SmartNews Privacy Policy

Last Updated: January 1, 2020

Protecting your privacy is really important to SmartNews. Our mission is delivering the world’s quality information to the people who need it and this should not come at the price of your right to privacy.

Accordingly, we’re providing this Privacy Policy to explain our practices regarding the collection, use and disclosure of information that we receive when you use our Services. This Privacy Policy does not apply to any third-party websites, services or applications, even if they are accessible through our Services. Any information that we collect is subject to the Privacy Policy in effect at the time that information is collected. We may, however, modify and revise this Privacy Policy from time to time. If we make any material changes to this Privacy Policy, we’ll notify you of those changes by posting them on the Services or other notification, and we’ll indicate when those changes will become effective. Also, please note that, unless we define a term in this Privacy Policy, all capitalized words used in this Privacy Policy have the same meanings as in our Terms of Service.

Information We Collect

Information Provided by You or Collected with Your Permission. When you first install and setup our App, we may collect information about your interests to help us understand what content you might be interested in. Depending on how you interact with the Services, we may also collect certain personal information that can be used to identify you, which may include your e-mail address, and/or other non-identifying information.

We may also allow you to use certain social networking services (“SNS”) via the Services and may collect information about you from that SNS that you have made available via your privacy settings. For example, if you link your Twitter account to SmartNews and let us know that you want to see what news stories the people you follow on Twitter are sharing, the links to these news stories will be sent to you via our Services. Please refer to the privacy policy for the SNS you use for more information on how your information will be shared by the SNS and information available on your SNS accounts.

Information Related to Your Use of the Services. We and third parties we work with may automatically collect certain information about how you use our Services. This information may include your Internet Protocol (IP) address, mobile advertising identifiers (Google Advertising ID or Apple Advertising ID) and other unique identifiers, cookie identifiers, user settings and preferences, details about your device, operating system, and app version, the pages, content or features of our Services you browse and the time you spend on those pages, content or features, the hyper-links from the contents displayed on our Services that you click on, referrer information and other information about how you use our Services.

Location Information. We will collect information about your precise location if you enable this feature on the Services. In addition, you may provide us with your city and state information in order for us to display the weather to you. We may also infer your approximate location based off of your IP address and use various other technologies to determine your approximate location, such as sensor data from your device that provides information on nearby Wi-Fi access points and cell towers.

Interactive Features. SmartNews may offer interactive features such as social media pages. SmartNews and other individuals who use our Services may collect the information you submit or make available through these interactive features. Any information shared on the public sections of these channels will be considered “public” and will not be subject to the privacy protections referenced herein.

Surveys. We may contact you to participate in surveys. If you decide to participate, you may be asked to provide certain information which may include personal information.

How Do We Use Information?

We may use the information we collect for a variety of business purposes, including:

To Provide the Services or Information Requested.

Administrative Purposes.

Marketing. We and certain third parties we work with may use personal information to tailor and provide you with content and advertisements. We and our third-party partners may provide you with these materials as permitted by applicable law.

As part of our marketing efforts, we may engage in cross device tracking which helps us to track your browsing activity across different websites, devices and/or apps. For example, we may attempt to match your browsing activity on your mobile device with your browsing activity on your tablet. To do this our technology partners may share data, such as your browsing patterns, geo-location and device identifiers, and will match the information of the browser and/or devices that appear to be used by the same person.

If you have any questions about our marketing practices or if you would like to opt out of the use of your personal information for marketing purposes, you may contact us at any time as set forth below.

De-identified and Aggregated Information. We may use personal information and other data to create de-identified and aggregated information, such as de-identified demographic information, de-identified location information, information about the computer or device from which you access our Services, or other analyses we create. De-identified and aggregated information is not personal information, and we may use and disclose such information in a number of ways, including research, internal analysis, analytics, and any other legally permissible purposes.

Share Content with Friends or Colleagues. Our Services may offer various tools and functionalities. For example, our referral services may allow you to forward or share certain content with a friend or colleague, such as an email inviting your friend to use our Services.

What Information Do We Share With Third Parties?

We may share the information that we have collected from you as described below:

Information Shared with Our Advertising Partners. We may engage third party advertising partners to collect information and serve advertising on and through the Services. When you use our Services, these third-party advertising partners may collect information regarding your activities and your device (e.g., your IP address, mobile device identifiers, page(s) visited, location, time of day). These advertising partners may use this information (and similar information collected from other services) for purposes of delivering personalized advertisements to you when you visit our Services and third-party services within their networks. This practice is commonly referred to as “interest-based advertising” or “personalized advertising.”

If you prefer not to share your personal information with third party advertising partners, you may follow the instructions below.

Information Shared with Our Services Providers. We may engage third party service providers to work with us to administer and provide the Services. The types of service providers to whom we entrust personal information include service providers for: (i) the provision of the Services; (ii) the provision of information, products, and other services you have requested; (iii) analytics; (iv) marketing and advertising; (v) customer service activities; and (vi) the provision IT and related services.

For example, we use MailChimp to send you correspondence regarding our Services, including, without limitation, our promotional newsletters and e-mails. For more information, please see MailChimp’s privacy policy: https://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/.

We also use analytics services from Google including Google Analytics for Firebase to collect analytics information on the Services. For more information about Google’s processing of your information, please visit: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/.

Software Development Kits. We may use third party software development kits (“SDKs”) as part of the functionality of our App. SDKs typically collect your mobile device identifier and information related to your use of the Services. SDKs may allow third parties including analytics and advertising partners to collect your information for various purposes including to provide analytics services and personalized advertising. For more information about our use of SDKs, please contact us as set forth below.

Information We Disclose With Your Consent or at Your Request. We will share your information with third-party sites or platforms, such as social networking sites, if you have expressly requested that we do so.

Affiliates. We may share personal information with our affiliated companies.

Information Disclosed in Connection with Business Transactions. Information that we collect from our users is considered to be a business asset. As a result, if we go out of business or enter bankruptcy or if we are acquired as a result of a transaction such as a merger, acquisition or asset sale, your information may be disclosed or transferred to the third-party acquirer in connection with the transaction.

Information Disclosed for Our Protection and the Protection of Others. We cooperate with government and law enforcement officials or private parties to enforce and comply with the law. We may disclose any information about you to government or law enforcement officials or private parties as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate: (i) to respond to claims, legal process (including subpoenas); (ii) to protect our property, rights and safety and the property, rights and safety of a third party or the public in general; and (iii) to stop any activity that we consider illegal, unethical or legally actionable activity.

Your Choices

General. You may have the right to opt out of certain uses of your information.

Email Communications. If you receive an unwanted email from us, you can use the unsubscribe link found at the bottom of the email to opt out of receiving future emails. Note that you will continue to receive transaction-related emails regarding products or Services you have requested. We may also send you certain non-promotional communications regarding us and our Services, and you will not be able to opt out of those communications (e.g., communications regarding the Services or updates to our Terms of Service or this Privacy Policy).

Mobile Devices. We may send you push notifications through our App. You may opt-out from receiving these types of communications by changing the settings on your mobile device. We may also collect precise location information if you enable such collection via our App. You may opt-out of this collection by changing the settings on your mobile device.

Personalized Advertising. If you would like to opt-out of the advertising and other similar technologies we employ on the Services, you may do so by blocking, disabling, or deleting them as your browser or device permits. Please note that cookie-based opt-outs are not effective on mobile applications. You may opt-out of personalized advertisements on some mobile applications by following the instructions for Android and iOS. Other operating systems for mobile devices may also provide instructions on how to prevent the delivery of personalized advertisements.

The online advertising industry also provides websites from which you may opt-out of receiving targeted ads from advertisers that participate in self-regulatory programs. You can access these, and also learn more about targeted advertising and consumer choice and privacy, at http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp, http://www.youronlinechoices.eu/ and www.aboutads.info/choices/.

Please note you must separately opt out in each browser and on each device.

“Do Not Track.” Do Not Track (“DNT”) is a privacy preference that users can set in certain web browsers. Please note that we do not respond to or honor DNT signals or similar mechanisms transmitted by web browsers when you visit our website.

Individual Rights in Personal Information

In accordance with applicable law, you may have the right to: (i) obtain access to or a copy of your personal information with accompanying details; (ii) receive an electronic copy of personal information that you have provided to us, or ask us to send that information to another company (the “right of data portability”); (iii) request erasure of personal information held about you by SmartNews; and (iv) be from discrimination resulting from the exercise of your rights, subject to certain exceptions prescribed by law. If you would like to exercise any of these rights, visit the "Settings" menu in our mobile application. Once you are in the Settings menu, click "Help Center." Once you are in the Help Center, click "Support" to submit a request via e-mail to us. Please specify the nature of your request in the email you send. If you have any questions, please contact us as set forth below. Please note that there may be technical limitations that prevent us from fulfilling certain requests. We may carry out deletion requests by de-identifying and/or anonymizing information such that it is no longer personal information.

We will process such requests in accordance with applicable laws. To protect your privacy, SmartNews will take steps to verify your identity before fulfilling your request.

If you are a California resident, you have the right not to receive discriminatory treatment by us for the exercise of your rights conferred by the California Consumer Privacy Act.

The Security of Your Information

We take reasonable measures to protect the information that we collect from or about you from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. Please be aware, however, that no method of transmitting information over the Internet or storing information is completely secure. Accordingly, we cannot guarantee the absolute security of any information.

Links to Other Sites

Our Services may contain links to other websites and services, including News Content. Any information that you provide on or to or that is collected by a third-party website or service is provided directly to the owner of the website or service and is subject to that party's privacy policy. Our Privacy Policy does not apply to such websites or services and we’re not responsible for the content, privacy or security practices and policies of those websites or services. To protect your information we recommend that you carefully review the privacy policies of other websites and services that you access. Visiting these other websites or services is at your own risk.

International Transfer

Your information may be transferred to, and maintained on, computing equipment located outside of your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the privacy laws may not be as protective as those in your jurisdiction. If you’re located outside the United States and choose to provide your information to us, we may transfer your information to the United States and process it there.

Our Policy Toward Children

Our Services are not directed to children under 17 and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 17. If we learn that we have collected personal information of a child under 17 we will take steps to delete such information from our files as soon as possible.

Questions?

Please contact us at privacy@smartnews.com if you have any questions about our Privacy Policy.

If you have a question about SmartNews App, please contact us via inApp SmartNews Help Center.

October 1, 2014
Original English Privacy Policy
January 1, 2020
Updated English Privacy Policy

SmartNewsプライバシーポリシー

最終更新日:2020年3月23日

SmartNewsプライバシーポリシー(以下「本ポリシー」といいます)は、当社がどのような情報を取得し、それをどのように使用、共有するかを説明するものです。 本ポリシーは、SmartNews のブランド、製品、アプリケーション、ウェブサイト及びサービスのうち、個別のプライバシーポリシーを持たないか、本ポリシーにリンクしているものすべて(以下「本サービス」といいます)に適用されます。

本ポリシーは、第三者が提供するサービス(本サービスを通じて表示され又は本サービスからリンクしている記事、コンテンツ、サイトを含みます)には適用されません。

取得する情報

ユーザから提供を受けた情報、又はユーザの許可を得て取得した情報
本サービスの利用者(以下「ユーザ」といいます)が、本サービス内の特定の機能を利用する場合又はユーザの情報を本サービスに登録する場合、年齢、性別、地域等の一定の情報をご提供いただくことがあります。

ユーザがソーシャル・ネットワーキング・サービス(SNS)のアカウントを本サービスに連携することにより提供される情報(ユーザのSNSアカウント上で入手可能な情報を含みます)を取得します。SNSが当社に共有する情報に関する詳細はユーザが利用するSNSのプライバシーポリシーを参照してください。

ユーザからお問い合わせがあった場合、ユーザの氏名、連絡先(メールアドレス、電話番号等)をご提供いただくことがあります。

ユーザの本サービス利用に関する情報
当社は、ユーザが本サービスをどのように利用しているかに関する情報(Cookie、広告識別子、ユーザが本サービスでご覧になるページや記事、それらのページや記事での滞在時間、ユーザがクリックした本サービス上のリンク(広告を含みます)に関する情報、その他の統計等に関する情報)を自動的に記録します。

ユーザの端末から送信される情報
当社は、本サービスのご利用時にユーザの携帯端末から送信される情報(ユーザ設定やOS名等)を取得します。

位置情報
ユーザが、携帯端末の位置情報を本サービスで利用する機能を有効にした場合、当社は、ユーザの位置情報(ユーザのデバイスから得られる、近くのWi-Fiアクセスポイントや基地局に関する情報を含みます)を取得します。ユーザは、携帯端末の設定により、位置情報を本サービスで利用するか否かを選択することができます。

外部パートナーからの情報
当社は、広告主や媒体その他の外部パートナーからユーザに関する情報(年齢、性別、利用地域等)を受け取ることがあります。

取得した情報の利用目的

当社が保有する情報はすべて、本サービスの運営・提供及びサポートのために使用されます。具体的な用途は以下のとおりです。

本サービスの提供、改良、開発
当社は、取得した情報を、本サービスの運営、提供、維持、保護、評価及び改善、新しいサービスの開発、ユーザ及び当社の権利利益の保護のために利用します。そのような利用には、アンケートの実施や情報の分析も含まれます。

当社は、ユーザに合わせてカスタマイズしたコンテンツを提供するため(関連性がより高い記事や広告を提供するなど)にも当該情報を利用します。ユーザは、ブラウザや携帯端末の設定を通じて、ターゲティング広告をオプトアウトすることができます。詳細は、こちらのページをご参照ください。

当社が位置情報を保有している場合、それを使ってユーザに対するサービスをカスタマイズします。たとえば、登録した位置の天気予報をチェックできるようにしたりします。

ユーザとのコミュニケーション
当社は、ユーザの情報を、本サービスに関するご案内などのマーケティングコミュニケーション、ポリシーや規約に関するお知らせのために使用します。また、ユーザからの問い合わせに返信するためにも使用します。

情報の共有

当社は、以下のいずれかに当てはまる場合を除いて、ユーザの同意なく、個人情報(生存する個人に関する情報であって、当該情報に含まれる氏名、生年月日その他の記述等により特定の個人を識別することができる情報をいいます。他の情報と容易に照合することができ、それにより特定の個人を識別することができることとなるものを含みます。以下同じです)を第三者と共有することはありません:

ユーザの同意を得た場合
当社は、ユーザの同意を得た場合に、個人情報を第三者と共有します。

外部委託の場合
当社は、当社の関連会社、あるいは信頼できる第三者にユーザの情報の取扱いを委託することがあります。その際、当社の指示に基づいて、本ポリシーを遵守させる他、適切な機密性保持及びセキュリティ対策を取ります。

法令に基づく場合
当社は、個人情報の開示が以下の理由で合理的に必要と誠実に判断した場合、その情報を第三者と共有します:

個人を特定できない情報
当社は、個人を特定できない情報を公開することやパートナー(サイト運営者、広告主、広告代理店など)と共有することがあります。たとえば、ニュース、広告等のコンテンツのレコメンデーション機能の向上のため、広告効果に関する情報(広告が何人に見られたか、その広告を見た後何人がアプリをインストールしたか、など)や個人を特定しないユーザに関する情報(広告識別子、年齢、性別、利用地域、興味関心などが含まれることがある集合データ)をパートナーに提供します。

事業承継による場合
合併、買収、事業譲渡等の取引によって当社の事業が承継される場合、当該取引に関連して、当社が取得した情報(個人情報を含みます)が承継人に開示又は移管されることがあります。

情報の管理

当社は、当社が取得したユーザの情報(個人情報を含みます)を不正アクセス、不正利用、不正開示又は情報漏えいから保護するため、合理的な手段を講じます。

個人情報の開示、訂正、消去

当社は、要請があった場合、当社が取得したユーザご本人の個人情報を開示し、さらに要請があれば、当該情報の訂正又は消去を行います。当社は、開示に先立ってユーザのご本人確認を行います。要請が不正確である場合、正当な理由なく何度も繰り返される場合、過度な作業又は費用を要する場合、他人のプライバシーが脅かされる場合、あるいは、きわめて非現実的な場合、法令により許容される範囲で、当社は要請に応じないことがあります。要請は、下記「お問い合わせ先」記載のメールアドレス宛に提出してください。

変更

本ポリシーは随時変更される可能性があります。本ポリシーの変更については、次のいずれかに該当する場合には、事前にユーザに周知することにより変更後の本ポリシーについてユーザの合意があったものとみなし、いずれにも該当しない場合には、ユーザーに対し当該変更について合意するかどうかを確認します。

お問い合わせ先

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