The information we collect is primarily used to provide the Services, to process and complete any transactions, to respond to inquiries, to personalize and improve the Services, to monitor and analyze usage and trends of the Services, and to allow our business partners to understand how you interact with our Services, as described in this Policy. In connection with certain aspects of the Services, we may request, collect and/or display some information about you. We collect the following types of information from our users.
When you create an Account, we will collect personal information from you, such as your name and email address. If you create an Account using your login from another account, such as Facebook or Twitter, we will access and collect the personal information about you that the account provides (which is based on your privacy settings), so that you can create your Account with us. We use your contact information to send you information about our Services. You may unsubscribe from receiving certain types of these messages through your Account settings, although Captched reserves the right to contact you when we believe it is necessary, such as for administrative and account management purposes.
Note regarding children: We do not knowingly collect personal information from children. If we learn that we have collected personal information of a child under 13, we will take steps to delete such information from our files as soon as possible.
One feature of the Services is the ability to create shortened uniform resource locators (URLs) of websites ("Captched Links"). When you create a Captched Link, Captched collects and stores both the original URL and the shortened URL and, if you are logged in to your Account, we will associate that information with your Account. Captched also collects and stores your IP address, the time and date on which you shortened the original URL, and when you share the Captched Link and information on the channels through which the Captched Link was shared.
Captched collects information about accesses (such as clicks) of every Captched Link created through the Services. This information includes, but is not limited to: (i) the IP address and physical location of the devices accessing the Captched Link; (ii) the referring websites or services; (iii) the time and date of each access; and (iv) information about sharing of the Captched Link on Third Party Services such as Twitter and Facebook. This information is used by Captched and its partners to improve their websites and services by, for example, providing value-added features, and to analyze clicks on Captched Links, for example to understand how, when and where Captched Links are clicked.
Some features of the Services allow you to share your content and Captched Links through your accounts with other companies such as Facebook and Twitter. If you choose to connect Captched to such Third Party Services, we may collect information related to your use of those Third Party Services, such as authentication tokens that allow us to connect to your Third Party Service accounts. We will ask you for permission before you authorize our collection of this information. We will only use that information for the specific reason for which it was provided to us. We may also collect information about how you are using the Services to interact with those connected Third Party Services. Note that Third Party Services may have the ability to restrict the information that is provided to us based on your privacy settings of that account.
The Services are designed to help you share information with others. As a result, much of the information generated through the Services is shared publicly or with third parties.
We may share the information we collect as described in this policy with third-party business partners, for instance, for the purpose of enhancing our products and services, so that they can market their products or services to you, or so that they may analyze trends about the creation of, and clicks on, Captched Links. If you do not want us to share your personal information with these companies, contact us at [email protected].
Much of your activity on and through the Services is public by default. This includes, but is not limited to:
For registered users, some of this information is publicly accessible through a unique URL, which you can make non-public through your Account settings when you are logged in. Removing access to the unique URL does not, however, make this information non-public, and it may still be accessible through other means, such as Captched's API services.
Please also remember that if you choose to provide information about yourself using certain features of the Services, then that information is governed by the privacy settings of those particular features and may be publicly available to others.
While we collect and store IP address information, that information is not shared publicly. As described above, we may share IP address information we collect when you create or click a Captched Link with our business partners, service providers and other organizations with whom we conduct business for the purposes described in this policy.
When creating a Captched Link, you can share that Captched Link through Third Party Services. Any information that you elect to distribute through Third Party Services is provided to them and may then become accessible to users of those services. You can also access other Third Party Services through the Services, for example by clicking on links in the Statistics page for a Captched Link. We recommend that you review the terms of services and privacy policies of such Third Party Services that you access through the Services, since Captched does not control and is not responsible for the privacy practices of these Third Party Services.
To opt out from having information about your clicks on Captched Links shared with our business partners, please opt-out using the link provided on this page.
User profile information including your username, Twitter handle and Facebook account name (to the extent you have linked your Account with those services), and other information you enter may be displayed to other users to facilitate user interaction within the Services. Users' email addresses will not be directly revealed to other users by Captched.
We may employ and contract with third parties to perform certain tasks on our behalf and under our direction (our "Service Providers"). We may need to share information about you with our Service Providers in order to provide our product with research and analytics on user behavior and to provide advertising products and services to users, and email marketing and support services. Unless we tell you differently, our Service Providers do not have any right to use the information we share with them beyond what is necessary to assist us. Transfers to subsequent third parties are covered by the service agreements with our Clients.
We may transfer and/or provide information about our users in connection with an acquisition, sale of company assets, or other situation where user information would be transferred as one of our business assets. You will be notified via email and/or a prominent notice on our website, of any change in ownership, uses of your personal information, and choices you may have regarding your personal information.
In such a case, the acquirer of Captched may continue to use your information as set forth in this policy.
Captched may access, read, preserve, and disclose any information it collects when it has a good faith belief that doing so is reasonably necessary to (i) comply with a law, regulation, or compulsory legal request, including process from a governmental law enforcement or national security agency (ii) enforce these Terms of Service, including investigation of potential violations hereof, (iii) detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues, (iv) respond to user support requests, or (v) protect the rights, property or safety of Captched, its users and the public. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for fraud protection and spam/malware prevention.
We will share information about you when you instruct us to do so, such as when you share Captched Links or content with others through the Services or if we notify you that the information you provide will be shared in a particular manner and you provide such information (like sharing/posting it with a Third Party Service).
Your Account information is protected by a password for your privacy and security. You can prevent unauthorized access to your account by selecting and protecting your password appropriately and limiting access to your computer and browser by signing off after you have finished accessing your account.
Captched endeavors to protect the information it collects about its users using industry-standard security processes and controls, however, despite these efforts, no security measure is perfect or impenetrable and Captched does not guarantee or warrant that such measures will prevent unauthorized access to the information about you that is stored by Captched. In the event we experience a breach of security, we will promptly notify you if your personal information has been compromised, in accordance with applicable law. If you have any questions about the security of your personal information, you can contact us at [email protected].
You don't need an account to create Captched Links and you can use many of the features of the Services without registering, thereby limiting the type of information that is collected about you individually.
Upon request, Captched will provide you with information about whether we hold any of your personal information. In order to identify you, we may need to request additional information from you in order to respond to your request. You may access, correct, or request deletion of your personal information by logging into your account or contacting us at [email protected]. We will respond to your request within a reasonable timeframe. In certain circumstances we may be required by law to retain your personal information, or may need to retain your personal information in order to continue providing a service.
Captched acknowledges that you have the right to access your personal information. Captched has no direct relationship with the individuals whose personal data it processes. An individual who seeks access, or who seeks to correct, amend, or delete inaccurate data should direct their query to the Captched's Client (the data controller). If requested to remove data we will respond within a reasonable timeframe. In certain circumstances we may be required by law to retain your personal information, or may need to retain your personal information in order to continue providing a service.
If you are a registered user, you can access information associated with your Account by logging into the Site. This information includes a history of the URLs you have shortened, and access to the metrics pages for those URLs. You can deactivate your Account at any time through your Account settings page. If you deactivate your Account, you will no longer be able to access or use the Services.
Please note that in the interest of ensuring that existing Captched Links continue to function for all of our users, the Captched Links that you have created and shared cannot be deleted or disabled (even if your Account is deactivated), and any shortening and sharing activity that has already occurred on your Account also cannot be deleted (but your user history can be set to private from within your Account settings). If you have concerns about any unauthorized usage of your Account, please contact us at [email protected] and we will disable future shortening activity on your Account.
If you are not a registered user, you can access the metrics pages for your Captched Links by adding the "+" symbol to the end of the URL.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding privacy using the Services, please send us a detailed message to: [email protected]. We will make every effort to resolve your concerns.