Last Modified: November 24, 2015
Information We Collect and Use
Basic Account Information: When you create or reconfigure a Bitbat account, you provide some personal information, such as your username, password, and email address. Your username is listed publicly on our Services, including on your profile page and in search results. Some Services, such as search and public user profiles, may not require registration.
Additional Information: We may use your contact information to send you information about our Services or to market to you. You may unsubscribe by following the instructions contained within the notification or the instructions on our website. We may use your contact information to help others find your Bitbat account, including through third-party services and client applications. If you email us, we may keep your message, email address and contact information to respond to your request. If you connect your Bitbat account to your account on another service in order to cross-post between Bitbat and that service, the other service may send us your registration or profile information on that service and other information that you authorize. This information enables cross-posting and helps us improve the Services. Providing the additional information described in this section is entirely optional.
Profile, Scores, and Posts: When creating an account on Bitbat, all posts are considered ‘public’. Content you create may be seen by others viewing content within Bitbat. Your profile picture and username is also visible to everyone on the Bitbat community by way of search or visible on the content you create.
Links: Bitbat may keep track of how you interact with links across our Services, including our email notifications, third-party services, and client applications, by redirecting clicks or through other means. We do this to help improve our Services, to provide more relevant advertising, and to be able to share aggregate click statistics such as how many times a particular link was clicked on.
Log Data: When you use our Services, we may receive information ("Log Data") such as your IP address, browser type, operating system, the referring web page, pages visited, location, your mobile carrier, device information (including device and application IDs), search terms, and cookie information. We receive Log Data when you interact with our Services, for example, when you visit our websites, sign into our Services, interact with our email notifications, use your Bitbat account to authenticate to a third-party website or application, or visit a third-party website that includes a Bitbat button or widget. We may also receive Log Data when you click on, view or interact with a link on our Services to a third-party application, such as when you choose to install another application through Bitbat. Bitbat uses Log Data to provide, understand, and improve our Services.
Third-Parties and Affiliates: Bitbat uses a variety of third-party services to help provide our Services, such as hosting our various blogs and wikis, and to help us understand and improve the use of our Services, such as Google Analytics. 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. Third-party ad partners may share information with us, like a browser cookie ID, website URL visited, mobile device ID, or cryptographic hash of a common account identifier (such as an email address), to help us measure and tailor ads. For example, this allows us to display ads about things you may have already shown interest in. We may also receive information about you from our corporate affiliates in order to help provide, understand, and improve our Services and our affiliates’ services, including the delivery of ads.
How We Use Collected Information
We use the information we collect to provide our Services to you and make them better, develop new services, and protect Bitbat and our users. For example, we may log how often people use two different versions of a service, which can help us understand which version is better.
We also use the information we collect to offer you customized content, including:
- Suggesting posts or users you might enjoy. For example, if you’ve indicated that you’re interested in the NFL or visited football websites that has Bitbat plugins, we may suggest football-related posts, or people that we think you might like.
- Showing you ads, organizations, or merchandise you might be interested in.
We also use the information we collect to:
- Send you updates, newsletters, marketing materials and other information that may be of interest to you.
- Help your friends and contacts find you on Bitbat. For example, if you sign up using a Facebook account, we may help your Facebook friends find your account on Bitbat when they first sign up for Bitbat. Or, we may allow people to search for your account on Bitbat using your email address.
- Respond to your questions or comments.
The information we collect may be “personally identifiable” (meaning it can be used to specifically identify you as a unique person) or “non-personally identifiable” (meaning it can’t be used to specifically identify you). We use both types of information, and combinations of both types, as described above. We may use or store information wherever Bitbat does business, including countries outside your own.
How and When We Share Information
When you create public posts, anyone can view them. You may also provide us with profile page information that anyone can view. The other limited instances where we may share your personal information include:
- When we have your consent. This includes sharing information with other services (like Facebook or Twitter) when you’ve chosen to link to your Bitbat account to those services or publish your activity on Bitbat to them. For example, you can choose to publish your posts to Facebook or Twitter.
- Online advertisers typically use third party companies to audit the delivery and performance of their ads on websites and apps. We also allow these companies to collect this information on Bitbat.
- If we believe that disclosure is reasonably necessary to comply with a law, regulation or legal request; to protect the safety, rights, or property of the public, any person, or Bitbat; or to detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues.
- We may engage in a merger, acquisition, bankruptcy, dissolution, reorganization, or similar transaction or proceeding that involves the transfer of the information described in this Policy.
We may also share aggregated or non-personally identifiable information with our partners, advertisers, or others. For example, we may tell an advertiser on Bitbat how many people re-shared something they posted, or the percentage of people who click on an advertisement after viewing it.
Modifying Your Information
If you are a registered user of our Services, we provide you with tools and account settings to access or modify the personal information you provided to us and associated with your account.
Our Policy Towards Children Information
Bitbat is not directed to children under 13. If you learn that your minor child has provided us with personal information without your consent, please contact us.
Changes to this Policy