Privacy Policy

Effective 30 January 2020

This Privacy Policy explains how and why Sponsub Inc. (“Talksub,” “we,” or “us”) collects, uses, and shares information about you when you use our websites, mobile apps, widgets, and other online products and services (collectively, the “services”), interact with us, or receive communication from us.

What We Collect

Information You Provide to Us

We collect information you provide to us directly when you use the services. This includes:

  • Account information: To create an account, you must provide your name, email address, and password. We also store your user account preferences and settings.
  • Content you submit: We collect the content you submit to the services. This includes your posts, comments, reports, and other communications with us. Your content may include text, links, images, gifs, and videos.
  • Actions you take: We collect information about the actions you take when using the services. This includes your interactions with content such as voting, saving, hiding, and reporting. It also includes your interactions with other users, such as following.
  • Other information: You may choose to provide other information directly to us. For example, we may collect information when you fill out a form, request customer support, or communicate with us.

Information We Collect Automatically

When you access or use our services, we may also automatically collect information about you. This includes:

  • Log and usage data: We may log information when you access and use the services. This may include your IP address, user agent string, browser type, operating system, referral URLs, device information (such as device IDs), pages visited, links clicked, requested URL, hardware settings, and search terms.
  • Information collected from cookies and similar technologies: We may receive information from cookies, which are pieces of data your browser stores and sends back to us when making requests, and similar technologies. We use this information to improve your experience, understand user activity, personalize content and advertisements, and improve the quality of our services. For example, we store and retrieve information about your preferred language and other settings. For more information on how you can disable cookies, please see “Your Choices” below.
  • Approximate Location information: We may derive your approximate location from other information about you, including your IP address.

Information Collected from Other Sources

We may receive information about you from other sources, including from other users and third parties, and combine that information with the other information we have about you. For example, we may receive demographic or interest information about you from third parties, including advertisers, and combine it with our own data using a common account identifier such as a hash of an email address or a mobile device ID. You can control how we use this information to personalize the services for you by adjusting your preferences here.

  • Linked services: If you authorize or link other services (such as third party apps or websites) to access your Talksub account, Talksub receives information about your use of that service when it uses that authorization. Linking services may also cause the other service to send us information about your account with that service. To learn how information is shared with linked services, see “How Information About You Is Shared” below.
  • Information collected from integrations: We also may receive information about you, including log and usage data and cookie information, from third party websites that integrate our services, including our embeds, buttons, and advertising technology.

How We Use Information About You

We use information about you to:

  • Provide, maintain, and improve the services;
  • Research and develop new services;
  • Help protect the safety of Talksub and our users, which includes blocking suspected spammers, addressing abuse, and enforcing our policies;
  • Send you technical notices, updates, security alerts, invoices, and other support and administrative messages;
  • Provide customer service;
  • Communicate with you about products, services, offers, promotions, and events, and provide other news and information we think will be of interest to you (for information about how to opt out of these communications, see “Your Choices” below);
  • Monitor and analyze trends, usage, and activities in connection with our services; and
  • Personalize the services and provide advertisements, content, and features that match user profiles or interests (for information about how to manage the types of advertisements you experience on our services, see “Your Choices” below).

How Information About You Is Shared

When you use the services, certain information may be shared with other users and the public. For example:

  • When you submit content (such as a post or comment) to the services, any visitors to and users of our services will be able to see that content, the username associated with the content, and the date and time you originally submitted the content. Talksub allows other websites to embed public Talksub content via our embed tools. Talksub also allows third parties to access public Talksub content via the Talksub API and via other similar technologies. Although some parts of the services may be private or quarantined, they may become public and you should take that into consideration before posting to the services.
  • When other users view your profile, they will be able to see information about your activities on the services, such as your username, prior posts, and comments.
  • We offer social sharing features that let you share content or actions you take on our services with other media. Your use of these features enables the sharing of certain information with your friends or the public, depending on the settings you establish with the third party that provides the social sharing feature. For more information about the purpose and scope of data collection and processing in connection with social sharing features, please visit the privacy policies of the third parties that provide these social sharing features.

Please note that even when you delete your account, the posts and comments you submitted through the services may still be viewable or available on our servers. For more information, see “Your Choices” below.

Otherwise, we do not share, sell, or give away your personal information to third parties unless one of the following circumstances applies:

  • With linked services: If you link your Talksub account with a third party service, Talksub will share the information you authorize with that third party service. You can control this sharing as described in “Your Choices” below.
  • With our partners: We may share information with vendors, consultants, and other service providers (but not with advertisers and ad partners) who need access to such information to carry out work for us. The partner’s use of personal data will be subject to appropriate confidentiality and security measures.
  • To comply with the law: We may share information in response to a request for information if we believe disclosure is in accordance with or required by any applicable law, regulation, legal process, or governmental request, including, but not limited to, meeting national security or law enforcement requirements. To the extent the law allows it, we will attempt to provide you with prior notice before disclosing your information in response to such a request.
  • In an emergency: We may share information if we believe it is necessary to prevent imminent and serious bodily harm to a person.
  • To enforce our policies and rights. We may share information if we believe your actions are inconsistent with our rules or policies, or to protect the rights, property, and safety of Talksub and others.
  • With our affiliates: We may share information between and among Talksub, and any of our parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and other companies under common control and ownership.
  • With your consent: We may share information about you with your consent or at your direction.
  • Aggregated or de-identified information: We may share information about you that has been aggregated or anonymized such that it cannot reasonably be used to identify you. For example, we may show the total number of times a post has been upvoted without identifying who the visitors were.

Ads and Analytics Partners

We may partner with third party advertisers, ad networks, and analytics providers to deliver advertising and content targeted to your interests and to better understand your use of the services. These third parties may collect information sent by your computer, browser, or mobile device in response to a request for content, such as unique identifiers, your IP address, or other information about your computer or device. For example:

Advertisers and Ad Networks

Our ad partners and ad networks may use cookies and related technologies to collect information when ads are delivered to you on our services, but Talksub does not link to or provide them with your actual Talksub account details. This means that Talksub does not share your individual account browsing habits with advertisers. Talksub cannot see advertisers’ cookies and advertisers will not see Talksub cookies.

Analytics Partners

We use analytics partners, such as Google Analytics, to help analyze usage and traffic for our services. As an example, we may use analytics partners to analyze and measure, in the aggregate, the number of unique visitors to our services.

Your Choices

As a Talksub user, you have choices about how to protect and limit the collection, use, and disclosure of information about you.

Accessing and Changing Your Information

You can access and change certain information through the services. See our Help Center page for more information.

Deleting Your Account

You may delete your account by contacting us at [email protected]. When you delete your account, your profile is no longer visible to other users. Please note, however, that the posts and comments you submitted prior to deleting your account will still be visible to others unless you first delete the specific content. We may also retain certain information about you as required by law or for legitimate business purposes even after you delete your account.

Controlling the Use of Cookies

Most web browsers are set to accept cookies by default. If you prefer, you can usually choose to set your browser to remove or reject first and third party cookies. Please note that if you choose to remove or reject cookies, this could affect the availability and functionality of our services.

Controlling Advertising and Analytics

Some analytics providers we partner with may provide specific opt-out mechanisms and we may provide, as needed and as available, additional tools and third party services that allow you to better understand cookies and how you can opt-out. For example, you may manage the use and collection of certain information by Google Analytics here.

Do Not Track

Most modern web browsers give you the option to send a Do Not Track signal to the websites you visit, indicating that you do not wish to be tracked. However, there is no accepted standard for how a website should respond to this signal, and we do not take any action in response to this signal. Instead, in addition to publicly available third party tools, we offer you the choices described in this policy to manage the collection and use of information about you.

Controlling Promotional Communications

You may opt out of receiving some or all categories of promotional communications from us by following the instructions in those communications or by updating your email options in your account preferences here. If you opt out of promotional communications, we may still send you non-promotional communications, such as information about your account or your use of the services.

Other Information

Information Security

We take measures to help protect information about you from loss, theft, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. For example, we use HTTPS while information is being transmitted. We also enforce technical and administrative access controls to limit which of our employees have access to non-public personal information.

Data Retention

We store the information we collect for as long as it is necessary for the purpose(s) for which we originally collected it. We may retain certain information for legitimate business purposes or as required by law.

International Users

We are based in the United States and we process and store information on servers located in the United States. We may store information on servers and equipment in other countries depending on a variety of factors, including the locations of our users and service providers.

By accessing or using the services or providing information to us, you consent to the processing, transfer, and storage of information in and to the United States and other countries, where you may not have the same rights as you do under local law.

Please direct any inquiries or complaints regarding our compliance with the Privacy Shield principles to the point of contact listed in the “Contact Us” section below. If we do not resolve your complaint, you may submit your complaint free of charge to JAMS. Under certain conditions specified by the Privacy Shield principles, you may also be able to invoke binding arbitration to resolve your complaint. We are subject to the investigatory and enforcement powers of the Federal Trade Commission. If we share EU or Swiss data with a third party service provider that processes the data solely on our behalf, then we may be liable for that third party’s processing of EU or Swiss data in violation of the Privacy Shield principles, unless we can prove that we are not responsible for the event giving rise to the damage.

For more information about the Privacy Shield principles and to view our certification, please visit the US Department of Commerce’s Privacy Shield website.

Additional Information for EEA Users

Users in the European Economic Area have the right to request access to, rectification of, or erasure of their personal data; to data portability in certain circumstances; to request restriction of processing; to object to processing; and to withdraw consent for processing where they have previously provided consent. These rights can be exercised using the information provided under “Your Choices” above or using the contact information provided at the end of this document. EEA users also have the right to lodge a complaint with their local supervisory authority.

As required by applicable law, we collect and process information about individuals in the EEA only where we have legal bases for doing so. Our legal bases depend on the services you use, and how you use them. We process your information on the following legal bases:

  • You have consented for us to do so for a specific purpose;
  • We need to process the information to provide you the services, including to operate the services, provide customer support and personalized features and to protect the safety and security of the services;
  • It satisfies a legitimate interest (which is not overridden by your data protection interests), such as preventing fraud, ensuring network and information security, enforcing our rules and policies, protecting our legal rights and interests, research and development, and marketing and promoting the services;
  • We need to process your information to comply with our legal obligations.

Children

Children under the age of 13 are not allowed to create an account or use the services. Additionally, if you are in the European Economic Area, you must be over the age required by the laws of your country to create an account or use the services.

Changes to This Policy

We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time. If we do, we will let you know by revising the date at the top of the policy. We may also provide additional notice, such as adding a statement to our homepage or sending you a notification. We encourage you to review the Privacy Policy whenever you access or use our services to stay informed about our information practices and the ways you can help protect your privacy. By continuing to use our services after Privacy Policy changes go into effect, you agree to be bound by the revised policy.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at [email protected] or at:

Sponsub Inc.
1900 S Norfolk St, Suite 350
San Mateo, CA 94403