What Personal Information Does Places Collect?
Personal Information You Provide to Us: We receive and store information you enter on our Services or provide to us in any other way. The types of Personal Information collected may include your name, email address, birthday/age, gender, Facebook friends list, and location. We automatically receive your location when you use the Services. We use various technologies to determine location, such as location services of the applicable operating system or browser and sensor data from your device that may, for example, provide information on nearby Wi-Fi-access points and cell towers. The Personal Information you provide is used for such purposes as allowing you to set up a user account and profile that can be used to interact with other users through the Services, improving the content of the Services, customizing the advertising and content you and your friends see (including Places or third-party advertising or content), and communicating with you about specials and new features. Your Services account will be associated with a Services ID, your email (when you log into the Services), and this account will be used for all our Services that you use. We may also draw upon this Personal Information in order to adapt the Services of our community to your needs, to research the effectiveness of our network and Services, and to develop new tools for the community.
Children under 13: The Services are not directed to individuals who are younger than 13 years old.
Information We Receive from Third Parties: We receive and store information from third parties that interact in some way with the Services or that provide services to us in connection with the Services.
How is My Information Shared?
Friends on Places: Your friends can see, for example, your location (as described in
more detail below), name, username, profile photo, cover photo, a list of your friends,
and a list of your places.
Individuals reading this information may use it or disclose it to other individuals or
entities without our control and without your knowledge. We therefore urge you to think carefully about including any specific information you may deem private in comments, plans or tips or other content (location or otherwise) that you create in the Services.
Businesses, Locations, Events and Brands: One of the key purposes of the Services is to help users learn about businesses, locations, events and brands (for example, a TV show, a TV personality, newspaper or a consumer good that manages a page on the Service) that are relevant to them, and for these entities to provide information about themselves, their locations and events to users, as well as to reward users when they visit their location or event through offers and specials. When you visit a particular location, your visits may be shared with that location in order for that location to better provide services to you. Additionally, brands may have access to aggregated and anonymous/or anonymous data, such as de-identified data about places that its followers visit (that is, not tied to individual users).
Publicly Available Information and Apps: When you use the Services, certain information is public, such as your public user profile information, lists of your places, and lists of friends, and may be searchable by search engines and be shared with or disclosed to third parties to a wide range of users and services. We may also share or disclose aggregated and/or anonymous data, such as de-identified check-in data (that does not identify an individual user), to third parties, including users of Places’ Services and our customers, for analytical or other purposes.
Vendors/Contractors: We employ other companies and people, such as independent vendors and contractors, to perform tasks on our behalf and need to share your information with them in order form them to provide services to us. We do not authorize such vendors and contractors to use your Personal Information for their own benefit and we request that they provide a comparable level of protection for your Personal Information.
Google Places API
Places makes use of the Google Places API, both for Android and iOS. This API is used for three (3) main objectives:
Get current place of the user;
Get Information of a Place.
Determining and Sharing Location
Determining your location - The Services deal with location, so in order to work, the Services need to know your location. Whenever you open and use/interact with our app on your mobile device, we use the location information from your mobile device (e.g., latitude and longitude) to tailor the Services to your current location (i.e., we’ll show you a list of nearby locations, friends and tips). This information from is NOT shared with others. Also, the Services use your mobile device’s ‘background location’ to provide the Services, including to send you notifications of tips/friends/promotional codes/plans/interesting things/etc. near you. If you have ‘background location’ turned on, the Places app will, from time to time, tell us about your device’s location even if you are not directly interacting with the application.
Sharing Location with the Places app - Your real-time location is not shared on the Places app, except if all the following rules are true:
You are physically in a place that you added in the app;
You have the “visibility” options turned on for that place;
You are not in Ghost Mode.
Real-time location is used to automatically check-in at your places. Your location is not shared with users that are not your friends. Only your friends that also have the same place added will be able to see that you are “checked-in” at that place. Also, nearby friends will be able to see you, using the Nearby feature. You can always go offline by “hiding yourself” at some particular place, or by using the Ghost Mode feature. Once you physically leave a certain place, or “hide yourself” at the place where you physically are, or are not “checked-in” in any place (as you can always check in you Profile page), or use the Ghost Mode feature, your friends will no longer be able to see your location. If you share a place, use the “come by” feature, or otherwise interact with a place, users may infer that you have been to that location. Some content, like shares and come by, are time stamped and other users could use that information to infer when you were at a place even though places can be shared when you aren’t at the place you are sharing.
The Services include several features that may allow you to share your information with others. Please remember that if you choose to provide personal information using certain features of the Services, that information may be available to the wider Services community, or may be published on our Sites or/and App, which is subject to indexing by third party search engines.
We may provide you with the ability to log into the Service using your existing social media accounts, such as Facebook. We do not control such social media services, your profiles on those services, modify your privacy settings on those services or establish rules about how your information on those services will be used. You and the social media service providers are in control of those issues, not Places. You are encouraged to read all policies and information on the applicable social media services to learn more about how they handle your information before using any such features made available to you on the Service. We are not responsible for any acts or omissions by any social media service provider or your use of features that come from their platform.
Sharing with Partners, in connection with business transfers, and for the protection of Places and others:
Our Partners: In addition to the data sharing described above, we enter into relationships with a variety of businesses and work closely with them. In certain situations, these businesses, provide services to you, sell items or provide promotions to you through the Services. In other situations, Places provides services, or sells items jointly with these businesses. You can easily recognize when one of these businesses is associated with your transaction, and we will share your Personal Information that is related to such transactions with that business.
Business Transfers: If Places or substantially all of its assets are acquired, or in the unlikely event that Places goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party.
Protection of Places and Others: We may release your information when we believe in good faith that release is necessary to comply with the law, including laws outside your country of residence; enforce or apply our conditions of use and other agreements; or protect the rights, property, or safety of Places, our employees, our users, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations (including outside of your country of residence) for fraud protection and credit risk reduction.
What About Cookies and Similar Technologies?
We may work with advertisers or other partners and advertising service providers to serve ads to you on our Services, or on a third party website or app, that may be relevant to you based on your inferred interests, interaction with our Services or location.
In connection with the foregoing, we, our partners, and our advertising service providers receive information through our Services, unaffiliated websites and apps and through various advertising exchanges, platforms and ad networks, including by bidding on advertising inventory on unaffiliated sites and apps directly or by working with other partners and advertising service providers. This information may include information about your activity on the Services or on unaffiliated websites and apps, including information received from a web browser, operating system, or device (including such things as information about the operating system, device model, and carrier; location information; mobile device and advertising identifiers; and cookie information or other similar technology).
We combine the information described above with additional demographic, location and other interest- based segment data, along with cookie information, from third parties to provide services to our customers such as tools to enable the display of targeted advertisements to users, including across a user’s devices, and tools to allow them to understand the effectiveness of advertising campaigns. We may share this information and other information with advertisers or other partners and advertising service providers for purposes such as to serve advertisements, and to measure advertisement conversion and effectiveness in the ordinary course of our business. We may share such information with third parties advertising partners in an aggregated form as part of a segment of users or in a de- identified form, but we would not share such information in a manner that specifically identifies you to an advertiser). We will retain this information we receive for as long as your Services account is active or as needed to provide the advertising services. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, we will retain and use the information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.
Is Personal Information About Me Secure?
Your Places account Personal Information is protected by a password for your privacy and security. You need to prevent unauthorized access to your account and Personal Information by selecting and protecting your password appropriately, and limiting access to your mobile phone.
Places endeavors to safeguard user information to ensure that user account information is kept private. However, Places cannot guarantee the security of user account information. Unauthorized entry or use,
hardware or software failure, and other factors, may compromise the security of user information at any time.
How Do I Delete My Account?
Should you ever decide to delete your Services account, you may do so by clicking on the "delete account" link on your account settings page. If you terminate your account, your profile, including your check-in history and your User Submissions (as defined in Places’ Terms of Service will be removed from the Service and eventually deleted from Places’ servers. Because of the way we maintain Places, such deletion may not be immediate, and residual copies of your profile information or posts may remain on backup. Notwithstanding the foregoing, we will retain information as required by applicable law and we will not delete any information that has already been aggregated or anonymized.
What If I Have Questions Or Concerns?
If you have any questions or concerns regarding privacy using the Service, please send a detailed message to: email@example.com. We will make every effort to resolve your concerns.
You may contact Places at the following email: