Decibell privacy policy


We believe you should always know what data we collect from you and how we use it, and that you should have meaningful control over both. We want to empower you to make the best decisions about the information that you share with us.

That's the basic purpose of this Privacy Policy.

You should read this policy in full, but here are a few key things we hope you take away from it:


Decibell is public, and voices are immediately listenable and searchable by anyone around the world. We give you non-public ways to communicate on Decibell, too, through protected and Direct Messages. You can also use Decibell under a pseudonym if you prefer not to use your name.

When you use Decibell, even if you're just Listening voices, we receive some personal information from you like the type of device you're using and your IP address. You can choose to share additional information with us like your email address, phone number, address book contacts, and a public profile. We use this information for things like keeping your account secure and showing you more relevant voices, people to follow, events, and ads.

We give you control through your settings to limit the data we collect from you and how we use it, and to control things like account security, marketing preferences, apps that can access your account, and address book contacts you've uploaded to Decibell. You cannot download the information or specific voice you have shared on Decibell.

In addition to the information you share with us, we use your voices, content you've read, liked, or shared, and other information to determine what topics you're interested in, your age, the languages you speak, and other signals to show you more relevant content. We give you transparency into that information, and you can modify or correct it at any time.

If you have questions about this policy, how we collect or process your personal data, or anything else related to our privacy practices, we want to hear from you. You can contact us at any time.

INFORMATION YOU SHARE WITH US



We require certain information to provide our services to you. For example, you must have an account in order to upload or share your voice on decibell. When you choose to share the information below with us, we collect and use it to operate our services.


Basic account information.



You Don't have to create an account to use some of our service features, such as searching and viewing public Decibell profiles. If you do choose to create an account, you must provide us with some personal data so that we can provide our services to you. On Decibell, this includes a display name, a username, a password, an audio profile, and an email address or phone number. Your display name and username are always public, but you can use either your real name or a pseudonym.

Public information.



Most activity on decibel is public, including your profile information2, your time zone, and language when you created your account and your voices and certain information about your posts like the date, time, and application and version of the app you shared your voice from. You also may choose to publish your location in your voices or your Decibell profile. The lists you create, people you follow and who follow you, and voices you Listen or share are also public. If you like, Reshare, reply, or otherwise publicly engage with an ad on our services, that advertiser might thereby learn information about you associated with the ad with which you engaged, such as characteristics of the audience the ad was intended to reach.

You are responsible for your voices and other information you provide through our services, and you should think carefully about what you make public, especially if it is sensitive information. If you update your public information on Decibell, such as by deleting a voice post or deactivating your account, we will reflect your updated content on Decibell. In Decibell for iOS, and for Android.

By publicly posting content when you share your voice, you are directing us to disclose that information as broadly as possible, including through our APIs, and directing those accessing the information through our APIs to do the same. To facilitate the fast global dissemination of voices to people around the world, we use technology like application programming interfaces (APIs) and embeds to make that information available to websites, apps, and others for their use - for example, displaying voices on a news website or analyzing what people say on decibell. We generally make this content available in limited quantities for free and charge licensing fees for large-scale access. We have standard terms that govern how this data can be used and a compliance program to enforce these terms. But these individuals and companies are not affiliated with Decibell, and their offerings may not reflect updates you make on Decibell. For more information about how we make public data on Decibell available to the world, contact developer@decibell.in.

Contact information



We use your contact information, such as your email address or phone number, to authenticate your account and keep it - and our services - secure, and to help prevent spam, fraud, and abuse. We also use contact information to enable certain account features (for example, for login verification or via SMS), and to send you information about our services, and to personalize our services, including ads. If you provide us with your phone number, you agree to receive text messages from Deicbell to that number as your country's laws allow. Decibell also uses your contact information to market to you as your country's laws allow, and to help others find your account if your settings permit, including through third-party services and client applications. You can use your settings for email and mobile notifications to control notifications you receive from Decibell. You can also unsubscribe from a notification by following the instructions contained within the notification.

You can choose to upload and sync your address book on Decibell so that we can help you find and connect with people you know and help others find and connect with you. We also use this information to better recommend content to you and others.

If you email us, we will keep the content of your message, your email address, and your contact information to respond to your request.

How You Control the Information You Share with Us



Your Privacy and safety settings let you decide

Additional information we receive about you



We receive certain information when you use our services or other websites or mobile applications that include our content and from third parties, including advertisers. Like the information you share with us, we use the data below to operate our services.

Location information.



We require information about your signup and current location, which we get from signals such as your IP address or device settings, to securely and reliably set up and maintain your account and to provide our services to you.

Subject to your settings, we may collect, use, and store additional information about your location - such as your current precise position or places where you've previously used Decibell - to operate or personalize our services including with more relevant content like local trends, stories, ads, and suggestions for people to follow. Learn more about Decibell's use of location here and how to set your Decibell location preferences here.


Links



In order to operate our services, we keep track of how you interact with links across our services. This includes links in emails we send you and links in Voices that appear on other websites or mobile applications.

If you click on an external link or ad on our services, that advertiser or website operator might figure out that you came from Decibell, along with other information associated with the ad you clicked, such as characteristics of the audience it was intended to reach. They may also collect other personal data from you, such as cookie identifiers or your IP address.


Cookies


A cookie is a small piece of data that is stored on your computer or mobile device. Like many websites, we use cookies and similar technologies to collect additional website usage data and to operate our services. Cookies are not required for many parts of our services, such as searching and looking at public profiles. However, some of our services may not function properly if you disable cookies. When your browser or device allows it, we use both session cookies and persistent cookies to better understand how you interact with our services, to monitor aggregate usage patterns, and to personalize and otherwise operate our services such as by providing account security, personalizing the content we show you including ads, and remembering your language preferences. We do not support the Do Not Track browser option.

Keeping your personal data safe


We are committed to protecting our users' personal data. We implement appropriate technical and organizational measures to help protect the security of your personal data; however, please note that no system is ever completely secure. We have implemented various policies, including pseudonymization, encryption, access, and retention policies, to guard against unauthorized access and unnecessary retention of personal data in our systems.

Your password protects your user account, so we encourage you to use a strong password that is unique to your Decibell account, never share your password with anyone, limit access to your computer and browser, and log out after having used the Services.

Changes to this Policy


We may change this Policy from time to time. If we make changes, we will notify you by revising the date at the top of the policy, and, in case of material changes, we will provide you with additional notice (such as adding a statement to our homepage or sending you a notification). We encourage you to review the Policy whenever you access the Services or otherwise interact with us to stay informed about our information practices and the choices available to you.

How to Contact us


Thank you for reading our Policy. If you have any questions about this Policy, please contact our Data Protection Officer by emailing Privacy@decibell.in or by writing to your relevant data controller at the address below.