Fakespot Privacy Policy – Effective May 22, 2020

Introduction


Thank you for using Fakespot. Our mission is to bring transparency and trust back to the Internet. As part of that mission, we believe it is important to be open and clear with our users on what personal information we collect and how we use it.

To be clear, we do not sell or transfer any user’s personal information. We may share your personal information only to maintain and improve the Service for you.

This Privacy Policy describes how your personal information is collected, used, and shared when you use our website (www.fakespot.com) and our software applications (browser extensions and mobile apps) (collectively the “Service” or “Services”).


Personal Information We Collect


When you use our Services, we automatically collect the following information about you (collectively referred to as “Personal Information”): 


We collect Personal Information using the following technologies:



How do we use your Personal Information?


We may use your personal information in several ways:


Sharing your Personal Information


We share your Personal Information with third parties to help us use your Personal Information, as described above. We use Google Analytics to help us understand how our customers use the Service. We use Google Analytics to help us understand how our customers use the Service. You can read more about how Google uses your Personal Information here:https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/. You can also opt-out of Google Analytics here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.


Finally, we may also share your Personal Information to comply with applicable laws and regulations, to respond to a subpoena, search warrant or other lawful request for information we receive, or to otherwise protect our rights.


As described above, we may use your Personal Information to provide you with targeted advertisements or marketing communications we believe may be of interest to you. For more information about how targeted advertising works, you can visit the Network Advertising Initiative’s (“NAI”) educational page at http://www.networkadvertising.org/understanding-online-advertising/how-does-it-work.


You can opt-out of targeted advertising here: 

Google - https://www.google.com/settings/ads/anonymous


Additionally, you can opt out of some of these services by visiting the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out portal at:http://optout.aboutads.info/.


Do not track


Please note that we do not alter our Service’s data collection and use practices when we see a Do Not Track signal from your browser.


CALIFORNIA AND CALIFORNIA CONSUMER PRIVACY ACT (“CCPA”) PRIVACY RIGHTS AND DISCLOSURES


This section addresses legal obligations and rights laid out in the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”). These obligations and rights apply to businesses doing business in California and to California residents and information that identifies, relates to, describes, is reasonably capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with California consumers or households ("California Information").


CALIFORNIA INFORMATION WE COLLECTED AND SHARED


This section provides the information California residents need to exercise their rights over their California Information. Here is information about the California Information we have collected from and shared about consumers over the twelve months prior to the Effective Date of this Privacy Policy.


California Information We Collected


In the year before the date this policy was issued, on the Services we may have collected the following categories of California Information:


We may have collected these categories of California Information for the following purposes:


We may have obtained California Information from a variety of sources, including:


California Information We Shared


In the year before the date this policy was issued, for some Sites we may have shared these categories of California Information for operational purposes with providers who provide services for us such as our hosting providers:


The California Consumer Privacy Act defines 'sale' very broadly. It includes the sharing of California Information in exchange for anything of value. According to this broad definition, in the year before the date this policy was issued, on some Sites we may have sold the following categories of California Information:


YOUR CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS TO REQUEST DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION WE COLLECT AND SHARE ABOUT YOU


If you are a California resident, California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits you to request information about our practices related to the disclosure of your personal information by Fakespot Inc. to certain third parties for their direct marketing purposes. You may be able to opt-out of our sharing of your personal information with unaffiliated third parties for the third parties' direct marketing purposes in certain circumstances. Please send your request (along with your full name, email address, postal address, and the subject line labeled "Your California Privacy Rights") by email at contact@fakespot.com 


In addition, if you are a California resident, the CCPA grants you the right to request certain information about our practices with respect to California Information. In particular, you can request the following:

You can submit a request to us for the following additional information:


To exercise your CCPA rights with respect to this information, please email us at contact@fakespot.com . These requests for disclosure are generally free.


YOUR RIGHT TO REQUEST THE DELETION OF CALIFORNIA INFORMATION


Upon your request, we will delete the California Information we have collected about you, except for situations when that information is necessary for us to: provide you with a product or service that you requested; perform a contract we entered into with you; maintain the functionality or security of our systems; comply with or exercise rights provided by the law; or use the information internally in ways that are compatible with the context in which you provided the information to us, or that are reasonably aligned with your expectations based on your relationship with us.

To exercise your right to request the deletion of your California Information, please email us at. These requests are generally free.


YOUR RIGHT TO ASK US NOT TO SELL YOUR CALIFORNIA INFORMATION


You can always tell us not to sell your California Information by emailing us at contact@fakespot.com .

Once we receive and process your request, we will not sell your California Information unless you later allow us to do so.


DO NOT TRACK NOTICE


We do not currently take actions to respond to Do Not Track signals and similar signals because a uniform technological standard has not yet been developed. We continue to review new technologies and may adopt a standard once one is created.

See the Your Choices section to learn how to control data collection for certain purposes.


OUR SUPPORT FOR THE EXERCISE YOUR DATA RIGHTS


We are committed to providing you control over your California Information. If you exercise any of these rights explained in this section of the Privacy Policy, we will not disadvantage you. You will not be denied or charged different prices or rates for goods or services or provided a different level or quality of goods or services.


CONSUMERS UNDER 16 YEARS OLD


CCPA has specific rules regarding the use of California Information from consumers under 16 years of age. In particular, consistent with the CCPA, if we knowingly collect the California Information of a consumer under the age of 16, we will not sell the information unless we receive affirmative permission to do so.

If the consumer is between the ages of 13 and 16 years of age, the consumer may provide that permission; if the consumer is under the age of 13, the consumer's parent or guardian must provide the permission.

If you would like further information on how we handle California Information from consumers under the age of 16 years of age, or if you have questions about these information practices, you may contact us at: contact@fakespot.com .


Your rights under the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”)


If you are a European resident, you have the right to access personal information we hold about you and to ask that your personal information be corrected, updated, or deleted. If you would like to exercise this right, please email us at contact@fakespot.comwith the subject “GDPR Request” and please provide your specific request within the body of the email so we can efficiently accommodate your request.

Additionally, if you are a European resident we note that we are processing your information in order to fulfill contracts we might have with you, or otherwise to pursue our legitimate business interests listed above. Additionally, please note that your information will be transferred outside of Europe, including to the United States.


Data Retention


When you use the Service, we will retain your Personal Information and use it as described above unless and until you ask us to delete this information.


Minors


You must be at least 13 years old to use the Service. The Service complies with the rules of the Children’s Online Privacy Protect Act (“COPPA”). COPPA applies to the online collection of personal information from children under 13. Accordingly, the Service does not permit anyone under the age of 13 to use the Service. In addition, the Service does not knowingly collect or solicit any information from anyone under the age of 13. If the Service unknowingly collects personal information from a child under the age of 13 without parental consent, we will delete that information as soon as possible. Please contact us at 

contact@fakespot.com with the subject “COPPA” if you believe we might have any information from or about a child under 13.

Links to Other Websites


As part of the Service, we may provide links to or compatibility with other websites or applications. However, we are not responsible for the privacy practices employed by those websites or the information or content they contain. This Privacy Policy applies solely to information collected by us through the Service. Therefore, this Privacy Policy does not apply to your use of a third-party website or application accessed by selecting a link provided on the Service. To the extent that you access or use the Service through or on another website or application, then the privacy policy of that other website or application will apply to your access or use of that site or application. We encourage our users to read the privacy statements of other websites or applications before proceeding to use them.


Changes

We may update this privacy policy from time to time in order to reflect, for example, changes to our practices or for other operational, legal or regulatory reasons.


Contact Us

For more information about our privacy policy or if you have any questions please contact us by e-mail at contact@fakespot.com with the subject “Privacy Policy Question”.