information and details such as your name, age, gender, mobile device identifiers, telephone number and also your email address.

LEGAL BASIS

Your data is handled according to the following legal provisions:

  • With regard to data communicated in forms, etc. with your consent, Art. 6(1) (a) GDPR;
  • With regard to services you use for the performance of a contract, Art. 6(1) (b) GDPR;
  • Otherwise, with particular regard to statistical data and online identifiers based on legitimate interests, Art 6(1)(f) GDPR (see below).
  • Legitimate Interests

When handling your data, we pursue the following legitimate interests:

  • Improving our service;
  • Protecting against misuse;
  • Statistics and service analytics.
  • Data Sources

Unless otherwise specified, we obtain the data from you (including via devices used by you).

DATA TRANSFER TO THIRD COUNTRIES

SpeakingNear is a worldwide service. Data is transferred to third countries outside your home country and outside the European Union. This is done on the basis of contractual regulations stipulated by law that ensure appropriate protection of your data and that are available for you to view on request.

PURPOSE OF USE

Your personal data will only be collected by us to the extent and for the purpose for which you provide the data to us, e.g. for registering an account.

We use and store your personal data as part of our services for the following purposes and only if you have provided us with your express consent:

  • To understand how SpeakingNear is used and optimize the service

Otherwise, your personal information will not be forwarded to third parties unless you have given your express consent for this or unless we are obliged to disclose it – for example, at the direction of a court or administrative authority.

We forward the following customer data to third parties:

  • To Analyse how SpeakingNear is used by our members and optimize the service and design, anonymous usage and personal data are shared with Google Analytics, Firebase Analytics, and New Relic.

OUR POLICY ON CHILDREN’S INFORMATION

Children under 14 are not allowed to use SpeakingNear. If you are based in the European Economic Area (EEA), you may only use SpeakingNear if you are over the age at which you can provide consent to data processing under the laws of your country or if verifiable parental consent for your use of SpeakingNear has been provided to us. If you are a parent and you learn that your child is using SpeakingNear and you don’t want them to, please contact [email protected]m.

COOKIES

Cookies are small files that your browser stores on your device in a directory designated specifically for this purpose. These cookies can be used for example to find out whether you have already visited a website. Most browsers accept cookies automatically. Nevertheless, you can change the settings in your browser, so that no cookies are stored or so that your explicit agreement is required before any cookies are stored. You can also delete previously set cookies at any time. Please note that disabling cookies may result in your use of our website being restricted.

We need cookies 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 Service; (d) to monitor and aggregate metrics such as total number of visitors, traffic, and demographic patterns; (e) to diagnose or fix technology problems; (f) to help you efficiently access your information after you sign in; (g) to provide advertising, which may be tailored to your interests, and (h) to keep the SpeakingNear community safe for members.

INFRASTRUCTURE

This type of service has the purpose of hosting data and files that enable SpeakingNear to run and be distributed, as well as providing a ready-made infrastructure to run specific features or parts of SpeakingNear. Some of these services work through geographically distributed servers, making it difficult to determine the actual location where personal data is stored.

  • Digital Ocean (Digital Ocean, LLC.): Digital Ocean is a hosting and backend service provided by Digital Ocean, LLC. Personal Data collected: various types of data as specified in the privacy policy of the service. Place of processing: United States – Privacy Policy. Privacy Shield participant.
  • Google Cloud Platform (Google Inc.): Google Cloud Platform is a hosting and backend service provided by Google Inc. Personal Data collected: various types of data as specified in the privacy policy of the service. Place of processing: United States – Privacy Policy. Privacy Shield participant.

INFRASTRUCTURE MONITORING

This type of service allows SpeakingNear to monitor the use and behavior of its service components, so its features, performance, operation, maintenance and troubleshooting can be improved. Which Personal Data are processed depends on the characteristics and mode of implementation of these services, whose function is to filter the activities of SpeakingNear.

  • New Relic (New Relic Inc.): New Relic is a monitoring service provided by New Relic Inc. The way New Relic is integrated means that it filters all traffic of SpeakingNear, i.e., communication between the Application and the User’s browser or device, while also allowing analytical data on SpeakingNear to be collected. Personal Data collected: various types of data as specified in the privacy policy of the service. Place of processing: United States – Privacy Policy. Privacy Shield participant.

WEB AND MOBILE ANALYTICS

The services contained in this section enable us to monitor and analyze web and mobile traffic and can be used to keep track of how SpeakingNear is used by users.

  • Analytics collected directly (SpeakingNear): SpeakingNear uses an internal analytics system that does not involve third parties. Personal Data collected: cookies and usage data.
  • Google Analytics (Google Inc.): Google Analytics is a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google utilizes the data collected to track and examine the use of SpeakingNear, to prepare reports on its activities and share them with other Google services. Google may use the data collected to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network. Personal Data collected: cookies and usage data. Place of processing: United States – Privacy Policy – Opt Out. Privacy Shield participant.

DATE OF ISSUE OF THIS DATA PRIVACY STATEMENT

29.01.2020

We reserve the right to make amendments at any time to this data privacy statement for future effect.