PRIVACY POLICY

Thank you for using Ussie! This policy is meant to help you understand the information we collect and the choices you have regarding the privacy of your information.

Ussie believes in your right to full transparency about how your data is used. Ussie provides this Privacy Policy to help you decide whether and how to use the Ussie web site, software and related services ("Ussie" or "Services"). When using any of our Services, you consent to the collection, transfer, processing, storage, disclosure and other uses of your information as described in this Privacy Policy. You authorize Ussie to use your information in the United States and any other country where Ussie operates. If you do not agree to our practices, please do not use Services.

Please contact Ussie Support via email to support@ussie.rocks with any questions or comments about this Privacy Policy, your personal information, your consent, or your opt-in or opt-out choices.

This Privacy Policy is incorporated into and is subject to the Ussie Terms of Service. Your use of the Services and any information you provide to us is subject to the terms of this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Service.

Information Collection and Use

In-App Field Contacts Public Blocked Users
Username must be provided yes yes yes
Photo optional if provided if provided if provided
Name optional if provided if provided if provided
Email Address must be provided no no no
Phone's Address Book if you provide access no no no
Mobile Phone Number if you provide access no no no
Searchable Profile yes, based on username yes, based on username yes, based on username no
Listed in Ussie Contacts yes yes no no
Past Discussions yes yes no no
Current Discussion Content yes yes no no

Account Information. Some information you provide is shared with Ussie users who you've chosen to tell us that you know.

Our Services are designed to help you converse and share information with only the people you choose. When you create or reconfigure an Ussie account, you provide some personal information, such as your name, profile photo, username, password, mobile phone number and email address. Please note, your name, username and profile image will be publicly available to other users within Ussie. A user can be found by other users through a search within Ussie that exactly matches their username, not name. Although your email address and mobile phone number will not be shared with other users, it will be associated with the username you create. If a user (i.e. a friend of yours) has your email or phone number listed in their phone's address book, your username, profile, and name will be displayed to them within the app. Additionally, we may use your contact information to help others find your Ussie account.

Contact Information: In order to provide the Service, we may periodically access your phone's address book to locate the mobile phone numbers or email addresses of other Ussie users ("in-network" members), or otherwise categorize other mobile phone numbers and emails as "out-network" members, which are stored as one-way irreversibly hashed values.

You do not have to share your address book with Ussie to use the Service. You may use the settings on your device to manage whether you share this information.

You may choose to upload your address book so that we can help you find Ussie users you know. We may later make suggestions to you and other users on Ussie based on the contacts you have imported from your phone's address book. If you email us, we may keep your message, email address and contact information to respond to your request. Providing the additional information described in this section is entirely optional.

Ussie does not collect names, addresses or other contact information from its users' mobile address book other than mobile phone numbers and email addresses. We work to ensure that messages and private user information are secure using commercially reasonable and appropriate technical and organizational measures to protect your data. Despite these measures, note that Ussie can't fully eliminate security risks associated with your data. You are also responsible for helping to protect the security of your data. For instance, never give out your password, and remember to lock your phone when it's not in use.

Cookies: Like most websites, we use cookies and similar technologies to collect additional website usage data and to improve our Services, but we do not require cookies for many parts of our Services such as searching and looking at public user profiles. A cookie is a small data file that is transferred to your computer's hard disk. Ussie may use both session cookies and persistent cookies to better understand how you interact with our Services, to monitor aggregate usage by our users and web traffic routing on our Services, and to customize and improve our Services. Most Internet browsers automatically accept cookies. You can instruct your browser, by changing its settings, to stop accepting cookies or to prompt you before accepting a cookie from the websites you visit. However, some Services may not function properly if you disable cookies.

Third-Parties and Affiliates: Ussie uses certain third-party services to help provide our Services. These third-party service providers may collect information sent by your browser as part of a web page request, such as cookies or your IP address.

You may also use your account settings on your phone to unsubscribe from push notifications from Ussie.

Usage Data. We automatically collect and store messages and metadata when you use Ussie.

Log File Information: When you use Ussie, our servers automatically record certain information that your web browser sends whenever you visit any website. These server logs may include information such as your web request, Internet Protocol ("IP") address, browser type, browser language, referring / exit pages and URLs, platform type, number of clicks, domain names, landing pages, pages viewed and the order of those pages, the amount of time spent on particular pages, the date and time of your request, one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser, and various other information. When you use Ussie, our servers log certain general information that our application sends whenever a message is sent or received, or if you update or request any status information, including time and date stamps and the user identifier information that the messages were sent from and to.

Message Data: The contents of messages you send in Ussie are maintained by Ussie in the normal course of business. The Ussie Service is a message service, using data service through a user's phone (either via cell network or wifi). Users send their messages, which are sent via data service to our servers, and send on to all intended recipients (who must also be Ussie users). Ussie retains messages, date and time stamp information and other metadata associated with successfully delivered messages, as well as any other information that Ussie is legally compelled to collect. Files that are sent through the Ussie Service will reside on our servers for an indefinite period of time.

How Ussie Uses Information.

If you submit Personally Identifiable Information to us through the Service, we use your personal information to operate, maintain, and provide to you the features and functionality of Ussie. In particular, your email address is essential to your use of the Ussie Service and will be retained. Any Personally Identifiable Information (which includes your name and profile picture, should you choose to disclose them) on the Service becomes available to users of the Service you have messaged with and may be collected and used by them. Your username is not considered personally identifiable information and is publicly available as your unique identifier within the system. Other users may find you on Ussie by searching your username. We reserve the right to withdraw a username if we deem it necessary or appropriate. We may use your email address and mobile phone number without further consent for non-marketing or administrative purposes (such as notifying you of major Service changes or for customer service purposes). We may use both your Personally Identifiable Information and certain non-personally-identifiable information (such as anonymous user usage data, cookies, IP addresses, browser type, clickstream data, etc.) to improve the quality and design of Ussie and to create new features, promotions, functionality, and services by storing, tracking, and analyzing user preferences and trends. We may use cookies and log file information to: (1) remember information so that you will not have to re-enter it during your visit or the next time you use Ussie; (2) provide custom, personalized content and information; (3) monitor individual and aggregate metrics such as total number of visitors, pages viewed, etc.; and (4) track your entries, submissions, views and similar actions.

Your Personally Identifiable Information may be shared with third party service providers to the extent that it is reasonably necessary to perform, improve or maintain the Ussie Service. We may share non-personally-identifiable information (such as anonymous User usage data, referring / exit pages and URLs, platform types, asset views, number of clicks, etc.) with interested third-parties to help them in understanding the usage patterns for certain content, promotions, services, and/or functionality of Ussie. We may store and release Personally Identifiable Information and/or non-personally-identifiable information if required by law, or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with state and federal laws (such as U.S. Copyright Law), international law or respond to a court order, search warrant or equivalent, or subpoena, or where in our reasonable belief, an individual's physical safety may be at risk. Ussie also reserves the right to disclose Personally Identifiable Information and/or non-personally-identifiable information that Ussie believes, in good faith, is appropriate to enforce our Terms of Service, take precautions against liability, to investigate and defend itself against any third-party claims or allegations, to assist government enforcement agencies, to protect the security or integrity of the Ussie Site or our servers, and to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Ussie, our users or others.

Your Privacy Choices.

You may, of course, decline to submit Personally Identifiable Information through the Ussie Site or the Ussie Service, in which case Ussie may not be able to provide certain services to you. If you do not agree with our Privacy Policy or Terms of Service, please delete your account, uninstall the Ussie mobile application and discontinue use of the Ussie Service; your continued usage of the Ussie Service will signify your assent to and acceptance of our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. To protect your privacy and security, we take reasonable steps (this will include email or SMS authentication in certain cases) to verify your identity before registering your user information and granting you access to the Ussie Service. If you use Ussie, you may change your first name, last name, and profile picture (but not username, mobile phone number or email address) within your profile settings. You may request deletion of your Personal Information by us, but please note that we may be required to keep this information and not delete it (or keep this information for a certain time, in which case we will comply with your deletion request only after we have fulfilled such requirements). When we delete any information, it will be deleted from the active database, but may remain in our archives. We may retain your anonymous information on our system. We will retain your other Personal Information for as long as it remains necessary for the identified purpose or as required by law or regulation, which may extend beyond the termination of our relationship with you.

Blocking and Reporting

If you block an individual user, you will no longer show up in their Ussie Contacts. However, they will still show up in your Ussie Contacts in case you decide to unblock them. The blocked user will not be able to search for you, nor add you to their Ussie Contacts. All messages between you and the blocked user will be hidden on both parties' devices; if you choose to unblock the user, the messages will be restored.

If you are in a group with a user you have blocked, the blocked user can still message the group, which will be visible to you. Additionally, messages you send to the group can be seen by someone you have blocked within the group.

If you hide a group, you will no longer see any messages sent to that group. However, the group will still appear in your groups list in case you decide to unhide the group. Hiding a group does not block individual members of that group from your account. Your username, name, and photo will still be visible to the members of the group. Any messages you have sent will remain in the group. Once you hide the group, you will not be able to send, receive, or view the messages unless you unhide the group. Other members of the group will be able to see that you hid the group.

You can report a message that is sent to you directly or within a group of which you are a member. Reporting a message does not remove the message. Only you and Ussie will see that the message has been reported. Ussie will review the message and take appropriate actions, which may include contacting you about the message you reported.

You can report a user. Reporting a user does not remove the user from your Ussie Contacts or from the service. However, you can always block a user, as described above. Only you and Ussie will see that the user has been reported. Ussie will review your report and take the appropriate actions, which may include contacting you about the reported user.

You can report a group. Reporting a group does not remove you from the group and the group will remain on the service. However, you can always hide a group, as described above. Only you and Ussie will see that the group has been reported. Ussie will review your report and take the appropriate actions, which may include contacting you about the reported group.

Our Pledge To Data Security.

Ussie uses commercially reasonable physical, managerial, and technical safeguards to preserve the integrity and security of your personal information. However, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to Ussie and you do so at your own risk. Using unsecured wifi or other unprotected networks to access the Ussie Service is never recommended. Once we receive your transmission of information, Ussie makes commercially reasonable efforts to ensure the security of our systems. Though please note that this is not a guarantee that such information may not be accessed, altered, disclosed, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards. If Ussie learns of a security systems breach, then we may attempt to notify you electronically so that you can take appropriate protective steps. Ussie may post a notice on the Ussie Site or through the Ussie Service if a security breach occurs.

Our Pledge To Childrens' Privacy.

We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. For that reason, Ussie does not knowingly collect or maintain Personally Identifiable Information or non-personally-identifiable information on the Ussie Site or Ussie Service from persons under 13 years of age, and no part of the Ussie Service is directed to or intended to be used by persons under 13. If you are under 13 years of age, then please do not use the Ussie Service or access the Ussie Site at any time or in any manner. If Ussie learns that Personally Identifiable Information of persons under 13 years of age has been collected on the Ussie Site or Ussie Service, then Ussie may deactivate the account.

Hosting and Cross-Border Data Transfers.

The Services are currently hosted in the United States and are intended for and directed to users in the United States. However, Ussie may establish servers outside of the United States in the future. If you are a user accessing the Service from the European Union, Asia, or any other region with laws or regulations governing personal data collection, use, and disclosure, that differ from United States laws, please be advised that through your continued use of the Ussie Site and Service, which are governed by Delaware law, this Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Service, you are transferring your personal information to the United States and you expressly consent to that transfer and consent to be governed by Delaware law for these purposes.

Merger, Sale or Bankruptcy.

In case Ussie is acquired by or merged with a third party entity, we reserve the right to transfer or assign the information we have collected from our users as part of such merger, acquisition, sale, or other change of control. In the unlikely event of our bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, receivership, or assignment for the benefit of creditors, or the application of laws or equitable principles affecting creditors' rights generally, we may not be able to control how your personal information is treated, transferred, or used.

Changes and Updates to this Privacy Policy.

This Privacy Policy is subject to occasional revision, and if we make any material changes to this policy or in the way we use your Personal Information, we will notify you by sending you an email to the email address you provided to us and/or by prominently posting notice of the changes on our site. Any changes to this Privacy Policy will be effective upon the earlier of 15 calendar days following our dispatch of an email notice to you or 15 calendar days following our posting of notice of the changes on our site, provided however that any changes will be effective immediately for new users of Ussie or to the extent changes are for new product features. In the event that the email address that you have provided us is not valid, or for any reason is not capable of delivering to you the notice described above, our dispatch of the email containing such notice will nonetheless constitute effective notice of the changes described in the notice. In any event, changes to this Privacy Policy may affect our use of Personal Information that you provided us prior to our notification to you of the changes. If you do not wish to permit changes in our use of your Personal Information, you must notify us prior to the effective date of the changes that you wish to deactivate your account with us. Continued use of Ussie following notice of such changes shall indicate your acknowledgement of such changes and agreement to be bound by the terms and conditions of such changes. The date on which the latest update was made is indicated at the top of this document.


Date Last Modified:

This Privacy Notice was last modified March 30, 2016.