Privacy & data Policy

Information we receive about you

We receive a number of different types of information about you, including:

Your information

Your information is the information that's required when you sign up for the site, as well as the information you choose to share

  §  Registration information

When you sign up for Beanstring, you are required to provide your name, email address, birthday, City, State, College name, Mobile number and gender.

§  Information you choose to share

Your information also includes the information you choose to share on Beanstring, such as when you post a forum, upload a photo, upload a video, put up a classifieds ad or participate in these actions taken by someone else.It also includes the information you choose to share when you take an action, such as when you refer a friend, comment on any content on Beanstring, add a place to your story, or change your status.

Your name, profile pictures, cover photos, gender, networks, username and User ID are treated just like information you choose to make public. 

Your birthday allows us to do things like show you age-appropriate content and advertisements.

Information others share about you

We receive information about you from your friends and others, such as when they upload your contact information, post a photo of you, comment about you in a photo or status update, or at a location, or add you to a group.

When people use Beanstring, they may store and share information about you and others that they have.

Other information we receive about you

We also receive other types of information about you:

§  We receive data about you whenever you interact with Beanstring, such as when you look at another person's profile, send or receive a message, search for a topic or a Page, click on, view or otherwise interact with things, use a Beanstring mobile app, or earnBeans or make other purchases through Beanstring.

§  When you post things like photos or videos on Beanstring, we may receive additional related data (or metadata), such as the time, date, and place you took the photo or video.

§  We receive data from the computer, mobile phone or other device you use to access Beanstring, including when multiple users log in from the same device. This may include your IP address and other information about things like your internet service, location, the type (including identifiers) of browser you use, or the pages you visit.

§  We receive data whenever you visit a game, application, or website that usesBeanstring Platformor visit a site with a Beanstring feature, sometimes throughcookies. This may include the date and time you visit the site; the web address, or URL, you're on; technical information about the IP address, browser and the operating system you use; and, if you are logged in to Beanstring, your User ID.

§  Sometimes we get data from our advertising partners, customers and other third parties that help us (or them) deliver ads, understand online activity, and generally make Beanstring better. For example, an advertiser may tell us information about you (like how you responded to an ad on Beanstring or on another site) in order to measure the effectiveness of - and improve the quality of - ads.

Public information

When we use the phrase "public information" (which we sometimes refer to as "Everyone information"), we mean the information you choose to make public, as well as information that is always publicly available.

Information you choose to make public

Choosing to make your information public is exactly what it sounds like: anyone, including people off of Beanstring, will be able to see it.


Choosing to make your information public also means that this information:

§  can be associated with you (i.e., your name, profile pictures, cover photos, posts, comments, shares, User ID, username, etc.) even off Beanstring;

§  can show up when someone does a search on Beanstring or on a public search engine;

§  will be accessible to the Beanstring-integrated games, applications, and websites you and your friends use; and

§  will be accessible to anyone who uses our APIs

All information that you upload will be publicly available. As a general rule, you should assume that the information will be publicly available.

Information that is always publicly available

The types of information listed below are always publicly available, and are treated just like information you decided to make public.

§  Name

This helps your friends and family find you. If you are uncomfortable sharing your real name, you can alwaysdelete / deactivateyour account.

§  Profile Pictures and Cover Photos

These help your friends and family recognize you. If you are uncomfortable making any of these photos public, you can always delete it. Unless you delete them, when you add a new profile picture or cover photo, the previous photo will remain public in your profile picture or cover photo album.

§  Gender

This allows us to refer to you properly.

Usernames and User IDs

A Username (or Beanstring URL) is a custom link to your page that you can give out to people or post on external websites. Usernames appear in the URL on your page. We also use your User ID to identify your Beanstring account.

If someone has your Username or User ID, they can use it to access information about you through the website. For example, if someone has your Username, they can type into their browser and see your public information as well as anything else you've let them see. Similarly, someone with your Username or User ID can access information about you through our APIs.


How we use the information we receive

We use the information we receive about you in connection with the services and features we provide to you and other users like your co - collegians, our partners, the advertisers that purchase ads on the site, and the developers that build the games, applications, and websites you use. For example, we may use the information we receive about you:

§  as part of our efforts to keep Beanstring products, services and integrations safe and secure;

§  to protect Beanstring's or others' rights or property;

§  to provide you with location features and services, like telling you when something is going on nearby;

§  to measure or understand the effectiveness of ads you and others see, including to deliver relevant ads to you;

§  to make suggestions to you and other users on Beanstring, which will help improve your experience on Beanstring

§  for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research and service improvement.

Granting us this permission not only allows us to provide Beanstring as it exists today, but it also allows us to provide you with innovative features and services we develop in the future that use the information we receive about you in new ways.

While you are allowing us to use the information we receive about you, you always own all of your information. Your trust is important to us, which is why we don't share information we receive about you with others unless we have:

§  received your permission;

§  given you notice, such as by telling you about it in this policy; or

§  removed your name or any other personally identifying information from it.

Of course, for information others share about you, they control how it is shared.

We store data for as long as it is necessary to provide products and services to you and others, including those described above. Typically, information associated with your account will be kept until your account is deleted. For certain categories of data, we may also tell you about specific data retention practices.

Deleting your account

If you want to stop using your account, you can delete it.

When you delete an account, it is permanently deleted from Beanstring. It typically takes about sixweeks to delete an account, but some information may remain in backup copies and logs for up to 90 days. You should only delete your account if you are sure you never want to reactivate it.

Certain information is needed to provide you with services, so we only delete this information after you delete your account. Some of the things you do on Beanstring aren't stored in your account, like posting to a group or commenting on a picture / video or participating in a discussion. That information remains after you delete your account

Cookies, pixels and other system technologies

Cookies are small pieces of data that are stored on your computer, mobile phone or other device. Pixels are small blocks of code on webpages that do things like allow another server to measure viewing of a webpage and often are used in connection with cookies.

We use technologies like cookies, pixels, and local storage (like on your browser or device, which is similar to a cookie but holds more information) to provide and understand a range of products and services. 

We use these technologies to do things like:

§  make Beanstring easier or faster to use;

§  enable features and store information about you (including on your device or in your browser cache) and your use of Beanstring;

§  deliver, understand and improve advertising;

§  monitor and understand the use of our products and services;

§  to protect you, others and Beanstring.

For example, we may use them to know you are logged in to Beanstring, to help you use social plugins and share buttons, or to know when you are interacting with our advertising or Platform partners.

We may ask advertisers or other partners to serve ads or services to computers, mobile phones or other devices, which may use a cookie, pixel or other similar technology placed by Beanstring or the third party (although we would not share any other information that identifies you with an advertiser).

Most companies on the web use cookies (or other similar technological tools), including our advertising and Platform partners. For example, our Platform partners, advertisers or Page administrators may use cookies or similar technologies when you access their apps, ads, Pages or other content.

Cookies and things like local storage help make Beanstring work, like allowing pages to load faster because certain content is stored on your browser or by helping us authenticate you to deliver personalized content.

You can remove or block cookies or other similar technologies or block or remove other data stored on your computer or device (such as by using the various settings in your browser), but it may affect your ability to use Beanstring or other websites and apps.