Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy lists the policies and procedures regarding the collection, use and disclosure of the information submitted to Story-Bat. Story-Bat receives your information through the Story-Bat website and third-party services (in the following just “Story-Bat”). When using any part of Story-Bat you consent to the collection, transfer, manipulation, storage, disclosure, and other uses of your information as described in this Privacy Policy.

 

If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Policy, please contact us.

 

  • Information Collection and Use
    Information Collected Upon Registration: When you create or modify your account on the Story-Bat website, you provide personal information, such as your username, password, and E-Mail address. Some of this information, such as your Display-Name, is listed publicly on Story-Bat, for example on Story-Blocks or Comments. Certain functions on Story-Bat, such as reading stories, do not require registration. Your E-Mail address will be used to contact you when certain events happen to your content or content that you follow.
    Under “Settings” – “Communication” you can define for what events and in which frequency you want to receive E-Mails from Story-Bat. In the same interface you can also opt out to receive any automated notifications via E-Mail from Story-Bat.

    Additional Information: You may provide us with additional information to make public on your profile-page, like information about yourself, your location, your website or your spoken languages. While Story-Bat will never use your profile-information for marketing purposes, this information is publicly available and can be used by anyone that has access to the site.
    If you email Story-Bat, we may keep your message, E-Mail address and contact information to respond to your request. Providing the additional information described in this section is entirely optional.

    Story-Pages, Story-Blocks, Comments and other Public Information: Story-Bat is primarily designed to help you share information with the world. Most of the information you provide to us is information you are asking us to make public. This includes not only the stories you write and the metadata provided with each created Story-Page and -Block, such as when you wrote the content, but also the people you follow or the content you favourite, and many other bits of information. Our default-setting is that unregistered users can only see your profile-page and your generated content. Under “Settings” – “Privacy” you have access to hide your “Online Status”, bookmarked content and friends-list to your liking.
    Keep in mind that your public information is broadly and instantly disseminated. For example, your created Story-Blocks are searchable by many search engines. You should be careful about all information that will be made public on the Story-Bat website, not just your created stories.

    Log Data: Our servers automatically record information (“Log Data”) created by your use of Story-Bat. Log Data may include information such as your IP address, browser type, the referring domain, pages visited on the Story-Bat website, and used search terms.
    You can rest assured that Story-Bat will not use this information for marketing-purposes and will never sell it. We could however use it to make anonymised statistics about the usage of the website.

    Cookies: Like many websites, we use “cookie” technology to collect additional website usage data and to improve Story-Bat. We do not require cookies for many parts of Story-Bat such as reading stories. However, cookies are required for proper member interaction with Story-Bat, such as signing up, logging in, and creating stories. A cookie is a small data file that is located on your computer’s hard disk. The Story-Bat website may use both session cookies and persistent cookies to better understand how you interact with the site, to monitor aggregate usage by our users and web traffic routing on Story-Bat, and to improve Story-Bat in general. Most Internet browsers automatically accept cookies. By editing your browser options you can instruct your browser to stop accepting cookies or to prompt you before accepting a cookie from the websites you visit. Disabling or denying cookies from the Story-Bat website may degrade performance of certain functionality.

    Third Party Services: The Story-Bat website uses Google Ads to finance the hosting of the website. Through Google, those ads may collect the information sent by your browser as part of a web page request, including your IP address. Google receives this information and their use of it is governed by their Privacy Policy.
    For the donation system, Story-Bat is using PayPal and Stripe. Financial data like credit-card information is directly processed via those services and not administered by Story-Bat. Please see the respective information pages for those services:

 

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  • Information Sharing and Disclosure
    We do not disclose your private information except in the limited circumstances described here.

    Consent: We may share or disclose your information with your consent, such as when you use one of the above mentioned third party services on the Story-Bat website.

    Service Providers: We may engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to us. We may share your personal information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these functions and provide such services, and only pursuant to obligations mirroring the protections of this privacy policy. Exemplary third-parties
    - FastComet - The hosting company of the website
    - InternetDevels – The programming partner of Story-Bat

    Law and Harm: We may disclose your information if we believe that it is reasonably necessary to comply with a law, regulation or legal request; to protect the safety of any person; to address fraud, security or technical issues; or to protect the rights or property of Story-Bat.

    Business Transfers: In the event that Story-Bat is involved in a bankruptcy, merger, acquisition, reorganization or sale of assets, your information may be transferred as part of that transaction. The promises in this privacy policy will apply to your information as transferred to the new entity.

    Non-Private or Non-Personal Information: We may share or disclose your non-private, aggregated or otherwise non-personal information, such as your created Story-Blocks or the number of users who clicked on a particular link. The intention of usage is primarily to advertise the website itself and promote good content or to make anonymised statistics.

 

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  • Modifying Your Personal Information
    If you are a registered user of Story-Bat, we provide you with tools to access and modify the personal information you provided to us and associated with your account in your “My account”-view and in your “Settings”.

 

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  • Our Policy Towards Children
    Story-Bat is open for everyone. We provide an explicit function to hide content that has been tagged as “Mature”. You can find this setting under “Settings” – “Site preferences” – “Show mature content”.
    Some countries require the consent of the parents, or their respective guardians, before a child of a certain age can participate in online activities. If you become aware that your child has provided us with personal information without your consent, please contact us. We will take the necessary steps to remove such information or even terminate the child’s account.

 

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  • Changes to this Policy
    We may revise this Privacy Policy from time to time. If a revision changes its impact on you, we will notify you via an E-Mail to the address associated with your account.
    Revisions of this Privacy Policy will be effective immediately upon posting.
    You are responsible for reviewing this Privacy Policy on a regular basis. By continuing to access or use Story-Bat after those changes become effective, you agree to be bound by the revised Privacy Policy.

 

Last Update: 27. February 2018

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