Last Updated: December 4, 2016
What we think about when we think about privacy
Neareo's apps deal with location and social information, and we're thrilled to have so many passionate users both trust us and find our apps useful enough to open them up every day.
However, we know an important concern for most anyone using location-based services is privacy. We want everyone to feel comfortable that their trust has been well placed, which is why we've written this description of our privacy ethos - the guiding principles that inform how we develop our Services and the decisions we make.
The Neareo apps are meant to help you make the most of where you are, and we try to make responsible choices, communicate them clearly, and give you privacy options where we think you'll want them.
Neareo's Services deal with location, so in order to work, the Services need to know your location. Whenever you open and use/interact with our apps on your mobile device or get close to one of our Flags, we use the location information from your mobile device or browser (e.g., latitude and longitude) to tailor the Services experience to your current location (i.e., we'll show you a list of nearby Flags, friends and tips). This information is NOT shared with others unless you specifically agree so when joining Dynamic Flag Channels. Also, the Services use your mobile device’s ‘background location’ to provide the Services, including to send you notifications of tips/friends/plans/interesting things etc. near you. If you have ‘background location’ turned on, the Neareo apps will, from time to time, tell us about your device’s location even if you are not directly interacting with the application. We use various technologies to determine location, such as location services of the applicable operating system or browser and sensor data from your device that may, for example, provide information on nearby Wi-Fi- access points and cell towers.
Sharing Location with Neareo's apps - Your real-time location is not shared on the Neareo apps unless you specifically agree so when adding dynamic Flags (Places, Events). If you write a Flag, like or otherwise interact with a place, users may infer that you have been to that location. Some content, like tips, are time stamped and other users could use that information to infer when you were at a place even though tips can be posted when you aren’t at the place you are leaving a Flag about.
Adding Your Home Address As A Location:
You should be aware that if you or your friends add your home as a new location in the Services database and that information is published on the Services (for example, via a user adding a Flag at that location), that information may be available to others and may be published by third parties without our control. To request removal of a location from the Services database (including your home address) please contact us.
Sharing to Third Party Services (i.e., Twitter and Facebook)
Our Services give you the option of sharing some of your activity to your Facebook account. Of course, when you publish Flags on Facebook, this information will be viewable by the communities on those services.
Information Sharing: Publicly Available Information, the Neareo API, and Apps
When you use the Services, certain information is public, such as your public user profile information, tips, likes, saves, public photos, lists that you create and save, XP, and lists of friends and/or subscribers (as applicable to a particular Service), and may be shared with or disclosed to third parties, including through our API to a wide range of users and services. We may also share or disclose aggregated and anonymous data (that is, not tied to individual users) to third parties, including users you may follow and users of our API, for analytical or other purposes.
Your Privacy is Important
The bottom line is that we understand how important privacy is to you. From the beginning we've been working hard to build a range of robust privacy controls into the Services experience to give users control over the amount of information they share about their location.