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Data Policy

Last Update: 12 January 2018

We give the power to link evidence to news published online in order to validate those which are true, highlight those which are false and unprovable as part of our mission to make the world more informed.

What kinds of information do we collect?

We collect different kinds of information from or about you.

  • information you provide. We collect the following information you provide when you sign up for an account: First Name and Family Name, Email address, Picture you upload on your profile, Other information you might add to complete your profile such as mobile telephone number, your personal website address, etc.
  • Things you do. We collect the content and other information you provide when you use our Services, including when you open or vote reports about specific news. This can include information in or about the content you provide such as the date an article was created. We also collect information about how you use our Services, such as the types of articles and reports you view or engage with or the frequency and duration of your activities.
  • Things others do and information they provide. We also collect content and information that other people provide when they use our Services, including information about you, such as when they post links on reports open by you, send a message to you.
  • Your networks and connections. We collect information about the people and media you follow and how you interact with them.
  • Information about payments. If you use our Services for purchases or financial transactions (like when you join a fact-check project on uCheck, subscribe to extended services, or make a donation by subscribing to uCheck Platform), we collect information about the purchase or transaction. This includes your payment information, such as your credit or debit card number and other card information, and other account and authentication information, as well as billing and contact details.
  • Device information. We collect information from or about the computers, phones, or other devices where you install or access our Services, depending on the permissions you’ve granted. We may associate the information we collect from your different devices, which helps us provide consistent Services across your devices. Here are some examples of the information we collect: Attributes such as the operating system, hardware version, device settings, file and software names and types, battery and signal strength, and device identifiers. Device locations, including specific geographic locations, such as through GPS, Bluetooth, or WiFi signals. Connection information such as the name of your mobile operator or ISP, browser type, language and time zone, mobile phone number and IP address.
  • Information from websites and apps that use our Services. We collect information when you visit or use third-party websites and apps that use our Services (like when they offer our Vote button). This includes information about the websites and apps you visit, your use of our Services on those websites and apps, as well as information the developer or publisher of the app or website provides to you or us.
  • Information from third-party partners. We receive information about you and your activities on and off uCheck from third-party partners, such as information from a partner when we jointly offer services or from an advertiser about your experiences or interactions with them.

How do we use this information?

We use all of the information we have to help us provide and support our Services. Here’s how:

  • Provide, improve and develop Services. We are able to deliver our Services, personalize content, and make suggestions for you by using this information to understand how you use and interact with our Services and the articles or people you’re connected to and interested in on and off our Services.
  • We also use information we have to provide shortcuts and suggestions to you. For example, we are able to suggest when articles in a category you are interested have open reports and you might be interested in contributing to reach a report closure.
  • When we have location information, we use it to tailor our Services for you and others, like helping you to check-in and find local media or reports open on articles in your area.
  • We conduct surveys and research, test features in development, and analyze the information we have to evaluate and improve products and services, develop new products or features, and conduct audits and troubleshooting activities.
  • Communicate with you. We use your information to send you marketing communications, communicate with you about our Services and let you know about our policies and terms. We also use your information to respond to you when you contact us.
  • Show and measure ads and services. We use the information we have to improve our advertising and measurement systems so we can show you relevant ads on and off our Services and measure the effectiveness and reach of ads and services.
  • Promote safety and security. We use the information we have to help verify accounts and activity, and to promote safety and security on and off of our Services, such as by investigating suspicious activity or violations of our terms or policies. We work hard to protect your account using advanced technology such as encryption.

We use cookies and similar technologies to provide and support our Services and each of the uses outlined and described in this section of our policy. Read our Cookie Policy to learn more.

How is this information shared?

Sharing On Our Services

People use our Services to connect and share with others. We make this possible by sharing your information in the following ways:

  • When you share and communicate using our Services, the content you submit will be initially visible to our Editorial Team and to all End Users who are registered on the Platform as fact checker; then, when the content has been voted and reached a specific number of points it will be publicly visible. For example, when you open a report on uCheck, your report will be visible to our Editorial Team and to all fact-checkers registered on uCheck Platform who expressed interest in the category of the news you reported.
  • Public information is any information you share with a public audience which is finalised in a report, as well as information in your Public Profile. Public information is available to anyone on or off our Services and can be seen or accessed through online search engines, APIs, and offline media, such as on TV.
  • In some cases, people you share and communicate with may download or re-share this content with others on and off our Services.
  • Apps, websites and third-party integrations on or using our Services. When you use third-party apps, websites or other services that use, or are integrated with, our Services, they may receive information about what you post or share. For example, when you post a report or Share button on a website, the report owner or website may get information about your contribution on the report or receive a comment or link that you share from their website on uCheck. In addition, when you download or use such third-party services, they can access your Public Profile, which includes your username or user ID, your country/language, your list of category of interest, as well as any information that you share with them. Information collected by these apps, websites or integrated services is subject to their own terms and policies.
  • New owner. If the ownership or control of all or part of our Services or their assets changes, we may transfer your information to the new owner.
Sharing With Third-Party Partners and Customers

We work with third party companies who help us provide and improve our Services or who use advertising or related products, which makes it possible to operate our company and provide free services to people around the world.

Here are the types of third parties we can share information with about you:

  • Advertising, Measurement and Analytics Services (Non-Personally Identifiable Information Only). We want our advertising to be as relevant and interesting as the other information you find on our Services. With this in mind, we use all of the information we have about you to show you relevant ads. We do not share information that personally identifies you (personally identifiable information is information like name or email address that can by itself be used to contact you or identifies who you are) with advertising, measurement or analytics partners unless you give us permission. We may provide these partners with information about the reach and effectiveness of their advertising without providing information that personally identifies you, or if we have aggregated the information so that it does not personally identify you. For example, we may tell an advertiser how its ads performed, or how many people viewed their ads or installed an app after seeing an ad, or provide non-personally identifying demographic information (such as 25 year old female, in Madrid, who likes software engineering) to these partners to help them understand their audience or customers.
  • Vendors, service providers and other partners. We transfer information to vendors, service providers, and other partners who globally support our business, such as providing technical infrastructure services, analyzing how our Services are used, measuring the effectiveness of ads and services, providing customer service, facilitating payments, or conducting academic research and surveys. These partners must adhere to strict confidentiality obligations in a way that is consistent with this Data Policy and the agreements we enter into with them.

How can I manage or delete information about me?

You can manage the content and information you share when you use uCheck through the Feed tool.

We store data for as long as it is necessary to provide products and services to you and others, including those described above. Information associated with your account will be kept until your account is deleted, unless we no longer need the data to provide products and services.

You can delete your account any time. When you delete your account, we mark your account as not active and will delete comments and evidence you have posted unless they are part of reports which came to a resolution and were made publicly available. Keep in mind that information related to you (such as post on third parties websites or platforms) that others have shared as evidence in uCheck is not part of your account and will not be deleted when you delete your account.

How do we respond to legal requests or prevent harm?

We may access, preserve and share your information in response to a legal request (like a search warrant, court order or subpoena) if we have a good faith belief that the law requires us to do so. This may include responding to legal requests from jurisdictions outside of Spain where we have a good faith belief that the response is required by law in that jurisdiction, affects users in that jurisdiction, and is consistent with internationally recognized standards. We may also access, preserve and share information when we have a good faith belief it is necessary to: detect, prevent and address fraud and other illegal activity; to protect ourselves, you and others, including as part of investigations; or to prevent death or imminent bodily harm. For example, we may provide information to third-party partners about the reliability of your account to prevent fraud and abuse on and off of our Services. Information we receive about you, including financial transaction data related to purchases made with uCheck, may be accessed, processed and retained for an extended period of time when it is the subject of a legal request or obligation, governmental investigation, or investigations concerning possible violations of our terms or policies, or otherwise to prevent harm. We also may retain information from accounts disabled for violations of our terms for at least a year to prevent repeat abuse or other violations of our terms.

How our global services operate

uCheck may share information internally within our company (“Precept SL”) or with third parties for purposes described in this policy.

Information collected within the United States may, for example, be transferred to countries in the European Economic Area (“EEA”) for the purposes as described in this policy.

You can contact us using the information provided below with questions or concerns.

How will we notify you of changes to this policy?

We’ll notify you before we make changes to this policy and give you the opportunity to review and comment on the revised policy before continuing to use our Services.

How to contact uCheck & Precept with questions

If you have questions about this policy, here’s how you can reach us. Please contact Precept SL online or by mail at:

comms@prece.pt

Precept SL Passeig Sant Gervasi 52 ent 2 08022, Barecelona, Spain

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