Privacy Policy

SMEARR is a politically-themed fun, activity app. Our services that link to this Privacy Policy—provide fast and fun ways to express yourself, live in the moment, learn about the world, and have fun together!

That’s why we’ve written this Privacy Policy.  Of course, if you still have questions about anything in our Privacy Policy, contact us via social media.

When you use these services, you’ll share some information with us. So we want to be upfront about the information we collect, how we use it, whom we share it with, and the controls we give you to access, update, and delete your information.

You should read our entire Privacy Policy, but when you only have a few minutes or want to remember something later on, you can always take a look at this summary—so you can review some of the basics in just a few minutes.

Information We Collect

There are three basic categories of information we collect:

Here’s a little more detail on each of these categories.

Information You Choose to Give Us

When you interact with our services, we collect the information that you choose to share with us. For example, most of our services require you to set up a basic SMEARR account, so we need to collect a few important details about you, such as: a unique username you’d like to go by, a password, an email address, a phone number, and your date of birth. To make it easier for others to find you, we may also ask you to provide us with some additional information that will be publicly visible on our services, such as profile pictures, a name, or other useful identifying information. Other services, such as commerce products, may also require you to provide us with a debit or credit card number and its associated account information.

Of course, you’ll also provide us whatever information you send through our services, such as SMEARR to connect with your friends. Keep in mind that the users you send SMEARR and any other content to can always save that content or copy it outside the app. So, the same common sense that applies to the internet at large applies to SMEARR as well: Don’t send messages or share content that you wouldn’t want someone to save or share.

It probably goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: When you contact customer support or communicate with us in any other way, we’ll collect whatever information you volunteer.

Information We Get When You Use Our Services

When you use our services, we collect information about which of those services you’ve used and how you’ve used them. We might know, for instance, that you watched a particular SMEARR creation, saw a specific ad for a certain period of time, and sent a few SMEARR to friends. Here’s a fuller explanation of the types of information we collect when you use our services:

Information We Collect from Third Parties

We may collect information about you from other users, our affiliates, and third parties. Here are a few examples:

How We Use Information

What do we do with the information we collect? Provide you with an amazing set of products and services that we relentlessly improve. Here are the ways we do that:

How We Share Information

We may share information about you in the following ways:

We may also share with third parties—such as advertisers—aggregated, non-personally identifiable, or de-identified information.

Third-Party Content and Integrations

Our services may also contain third-party links and search results, include third-party integrations, or offer a co-branded or third-party-branded service. Through these links, third-party integrations, and co-branded or third-party-branded services, you may be providing information (including personal information) directly to the third party, us, or both. You acknowledge and agree that we are not responsible for how those third parties collect or use your information. As always, we encourage you to review the privacy policies of every third-party service that you visit or use, including those third parties you interact with through our services. To learn more about third-party services in SMEARR visit our Support Site.

Analytics and Advertising Services

Provided by Others

We may let other companies use cookies, web beacons, and similar technologies on our services. These companies may collect information about how you use our services over time and combine it with similar information from other services and companies. This information may be used to, among other things, analyze and track data, determine the popularity of certain content, and better understand your online activity.

Additionally, some companies, including our affiliates, may use information collected on our services to measure the performance of ads and deliver more relevant ads on behalf of us or other companies, including on third-party websites and apps. For more information about interest-based ads and the choices available to you, go here.

Provided by Us

We may collect information about your activity on third-party services that use cookies and other technologies provided by us. We use this information to improve our advertising services, including measuring the performance of ads and showing you more relevant ads. Visit our Advertising Preferences page to learn more about SMEARR advertising and how you can control the information used to select the ads you see.

How Long We Keep Your Information

SMEARR lets you capture what it’s like to live in the moment. On our end, that means most messages—like SMEARR sent in SMEARR will be automatically deleted by default from our servers after we detect they’ve been opened by all recipients or have expired. Other content, may be stored for longer.

We store other information for longer periods of time. For example:

If you ever decide to stop using SMEARR you can just ask us to delete your account. We’ll also delete most of the information we’ve collected about you after you’ve been inactive for a while—but don’t worry, we’ll try to contact you first!

Keep in mind that, while our systems are designed to carry out our deletion practices automatically, we cannot promise that deletion will occur within a specific timeframe. There may be legal requirements to store your data and we may need to suspend those deletion practices if we receive valid legal process asking us to preserve content or if we receive reports of abuse or other Terms of Service violations. Finally, we may also retain certain information in backup for a limited period of time or as required by law.

Control over Your Information

We want you to be in control of your information, so we provide you with the following tools.

Users in the European Union

If you’re a user in the European Union, you should know that SMEARR is the controller of your personal information. Here is some additional information we would like to bring to your attention:

Bases for using your information

Your country only allows us to use your personal information when certain conditions apply. These conditions are called “legal bases” and, at SMEARR, we typically rely on one of four:

You have the right to object to our use of your information. With many types of data, we’ve provided you with the ability to simply delete it if you don’t want us processing it anymore. For other types of data, we’ve given you the ability to stop the use of your data by disabling the feature altogether. You can do these things in the app. If there are other types of information you don’t agree with, let us know.

International transfers

We may collect your personal information from, transfer it to, and store and process it in the United States and other countries outside of where you live. Whenever we share information of EU users outside the EU we make sure an adequate transfer mechanism is in place. For internal transfers, we rely on Model Contractual Clauses or the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield. You can find more information on the categories of third parties we share information with here.

Children

Our services are not intended for—and we don’t direct them to—anyone under 13. And that’s why we do not knowingly collect personal information from anyone under 13. In addition, we may limit how we collect, use, and store some of the information of EU users between 13 and 16. In some cases, this means we will be unable to provide certain functionality to these users. If we need to rely on consent as a legal basis for processing your information and your country requires consent from a parent, we may require your parent’s consent before we collect and use that information.

Revisions to the Privacy Policy

We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time. But when we do, we’ll let you know one way or another. Sometimes, we’ll let you know by revising the date at the top of the Privacy Policy that’s available on our website and mobile application. Other times, we may provide you with additional notice (such as adding a statement to our websites’ homepages or providing you with an in-app notification).

SMEARR copyright policy:

We take copyright infringement seriously and remove reported infringing content. We also terminate repeat infringers under the appropriate circumstances. If you have a good-faith belief that any content on SMEARR infringes your copyright, please reach out to us. If you are unsure whether the material you plan to report is infringing, you may wish to first seek legal advice. Should you misrepresent that content is infringing, you may be liable for any damages, including costs and attorneys’ fees, incurred by us or our users. Note that we may pass along the information you enter on this form to the user who posted the content you’re reporting. If you are concerned about your information being forwarded, you may wish to use an agent instead.

SMEARR Cookies Policy:

A browser cookie is a small piece of data that is stored on your device to help websites and mobile apps remember things about you. Other technologies, including Web storage and identifiers associated with your device, may be used for similar purposes. In this policy, we say “cookies” to refer to all of these technologies.

Our Privacy Policy explains how we collect and use information from and about you when you use SMEARR and certain other SMEARR services. This policy explains more about how we use cookies and your related choices.

How We Use Cookies

Like most providers of online services, SMEARR uses cookies, including third-party cookies, for a number of reasons, like protecting your SMEARR data and account, helping us see which features are most popular, counting visitors to a page, improving our users’ experience, keeping our services secure, providing relevant advertising, and just generally providing you with a better, more intuitive, and satisfying experience. The cookies we use generally fall into one of the following categories.

Category of Cookies Why we use these cookies
Necessary We use these cookies to run our site, and to identify and prevent security risks. For example, we may use these cookies to store your session information to prevent others from changing your password without your username and password.
Preferences We use these cookies to remember your settings and preferences, and to improve your experience on our site. For example, we may use these cookies to remember your language preferences.
Performance We use these cookies to collect information about how you use our site, monitor site performance, and improve our site performance, our services, and your experience. For example, we can use these cookies to learn more about which features are the most popular with our users and which ones might need some tweaks.
Marketing We use these cookies to deliver advertisements, to make them more relevant and meaningful to consumers, and to track the efficiency of our advertising campaigns, both on our services and on other sites or mobile apps. Any third-party advertising partners of ours may use these cookies to build a profile of your interests and deliver relevant advertising on other sites.

Your Choices

Your browser may provide you with the option to refuse some or all browser cookies. You may also be able to remove cookies from your browser. For more information about how to manage browser cookies, please follow the instructions provided by your browser.

Browser Cookies

Your browser may provide you with the option to refuse some or all browser cookies. You may also be able to remove cookies from your browser. For more information about how to manage browser cookies, please follow the instructions provided by your browser.

Mobile Device Identifiers

Your mobile operating system may let you opt-out from having certain device identifiers used for interest-based advertising. You should refer to the instructions provided by your mobile device’s manufacturer; this information is typically available under the “settings” function of your mobile device.

And of course, if your mobile device offers an uninstall process, you can always stop us from collecting information through the app by uninstalling the SMEARR app.

Change Your Settings

You can also block certain cookies by adjusting your settings