ShareTale Privacy Policy

Our Services instantly connect people everywhere to what’s most meaningful to them and give everyone the power to create and share Tales and information instantly, without barriers. Any registered user of the ShareTale Services can share a Tale or Comment that is public by default and can include other content like photos, videos, and links to other websites. What you share on the ShareTale Services may be viewed all around the world instantly.

This Privacy Policy (“Policy”) describes how and when ShareTale collects, uses and shares your information when you use our Services. ShareTale receives your information through our various websites, SMS, APIs, email notifications, applications, buttons, widgets, ads, commerce services (the “ShareTale Services”), and other services that link to this Policy (collectively, the “Services”) and from our partners and other third parties. For example, you send us information when you use our Services on the web, via SMS, or from an application. When using any of our Services you consent to the collection, transfer, storage, disclosure, and use of your information as described in this Privacy Policy.

Your information is controlled by ShareTale, Australia. Irrespective of which country you reside in or supply information from, you authorize ShareTale to use your information in Australia and any other country where ShareTale operates.

If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Policy, please contact us here or at privacy@ShareTale.com.

Information Collection and Use

We collect and use your information below to provide our Services and to measure and improve them over time.

Basic Account Information: When you create or reconfigure an account, you provide some personal information, such as your name, pseudonym, password, email address, or phone number. On the ShareTale Services, your pseudonym or penname is listed publicly, including on your profile page and in search results, and you can use either your real name or a pseudonym. Some ShareTale Services, such as searching and viewing public user profiles, do not require registration.

Contact Information: You may use your contact information, such as your email address or phone number, to customize your account or enable other Services. If you provide ShareTale with your phone number, you agree to receive text messages to that number from ShareTale. We may use your contact information to send you information about our Services, to market to you, to help prevent spam, fraud, or abuse, and to help others find your account, including through third-party services and client applications. You may use your settings for email andmobile notifications to control notifications you receive from the ShareTale Services. You may also unsubscribe from a notification by following the instructions contained within the notification. Your privacy settings control whether others can find you on the ShareTale Services by your email address or phone number.

Additional Information: You may provide us with profile information to make public on the ShareTale Services, such as a short biography, your location, your website, or a picture. If you email us, we may keep your message, email address and contact information to respond to your request. If you connect your account on our Services to your account on another service in order to cross-post between our Services 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, helps us improve the Services, and is deleted from our Services within a few weeks of your disconnecting from our Services your account on the other service. Providing the additional information described in this section is entirely optional.

Tales, Following and other Public Information: Our Services are primarily designed to help you share Tales with the world. Most of the information you provide us through the ShareTale Services is information you are asking us to make public. Your public information includes the Tales you share; the metadata provided with Tales, such as when you shared and the client application you used to share; the language, country, and time zone associated with your account; and the people you follow, Comments you post, and many other bits of information that result from your use of the ShareTale Services. We may use this information to make inferences, like what topics you may be interested in, and to customize the Content we show you, including ads. Our default is almost always to make the information you provide through the ShareTale Services public for as long as you do not delete it, but we generally give you settings or features to make the information more private if you want. The ShareTale Services broadly and instantly disseminate your public information to a wide range of users, customers, and services. For instance, your public user profile information and shared tales are immediately delivered via SMS and our APIs to our partners and other third parties, including search engines, developers, and publishers that integrate ShareTale content into their services, and institutions such as universities and public agencies that analyse the information for trends and insights. When you share information or content like photos, videos, and links via the Services, you should think carefully about what you are making public.

Location Information:ShareTale may receive information about your location. For example, you may choose to publish your location in your Tale and in your ShareTale profile. We may also determine location by using other data from your device, such as precise location information from GPS, information about wireless networks or cell towers near your mobile device, or your IP address. We may use and store information about your location to provide features of our Services, such as sharing a Tale with your location, and to improve and customize the Services, for example, with more relevant content like localtales, stories, ads, and suggestions for people to follow.

Links:ShareTale 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 Tale was clicked on.

Cookies: Like many 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 or mobile device. ShareTale 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. Learn more about how we use cookies and similar technologies here.

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 account to authenticate to a third-party website or application, or visit a third-party website that includes a ShareTale button or widget. We may also receive Log Data when you click on, view or interact with links on our Services, including links to third-party applications, such as when you choose to install another application through ShareTale. ShareTale uses Log Data to provide, understand, and improve our Services, to make inferences, like what topics you may be interested in, and to customize the content we show you, including ads.

Third-Parties and Affiliates:ShareTale uses a variety of third-party services to help provide our Services, such as hosting our Services, 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 off of our Services. If you prefer, you can turn off tailored ads in your privacy settings so that your account will not be matched to information shared by ad partners for tailoring ads.

Information Sharing and Disclosure

We do not disclose your private personal information except in the limited circumstances described here.

User Consent or Direction: We may share or disclose your information at your direction, such as when you authorize a third-party web client or application to access your account. Other users may share or disclose information about you, such as when they mention you or share a photo of you.

Service Providers: We engage service providers to perform functions and provide services to us in the Australia, India, and other countries. We may share your private personal information with such service providers subject to obligations consistent with this Privacy Policy and any other appropriate confidentiality and security measures, and on the condition that the third parties use your private personal data only on our behalf and pursuant to our instructions. We share your Payment Information with payment services providers to process payments; prevent, detect and investigate fraud or other prohibited activities; facilitate dispute resolution such as chargebacks or refunds; and for other purposes associated with the acceptance of credit or debit cards. We may share your credit or debit card number with payment services providers or card networks to monitor card transactions at participating merchants and track redemption activity for the purposes of providing card-linked services.

Sellers of Goods and Services: If you buy goods or services through our Services, we may provide the seller, commerce provider or marketplace with your name, email address, shipping address, Payment Information and Transaction Data to facilitate payment processing, order fulfilment and dispute resolution (including payment and shipping disputes) and to help prevent, detect and investigate fraud or other prohibited activities. Please refer to these third parties’ privacy policies for information about their privacy practices.

Law and Harm: Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Policy, we may preserve or disclose your information if we believe that it is reasonably necessary to comply with a law, regulation, legal process, or governmental request; to protect the safety of any person; to address fraud, security or technical issues; or to protect ShareTale’s rights or property. However, nothing in this Privacy Policy is intended to limit any legal defences or objections that you may have to a third party’s, including a government’s, request to disclose your information.

Business Transfers and Affiliates: In the event that ShareTale is involved in a bankruptcy, merger, acquisition, reorganization or sale of assets, your information may be sold or transferred as part of that transaction. This Privacy Policy will apply to your information as transferred to the new entity. We may also disclose information about you to our corporate affiliates in order to help provide, understand, and improve our Services and our affiliates’ services, including the delivery of ads.

Storage Location:Information that we collect may from time to time be stored, processed in or transferred between parties located in countries outside of Australia. These may include, but are not limited to India, Singapore and USA.

Non-Private or Non-Personal Information: We may share or disclose your non-private, aggregated or otherwise non-personal information, such as your public user profile information, shared Tales, the people you follow or that follow you, or the number of users who clicked on a particular Tale (even if only one did), or reports to advertisers about unique users who saw or clicked on their ads after we have removed any private personal information (such as your name or contact information).

Accessing and Modifying Your Personal Information

If you are a registered user of our Services, we provide you with tools and account settings to access, correct, delete, or modify the personal information you provided to us and associated with your account.

You can also request to permanently delete your ShareTale account. If you have requested to delete your ShareTale account, your account will be deactivated and then deleted. When your account is deactivated, it is not viewable on ShareTale.com. For up to 30 days after deactivation it is still possible to restore your account if it was accidentally or wrongfully deactivated. Absent a separate arrangement between you and ShareTale to extend your deactivation period, after 30 days, we begin the process of deleting your account from our systems, which can take up to a week.

Keep in mind that search engines and other third parties may still retain copies of your public information, like your user profile information and shared Tales, even after you have deleted the information from the ShareTale Services or deactivated your account.

Our Policy Towards Children

Our Services are not directed to persons under 13. If you become aware that your child has provided us with personal information without your consent, please contact us here. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. If we become aware that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information, we take steps to remove such information and terminate the child’s account.

Changes to this Policy

We may revise this Privacy Policy from time to time. The most current version of the policy will govern our use of your information and will always be at ShareTale.com/privacy. If we make a change to this policy that, in our sole discretion, is material, we will notify you via an email to the email address associated with your account. By continuing to access or use the Services after those changes become effective, you agree to be bound by the revised Privacy Policy.

If you have any questions or complaints about this Privacy Policy, please contact us.