Albin Apps

Privacy policy

Updated: 2018-10-30

This privacy police is valid for all Albin apps, including Albin.social web app and Albin.social app for Android.

Connections to other networks and apps

On Albin you can send and receive messages to and from people on other connected networks, because Albin is connected to a federated network. It’s also sometimes referred to as the Fediverse. It consists of several third party servers and other apps.

The Fediverse is organized in so called instances, independent servers, operated by people with no connection to Albin Apps. The instance operators may, as described in the section “Information we collect”, receive some of your data and content. You recognize the instances by the domain, on the part that’s after the second @ in the username.

On the connected networks, the instance operators may be companies, organizations or private persons. They could be located in any part of the world and therefore obey different laws. If you’re concerned about this, you need to read their Terms of Service and Privacy policies in addition to ours.

The Fediverse could, in one way, be compared with email. When you send an email to another person, that persons email provider get some meta data. This receiving email-company can potentially read that meta data and the content of the email. For this reason, it’s not recommended to use email for anything secret. Likewise you should not use Albin.social or other Albin Apps for anything secret.

It’s new and still experimental

Here on Albin Apps we’re treating this connection to the Fediverse as an experiment. We’re constantly evaluating if it would be better to turn these connections off. We don’t know yet what you and other customers prefer. The Fediverse model or the more traditional model? It’s perhaps a trade off between a wider network and better privacy. Your feedback and opinions on this topic are welcome. #fediverse

What information do we collect?

  • Basic account information: If you register on Albin, you may be asked to enter a username, an e-mail address and a password. You may also enter additional profile information such as a display name and biography, and upload a profile picture and header image. The username, display name, biography, profile picture and header image are always listed publicly.

  • Posts, following and other public information: The list of people you follow is listed publicly, the same is true for your followers. When you submit a message, the date and time is stored as well as the application you submitted the message from. Messages may contain media attachments, such as pictures and videos. Public and unlisted posts are available publicly. When you feature a post on your profile, that is also publicly available information. Your posts are delivered to your followers, in some cases it means they are delivered to different servers, independent from Albin.social, and copies are stored there. When you delete posts, this is likewise delivered to your followers. The actions of re-posting or making favorites of posts are always public.

  • Direct and followers-only posts: All posts are stored and processed on the servers. Followers-only posts are delivered to your followers and users who are mentioned in them, and direct posts are delivered only to users mentioned in them. In some cases it means they are delivered to different instances/servers and copies are stored there. We at Albin Apps make a good faith effort to limit the access to those posts only to authorized persons, but other instance operators may fail to do so. Therefore it’s important to review the servers your followers belong to. You may toggle an option to approve and reject new followers manually. Please keep in mind that the operators of any receiving server may view messages, and that recipients may screenshot, copy or otherwise re-share them. Do not post or share any secret, sensitive, illegal or otherwise unsuitable information over the federated network, Mastodon, Albin.social or other Albin Apps.

  • IP address and other metadata: When you log in, we record the IP address you log in from, as well as the name of your browser application. All the logged in sessions are available for your review and revocation in the settings. The latest IP address used is stored for up to 12 months. We also may retain server logs which include the IP address of every request to our servers.

  • Other information. We intend to separate our app into two versions. A free version where we show ads based on collected information, like the big companies, and a paid version where you can opt out of ads, data collection and potentially other things as well.

Do we collect data for advertising?

Our apps doesn’t serve targeted advertisement, yet.

We aim to deliver targeted ads in a way that is

  • better for society, because we put rules on political ads.

  • less annoying, because you can binge watch.

  • and more fair, because you can opt out.

  • Better for you, because you can delete not only your information, but also our information about you.

We want to give you the possibility to opt out of both targeted ads, non-targeted ads and data collection for ads.

We might do some tests and research and start collect information. We may serve you non-targeted ads to begin with. If we start with targeted ads in the future, this privacy policy will be updated.

What do we use your information for?

Any of the information we collect from you may be used in the following ways:

  • To provide the core functionality of Albin.social, the Fediverse and other Albin apps. You can only interact with other people’s content and post your own content when you are logged in. For example, you may follow other people to view their combined posts in your own personalized home timeline.

  • To aid moderation of the community, for example comparing your IP address with other known ones, for example to determine “ban evasion” and other violations.

  • The email address you provide may be used to send you information, notifications about other people interacting with your content or sending you messages, and to respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions.

  • To analyze, improve, protect and develop our service.

  • To target ads.

How do we protect your information?

We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you enter, submit, or access your personal information. Among other things, your browser session, as well as the traffic between your applications and the API, are secured with SSL, and your password is hashed using a strong one-way algorithm. You may enable two-factor authentication to further secure access to your account.

What is our data retention policy?

We will make a good faith effort to:

  • Retain server logs containing the IP address of all requests to this server, in so far as such logs are kept, no more than 90 days.

  • Retain the IP addresses associated with registered users no more than 12 months.

You can request and download an archive of your content, including your posts, media attachments, profile picture, and header image.

You may irreversibly delete your account at any time.

Do we use cookies?

Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow). These cookies enable the site to recognize your browser and, if you have a registered account, associate it with your registered account.

Albin.social and Albin.club

Yes, we use cookies to understand and save your preferences for future visits.

joinalbin.com

Yes, Google Analytics to analyze activity on the site.

albinapps.com

Yes, Google Analytics to analyze activity on the site.

Do we disclose any information to outside parties?

We do not sell or trade data.

We might transfer data, including personally identifiable information, to trusted outside parties. This with the purpose of operating our sites, our apps, conducting our business, or servicing you. We demand that those parties keep this information confidential and don’t use it for other purposes. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety.

Your public content may be downloaded by other servers in the federated network or by people on the internet. Your public and followers-only posts are delivered to the servers where your followers reside, and direct messages are delivered to the servers of the recipients, in so far as those followers or recipients reside on a different server than this.

When you authorize an application, for example an Android app, to use your account, depending on the scope of permissions you approve, it may access your public profile information, your following list, your followers, your lists, all your posts, and your favorites. Applications can never access your e-mail address or password.

Site usage by children

Our site, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 16 years old. If you are under the age of 16, per the requirements of the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) do not use this site.

Law requirements can be different if you are located in another jurisdiction.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page.

It’s likely to change a little bit, because Albin is so new.

This document is CC-BY-SA.

It’s first adapted from https://mastodon.social/terms on 2018-10-03, and they in turn adapted it from the the Discourse privacy policy https://github.com/discourse/discourse.