Privacy Policy of Budfox (Last updated: 25th of May 2018)

This Application collects some Personal Data from its Users.

Data Controller and Owner
Budfox Messenger Ltd – 3rd Floor Crown House, 151 High Road – Loughton IG10 4LG, United Kingdom. Owner contact email: privacy@budfox.io

Storing and sharing data
Budfox only stores the data it needs to function properly, and all data is stored heavily encrypted.

We never share your data with advertising company. Personal Data concerning the User is only collected to allow the Owner to provide its services, as well as for the following purposes: Hosting and backend infrastructure, Infrastructure monitoring, Location-based interactions and Registration and authentication.

We store messages, photos, videos and documents from your cloud chats on our third-party servers (like DigitalOcean), so that you can access your data from your device anytime and use instant server search to quickly access your messages.

Types of Data collected
Among the types of Personal Data that this Application collects, by itself or through third parties, there are: geographic position, first name, last name, phone number, company name, country, city and profile picture.

Complete details on each type of Personal Data collected are provided in the dedicated sections of this privacy policy or by specific explanation texts displayed prior to the Data collection. The Personal Data may be freely provided by the User, or, in case of Usage Data, collected automatically when using this Application.

All Data requested by this Application is mandatory and failure to provide this Data may make it impossible for this Application to provide its services. In cases where this Application specifically states that some Data is not mandatory, Users are free not to communicate this Data without any consequences on the availability or the functioning of the service.

Users who are uncertain about which Personal Data is mandatory are welcome to contact the Owner. Any use of Cookies – or of other tracking tools – by this Application or by the owners of third party services used by this Application serves the purpose of providing the service required by the User, in addition to any other purposes described in the present document and in the Cookie Policy, if available.

Users are responsible for any third party Personal Data obtained, published or shared through this Application and confirm that they have the third party’s consent to provide the Data to the Owner.

Mode and place of processing the Data

Methods of processing
The Data Controller processes the Data of Users in a proper manner and shall take appropriate security measures to prevent unauthorized access, disclosure, modification, or unauthorized destruction of the Data.

The Data processing is carried out using computers and/or IT enabled tools, following organizational procedures and modes strictly related to the purposes indicated. In addition to the Data Controller, in some cases, the Data may be accessible to certain types of persons in charge, involved with the operation of the site (administration, sales, marketing, legal, system administration) or external parties (such as third party technical service providers, mail carriers, hosting providers, IT companies, communications agencies) appointed, if necessary, as Data Processors by the Owner. The updated list of these parties may be requested from the Data Controller at any time.

Place
The Data is processed at the Data Controller’s operating offices and in any other places where the parties involved with the processing are located. For further information, please contact the Data Controller.

Retention time
The Data is kept for the time necessary to provide the service requested by the User, or stated by the purposes outlined in this document, and the User can always request that the Data Controller suspend or remove the data.

The use of the collected Data
The Data concerning the User is collected to allow the Owner to provide its services, as well as for the following purposes: Hosting and backend infrastructure, Infrastructure monitoring, Location-based interactions and Registration and authentication.

The Personal Data used for each purpose is outlined in the specific sections of this document.

Detailed information on the processing of Personal Data

Personal Data is collected for the following purposes and using the following services:

Hosting and backend infrastructure
This type of service has the purpose of hosting data and files that enable this Application to run and be distributed as well as to provide a ready-made infrastructure to run specific features or parts of this Application. Some of these services work through geographically distributed servers, making it difficult to determine the actual location where the Personal Data are stored.

DigitalOcean Cloud Services
DigitalOcean Cloud Services is a hosting and backend service provided by DigitalOcean Inc.
Personal Data collected: various types of Data as specified in the privacy policy of the service.
Place of processing: See the DigitalOcean privacy policy – Privacy Policy

MessageBird
MessageBird is a SMS Gateway company who connect companies to their customers on billions of devices around the world. Their versatile and reliable communication APIs have been built in-house by some of the top telephony engineers in the business.

Place of processing: See the MessageBird privacy policy – Privacy Policy

Location-based interactions
Non-continuous geolocation (This Application)

This Application may collect, use, and share User Location Data in order to provide location-based services. Most browsers and devices provide tools to opt out from this feature by default. If explicit authorization has been provided, the User’s location data may be tracked by this Application.

The geographic location of the User is determined in a manner that isn’t continuous, either at the specific request of the User or when the User doesn’t point out its current location in the appropriate field and allows the application to detect the position automatically.

Personal Data collected: geographic position.

Infrastructure monitoring
This type of service allows this Application to monitor the use and behavior of its components, so its 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 this Application.

App Store Connect (Apple Inc.)
iTunes Connect is the way for members of the iOS Developer Program and Mac Developer Program to upload their apps, edit their descriptions and metadata, and view finances earned.

Place of processing: See the App Store Connect privacy policy – Privacy Policy

Amplitude
Amplitude track user actions every year to help product teams instantly understand user behavior, build engaging experiences, and grow their digital businesses.

Place of processing: See the Amplitude privacy policy – Privacy Policy

Registration and authentication
By registering or authenticating, Users allow this Application to identify them and give them access to dedicated services.

Depending on what is described below, third parties may provide registration and authentication services. In this case, this Application will be able to access some Data, stored by these third-party services, for registration or identification purposes.

Direct registration (This Application)
The User registers by filling out the registration form and providing the Personal Data directly to this Application.

Personal Data collected: city, country, occupation, company name, first name, last name, phone number and profile picture.

Further information about Personal Data

Access the address book
This Application may request access to your address book.

Contacts
Budfox uses phone numbers as unique identifiers. We ask your permission before syncing your contacts. We store your contacts in order to notify you as soon as one of your contacts signs up for Budfox and to properly display names in notifications.

User identification via a universally unique identifier (UUID)

This Application may track Users by storing a so-called universally unique identifier (or short UUID) for analytics purposes or for storing Users’ preferences.

This identifier is generated upon installation of this Application, it persists between Application launches and updates, but it is lost when the User deletes the Application. A reinstall generates a new UUID.

Push notifications
This Application may send push notifications to the User.

Deleting data
If you would like to delete your account, you can do this on the in the Application settings. Deleting your account permanently removes all your messages, groups and contacts. This action must be confirmed via your Budfox account and cannot be undone.

Messages
Everything you delete is deleted forever. When you delete a message, you delete it from your message history. This means that a copy still stays on the server as part of your partners message history. As soon as your partner deletes it too, it’s gone forever.

Self-destructing messages
Messages in Secret Chats can be ordered to self-destruct. As soon as such a message is read, the countdown starts. When the time is out, both devices participating in a secret chat are instructed to delete the message (photo, video, etc.).

Additional information about Data collection and processing

Legal action
The User’s Personal Data may be used for legal purposes by the Data Controller, in Court or in the stages leading to possible legal action arising from improper use of this Application or the related services.

The User declares to be aware that the Data Controller may be required to reveal personal data upon request of public authorities.

Additional information about User’s Personal Data
In addition to the information contained in this privacy policy, this Application may provide the User with additional and contextual information concerning particular services or the collection and processing of Personal Data upon request.

System logs and maintenance
For operation and maintenance purposes, this Application and any third-party services may collect files that record interaction with this Application (System logs) or use for this purpose other Personal Data (such as IP Address).

Information not contained in this policy
More details concerning the collection or processing of Personal Data may be requested from the Data Controller at any time. Please see the contact information at the beginning of this document.

The rights of Users
Users have the right, at any time, to know whether their Personal Data has been stored and can consult the Data Controller to learn about their contents and origin, to verify their accuracy or to ask for them to be supplemented, cancelled, updated or corrected, or for their transformation into anonymous format or to block any data held in violation of the law, as well as to oppose their treatment for any and all legitimate reasons. Requests should be sent to the Data Controller at the contact information set out above.

This Application does not support “Do Not Track” requests.

To determine whether any of the third-party services it uses honor the “Do Not Track” requests, please read their privacy policies.

« Do Not Track » Signals Under California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA)
We do not support Do Not Track (« DNT »). Do Not Track is a preference you can set in your web browser to inform websites that you do not want to be tracked.

You can enable or disable Do Not Track by visiting the Preferences or Settings page of your web browser.

Changes to this privacy policy
The Data Controller reserves the right to make changes to this privacy policy at any time by giving notice to its Users on this page. It is strongly recommended to check this page often, referring to the date of the last modification listed at the bottom. If a User objects to any of the changes to the Policy, the User must cease using this Application and can request that the Data Controller remove the Personal Data. Unless stated otherwise, the then-current privacy policy applies to all Personal Data the Data Controller has about Users.

Information about this privacy policy
The Data Controller is responsible for this privacy policy, prepared and provided by Budfox Messenger Ltd.

Definitions and legal references

Personal Data (or Data)
Any information regarding a natural person, a legal person, an institution or an association, which is, or can be, identified, even indirectly, by reference to any other information, including a personal identification number.

Usage Data
Information collected automatically from this Application (or third party services employed in this Application), which can include: the IP addresses or domain names of the computers utilized by the Users who use this Application, the URI addresses (Uniform Resource Identifier), the time of the request, the method utilized to submit the request to the server, the size of the file received in response, the numerical code indicating the status of the server’s answer (successful outcome, error, etc.), the country of origin, the features of the browser and the operating system utilized by the User, the various time details per visit (e.g., the time spent on each page within the Application) and the details about the path followed within the Application with special reference to the sequence of pages visited, and other parameters about the device operating system and/or the User’s IT environment.

User
The individual using this Application, which must coincide with or be authorized by the Data Subject, to whom the Personal Data refers.

Data Subject
The legal or natural person to whom the Personal Data refers.

Data Processor (or Data Supervisor)
The natural person, legal person, public administration or any other body, association or organization authorized by the Data Controller to process the Personal Data in compliance with this privacy policy.

Data Controller (or Owner)
The natural person, legal person, public administration or any other body, association or organization with the right, also jointly with another Data Controller, to make decisions regarding the purposes, and the methods of processing of Personal Data and the means used, including the security measures concerning the operation and use of this Application. The Data Controller, unless otherwise specified, is the Owner of this Application.

This Application
The hardware or software tool by which the Personal Data of the User is collected.

Legal Basis for Processing Personal Data Under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
If you are from the European Economic Area (EEA), Budfox Messenger Ltd legal basis for collecting and using the personal information described in this Privacy Policy depends on the Personal Data we collect and the specific context in which we collect it.

Budfox Messenger Ltd may process your Personal Data because:

  We need to perform a contract with you

  You have given us permission to do so

  The processing is in our legitimate interests and it’s not overridden by your rights

  To comply with the law

Retention of Data
Budfox Messenger Ltd will retain your Personal Data only for as long as is necessary for the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy. We will retain and use your Personal Data to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations (for example, if we are required to retain your data to comply

with applicable laws), resolve disputes, and enforce our legal agreements and policies.

Budfox Messenger Ltd will also retain Usage Data for internal analysis purposes. Usage Data is generally retained for a shorter period of time, except when this data is used to strengthen the security or to improve the functionality of our Service, or we are legally obligated to retain this data for longer time periods.

Transfer of Data
Your information, including Personal Data, may be transferred to and maintained on computers located outside of your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ than those from your jurisdiction.

If you are located outside United Kingdom and choose to provide information to us, please note that we transfer the data, including Personal Data, to United Kingdom and process it there.

Your consent to this Privacy Policy followed by your submission of such information represents your agreement to that transfer.

Budfox Messenger Ltd will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy and no transfer of your Personal Data will take place to an organization or a country unless there are adequate controls in place including the security of your data and other personal information.

Disclosure of Data

Legal Requirements
Budfox Messenger Ltd may disclose your Personal Data in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:

  To comply with a legal obligation

  To protect and defend the rights or property of Budfox Messenger Ltd

  To prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with the Service

  To protect the personal safety of users of the Service or the public

  To protect against legal liability

Security of Data
The security of your data is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Data, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Legal information
Notice to European Users: this privacy statement has been prepared in fulfillment of the obligations under Art. 10 of EC Directive n. 95/46/EC, under the provisions of Directive 2002/58/EC, as revised by Directive 2009/136/EC, on the subject of Cookies, and in compliance with the last directive and Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation) applicable as of May 25th, 2018 in all member states to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe, and, compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act of 2003 (CalOPPA), effective as of July 1, 2004 and amended in 2013.

Contact Us
If you have any questions about these Privacy Policy, please contact at the following email: privacy@budfox.io

This privacy policy relates solely to this Application.