There are many different ways you can use our services – to search for and share information, to communicate with other countries and users or to create new content. As you use our services, we want you to be clear how we’re using information and the ways in which you can protect your privacy.
We’ve tried to keep it as simple as possible, but if you’re not familiar with terms like cookies, IP addresses, pixel tags and browsers, then read about these key terms first. Your privacy matters to CountryOS so whether you are new to CountryOS or a long-time user, please do take the time to get to know our practices – and if you have any questions contact us.
We collect information to provide better services to all of our users – from figuring out basic stuff like which language you speak in your country, to more complex things like what are the main concerns in your country at the moment, the issues that matter most to you, or which parliament members you like.
We collect information in the following ways:
Information we collect when you are signed in to CountryOS, in addition to information we obtain about you from partners, may be associated with your CountryOS Account. When information is associated with your CountryOS Account, we treat it as personal information. For more information about how you can access, manage or delete information that is associated with your CountryOS Account, visit the Transparency and choice section of this policy.
We use the information we collect from all of our services to provide, maintain, protect and improve them, to develop new ones, and to protect CountryOS and our users. We also use this information to offer you tailored content – like suggesting you more relevant product features to use.
We may use the name you provide for your CountryOS Profile across all of the services we offer that require a CountryOS Account. In addition, we may replace past names associated with your CountryOS Account so that you are represented consistently across all our services. If other users already have your email, or other information that identifies you, we may show them your publicly visible CountryOS Profile information, such as your name and photo.
If you have a CountryOS Account, we may display your Profile name, Profile photo, and actions you take on CountryOS or on third-party applications connected to your CountryOS Account in our services, including displaying in ads and other commercial contexts. We will respect the choices you make to limit sharing or visibility settings in your CountryOS Account.
When you contact CountryOS, we keep a record of your communication to help solve any issues you might be facing. We may use your email address to inform you about our services, such as letting you know about upcoming changes or improvements.
We use information collected from cookies and other technologiesto improve your user experience and the overall quality of our services.
Our automated systems analyze your content (including emails) to provide you personally relevant product features, such as customized search results, tailored advertising, and spam and malware detection.
We may combine personal information from one service with information, including personal information, from other CountryOS services – for example to make it easier to share things with people you know. We will not combine DoubleClick cookie information with personally identifiable information unless we have your opt-in consent.
CountryOS processes personal information on our servers in many countries around the world. We may process your personal information on a server located outside the country where you live
People have different privacy concerns. Our goal is to be clear about what information we collect, so that you can make meaningful choices about how it is used. For example, you can:
You may also set your browser to block all cookies, including cookies associated with our services, or to indicate when a cookie is being set by us. However, it’s important to remember that many of our services may not function properly if your cookies are disabled. For example, we may not remember your language preferences.
Many of our services let you share information with others. Remember that when you share information publicly, it may be indexable by search engines, including CountryOS. Our services provide you with different options on sharing and removing your content.
Whenever you use our services, we aim to provide you with access to your personal information. If that information is wrong, we strive to give you ways to update it quickly or to delete it – unless we have to keep that information for legitimate business or legal purposes. When updating your personal information, we may ask you to verify your identity before we can act on your request.
We may reject requests that are unreasonably repetitive, require disproportionate technical effort (for example, developing a new system or fundamentally changing an existing practice), risk the privacy of others, or would be extremely impractical (for instance, requests concerning information residing on backup systems).
Where we can provide information access and correction, we will do so for free, except where it would require a disproportionate effort. We aim to maintain our services in a manner that protects information from accidental or malicious destruction. Because of this, after you delete information from our services, we may not immediately delete residual copies from our active servers and may not remove information from our backup systems.
We do not share personal information with companies, organizations and individuals outside of CountryOS unless one of the following circumstances applies
We may share non-personally identifiable information publicly and with our partners – like publishers, advertisers or connected sites. For example, we may share information publicly to show trends about the general use of our services.
We work hard to protect CountryOS and our users from unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of information we hold. In particular:
Last updated at 25.03.2016