The germ Privacy Policy

TL;DR Version: We collect aggregate usage stats, and kind of obsess with your privacy.

germ.io lets you log, build and share your ideas with the people who matter to you. Any registered user can log new ideas (called “germs”), or edit and work on germs that have been shared with them. All the germs you create are accessible only to the users you collaborate it with.

This Privacy Policy describes how and when germ.io (called “Service”) collects, uses and shares your information when you use our Services.

Information Collected Upon Registration

When you signup for a germ.io account, you may provide some personal information such as your name, username, password and email address. Some of this information, for example, your name and username, may be listed publicly on our Services, including on your profile page and in search results.

Some Services, such as search, public user profiles and viewing publicly available germs may not require registration.

Additional Information

You may provide us with profile information to make public, such as a short biography, or picture. We may use your contact information to send you information about our Services or to market to you, as well as send you notifications pertaining to your account. You may choose to unsubscribe from all notifications from germ.io or manage your notification settings through your account.

Cookies

Like many websites, we use cookies and similar technologies to collect additional website usage data and to improve our Services. A cookie is a small data file that is transferred to your computer's hard disk. germ.io may use both session cookies and persistent cookies to better understand how you interact with our Services, to monitor aggregate usage by our users and web traffic routing on our Services, and to customize and improve our Services. Most Internet browsers automatically accept cookies. You can instruct your browser, by changing its settings, to stop accepting cookies or to prompt you before accepting a cookie from the websites you visit. However, some Services may not function properly if you disable cookies.

Log Data

Our servers automatically record information ("Log Data") created by your use of the Services. Log Data may include information such as your IP address, browser type, operating system, the referring web page, pages visited, location, your mobile carrier, device and application IDs, search terms, and cookie information. We receive Log Data when you interact with our Services, for example, when you visit our websites, sign into our Services, interact with our email notifications, etc.

Third-Parties

germ.io uses a variety of third-party services to help provide our Services, such as hosting our various blogs and wikis, and to help us understand the use of our Services, such as Google Analytics. These third-party service providers may collect information sent by your browser as part of a web page request, such as cookies or your IP address. Third-party ad partners may share information with us, like a browser cookie ID or cryptographic hash of a common account identifier (such as an email address), to help us measure ad quality and tailor ads. For example, this allows us to display ads about things you may have already shown interest in.

Changes to this Policy

We may revise this Privacy Policy from time to time. The most current version of the policy will govern our use of your information and will always be at http://germ.io/privacy. If we make a change to this policy that, in our sole discretion, is material, we will notify you via email to the email address associated with your account or through our social channels. By continuing to access or use the Services after those changes become effective, you agree to be bound by the revised Privacy Policy.

Effective: May 05, 2015

If you have any questions or concerns about this privacy policy please shoot us an email at legalese[at]germ[dot]io