HOOTT Privacy Policy

General Information

This Privacy Policy will explain how your personal data is used when you use HOOTT Services, either the website or mobile applications. The Policy will also clarify any conflict or claim arising out of or in connection with the subject matter (including non-contractual disputes or claims), make sure you also read our Terms and Conditions.

What information is collected?

You can only become a member of HOOTT if you are 18 years old or over the age of majority in the country in which you reside if that happens to be greater than 18. This means that HOOTT does not knowingly collect information about children or any other person under 18 years of age. If you are not 18 years old, please do not register or access HOOTT Services. If we become aware that someone less than 18 years of age has registered an account with HOOTT, we will take measures to terminate that person's registration and delete their Profile information from HOOTT. If we delete a profile because you have violated our Terms or Privacy Policy, your IP address and unique data will be stored to ensure that you will not try to create a new Profile. We reserve the right to collect information that can identify such personal data or any other type of information that we might consider necessary. We may collect this information through our website or mobile applications.

Personal information is considered: your name, address, email address and telephone number, financial information such as your payment method (valid credit card number, type, expiration date or other financial information). You may also provide information about your interests, activities, gender, age, and other demographic information such as your hometown.

Information collected from website and mobile applications

HOOTT offers you the possibility to get in touch with people from all over the world. This is possible by downloading the mobile app and installing it on your phone/device, or by accessing www.hoott.com on your computer/phone/device. The Service allows you to share your location with other users. To make this happen we collect information such as WiFi access points as well as other location information (longitude and latitude). This data helps us identify your location in a way that it can be displayed and shared with other members when choosing to view the "nearby" users.

What Information do you collect from VIP Members?

For a user to become a HOOTT VIP Member, we are required to collect the financial information necessary to process the payments for the chosen payment method. We don't store any credit card or other payment option details, but our payment service providers do (and are approved to do so by all applicable rules). When you access HOOTT we also collect technical information about your computer system or mobile device and statistical data. All information about your profile will be saved on your User Account. If you will start to use the HOOTT Application on another device, all your payments and credits details will be automatically redirected to your new device. We use this information to improve our website's and mobile applications' user experience, so you can have more fun with HOOTT!

Collected information when i'm using other websites

When you use your personal information from other websites/apps such as Facebook to create your HOOTT account, please be aware that you are also giving these third party websites your information and we do not have any control over how this data is stored or used. We highly recommend reading their Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy and Guidelines.

Cookies

Cookies help us collect information about your devices (e.g. mobile phone, tablet, computer). A cookie is a piece of text stored on your device by your web browser. Cookies are a tool that stores certain information about website visits with the goal to recognize you and your preferences each time you visit and/or use HOOTT. When you visit the publicly available sections of HOOTT, an ID cookie is placed on your computer only while you're visiting. Persistent cookies are also placed on Users' devices, with the sole goal to remember user preferences and therefore enhance their experience with the Service, in a simplified and comfortable way.

We may also use persistent cookies on your mobile device, primarily for security and safety purposes, such as preventing phishers, scammers, unauthorized access attempts, to make sure that the account logged into and the device match, to protect our Users from spam and fraud actions, etc. This information is not used when you are logged out.

To disable cookies, please check your device or computer browser settings. HOOTT uses cookies with the sole purpose to provide Users with a better and simpler experience of the Service.

How is the collected information used

The collected data is used to perform general customer administration and support functions, communicate about HOOTT features, display users advertisement that is custom to their profile and preferences, investigate fraud claims or any kind of infringement of rights or similar issues, generate anonymous statistics designed to improve HOOTT Services.

Purpose and use of stored data:

1. Provide and manage HOOTT Services
2. User management and customer assistance
3. Analysis of your use and interest in the Service, products, content
4. Ad tracking and website or mobile application analytics
5. Enforce or exercise any rights, guidelines or provisions in our Terms and Privacy Policy
6. Communicate with HOOTT Users via email, post, telephone and/or mobile devices about products or services that may be of interest to you

How you can access and update your information

HOOTT registered Users have the ability to review and update their personal information online by logging into the account and clicking on the Settings button. You may review and/or modify the following personal information:

1. Contact details (email address)
2. Profile details and preferences
3. City, country, language
4. Password


About the password:

HOOTT takes all necessary measures to ensure your account security. However, you are responsible for keeping your login information safe, and in order to do that we recommend that you do not share your account details such as username, email and password with any third parties including close friends and family members. In case you suspect that due to some reason someone else has used your login information, please change your password immediately by accessing your account settings via the mobile application or the website and contact HOOTT Support Team. Please remember to change your password periodically and to logout whenever you use a device other than yours or a shared device/computer.

If you have lost access to your account due to some reason, please contact HOOTT Support Team immediately for assistance at: support@hoott.com

How is your data stored

HOOTT applies the following storage terms: after you delete the information, or you terminate your account, we keep the data we gathered for a period of six months. Your history items and logs, are stored as well for six months. If an account becomes inactive for a period of 365 days, it will be terminated and all data related to the account will be terminated as well.

These security measures are in place to protect your data and avoid any type of loss, misuse, theft, change or fraud of the information that is under our control. HOOTT employs all necessary standard security measures, industry standards in order to keep your data safe. HOOTT's Technical Team is constantly working on improving the safety and security of our Users.

Delete or deactivate Your profile

If you want to stop using your HOOTT account it will be initially deactivated. This means that other users will not see you anymore when they use the "Nearby" feature, even if they may still see your profile from direct links. Since many users decide to temporarily deactivate their accounts for a number of reasons and would later like the option to restore their profile and information, the profile information is saved for their convenience and you may simply activate your account within 30 days. If you do not restore your account within this time period, your HOOTT account will be deleted permanently.

By removing information from your profile or deleting your account, you do not delete all trace of your profile from the Internet and copies of this information may still be visible and accessed because the information has been shared with other users, copied by other users, or shared with search engines. We do not have control of how your information is used outside of HOOTT and therefore you agree to take full responsibility for all Content and communication that you conduct via HOOTT Services and understand that this information may or may not be shared or copied by other users. If you have granted third party applications/websites access to your personal information, please be aware that they might retain this information to the extent that their Terms and Privacy Guidelines allow them to.

Third Parties Rights

HOOTT does not sell or share your information with any third parties and does not disclose any personal information that could be used to identify you. Aggregated user data of non-personal character can be used in marketing and promotional goals.

HOOTT works on creating and maintaining a healthy online community, and will cooperate with all law enforcement inquires to enforce their rights (intellectual property rights and others). Your information may also be disclosed to government agencies, law enforcement or private parties at the Company's sole discretion when it is necessary to comply to a legal process in order to protect our legal rights.

Changes to the Privacy Policy

HOOTT reserves the right to modify or amend this Privacy Policy at any time without prior notice. It is your sole responsibility to check the website and mobile applications from time to time for changes to this Privacy Policy or any other guidelines. You must be aware of how the information is collected and used, and when or why this information can or might be shared with third parties. Any change of the Privacy Policy will be active within 30 days after publishing.

The modifications of the Privacy Policy will be posted on our Website and application, which will mean that you will always have access and the ability to check the changes we have applied, and information that we collect, how we use this information, and under which circumstances we may have to share the information. Modifications will be effective in 30 days after being published.

What happens if I do nothing on HOOTT?

If you do not use your HOOTT account for some time it is not a problem. You may start using it again whenever you wish to do so, your profile will not be deleted unless you chose to delete it, or deactivate it and not login within 30 days after that, at which point it will be automatically deleted.

Your account is personal and non-transferable, all rights to your profile information, content and personal data will be cancelled upon your death.

Last updated on 25 July 2016