Privacy policy

Last updated: June 20, 2020

This policy applies to all products and websites built and maintained by Side Country Software, LLC, including shiba-gizmos.com and the Gizmo for Slack app.

What we collect and why

We promise we never sell your data. Our guiding principle is to collect only what we need. Here’s what that means in practice:

Identity & access

When you sign up for a product, we typically ask for identifying information such as your name, email address, and maybe a company name. That’s just so you can personalize your new account, and we can send you invoices, updates, or other essential information. We’ll never sell your personal info to third parties, and we won’t use your name or company in marketing statements without your permission either.

Billing information

When you pay for a product, we ask for your credit card and billing address. That's so we can charge you for service, calculate taxes due, and send you invoices. Your credit card is passed directly to our payment processor and doesn't ever go through our servers. We store a record of the payment transaction, including the last 4 digits of the credit card number and as-of billing address, for account history, invoicing, and billing support. We store your billing address to calculate any sales tax due in the United States, to detect fraudulent credit card transactions, and to print on your invoices.

Geolocation data

We log all access to all accounts by full IP address so that we can always verify no unauthorized access has happened. We keep this login data for as long as your product account is active.

We also log full IP addresses used to sign up a product account. We keep this record forever because they are used to mitigate spammy signups.

Web analytics data — described further in the Website Interactions section — are also tied temporarily to IP addresses to assist with troubleshooting cases.

Website interactions

When you browse our marketing pages or applications, your browser automatically shares certain information such as which operating system and browser version you are using. We track that information, along with the pages you are visiting, page load timing, and which website referred you for statistical purposes like conversion rates and to test new designs. We sometimes track specific link clicks to help inform some design decisions. These web analytics data are tied to your IP address and user account if applicable and you are signed into our Services.

Cookies

We do use persistent first-party cookies to store certain preferences, make it easier for you to use our applications, and support some analytics. A cookie is a piece of text stored by your browser to help it remember your login information, site preferences, and more. You can adjust cookie retention settings in your own browser. To learn more about cookies, including how to view which cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, please visit: www.allaboutcookies.org.

Voluntary correspondence

When you write us with a question or to ask for help, we keep that correspondence, including the email address, so that we have a history of past correspondences to reference if you reach out in the future.

We also store any information you volunteer like surveys. Sometimes when we do customer interviews, we may ask for your permission to record the conversation for future reference or use. We only do so if you give your express consent.

Information we do not collect

We don’t collect any characteristics of protected classifications including age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or physical and mental abilities or disabilities. You may provide these data voluntarily, such as if you include a pronoun preference in your email signature when writing into our Support team.

We also do not collect any biometric data. We may populate a picture from your user profile using data from third parties, which could be a real picture of you or a picture of something else that represents you best. We do not extract any information from profile pictures.

When we access or share your information

If our product is acquired by or merged with another company we’ll notify you well before any info about you is transferred and becomes subject to a different privacy policy.

Location of Site and Data

Our products and other web properties are operated in the United States. If you are located in the European Union or elsewhere outside of the United States, please be aware that any information you provide to us will be transferred to the United States. By using our Site, participating in any of our services and/or providing us with your information, you consent to this transfer.

Your Rights With Respect to Your Information

We apply the same data rights to all customers, regardless of their location. These rights include:

Many of these rights can be exercised by signing in and directly updating your account information.

If you have questions about exercising these rights or need assistance, please contact us at support@shiba-gizmos.com. For requests to delete, transfer, or know what personal information has been collected, we will first verify your information and require written consent from the account administrator before proceeding.

Age Restrictions

Persons under the age of 18 are not allowed to use our services.

How we secure your data

All data is encrypted via SSL/TLS when transmitted from our servers to your browser. The database backups are also encrypted. Most data is not encrypted while in our database (since it needs to be ready to send to you when you need it), but we go to great lengths to secure your data at rest.

When you delete data in your product accounts

We give you the option to delete data. Anything you delete will no longer be accessible and are deleted from our active servers within the next 30 days. We also have some backups of our application databases, which are kept for up to another 30 days. In total, when you delete things in our applications, they are purged within 60 days from all of our systems and logs. Retrieving data for a single account from a backup is cost-prohibitive and unduly burdensome so if you change your mind you’ll need to do so before your data are deleted from our active servers.

We also delete your data after an account is cancelled. In this case, your data will be scheduled for deletion within 30 days, and then removed as above, meaning the data will be purged within 90 days of cancelation. This applies both for cases when an account owner directly cancels and for auto-cancelled accounts.

Changes & questions

We may update this policy as needed to comply with relevant regulations and reflect any new practices. You should check this privacy policy prediodically. Your continued use of the service after we post any modifitions on this page will constitute your acknowledgement of the modifications and your consent to this policy. Whenever we make a significant change to our policies, we will also announce them either inside the application, on our company blog, or via direct email.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at support@shiba-gizmos.com

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