The information we gather from users enables us to personalize and improve our services, and to allow our users to set up a user account and profile that can be used to interact with other users through BillPin. In connection with BillPin, we request and display some personal information to other users and visitors of BillPin, which allows users to identify each other. We collect the following types of information from our users.
We receive and store any information you enter on BillPin or provide to us in any other way. The types of Personal Information collected may include your name, age, gender, zip code, e-mail address, cell phone number, occupation, hometown, college, personal interests, nickname, friend's list and information about personal finances that is entered on BillPin. You may choose not to provide us with certain information, but then you may not be able to take advantage of many of our special features. The Personal Information you provide is used for such purposes as allowing you to interact with other users, responding to your requests for certain information, products and services, customizing the advertising and content you see, and communicating with you about specials and new features.
Q: What data do we collect?
Stuff you enter.
We receive and store certain types of information whenever you interact with BillPin or obtain services from us. BillPin automatically receives and records information on our server logs from your browser including your hardware model, operating system version, unique device identifiers, and mobile network information including phone number, browser type, IP address, BillPin cookie information, and the page you requested. We also record the details of your transactions on BillPin.
Generally, our service automatically collects usage information, such as the numbers and frequency of visitors to our site and its components, similar to TV ratings that indicate how many people watched a particular show. This type of aggregate data enables us to figure out how often users use parts of BillPin or services so that we can make BillPin appealing to as many users as possible, and improve those services. As part of this use of information, we may provide aggregate information to our partners about how our users, collectively, use our site. We share this type of statistical data so that our partners also understand how often people use their services and BillPin, so that they, too, may provide you with an optimal online experience.
Info our machines collect automatically, like IP address and what browser you use.
We may receive a confirmation when you open an e-mail from BillPin if your computer supports this type of program. BillPin uses this confirmation to help us make e-mails more interesting and helpful. We also compare our user list to lists received from other companies, in an effort to avoid sending unnecessary messages to our users.
Whenever you open an email from us or click on a link – so we only send you stuff that's interesting or helpful.
Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that we transfer to your computer's hard drive through your browser to enable our systems to recognize your browser and tell us how and when pages in our site are visited and by how many people. BillPin cookies do not collect Personal Information, and we do not combine the general information collected through cookies with other Personal Information to tell us who you are or what your screen name or email address is.
Most browsers have an option for turning off the cookie feature, which will prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, as well as (depending on the sophistication of your browser software) allowing you to decide on acceptance of each new cookie in a variety of ways. We require that cookies be enabled for you to take advantage of the services we offer on BillPin.
We are giving you cookies. Not to eat, but to remember who you are, and make your experience even more awesome.
When you use BillPin on a location-enabled device, we may collect and process information about your actual location, like GPS signals sent by a mobile device. We may also use various technologies to determine location, such as sensor data from your device that may, for example, provide information on nearby Wi-Fi access points and cell towers.
We help record where you pin a bill so you can remember in the future.
We use the information we collect from all of our services to provide, maintain, protect and improve them, to develop new ones, and to protect BillPin and our users. We also use this information to offer you tailored content – like giving you more relevant search results and ads.
When you contact BillPin, we may keep a record of your communication to help solve any issues you might be facing. We may use your email address to inform you about our services, such as letting you know about upcoming changes or improvements.
We use information collected from cookies and other technologies to improve your user experience and the overall quality of our services. For example, by saving your language preferences, we'll be able to have our services appear in the language you prefer. When showing you tailored ads, if we do in the future, we will not associate a cookie or anonymous identifier with sensitive categories, such as those based on race, religion, sexual orientation or health.
We will use information as required by law.
When you provide us information about other people for using the online community parts of our service, we may store your personal information and the personal information of each such recipient. We use your recipients' contact information to allow them to interact with your online community, and allow you to interact with your recipients.
BillPin processes personal information on our servers in many countries around the world. We may process your personal information on a server located outside the country where you live.
Q: How do we use the data?
"In human words" idea inspiration: our friends at SimpleHoney.com =)