Privacy

This policy explains what information we collect when you use Dicens, services, mobile applications, products, and content (“Services”). It also has information about how we store, use, transfer, and delete that information. Our aim is not just to comply with privacy law. It’s to earn your trust.

Information We Collect & How We Use It

Dicens doesn’t make money from ads. So we don’t collect data in order to advertise to you. The tracking we do at Dicens is to make our product work as well as possible.

In order to give you the best possible experience using Dicens, we collect information from your interactions with our network. Some of this information, you actively tell us (such as your email address, which we use to track your account or communicate with you). Other information, we collect based on actions you take while using Dicens, such as what pages you access and your interactions with our product features (like highlights, follows, and likes). This information includes records of those interactions, your Internet Protocol address, information about your device (such as device or browser type), and referral information.

We use this information to:
– provide, test, improve, promote and personalize Dicens Services
– fight spam and other forms of abuse
– generate aggregate, non-identifying information about how people use Dicens Services

When you create your Dicens account, and authenticate with a third-party service (like Facebook or Google) we may collect, store, and periodically update information associated with that third-party account, such as your lists of friends or followers. We will never publish through your third-party account without your permission.

Information Disclosure

Dicens won’t transfer information about you to third parties for the purpose of providing or facilitating third-party advertising to you. We won’t sell information about you.

We may share your account information with third parties in some circumstances, including: (1) with your consent; (2) to a service provider or partner who meets our data protection standards; (3) with academic or non-profit researchers, with aggregation, anonymization, or pseudonomization; (4) when we have a good faith belief it is required by law, such as pursuant to a subpoena or other legal process; (5) when we have a good faith belief that doing so will help prevent imminent harm to someone.

If we are going to share your information in response to legal process, we’ll give you notice so you can challenge it (for example by seeking court intervention), unless we’re prohibited by law or believe doing so may endanger others. We will object to requests for information about users of our services that we believe are improper.

Data Storage

Dicens uses third-party vendors and hosting partners, such as Godaddy, for hardware, software, networking, storage, and related technology we need to run Dicens.

Third-Party Embeds

Some of the content that you see displayed on Dicens is not hosted by Dicens. These “embeds” are hosted by a third-party and embedded in Dicens. For example: YouTube or Vimeo videos, Imgur or Giphy gifs, SoundCloud audio files, Twitter tweets, GitHub code, or Scribd documents that appear within a Dicens post. These files send data to the hosted site just as if you were visiting that site directly (for example, when you load a Dicens post page with a YouTube video embedded in it, YouTube receives data about your activity). Dicens does not control what data third parties collect in cases like this, or what they will do with it. So, third-party embeds on Dicens are not covered by this privacy policy. They are covered by the privacy policy of the third-party service.

Some embeds may ask you for personal information, such as your email address, through a form. We do our best to keep bad actors off of Dicens. However, if you choose to submit your information to a third party this way, we don’t know what they may do with it. As explained above, their actions are not covered by this Privacy Policy. So, please be careful when you see embedded forms on Dicens asking for your email address or any other personal information. Make sure you understand who you are submitting your information to and what they say they plan to do with it. We suggest that you do not submit personal information to any third-party through an embedded form.

If you embed a form that allows submission of personal information by users, you must provide near the embedded form a prominent link to an applicable Privacy Policy that clearly states how to you intend to use any information collected. Failure to do so may lead Dicens to disable the post or take other action to limit or disable your account.

Tracking & Cookies

We use browser cookies and similar technologies to recognize you when you return to our Services. We use them in various ways, for example to log you in, remember your preferences (such as default language), evaluate email effectiveness, allow our paywall and meter to function, and personalize content and other information.

Dicens doesn’t track you across the Internet. We track only your interactions within the Dicens site.

Some third-party services that we use to provide the Dicens Service, such as Google Analytics, may place their own cookies in your browser. This Privacy Policy covers use of cookies by Dicens only and not the use of cookies by third parties.

Dicens complies with the “Do Not Track” (“DNT”) standard recommended by the World Wide Web Consortium. For logged-out users browsing with DNT enabled, Dicens’ analytics will not receive data about you, but we will do some first-party tracking in order to customize content and provide data to third-party service providers that enable Dicens Services to work. When you use Dicens while logged-in to your account, we cannot comply with DNT.

Modifying or Deleting Your Personal Information

If you have a Dicens account, you can access, modify or export your personal information, or delete your account by sending us a request.

To protect information from accidental or malicious destruction, we may maintain residual copies for a brief time period. But, if you delete your account, your information and content will be unrecoverable after that time. Dicens may preserve and maintain copies of your information when required to do so by law.

Data Security

We use encryption (HTTPS/TLS) to protect data transmitted to and from our site. However, no data transmission over the Internet is 100% secure, so we can’t guarantee security. You use the Service at your own risk, and you’re responsible for taking reasonable measures to secure your account.

Business Transfers

If we are involved in a merger, acquisition, bankruptcy, reorganization or sale of assets such that your information would be transferred or become subject to a different privacy policy, we’ll notify you in advance so you can opt out of any such new policy by deleting your account before transfer.

Email from Dicens

Sometimes we’ll send you emails about your account, service changes or new policies. You can’t opt out of this type of “transactional” email (unless you delete your account). But, you can opt out of non-administrative emails such as digests, newsletters, and activity notifications through your account’s setting.

When you interact with an email sent from Dicens (such as opening an email or clicking on a particular link in an email), we may receive information about that interaction. We won’t email you to ask for your password or other account information. If you receive such an email, please send it to us so we can investigate.

Changes to this Policy

Dicens may periodically update this Policy. We’ll notify you about significant changes to it. The most current version of the terms will always be here.

Questions

We welcome feedback about this terms at [email protected]

Data Protection Statement for European Union Users

Description of Processing Activity

Dicens collects and stores personal information about its users to customize their reading experience and enable personalized distribution of content. It shares minimal data with its service providers.

Purposes of Processing

Provide, test, promote, and improve the services

Gather usage statistics of services

Provide customized reading experience

Publish and distribute user-generated content

Provide access to paid content

Pay authors for certain content

Fight spam, fraud, and other abuse of services

Legal Bases

In order to provide the services, Dicens collects and stores personal data about its users on the legal basis of consent given when you create an account and agree to the Privacy Policy.

Dicens also pursues its legitimate interests by collecting minimal data of logged out users to provide the services, as outlined above.

Where Dicens collects and stores personal data about non-users, it does so under performance of contract obligations with users who use the services to publish content on web sites hosted by Dicens . In such cases, users authoring such content containing personal data of third parties are responsible for that content. Dicens will consider related complaints in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation’s rights of the data subject, as well as rights of expression and access to information.

Public Nature of Personal Data

Logged-in users may choose to interact publicly with the Dicens Services in the form of liking a post, paying parts of a post, following other user accounts, sharing links on connected social media accounts, or writing original posts. Where such personal data may reveal special category protected data, it is processed on the basis that it is manifestly made public by the user. Additional information on potential consequences of such processing can be found below. If you do not agree to this public usage, do not create an account or use these features of Dicens .

Categories of Personal Data Collected

Logged out users

Reading history

IP address

Browser information

DNT status

Logged in users:

Username

Display name

Bio

Avatar image

Email address (non-public)

Session activity (security)

Linked social media accounts (optional)

IP address

Browser information

Reading history (on Dicens network only)

Network interactions (recommends, follows, etc.)

Posts, responses, or series published by user

Members:

Billing information and history

Partner authors:

Stellar account for payments

Business information, if applicable

Categories of Recipients

Dicens shares minimal personal data with third-party processors in order to provide the Services. These processors offer at least the same level of data protection as that set out in this statement. This includes the following categories of recipients:

Hosting, Storage, & Other Infrastructure

Security

Analytics

Communication & Support

Payment Processors

Search engines will index user profiles, public interactions, and any user-generated content. Users may also share links to your content on social media.

Payment Processors

Dicens provides Services in conjunction with several payment processors, including: Satoshi Pay, Stellar blockchain through which users may pay for Dicens memberships or receive payment based on participation in our Writer program. Those companies acting as payment processors may collect and store personal data related to your billing information and history in order to provide their services, and may collect and store personal data and business data to prevent fraud and other abuse.

When you delete your Dicens account, Dicens deletes your personal data as outlined in this document. However, to delete your payment or billing information, you will need to do so with your payment provider, as Dicens only has minimal secure access to those records as needed to provide the services.

Embedded Content

Dicens posts may contain third-party embeds, which may in some cases collect and store personal data. The use of personal data by embedded content providers is not covered by this statement, but by the privacy policies of those sites or services.

Existence of Automated Decision-making

Dicens collects and stores personal data about its users to customize reading. This includes automated decision-making to promote content tailored to the preferences and interests indicated by the user, and to their browsing history and network interactions.

Dicens also filters content for the purposes of fighting and preventing spam, fraud, and other forms of abuse.

Potential Consequences of Processing

By creating an account on Dicens, users may make certain personal data about themselves public and accessible to others on their profile and through network interactions. This may in some cases constitute special category protected data which is considered manifestly made public by the user.

Due to the public nature of information posted to Dicens, it may be possible for third parties to derive identifying personal data from posts, whether by reading, inference, supplemental research, or automated extraction and analysis.

Users are free to use their real name and information, or a pseudonym of their choosing, for their account. Users may also choose to use the service without posting data or engaging in network interactions. However, if you do not agree with and accept the risks of such usage, you may not use the services.

Cross-border Transfers

Dicens is hosted in the United States. By using Dicens Services, you authorize Dicens to transfer, store, and use your information in the United States and any other country where we operate. Where your data is disclosed to our processors, it is subject by contract to at least the same level of data protection as that set out in this statement.

Retention

Dicens retains personal data associated with your account for the lifetime of your account. If you would like to delete your personal information, you can delete your account at any time. Deleted account profile pages will yield an error 404 “file not found” page, immediately upon initiating deletion, and will become unrecoverable in our system after a period of fourteen days. It may take several additional days for your personal data to be de-indexed from search engines, depending on those search engines’ practices, over which Dicens may have limited or no control.

To delete your payment or billing information, you will need to do so with your payment provider, as Dicens only has minimal secure access to those records as needed to provide the services.