Revised November 12, 2020
Thank you for your interest in Bublup!
Like you, we value privacy, and we want to be completely transparent about what we do with your information. This page describes the information we receive, how we use it, and how you can manage your privacy while using Bublup.
This policy applies to all our products and services, including our websites, applications, extensions, and mobile apps, which we will collectively refer to simply as “Bublup.”
Bublup's Privacy Tenets
We developed this policy based on seven key privacy tenets:
- Your personal information is extremely valuable to you.
- We must earn your trust through respectable business practices and a secure software platform.
- We will never sell your personal information.
- We will only save and use personal information with your consent and for the sole purpose of providing Bublup’s features and services.
- We will not share your personal information with anyone except as necessary to process your transactions, comply with the law, or protect Bublup and others from harm. We will always take all reasonable measures to ensure the confidentiality and security of your information.
- In the unlikely event of a security breach, we will promptly alert you if we discover that your personal information is compromised.
- We will delete your personal information if you terminate your account.
What information do we receive and/or retain and how do we use it?
Account / profile information
When you sign up for a Bublup account, you voluntarily give us some information about yourself as part of your profile. Your profile includes your name, email address, username, and optional profile picture. You might also choose to provide limited account information (which does not include your password) from companies like Facebook or Google to sign into Bublup. We associate your profile information with your account, and we use it to associate your stuff with you. We may also use your email address to notify you of upcoming changes or improvements to Bublup.
Bublup does not use any of your information for social profiling, and we do not track your interests or behaviors. In other words, we do not try to learn who you are based on how you use Bublup and the things you save. We do not read your notes, comments, or annotations. We do not populate your feed or suggest content based on information about you. Instead, we rely on the preferences you set and the public links you save as described in more detail below. You are in control.
Stuff you save
Usage and technical information
Bublup wants to provide the best user experience. We think that means offering content that is customized to your interests and preferences, making Bublup easy and convenient to use, and quickly resolving any issues that you may encounter. To achieve these goals, we use and sometimes retain information related to your use of Bublup. Whenever possible, we disassociate this information from your account so that it cannot be linked back to you. Please see the list below for an explanation of what we do with usage and technical information.
Web links that you view with Bublup
One of the core goals of Bublup is to help you easily discover new and useful information about topics that interest you. In order to do that, we process the web links that you view with Bublup in a way that is not linked back to you. For example, if you open a link about music in Bublup (either by viewing the item or launching its web page), Bublup may suggest other music-related links. We do not retain any of your browsing history on our servers, but your web browser may retain this information so that you can easily return to previously visited pages. In our mobile app, you can manually delete your browsing history at any time. From your computer, your web browser will have its own settings for managing browsing history – please consult your browser’s documentation for more information.
Email addresses for people with whom you share content
Bublup enables you to easily share content with other people, including via email. For your convenience, we save the email addresses of people you contact so that you can more easily email them in the future. We do not use or share this information for any other purpose.
GPS location information
We do not presently receive, use, or retain GPS location information. In the future, we may offer location-based services. At that time, we will revise this policy accordingly.
We save your IP address(es) in our logs when you first create an account and when you use Bublup. We infer broad geolocation information from IP addresses to help us understand where people are using Bublup.
Cookies and other data stored on your computer or mobile device
We also use technologies like cookies to better understand how people collectively use Bublup. Specifically, we use Google Analytics and Mixpanel to help us calculate anonymous and aggregated usage statistics (e.g., 1,000 people saved the same link over a one-hour period). Google Analytics and Mixpanel cookies are non-essential, and you may choose to opt-out of their use.
To better understand how Google Analytics works, please see Google’s privacy terms for partner sites here: https://policies.google.com/technologies/partner-sites (note: Bublup does not currently use any of Google’s advertising features). You may also opt out of Google Analytics by installing this browser add-on: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
To learn more about Mixpanel, please see its privacy site here: https://mixpanel.com/legal/”privacy-overview/. You may opt out of Mixpanel by enabling the DNT (“do not track”) setting within your respective browser as described here: https://allaboutdnt.com/.
Facebook Pixel is a non-essential, third-party cookie that may be used to transmit information to Facebook specifically to help us determine if you learned about Bublup through a Facebook ad campaign. Facebook uses this information to provide measurement services to us and specific ads to you while on Facebook. You may prevent Facebook Pixel (and similar cookies used on other websites) from transmitting information about you by opting out via one of the tools below. Please note that you must separately opt out in each web browser that you use with Bublup, including Bublup’s in-app web viewer on mobile devices.
Non-Personal Usage Characteristics
We save characteristics about your browser (e.g., Chrome or Safari), computer (e.g., Windows or MacOS), and/or mobile device (e.g., Android or iOS) to help us troubleshoot problems and improve Bublup. We also save information about which Bublup features (e.g., notes and group folders) you use. We use this information to learn which features are popular in Bublup. We may also provide useful tips to our users based on whether or not they have used these features.
Other limited ways we may share your information
Law enforcement and security
We may share your information with trusted third-parties (like law enforcement and government agencies) to: (a) conform to or comply with the law; (b) enforce our Terms of Service, including the investigation of potential violations; (c) detect, prevent, or address fraud, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect and defend the rights, property, or safety of Bublup, our users, or the public as required or permitted by law. In all such cases, we will only share as much information as is reasonably necessary to comply with the law, regulation, or legal request.
We may share aggregated, non-personally identifiable information (e.g., “50% of our users use a mobile device”) publicly and with our business partners.
How can you manage your privacy?
Right to access and control your information
You may opt out of receiving certain cookies like Google Analytics and Facebook Pixel as described above. You may also change your browser’s settings to delete existing cookies and/or reject new cookies. For example, if you prefer not to receive cookies, you can set your browser to warn you before accepting each one. You also have the option to refuse all cookies entirely by turning them off in your browser. However, rejecting essential cookies may affect your ability to use the software as intended with all its functionality. Your browser or device may also have other capabilities for managing your privacy. Please visit your browser’s help pages, including these:
- Chrome: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647
- Safari: https://support.apple.com/guide/safari/manage-cookies-and-website-data-sfri11471/mac
When using the in-app browser in Bublup’s mobile app, you may not reject cookies or delete individual cookies. You may, however, delete all cookies at any time by selecting the “Clear Cookies” menu option inside the browser and, in addition, use the third-party opt-out tools as described in the Usage and Technical Information section above.