Privacy Policy

Welcome to Qaraus…

Qaraus respects your privacy. It’s one of the core values of our social network.

The purpose of this privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”) is to help explain how we collect, use, protect, and disclose information and data when you use the Qaraus website (the “Site”) and any Qaraus mobile application (including the “Qaraus App”), application programming interfaces, and other services we offer (collectively the “Services”).

This Privacy Policy also explains your choices about the collection and use of your information, including opting out of certain uses of your Personal Information (defined below). This Privacy Policy applies to all users of the Site and Services.

BY USING THE SITE AND/OR SERVICES, YOU ARE CONSENTING TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY.

We have tried to make this Privacy Policy clear and easy to understand, and we recommend you read it carefully. If you have any questions about this policy, please get in touch with us at contact@qaraus.com and the team will be happy to help. 

Managing Your Information Preferences

You can review, correct, update, or change your Personal Information through your account. You may receive emails from us about the Services from time to time, such as emails about the status of your account or product updates. We will only send marketing e-mails if you have consented to us sending them to you. You may unsubscribe from such messages at any time. However, there are certain communications about the Services that we need to send you, like important updates to the Terms of Use or Privacy Policy. You may not opt out of these types of messages. If you have any questions about reviewing or modifying your account information, you can contact us directly at contact@qaraus.com

Information We Collect

Personal Information

“Personal Information” is any information about one of our users which could, alone or together with other information, personally identify them or otherwise be reasonably linked or connected with them. Information such as a username and password, an email address, a real name, an Internet protocol (IP) address, and a photograph are examples of “Personal Information.” We collect the following categories and types of Personal Information:

  • Contact Information: your first and last name, phone number, email address, shipping address and billing address. We only collect your shipping and billing information if you choose to use our “Buy Now” feature; however, we immediately pass this information to our payment processor (who then shares it with the vendor or charitable organization you are buying from to). We do not access or store your credit card information or shipping information;
  • Payment Information: credit card and debit card numbers (if you choose to use our “Buy Now” feature; however, we do not store this information);Your device type (e.g. iPhone or Android phone model) so that we may send you push notifications (if you so choose)
  • Geolocation data (such as if you’re tagging a post with a location);

Internet or other electronic activity (all anonymized and not used to identify you or your individual user behavior): your browsing and click history on the Qaraus App (e.g. likes, clicks on posts), including information about how you navigate the Qaraus App and which elements of the Qaraus App you use the most; andVisual, audio, and text information: photos and videos that you post on the Qaraus App and any text content you’ve posted such as comments to a post, captions to your photos and videos, or chat messages exchanged through the Qaraus App. We “collect” this in order to store it to be shown on the Qaraus App to those you are sharing it with but we do not use this content for any other purpose.You may be asked to provide us with Personal Information when you register with or use the Site, the Qaraus App, or any of our other Services, and at other times.

Categories of Use

We use your Personal Information for the following purposes:

Transactional Purposes: We use your contact information, payment information, and other identifying information you have given us to:

  • Open your account;
  • To let you see your daily usage of the Qaraus App within the Qaraus App if you so choose through the “Usage Info” feature – note that this Usage Info (defined herein) is stored locally on your device (and, if using iOS, your iCloud account) and may be anonymized and encrypted on our servers;
  • Allow you to find others and have others find you on the Qaraus App;
  • Facilitate transactions if you buy a product through our “Buy Now” feature; and/or
  • Permit you to share content with others on the Qaraus App.

  • Analytical Purposes: We use your anonymized internet or other electronic activity and geolocation data on the Qaraus App to analyze preferences, trends, and statistics to better improve the Qaraus App and our Services for our users and promote our Services.
  • Marketing Purposes: We may use your contact information and internet or other electronic activity to inform you of our new products, services, opportunities and offers. You may opt out of these messages at any time in the message itself or on the Qaraus App.
  • Maintenance and Improvement of Site and Services: We use your contact information and internet or other electronic activity to:
  • Provide and maintain functionality of the Site, the Qaraus App, and our other Services;
  • Improve the Site, the Qaraus App, and our other Services and better serve our users;
  • Handle your customer services requests, including direct your questions to appropriate team members, investigate, and address any of your concerns, and improve and monitor our customer support responses; and
  • Help us diagnose technical and service problems and administer the Site, the Qaraus App, and our other Services.
  • Security and Fraud Prevention: We may use your contact information, audio and visual information, other identifying information and internet or other electronic activity to protect the Site, the Qaraus App, and our other Services, our company and others, and for fraud detection, theft prevention, emergency response purposes, and legal compliance.

Sources of Personal Information

We collect information from the following sources:

We collect information directly from you. We collect contact and certain identifying information directly from you when you register for an account on the Qaraus App. Also, if you choose to cross-reference your contact list on your device with the list of users on the Qaraus App, your contacts’ phone numbers (though not their names) may be used and stored to allow you to: invite your contacts to the Qaraus App, connect with those who are also already on the Qaraus App, or provide you with updates if and when your contacts join the Qaraus App.

We collect information about you from third parties. We may also receive certain identifying information about you from third parties. For example, by “following,” “liking,” adding the Qaraus App, linking your account (such as music streaming services to listen to a music post or a third-party social network in order to cross-post) to the Qaraus App, a third-party may pass certain information about your use of its service to Qaraus. This information could include, but is not limited to, the user ID associated with your third party account (for example, your Facebook or Twitter UID), an access token necessary to access that service, any information that you have permitted the third-party to share with us, and any information you have made public in connection with that service. We only store this information locally on the device as needed to access that service. You should always review, and if necessary, adjust your privacy settings on third-party websites and services before linking or connecting them to the Qaraus App. You may also unlink your third-party account from the Qaraus App by adjusting your settings on the third-party service. If you unlink your third-party account, we will remove the information collected about you in connection with that service.

We collect information from your activity on the Qaraus App. We automatically collect and anonymize information regarding the actions you take on the Qaraus App (“Analytics Data”), which we use for our own analytical purposes to improve the Qaraus App and our other Services. All Analytics Data is anonymized and aggregated. We do not share Analytics Data with any third parties other than our Service Provider which provides us the analytics platform.

We also automatically collect how much time you are spending in the app (“Usage Info”), which powers the “Usage Info” feature on the Qaraus App. This feature shows your time spent on the Qaraus App broken out by days and times to better informed of how you use the Qaraus App – no other user can access this information. Note that the information shown to you under the “Usage Info” feature of the Qaraus App is not stored by Qaraus (or if we do store it on our servers, will be anonymized and encrypted) or shared with any third parties as it is stored on your own device and (if using iOS, your iCloud account)

.Advertising and referrals of Qaraus App. We may collect certain identifying information (e.g. device ID, or IP address) and Internet or other electronic activity on the Qaraus App passively using tools like browser cookies, SDKs, and other similar technologies through Service Providers for referral tracking. For example, if you click on one of our ads for the Qaraus App on another website, we may track that action and market the Qaraus App to you through another ad. We may also use this information for our own analytics purposes to improve the Qaraus App and our other Services. This activity is further described in the Cookies and Anonymous Identifiers section below.

When We Share Information with Third Parties

Our Service Providers

From time to time, we may engage other businesses whom we believe trustworthy and who have confirmed that their privacy practices are consistent with ours (“Service Providers”). For example, we may engage Service Providers to provide certain services, such as hosting and maintenance, data storage and management, payment processing, data enhancement services, fraud prevention, and marketing and promotions. We only provide our Service Providers with the information necessary for them to perform these services on our behalf. Each Service Provider must agree to use reasonable security procedures and practices, appropriate to the nature of the information involved, in order to protect your Personal Information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. Service Providers are prohibited from using Personal Information other than as specified by us.

In addition, we may share (like all other services that rely on internet activity) IP addresses with third parties to provide you with features of the Service like tagging photos with location data – in that case, Foursquare Labs Inc. (“Foursquare”) and Microsoft Corporation (“Bing”) – or enabling linking to third party sites – for example, if you click on another user’s post linking to a YouTube video or an article on a third party website. Please refer to these third parties’ respective privacy policies. For example, Foursquare’s privacy policy can be found at http://foursquare.com/legal/privacy and Bing’s privacy policy at https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/privacy statement.

Our Affiliates

We may share Personal Information and Usage Data (again, anonymized) with businesses controlling, controlled by, or under common control with Qaraus. If Qaraus is merged, acquired, or sold, or in the event of a transfer of some or all of our assets, we may disclose or transfer Personal Information and Usage Data in connection with such transaction. You will have the opportunity to opt out of any such transfer if, in our discretion, it will result in the handling of your Personal Information in a way that differs materially from this Privacy Policy.

Law Enforcement and Courts

We cooperate with government and law enforcement officials and private parties (for example, in connection with providing information relevant to a pending lawsuit or investigation) to enforce and comply with the law. We may disclose Personal Information and any other information about you to government or law enforcement officials or private parties if, in our discretion, we believe it is necessary or appropriate in order to respond to legal requests (including court orders and subpoenas), to protect the safety, property, or rights of our company or of any third-party, to prevent or stop any illegal, unethical, or legally actionable activity, or to comply with the law.

Cookies and Anonymous Identifiers

We may use cookies and similar technologies to store anonymous identifiers (a random string of characters) and other user information on your device to remember your settings and temporarily (until the data is removed from your device or the cookie runs out) identify you. We may also use this to collect Usage Data to analyze use of and improve the Site, the Qaraus App, and our other Services. Most web browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. You can reset your web browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent, however, certain features of the Services may not work if you delete or disable cookies. Some of our Service Providers may use their own cookies, anonymous identifiers, or other tracking technology only in connection with the services they perform on our behalf to keep the Services functioning.

Personal Information You Make Available to Others

By using the Site or the Services you may make certain of your Personal Information available to others. For example, when you post a comment or a photo on the Qaraus App other users may see your name, content, and other information that you choose to make available to them. Any information or content that you voluntarily disclose for posting to the Qaraus App becomes available to the public, as controlled by any applicable privacy settings.  

You can change your privacy settings directly in the Qaraus App at any time by going to your profile setting. Subject to your profile and privacy settings, any user content that you make public is searchable by other users, including on the Site. If you remove information that you posted to the Qaraus App, copies may remain viewable in cached and archived pages of the Qaraus App, or if other users have copied or saved that information.

Security

We maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect the confidentiality and security of information transmitted to us. However, no data transmission over the Internet or other network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect information transmitted on or through the Site or Services, we cannot and do not guarantee the security of any information you transmit on or through the Site or Services, and you do so at your own risk.

Links

Our Site and Services may contain links to other websites or services or allow others to send you such links. A link to a third-party’s website or service does not mean that we endorse it or that we are affiliated with it. We do not exercise control over third-party websites or services. You access such third-party websites or services, or the content on them, at your own risk. You should always read the privacy policy of a third-party website or service before providing any information to that website or service.

Children’s Privacy

The Site, the Qaraus App, and our other Services are intended for users who are 13 years old or older. We do not knowingly collect Personal Information from children under the age of 13. If we become aware that we have inadvertently received Personal Information from a child under the age of 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete such information from our records

Location of Processing

Please be aware that your Personal Information and communications may be transferred to and maintained on servers or databases located outside your province, or country. We store and process the information that we collect in the Turkey in accordance with this Privacy Policy though our Service Providers may store and process data outside the Turkey. By using the Site or Services, you agree that the collection, use, transfer, and disclosure of your Personal Information and communications will be governed by the applicable laws in the Turkey. If you are located in the European Union or other regions with laws governing data collection and use that may differ from the United States law, please note that we may transfer information, including Personal Information, to a country and jurisdiction that does not have the same data protection laws as your jurisdiction, and we will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that any Personal Information are treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

How Long Does Qaraus Keep Information About Me

Following termination or deactivation of your account, we may retain your profile information and user content for a commercially reasonable amount of time for backup, archival, or audit purposes, but in no event for longer than is allowed under applicable data protection laws.

Privacy Policy Changes

We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time. If we decide to change this Privacy Policy, we will inform you by posting the revised Privacy Policy on the Site. By continuing to use the Site or Services, you are consenting to the Privacy Policy.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or the Services, please contact us at any time at contact@qaraus.com

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