PRIVACY POLICY

Last Modified: February 21st, 2018

 

1.      Acceptance

Your privacy is important to us. This is why we have created this Privacy Policy (the "Policy"). It describes the types of information we may collect from you, or that you may provide, when you visit patook.com (our "Site"), as well as how we collect, maintain, use, protect and disclose your information. This Policy covers the information we collect on or through our Site, or when you contact us for any reason. It does not apply to information collected by any third party, including through any application or content that may link to or be accessible from the Site. Third parties, such as our advertisers, have their own privacy policies different from ours. Please check directly with each such third party to avoid unfair surprises and misunderstandings.

In general, please note that Patook has generally stricter terms of service and a more unusual privacy policy than many other social networks. For example, as outlined below, we may reveal all your private communications to a spouse or domestic partner upon request, if you are suspected of flirting. We may also reveal communications (either privately or publicly) if you are banned or engage in a Terms of Service violation. Please read through this entire document before agreeing to join the site.

Your visits to this Site constitute your acceptance of this Privacy Policy and our Terms and Conditions http://www.patook.com/terms.html . If you do not agree with this Privacy Policy or the Terms and Conditions http://www.patook.com/terms.html, you must exit our Site. This Policy may change from time to time, and the date of last update is indicated at the top of this page. Your continued use of this Site after we revise this Policy is deemed to be acceptance of the revisions, so please check this page from time to time for updates.

 

2.      What information we collect

We may collect several types of information from and about users of our Site, including the following:

a.                   For free accounts - whatever information you choose to provide to us.

b.                  For paid accounts - credit card information. Please note that if you pay via PayPal, your payment information will be processed by PayPal and we will not have access to it.

c.                   Analytical Site usage information collected via Google Analytics or Firebase Analytics. This data may include the Site pages you view and other similar information about your behavior on our Site.

d.�������� Analytics site usage information that we collect ourselves.

We collect this information:

e.                  Directly from you when you provide it to us (e.g. when you place an order or contact us for any reason).

f.                   Automatically as you navigate through the site. Information collected automatically may include, but is not limited to: usage details, IP addresses, physical location, messages and pictures sent, and information collected through cookies and other tracking technologies.

 

3.      How we use your information

We use information that we collect about you or that you provide to us, including any personal information:

a.                   To provide the services you requested.

b.                  To notify you about changes to our Site or any services we offer or provide though it.

c.                   To allow you to participate in interactive features on our Site.

d.                  To send our newsletter but you may opt out of it by following the unsubscribe link at the bottom.

e.                   To carry out our obligations and enforce our rights arising from any contracts entered into between you and us, including for billing and collection.

f.��������� For advertising purposes, as described in section 11.

g.�������� To make sure you adhere to the terms of service

h.                   In any other way we may describe when you provide the information.

 

4.      Disclosure of your information

We may disclose personal information that we collect or you provide as described in this Policy:

a.                   To fulfill the purpose for which you provide it.

b.                  To contractors, service providers and other third parties we use to support our business.

c.                   To a buyer or other successor in the event of a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution or other sale or transfer of some or all of the Site's assets, whether as a going concern or as part of bankruptcy, liquidation or similar proceeding, in which personal information about our Site users is among the assets transferred.

d.                  We may disclose aggregated information about our users and information that does not identify any individual without restriction.

e.                   For any other purpose disclosed by us when you provide the information.

 

We may also disclose your personal information:

f.                   To comply with any court order, law or legal process, including to respond to any government or regulatory request.

g.                   To enforce or apply our Terms and Conditions http://www.patook.com/terms.html

h.                  If we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to protect the rights, property, or safety of the Site, our customers or others.

i.                   If we believe you used the site to engage in any non-platonic behavior, deceived our users, or otherwise violated the terms of services. This includes but is not limited to, romantic, sexual, business, marketing or other professional relationships established as a result of meeting on the app. In such cases, we use our discretion to decide what information to disclose and it can include, but is not limited to, user profile information and message history. We also use our discretion to decide which requests we will grant and those can include, but are not limited to, spouses, divorce lawyers, people who we believe are genuinely concerned about your intentions.

j. �������� To your spouse, fianc�(e) or other significant other, upon written request and satisfactory proof of relationship, and at our discretion.

k. ������� In the event that you make a suicide threat, to someone who has expressed concern and requested your contact information.

l.��������� If you are banned from Patook, to notify other users of the behavior that caused the ban and caution them against communicating with you further. We may provide those users with as many details as we deem appropriate to ensure their safety, including the contents of messages or behavior that caused your ban.

m.������� If you are banned, to publicly respond to any public attacks made by you against Patook that we deem untruthful or misleading. This includes but is not limited to: online forums and app store review pages. For example, if you complain online about �being banned for no reason�, we may post back that: �this user was banned for trying to flirt with at least three women�.

 

5.      Cookies

Cookies are data that a website transfers to an individual's hard drive for record-keeping purposes. The cookie will help our Site, or another website, to recognize your device the next time you visit. For example, cookies can help us to remember your username and preferences, analyze how well our website is performing, or even allow us to recommend content we believe will be most relevant to you. 

We may use cookies for the following reasons and purposes:

a.                   To provide the services you requested. Some cookies are essential so you can navigate through the website and use its features. Without these cookies, we would not be able to provide the services you've requested.

b.                  To improve your browsing experience. These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make, such as your language or region and they provide improved features. These cookies will help remembering your preferences and settings, remembering if you've filled in certain forms, so you're not asked to do it again, remembering if you've been to the site before, etc. We might also use these cookies to highlight site services that we think will be of interest to you based on your usage of the website.

c.                   Analytics. To improve your experience on our Site, we like to keep track of what pages and links are popular and which ones don't get used so much to help us keep our sites relevant and up to date. It's also very useful to be able to identify trends of how people navigate through our Site and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don't collect information that identifies you. Analytics cookies only record activity on the Site, and they are only used to improve how the Site works.

Most browsers allow you to turn off cookies. To do this, look at the "help" menu on your browser. Switching off cookies may restrict your use of the website and/or delay or affect the way in which it operates.

 

6.      Children's privacy

We are committed to respecting the sensitive nature of children's privacy online. Children under 18 years of age are not allowed to visit our site. We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 18 and our service is not directed to children. If we learn or have reason to suspect that a Site user is under the age of 18, we will delete any personal information in that user's account or use that information only to respond directly to that child (or a parent or legal guardian) to inform him or her that he or she cannot use our Site. If we suspect a user to be under the age of 18 but are not able to independently confirm it, or if the user�s age is estimated to be under 18 by automated algorithms, we may silently block the user and hide their account. In the case that we believe that person will attempt to create other accounts on the site to evade detection, we may silently block them from interacting with other users and hide their account without notifying them (i.e. soft-block them), instead of deleting them.

 

7.      Data security

Personal information you provide to us is stored on a password protected server accessible only by administrator. We adhere to generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. However, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information transmitted to our Site because any transmission of information over the Internet has its inherent risks. Any transmission of personal information is at your own risk. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the Site. You are responsible for keeping your login credentials, if any, confidential.

 

8.      Accessing and correcting your personal information

Please send us an e-mail to info@patook.com to request access to, correct or delete any personal information that you have provided to us or to ask questions about this Privacy Policy. We reserve the right to refuse a request if we believe it would violate any law or cause the information to be incorrect.

 

9.�� Using Patook from outside the United States

If you are using Patook from outside the United States, please note that your information may be transferred to, stored, and processed in the United States or Canada, where our servers are located and our central database is operated. By using our services, you understand and agree that your information may be transferred to our facilities and those third parties with whom we share it as described in this privacy policy.

 

10. Who can see my information/activity

Messages you send are stored on Patook servers. Notwithstanding any data breach or temporary bugs, as described in section 7 above, text messages are visible to both yourself and the recipient. However, administrators may view the contents of those messages if they suspect that you or the recipient have violated any of the terms of service, or for any other reason, including but not limited to: debugging an issue with messaging, investigating a problem with the app, if your account has been reported by another user, law enforcement requests, etc.. Similarly, image messages are visible to both yourself and the recipient. However, they may be viewed by administrators at any time. In the case that automated algorithms suspect that the pictures you sent contain inappropriate material, the pictures may also be revealed to third-party moderators who are not affiliated with Patook for manual verification. If your account gets reported by other users, said pictures may also be revealed to said third-party moderators. In the event that automated algorithms suspect that you have broken the terms of service (such as engaging in flirting, spamming, or trying to market products), your entire message history may be made visible to human moderators for verification. Human moderators may be Patook staff or unaffiliated users.

 

11- Advertising:

 

We may use the contents of your profile, such as interests, age, location etc. to tailor our ads to you. We may also use the contents of the profiles of the people you are talking to.

 

Third party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on a user's prior visits to your website or other websites. We may provide them with age, approximate location and keywords.

 

Google's use of advertising cookies enables it and its partners to serve ads to your users based on their visit to your sites and/or other sites on the Internet.

 

Users may opt out of personalized advertising by visiting Ads Settings

 

 

12. Changes to this Privacy Policy

We may update this Privacy Policy from time to time at our sole discretion. When we post changes to this Privacy Policy, we will revise the "last updated" date at the top of this Privacy Policy. We recommend that you check our Website from time to time to inform yourself of any changes in this Privacy Policy or any of our other policies.