Why collect data at all?
We aim to create an environment that will ultimately create opportunities for our users to find things to do with new & old companions alike. In order to optimize your experience, understanding where you're coming from is very important. What is even more important than simply understanding where you're coming from however, is giving full disclosure on the data we are collecting as well, so you know what you are getting in return. We are all entitled to being informed before making decisions, & we want to make sure that right is always there for you. In general, we collect your data to enhance your overall experience within Ethos & your everyday activities, along with creating & enforcing a safe environment to protect you from any malicious third parties operating within or outside the platform such as bad actors in events.
1. Collection of Information
Summary: We collect information about you when you:
We also collect information, such as usage statistics, by using cookies, server logs, and similar technologies. If you elect to use certain features, we also collect information through other sources, such as social media services, invitations, and imported contacts.
1.1 Information You Provide to Us
We simply collect information that you provide directly to us. For example, we collect information that you provide when you create an account and create posts, search for people & places, your location & other locations of posts you are interacting with, or when you communicate with us. The types of information that we may collect include your name, username, email address, postal address, location, phone number, payment method data, photos, when you last used the app, what users or events or tickets you looked at &/or purchased, choices of interests, and any other information that you choose to provide. Information about your gender, location and interests is optional. Your choice of groups is optional, but we are required to process this information in order to administer your account, and to indicate that you are an attendee of the groups and events that you join. See Section 2 to learn how we will use the information that you provide to personalize our recommendations and other content to you.
On occasion, the information that you give us when you create or attend events may imply information about your beliefs, political views, health conditions; or your sexual identity. This, and other kinds of sensitive information, is given special protection. Posting personal or sensitive information about yourself or others is against Ethos’ Community Guidelines.
1.2 Information We Collect Automatically When You Use the Platform
When you use our Platform, we automatically collect information about you, including:
1.3 Information We Collect From Other Sources
We may collect information about you from other sources, such as through certain features on the Platform you elect to use, but only where these third parties either have your consent or are otherwise legally permitted or required to disclose your information to us. Examples include:
2. Use of Information
Summary: We use information about you to:
2.1 Operating our Platform
We may use information about you for various purposes related to operating our Platform, including to:
2.2 Communicating With You
We may use information about you for various purposes related to communicating with you, including:
2.3 Advertising And Other Uses
We may use information about you for various other purposes, including to:
2.4 Legal Basis for Processing
Our legal basis for collecting and using the information described above will depend on the type of information and the specific context in which we collect it.
3. Sharing Of Information
3.1 Through Our Platform
We share some of the information that we collect by displaying it on our Platform according to your member profile and account settings. Some information, such as user name, is always public. Some information, such as past events you attended, is publicly displayed on your profile by default, but can be hidden on our Platform by you. Some information, such as your attendance of an event, will always be visible to the organizers of that event. We recommend that you check your profile settings and what information is public to ensure that you are happy with the information that is visible to others.
3.2 With Our Service Providers
We may use service providers in connection with operating and improving the Platform to assist with certain functions, such as payment processing, email transmission, conducting surveys or contests, data hosting, managing our ads, and some aspects of our technical and customer support. We take measures to ensure that these service providers access, process, and store information about you only for the purposes we authorize, subject to confidentiality obligations.
3.3 Following The Law And Protecting Ethos
We may access, preserve, and disclose information about you to third parties, including the content of messages, if we believe disclosure is in accordance with, or required by, applicable law, regulation, legal process, or audits. We may also disclose information about you if we believe that your actions are inconsistent with our Terms of Service or related guidelines and policies, or if necessary to protect the rights, property, or safety of, or prevent fraud or abuse of, Ethos or others.
3.4 Social Sharing And Other Tools
The Platform may offer social sharing features and other integrated tools which let you share actions that you take on our Platform with third-party services, and vice versa. Such features let you share information with your friends or the public, depending on the settings you have chosen with the service. The third-party services' use of the information will be governed by the third-parties’ privacy policies, and we do not control the third-parties’ use of the shared data. For more information about the purpose and scope of data collection and processing in connection with social sharing features, please review the privacy policies of the services that provide these features.
3.5 Affiliate Sharing And Merger, Sale, Or Other Asset Transfers
If Ethos is involved in a merger, acquisition, financing, reorganization, bankruptcy, or sale of our assets, information about you may be shared, sold, or transferred as part of that transaction. We may also share information about you with current or future corporate parents, subsidiaries, or affiliates.
3.6 Other Situations
We may de-identify or aggregate information about you and share it freely, so that you can no longer be identified. We may also share information about you with your consent or at your direction or where we are legally entitled to do so.
4. Additional Details
4.1 Analytics and Advertising Services Provided by Others
4.2 Transfer Of Information To The U.S. And Other Countries
We employ technical and organizational measures designed to appropriately protect your information that is under our control and that we process on your behalf from unauthorized access collection, use, disclosure, copying, modification or disposal, both during transmission and once we receive it. We store all information that you provide to us on secure servers. We train employees regarding our data privacy policies and procedures, and permit authorized employees to access information on a need to know basis, as required for their role. We use firewalls designed to protect against intruders and test for network vulnerabilities. However, no method of transmission over the internet or method of electronic storage is completely secure.
Where you have a password, which enables you to use our services, you are responsible for keeping this password complex, secure, and confidential. If you would like to update or change your password, you may select the “Forgot your password?” link on the login page. You will be sent an email that allows you to reset your password.
4.4 Data Retention
We retain certain information that we collect from you while you are a member of the Platform, and in certain cases where you have deleted your account, for the following reasons:
We will only keep data that we are legally required to keep.
4.5 Policy Scope
Ethos is a data controller. Members, including event organizers and network administrators, are directly responsible for complying with all requirements of applicable EU privacy laws in connection with the information that they obtain and process for the purposes of managing their contacts, or organizing events, or administering networks
4.6 Revisions To This Policy
5. Your Choices
5.1 Your Choices: Account Information
You may update or correct your account information by editing your account settings or by sending a request to privacy@Ethos.city as described in Section 6. You may deactivate your account by editing your account settings or by sending an email to privacy@Ethos.city. You will also be able to choose what information others see about you and who may contact you by using the Privacy Settings section in your Account.
5.2 Your Choices: Location Information
When you first access the Platform, we will collect information about your location, which we use to make better recommendations for friends you may know and events in your area, and to improve our Platform. If you do not want us to collect information about your location, then you can prevent this:
5.3 Your Choices: Cookies
5.4 Your Choices: Promotional Communications
You can control the messages that you receive from Ethos, other members, and third parties by selecting the unsubscribe link in the message that you receive, or by adjusting the communication preferences in your account settings. We will also send you a link to these settings when you first sign up and in subsequent messages. If you opt out, we may still send you non-promotional messages, such as those about your account or our ongoing business relations.
6. Data Rights