Privacy Policy

1) We want you to understand how and why esteem.ws (“eSteem,” “we” or “us”) collects, uses, and shares information about you when you access and use eSteem mobile apps, widgets, and other online products and services (collectively, the "Services") or when you otherwise interact with us.

Information You Provide To Us

2) We collect information you provide directly to us when you use our Services. Depending on which Service you use, we may collect different information about you. This includes:

Information Regarding Your Use of the Services

3) We collect the content and other information you provide when you use our Services. This includes information used to create your account (e.g., a username, an email address, phone number), account preferences, and the content of information you post to the Services (e.g., text, photos, videos, links).

Transactional Information

4) If you purchase products or services from us (e.g., Steem Power), we will collect certain information from you, including your name, address, email address, and information about the product or service you are purchasing. Payments are processed by third-party payment processors (e.g., Stripe and PayPal), so please refer to the applicable processor’s terms and privacy policy for more information about how payment information is processed and stored.

Other Information

5) You may choose to provide other information directly to us. For example, we may collect information when you fill out a form, participate in contests, sweepstakes or promotions, apply for a job, communicate with us via third-party sites and services, request customer support or otherwise communicate with us.

Information We Collect Automatically

6) When you access or use our Services, we may also automatically collect information about you. This includes:

Log and Usage Data

7) We may log information when you access and use the Services. This may include your IP address, user-agent string, browser type, operating system, referral URLs, device information (e.g., device IDs), pages visited, links clicked, user interactions (e.g., voting data), the requested URL, hardware settings, and search terms.

Information from Cookies

8) We may receive information from cookies, which are pieces of data your browser stores and sends back to us when making requests. We use this information to improve your experience, understand user activity, and improve the quality of our Services. For example, we store and retrieve information about your preferred language and other settings. For more information on how you can disable cookies, please see “Your Choices” below.

Location Information

9) With your consent, we may collect information about the specific location of your mobile device (for example, by using GPS or Bluetooth). You can revoke this consent at any time by changing the preferences on your device, but doing so may affect your ability to use all of the features and functionality of our Services.

Social Sharing

10) We may offer social sharing features or other integrated tools that let you share content or actions you take on our Services with other media. Your use of these features enables the sharing of certain information with your friends or the public, depending on the settings you establish with the third party that provides the social sharing feature. For more information about the purpose and scope of data collection and processing in connection with social sharing features, please visit the privacy policies of the third parties that provide these social sharing features (e.g., Tumblr, Facebook, Reddit, Pinterest, and Twitter).

How We Use Information About You

11) Our primary purpose in collecting personal information is to provide you with a secure, smooth, efficient, and customized experience. We may use your personal information to:

  • Provide eSteem Services and customer support you request;
  • Process transactions and send notices about your transactions;
  • Resolve disputes, collect fees, and troubleshoot problems;
  • Prevent and investigate potentially prohibited or illegal activities, and/or violations of our posted user terms;
  • Customize, measure, and improve eSteem Services and the content and layout of our website and applications;
  • Deliver targeted marketing, service update notices, and promotional offers based on your communication preferences; and
  • Compare information for accuracy and verify it with third parties.

We will not use your personal information for purposes other than those purposes we have disclosed to you, without your permission. From time to time we may request your permission to allow us to share your personal information with third parties. You may opt out of having your personal information shared with third parties, or from allowing us to use your personal information for any purpose that is incompatible with the purposes for which we originally collected it or subsequently obtained your authorization. If you choose to so limit the use of your personal information, certain features or eSteem Services may not be available to you.

Marketing

12) We will not sell or rent your personal information to third parties. We may combine your information with information we collect from other companies and use it to improve and personalize eSteem Services, content, and advertising.

How We Share Information With Other Parties

13) We may share your personal information with:

  • Service providers under contract who help with parts of our business operations such as fraud prevention, bill collection, marketing, and technology services. Our contracts dictate that these service providers only use your information in connection with the services they perform for us and not for their own benefit;
  • Financial institutions with which we partner;
  • Companies or other entities that we plan to merge with or be acquired by. Should such a combination occur, we will require that the new combined entity follow this Privacy Policy with respect to your personal information. You will receive prior notice of any change in applicable policy;
  • Law enforcement, government officials, or other third parties when:
    • We are compelled to do so by a subpoena, court order, or similar legal procedure; or
    • We believe in good faith that the disclosure of personal information is necessary to prevent physical harm or financial loss, to report suspected illegal activity or to investigate violations of our User Agreement; and
  • Other third parties with your consent or direction to do so.

eSteem will not sell or rent any of your personal information to third parties and only shares your personal information with third parties as described in this policy. Before eSteem shares your information with any third party that is not acting as an agent to perform tasks on behalf of and under the instructions of Steem, eSteem will enter into a written agreement requiring that the third party to provide at least the same level of privacy protection as required hereunder.

If you establish an eSteem account indirectly on a third party website or via a third party application, any information that you enter on that website or application (and not directly on an eSteem website) will be shared with the owner of the third party website or application and your information may be subject to their privacy policies.

How You Can Access Or Change Your Personal Information

14) You are entitled to review, correct, or amend your personal information, or to delete that information where it is inaccurate, and you may do so at any time by logging in to your account. This right shall only be limited where the burden or expense of providing access would be disproportionate to the risks to your privacy in the case in question, or where the rights of persons other than you would be violated. If you close your S account, we will mark your account in our database as "Closed," but will keep your account information in our database for a period of time described above. This is necessary in order to deter fraud, by ensuring that persons who try to commit fraud will not be able to avoid detection simply by closing their account and opening a new account. However, if you close your account, your personally identifiable information will not be used by us for any further purposes, nor sold or shared with third parties, except as necessary to prevent fraud and assist law enforcement, as required by law, or in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Affiliations

15) The Services are not affiliated in any way with Steemit.com or Steemit.com, Inc. The Services utilize the same, shared, public database (blockchain) as Steemit.com and other 3rd parties. Therefore, the content you post through eSteem is availble to be read and displayed by Steemit.com or any 3rd party service that utilizes the shared database.

Children under 13

16) eSteem is not intended or directed at individuals under the age of 13. Therefore, individuals under the age of 13 may not create an account or otherwise access or use the Services.

Changes to Privacy Policy

17) We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time. If we do, we will let you know by revising the date at the top of the policy. If we make a change to this policy that, in our sole discretion, is material, we will provide you with additional notice. We encourage you to review the Privacy Policy whenever you access or use our Services or otherwise interact with us to stay informed about our information practices and the ways you can help protect your privacy. If you continue to use our Services after Privacy Policy changes go into effect, you consent to the revised policy.

Questions or comments about eSteem may be directed to info@esteem.ws