How does Blinq use your personal information?
Last Updated: 20 June 2019
Thanks for using Blinq. Keeping your personal information safe is important. So we want to make sure you understand what personal information we collect from you and how we use it.
Please remember that other people using Blinq can see your username on the leaderboard. So please don't use your real name in your username. You should use words and numbers that don't give anyone else any information about you. We've explained this more under "What can other people see about you?" below.
Please speak to an adult before using Blinq if you don't understand any of the information on this page.
We'll keep this short and give you a quick summary because you're reading this on a phone or tablet.
· Who are we? The company making the decisions about what personal information Blinq uses and how is Blinq Games Limited. Our full details are: Blinq Games Limited ("Blinq", "we", "our" or "us"), registered at Founders Factory, Northcliffe House, Young Street, London W8 5EH with company number 12003903.
· Is Blinq suitable for children? Blinq is a GCSE quiz app and so we have made sure that it's suitable for people aged between 13 and 16. If you have any worries or questions about Blinq's suitability for people of this age then please get in touch with us using the email address at the end of this Privacy Notice.
· What can other people see about you? You can't speak or send messages within the app to other people using Blinq. But other people using Blinq can see your username on the leaderboard and you might not want other people who use Blinq to know that you're also using Blinq. So please don't use your real name in your username. If you use your real name as your username then someone who knows you would know that you're using Blinq. That's why you should use words and numbers that don't give anyone else any information about you.
· What personal information do we collect? When you use Blinq, we collect some personal information about you. When you sign-up for Blinq we'll ask you to either link your new Blinq account with your Facebook account, which will mean that we collect your email address, or to type in your mobile number. We'll also ask you to choose a username. In the background, companies that help us provide Blinq to you will also collect information about your phone or tablet (such as your phone or tablet's identification number). We also collect information about how you like to use Blinq.
We need to use some personal information so that you can login to Blinq and to make sure that Blinq is working as it's supposed to. We don't give you a choice about providing your email address (via Facebook) or your phone number, and a username because we need that personal information to make Blinq work.
We'll let you know if we're asking for personal information that we don't need to make Blinq work and we'll make it clear that you don't have to give that personal information to us. We'll be asking for this personal information to improve how Blinq works for you and for other people.
Personal information about you
When you sign-up for Blinq we'll ask you to either link your new Blinq account with your Facebook account, which will mean that we collect your email address, or to type in your mobile number. We'll also ask you to choose a username. In the background, companies that help us provide Blinq to you will also collect information about your phone or tablet (such as your phone or tablet's identification number).
We ask for a username so that you have an identity within Blinq. Please remember that other people using Blinq can see your username and if you win a prize your username will be visible to all other users of Blinq. So please don't use your real name in your username. You should use words and numbers that don't give anyone else any personal information about you. You might not want other people who use Blinq to know that you're also using Blinq. If you use your real name as your username then someone who knows you would know that you're using Blinq.
We ask for your email address or phone number so we can contact you if you've won a prize. If you have won, then when you claim your Amazon voucher we will ask for your email address if we don't already have it. If you have won a prize we might also ask for proof of age which will mean that we have a copy of any personal information contained within your proof of age (we will only process this for this purpose and will delete it as soon as we've checked your age). If this Privacy Notice or our terms have changed we'll generally let you know inside the app rather than getting in direct contact with you.
We also use your email address if you contact us about problems with the app so that we can get in touch with you about fixing any problems.
Information about how you're using Blinq
We will collect information about how you use Blinq. The kinds of information we collect about how you use Blinq are the date and time you use Blinq, the version of Blink that you're using, information about how your phone or tablet is using the internet, what features you use, how often to use them, how long you're on Blinq for and information about your phone or tablet such as the model and it's operating system (like iOS or Android). We use this information to make Blinq better for you and for other people.
We also use personal information about how you use Blinq to show you adverts that we think you'll be interested in. We only ever show adverts that are suitable for people of your age.
· On what basis are we using your personal information? We use personal information about you for our legitimate business reasons. We need most of the personal information we collect in order to provide you with access to Blinq, in some cases we tell you that the personal information is not necessary, but we use this extra personal information to improve the app for you and for other users. We have made sure that Blinq collects limited personal information and that it is kept secure.
· Who else can see your personal information? Other people using Blinq can see your username on the leaderboard. Other companies can sometimes see some personal information about you where they're helping us to run Blinq.
Other people using Blinq can see your username on the leaderboard (so please don't use your real name in your username).
We use Facebook Analytics, Google's Firebase platform and Mixpanel to help us understand how people are using Blinq and to help us fix problems with Blinq. A company called Stream Live Inc. helps us to manage what's happening within Blinq.
We make sure that the companies that help us provide Blinq to you are protecting your personal information – for example, Google, Facebook and Mixpanel are all part of the "Privacy Shield" which is a group of companies that has agreed to protect people's personal information to a high standard.
We might need to allow other companies to see your personal information where they need to do that to help us run Blinq. Where that happens, those companies are only allowed to use your personal information to help us run Blinq and they have to keep your personal information secure.
We might also need to give your personal information to someone else when the law says we have to. For example, we might have to give your personal information to the police if it's relevant to a police investigation.
If a company buys our company then we might also need to give your personal information to that company.
· How long do we keep your personal information? We keep your personal information for as long as we need it to let you use Blinq. When you're not using Blinq anymore, we delete it.
· What are my rights? You can ask us for a copy of your personal information or for us to update or delete it. You can also tell us that you're not happy with what we're doing with your personal information, ask us to only use it for specific reasons or ask that we transfer a copy to another company. Where we're using your personal information because you've given us your permission to use it, you can change your mind at any time and tell us that you want us to stop.
Get in touch using the email address below if you want to use any of these rights. You also have the right to complain to a data protection authority (which is the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) in the UK who you can reach by filling in the form at https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/email/) about our collection and use of your personal information.
That's it for now. We hope we've answered your main questions. If you want to know more, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.