Welcome to Qaraus…
Qaraus respects your privacy. It’s one of the core values of our social network.
Managing Your Information Preferences
Information We Collect
“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:
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.