Around knows that you take your privacy seriously. We do, too. We intend to be transparent with you about our data practices and to give you control over information we collect about you (your “Data”), some of which may identify you or from which you may be identified (“PII”).
Part I applies to Data about users of our Consumer Services (“Around Users”).
Part II applies to Data provided by customers of our Enterprise Services (“Enterprise Customers”) about users of Enterprise Customers’ products (“Partner End-users”).
Part III applies to Data about individuals other than Around Users and Partner End-users, such as individuals acting in their professional capacity as representatives of a third party developer, vendor, partner or enterprise customer.
Part IV applies to all Data that we may collect and further process in the circumstances described in all of Parts I, II and III.
Below are the types of Data we collect about Around Users and the ways in which we may collect, use and share that Data.
We receive and store Data that you provide to us when you create an account and use our Consumer Services. When you create an account, we may collect your full name, email address, phone number, birthday, gender, the city in which you created your account, and where applicable, your Twitter, Facebook or Google username and other Data if you create an account using your third party log-in credentials (please see “Data Received From Third Parties” below). As you interact with us and use our Consumer Services, we may also collect other Data that you directly provide to us, which may include pictures that you choose to upload to your account, any restaurant or other venue searches you make, your likes, who you follow, check-ins, comments or tips you make, whether you have created or edited venues, and any other Data that you voluntarily provide to us.
If you opt-in, we automatically receive Data about your location and/or IP address whenever you interact with, or use, the Consumer Services (e.g. open the App, visit our website, etc.). We use various technologies to determine your location, such as the location services of your operating system or browser, sensor data from your device (e.g. magnetometer or barometer, Bluetooth data, beacon data, Wi-Fi access points, GPS data, and cell tower data), and other Data that may help us to understand your precise location. We may also collect additional Data about you when you use the Consumer Services. For example, we receive Data:
If you use our Apps and have enabled background location services in our Apps, you have permitted us to collect the above Data about you in the background even when you do not have the Apps open (as permitted by your device settings). You may turn off location services at any time by going to your device settings and toggling off background location. For more information about location, please see “Determining and Sharing Location” below.
We may receive Data about you from third parties, including Enterprise Customers (e.g. customers of our Media Products) and/or third parties with services that interact with the Consumer Services or that provide services to us, such as unaffiliated apps and websites, e.g., websites and applications offered by third party developers that integrate with our API, advertising exchanges, ad platforms, ad networks or from our partners. This Data may include Data about your activity when using the Consumer Services or on unaffiliated websites and apps, or Data received from web browsers or operating systems such as browser types and settings, the operating systems, device models, carriers, location information, IP address, mobile device and advertising identifiers (e.g. Apple IDFA or Google Advertising ID), as well as cookie information, pixel or other similar technology. If you created your account using your Google, Twitter or Facebook account profile, we may receive certain information from these companies, such as your first name, last name, gender, birthday, email address and your Google, Twitter or Facebook ID.
Below are the ways that we may use Data about Around Users.
We may use your Data to operate and maintain the Consumer Services, and to understand you better and tailor the Consumer Services to you. If you download more than one App, we may combine your Data provided in each App. If you use the Consumer Services when you are not logged into your Around account, when you subsequently log into your Around account, we may combine Data collected while you were not logged in with your Around account.
We may also use your Data for research and development, to improve the Consumer Services, or to offer new products, features and tools, but only to the extent that this is in compliance with applicable law. For example, we may redesign the Apps to make it easier for you to search for restaurants in Around City Guide or when we launch new stickers in Swarm for you to add to your collection. We may also use your Data to customize our Apps and Sites to provide you with your own special experience. We do this by inferring your interests and preferences, looking at your search history or allowing you to find and add friends who are also using the Apps and Sites from your device’s contact list or if applicable, your Facebook, Google or Twitter account if you have opted to connect these accounts to your Around account. In these situations, we do not store your contact lists.
We also may use your Data to help us map Locations (as defined below). For example, we may use device signals to determine that a particular device is within a particular venue. Additionally, if you consent to sharing crash data (when the Apps crash) with us, we may use that data to help us analyze the cause of the crash.
We may use your Data to communicate with you, including by email, text (only if you opt-in), or in our Apps, about new product offerings, updates to the Consumer Services, or anything else we think may be of interest to you. You can opt out of receiving marketing and promotional communications here.
We may use your Data to protect the rights, property or safety of Around, the Consumer Services, our users and employees, or any third party. For example, we may use your Data if we need to enforce or apply our Terms of Service or Policies.
We may use your Data in our Enterprise Services and in other services that we may provide to businesses. For example, when partners use our SDK, we may receive certain Partner End User Data back (e.g., wifi end points, Visit Data, and other Data), including Data about Around Users, if the Partner End-Users are also users of our Consumer Services. We may use this Data for our business purposes or to improve the Enterprise Services. As always, you can always opt-out of this type of sharing by disabling your background location services for the Apps. See also “Media Products” section of Part III below.
When you use the Consumer Services, your authorized friends may see some of your PII, such as your name, email address, phone number associated with your account, profile photo, hometown, mayorships and badges/stickers, and links to your Twitter and Facebook accounts (if you have connected those accounts to your Around account), a list of your friends, a map of your check-in history, any content or comments that you post, and which Apps you use. When you communicate on or through the Consumer Services, such as by direct messaging to your friends or checking-in to a business, an establishment, or a location (each a “Location”), such as a gym or a restaurant, your friends may see this Data, too. You can always control what you want visible to others, including your friends, at any time by clicking on “Settings” in your account and making your choices.
Publicly available Data such as the Data available in your user public profile, tips, likes, saves, public photos, lists that you create and follow, tastes, badges/stickers, mayorships, and lists of friends and/or followers may be searchable by search engines and be shared with or disclosed to third parties, including through our Enterprise Services to our partners and customers.
A key purpose of the Consumer Services is to help users discover and learn about Locations, upcoming events, and brands that are relevant to them, and for these organizations to provide information about themselves, their Locations and events to users, as well as to reward users when they visit their Location or event through offers or specials provided to you in compliance with applicable law. When you visit a Location, your visit may be shared with that Location so they can provide superior products and services to you. Sharing your visit means providing the Location with your user name, profile photo and the handles for any social media accounts you have connected with your Around account (e.g., your Twitter ID) at the time you “check-in” to a Location. You can always control what Data you choose to share with Locations by adjusting your preferences in “Settings.”
We may also use service providers, vendors and contractors to provide or perform services on our behalf. In these cases, we may need to share your PII with them. Our service providers, vendors and contractors will be subject to binding contractual obligations to: (i) only process the PII in accordance with our prior written instructions; and not use the PII for their own purposes; and (ii) use appropriate measures to protect the confidentiality and security of the PII; together with any additional requirements under applicable law.
When we partner with a business, we may share Data with them but only in aggregate or in some cases, we may share a non-identifying ID such as an advertising ID or a hashed identifier (“pseudonymized”). When we share Data in a pseudonymized form, a unique identifier is shared so that our partner can measure conversion as to whether an individual has seen its ad, visited its website, or you went to its brick and mortar location. We may also share or disclose aggregated, pseudonymized, and/or anonymous Data to other third parties, including Around Users you may follow, and developers who use our API or SDK, or our other Enterprise Customers, for analytical or other purposes. See also “Media Products” section of Part III below.
We may share your Data when we believe in good faith that such release is necessary to comply with law or a legal process, including laws outside your country of residence; to protect our rights, property, or safety of Around, our employees, the Consumer Services and others.
We may share your Data as part or in anticipation of a business sale, merger, consolidation, investment, change in control, transfer of substantial corporate assets, reorganization, liquidation, or similar business transaction or corporate event.
In the Swarm App, your location is also shared when you "check in" on the Swarm app to let the Consumer Services know that you're at a particular Location or, if you have turned on 'check-in by friends,' when your friend tags you in his or her check in. The location information shared with a "check in" is the Location. Additionally, when you send a message in Swarm, your mobile device's location is shared with all recipients of the message. While your location will still be collected by us, you can check-in “off the grid” so that you are not sharing your specific whereabouts with friends.
Each of your check-ins using the Consumer Services is saved to your "Check-in History," which allows you and your friends to look back at the locations you have checked in since you created your account. You can delete any of your check-ins from the check-in page in our Apps. If for any reason you ever decide to delete your Data, your account and your Data will be permanently deleted from the Consumer Services.
We may use technologies like cookies, pixels, web beacons, local storage and other identifiers on our Sites, in our emails, within our Apps and sometimes in third party apps that use our API or SDK to provide you with a range of products and services. We use these technologies for a number of purposes, such as for authentication, security, preference settings, advertising and analytics. We sometimes work with advertisers or other partners, and advertising service providers to serve ads to you on the Consumer Services, or a third party website or app, that may be relevant to you based on your interaction with the Consumer Services, including places you have “checked in”.
You may access and update your Data at any time through the “Settings” tab in your Around or Swarm account. To view every Location that you have visited, you may access this Data in the Around City Guide History tab or the homepage of the Swarm app. You may also request a copy of your Data by (a) logging into your Swarm account or (b) logging into your City Guide account (web only), and clicking on Privacy Settings and selecting “Export My Data.”
You may also delete your Data and account at any time on our Sites by clicking on the Delete Your Account link in your Privacy Settings page through your web account. If you delete your Data, your profile, including your check-in history, tips and photos, badges and stickers received will be removed from the Consumer Services, and you will no longer be able to access such Data. We will not be able to restore your account once it has been deleted. Deletion of your account may not be immediate. Residual copies of your PII or posts may remain on backup media for a short period of time thereafter. Additionally, we may store certain Data that is not PII, i.e. does not directly identify you, in our internal systems, which we may use in our Enterprise Services. We may also retain Data as required by applicable law and we will not delete any Data that is not PII, i.e., has already been anonymized.
If you have questions about accessing, updating, or deleting your Data, please email [email protected]
We adhere to the Digital Advertising Alliance (“DAA”) Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising. At this time, however, we do not honor web browser Do Not Track (“DNT”) signals or other similar mechanisms.
You may opt out of interest-based advertising as follows:
Please note that when you opt out of interest-based ads, you will still see ads, but they will no longer be based on your interests or behavior. After you have opted out, we will no longer use any PII collected from you on that particular browser or device for advertising purposes. We will also be unable to connect that device or browser to a different device or browser.
If you use our Apps and have opted-in to sharing your background location with us, you may remove your permission at any time by going into your operating device settings and toggling off background sharing.
Below are the ways in which we may collect, use and share Data about Partner End-Users.
We share Data with third party developers via our API, which may also involve those third party developers agreeing to share Data about Partner End-Users with us. In some cases, they have committed not to share Partner End-User Data with us if it comprises PII or without the Partner End-User consenting to the sharing. We may also share Data with third party developers via flat data files, and may receive a flat data file from developers in return.
App developers may partner with us to use our SDK, which they integrate into their own apps to help them identify when Partner End-Users are near interesting places of relevance to their service (e.g. a nearby store with respect to which they can offer a coupon), identify accurate venue data (such as the geo-coordinates of a restaurant or store) or to identify when their end users have visited a specific venue (“Visit Data”). When partners use our SDK, we may receive certain Partner End-User Data back (e.g. wifi end points, Visit Data, and other Data). We may incorporate such Partner End-User Data into our Enterprise Services, and if contractually permitted, license such Partner End-User Data to business partners. In some cases, if contractually permitted, we may share non-identifying IDs such as an advertising IDs or other pseudonymized data.
In addition, we may acquire data from third parties and append such information to Partner End-User Data. We will delete Partner End-User Data if requested by our partners.
In the event that a Partner End-User is also a Around User, we may combine all data about the user into a single profile.
Below are the ways in which we may collect, use and share Data about individuals who are not Around Users or Partner End-Users.
We, our partners, and advertising service providers may receive Data from unaffiliated apps and websites, advertising exchanges, ad platforms, ad networks or from our partners, which we, our partners and advertising service providers may use to send interest-based advertising. The Data collected for this purpose may include Data such as activity when using the Consumer Services or on unaffiliated websites and apps, or Data received from web browsers or operating systems such as browser types and settings, the operating systems, device models, carriers, location information, IP address, mobile device and advertising identifiers (e.g. Apple IDFA or Google Advertising ID), as well as cookie information, pixel or other similar technology.
We may combine the Data described above with demographic, location and other interest-based segment Data from third parties to provide the Enterprise Services.
When we partner with a business, PII is not shared with them. We will only share Data in aggregate or in some cases, pseudonymized form. When we share Data in a pseudonymized form, a unique identifier, such as an Advertising ID, is shared so that our partner can measure conversion as to whether an individual has seen its ad, visited its website, or visited their brick and mortar location.
We may collect Data about individuals acting in their professional capacity as a representative of a third party developer, vendor, partner or enterprise customer. We may collect their names, job titles, phone numbers, email addresses and/or billing addresses (of their organization), so that we can contact and interact with these organizations in relation to the contracting process, billing, and/or promotions. We do not combine Data from these individuals with any Data about users of our Consumer Services.
In the case of developers who use our API or SDK, we also collect Data that developers provide on their developer account profiles, as well as certain Data that we process when a developer uses his or her account (such as time of use and device information).
We may share Data we collect about these individuals with service providers, vendors and contractors to provide or perform services on our behalf, such as providers that help us manage customer relationships, sales, and marketing for Around or may, in some cases, share Data about these individuals with our Enterprise Customers. Our service providers, vendors and contractors will be subject to binding contractual obligations to: (i) only process this Data in accordance with our prior written instructions, and not use the Data for their own purposes; (ii) use measures to protect the confidentiality and security of the Data; (iii) comply with additional requirements under applicable law. We may also share this Data when we believe in good faith that such release is necessary to comply with law or a legal process, including laws outside the individual’s country of residence; to protect our rights, property, or safety of Around, our employees, the Consumer Services and others. We may also share this Data as part or in anticipation of a business sale, merger, consolidation, investment, change in control, transfer of substantial corporate assets, reorganization, liquidation, or similar business transaction or corporate event.
This Part IV applies to Data about individuals we may collect in the circumstances described in all of Parts I, II and III.
Subject to applicable law, you may have a number of rights regarding the processing of your PII, including:
We use industry standard physical, technical, and logical security measures to protect your Data. We endeavor to safeguard your Data to ensure that it is kept secure. However, we cannot guarantee the security of Data in an account from unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors.
Your account is protected by a password that you have chosen. We recommend using a password that is unique to your Around or Swarm account. If you use the Consumer Services on public or shared networks (e.g. public wifi), we cannot ensure the security of your account.
Neither the Consumer Services nor the Enterprise Services are directed to individuals who are under 13 years of age. We do not knowingly collect any Data from children under 13. If you notice or suspect that a user is under 13, please contact us immediately at [email protected].
Our Apps and all of our data, including your Data, are hosted on servers in the United States. If you are using or accessing the Consumer Services or Enterprise Services from outside of the United States, your Data will be transferred to, processed and stored in the United States. As a result, United States federal and state governments, courts, or law enforcement or regulatory agencies may be able to obtain your Data through laws applicable in the United States. United States laws may not offer the same privacy protections as the law of your jurisdiction.
You have the right to access your PII. In compliance with the Principles, Around commits to resolve complaints about our collection or use of your PII. EU and Swiss individuals with inquiries or complaints regarding our Privacy Shield policy should first contact us at [email protected]. Around has further committed to refer unresolved Privacy Shield complaints JAMS, an alternative dispute resolution provider located in the United States. If you do not receive a timely acknowledgment of your complaint from us, or if we have not resolved your complaint, please contact or visit JAMS for more information or to file a complaint. The services of JAMS are provided at no cost to you.
You have the ability, under certain conditions, to invoke binding arbitration for complaints regarding Privacy Shield compliance not resolved by any of the other Privacy Shield mechanisms. For more information, please visit: http://www.privacyshield.gov/article?id=ANNEX-I-introduction.
If we transfer your PII to a third party acting as our agent, we remain responsible for how that PII is processed. This means that we will remain liable under the Principles if any third party acting as our agent processes your PII in a manner inconsistent with the Principles, unless we were not responsible for the event giving rise to the damage.