As you use our services, we want you to be clear how we are using information.
We strive to collect a minimal amount of information about our visitors. That said, we do collect information to operate our site, defend against attacks, diagnose technical issues, generate aggregate reports of visitor traffic statistics for our advertisers, and identify ways to improve our site and provide better services to all of our users.
Information we collect falls into two primary categories:
Information you give us. For example, in the future, some of our services may require you to sign up for a Flat.Bio Account. When you do, we will ask for personal information, like your name, email address, or billing information.
Information we get from your use of our services. We may collect information about the services that you use and how you use them, like when you interact with our website.
Web server logs. In the normal process of interacting with a Flat.Bio web site, our web servers log requests. Information collected may include device-specific information (such as your IP address, referral URL, hardware model, operating system version, and browser software version). These logs are generally used to ensure the health of the service and are subject to a short retention period.
Web analytics logs. When you visit Flat.Bio, we automatically collect and store certain information about your visit. This may include:
We use information collected from cookies and other technologies to improve your user experience and the overall quality of our services.
Data retention depends on the information and where it is collected.
When you contact Flat Earth Innovations, we may 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 generally retain server logs for up to 10 days. Circumstances where we may retain this information longer includes:
In those and similar situations we will delete the information as soon as it is apparent that the information is no longer needed for the purpose for which it was retained.
We generally retain web analytics logs (using anonymized IP address / geo locations) for up to 6 months.
Using this data, we generate anonymized, aggregate reports that we may keep indefinitely. For example, the total number of visits per week per country.
We do not share personal information with companies, organizations and individuals outside of Flat Earth Innovations unless the following circumstance applies:
For legal reasons. We will share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of Flat Earth Innovations if we, in our sole discretion, determine that that access, use, preservation or disclosure of the information is 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 Flat Earth Innovations, our users or the public as required or permitted by law.
We may share aggregated, non-personally identifiable information publicly and with our partners. For example, we may share information publicly to show trends about the general use of our services. Similarly, we may share aggregate information about the number of visitors per country per week with potential advertisers to our site.
Note that the opt-out described below does not apply to short-term server logs.
Last modified: May 18, 2019