When dealing with personalization, one inevitably has to deal with the user’s personal private data. So when we took it upon ourselves at Genieo, to venture into the development of a personalization platform, we naturally gave this sensitive issue a great deal of consideration. As a result, user privacy has been constantly given top priority throughout the process of developing Genieo, and we are proud to say that we have succeeded in creating a product which is completely proof with respect to this issue.
Using Genieo, your private personal data is secured because it stays always in your own hands.
Acceptance of Policy
Information Gathered Using the Services
The primary purpose of Genieo Innovation in collecting information is to provide you with a safe, efficient and customized experience. Accordingly, Genieo Innovation may collect non personal usage information of the users in order to ensure the quality of the Services and enrich the offerings of Services available to the users, and also to continuously improve the performance of the Services as described below.
In addition, Genieo Innovation and its third party suppliers may collect certain customary information from your use of the Services, including, inter alia, monitor your search engine queries and other information regarding the use of Genieo Innovation’s third party supplier’s search engine services.
Cookies and Clear Gifs Policy
As mentioned above, while Genieo Innovation uses third parties’ web analytics services as aforesaid, such third parties may collect Non Personal Usage Information, such as information concerning your use of websites and preferences, by using various types of cookies and clear gifs. Cookies, which are small text files, stored on your computer, in order to improve the performance of the Services and collect data which enhance the functionality and offering of the Services. Clear gifs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier (but not retain any personally identifiable information), which are used to count your visits/clicks to web pages while using the Services. It is your choice whether to accept or reject cookies/clear gifs and you can set your browser to reject cookies/clear gifs or to delete these cookies/clear gifs. However, if you choose to reject cookies/clear gifs or delete them, it may limit some of the functionalities available or affect your experience with the Services.
Information Gathered Using Genieo Software
Genieo Software is a desktop application which automatically generates a personal start page with relevant content and ad-hock personalized news widgets. Unlike other start pages, Genieo Software doesn’t use predefined topics. Instead it auto generates a set of micro topics, based on the user’s areas of interest.
Unless you choose to use Genieo Web Access Service (as set forth below), Genieo Software does not share or send out any information. Its entire mapping and profiling process is performed solely on the user side. Any information indexed by Genieo Software is locally stored in your personal computer and is not sent to Genieo or otherwise stored in Genieo’s servers.
During the installation of Genieo Software, browsers add-ons will be automatically installed in your Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers. Such add-ons serve as sensors that feed the Genieo Software with articles that you read and also assist your interface rendering. OnceGenieo Software is installed, you can always remove a browser add-on if you want. However, please note that if you choose to remove such add-ons, it may limit some of the functionalities available or affect your experience with Genieo Software.
Once installed, Genieo Software continuously locally indexes and maps your web activities, such as favorite feeds, news and content, search history, cookies stored in your computer and other browsing history, in order to discover your personal fields of interest and needs, and to provide you with your personalized start page based on such profile.
Please note that information about your browsing history and web activities as aforesaid will be locally indexed and used, unless you specifically Opt-out to disable it or delete such files from your private computer. However, if you choose to disable Genieo Software from indexing as aforesaid, it may limit some of the functionalities available or affect your experience with Genieo Software.
Please also note that Genieo Software subscribes to Facebook’s RSS feeds (“Links” and “Notes” only) that are available to you while you are logged in to your Facebook account. This process is similar to the RSS subscription process that Genieo Software does in order to receive from third parties’ sources various RSS feeds published by them (as further described in the chapter “Information from Other Sources” below). If you are not interested that Genieo Software will follow your Facebook’s RSS feeds as aforesaid, you can choose that it will not follow this feed from the application on Facebook.
Genieo Software may also subscribe to Twitter’s RSS feeds in order to filter and present items from your Twitter account, however this is subject to your explicit consent as you must permit Genieo Software to access your account (by entering your Twitter’s username and password), as required by Twitter for any third party application. If you are not interested that Genieo Software will follow your Twitter’s RSS feeds as aforesaid, you can choose that it will not follow this feed whether through your Twitter’s account directly or by clicking “Deny” on Twitter’s page, while accessing from Genieo Software.
Genieo Software respects your secured content and automatically disables itself once you navigate to secured sites. Accordingly, Genieo Software does not track or collect any information transferred on secured protocols (i.e. https, SSL), or any secured sites referring to bank accounts, credit card information, etc.
Genieo Software also disables itself once you navigate to sites that Genieo Innovation believe that are impropriate and/or that their content should not appear on a start page (e.g. pornographic sites).
In addition, Genieo Software enables you to block it from mapping specific topics and/or feeds. From time to time, Genieo Software will notify you of specific topics and/or feeds – you can easily turn off such notifications by clicking “settings” and selecting “disable notifications”.
Please note that certain Non Personal Usage Information about your installation (e.g. type of operating system, version number of Genieo Software) will be sent to Genieo Innovation and/or Genieo Innovation third party suppliers and/or third parties’ web analytics services as aforesaid when you first install the Genieo Software, when Genieo Software automatically checks for updates and when you uninstall Genieo Software.
In addition, while you are using the Genieo Software, Genieo Innovation and/or Genieo Innovation third party suppliers and/or third parties’ web analytics services as aforesaid may collect further Non Personal Usage Information such as crash reports (including information from files, applications and servers that were running at the time of malfunction) and non-personal usage statistics (e.g. number of clicks on each link), in order to provide you personal contents, for example, personal news.
If you decide that you don’t want to use Genieo Software, you have several options:
For further information regarding Genieo Software, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information from Other Sources
Genieo Innovation automatically collects information from multiple third parties’ sources to provide, inter alia, the users of Genieo Software with the most accurate personalized start page. By using the Genieo Software, you also agree to be automatically subscribed to receive from third parties’ sources various RSS feeds published by them.
Please note that Genieo Software will automatically subscribe to third parties’ free sources, in order to use their RSS feeds, unless you specifically Opt-out to disable it. However, if you choose to disable Genieo Software from the aforesaid subscription, it may limit some of the functionalities available or affect your experience with Genieo Software.
Genieo Innovation does not monitor, control, edit or manipulate any of the collected information and presents it “As-Is”. Genieo Innovation is not responsible for any of the information which is presented at these sources and does not control the disclosure of any information, which is made available by these sources. Genieo Innovation has no technological capability, legal right or ability to remove, edit, update, change or delete any information at the source.
Genieo Web Access Services
Genieo Web Access Service enables the users of Genieo Software to synchronize and access their feeds, news and topics from different readers and mobile applications.
Please note that if you wish to use GenieoWeb Access Service, you will first have to actively perform the subscription process set forth below, and to provide your explicit consent.
Please also note that in order to subscribe to Genieo Web Access Service, you must be a user of Genieo Software.
In order to subscribe and use Genieo Web Access Service, you must first have a personal account on Genieo’s servers (“Access Account”). This can be done in one of the following ways: (i) by providing an email and a password. Please note that in such case, you will be asked to verify your email by logging in to this email and activate your Access Account. Please also note that as part of the aforesaid process, you will be required to provide personally identifying information, including, but not limited to, first and last name, email address, password, country of origin and other identifying information as shall be required by Genieo. Following the completion of this process, any log in to Genieo Web Access Service will be made by using your username and password; or (ii) by using your Facebook/Google account in order to log in to Genieo Web Access Service, via Facebook/Google Connect service. Please note that in such case, at the first time you will be automatically referred to a Facebook webpage and will be asked to approve the use of your Facebook/Google account by Genieo Web Access Service. You will have to perform this process both from your private computer (to allow the synchronization from your private computer to Genieo’s servers), and from your mobile application (to allow the synchronization from Genieo’s servers to your mobile). Following the completion of this process, any log in to Genieo Web Access Service will be made through your Facebook/Google account. Please note that logging in to Genieo Web Access Service via your Facebook/Google account will technically enable Geneio to access your profile information, photos, your friends’ info and activities. However, Genieo does not and will not make any use of such information and will use your Facebook/Google account only for the sole purpose of allowing you to log in to Genieo Web Access Service using existing account (i.e. instead of creating a new account, providing again identifying information including new password etc.).
Having such Access Account will enable the synchronization of the feeds, news and topics displayed on your personal start page via Genieo Software, from your personal computer to your Access Account. Once your Access Account is generated, synchronization will be performed automatically and constantly. Other then such feeds, news and topics, no other information displayed on your personal start page via Genieo Software will be synchronized.
Upon synchronization as aforesaid, the last 50 items displayed on your start page will be available on your Access Account for web access, and you will be able to log on to the Access Account (whether by using your username and password, or via your Facebook/Google account as aforesaid), and view them via different mobile applications and readers.
Please note that by subscribing to Genieo Web Access Service and creating an Access Account, you hereby agree that Genieo Software will send out and store your feeds, news and topics on Genieo’s servers.
If you decide that you don’t want to use Genieo Web Access Service, you can stop the synchronization at any time. In such event any of your content stored on Genieo’s servers will be deleted, and you will not be able to view it through the web.
Use of Usage Information
Genieo Innovation will provide the Services in full compliance with any applicable law. Genieo Innovation reserves the right to disclose any gathered information as required by law and when Genieo Innovation believes that such disclosure is necessary to protect its rights, the integrity of the Services, Genieo Innovation’s systems and technology, and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served in connection with the Services.
Genieo Innovation is committed to protect the security of its users’ information and takes reasonable measures available to assure information security. However, no method of Internet transmission or electronic storage is 100% secure and Genieo Innovation cannot guarantee its absolute security. By using the Services, you expressly agree that Genieo Innovation will not be liable for any third party action, misuse, abuse or infringement of data and information security.
Disclaimer Regarding Linked Sites
Genieo Innovation may, from time to time, ask you to provide information regarding your experience while using the Services, for the purpose of measuring and improving the quality of the Services and the user’s experience. This feedback is very important to us, but you are not obligated to provide any information. However, any and all information that you voluntarily choose to provide us in feedback forms, and any survey that you may participate in, shall be used solely and anonymously for the purpose of reviewing the feedback and improving our Services.