Last Modified: October 14, 2020
Scope and Application
Special Care for Privacy of Children under Thirteen
In order to provide the highest level of privacy for children's personal information, the Service does not store personal information obtained from children. All personal information collected from children using the Service is deleted immediately after processing. If any personal information is unintentionally collected from a child we immediately delete such information upon detection.
Collection of Information
You can use many elements of the Service without telling us who you are or revealing personal information about yourself. You can visit many pages on our website and use our App anonymously until you decide to tell us who you are and to disclose your personal information. To personalize our Service and tune it for you, we may ask you to share your personal information by filling out a form while using the Service. Children are protected from disclosing their personal information via a Parental Gate (see below).
Collecting information from children under 13
Most of the Service, including most pages of our website (buddy.ai), are built for a general audience of all ages, and does not collect or store personal data about children. Any parts of the Service, which may ask for personal information, are only accessible via a "Parental Gate" (see below).
A "Parental Gate" is a standard measure to protect children from sharing their personal information online. A Parental Gate is a special page or screen with a knowledge-based authentication quiz targeted at adults. By solving an age-appropriate quiz, users of the Service prove that they are adults. The Parental Gate may also ask for a birth date, but only to identify whether a user is an adult or a child, to further confirm that the content beyond the Parental Gate is visible only to adults. Please note that information about age may be stored on our servers in aggregate depersonalized form, and may contribute to the analytical data we use to develop and enhance the Service.
We collect Information you provide to us
We do collect information you provide directly to us. For instance, when you send us an email, fill out a form, provide or request information, or otherwise submit information to or through the Service, we will collect and store such provided information. Such information may include personal information such as your name, email, and telephone number.
Children under 13 can use the Service without providing contact information. Any areas of the Service, which requires providing personal information are made available only to adults, and protected by a Parental Gate, as further described above.
The App involves a character that interacts with users via voice. The App captures Audio recordings during such interactions. Under COPPA, audio recordings containing children's voices ("Recordings") are considered to be "personal information."
Please note that we do not store or process Recordings. Instead, the Recordings are sent directly to Apple and Google for speech recognition and transcription purposes. Buddy.ai then receives transcripts (without attached audio) of such Recordings from Apple and Google and processes them to provide the Service, as further described below (see "Transcript Processing," below).
Please acknowledge that Apple and Google may use the audio data from these Recordings to improve and provide Apple products and services.
The Natural Language Processing and Artificial Intelligence technology (proprietary technology developed by AI BUDDY, INC.) that enables the App and provides most of its features works with the transcripts of the Recordings that we receive from Apple and Google.
We do not store or process any Recordings, however, we do process the transcripts of such Recordings. We do not store any such transcripts locally on user devices. All transcripts are stored in aggregated and depersonalized form, and are used to improve the efficacy of our App's lessons. No audio recordings or transcripts are in any way associated with users' device IDs, IP addresses, or other identifiers that may be used to identify any users or their personal information. Thus, such information is not treated as personal information under this policy.
The App involves children talking with a virtual character. Since a child may say anything when interacting with the character, it is possible that a child may accidentally or inadvertently provide personal information that our character wasn't asking for. For instance, the child may say his name to the character. In this case, it is our policy to delete any transcripts associated with such information immediately upon detection.
Do we collect personal information from adults?
We collect personal information that Adults knowingly provide to us using special forms or emails. Access to any forms by which information may be disclosed to us is restricted by use of Parental Gates.
To learn more, please read the "Information you provide to us" and "Parental Gate" sections above.
If you choose to use our referral service to tell a friend about us, we will ask you for your friend's name and email address. We will use the information you provide to automatically send your friend a one-time email inviting him or her to visit our Services. We delete the email address shortly after fulfilling your request and will not share it with any third party.
The financial information that you enter to become a Member is not stored by AI BUDDY, INC., but, instead, is retained by our payments processing vendor (i.e. Apple and Google) for the sole purpose of processing payments made to AI BUDDY, INC..
Information we collect through your use of the Services
When you use our Services, we may automatically gather certain technical information including - operating system, device model, browser type, network information, time zone, language and location data.
The location information is being collected based on your IP address and is restricted to the name of your country. We are not using other technologies to determine your location (we do not use GPS, or other sensors). We do not collect location information about your exact whereabouts (i.e. name of the street or accurate address). When we have location information, we may use it to optimize our Services for you and others, allowing us to customize our website, understand and improve the services and develop new products, services, or features.
Additionally, we may also automatically collect certain information about your activities on the Service - including information about how various features of the service are used, as well as information about the frequency, number, and length of each use session. This information is used in the aggregate form only and it is not treated as personal information. For instance, we may use this data to develop appropriate educational content for particular age groups.
We do not allow advertising companies to gather data through our Service.
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Use of collected information
What information do we share with third parties?
We will not share personal information we collect through our Service with third parties, except in the instances described below:
How do we protect your information?
We use a system of measures to protect the information we collect. Personal information is stored behind security networks and accessible only to a limited number of persons, who are required to keep the information confidential. We use encrypted communications to transfer personal information over the internet. We do not store voice recordings locally on the device or on our servers. However, please note that regardless of any efforts, no data transmission can be 100% secure and protected.
Controlling your personal information and account
To access, correct or delete your personal information please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will delete your personal information immediately upon your request, but please note that cached copies may exist for a certain period of time even after your information is deleted. Since our policy is not to keep children's personal information, such data will always be immediately deleted upon detection.
Parents or legal guardians may request that we terminate and delete their child's account. This may be done by contacting us by email at email@example.com.
How can you contact us with privacy questions or concerns?