Privacy Policy

Updated Feb 2016

Tapas Media Services (“Tapas Media,” “Service” or “Services”) are provided by Tapas Media, Inc. (“We,” “Our” or “Tapas”) to you (“User” or “Users”). 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 have tried to keep it as simple as possible, but if you are not familiar with terms like cookies, IP addresses, pixel tags and browsers, then read about these key terms (as defined by Google) first. Your privacy matters to us so whether you are new to Tapas Media (“Tapas”) or a long-time user, please take the time to get to know our practices – and if you have any questions contact us.

  • Information we collect

    Similar to many other platforms, we collect basic information to provide better services to all of our users.

    We collect information in two ways:

    • By using the Tapas mobile app or any other Tapas Media product or service provided to you by Tapas Media (collectively the “Services”), you signify your agreement to (1) these terms and conditions (the “Terms of Service”), (2) our Privacy Policy (found at https://tapas.io/privacy).

    • Information you give us.

      For example, our services require you to sign up for a Tapas Media user account for additional features. When you do, we ask for personal information – like your name, location, and email address. When including your display name, photo, location and bio, be aware that such information is part of your public profile and is visible to anyone who visits your profile page.

    • Information we get from your use of our services.

      We may collect information about the services that you use and how you use them. This information includes:

      • Device information. We may collect device-specific information (such as your hardware model, operating system version, unique device identifiers, and mobile network information including phone number). Tapas Media may associate your device identifiers or phone number with your Tapas Media user account.

      • Log information. When you use our services or view content provided on the service, we may automatically collect and store certain information in server logs.

        This may include:

        • details of how you used our service, such as your search queries.

        • Internet protocol address.

        • device event information such as crashes, system activity, hardware settings, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request and referral URL.

        • cookies that may uniquely identify your browser or your Tapastic user account.

      • Location information. When you use a location-enabled service, we may collect and process information about your actual location, like GPS signals sent by a mobile device. We may also use various technologies to determine location, such as sensor data from your device that may, for example, provide information on nearby Wi-Fi access points and cell towers.

      • Unique application numbers. Certain services include a unique application number. This number and information about your installation (for example, the operating system type and application version number) may be sent to Tapas Media when you install or uninstall that service or when that service periodically contacts our servers, such as for automatic updates.

      • Local storage. We may collect and store information (including personal information) locally on your device using mechanisms such as browser web storage (including HTML 5) and application data caches.

      • Cookies and anonymous identifiers. We use various technologies to collect and store information when you visit our services, and this may include sending one or more cookies or anonymous identifiers to your device. We also use cookies and anonymous identifiers when you interact with services we offer to our partners, such as advertising services or Tapas Media features that may appear on other sites.

  • Transparency and choice

    • 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. You can edit your profile information by clicking on your profile icon and then the “Edit Profile” button.

    • You may also set your browser to block all cookies, including cookies associated with our services, or to indicate when a cookie is being set by us. However, it is important to remember that many of our services may not function properly if your cookies are disabled.

  • Information you share

    Many of our services let you share information with others. Remember that when you share information publicly, it may be indexable by search engines such as Google or Bing. Our services provide you with different options on sharing and 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 tapes).

    • 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.

  • Information we share

    We do not share personal information with companies, organizations and individuals outside of Tapas Media unless one of the following circumstances apply:

    • With your consent. We will share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of Tapas Media when we have your consent to do so. We require opt-in consent for the sharing of any sensitive personal information.

    • With domain administrators. For external processing (like accounting for Ad Revenue Program)

    • We provide personal information to our affiliates or other trusted businesses or persons to process it for us, based on our instructions and in compliance with our Privacy Policy and any other appropriate confidentiality and security measures.

    • For legal reasons. We will share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of Tapas Media if we have a good-faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of the information is reasonably necessary to:

      • meet any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request.

      • enforce applicable Terms of Service, including investigation of potential violations.

      • detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues.

      • protect against harm to the rights, property or safety of Tapas Media, our users or the public as required or permitted by law.

    • We may share aggregated, non-personally identifiable information publicly and with our partners – like publishers, advertisers or connected sites. For example, we may share information publicly to show trends about the general use of our services.

    • If Tapas Media is involved in a merger, acquisition or asset sale, we will continue to ensure the confidentiality of any personal information and give affected users notice before personal information is transferred or becomes subject to a different privacy policy.

  • Information security

    We work hard to protect Tapas Media and our users from unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of information we hold. In particular:

    • We encrypt many of our services using SSL.

    • We review our information collection, storage and processing practices, including physical security measures, to guard against unauthorized access to systems.

    • We restrict access to personal information to Tapas Media 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.

  • Application

    • Our Privacy Policy applies to all of the services offered by Tapas Media and its affiliates, including services (such as our advertising services), but excludes services that have separate privacy policies that do not incorporate this Privacy Policy.

    • Our Privacy Policy does not apply to services offered by other companies or individuals, including products or sites that may be displayed to you in advertisements, sites that may include Tapas Media services, or other sites linked from our services. Our Privacy Policy does not cover the information practices of other companies and organizations who advertise our services, and who may use cookies, pixel tags and other technologies to serve and offer relevant ads.

  • Enforcement

    We regularly review our compliance with our Privacy Policy. When we receive formal written complaints, we will contact the person who made the complaint to follow up. We work with the appropriate regulatory authorities, including local data protection authorities, to resolve any complaints regarding the transfer of personal data that we cannot resolve with our users directly.

  • Changes

    Our Privacy Policy may change from time to time. We will not reduce your rights under this Privacy Policy without your explicit consent. We will post any privacy policy changes on this page and, if the changes are significant, we will provide a more prominent notice (including, for certain services, email notification of privacy policy changes).