Effective Date: August 15th, 2019
Welcome to bitgrit Inc. (“bitgrit”), and our website(s), products, services and applications (the “Services”).
We may use aggregated, anonymized data that we derived from your personal information before you deleted it, but not in a manner that incorporates any of your personal information or would identify you personally..
Information bitgrit Collects
We collect information to provide better Services to all our users. When you’re not signed into a bitgrit account, we store the information we collect with unique identifiers tied to the browser, application, or device you’re using. When you’re signed in, we collect information that we store with your bitgrit account.
Things You Create or Provide to Us
When you create a bitgrit account, submit competition entries or otherwise use the Services, you provide us with personal information that includes your name and a password. You may also provide your city, country and/or other personal information.
If you do not provide the minimum amount of personal data required to register an account, including your name and email address, you cannot use the Services, as this information is necessary for contractual reasons.
We also collect the content you create, upload, or receive from others when using our Services. This includes things like messages you write and receive, datasets, and competition submissions.
Our platform allows users to input their information on their profile. This information can be used for the Job Board, recruiting ventures, and job-searching functionality.
Users may input their personal data regarding their educational experience, professional experience, background, and more for personalized job recommendations, referrals, and other job placement services bitgrit provides. Users may choose whether or not to provide this information.
Should users choose to input this information on the platform, this information will be available for bitgrit’s use in referring candidates for job opportunities or other recruiting activities.
This data will be provided to bitgrit for bitgrit’s viewing purposes only, and will not be passed in written or spoken form to any third-party firm in a way that can be personally identifiable. Any information that should be made available to other parties or publicly will be anonymized.
We will seek explicit consent and approval from the individual in the event that we wish to disclose their information to third parties, and only for the purposes of job referrals and recruiting.
Information We Collect as You Use Our Services
Your apps, browsers & devices
We collect information about the apps, browsers, and devices you use to access our Services or open one of our HTML emails by using different types of technology, including “clear gifs” or “web beacons.”
This “automatically collected” information may include Internet Protocol address (also known as “IP address”) or other device address or ID, web browser or device type, the web pages or sites that you visit just before or just after the Services, the pages you view on the Services, and the dates and times that you visit the Services.
We use various technologies to collect and store information, including cookies, pixel tags, local storage, such as browser web storage or application data caches, databases, and server logs.
We collect information about your activity in our Services, which may include but is not limited to:
- Views and interactions with content.
- Which datasets you view or download.
You don’t have to post or upload personal data; though if you don’t, it may limit your ability to grow and engage with your network over our Services.
Cookies and web beacons
A persistent cookie remains after you close your browser and may be used by your browser on subsequent visits to the Services.
Persistent cookies can be removed. Please review your web browser’s “Help” file to learn the proper way to modify your cookie settings. If you delete or choose not to accept cookies from the Services, you may not be able to utilize the features of the Services to their fullest potential.
When you link an account you may have on a third party service (such as a third party social networking site or email provider) to your bitgrit account, bitgrit collects certain information stored in connection with that account that you have configured that service to make available, including your email address, provider ID, first and last name, and profile picture.
By linking your accounts in this manner, you authorize bitgrit to access and use your account on the third party service in connection with your use of the Services.
Why bitgrit Collects Information
bitgrit uses the information we collect for the following purposes:
Provide Our Services
We use your information to deliver our Services, like administering competitions you enter or hosting datasets you upload or access. For example, we use the IP address assigned to your device to send you the data you requested, such as loading a dataset.
Another example is that we use unique identifiers stored in cookies on your device to help us authenticate you as the person who should have access to your bitgrit account.
Maintain & Improve Our Services
We also use your information to ensure our Services are working as intended, such as tracking outages or troubleshooting issues that you report to us. For example, we continuously monitor our systems to look for problems.
And if we find something wrong with a specific feature, reviewing activity information collected before the problem started allows us to fix things more quickly.
And we use your information to make improvements to our Services – for example, to understand and analyze the usage trends and preferences of our bitgrit account members and to improve the way the Services work and look.
Develop New Services
We use the information we collect in existing Services to help us create new features and functionality.
Provide Personalized Services
We use the information we collect to customize our Services for you, including remembering your information so that you will not have to log-in again the next time you visit the Services if you haven’t signed out.
We also use data to provide customized third party content and information and to track your status in any Competitions or other activities. In addition, we may use the information we collect to provide personalized and relevant advertising, for example showing you positions from our jobs board in your location based on your IP address or provide personalized job offer information based on your competition history, results, or information in your profile.
We use data for analytics and measurement to understand how our Services are used. For example, we analyze data about your visits to our sites to do things like optimize product design, monitor and analyze the operation and effectiveness of the Services and related activities, and monitor aggregate site usage metrics such as total number of visitors and pages viewed.
We use a variety of tools to do this, including Google Analytics. Google Analytics relies on first-party cookies, which means the cookies are set by bitgrit.
Communicate with You
We use information we collect, like your email address, to interact with you directly. For example, we may send you a notification if we detect suspicious activity on your account, or we may let you know about upcoming changes or improvements to our Services.
We will also use your email address to contact you with respect to competition entries, prize awards and otherwise in connection with competitions; for administrative and customer service purposes; to address intellectual property infringement, rights of privacy, or defamation issues; or regarding things you post on the Services.
And if you contact bitgrit, we’ll keep a record of your request to help solve any issues you might be facing.
bitgrit also uses your email address or other personal information to send you messages about the Services. We may also send you messages related to the Services and the activities of third parties we work with. These messages may be targeted at you based on your activities on our Services, for example your interaction with a particular dataset or your entry into a specific competition.
You will have the ability to opt-out of receiving any such communications by updating your settings in your profile.
Protect bitgrit, Our Users, and the Public
We use information to help improve the safety and reliability of our Services. This includes detecting, preventing, and responding to fraud, abuse, security risks, and technical issues that could harm bitgrit, our users, or the public.
For example, we collect and analyze IP addresses and cookie data to protect against automated abuse. This abuse can take many forms, such as sending spam to bitgrit users or launching a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack.
When we detect spam, malware, illegal content, and other forms of abuse on our systems in violation of our policies, we may disable your account or take other appropriate action. In certain circumstances, we may also report the violation to appropriate authorities.
Managing Your Information
Managing, Reviewing, and Updating Your Information
When you’re signed into your bitgrit account, you can always review and update information by visiting your account profile.
Information Retained For Extended Time Periods for Limited Purposes
Sometimes business and legal requirements require us to retain certain information for specific purposes for an extended period of time. For example, when you submit an entry in a competition, we may retain this information for a longer period of time to guard against cheating, for example, or for legal purposes. Reasons we might retain some data for longer periods of time include:
- Security, fraud & abuse prevention
- Financial record-keeping
- Complying with legal or regulatory requirements
- Ensuring the continuity of our services
When bitgrit Shares Your Information
We are not in the business of selling your information. We do, however, disclose your personal information in connection with developing and maintaining the Services and operating Competitions. We share your personal information in the following cases:
With your consent
We’ll share personal information outside of bitgrit when we have your consent. For example, if you give us permission to share your information with a third party who may be a prospective employer.
To operate competitions
bitgrit may disclose your personal information to the hosts of competitions to enable your participation in the competitions and our operation of the competitions. The terms of that disclosure are covered in the competition rules, which is a contract between you and the competition sponsor.
For legal reasons
We will share personal information outside of bitgrit if we have a good-faith belief that access, use, preservation, or disclosure of the information is reasonably necessary to:
- Meet any applicable law, regulation, legal process, or enforceable governmental request.
- Detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, abuse, security, or technical issues.
- Protect against harm to the rights, property or safety of bitgrit or our affiliates, our users, or the public as required or permitted by law.
- Protect the security or integrity of the Services and to protect or enforce third party rights.
We may share non-personally identifiable information publicly and with our partners — like publishers, advertisers, developers, or rights holders. For example, we share information publicly to show trends about the general use of our Services.
Our Commitment to Data Security
If bitgrit learns of a security breach, we will notify you in accordance with applicable law.
Third Party Websites
The Services contain links to websites and services provided by third parties. Any personal information you provide on third party sites or services is provided directly to that third party and is subject to that third party’s policies governing privacy and security.
We are not responsible for the content or privacy and security practices and policies of third party sites or services to which links are displayed on the Services.
We encourage you to learn about third parties’ privacy and security policies before providing them with personal information
Our Commitment to Children’s Privacy
Protecting the privacy of children is especially important. For that reason, bitgrit does not knowingly collect or maintain personal information from persons under 13 years old, and no part of the Services is directed to persons under 13.
IF YOU ARE UNDER 13 YEARS OF AGE, PLEASE DO NOT USE OR ACCESS THE SERVICES AT ANY TIME OR IN ANY MANNER.
If bitgrit learns that personal information of children under 13 years old has been collected on the Services without verifiable parental consent, then bitgrit will take the appropriate steps to delete this information.
If you are a parent or guardian and discover that your child under the age of 13 has obtained a user account on the Services, then you may alert bitgrit by contacting bitgrit directly.
If you are between the ages of 13 and 16 years old, you may not use the Services until bitgrit has received verifiable parental consent for your use of the Services.
If you are between the ages of 13 and 17 years old or under the age of contractual majority in your country, you also may not enter any competitions until bitgrit has received verifiable parental consent for your entry into a specific competition.
Compliance & Cooperation with Regulators
Enabling Safe and Complete Deletion
When you delete data in your bitgrit account, we immediately start the process of removing it from the product and our systems. First, we aim to immediately remove it from view. For example, if you delete a post you made, we will immediately remove that from the public-facing bitgrit website.
We then begin a process designed to safely and completely delete the data from our storage systems. Safe deletion is important to protect our users and customers from accidental data loss. Complete deletion of data from our servers is equally important for users’ peace of mind.
Each of our storage systems from which data gets deleted has its own detailed process for safe and complete deletion. This might involve repeated passes through the system to confirm all data has been deleted, or brief delays to allow for recovery from mistakes. As a result, deletion could sometimes take longer when extra time is needed to safely and completely delete the data.
Our services also use encrypted backup storage as another layer of protection to help recover from potential disasters.
As with any deletion process, things like routine maintenance, unexpected outages, bugs, or failures in our protocols may cause delays in the processes and timeframes defined in this article. We maintain systems designed to detect and remediate such issues.
For a request for complete deletion, please contact bitgrit at bitgrit.net.
Your information may be processed on servers located outside of the country where you live. Data protection laws vary among countries, with some providing more protection than others. Regardless of where your information is processed, we apply the same protections described in this policy.
When we receive formal written complaints, we respond by contacting the person who made the complaint. We work with the appropriate regulatory authorities, including local data protection authorities, to resolve any complaints regarding the transfer of your data that we cannot resolve with you directly.
We process your information for the purposes described in this policy, based on the following legal grounds:
When we’re pursuing legitimate interests
We process your information for our legitimate interests while applying appropriate safeguards that protect your privacy. This means that we process your information for things like:
- Providing, maintaining, and improving our Services to meet the needs of our users
- Developing new products and features that are useful for our users
- Understanding how people use our Services to ensure and improve the performance of our Services
- Customizing our Services to provide you with a better user experience
- Marketing to inform users about our Services
- Providing advertising to make many of our Services freely available for users
- Detecting, preventing, or otherwise addressing fraud, abuse, security, or technical issues with our Services
- Protecting against harm to the rights, property or safety of bitgrit, our users, or the public as required or permitted by law
- Performing research that improves our Services for our users and benefits the public
- Fulfilling obligations to our partners like developers and rights holders
When we’re providing a service
We process your data to provide a service you’ve agreed to utilize, access, and/or participate in under our Terms and Conditions. For example, we process your information in connection with competitions you enter.
When we’re complying with legal obligations
We’ll process your data when we have a legal obligation to do so, for example, if we’re responding to legal process or an enforceable governmental request.
bitgrit Contact Information
Contact information may be found at bitgrit.net