Thank you for using Ussie! This policy is meant to help you understand the information we collect and the choices you have regarding the privacy of your information.
Information Collection and Use
|In-App Field||Contacts||Public||Blocked Users|
|Username||must be provided||yes||yes||yes|
|Photo||optional||if provided||if provided||if provided|
|Name||optional||if provided||if provided||if provided|
|Email Address||must be provided||no||no||no|
|Phone's Address Book||if you provide access||no||no||no|
|Mobile Phone Number||if you provide access||no||no||no|
|Searchable Profile||yes, based on username||yes, based on username||yes, based on username||no|
|Listed in Ussie Contacts||yes||yes||no||no|
|Current Discussion Content||yes||yes||no||no|
Account Information. Some information you provide is shared with Ussie users who you've chosen to tell us that you know.
Our Services are designed to help you converse and share information with only the people you choose. When you create or reconfigure an Ussie account, you provide some personal information, such as your name, profile photo, username, password, mobile phone number and email address. Please note, your name, username and profile image will be publicly available to other users within Ussie. A user can be found by other users through a search within Ussie that exactly matches their username, not name. Although your email address and mobile phone number will not be shared with other users, it will be associated with the username you create. If a user (i.e. a friend of yours) has your email or phone number listed in their phone's address book, your username, profile, and name will be displayed to them within the app. Additionally, we may use your contact information to help others find your Ussie account.
Contact Information: In order to provide the Service, we may periodically access your phone's address book to locate the mobile phone numbers or email addresses of other Ussie users ("in-network" members), or otherwise categorize other mobile phone numbers and emails as "out-network" members, which are stored as one-way irreversibly hashed values.
You do not have to share your address book with Ussie to use the Service. You may use the settings on your device to manage whether you share this information.
You may choose to upload your address book so that we can help you find Ussie users you know. We may later make suggestions to you and other users on Ussie based on the contacts you have imported from your phone's address book. If you email us, we may keep your message, email address and contact information to respond to your request. Providing the additional information described in this section is entirely optional.
Ussie does not collect names, addresses or other contact information from its users' mobile address book other than mobile phone numbers and email addresses. We work to ensure that messages and private user information are secure using commercially reasonable and appropriate technical and organizational measures to protect your data. Despite these measures, note that Ussie can't fully eliminate security risks associated with your data. You are also responsible for helping to protect the security of your data. For instance, never give out your password, and remember to lock your phone when it's not in use.
Third-Parties and Affiliates: Ussie uses certain third-party services to help provide our Services. These third-party service providers may collect information sent by your browser as part of a web page request, such as cookies or your IP address.
You may also use your account settings on your phone to unsubscribe from push notifications from Ussie.
Usage Data. We automatically collect and store messages and metadata when you use Ussie.
Log File Information: When you use Ussie, our servers automatically record certain information that your web browser sends whenever you visit any website. These server logs may include information such as your web request, Internet Protocol ("IP") address, browser type, browser language, referring / exit pages and URLs, platform type, number of clicks, domain names, landing pages, pages viewed and the order of those pages, the amount of time spent on particular pages, the date and time of your request, one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser, and various other information. When you use Ussie, our servers log certain general information that our application sends whenever a message is sent or received, or if you update or request any status information, including time and date stamps and the user identifier information that the messages were sent from and to.
Message Data: The contents of messages you send in Ussie are maintained by Ussie in the normal course of business. The Ussie Service is a message service, using data service through a user's phone (either via cell network or wifi). Users send their messages, which are sent via data service to our servers, and send on to all intended recipients (who must also be Ussie users). Ussie retains messages, date and time stamp information and other metadata associated with successfully delivered messages, as well as any other information that Ussie is legally compelled to collect. Files that are sent through the Ussie Service will reside on our servers for an indefinite period of time.
How Ussie Uses Information.
Your Personally Identifiable Information may be shared with third party service providers to the extent that it is reasonably necessary to perform, improve or maintain the Ussie Service. We may share non-personally-identifiable information (such as anonymous User usage data, referring / exit pages and URLs, platform types, asset views, number of clicks, etc.) with interested third-parties to help them in understanding the usage patterns for certain content, promotions, services, and/or functionality of Ussie. We may store and release Personally Identifiable Information and/or non-personally-identifiable information if required by law, or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with state and federal laws (such as U.S. Copyright Law), international law or respond to a court order, search warrant or equivalent, or subpoena, or where in our reasonable belief, an individual's physical safety may be at risk. Ussie also reserves the right to disclose Personally Identifiable Information and/or non-personally-identifiable information that Ussie believes, in good faith, is appropriate to enforce our Terms of Service, take precautions against liability, to investigate and defend itself against any third-party claims or allegations, to assist government enforcement agencies, to protect the security or integrity of the Ussie Site or our servers, and to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Ussie, our users or others.
Your Privacy Choices.
Blocking and Reporting
If you block an individual user, you will no longer show up in their Ussie Contacts. However, they will still show up in your Ussie Contacts in case you decide to unblock them. The blocked user will not be able to search for you, nor add you to their Ussie Contacts. All messages between you and the blocked user will be hidden on both parties' devices; if you choose to unblock the user, the messages will be restored.
If you are in a group with a user you have blocked, the blocked user can still message the group, which will be visible to you. Additionally, messages you send to the group can be seen by someone you have blocked within the group.
If you hide a group, you will no longer see any messages sent to that group. However, the group will still appear in your groups list in case you decide to unhide the group. Hiding a group does not block individual members of that group from your account. Your username, name, and photo will still be visible to the members of the group. Any messages you have sent will remain in the group. Once you hide the group, you will not be able to send, receive, or view the messages unless you unhide the group. Other members of the group will be able to see that you hid the group.
You can report a message that is sent to you directly or within a group of which you are a member. Reporting a message does not remove the message. Only you and Ussie will see that the message has been reported. Ussie will review the message and take appropriate actions, which may include contacting you about the message you reported.
You can report a user. Reporting a user does not remove the user from your Ussie Contacts or from the service. However, you can always block a user, as described above. Only you and Ussie will see that the user has been reported. Ussie will review your report and take the appropriate actions, which may include contacting you about the reported user.
You can report a group. Reporting a group does not remove you from the group and the group will remain on the service. However, you can always hide a group, as described above. Only you and Ussie will see that the group has been reported. Ussie will review your report and take the appropriate actions, which may include contacting you about the reported group.
Our Pledge To Data Security.
Ussie uses commercially reasonable physical, managerial, and technical safeguards to preserve the integrity and security of your personal information. However, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to Ussie and you do so at your own risk. Using unsecured wifi or other unprotected networks to access the Ussie Service is never recommended. Once we receive your transmission of information, Ussie makes commercially reasonable efforts to ensure the security of our systems. Though please note that this is not a guarantee that such information may not be accessed, altered, disclosed, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards. If Ussie learns of a security systems breach, then we may attempt to notify you electronically so that you can take appropriate protective steps. Ussie may post a notice on the Ussie Site or through the Ussie Service if a security breach occurs.
Our Pledge To Childrens' Privacy.
We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. For that reason, Ussie does not knowingly collect or maintain Personally Identifiable Information or non-personally-identifiable information on the Ussie Site or Ussie Service from persons under 13 years of age, and no part of the Ussie Service is directed to or intended to be used by persons under 13. If you are under 13 years of age, then please do not use the Ussie Service or access the Ussie Site at any time or in any manner. If Ussie learns that Personally Identifiable Information of persons under 13 years of age has been collected on the Ussie Site or Ussie Service, then Ussie may deactivate the account.
Hosting and Cross-Border Data Transfers.
Merger, Sale or Bankruptcy.
In case Ussie is acquired by or merged with a third party entity, we reserve the right to transfer or assign the information we have collected from our users as part of such merger, acquisition, sale, or other change of control. In the unlikely event of our bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, receivership, or assignment for the benefit of creditors, or the application of laws or equitable principles affecting creditors' rights generally, we may not be able to control how your personal information is treated, transferred, or used.
Date Last Modified:
This Privacy Notice was last modified March 30, 2016.