There are many different ways you can use our services – to search for and share information, to communicate with other people or to create new content. When you share information with us, for example by creating a BentBox Account, we can make those services even better – to show you more relevant search results and ads, to help you connect with people or to make sharing with others quicker and easier. As you use our services, we want you to be clear how we’re using information and the ways in which you can protect your privacy.
We collect information to provide better services to all of our users – from figuring out basic stuff like your gender, to more complex things like which Boxes you like the most, the people who matter most to you online, or which type of content you might like.
We collect information in the following ways:
(a) Information you give us. For example, our services require you to sign up for a BentBox Account. When you do, we’ll ask for personal information, like your name, email address, PayPal account, Bitcoin address to store with your account. To take full advantage of the marketplace features we offer, we automatically create a publicly visible BentBox Profile, which may include your name and photo uploaded by you.
(b) Information we get from your use of our services. We collect information about the services that you use and how you use them, like when you view a Box, send a message, or view and interact with other users. This information includes:
(c) Device information
We collect device-specific information. BentBox may associate your device identifiers with your BentBox Account.
(d) Log information
When you use our services or view content provided by BentBox, we automatically collect and store certain information in server logs. This includes:
We use the information we collect to provide, maintain, protect and improve our services, to develop new ones, and to protect BentBox and our users. We also use this information to offer you tailored content – like giving you more relevant search results and suggested Boxes.
If you have a BentBox Account, we may display your Profile name, Profile photo, and actions you take on BentBox (such as likes, comments you write and comments you post). We will respect the choices you make to limit sharing or visibility settings in your BentBox Account.
When you contact BentBox, we keep a record of your communication to help solve any issues you might be facing. We may use your email address to inform you about our services, such as letting you know about upcoming changes or improvements.
We use information collected from cookies and other technologies, to improve your user experience and the overall quality of our services.
BentBox processes personal information on our servers. We may process your personal information on a server located outside the country where you live.
People have different privacy concerns. Our goal is to be clear about what information we collect, so that you can make meaningful choices about how it is used. For example, you can:
Our services let you share information with others. Remember that when you share information publicly, it may be indexable by search engines, including Google. Our services provide you with the option of removing your content.
Accessing and updating your personal information
Whenever you use our services, we aim to provide you with access to your personal information. If that information is wrong, we strive to give you ways to update it quickly or to delete it – unless we have to keep that information for legitimate business or legal purposes. When updating your personal information, we may ask you to verify your identity before we can act on your request.
We may reject requests that are unreasonably repetitive, require disproportionate technical effort (for example, developing a new system or fundamentally changing an existing practice), risk the privacy of others, or would be extremely impractical (for instance, requests concerning information residing on backup systems).
Where we can provide information access and correction, we will do so for free, except where it would require a disproportionate effort. We aim to maintain our services in a manner that protects information from accidental or malicious destruction. Because of this, after you delete information from our services, we may not immediately delete residual copies from our active servers and may not remove information from our backup systems.
We do not share personal information with companies, organizations and individuals outside of BentBox unless one of the following circumstances applies:
(a) With your consent
(b) We will share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of BentBox when we have your consent to do so. We require opt-in consent for the sharing of any sensitive personal information.
(c) With domain administrators
If your BentBox Account is managed for you by a domain administrator then your domain administrator and resellers who provide user support to your organization will have access to your BentBox Account information (including your email and other data). Your domain administrator may be able to:
(d) For external processing
(f) For legal reasons
We will share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of BentBox if we have a good-faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of the information is reasonably necessary to:
We work hard to protect BentBox and our users from unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of information we hold. In particular:
(a) We encrypt many of our services using SSL.
(b) We review our information collection, storage and processing practices, including physical security measures, to guard against unauthorized access to systems.
(c) We restrict access to personal information to BentBox employees, contractors and agents who need to know that information in order to process it for us, and who are subject to strict contractual confidentiality obligations and may be disciplined or terminated if they fail to meet these obligations.