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Rawcaster Privacy Policy

Rawcaster instantly connects people everywhere to what’s most meaningful to them. Any registered user can send a publication of news and events happening around them and they will be published unedited; also Gist, which is a message of 180 characters or less to an audience of choice -that is public by default and can include other content like photos, videos, and links to other websites. Rawcaster also allows registered users to instantly publish a write-up or blog to the audience of their choosing.

Remember, What you say on Rawcaster may be viewed all around the world instantly.

This Privacy Policy describes how and when Rawcaster collects, uses and shares your information when you use our Services. Rawcaster receives your information through our various websites, SMS, APIs, email notifications, applications, buttons, and widgets (the "Services" or "Rawcaster"). For example, you send us information when you use Rawcaster from our website, post or receive Gists or publications via SMS, or access Rawcaster from an application such as Rawcaster for Mac, Rawcaster for Android, or Rawcaster for Blackberry. When using any of our Services you consent to the collection, transfer, manipulation, storage, disclosure and other uses of your information as described in this Privacy Policy. Irrespective of which country you reside in or supply information from, you authorize Rawcaster to use your information in the United States and any other country where Rawcaster operates.

If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at privacy@Rawcaster.com or here.

Information Collection and Use

Be informed that we collect and use your information below to provide our Services and to measure and improve them over time.
Information Collected Upon Registration: When you create or reconfigure a Rawcaster account, you provide some personal information, such as your name, username, password, date of birth, gender and email address. Some of this information, for example, your name and username, is listed publicly on our Services, including on your profile page and in search results. Some Services, such as reading public audience publications, do not require registration.

Additional Information: You may provide us with profile information to make public, such as a short biography, your location, your website, or a picture. You may provide information to customize your account, such as a cell phone number for the delivery of SMS messages. We may use your contact information to send you information about our Services or to market to you. You may use your account settings to unsubscribe from notifications from Rawcaster. We may use your contact information to help others find your Rawcaster account, including through third-party services and client applications. You may choose to upload your personal photos and videos to your profile page in Rawcaster; the images you upload may be visible to others based on your choice, by default we will make your photos and videos public unless you change the default setting of the image. You may choose to upload your address book so that we can help you find Rawcaster users you know. We may later suggest people to join on Rawcaster based on your imported address book contacts, which you can delete from Rawcaster at any time. If you email us, we may keep your message, email address and contact information to respond to your request. If you connect your Rawcaster account to your account on another service in order to cross-post between Rawcaster and that service, the other service may send us your registration or profile information on that service and other information that you authorize. This information enables cross-posting, helps us improve the Services, and is deleted from Rawcaster within a few weeks of your disconnecting from Rawcaster your account on the other service. Providing the additional information described in this section is entirely optional.

Gists, RawPublications, and other Public Information: Our Services are primarily designed to help you share information with the world. Most of the information you provide us is information you are asking us to make public. This includes not only the messages you Gist and the metadata provided with Gists, but also the publications you send to Rawcaster, the people you fan and that are your fans, the publications you mark as favorites or republish, and many other bits of information that result from your use of the Services. Our default is almost always to make the information you provide public for as long as you do not delete it from Rawcaster, but we generally give you settings to make the information more private if you want. Your public information is broadly and instantly disseminated. For instance, your public user profile information and Gists and publications may be searchable by search engines and are immediately delivered via SMS and other means to a wide range of users and services, with one example being the United States Library of Congress, which archives Gists and publications for historical purposes. When you share information or content like photos, videos, and links via the Services, you should think carefully about what you are making public.

Location Information: You may choose to publish your location in your Rawcaster profile. You may also tell us your location when you set your trend location on Rawcaster.com or enable your computer or mobile device to send us location information. You can set your Gist or publication location preferences in your account profile. We may use and store information about your location to provide features of our Services, to improve and customize the Services, for example, with more relevant content like local trends, stories, ads, and suggestions for people to follow. We can also use the location information to decide which adverts to place on our website. Even when you do not give us your location information, we may display on your Rawcaster page, the closest proximity from where you are connected to Rawcaster.

Links: Rawcaster may keep track of how you interact with links across our Services, including our email notifications, third-party services, and client applications, by redirecting clicks or through other means. We do this to help improve our Services, to provide more relevant advertising, and to be able to share aggregate click statistics such as how many times a particular link was clicked on.

Cookies: Like many websites, we use "cookie" technology to collect additional website usage data and to improve our Services, but we do not require cookies for many parts of our Services such as searching and looking at public user profiles or lists. A cookie is a small data file that is transferred to your computer's hard disk. Rawcaster may use both session cookies and persistent cookies to better understand how you interact with our Services, to monitor aggregate usage by our users and web traffic routing on our Services, and to customize and improve our Services. Most Internet browsers automatically accept cookies. You can instruct your browser, by changing its settings, to stop accepting cookies or to prompt you before accepting a cookie from the websites you visit. However, some Services may not function properly if you disable cookies.

Log Data: Our servers automatically record information ("Log Data") created by your use of the Services. Log Data may include information such as your IP address, browser type, operating system, the referring web page, pages visited, location, your mobile carrier, device and application IDs, search terms, and cookie information. We receive Log Data when you interact with our Services, for example, when you visit our websites, sign into our Services, interact with our email notifications, use your Rawcaster account to authenticate to a third-party website or application, or visit a third-party website that includes a Rawcaster button or widget. Rawcaster uses Log Data to provide our Services and to measure, customize, and improve them. If not already done earlier, for example, as provided below for Widget Data, we will either delete Log Data or remove any common account identifiers, such as your username, full IP address, or email address, after 18 months.

Widget Data: We may tailor content for you based on your visits to third-party websites that integrate Rawcaster buttons or widgets. When these websites first load our buttons or widgets for display, we receive Log Data, including the web page you visited and a cookie that identifies your browser ("Widget Data"). After a maximum of 10 days, we start the process of deleting or aggregating Widget Data, which is usually instantaneous but in some cases may take up to a week. While we have the Widget Data, we may use it to tailor content for you, such as suggestions for people to follow on Rawcaster. Tailored content is stored with only your browser cookie ID and is separated from other Widget Data such as page-visit information. This feature is optional and not yet available to all users. If you want, you can suspend it or turn it off, which removes from your browser the unique cookie that enables the feature. For Gists, RawPublications, Log Data, and other information that we receive from interactions with Rawcaster buttons or widgets, please see the other sections of this Privacy Policy.

Third-Party Service Providers: Rawcaster uses a variety of third-party services to help provide our Services, such as hosting our various blogs and wikis, and to help us understand the use of our Services, such as Google Analytics. These third-party service providers may collect information sent by your browser as part of a web page request, such as cookies or your IP address.

Information Sharing and Disclosure

For your information; we do not disclose your private personal information except in the limited circumstances described here.

Your Consent: We may share or disclose your information at your direction, such as when you authorize a third-party web client or application to access your Rawcaster account.

Service Providers: We engage service providers to perform functions and provide services to us in the United States and abroad. We may share your private personal information with such service providers subject to confidentiality obligations consistent with this Privacy Policy, and on the condition that the third parties use your private personal data only on our behalf and pursuant to our instructions.

Law and Harm: Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Policy, we may preserve or disclose your information if we believe that it is reasonably necessary to comply with a law, regulation or legal request; to protect the safety of any person; to address fraud, security or technical issues; or to protect Rawcaster's rights or property. However, nothing in this Privacy Policy is intended to limit any legal defenses or objections that you may have to a third party’s, including a government’s, request to disclose your information.

Business Transfers: In the event that Rawcaster is involved in a bankruptcy, merger, acquisition, reorganization or sale of assets, your information may be sold or transferred as part of that transaction. The promises in this Privacy Policy will apply to your information as transferred to the new entity.

Non-Private or Non-Personal Information: We may share or disclose your non-private, aggregated or otherwise non-personal information, such as your public user profile information, public Gists, publications, the people you fan or that are your fans, or the number of users who clicked on a particular link (even if only one did).

Modifying Your Personal Information

If you are a registered user of our Services, we provide you with tools and account settings to access or modify the personal information you provided to us and associated with your account.

You can also permanently delete your Rawcaster account. If you follow the instructions on your profile, your account will be deactivated and then deleted. When your account is deactivated, it is not viewable on Rawcaster.com. For up to 60 days after deactivation it is still possible to restore your account if it was accidentally or wrongfully deactivated. After 60 days, we begin the process of deleting your account from our systems, which can take up to a week.

Our Policy Towards Children

Our Services are not directed to persons under 13. If you become aware that your child has provided us with personal information without your consent, please contact us at privacy@Rawcaster.com. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. If we become aware that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information, we take steps to remove such information and terminate the child's account.

Changes to this Policy

We may revise this Privacy Policy from time to time. The most current version of the policy will govern our use of your information and will always be at https://Rawcaster.com/privacy. If we make a change to this policy that, in our sole discretion, is material, we will notify you via a publication update or email to the email address associated with your account. By continuing to access or use the Services after those changes become effective, you agree to be bound by the revised Privacy Policy.

Effective: December 01, 2012

The Rawcaster.com Rules

Our goal is to provide a service that allows you to send and receive unfiltered news from around the world and to discover and receive content from sources that interest you as well as to share your content with others. We respect the ownership of the content that users share and each user is responsible for the content he or she provides. Because of these principles, we do not actively monitor user’s content and will not censor user content, except in limited circumstances described below.

Content Boundaries and Use of Rawcaster.com

In order to provide the Rawcaster.com service and the ability to communicate and stay connected with others, there are some limitations on the type of content that can be published with Rawcaster.com. These limitations comply with legal requirements and make Rawcaster.com a better experience for all. We may need to change these rules from time to time and reserve the right to do so. Please check back here to see the latest.

  • Impersonation: You may not impersonate others through the Rawcaster.com service in a manner that does or is intended to mislead, confuse, or deceive others
  • Trademark: We reserve the right to reclaim user names on behalf of businesses or individuals that hold legal claim or trademark on those user names. Accounts using business names and/or logos to mislead others will be permanently suspended.
  • Privacy: You may not publish or post other people's private and confidential information, such as credit card numbers, street address or Social Security/National Identity numbers, without their express authorization and permission.
  • Violence and Threats: You may not publish or post direct, specific threats of violence against others.
  • Copyright: We will respond to clear and complete notices of alleged copyright infringement. Our copyright procedures are set forth in the Terms of Service.
  • Unlawful Use: You may not use our service for any unlawful purposes or in furtherance of illegal activities. International users agree to comply with all local laws regarding online conduct and acceptable content.
  • Misuse of Rawcaster.com Badges: You may not use a Verified Account badge or Promoted Products badge unless it is provided by Rawcaster.com. Accounts using these badges as part of profile photos, header photos, background images, or in a way that falsely implies affiliation with Rawcaster.com will be suspended.

Spam and Abuse

Rawcaster.com strives to protect its users from spam and abuse. Technical abuse and user abuse is not tolerated on Rawcaster.com.com, and will result in permanent suspension. Any accounts engaging in the activities specified below are subject to permanent suspension.

  • Serial Accounts: You may not create serial accounts for disruptive or abusive purposes, or with overlapping use cases. Mass account creation may result in suspension of all related accounts. Please note that any violation of the Rawcaster.com Rules is cause for permanent suspension of all accounts.
  • Username Squatting: You may not engage in username squatting. Accounts that are inactive for more than 6 months may also be removed without further notice. Some of the factors that we take into account when determining what conduct is considered to be username squatting are:
    • the number of accounts created
    • creating accounts for the purpose of preventing others from using those account names
    • creating accounts for the purpose of selling those accounts
    • using feeds of third-party content to update and maintain accounts under the names of those third parties
  • Invitation spam: You may not use Rawcaster.com's address book contact import to send repeat, mass invitations.
  • Selling user names: You may not buy or sell Rawcaster.com usernames. 
  • Malware/Phishing: You may not publish or link to malicious content intended to damage or disrupt another user’s browser or computer or to compromise a user’s privacy.
  • Spam: You may not use the Rawcaster.com service for the purpose of spamming anyone. What constitutes “spamming” will evolve as we respond to new tricks and tactics by spammers. Some of the factors that we take into account when determining what conduct is considered to be spamming are:
    • If you have fanned a large amount of users in a short amount of time;
    • If you have fanned and unfanned people in a short time period, particularly by automated means (aggressive follower churn);
    • If you repeatedly fan and unfan people, whether to build fans or to garner more attention for your profile;
    • If you have a small number of fans compared to the amount of people you are fanning;
    • If your updates consist mainly of links, and not personal updates;
    • If you post misleading links;
    • If a large number of people are blocking you;
    • The number of spam complaints that have been filed against you;
    • If you post duplicate content over multiple accounts or multiple duplicate updates on one account;
    • If you add a large number of unrelated users to lists in an attempt to spam a service or link;
    • If you repeatedly post other users' Publications as your own;
    • If you have attempted to "sell" fans, particularly through tactics considered aggressive fanning or fan churn;
    • Creating or purchasing accounts in order to gain fans;
    • Using or promoting third-party sites that claim to get you more fans (such as fan trains, sites promising "more fans fast," or any other site that offers to automatically add fans to your account);
    • If you create false or misleading Points of Interest;
    • If you create Points of Interest to namesquat or spam.
  • Pornography: You may not use obscene or pornographic images in either your profile photo, header photo, or user background.

Accounts engaging in any of these behaviors may be investigated for abuse. Accounts under investigation may be removed from Search for quality. Rawcaster.com reserves the right to immediately terminate your account without further notice in the event that, in its judgment, you violate these Rules or the Terms of Service.

Inactive Account Policy

What is Rawcaster.com's inactive username policy?

We encourage users to actively log in and use Rawcaster.com when they register an account. To keep your account active, be sure to log in, chat or send a publication (i.e., post an update) within 6 months of your last update. Accounts may be permanently removed due to prolonged inactivity. Please use your account once you sign up!

How does Rawcaster.com determine inactivity?

Inactivity is based on a combination of Chatting, logging in, and the date an account was created. Please note that you may not be able to tell whether an account is currently inactive, as not all signs of account activity are publicly visible.