Privacy Policy

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This Privacy Policy shall apply to

the Jodel mobile App (the “App”); and the websites https://jodel.com/ and https://jodel-app.com/ (the “Website”) (App and Website together the “Services”)

Data controller (Verantwortliche Stelle) within the meaning of the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) is The Jodel Venture GmbH, Wilhelmstraße 118, 10963 Berlin (“Jodel”, “we”, “us” or “our”).

This privacy policy shall inform you on how we collect, process and use (“Use”) your Personal Data in connection with the Services.

1. DATA WE COLLECT, PROCESS AND USE

In general, you can use the Services without providing any personal information such as e.g. your name, email address, postal address, telephone number, financial information (all such information concerning the personal or material circumstances of an identified or identifiable individual data subject together “Personal Data”). Therefore, if you do not provide us directly with Personal Data in another way or actively consent to the Use by us of certain Personal Data, we do not Use your Personal Data.

In connection with the use of the App a random user number (hash value) is generated for you based on your mobile device that allows us to allocate your Jodel activities (posts, replies, Karma, etc.) to an account. We cannot relate this number or the account to your name or other personal information of you.

In addition, the App collects certain data transmitted by your mobile device, namely your IP address, the periods of time in which you use the App and the type of device you use (e.g. IPhone, Samsung Galaxy).

If you provide us with additional basic demographic data such as profession, gender and age we may use such data to personalize the experience for you.

In addition, the full functionalities of the App are only accessible to you if you grant access to your mobile device’s geo location via GPS. To this end, when you use the App for the first time you will be asked to give your respective consent. If you do not consent or if you consent, but later deactivate this functionality in the settings of your mobile device, please note that the App or at least certain features and functionalities of the App might not work or might not be accessible to you.

We may disclose your Personal Data where such disclosure is required by law (for example, upon request of a court or of law enforcement authorities).

2. USE OF ANALYZING AND ADVERTISING TOOLS

With regard to the App we use the advertising identifiers IDFA (for iOS devices) and AAID (for Android devices) (together the “Advertising Identifiers”). These Advertising Identifiers are non-personal, non-permanent numbers contained on your mobile device. We do not combine the Advertising Identifiers with any other mobile device related information or other personal information of you. The Advertising Identifiers identify your user data to enable us to provide you with personalized advertising and to evaluate your usage of the App. You can deactivate the use of the Advertising Identifiers in the settings of your operating system by switching off ad tracking on iOS (under “Settings/Privacy/Advertising”) or resetting your AAID on Android (under “Settings/Ads”).

We also use the following tools to evaluate the user behavior:

We use a self-developed tool with regard to the App that evaluates and stores the user data to give us a better picture of how the App is used by our users. We use that data to improve the usability of the App for the users and to develop new features.

We also use the Facebook Self-Development Kit (“Facebook SDK”) with regard to the App. The Facebook SDK allows for analyzing anonymized behavioral data, in particular the tracking of active users and activity events (e.g posts, replies, votes). For further information regarding the Facebook SDK please refer to https://developers.facebook.com/docs/ios and https://developers.facebook.com/docs/android. This does not give us any access to data from Facebook or a user’s Facebook account by any means.

In addition, we also use the Goedle Self-Development Kit (“Goedle SDK”) with regard to the App. The Goedle SDK allows analyzing user behavior patterns within the first few days of usage and calculates the likelihood of whether the user uses the App for longer. We use this information to improve our service and better understand the needs of our users. Based on this information we might send push notifications in the future to activate more users. For further information regarding the Goedle SDK please refer to https://goedle.io.

The Website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help analyze how you use the Website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the Website will normally be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. In case IP-anonymization is activated on the Website, your IP address will be truncated within the area of member states of the European Union or within other contracting states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases the whole IP address will be first transferred to a Google server in the USA and truncated there. Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of the Website for the purpose of evaluating your use of the Website, compiling reports on Website activity and providing other services for the Website operator relating to Website activity and internet usage. The IP-anonymization is active on the Website. The IP address that your browser transfers within the scope of Google Analytics will not be associated with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use all functions of the Website. You can also opt-out from the storage by Google of the data that is created by the cookie and is related to the use of the Website (including your IP address) and the processing of such data by Google by downloading and installing the Google Analytics opt-out Browser add-on available under https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en. As an alternative to the browser add-on or within browsers on mobile devices, you can click this link in order to opt-out from being tracked by Google Analytics within this Website in the future (this opt-out option applies only for the browser in which you set it and with regard to the Website). In this case an opt-out cookie is put on your device. In case you delete your cookies, you will have to use the aforementioned link again. For further information on Google Analytics please refer to: http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/gb.html, https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en, http://www.google.de/intl/en-GB/policies/privacy/.

We use the Firebase SDK with regard to the App. Firebase is a realtime database, which we are using for realtime data exchange and data storage. Firebase also allows for analyzing anonymized behavioral data, in particular the tracking of active users and activity events (e.g. posts, replies, votes). Certain (anonymized) user data is sent to Firebase. Firebase is a subsidiary of Google and has its seat in San Francisco, USA. For further information regarding the Firebase SDK please refer to the Firebase privacy policy available over the following link: https://www.firebase.com/terms/privacy-policy.html.

If you decide to deactivate (some of) the tools described above, please note that certain features and functionalities of the Services might not work or might not be accessible to you.

3. KEEPING YOUR PERSONAL DATA SECURE

We place great importance on the security of all Personal Data associated with the use of our App. We have security measures in place to attempt to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of Personal Data under our control. Our security and privacy policies are periodically reviewed and enhanced as we consider it appropriate and only authorised personnel have access to Personal Data. Whilst we cannot ensure or guarantee that loss, misuse or alteration of information will never occur, we use all reasonable efforts to prevent it.

We have taken additional extensive security precautions relating to our App and its use. However you should bear in mind that in spite of such security measures, submission of information over the internet is never entirely secure. We cannot guarantee the security of information you submit via our App whilst it is in transit over the internet and any such submission is at your own risk. Always act carefully and responsibly online and make sure that your personal information is kept secret.

4. INFORMATION ON THE STORED PERSONAL DATA; CONTACT INFO

You can at any time revoke the Use of your Personal Data in the future, place a partial or complete block on your Personal Data. Upon your request we will correct, restrict or delete your Personal Data or will provide you with information about the Personal Data we have stored. You need not to comply with any particular formalities. For example, simply write to: The Jodel Venture GmbH, Wilhelmstraße 118, 10963 Berlin, Germany or contact our support team by using the contact info contained in the App or on the Website.

Upon revocation of your permission or a request for deletion, we will delete your Personal Data, except where applicable obligations require us to retain your data. In these cases, the further processing or use of your data will be suspended.

If you have any more questions about the Use of your Personal Data, please contact under the contact info as stated above.

Last Updated: Jul 10, 2017