Protecting (and respecting) your privacy
Last revised and effective: December 13, 2018
Hi, and welcome. We've written this page to help you understand your rights and our privacy responsibilities under this agreement ("user agreement" or "agreement") between Brightest, Inc. ("we", "our," "us") and you. These documents tend to get wordy, complex, and, frankly, a bit dull - so we want to clarify a few things up front.
For starters, we don't sell your data. That's our pledge - it's not gonna happpen. Yes, we do collect and gather data (as we outline below if you keep reading, as well as in our terms of service), but our mission is to operate a moral, ethical technology company, which we simply can't do if we violate your privacy or betray your trust. We've thought about the pros, cons, benefits, and tradeoffs - and it may even hurt us competitively against other companies who lack the same sense of right and wrong - but it's the decision we've made and are committed to.
With that said, this agreement sets the terms of your use of the Brightest website and services ("Brightest", "Service") that include brightest.io and all related domains and subdomains, our messaging platforms, Brightest mobile apps for iOS and Android, and all other current and planned components of the Service. This agreement is meant to encourage a fair and tolerant place for ideas, people, links, and discussion that also protects your personal rights.
Our privacy approach
1. Scope and application
2. Information collection
We collect information you provide directly to us, such as when you create or modify your account, take actions through the Service, add photos, comments, or other content regarding your interaction with the Service, or otherwise communicate with us. This information may include but is not limited to your name, email, phone number, postal address, profile picture, gender, date of birth, and other information you choose to provide.
Additionally, when you use our Service, we collect information about you in the following general categories:
Location information: When you use the Service, we collect location data about your location from sources like your web IP address or your mobile phone's location services. If you permit us to access location services through the permission system used by your mobile operating system, we may collect the precise location of your device when the app is running in the foreground or background. Importantly, we do not do this with the intention of tracking you, violating your privacy or selling your data to third parties: we make this tracking a part of our service in order to provide you with a more helpful and relevant user experience.
Contact information: If you permit the Service to access the address book on your device through the permission system used by your mobile platform, we may access and store names and contact information from your address book to facilitate social interactions through our Service and for other purposes described in this Policy or at the time of consent or collection.
Again, none of this is intended to spy on you, monetize your data, or share it with 3rd parties without your knowledge or consent. But in order to tell you what social impact opportunities are nearby, we need to know the zip code or neighborhood where you're located. In order to make recommendations, we need to try and infer what you like from your website and app interactions. It's a delicate balance and we appreciate your trust that we'll strike the right one to protect you, keep you safe, and minimize any potential risks or negative externalities.
Service and permissions
Most web browsers and mobile devices (such as Google Android or Apple iOS) define certain types of data that apps cannot access without your consent. These platforms have different permission systems for obtaining your consent. If you do not wish to share specific elements or areas of your data with us, please configure your device and/or browser settings accordingly, and/or do not opt into providing it to us, if we request it via a settings option or mobile push notification.
Information collected from third party sources
We may also receive information from other sources and combine that with information we collect through our Services. For example:
If you choose to link, create, or log into Brightest with a social media service (i.e., Facebook), or if you engage with a separate app or website that uses our API (or whose API we use), we may receive information about you or your connections from that site or app.
When you contact or provide work, gig or volunteer services to other individuals or organizations listed on the site, you are then sharing whatever information or data about your account, inquiry or desired scope of work with that third party that you provide them. Brightest takes no responsibility for what a third party may or may not do with any personal data you provide them, or their standards for data privacy and protection, which is entirely outside our control.
3. Use of information
We may use the information we collect about you to:
Provide, maintain, and improve our Service, including, for example, to provide products and services you request (and send related information), develop new features, provide customer support to Users, authenticate users, and send product updates and administrative messages;
Perform internal operations, including, for example, to prevent fraud and abuse of our Service; to troubleshoot software bugs and operational problems; to conduct data analysis, testing, and research; and to monitor and analyze usage and activity trends;
Send or facilitate communications;
Send you communications we think will be of interest to you, including information about products, services, promotions, news, and events from Brightest and other companies or organizations, where permissible and according to local applicable laws; and
Personalize and improve the Service, including to provide or recommend features, content, social connections, referrals, and advertisements.
We may transfer the information described in this Policy to, and process and store it in, the United States and other countries, some of which may have less protective data protection laws than the region in which you reside. Where this is the case, we will take appropriate measures to protect your personal information in accordance with this Policy.
4. Sharing of information
We may share the information we collect about you as described in this Policy or as described at the time of collection or sharing, including as follows:
Between you and organizations to enable each to efficiently connect and collaborate through the Service. For example, we share your name, photo (if you provide one), and any other information you have submitted to the Services;
With other Users; and with other people, as directed by you, such as when you want to share your Brightest experience with a friend or on a social network, or message another user using the Service;
With third parties to provide you a service you requested through a partnership or promotional offering made by a third party or us;
With the general public if you submit content in a public forum, such as blog comments, social media posts, or other features of our Services that are viewable by the general public;
With third parties with whom you choose to let us share information, for example other apps or websites that integrate with our API or Service, or those with an API or Service with which we integrate;
With Brightest subsidiaries and affiliated entities that provide services or conduct data processing on our behalf, or for data centralization and/or logistics purposes (note: we will always do our best to transparently disclose these relationships to you, whenever and wherever possible);
With vendors, consultants, marketing partners, and other service providers who need access to such information to carry out work on our behalf;
In response to a request for information by a competent authority if we believe disclosure is in accordance with, or is otherwise required by, any applicable law, regulation, or legal process;
In connection with, or during negotiations of, any merger, sale of company assets, consolidation or restructuring, financing, or acquisition of all or a portion of our business by or into another company;
If we otherwise notify you and you consent to the sharing; and
In an aggregated and/or anonymized form which cannot reasonably be used to identify you.
5. Social sharing
The Service integrates with third party social networks to provide sharing features and other related tools which let you share actions you take on our Service with other apps, sites, or media, and vice versa. Your use of such features enables the sharing of information with your friends or the public, depending on the settings you establish with the social sharing service. Please refer to the privacy policies of those social sharing services for more information about how they handle the data you provide to or share through them.
6. Your information and information choices
Brightest will comply with individual’s requests regarding access, correction, and/or deletion of the personal data it stores in accordance with applicable law.
We may request permission for our app’s collection of precise location from your device per the permission system used by your mobile operating system. If you initially permit the collection of this information, you can later disable it by changing the location settings on your mobile device. However, this will limit your ability to use certain features of our Services. Additionally, disabling our app’s collection of precise location from your device will not limit our ability to determine your approximate location from your IP address.
We may also seek permission for our app’s collection and syncing of contact information from your device per the permission system used by your mobile operating system. If you initially permit the collection of this information, you can later disable it by changing the contacts settings on your mobile device.
You may opt out of receiving promotional messages from us by following the instructions in those messages and/or by updating your account settings. If you opt out, we may still send you non-promotional communications, such as those about your account, about Service you have requested, or our ongoing business relations.
As a reminder, we are not responsible for the practices employed by any websites or services linked to or from our Service, including the information or content contained within them. Please remember that when you use a link to go from our Service to another website or service, our Policy does not apply to those third-party websites or services. Your browsing and interaction on any third-party website or service, including those that have a link on our Service, are subject to that third party’s own rules and policies. In addition, you agree that we are not responsible and do not have control over any third-parties that you authorize to access your user content. If you are using a third-party website or service and you allow them to access your user content, you do so at your own risk.
7. Children’s privacy and safety
Brightest does not knowingly collect or solicit any information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register for the Services. The Service and its content are not directed at children under the age of 13. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 without parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at email@example.com.
8. Changes to this policy
We may change this Policy from time to time, at our sole discretion. Your continued use of the Service after such notice constitutes your consent to the changes. We encourage you to periodically review the Policy for the latest information on our privacy practices.
As we've said before, privacy in this day and age is a delicate balance. Information collection has become very powerful, and can often be helpful for delivering a more engaging, relevant, and customized experience or Service to you. But it can also be mis-used and abused, as we've seen many times from Facebook and other services. We think about these issues and ethics a lot, and will keep challenging ourselves to make the right decisions. You should also challenge us too.
9. Get in touch - we're listening