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Privacy Policy

SimplicityBlocks™ Privacy Statement

Effective date: December 7, 2020

Thanks for entrusting SimplicityBlocks™ (“SimplicityBlocks™”, “we”) with your personal information. Holding on to your private information is a serious responsibility, and we want you to know how we're handling it.

All capitalized terms have their definition in SimplicityBlocks™’s Terms of Service, unless otherwise noted here.

The short version

We use your personal information as this Privacy Statement describes. No matter where you are, where you live, or what your citizenship is, we provide the same high standard of privacy protection to all our users around the world, regardless of their country of origin or location.

Of course, the short version and the Summary below don't tell you everything, so please read on for more details.

Summary

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What can you find there?

What information SimplicityBlocks™ collects

SimplicityBlocks™ collects information directly from you for your registration, payment, transactions, and user profile. We also automatically collect from you your usage information, cookies and similar technologies, and device information, subject, where necessary, to your consent. SimplicityBlocks™ may also collect User Personal Information from third parties. We only collect the minimum amount of personal information necessary from you, unless you choose to provide more.

What information SimplicityBlocks™ does not collect

We don’t knowingly collect information from children under 13, and we don’t collect Sensitive Personal Information.

How SimplicityBlocks™ uses your information

In this section, we describe the ways in which we use your information, including to provide you the Service, to communicate with you, for security and compliance purposes, and to improve our Service. We also describe the legal basis upon which we process your information, where legally required.

How we share the information we collect

We may share your information with third parties under one of the following circumstances: with your consent, with our service providers, for security purposes, to comply with our legal obligations, or when there is a change of control or sale of corporate entities or business units. We do not sell your personal information and we do not host advertising on SimplicityBlocks™. You can see a list of the service providers that access your information.

Other important information

We provide additional information specific to repository contents, public information, and Organizations on SimplicityBlocks™.

Additional services

We provide information about additional service offerings, including third-party applications, SimplicityBlocks™ Pages, and SimplicityBlocks™ applications.

How you can access and control the information we collect

We provide ways for you to access, alter, or delete your personal information.

Our use of cookies and tracking

We use cookies for the overall functionality of our Website, and we use a small number of tracking and analytics services on a few parts of our site. We offer a page that makes this very transparent. Please see this section for more information.

How SimplicityBlocks™ secures your information

We take all measures reasonably necessary to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of your personal information on SimplicityBlocks™ and to protect the resilience of our servers.

How we communicate with you

We communicate with you by email. You can control the way we contact you in your account settings, or by contacting us.

Resolving complaints

In the unlikely event that we are unable to resolve a privacy concern quickly and thoroughly, we provide a path of dispute resolution.

Changes to our Privacy Statement

We notify you of material changes to this Privacy Statement 30 days before any such changes become effective. You may also track changes in our Site Policy repository.

License

This Privacy Statement is licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license.

Contacting SimplicityBlocks™

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about our Privacy Statement.

SimplicityBlocks™ Privacy Statement

What information SimplicityBlocks™ collects

"User Personal Information" is any information about one of our Users which could, alone or together with other information, personally identify them or otherwise be reasonably linked or connected with them. Information such as a username and password, an email address, a real name, an Internet protocol (IP) address, and a photograph are examples of “User Personal Information.”

User Personal Information does not include aggregated, non-personally identifying information that does not identify a User or cannot otherwise be reasonably linked or connected with them. We may use such aggregated, non-personally identifying information for research purposes and to operate, analyze, improve, and optimize our Website and Service.

Information users provide directly to SimplicityBlocks™

Registration information

We require some basic information at the time of account creation. When you create your own username and password, we ask you for a valid email address.

Payment information

If you sign on to a paid Account with us, we collect your full name, address, and credit card information. Please note, SimplicityBlocks™ does not process or store your credit card information, but our third-party payment processor does.

Information SimplicityBlocks™ automatically collects from your use of the Service

Transactional information

If you have a paid Account with us, we automatically collect certain information about your transactions on the Service, such as the date, time, and amount charged.

Usage information

If you're accessing our Service or Website, we automatically collect the same basic information that most services collect, subject, where necessary, to your consent. This includes information about how you use the Service, such as the pages you view, the referring site, your IP address and session information, and the date and time of each request. This is information we collect from every visitor to the Website, whether they have an Account or not. This information may include User Personal information.

Cookies and similar technologies information

As further described below, and subject, where applicable, to your consent, we automatically collect information from cookies and similar technologies (such as cookie ID and settings) to keep you logged in, to remember your preferences, and to identify you and your device.

Device information

We may collect certain information about your device, such as its IP address, browser or client application information, language preference, operating system and application version, device type and ID, and device model and manufacturer. This information may include User Personal information.

Information we collect from third parties

SimplicityBlocks™ may collect User Personal Information from third parties. For example, this may happen if you sign up for training or to receive information about SimplicityBlocks™ from one of our vendors, partners, or affiliates. SimplicityBlocks™ does not purchase User Personal Information from third-party data brokers.

What information SimplicityBlocks™ does not collect

We do not intentionally collect “Sensitive Personal Information”, such as personal data revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership, and the processing of genetic data, biometric data for the purpose of uniquely identifying a natural person, data concerning health or data concerning a natural person’s sex life or sexual orientation. If you choose to store any Sensitive Personal Information on our servers, you are responsible for complying with any regulatory controls regarding that data.

If you are a child under the age of 13, you may not have an Account on SimplicityBlocks™. SimplicityBlocks™ does not knowingly collect information from or direct any of our content specifically to children under 13. If we learn or have reason to suspect that you are a User who is under the age of 13, we will have to close your Account. We don't want to discourage you from learning to code, but those are the rules. Please see our Terms of Service for information about Account termination. Different countries may have different minimum age limits, and if you are below the minimum age for providing consent for data collection in your country, you may not have an Account on SimplicityBlocks™.

We do not intentionally collect User Personal Information that is stored in your repositories or other free-form content inputs. Any personal information within a user's repository is the responsibility of the repository owner.

How SimplicityBlocks™ uses your information

  • We may use your information for the following purposes:

  • We use your Registration Information to create your account, and to provide you the Service.

  • We use your Payment Information to provide you with the Paid Account service, the Marketplace service, the Sponsors Program, or any other SimplicityBlocks™ paid service you request.

  • We use your User Personal Information, specifically your username, to identify you on SimplicityBlocks™.

  • We use your Profile Information to fill out your Account profile and to share that profile with other users if you ask us to.

  • We use your email address to communicate with you, if you've said that's okay, and only for the reasons you’ve said that’s okay. Please see our section on email communication for more information.

  • We use User Personal Information to respond to support requests.

  • We use User Personal Information and other data to make recommendations for you, such as to suggest projects you may want to follow or contribute to. We learn from your public behavior on SimplicityBlocks™—such as the projects you star—to determine your coding interests, and we recommend similar projects. These recommendations are automated decisions, but they have no legal impact on your rights.

  • We may use User Personal Information to invite you to take part in surveys, beta programs, or other research projects, subject, where necessary, to your consent .

  • We use Usage Information and Device Information to better understand how our Users use SimplicityBlocks™ and to improve our Website and Service.

  • We may use your User Personal Information if it is necessary for security purposes or to investigate possible fraud or attempts to harm SimplicityBlocks™ or our Users.

  • We may use your User Personal Information to comply with our legal obligations, protect our intellectual property, and enforce our Terms of Service.

  • We limit our use of your User Personal Information to the purposes listed in this Privacy Statement. If we need to use your User Personal Information for other purposes, we will ask your permission first. .

Our legal bases for processing information

To the extent that our processing of your User Personal Information is subject to certain international laws (including, but not limited to, the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)), SimplicityBlocks™ is required to notify you about the legal basis on which we process User Personal Information. SimplicityBlocks™ processes User Personal Information on the following legal bases:

  • Contract Performance:

  • When you create a SimplicityBlocks™ Account, you provide your Registration Information. We require this information for you to enter into the Terms of Service agreement with us, and we process that information on the basis of performing that contract. We also process your username and email address on other legal bases, as described below.

  • If you have a paid Account with us, we collect and process additional Payment Information on the basis of performing that contract.

  • Consent:

  • We rely on your consent to use your User Personal Information under the following circumstances: when you fill out the information in your user profile; when you decide to participate in a SimplicityBlocks™ training, research project, beta program, or survey; and for marketing purposes, where applicable. All of this User Personal Information is entirely optional, and you have the ability to access, modify, and delete it at any time. While you are not able to delete your email address entirely, you can make it private. You may withdraw your consent at any time.

  • Legitimate Interests:

  • Generally, the remainder of the processing of User Personal Information we perform is necessary for the purposes of our legitimate interest, for example, for legal compliance purposes, security purposes, or to maintain ongoing confidentiality, integrity, availability, and resilience of SimplicityBlocks™’s systems, Website, and Service.

  • If you would like to request deletion of data we process on the basis of consent or if you object to our processing of personal information, please use our contact form.

How we share the information we collect

We may share your User Personal Information with third parties under one of the following circumstances:

With your consent

We share your User Personal Information, if you consent, after letting you know what information will be shared, with whom, and why. For example, if you purchase an application listed on our Marketplace, we share your username to allow the application Developer to provide you with services. Additionally, you may direct us through your actions on SimplicityBlocks™ to share your User Personal Information. For example, if you join an Organization, you indicate your willingness to provide the owner of the Organization with the ability to view your activity in the Organization’s access log.

With service providers

We share User Personal Information with a limited number of service providers who process it on our behalf to provide or improve our Service, and who have agreed to privacy restrictions similar to the ones in our Privacy Statement by signing data protection agreements or making similar commitments. Our service providers perform payment processing, customer support ticketing, network data transmission, security, and other similar services. While SimplicityBlocks™ processes all User Personal Information in the United States, our service providers may process data outside of the United States or the European Union. If you would like to know who our service providers are, please see our page on Subprocessors.

For security purposes

If you are a member of an Organization, SimplicityBlocks™ may share your username, Usage Information, and Device Information associated with that Organization with an owner and/or administrator of the Organization, to the extent that such information is provided only to investigate or respond to a security incident that affects or compromises the security of that particular Organization.

For legal disclosure

SimplicityBlocks™ strives for transparency in complying with legal process and legal obligations. Unless prevented from doing so by law or court order, or in rare, exigent circumstances, we make a reasonable effort to notify users of any legally compelled or required disclosure of their information. SimplicityBlocks™ may disclose User Personal Information or other information we collect about you to law enforcement if required in response to a valid subpoena, court order, search warrant, a similar government order, or when we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary to comply with our legal obligations, to protect our property or rights, or those of third parties or the public at large.

For more information about our disclosure in response to legal requests, see our Guidelines for Legal Requests of User Data.

Change in control or sale

We may share User Personal Information if we are involved in a merger, sale, or acquisition of corporate entities or business units. If any such change of ownership happens, we will ensure that it is under terms that preserve the confidentiality of User Personal Information, and we will notify you on our Website or by email before any transfer of your User Personal Information. The organization receiving any User Personal Information will have to honor any promises we made in our Privacy Statement or Terms of Service.

Aggregate, non-personally identifying information

We share certain aggregated, non-personally identifying information with others about how our users, collectively, use SimplicityBlocks™.

We do not sell your User Personal Information for monetary or other consideration.

Please note: The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”) requires businesses to state in their privacy policy whether or not they disclose personal information in exchange for monetary or other valuable consideration. While CCPA only covers California residents, we voluntarily extend its core rights for people to control their data to all of our users, not just those who live in California. You can learn more about the CCPA and how we comply with it here.

Other important information

Public information on SimplicityBlocks™

Many of SimplicityBlocks™ services and features are public-facing. If your content is public-facing, third parties may access and use it in compliance with our Terms of Service, such as by viewing your profile or repositories or pulling data via our API. We do not sell that content; it is yours. However, we do allow third parties, such as research organizations or archives, to compile public-facing SimplicityBlocks™ information. Other third parties, such as data brokers, have been known to scrape SimplicityBlocks™ and compile data as well.

If you would like to compile SimplicityBlocks™ data, you must comply with our Terms of Service regarding information usage and privacy, and you may only use any public-facing User Personal Information you gather for the purpose for which our user authorized it. For example, where a SimplicityBlocks™ user has made an email address public-facing for the purpose of identification and attribution, do not use that email address for the purposes of sending unsolicited emails to users or selling User Personal Information, such as to recruiters, headhunters, and job boards, or for commercial advertising. We expect you to reasonably secure any User Personal Information you have gathered from SimplicityBlocks™, and to respond promptly to complaints, removal requests, and "do not contact" requests from SimplicityBlocks™ or SimplicityBlocks™ users.

Similarly, projects on SimplicityBlocks™ may include publicly available User Personal Information collected as part of the collaborative process. If you have a complaint about any User Personal Information on SimplicityBlocks™, please see our section on resolving complaints.

Organizations

You may indicate, through your actions on SimplicityBlocks™, that you are willing to share your User Personal Information. If you collaborate on or become a member of an Organization, then its Account owners may receive your User Personal Information. When you accept an invitation to an Organization, you will be notified of the types of information owners may be able to see (for more information, see About Organization Membership). If you accept an invitation to an Organization with a verified domain, then the owners of that Organization will be able to see your full email address(es) within that Organization's verified domain(s).

Please note, SimplicityBlocks™ may share your username, Usage Information, and Device Information with the owner(s) of the Organization you are a member of, to the extent that your User Personal Information is provided only to investigate or respond to a security incident that affects or compromises the security of that particular Organization.

If you collaborate on or become a member of an Account that has agreed to the Corporate Terms of Service and a Data Protection Addendum (DPA) to this Privacy Statement, then that DPA governs in the event of any conflicts between this Privacy Statement and the DPA with respect to your activity in the Account.

Please contact the Account owners for more information about how they might process your User Personal Information in their Organization and the ways for you to access, update, alter, or delete the User Personal Information stored in the Account.

Additional services

Third party applications

You have the option of enabling or adding third-party applications, known as "Developer Products," to your Account. These Developer Products are not necessary for your use of SimplicityBlocks™. We will share your User Personal Information with third parties when you ask us to, such as by purchasing a Developer Product from the Marketplace; however, you are responsible for your use of the third-party Developer Product and for the amount of User Personal Information you choose to share with it. You can check our API documentation to see what information is provided when you authenticate into a Developer Product using your SimplicityBlocks™ profile.

SimplicityBlocks™ Pages

If you create a SimplicityBlocks™ Pages website, it is your responsibility to post a privacy statement that accurately describes how you collect, use, and share personal information and other visitor information, and how you comply with applicable data privacy laws, rules, and regulations. Please note that SimplicityBlocks™ may collect User Personal Information from visitors to your SimplicityBlocks™ Pages website, including logs of visitor IP addresses, to comply with legal obligations, and to maintain the security and integrity of the Website and the Service.

SimplicityBlocks™ applications

You can also add applications from SimplicityBlocks™, such as our Desktop app, our Atom application, or other application and account features, to your Account. These applications each have their own terms and may collect different kinds of User Personal Information; however, all SimplicityBlocks™ applications are subject to this Privacy Statement, and we collect the amount of User Personal Information necessary, and use it only for the purpose for which you have given it to us.

How you can access and control the information we collect

If you're already a SimplicityBlocks™ user, you may access, update, alter, or delete your basic user profile information by contacting SimplicityBlocks™ Support. You can control the information we collect about you by limiting what information is in your profile, by keeping your information current, or by contacting SimplicityBlocks™ Support.

If SimplicityBlocks™ processes information about you, such as information SimplicityBlocks™ receives from third parties, and you do not have an account, then you may, subject to applicable law, access, update, alter, delete, or object to the processing of your personal information by contacting SimplicityBlocks™ Support.

Data retention and deletion of data

Generally, SimplicityBlocks™ retains User Personal Information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services.

If you would like to cancel your account or delete your User Personal Information, you may do so by contacting SimplicityBlocks™ Support. We retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements, but barring legal requirements, we will delete your full profile (within reason) within 90 days of your request. You may by contacting SimplicityBlocks™ Support to request the erasure of the data we process on the basis of consent within 30 days.

Our use of cookies and tracking

Cookies

SimplicityBlocks™ uses cookies and similar technologies (e.g., HTML5 localStorage) to make interactions with our service easy and meaningful. Cookies are small text files that websites often store on computer hard drives or mobile devices of visitors. We use cookies and similar technologies (hereafter collectively "cookies") to provide you our services, for example, to keep you logged in, remember your preferences, identify your device for security purposes, and provide information for future development of SimplicityBlocks™. By using our Website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your computer or device. If you disable your browser or device’s ability to accept these cookies, you will not be able to log in or use SimplicityBlocks™’s services.

We provide more information about cookies on SimplicityBlocks™ on our SimplicityBlocks™ Subprocessors and Cookies page that describes the cookies we set, the needs we have for those cookies, and the expiration of such cookies. It also lists our third-party analytics providers and how you can control your cookie preference settings for such cookies.

Tracking and analytics

We use a number of third-party analytics and service providers to help us evaluate our Users' use of SimplicityBlocks™, compile statistical reports on activity, and improve our content and Website performance. We only use these third-party analytics providers on certain areas of our Website, and all of them have signed data protection agreements with us that limit the type of User Personal Information they can collect and the purpose for which they can process the information. In addition, we use our own internal analytics software to provide features and improve our content and performance.

Some browsers have incorporated "Do Not Track" (DNT) features that can send a signal to the websites you visit indicating you do not wish to be tracked. SimplicityBlocks™ responds to browser DNT signals and follows the W3C standard for responding to DNT signals. If you have not enabled DNT on a browser that supports it, cookies on some parts of our Website will track your online browsing activity on other online services over time, though we do not permit third parties other than our analytics and service providers to track SimplicityBlocks™ Users' activity over time on SimplicityBlocks™. You can read more about DNT in our Tracking on SimplicityBlocks™ section of our SimplicityBlocks™ Subprocessors and Cookies page.

How SimplicityBlocks™ secures your information

SimplicityBlocks™ takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect User Personal Information from unauthorized access, alteration, or destruction; maintain data accuracy; and help ensure the appropriate use of User Personal Information.

SimplicityBlocks™ enforces a written security information program. Our program: - aligns with industry recognized frameworks; - includes security safeguards reasonably designed to protect the confidentiality, integrity, availability, and resilience of our Users' data; - is appropriate to the nature, size, and complexity of SimplicityBlocks™’s business operations; - includes incident response and data breach notification processes; and - complies with applicable information security-related laws and regulations in the geographic regions where SimplicityBlocks™ does business.

In the event of a data breach that affects your User Personal Information, we will act promptly to mitigate the impact of a breach and notify any affected Users without undue delay.

Transmission of data on SimplicityBlocks™ is encrypted using SSH, HTTPS (TLS).

No method of transmission, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. Therefore, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

How we communicate with you

We use your email address to communicate with you, if you've said that's okay, and only for the reasons you’ve said that’s okay. For example, if you contact our Support team with a request, we respond to you via email. You have a lot of control over how your email address is used and shared on and through SimplicityBlocks™.

SimplicityBlocks™ may occasionally send notification emails about new features, requests for feedback, important policy changes, or to offer customer support. We also send marketing emails, based on your choices and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. There's an “unsubscribe” link located at the bottom of each of the marketing emails we send you. Please note that you cannot opt out of receiving important communications from us, such as emails from our Support team or system emails, but you can configure your notifications settings in your profile to opt out of other communications.

Our emails may contain a pixel tag, which is a small, clear image that can tell us whether or not you have opened an email and what your IP address is. We use this pixel tag to make our email more effective for you and to make sure we’re not sending you unwanted email.

Resolving complaints

If you have concerns about the way SimplicityBlocks™ is handling your User Personal Information, please let us know immediately. We want to help. You may contact SimplicityBlocks™ Support. You may also email us directly at privacy@SimplicityBlocks.com with the subject line "Privacy Concerns." We will respond promptly — within 45 days at the latest.

You may also contact our Data Protection Officer directly.

Our United States HQ

SimplicityBlocks™ Data Protection Officer

1968 Valindo Way

Vista, CA 92084

United States

privacy@SimplicityBlocks.com

Dispute resolution process

In the unlikely event that a dispute arises between you and SimplicityBlocks™ regarding our handling of your User Personal Information, we will do our best to resolve it. Additionally, if you are a resident of an EU member state, you have the right to file a complaint with your local supervisory authority, and you might have more options.

Changes to our Privacy Statement

Although most changes are likely to be minor, SimplicityBlocks™ may change our Privacy Statement from time to time. We will provide notification to Users of material changes to this Privacy Statement through our Website at least 30 days prior to the change taking effect by posting a notice on our home page or sending email to the primary email address specified in your SimplicityBlocks™ account.

Contacting SimplicityBlocks™

Questions regarding SimplicityBlocks™'s Privacy Statement or information practices should be directed to our privacy@SimplicityBlocks.com.