Information we collect
Information you give us or give us permission to obtain it
When you sign up for or use Homeboard, you voluntarily give us certain information. This can include your name, location data, profile photo, sites you like/use, email address you used to sign up, and any other information you provide us.
You also may give us permission to access your information in other services. For example, you may link your Facebook account to Homeboard, which allows us to obtain information from those accounts (e.g., your friends or contacts). The information we obtain from those services often depends on your settings or their privacy policies, so be sure to check what those are.
Information we get when you use our products or use websites or apps that have Homeboard features
Whenever you use a website, mobile application, or other Internet service, there’s certain information that almost always gets created and recorded automatically. The same happens when you use our Services. Here are some of the types of information we collect:
We may collect device-specific information (such as your hardware model, operating system version, unique device identifiers, crash data and mobile network information including phone number). Homeboard may associate your device identifiers with your Homeboard Account.
When you use Homeboard or go to a webpage or use an app that has Homeboard features (like our “Add to Homeboard” button), our servers automatically record information (“log data”) including information that your browser sends whenever you visit a website or your mobile app sends when you’re using it. This log data may include your Internet Protocol address, the address of the web pages you visited that had Homeboard features, browser type and settings, the date and time of your request, how you used Homeboard, and cookie data.
When you use a location-enabled Homeboard service, we may collect and process information about your actual location, like GPS signals sent by a mobile device. We may also use various technologies to determine location, such as sensor data from your device that may, for example, provide information on nearby Wi-Fi access points and cell towers.
We may collect and store information (including personal information) locally on your device using mechanisms such as browser web storage (including HTML 5) and application data caches.
Cookies and anonymous identifiers
Usage of information we collect
We use the information we collect to provide our products to you and make them better, develop new products, and protect Homeboard and our users. For example, we may log how often people use two different versions of a product, which can help us understand which version is better.
We also use the information we collect to offer you customized content, including:
- Suggesting websites you might like. For example, if you’ve added a shortcut related to sports, we may suggest sports-related websites or people that we think you might want to follow;
- Showing you ads you might be interested in.
We also use the information we collect to:
- Send you updates (such as when certain activity happens on Homeboard), newsletters, marketing materials and other information that may be of interest to you. For example, depending on your email notification settings, we may send you weekly updates that include websites you may like. You can decide to stop getting these updates by updating your account settings (or through other settings we may provide).
- Help your friends and contacts find you on Homeboard. For example, if you sign up using a Facebook account, we may help your Facebook friends find your account on Homeboard when they first sign up for Homeboard. Or, we may allow people to search for your account on Homeboard 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 Homeboard does business, including countries outside your own.
Choices about your information
Our goal is to give you simple and meaningful choices over your information. If you have a Homeboard account, many of the choices you have on Homeboard are built directly in to the product or your account settings. For example, you can:
- Access and change information in your profile page at any time;
- Link or unlink your Homeboard account from an account on another service (e.g., Facebook). For some services (like Facebook), you can also choose whether or not to publish your activity on Homeboard to that service.
- Configure your shortcuts’s visibility. Private shorcuts are only visible to you, and regular shortcuts are are visible to anyone who follows you or accesses your profile.
- Close your account at any time. When you close your account, we’ll deactivate it and remove your shortcuts and board from Homeboard. We may retain archived copies of your information as required by law or for legitimate business purposes (including to help address fraud and spam).
You may have choices available to you through the device or software you use to access Homeboard. For example:
- The browser you use may provide you with the ability to control cookies or other types of local data storage;
- Your mobile device may provide you with choices around how and whether location or other data is shared with us.
To learn more about these choices, please see the information provided by the device or software provider.
Sharing of the information we collect
Homeboard is a tool people to browse the web in an easier and faster web, and to discover new websites. When you set a board as public, anyone can view it. 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) when you’ve chosen to link to your Homeboard account to those services or publish your activity on Homeboard to them. For example, you can choose to publish your shortcuts to Facebook.
- 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 Homeboard; 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 or others. For example, we may tell a business using Homeboard how many people added or have visited a particular website.
Changes to this Policy
Effective: September 14th, 2015