2. Information we collect
When you use the cropBytes game at an SNS such as Facebook, where our games may also be referred to as “applications”, you allow cropBytes to access certain information from your profile for that site. The information you allow cropBytes to access varies by game and SNS, and it is affected by the privacy settings you and your friends establish at the SNS. You can control and find out more about these settings at the SNS where you play our games. For example, cropBytes may access and store some or all of the following information, as allowed by you, the SNS and your preferences :
- Your first and last name
- Your profile picture or it's URL
- Your user ID number, which is linked to publicly available information such as name and profile photo
- The user ID numbers and other public data for your friends
- The login email you provided to that SNS when you registered
- Your physical location and that of your access devices
3. How We Collect Information about You
We may collect information about you in any one or more of the following ways: When you play one of our games, CropBytes collects and stores certain information that you provide directly or through the SNS or other third party website that is offering our game(s). To provide a richer game play and social experience, We also collect information about your play and interaction with other players and the Service. The bulk of this information is collected and stored through the use of Log Files, which are files on our web servers that record actions taken on our games and websites. You may be able to take part in certain activities on our websites or games that give you the opportunity to communicate or share information not just with CropBytes, but also with other users of our Service. These include :
- Participating in player forums and message boards
- Posting public comments to other users’ profiles or gameboards
- Sending private messages or invitations to other users
- Chat with other users
We may record and store archives of these communications on cropBytes’ servers to protect the safety and well being of our users and cropBytes’s rights and property in connection with the service. You acknowledge and consent to the recording and storage of such communications for these purposes. We may collect or receive information from other sources including (i) other cropBytes users who choose to upload their email contacts; and (ii) third party information providers. This information will be used to supplement your profile – primarily to help you and your friends connect. It will be combined with other information we collect.
4. How We Use the Information We Collect
In general, we collect, store and use your information to provide you with a safe, smooth, efficient, and customized experience. For example, we may use information collected from you in any one or more of the following ways :
- To create your game accounts and allow play of our games
- To identify and suggest connections with other cropBytes users
- To enable user-to-user communication
- To provide technical support and respond to user inquiries
- To prevent fraud or potentially illegal activities
- To deliver and target advertising
- To notify users of in-game updates
- To provide in-game leader boards and promote in-game player achievements
- To solicit input and feedback to improve cropBytes products and services and customize your user experience
- To inform users about new products or promotional offers
- To engage in commonly accepted practices, such as contacting you at the email address we have on file if you are a potential winner in a sweepstakes
One important use of your information is communication. If you have provided your e-mail address to cropBytes, we’ll use it to respond to (i) customer support inquiries, and (ii) keep you informed of your in-game activity, including comments from friends, notifications about in-game status such as “crops ready” as well as notifications of gift and neighbour requests. Some messages, such as invites for friends to join you in a game, may include your name and profile photo. We may also send promotional e-mail messages and promotional SMS messages (“Promotional Communications”) directly or in partnership with parties other than cropBytes. Each Promotional Communication will generally offer recipients choices about receiving additional messages.
5. Sharing of Your Information
We will share your information (in some cases personal information) with third parties, that is parties other than cropBytes, in the following circumstances :
We will provide your information to third party companies to perform services on our behalf, including payment processing, data analysis, e-mail delivery, hosting services, customer service and to assist us in our marketing efforts. We direct all such third party service providers to maintain the confidentiality of the information disclosed to them and not to use your information for any purpose other than to provide services on cropBytes's behalf.
We do not actively share personal information with third party advertisers for their direct marketing purposes unless you give us your consent.
We may share (i) aggregated information (information about you and other users collectively, but not specifically identifiable to you); (ii) anonymous information; and (iii) certain technical information (including IP Addresses, MAC Addresses for mobile devices and mobile device IDs) to develop and deliver targeted advertising in the Service and on the websites of third parties. We may also allow advertisers to collect these types of information within the Service and they may share it with us. Advertisers may collect this information through the use of tracking technologies like browser cookies and web beacons. The information collected may be used to offer you targeted ad-selection and delivery in order to personalize your user experience by ensuring that advertisements for products and services you see will appeal to you, a practice known as behavioural advertising, and to undertake web analytics (i.e. to analyze traffic and other end user activity to improve your experience).
Safety, Security and Compliance with Law
Your information, and the contents of all of your online communications (including without limitation chat text, voice communications, IP addresses and your personal information) may be accessed and monitored as necessary to provide the Service and may be disclosed: (i) when we have a good faith belief that we are required to disclose the information in response to legal process (for example, a court order, search warrant or subpoena); (ii) to satisfy any applicable laws or regulations (iii) where We believe that the Service is being used in the commission of a crime, including to report such criminal activity or to exchange information with other companies and organizations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction; (iv) when we have a good faith belief that there is an emergency that poses a threat to the health and/or safety of you, another person or the public generally; and (v) in order to protect the rights or property of cropBytes.
6. Methods of Accessing and Controlling your Information
If you no longer want cropBytes to make active use of your information, you may send an e-mail to [email protected] . Place “Delete My Account” in the subject line and include your first name, last name, e-mail address and user ID number for the SNS from which you access our games (if applicable) in the body of the e-mail. We will respond to your request within thirty (30) days. Please note that certain records, for example those pertaining to payments or customer service matters, will be retained for legal and accounting purposes. If you have sent or posted content on the Service, We may not be able to delete it. If you wish to review or change the information cropBytes has about you, e-mail us at the address provided. You can turn off push notifications by visiting the “options” or “settings” page within the relevant game. You can turn off local notifications by visiting the “options” or “settings” page within the relevant game.
7. Privacy Policies of Linked Sites and Advertisers
Our websites and games may contain advertisements from companies other than cropBytes that may link to their own websites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites. If you have any questions about how these other websites use your information, you should review their policies and contact them directly.
8. Security of Your Information
We understand the importance of keeping your information safe and secure. We will make a reasonable effort to protect your personal information and ensure the security of our systems. Unfortunately, the transmission of information over the Internet is not completely secure. Although we strive to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data while it is being transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we have procedures and security features in place to try to prevent unauthorized access.