Bird Buddy Live App Privacy Policy

(Last update December, 2023)

ABOUT US AND THIS PRIVACY POLICY 

Your privacy is very important for us and we will not gather or use your personally identifiable information. As used in this Privacy Policy, “Bird Buddy”, “we”, “us” or “our”, “ours” refers to Bird Buddy Inc. and all of its subsidiaries.

This Privacy Policy is part of the use of “Bird Buddy” branded software applications (the “App” or “App”), which operates on a mobile device and applies to your use of the Bird Buddy Live App.

This Privacy Policy covers how we collect, use, disclose, transfer and store information received about users from You. We may also use the information together with other information to provide and improve products, services, content, and advertising.

INFORMATION WE COLLECT FROM YOU 

Most of the information that we collect about you comes directly from you when you use our App In general, the information we collect about you relates to how you use our App.

1. Technical Information

We collect technical information about your usage of our App and additional technical data that enables us to maintain and analyze the functioning of the App. 

We automatically collect certain information about your computing device, including :

  • Time zone, session start/stop time,
  • Push notifications token (in order for us to be able to determine whether you are subscribed to push notifications).

2. App Usage Information

When you use our App, we collect additional information from you such as:

  • How you use our App (how often you use the App, for how long you use the App, the events that occur within the App, in-app, aggregated usage, performance data etc.); 

HOW WE USE YOUR INFORMATION

1. In General

We use the information we collect about your usage of the App to deliver services and our App to you and to operate our business. We use it also for improving our services and App, for enhancing security and for analytics and research purposes to make sure we provide you with the best experience. We use your information also for attribution and fraud prevention and for complying with our legal obligations.

We use your information for the following purposes:

  • Delivering and improving our services: We use your information for developing, delivering and improving our App and other products, services, and content, tailoring our products and services, providing App updates, technical troubleshooting, understanding and analyzing trends in connection with usage of the App, and administering the App.
  • Analytics and research: We use your information for understanding and analyzing trends in connection with the usage of the App, data about where the App was downloaded from. We may also create reports and analysis for the purposes of research or business intelligence, for example to track potential problems or trends with our App and services, or to test our new game features and content.
  • Security: We use your information for enhancing the safety and security of our App, products and services.
  • Customer Support: We use your information for providing customer support to you and to respond to your inquiries.

 2. App Notifications

We have two types of notifications in our App – local and push notifications. Local notifications are contextual and sent from the device, whereas push notifications are sent from the server. We use such notifications to remind you about your activities within the App. You will receive such notifications only if you are subscribed to such notifications in the App. You can always unsubscribe from push notifications, please use the instructions provided below.

  • For iOS: You will be asked to accept or refuse push notifications when you use the App. If you do not accept, you will not receive notifications. Please note that if you accept, you can manage notifications on your mobile phone with notifications opt-out option in the App (Account setting – Notifications – Pause Notifications).

When you decide to unsubscribe from push notifications, such push notification tokens will be deleted from our database.

HOW WE SHARE YOUR INFORMATION

We cannot provide all services necessary for the successful operation of the App by ourselves. We must therefore share collected information with third parties, including analytics providers, cloud service providers, and other third-party service providers that develop and support the App (collectively referred to as “Partners”). We share information that is not used to personally identify you. We also reserve the right to disclose your information when we are legally required to do so, to disclose your information in an anonymous and aggregated manner, meaning you could not be personally identified from it.

We may share such information to: 

  • Our analytics providers: We use third party analytics such as Mixpanel, for the purposes of delivering our services, conducting analysis and research. To get more information about how your data is being processed you can visit their Terms of Service at: https://mixpanel.com/legal/terms-of-use/ 
  • Our cloud service providers: We store information we collect from you on servers provided by our third-party cloud service providers such as Amazon Web Services. To get more information check their Terms of Service at: https://aws.amazon.com/service-terms/ 
  • Other third-party service providers: In our Mobile App and backend services we are using Sentry, Lightstep, Grafana Cloud, Firebase and V7 services:
    • Sentry: The App uses Sentry software for tracking errors. To get more information check their Terms of Service at https://sentry.io/terms/.  
    • Firebase Services: The App uses Firebase software for notifications and loading remote configurations. To get more information check their Terms of Service at https://firebase.google.com/terms/
    • Lightstep: The App uses Lighstep software for backend observability (debugging, tracking server events and requests). To get more information check their Terms of Service at https://lightstep.com/terms-of-service
    • Grafana Cloud: The App uses Grafana Cloud software for on-call operations, application logs, application metrics and infrastructure monitoring. To get more information check their Terms of Service at https://grafana.com/legal/terms/ 

We reserve the right to disclose your information in response to law, legal process, litigation, and/or requests from public and governmental authorities within or outside your country of residence. We may also disclose information about you if we determine that for purposes of national security, law enforcement, or other issues of public importance, disclosure is necessary or appropriate. We may also disclose information about you if we determine that disclosure is reasonably necessary to enforce our terms and conditions or to protect our operations, users or user experience. Additionally, in the event of a reorganization, merger or sale we may transfer any and all information we collect to the relevant third party.

For any additional questions about third party information collection please refer to [email protected].

YOUR RIGHTS

You have certain rights in connection with your information and how we handle it, i.e. you have a right to obtain information about whether we hold personal information about you.  Some of these rights may be subject to some exceptions or limitations. You can exercise these rights at any time by sending your requests regarding your information to [email protected].

Your rights include:

  • Right to object. You have the right to object to the processing of your information that is processed on the grounds of legitimate interests (see Legal Bases below). You are always free to opt out from the future collection of your information by us and our Partners by uninstalling all the App from each of your computing devices.
  • Right of access. You have a right to know what information we hold about you and in some cases to have the information communicated to you. If you wish to exercise this right, please contact us by letting us know that you wish to exercise your right of access and what information in particular you would like to receive. We reserve the right to ask for reasonable evidence to verify your identity before we provide you with any information. Please note that we may not be able to provide all the information you ask for, for instance if the information includes information about another person. Where we are not able to provide you with information that you have asked for, we will explain to you why. We will try to respond to any request for a right of access as soon as possible, but we will always do so within 1 month of receipt of your request and verification of your identity.
  • Right to correct information. We try to keep the information that we hold about you accurate and up to date. Should you realize that any of the information that we hold about you is incorrect, please contact us via [email protected] and we will correct it as soon as we can.
  • Data deletion. You have a right to request deletion of the information that we hold about you. Account and data deletion is integrated into the App. You can delete your account by clicking “Account settings” then “Delete account”. Please note that we may still retain some or all of that information, for example for complying with our legal obligations and protecting or enforcing legal rights. 
  • Data portability. In some circumstances, you have the right to request that we provide you with the information which you have provided to us, so you can transfer this information to another data controller. Should you wish to do that, please contact us via [email protected].
  • Restriction of processing. In some cases, you may have the right to request a restriction of the processing of your information.
  • Right to file a complaint. You have the right to file a complaint against us. To do so, contact the supervisory authority in your country of residence.

GENERAL

Your privacy and security of your information is important to us and we always pay special attention to ensure that we process your information lawfully in accordance with one of the legal bases set out under data protection laws that apply to App users. We store your information for as long as needed to provide you with our services. We may store information longer, but only in a way that it cannot be tracked back to you. We operate globally and we share your information with our Partners as for the purposes described above in “How We Share Your Information” Section, which may include a transfer of your information outside of your country of residence.

LEGAL BASES

In each case where we process your information, we do so lawfully in accordance with one of the legal bases set out under data protection law.

The legal bases that we rely upon are the following:

  • Contractual Necessity. This covers information that is processed by us in order to provide you with service that you have requested – and that we have agreed – to provide to you, that is to deliver and improve our services, to provide customer support, to deliver special features in our App.
  • Legitimate Interests. This covers information that is processed by us for the purposes that can be reasonably expected within the context of your use of our services to pursue our legitimate interests in order to ensure you have the best experience when using our App, to make sure your information is secure and to provide to you our App free of charge or at a low cost. We pay special attention to your data protection rights making sure that your data protection rights are not overridden by our legitimate interests. We rely on our legitimate interests for data processing for analytics, attribution and fraud prevention and push-notifications.
  • Consent. Where we ask for your consent to use your data for a particular purpose, we will make this clear at the point of collection and we will also make clear how you can withdraw your consent.
  • Legal Obligation. This covers information that is processed by us to comply with a legal obligation, for instance is to maintain records for tax purposes.

SECURITY

We have implemented appropriate technical and organizational measures to protect the confidentiality, security and integrity of the collected information, and to prevent unauthorized access and the use of information contrary to this Privacy Policy. Although we use commercially reasonable efforts to assure that your information remains secure when maintained by us, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable.

INTERNATIONAL TRANSFER

We operate globally, so we need to transfer your information to our affiliated entities and/or to other third-party service providers across borders and from your country to other countries around the world. Please note that not all these countries have the same data protection laws as your own country, but we will always take appropriate steps to safeguard the privacy of your information.

For EU/EEA residents: We will transfer your information only when the transfer is based on one of the following safeguards:

  • To a country with adequate data protection. We will transfer your information outside your own country to a country that ensures an adequate level of protection in accordance with data protection legislation.
  • Based on standard contractual clauses. We will transfer your information to our Partner outside your own country, if we have entered into standard contractual clauses with such Partner, that are adopted by Commission of European Union in accordance with Europe data protection legislation and are deemed to offer sufficient safeguards with respect to the protection of the privacy and fundamental rights and freedoms of individuals.
  • Based on an approved certification mechanism. We will transfer your information to our Partner outside your country if our Partner is certified by an approved certification mechanism pursuant to Europe data protection legislation.

RETENTION 

We store your information for as long as needed to provide you with our services. We may store information longer, but only in a way that it cannot be tracked back to you. We delete the information as soon as we do not need it for the purposes as described in this Privacy Policy and in any event no later than five (5) years after your interaction with our App has ceased.

When required by law, we will retain your information for as long as we are legally obligated to do so. If you request us to delete your data will delete your data as described above in “Your Rights” Section. 

CONTACT US

If you have questions or concerns about Bird Buddy’s Privacy Policy, please contact us via [email protected].

For information collected under this Privacy Policy, the data controller is Bird Buddy Inc. | 229 E. Michigan Ave., Ste. 330 Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007.

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