Effective April 14, 2014

Privacy Policy

We at ChangeTip know you care about how your personal information is used and shared, and we are privacy advocates ourselves - your data should be in your control. Please read the following to learn more about our Privacy Policy. By using or accessing the Services in any manner, you acknowledge that you accept the practices and policies outlined in this Privacy Policy, and you hereby consent that we collect and share your information in the following ways.

Remember that your use of ChangeTip’s Services is at all times subject to the Terms of Use, which incorporates this Privacy Policy. Any terms we use in this Policy without defining them have the definitions given to them in the Terms of Use.

What does this Privacy Policy cover?

This Privacy Policy covers our treatment of personally identifiable information ("Personal Information") that we gather when you are accessing or using our Services, but not to the practices of companies we don’t own or control, or people that we don’t manage. We gather various types of Personal Information from our users, as explained in more detail below, and we use this Personal Information internally in connection with our Services, including personalization, providing and improving our services; enabling you to set up a user account and profile, to contact you and allow other users to contact you, to fulfill your requests for certain products and services, and to analyze how you use the Services. In certain limited cases, we may also share some Personal Information with third parties, but only as described below.

As noted in the Terms of Use, we do not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 13. If you are under 13, please do not attempt to register for the Services or send any personal information about yourself to us. If we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that a child under 13 may have provided us personal information, please contact us

Will this Privacy Policy ever change?

We’re constantly trying to improve our Services, so we may need to change this Privacy Policy from time to time. ChangeTip will alert you to changes by placing a notice on the ChangeTip.com website, by sending a message to the email address provided in your account, and/or by some other means allowed by governing state laws and regulations. Please note that if you’ve opted not to receive legal notice emails from us (or you haven’t provided us with your email address), those legal notices will govern your use of the Services, and you are responsible for reading and understanding them. If you use the Services after any changes to the Privacy Policy have been posted, that means you agree to all of the changes. Use of information we collect now is subject to the Privacy Policy in effect at the time such information is used.

What Information does ChangeTip Collect?

Information You Provide to Us:

We receive and store any information you knowingly provide to us. Specifically, to create a ChangeTip account, you must authenticate or sign-on with your account credentials at one or more third party services (e.g., Facebook, Github, or other third party sites where you have an account) (“Third Party Services”). In addition, after you’ve created a ChangeTip account using your Third Party Service account credentials, you may also link additional Third Party Services accounts to your ChangeTip account. When you authenticate with or sign-on to ChangeTip using your account credentials on a Third Party Service, or when you link additional Third Party Services to your ChangeTip account, you understand that some content and/or information in your Third Party Services accounts (“Third Party Account Information”) may be transmitted into your account with us, and that Third Party Account Information transmitted to our Services is covered by this Privacy Policy.

This Third Party Account Information varies with each of the sites you connect with. As a general rule, we require your username on the remote site to be able to collect your tip - this is how we know it is for you. When you authenticate with the Third Party, you will be shown what information will be shared with ChangeTip, and be given the choice to cancel. If additional already-public information is sent to us as part of the authentication process, we may store this information in your profile. This information updates frequently as we integrate with new services, see an an up-to-date list of what information we collect for each site.

ChangeTip may also collect information through the registration process or through your account settings, and collect Personal Information such as your name and email address. Certain information may be required to register with us or to take advantage of some of our features.

We may communicate with you if you have provided us the means to do so. For example, if you’ve given us your email address, we may send you an email about your use of the Services. Also, we may receive a confirmation when you open an email from us. This confirmation helps us make our communications with you more interesting and improve our services. If you do not want to receive communications from us, please indicate your preference by contacting us.

Information Collected Automatically

Whenever you interact with our Services, we automatically receive and record information on our server logs from your browser or device, which may include your IP address, device identification, “cookie” information, the type of browser and/or device you’re using to access our Services, and the page or feature you requested. “Cookies” are identifiers we transfer to your browser or device that allow us to recognize your browser or device and tell us how and when pages and features in our Services are visited and by how many people. You may be able to change the preferences on your browser or device to prevent or limit your device’s acceptance of cookies, but this may prevent you from taking advantage of some of our features. If you click on a link to a third party website or service, such third party may also transmit cookies to you. Again, this Privacy Policy does not cover the use of cookies by any third parties, and we aren’t responsible for their privacy policies and practices.

We may use this data to customize content for you that we think you might like, based on your usage patterns. We may also use it to improve the Services – for example, this data can tell us how often users use a particular feature of the Services, and we can use that knowledge to make the Services interesting to as many users as possible.

Do Not Track Policy

Your browser may offer you a “Do Not Track” option, which allows you to signal to operators of websites and web applications and services (including behavioral advertising services) that you do not wish such operators to track certain of your online activities over time and across different websites. While ChangeTip does not currently offer such third party services, where ChangeTip content is displayed on other sites, if/when we do, our Services will support Do Not Track according to the standards as described in the Do Not Track specification.

Does ChangeTip sell my data to advertisers?

No. ChangeTip does not sell your data to advertisers. Futhermore, we will not do so in the future without your permission.

Is Personal Information about me secure?

If you access your account via a third party site or service, you may have sign-on protections via that third party site or service. It is your responsibility to prevent unauthorized access to your account and Personal Information by selecting and protecting your password and/or other sign-on mechanism appropriately and limiting access to your computer or device and browser by signing off after you have finished accessing your account.

We endeavor to protect the privacy of your account and other Personal Information we hold in our records. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee complete security. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors, may compromise the security of user information.

What Personal Information can I access?

You may access, and, in some cases, edit or delete the following information you’ve provided to us, including: The information you can view, update, and delete may change as the Services change. If you have any questions about viewing or updating information we have on file about you, please contact us.

Under California Civil Code Sections 1798.83-1798.84, California residents are entitled to ask us for a notice identifying the categories of Personal Information that we share with our affiliates and/or third parties for marketing purposes, and providing contact information for such affiliates and/or third parties. If you are a California resident and would like a copy of this notice, please contact us.

What data may be transmitted to Third Parties by using ChangeTip?

Analytics: We use external services like Google Analytics so that we understand how our are users are using ChangeTip.com so that we can improve the usability of ChangeTip.com. Information about how you use ChangeTip.com, such as what browser you are using, and which pages you are visiting are transmitted to these service providers in a secure manner for internal reporting purposes only.

Agents: We employ other companies and people to perform tasks on our behalf and need to share your information with them to provide products or services to you. For example, we may use an email service provider to send communications to you. Unless we tell you differently, our agents do not have any right to use the Personal Information we share with them beyond what is necessary to assist us.

Business Transfers: ChangeTip may be acquired by another business. With these types of transactions, customer information is typically one of the business assets that would be transferred. Also, if we go out of business, enter bankruptcy, or go through some other change of control, Personal Information could be one of the assets transferred to or acquired by a third party.

Protection of ChangeTip and Others: We reserve the right to access, read, preserve, and disclose any information that we believe is necessary to comply with law or court order; enforce or apply our Terms of Use and other agreements; or protect the rights, property, or safety of ChangeTip, our employees, our users, or others.

What choices do I have?

You can always opt not to disclose information to us, but keep in mind some information may be needed to register with us or to take advantage of some of our features.

You may be able to add, update, or delete information as explained above. When you update information, however, we may maintain a copy of the unrevised information in our records. You may request deletion of your account by contacting us. For detailed information on account closure, including instructions on how to withdraw bitcoins, please refer to our FAQ. Some information may remain in our records after your deletion of such information from your account. We may use any aggregated data derived from or incorporating your Personal Information after you update or delete it, but not in a manner that would identify you personally.

What if I have questions about this policy?

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our privacy policies, please contact us, and we will work with you to resolve your concerns.