Last Published March 23, 2016
Learn about the types of information we receive, and how that information is used.
Information we receive about you
We receive a number of different types of information about you, including:
Your information is the information that's required when you sign up for a membership account on Quipist, as well as the information you choose to share.
When you sign up for Quipist, you are required to provide information such as your name, email address, birthday, and gender. In some cases, you may be able to register using other information, like your telephone number.
Your information also includes the information you choose to share on Quipist, such as when you post on Quipist, upload a photo, or comment on a friend's post etc. It also includes the information you choose to share when you communicate with us, such as when you contact us using an email address, or when you take an action, such as when you add a friend, like a Page or a website, add a place to your story, use our contact importers, or indicate any information about yourself.
Your name, profile pictures, cover photos, gender, networks, username and User ID are treated just like information you choose to make public. Your birthday allows us to do things like show you age-appropriate content and advertisements. Information others share about you
We receive information about you from your friends and others, such as when they upload your contact information, post a photo of you, tag you in a photo or status update, or at a location, or add you to a group.
When people use Quipist, they may store and share information about you and others that they have, such as when they upload and manage their invites and contacts.
Other information we receive about you
We also receive other types of information about you:
We also put together data from the information we already have about you, your friends, and others, so we can offer and suggest a variety of services and features. For example, we may make friend suggestions, pick stories for your News Feed, or suggest people to tag in photos. We may put together your current city with GPS and other location information we have about you to, for example, tell you and your friends about people or events nearby, or offer deals to you in which you might be interested. We may also put together data about you to serve you ads or other content that might be more relevant to you.
When we get your GPS location, we put it together with other location information we have about you (like your current city). But we only keep it until it is no longer useful to provide you services, like keeping your last GPS coordinates to send you relevant notifications.
We only provide data to our advertising partners or customers after we have removed your name and any other personally identifying information from it, or have combined it with other people's data in a way that it no longer personally identifies you.
When we use the phrase "public information", we mean the information you choose to make public, as well as information that is always publicly available.
Information you choose to make public
Choosing to make your information public is exactly what it sounds like: anyone, including people off Quipist, will be able to see it.
Choosing to make your information public also means that this information:
Sometimes you will not be able to select an audience when you post something (like when you write on a Page's wall or comment on a news article that uses our comments plugin). This is because some types of stories are always public stories. As a general rule, you should assume that if you do not see a sharing button/icon the information will be publicly available.
When others share information about you, they can also choose to make it public.
Information that is always publicly available
The types of information listed below are always publicly available, and they are treated just like information you decided to make public:
This helps your friends and family find you. If you are uncomfortable sharing your real name, you can always delete your account, or choose an outward facing alias.
These help your friends and family recognize you. If you are uncomfortable making any of these photos public, you can always delete them. Unless you delete them, when you add a new profile picture or cover photo, the previous photo will remain public in your profile picture or cover photo album.
This helps you see who you will be sharing information with before you choose "Friends and Networks" as a custom audience. If you are uncomfortable making your network public, then you can make it private, so that only members can see the member list, or you can make it private so that no one may see the member list. (Keep in mind that they will be able to see other's posts, though)
Providing us with your gender-identity will allow us to use your chosen pronoun when interacting with you on our website.
These allow you to give out a custom link to your Profile Page and help make Quipist Platform possible.
User Names are a way to identify you on Quipist. With your username, you may choose a custom link (a Quipist URL, such as www.Quipist.com/username) to your profile page that you can give out to people or post on external websites.
If someone has your Username they can use it to access information about you through the Quipist.com website. For example, if someone has your Username, they can type Quipist.com/Username into their browser and see your public information as well as anything else you've let them see.
We use the information we receive about you in connection with the services and features we provide to you and other users like your friends, our partners, the advertisers that purchase ads. For example, in addition to helping people see and find things that you do and share, we may use the information we receive about you:
Granting us permission to use your information not only allows us to provide Quipist as it exists today, but it also allows us to provide you with innovative features and services we develop in the future that use the information we receive about you in new ways.
While you are allowing us to use the information we receive about you, you always own all of your information. Your trust is important to us, which is why we don't share information we receive about you with others unless we have:
Of course, for information others share about you, they control how it is shared.
We store data for as long as it is necessary to provide products and services to you and others, including those described above. Typically, information associated with your account will be kept until your account is deleted. For certain categories of data, we may also tell you about specific data retention practices.
We may enable access to public information that has been shared through our services.
We may allow public information to access information so they can help us provide services.
If you want to stop using your account, you can either deactivate or delete it.
Deactivating your account puts your account on hold. Other users will no longer see your timeline, but we do not delete any of your information. Deactivating an account is the same as you telling us not to delete any information because you might want to reactivate your account at some point in the future. You can deactivate your account on your account settings page.
Your friends will still see you listed in their list of friends while your account is deactivated.
When you delete your account, it is permanently deleted from Quipist. It typically takes about one month to delete an account, but some information may remain in backup copies and logs for up to 90 days. You should only delete your account if you are sure you never want to reactivate it.
Certain information is needed to provide you with services, so we only delete this information after you delete your account. Some of the things you do on Quipist aren't stored in your account, like posting to someone else's account or sending someone a message (where your friend may still have a message you sent, even after you delete your account). That information remains after you delete your account.
Get to know the privacy settings that help you control your information on Quipist.com.
Always think before you post. Just like anything else you post on the web or send in an email, information you share on Quipist can be copied or re-shared by anyone who can see it.
Although you choose with whom you share, there may be ways for others to determine information about you. For example, if you hide your birthday so no one can see it on your timeline, but friends post "happy birthday!" on your timeline, people may determine your birthday.
When you comment on or "like" someone else's story, or write on their page, that person gets to select the audience. For example, if a friend posts a Public story and you comment on it, your comment will be Public. Often, you can see the audience someone selected for their story before you post a comment; however, the person who posted the story may later change their audience. So, if you comment on a story, and the story’s audience changes, the new audience can see your comment.
Sometimes you will not see a sharing icon when you post something (like when you write on a Page's wall or comment on a news article that uses our comments plugin). This is because some types of stories are always public stories. As a general rule, you should assume that if you do not see a sharing icon, the information will be publicly available.
To make it easier for your friends to find you, we allow anyone with your contact information (such as email address or telephone number) to find you through the Quipist member search as well as other tools we provide, such as contact importers - even if you have not shared your contact information with them on Quipist.
You can choose who can look up your timeline using the email address or telephone number you added to your timeline through your privacy settings. But remember that people can still find you or a link to your timeline on Quipist through other people and the things they share about you or through other posts, like if you post something to a public page.
Your settings do not control whether people can find you or a link to your timeline when they search for content they have permission to see, like a photo or other story in which you've been identified.
Once you share information with your friends and others, they may be able to sync it with or access it via their mobile phones and other devices. For example, if you share a photo on Quipist, someone viewing that photo could save it using Quipist tools or by other methods offered by their device or browser. Similarly, if you share your contact information with someone or invite someone to an event, they may be able to use Quipist or third-party applications or devices to sync that information.
You should only share information with people you trust because they will be able to save it or re-share it with others, including when they sync the information to a device.
Links and other possible identifiers
Anyone can add a link to a story. Links are references to something on the Internet; anything from a website to a Page or timeline on Quipist. For example, if you are writing a story, you might include a link to a blog you are referencing or a link to the blogger's Quipist Quipstream. If someone clicks on a link to another person's Quipstream, they'll only see the things that they are allowed to see.
If you are linked to in a private space (such as a message) only the people who can see the private space can see the link. Similarly, if you are linked to a comment, only the people who can see the comment can see the link.
Your friends and others may share information about you. They may share photos or other information about you in their posts. If you do not like a particular post, tell them or report the post.
When we deliver ads, we do not share your information (information that personally identifies you, such as your name or contact information) with advertisers unless you give us permission. We may provide advertisers with information when we have removed your name and other personally identifying information from it, or combined it with other information so that it no longer personally identifies you. For example, we may tell an advertiser how its ads perform or how many people viewed or clicked on their ads or install an app after seeing an ad.
So we can show you content that you may find interesting, we may use all of the information we receive about you to serve ads that are more relevant to you. For example, this includes:
For many ads we serve, advertisers may choose their audience by location, demographics, likes, keywords, and any other information we receive or infer about users.
We like to tell you about some of the features and tools your friends and others use on Quipist, to help you have a better experience.
Cookies are small files that are stored on your computer, mobile phone or other device. Pixels are small blocks of code on webpages that do things like allow another server to measure viewing of a webpage and often are used in connection with cookies.
We use technologies like cookies, pixels, and a small local file (like on your browser or device, which is similar to a cookie but holds more information) to provide and understand a range of products and services.
We use these technologies to do things like:
For example, we may use these tools to know you are logged in to Quipist, to help you use social plugins and share buttons, or to know when you are interacting with our advertising or Platform partners.
We may ask advertisers or other partners to serve ads or services to computers, mobile phones or other devices, which may use a cookie, pixel or other similar technology placed by Quipist or the third party (although we would not share information that personally identifies you with an advertiser).
Cookies and things like local storage help make Quipist work, like allowing pages to load faster because certain content is stored on your browser or by helping us authenticate you to deliver personalized content.
Refer to your browser or device's help material to learn what controls you can often use to remove or block cookies or other similar technologies or block or remove other data stored on your computer or device (such as by using the various settings in your browser). If you do this, it may affect your ability to use Quipist or other websites and apps.
We may access, preserve and share your information in response to a legal request (like a search warrant, court order or subpoena) if we have a good faith belief that the law requires us to do so. This may include responding to legal requests from jurisdictions outside of the United States where we have a good faith belief that the response is required by law in that jurisdiction, affects users in that jurisdiction, and is consistent with internationally recognized standards. We may also access, preserve and share information when we have a good faith belief it is necessary to: detect, prevent and address fraud and other illegal activity; to protect ourselves, you and others, including as part of investigations; or to prevent death or imminent bodily harm. Information we receive about you, including financial transaction data related to purchases made with Quipist, may be accessed, processed and retained for an extended period of time when it is the subject of a legal request or obligation, governmental investigation, or investigations concerning possible violations of our terms or policies, or otherwise to prevent harm. We also may retain information from accounts disabled for violations of our terms for at least a year to prevent repeat abuse or other violations of our terms.
You can access and correct most of your personal data stored by Quipist by logging into your account and viewing your content and activity log.
We may send you notifications and other messages using the contact information we have for you, like your email address.
We offer tools to help you upload your friends' contact information so that you and others can find friends on Quipist, and invite friends who do not currently use Quipist to join, and so we can offer you and others better experiences on Quipist through suggestions and other customized experiences
When you invite a friend to join
Quipist, we send a message on your behalf using your name, and we may also
include names and pictures of other people your friend might know on Quipist.
We'll also send a few reminders to those you invite.
We may memorialize the account of a deceased person. When we memorialize an account, we keep the Quipstream on Quipist, but limit access and some features. You can report a deceased person's Quipstream.
We also may close an account if we
receive a formal request that satisfies certain criteria. You may designate, in advance, who you would like to have control of your account if something were to happen to you.
We may share information we receive with businesses that are legally part of the same group of companies that Quipist is part of, or that become part of that group (often these companies are called affiliates). Likewise, our affiliates may share information with us as well. This sharing is done in compliance with applicable laws including where such applicable laws require consent. We and our affiliates may use shared information to help provide, understand, and improve our services and their own services.
We do our best to keep your
information secure, but we need your help. We try to keep Quipist up,
bug-free and safe, but can't make guarantees about any part of our services or
products. Please notify us of any bugs, or security issues, that you are aware of!
If we make changes to this Data Use Policy we will notify you (for example, by publication here).
If the changes are material, we will provide you additional, prominent notice as appropriate under the circumstances.
Unless we make a change for legal or administrative reasons, or to correct an inaccurate statement, we will give you seven (7) days to provide us with comments on the change. After the comment period, if we adopt any changes, we will provide notice of the effective date.
California law permits residents of California to request certain details about what personal information a company shares with third parties for the third parties' direct marketing purposes. Quipist does not share your information with third parties for the third parties' own and independent direct marketing purposes unless we receive your permission.