Privacy Policy

Introduction

This Privacy Policy ("Privacy Policy") applies to and governs the Inkitt GmbH, registered in the state of Berlin, Germany with offices at Inselstraße 9, 10179 Berlin ("Inkitt", "we", "our"), relationship with users ("users", "you") of the website and our mobile applications ("Platform") in connection with how Inkitt collects information about you during your visits to the Platform and when creating an Inkitt user account ("Account"), how Inkitt uses and safeguards this information, who and for what purposes Inkitt shares this information with, and the choices you can make about how we use this information. Your privacy and trust are very important to Inkitt and it is our commitment to be transparent about the use of collected information.

By accessing or using the Platform, you confirm that you unconditionally accept this Privacy Policy. Please read this Privacy Policy carefully before using the Platform. If you do not agree to the terms found on this Privacy Policy, please do not use the Platform and you are not granted permission to access, view, or otherwise use the Platform for any purpose.

This Privacy Policy is incorporated into the Inkitt Terms of Service (the "Terms") and is subject to all terms and conditions found on the Terms.

Changes to This Policy

Inkitt has the discretion to update this Privacy Policy at any time. We will post any modifications or changes to the Policy as a notification on the main page of our Platform. You are encouraged to frequently visit the following webPlatform, specifically at https://www.inkitt.com/privacy, to review the current Privacy Policy. Your continued use of the Platform means that you will be bound by the most current revision to the Privacy Policy. You acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to review this Privacy Policy periodically and become aware of modifications.

Collected Information

There's a range of information we need to collect about you so that we can operate Inkitt. This information may include:

Information You Give Us

We may collect personal identification information ("Personal Information") from users in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, when users visit our platform, register on the platform, fill out a form, respond to a survey, users' Internet protocol (IP) Address, and in connection with other activities, services, features or resources we make available on our platform. Users may be asked for, as appropriate, their name, and email address ("Personal Information"). If you provide it, then this information may also include your name and username. You are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the Personal Information that you submit to us. Users may, however, visit our Platform anonymously. We will collect personal identification information from Users only if they voluntarily submit such information to us. Users can always refuse to supply personally identification information, except that it may prevent them from engaging in certain Platform-related activities.

Non-Personal Information

"Non-Personal Information" means information that is anonymous or we cannot easily use to personally identify you or contact you, including, without limitation, your web or mobile browser type, type of computer and technical information about users' means of connection to our Platform such as operating system, hardware device type, the URL of the previous website you visited and upon leaving the Platform, and the URL of the next website you visit.

Cookies

Our Platform may use "cookies" to enhance user experience. The user's web browser places cookies on their hard drive for record-keeping purposes, and sometimes, to track information about them. The user may choose to set their web browser to refuse cookies or to alert you when cookies are being sent. If they do so, note that some parts of the Platform may not function properly.

Sharing Your Information

From time to time, a third party may be able to collect information about you in connection with your use of the Platform, including, without limitation, by authenticating your Account via Facebook or Google. Certain features of the Platform may also allow you to voluntarily provide Personal Information to third parties. When you opt to authenticate or otherwise link your Account with a third party service, voluntarily submit Personal Information to a third party, or an authorized third party receives such information, your Personal Information may not be under our control. Inkitt encourages you to review the terms and conditions and privacy policies of any third party website or platform that you visit or allow access to. We may share Non-Personal Information collected by Cookies or generic aggregated demographic information not linked to any personal identification information regarding visitors and users with third parties in accordance with this Privacy Policy, but Inkitt will not sell it to third parties. Inkitt will only use it for Inkitt's own business, marketing, and administrative purposes.

Newsletters

At various times, we may ask you to provide us Personal Information in order to receive recurring informational or promotional newsletters via email, or otherwise through mobile applications, from us and/or directly from third parties ("Newsletters"), including creating an account with Inkitt. When you sign up for Newsletters, or at any time you use the Platform thereafter, you unsubscribe from Newsletters by following the directions included in the Newsletter or by visiting your Account. We will take commercially reasonable steps to implement your opt-out and unsubscribe requests promptly, but you may still receive communications from us for up to ten business days as we process your request.

Surveys

From time to time, we may use Non-Personal Information to conduct research surveys, including, without limitation, through email invitations, pop-up surveys, and online focus groups (each a "Survey") for our internal use. If you submit Personal Information in a Survey, we or authorized third parties may use it for research and measurement purposes related to the Platform. When a Survey collects Personal Information we will not knowingly accept participants who are under the age of 13 and will treat any such information in accordance with the terms and conditions herein and in the Terms. Surveys conducted by or on behalf of us will contain a link to the Terms. If your browser is not enabled to accept Cookies, you may not be able to participate in a Survey.

Your Rights Regarding What We Collect

In some circumstances, you may control the amount of Personal Information that is accessible to us by adjusting the account privacy settings on your Account page or via certain privacy controls contained on a social media account you have with a third party. Inkitt makes it easy for you to keep certain aspects of your Personal Information accurate, complete, and up-to-date. To review or update certain parts of your Personal Information, or to alter your email preferences or preferences regarding Personal Information, visit your Account page on the Platform. If you do not want us to use your Personal Information as provided in this Privacy Policy, or otherwise as stated in the Terms, you should not use any part of the Platform that collects Personal Information, such as forms requesting Personal Information (for example, creating an Account).

If at any time you would like to close your Account, please send an email to support@inkitt.com. Personal Information will be removed from our active user database and will be deleted as long as we do not believe it reasonably necessary to retain such information for any pending legal action or other legal obligation. We will only keep Personal Information for a limited period of time as reasonably necessary to comply with our legal obligations, meet regulatory requirements, resolve disputes, maintain security, prevent fraud and abuse, and enforce our Terms. If you later determine you wish to use certain features of the Platform again, you may have to register a new Account and the most up-to-date Privacy Policy will apply to such Account.

Use of Collected Information

Inkitt may collect and utilize users Personal Information and Non-Personal Information (collectively, "Collected Information") in the following ways:

  • To operate, maintain, and improve our Platform.
  • To create your account, identify you as a user, and customize Inkitt for your account.
  • To run a promotion, contest, survey or other Platform feature. These may include the deals email, alerts related to authors you follow, social notifications, surveys, or other newsletters depending on your settings. You may opt-out of receiving such information at any time; such marketing emails tell you how to "opt-out."
  • To send you administrative communications. These may include administrative emails, confirmations, technical notices, updates, and security alerts.
  • To respond to your comments and questions and provide you with user support.
  • To track and measure Inkitt's advertising.
  • To reply to support requests and other inquiries, to deliver our products and services, and to provide product information and news.
  • To protect, investigate, and deter against fraudulent, unauthorized, or illegal activity.
  • To prevent an emergency, to enforce the rights of a third party, or as required by law.

How we protect your information

We adopt appropriate data collection, storage and processing practices, and security measures to protect against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction of your personal information, username, password, transaction information and data stored on our Platform.

How We Share Collected Information.

We may share your Collected Information as follows:

Third Parties Designated By You: We may share your personal information with third parties where you have provided your consent to do so.

Our Third Party Service Providers: We may share your personal information with our third-party service providers, who provide services such as data analysis, information technology and related infrastructure, email delivery, and other similar services. We require that our third-party service providers use your Personal Information only to provide the services we've requested. We may also share the Collected Information to third parties who Inkitt is negotiating a business dealing with, selling or distributing publications or other products or services to, including, without limitation, the Content found on the Platform as defined by the Terms of Service ("Content"), in connection with or as is necessary to fulfill requests for products, programs or services, or to satisfy other core business functions. This includes, without limitation, literary publishers, distributors, and other similar merchants in the literary and distribution industries.

Corporate Restructuring: We may share personal information when we do a business deal, or negotiate a business deal, involving the sale or transfer of all or a part of our business or assets. These deals can include any merger, financing, acquisition, or bankruptcy transaction or proceeding.

Other Disclosures: We may share personal information as we believe necessary or appropriate (a) to comply with applicable laws; (b) to comply with lawful requests and legal process, including to respond to requests from public and government authorities to meet national security or law enforcement requirements; (c) to enforce our Policy; and (d) to protect our rights, privacy, safety or property, and/or that of you or others.

Data Retention

We retain Personal Information while your Account is active, not closed, as needed to provide you access to the Platform, and as otherwise stated herein. Some information you have shared with others on the Platform may, and will likely, remain visible after you close your Account, such as comments, reviews, any communications you have with other users of the Platform, and certain Content. In addition, your Account page may appear to others until their respective cache is refreshed. You understand and agree that in the event you terminate your Account, Inkitt shall have no obligation to delete any public comments, reviews, comments, or the like you make and post to the Platform, even if such material contains Personal Information, as Inkitt cannot reasonably anticipate, and is generally unaware of what you are actually contributing to the Platform or including on the Platform. Nonetheless, please contact Inkitt at support@inkitt.com and Inkitt, in Inkitt's sole and reasonable discretion, may assist you in deleting such content.

Compliance with children's online privacy protection act

Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. For that reason, we never collect or maintain information on our Platform from those we actually know are under 13, and no part of our Platform is structured to attract anyone under 13.

Exclusions

This Privacy Policy does not apply to Submissions and any materials that you post or otherwise make available on the Platform in a public way. PLEASE DO NOT POST OR ADD PERSONAL INFORMATION TO THE PLATFORM IN A PUBLIC WAY THAT YOU WOULD NOT WANT TO BE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE. We are not responsible for the actions of others, as further outlined in the Terms. You should not assume that your Personal Information or any other communication you post or add to the Platform will be kept private. We do not control information that other users of the Platform have copied out of our Platform.

International Uses

Notwithstanding the foregoing, Inkitt may transfer any information or data to any other country in which Inkitt chooses to operate in the future. Depending on your location, you may also have certain additional rights by law with respect to your information, such as: (i) data access and portability; (ii) data correction; (iii) data deletion; and (iv) withdrawal of consent or objection to processing, including, in limited circumstances, the right to ask Inkitt to stop processing your personal data, with some exceptions, by contacting us. For data that may be subject to the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Inkitt relies on several legal bases to process your data, including, without limitation, when you have given Inkitt your consent for Personal Information, which you may withdraw at any time in accordance with this Privacy Policy (such as deleting your Account), when the processing of data is necessary to perform services or obligations to you, and for Inkitt's legitimate business interests, such as offering, improving, and personalizing the Platform for you and marketing new features or products that may be of interest to you. If you are in the European Union and have any GDPR-related inquiries about Inkitt's collection and storage of data, please contact Inkitt GmbH at Inselstraße 9, 10179 Berlin, or support@inkitt.com.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, concerns or comments about our Privacy Policy, you may contact us at: support@inkitt.com.

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