October 30, 2014
We’ve done our best to cut through the legal jargon and explain in simple terms what information we collect about you, what we use it for, and the few situations in which we share it with others.
The Information We Collect
When you create an account with Flipboard, you give us your full name and email address, and create a username and password. If you want, you can give us a pseudonym instead of your legal name.
If you don’t feel like creating an account from scratch, you may be able to sign in through an account you already have with another service, such as Facebook.
Your user profile helps you customize your account and connect with other Flipboard users. Your profile automatically includes your name and username. You can also add a profile picture and whatever else you’d like in the “Bio” field.
To help you connect with other Flipboard users and to personalize your Flipboard experience, we may ask for additional information, including your contacts, location or a list of the apps on your mobile device.
We receive some other information automatically when you use Flipboard. This includes data about your device, software, operating system, operating system- provided device or user-specific advertising IDs for advertisement tracking (“Advertising IDs”), your IP address and the date and time of each request you make to Flipboard.
So that we can make your Flipboard experience better, we collect information about how you view, flip and interact with content and advertisements through Flipboard and on third-party sites with Flipboard widgets.
You may link your Flipboard account to other services you use, such as social networking sites, photo-sharing services and media publishers such as the New York Times. If you connect your Flipboard account with a third-party service, we collect information through that service. This information varies depending on the service and your privacy settings there, but may include profile information (e.g., age, gender and location), your contacts on that service and content that you’ve made publicly available there.
If you want to email something you see through Flipboard to a friend who isn’t already a Flipboard account holder, we may keep their email address for the purpose of sending such email and improving our services. Recipients may contact us at email@example.com to request that we remove this information from our database.
How We Use and Disclose Your Information
A big part of Flipboard is sharing content you find interesting. That’s why your Flipboard profile, the people and sources you follow, the magazines you create, the comments you post and the content you flip are all public.
Aside from that, we use your information to keep Flipboard running, better understand how you use our service, customize your experience (including the content, marketing materials, and advertisements you see), prevent abuse and improve Flipboard.
We share your personally identifiable information only under these circumstances:
- With your consent, after letting you know what information will be shared, and with whom.
We may disclose aggregate information about how our users use Flipboard in a manner doesn’t identify you individually.
Web Storage and Tracking Policy
Cookies and HTML5 local storage are ways to keep information about your use of Internet services on your own mobile device or computer.
Flipboard also uses web beacons in advertisements to allow Flipboard and its advertising partners to see how users view and engage with advertisements. Depending on your advertising preferences set in your operating system, Flipboard may share your Advertising ID with advertising partners in an anonymous fashion that is not tied to your name or email address.
Some browsers make it possible for you to signal that you don’t want your Internet browsing activity to be tracked. The Internet community hasn’t reached a consensus on how to best honor these signals, so we don’t respond to Do-Not-Track requests at this time.
If you’d like to delete your account, you can do so in the Flipboard application under Settings (gear icon) in the Edit Profile detailed menu. If we delete your account, your user profile will no longer be visible on our service, though we may still keep some log information in non-personally identifiable form and any other information you have made publicly available through Flipboard (comments to content, for example).