ECT Privacy Policy Contact

ECT Privacy Policy

This privacy policy discloses the privacy practices for the ECT encrypted calling software.  More information for this product can be found at www.The-ECT.com.  This privacy policy applies solely to information collected by this application, it will notify you of the following:

  1. What personally identifiable information is collected from you through the application, how it is used and with whom it may be shared.
  2. What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data.
  3. The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information.
  4. How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information.

Cost and Financial responsibility of user

The public network of our application does not have a cost we charge to the user.  There is a potential cost to the user not associated to ECT if there is a cost for internet usage.  Our fees are gathered from advertising.  There is no obligation to the user to click an ad or purchase anything advertised.  Private deployments of this solution may have advertising and will have costs to the purchaser of the private deployment.

Information Collection, Use, and Sharing

We are the sole owners of the information collected on this site. We only have access to/collect information that you voluntarily give us via email or other direct contact from you. We will not sell or rent this information to anyone.

We will use your information to allow you to use the ECT application and respond to you, regarding the reason you contacted us. We will not share your information with any third party outside of our organization, other than as necessary to fulfill your request.

Unless you ask us not to, we may contact you via email in the future to tell you about new products, features or services, or changes to this privacy policy.

Your Access to and Control Over Information

You may opt out of any future promotional contacts from us at any time. You can do the following at any time by contacting us via the email (support@The-ECT.com) given on our application:

  • See what data we have about you, if any.
  • Change/correct any data we have about you.
  • Have us delete any data we have about you.
  • Express any concern you have about our use of your data.
  • Removing your data may terminate your services or prevent the application from working.

Security

We take precautions to protect your information if it exists on our systems. When you submit sensitive information via the application, your information is protected both online and offline. Information on your phone or device is only as secure as your device encryption and is your responsibility.  Our application will allow secure communications over encrypted channels.

While we use encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, we also protect your information offline. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, support or customer service) are granted access to personally identifiable information. The computers/servers in which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment.

Updates

Our Privacy Policy may change from time to time and all updates will be posted on this page.

If you feel that we are not abiding by this privacy policy, you should contact us immediately via email at support@The-ECT.com.

Registration

In order to use this application, a user must first complete the registration process. During registration a user is required to give certain information (such as name and email address). This information is used to contact you about the products/services on our site in which you have expressed interest. At your option, you may also provide demographic information (such as gender or age) about yourself, but it is not required.

Sharing

We share aggregated demographic information with our partners and advertisers. This is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person.

We partner with another party to provide specific services. When the user signs up for these services, we will share names, or other contact information that is necessary for the third party to provide these services. These parties are not allowed to use personally identifiable information except for the purpose of providing these services.

Links

This application may contain links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.

Surveys & Contests

From time-to-time we may request information via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and you may choose whether or not to participate and therefore disclose this information. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as zip code, age level). Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of this site.

Linked Services (Facebook and Google+)

We utilize authentication mechanisms from Facebook and/or Google+ in order for our application to function.  We have listed the current privacy policy as of 10/28/2015 below for quick reference, but please find the current version at the following sites:

  1. Facebook,
  2. Google Pluse.

Facebook’s Privacy Policy (Please specifically see sections 2.4-2.8):

2. Give people control

  1. Obtain consent from people before publishing content on their behalf.
  2. Use publishing permissions to help people share on Facebook, not to send people messages from your app.
  3. Don’t prefill captions, comments, messages, or the user message parameter of posts with content a person didn’t create, even if the person can edit or remove the content before sharing.
  4. Provide a publicly available and easily accessible privacy policy that explains what data you are collecting and how you will use that data.
  5. You may use Account Information in accordance with your privacy policy and other Facebook policies. All other data may only be used outside your app after you have obtained explicit user consent.
  6. Include your privacy policy URL in the App Dashboard.
  7. Link to your privacy policy in any app marketplace that allows you to.
  8. Comply with your privacy policy.
  9. Delete all of a person’s data you have received from us (including friend data) if that person asks you to, unless you are required to keep it by law, regulation, or separate agreement with us. You may keep aggregated data only if no information identifying a specific person could be inferred or created from it.
  10. Obtain consent from people before using their data in any ad.
  11. Obtain adequate consent from people before using any Facebook technology that allows us to collect and process data about them, including for example, our SDKs and browser pixels. When you use such technology, disclose to people in your privacy policy that you are enabling us to collect and process data about them.
  12. Obtain consent from people before you give us information that you independently collected from them.
  13. If you are tracking a person’s activity, provide an opt-out from that tracking.
  14. Provide meaningful customer support for your app, and make it easy for people to contact you.
  15. If people come to your app from the Facebook app on iOS, give them an option to go back to the Facebook app by using the Back to Facebook banner provided in our SDK.
  16. If people come to your app from the Facebook app on Android, don’t prevent them from going back to Facebook when they press the system back button.
  17. Protect the information you receive from us against unauthorized access, use, or disclosure.
  18. Only show data obtained from a user access token on the devices associated with that token.
  19. Only use friend data (including friends list) in the person’s experience in your app.
  20. If you cache data you receive from us, use it to improve your app’s user experience and keep it up to date.
  21. Don’t proxy, request or collect Facebook usernames or passwords.
  22. Keep private your secret key and access tokens. You can share them with an agent acting to operate your app if they sign a confidentiality agreement.
  23. If you use any partner services, make them sign a contract to protect any information you obtained from us, limit their use of that information, and keep it confidential.
  24. Keep Facebook user IDs within your control. Contract with any providers who help you build or run your app to ensure that they keep the user IDs secure and confidential and comply with our policies. If you need an anonymous unique identifier to share with third parties, use our mechanism.
  25. Don’t sell, license, or purchase any data obtained from us or our services.
  26. Don’t transfer any data that you receive from us (including anonymous, aggregate, or derived data) to any ad network, data broker or other advertising or monetization-related service.
  27. Don’t put Facebook data in a search engine or directory, or include web search functionality on Facebook.
  28. If you are acquired by or merge with a third party, you can continue to use our data only within your app.
  29. If you stop using Platform, promptly delete all user data you have received from us (absent explicit consent from people). You can keepAccount Information if you have presented your privacy policy within your app.
  30. If you use friend data from Facebook to establish social connections in your app, only do so if each person in that connection has granted you access to that information.
  31. Add something unique to the community. Don’t replicate core functionality that Facebook already provides.
  32. Respect the way Facebook looks and functions. Don’t offer experiences that change it.
  33. If you’re building an app with a personalized or social experience, enable people to easily share on Facebook content they’ve created.
  34. Respect the limits we’ve placed on Facebook functionality.
  35. Only incentivize a person to log into your app, enter a promotion on your app’s Page, or check-in at a place. Don’t incentivize other actions.
  36. Encourage people to accurately tag and share content.
  37. If your service integrates a person’s data into a physical product, only create a physical product for that person’s personal and non-commercial use.
  38. Don’t build an app whose primary purpose is to redirect people off of Facebook.
  39. If you want to use our logos or brand, follow the guidelines in theFacebook Brand Resource and Permissions Center. Ad networks and data brokers must get our written permission before using our Platform, logos, or trademarks.
  40. Don’t sell, transfer or sublicense our code, APIs, or tools to anyone.
  41. Only use our SDKs to develop and distribute apps for use with the Facebook Platform. You may also distribute any code libraries or sample source code included in the SDKs for inclusion in such apps.
  42. Don’t modify, translate, create derivative works of, or reverse engineer any SDK or its components.
  43. Be honest about your relationship with Facebook when talking to the press or users. Comply with our Developer PR Guidelines and get approval from us before issuing any formal press release or blog post mentioning Facebook.
  44. If you use the Like button on iOS or Android, don’t collect or use any information from it.
  45. You are responsible for restricting access to your content in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations, including geo-filtering or age-gating access where required.
  46. Don’t provide or promote content that infringes upon the rights of any third party.
  47. Ensure that you own or secure all rights necessary to display, distribute and deliver all content in your app.
  48. Satisfy all licensing, reporting and payout obligations to third parties in connection with your app.
  49. If your app contains content submitted or provided by third parties:

3. Protect data

4. Encourage proper use

5. Follow the law

a. In the United States, you must take all steps required to fall within the applicable safe harbors of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act including designating an agent to receive notices of claimed infringement, instituting a repeat infringer termination policy and implementing a notice and takedown process.

b. In other countries, you must comply with local copyright laws and implement an appropriate notice and takedown process for when you receive a notice of claimed infringement.

  1. Don’t knowingly share information with us that you have collected from children under the age of 13.
  2. Web sites or services directed to children under 13: If you use Social Plugins or our JavaScript SDK for Facebook on sites and services that are directed to children under 13, you are responsible for complying with all applicable laws. For example, if your web site or service is directed to children in the United States, or knowingly collects personal information from children in the United States, you must comply with the U.S. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. You must also adhere to our usage notes.
  3. Comply with all applicable laws and regulations in the jurisdiction where your app is available. Do not expose Facebook or people who use Facebook to harm or legal liability as determined by us in our sole discretion.
  4. If applicable, comply with the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) and obtain any opt-in consent necessary to share data on Facebook.
  5. You agree to indemnify and hold us harmless from and against all damages, losses, and expenses of any kind (including reasonable legal fees and costs) related to any claim against us related to your service, actions, content or information.
  6. We can analyze your app, website, content, and data for any purpose, including commercial.
  7. We can monitor or collect data related to your use of SDKs.
  8. We will use information we receive from you or in connection with your Platform integration in accordance with our Data Policy.
  9. You give us all rights necessary to enable your app to work with Facebook, including the right to incorporate information you provide to us into other parts of Facebook, and the right to attribute the source of information using your name or logos.
  10. We may share your contact info with people who want to contact you.
  11. We may use your name, logos, content, and information, including screenshots and video captures of your app, to demonstrate or feature your use of Facebook, worldwide and royalty-free.
  12. You give us the right to link to or frame your app, and place content, including ads, around your app. If you use our social plugins, feed dialog or share button, you also give us permission to use and allow others to use such links and content on Facebook.
  13. We can audit your app to ensure it is safe and does not violate our Terms. If requested, you must provide us with proof that your app complies with our terms.
  14. We can create apps or products that offer features and services similar to your app.
  15. We don’t guarantee that Platform will always be free.
  16. If you exceed 5M MAU, 100M API calls per day, or 50M impressions per day, you may be subject to additional terms.
  17. Facebook and its licensors reserve all right, title and interest, including all intellectual property and other proprietary rights, in and to all SDKs.
  18. Any SDKs you receive from us are provided to you on an “as is” basis, without warranty of any kind.
  19. We can issue a press release describing our relationship with you.
  20. We may enforce against your app or web site if we conclude that your app violates our terms or is negatively impacting the Platform. We may or may not notify you in advance.
  21. Enforcement is both automated and manual, and can include disabling your app, restricting you and your app’s access to platform functionality, requiring that you delete data, terminating our agreements with you or any other action that we deem appropriate.
  22. We communicate with developers through Developer Alerts and email from the fb.com or facebookmail.com domain. Ensure that the email address associated with your Facebook account and the email address registered to the app are current and that you don’t filter out these messages.
  23. We may change these terms at any time without prior notice. Please check them regularly. Your continued use of Platform constitutes acceptance of those changes.
  24. If you use Social Plugins, Facebook SDKs, or operate a Platform app or website, you must follow our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and these additional rules unless you have our written permission to do otherwise.
  25. Verify that you have integrated Login correctly. Your app shouldn’t crash or hang during the testing process.
  26. Native iOS and Android apps that implement Facebook Login must use our official SDKs for login.
  27. Use a clearly branded “Login with Facebook” button and follow theFacebook Brand Guidelines.
  28. Request only the data and publishing permissions your app needs.
  29. If a person declines a permission, you can prompt them again after they indicate an intent to grant you the permission.
  30. Provide a “Log Out” option that functions properly and is easy to find.
  31. If you have ads in your app on Facebook, comply with our Advertising Policies.
  32. Avoid excessive ads. Don’t let ads distract from your app’s functionality.
  33. Don’t include ads in Page Tab apps.
  34. If you use a third party ad provider to include ads in your app on Facebook, only use a provider from this list.
  35. Don’t include third-party ads (including for other apps) in posts, notifications, requests, invites or messages.
  36. Don’t include or pair Platform Integrations with non-Facebook ads.
  37. If you run a promotion, contest, competition, or sweepstake on Facebook, comply with our Promotions Policies.
  38. Games on Facebook.com:

6. Things you should know

7. Login

8. Ads

9. Games

a. Don’t share the same app ID with a desktop web game off of Facebook.com.

b. Don’t use your Facebook.com game or email addresses you’ve obtained from us to promote or link to a desktop web game off of Facebook.

c. Use Facebook Payments as your only payment method for all in-game purchases.

d. Use Facebook Payments offers if you reward people for actions involving third parties.

  1. Desktop web games off Facebook.com:

a. Only use Facebook Login, social plugins, and publishing channels. Don’t use connections such as friends lists.

b. During authentication, only request age, email, and publishing permissions.

  1. Games on mobile:

a. Don’t share the same app ID with a desktop web game off of Facebook.com.

b. Don’t use your mobile game or email addresses you’ve obtained from us to promote or link to a web game off of Facebook.

  1. If you want to facilitate or promote online gambling, online real money games of skill, or online lotteries, get our written permission before using any of our products.
  2. If your game includes mandatory or optional in-app charges, explain this in your app’s description.
  3. If you use Facebook Payments, comply with the Facebook Developer Payments Terms.
  4. Don’t use Facebook Payments to solicit, collect or transfer funds for charitable causes without our prior permission.
  5. If you’re using iOS to run your app, use an iOS approved payment method.
  6. If you accept payments on Facebook, only do so in your app.
  7. Apps eligible for the Facebook App Center must use Facebook Login or have a Facebook Canvas or Page Tab app.
  8. App Detail and Description:

10. Payments

11. App Center

a. Ensure the app’s name and information are grammatically correct.

b. Ensure the app’s language matches the App Center locale.

c. Don’t include URLs or use the Facebook brand.

d. Don’t include keyword lists, excessive punctuation, or non-standard symbols.

  1. All Images:

a. Use high quality, relevant images that reflect the app experience.

b. Keep any image text concise. Don’t obstruct images with text.

c. Don’t include ads, URLs or gimmicks such as Play buttons.

  1. Icons:

a. Use a transparent or colored background. If your icon requires a white background, use a colored border.

b. If your logo has a drop shadow, use a colored background.

  1. Banners:

a. Don’t include rounded edges or borders.

b. Don’t include third party logos.

  1. Videos:

a. Display the app’s name.

b. Clearly represent the purpose of the app and show accurate, relevant in-app experiences.

c. Keep your video high-quality and high-resolution.

d. Your video and its video cover image should be clear and recognizable. Don’t include ads.

12. Open Graph

  1. Open Graph Custom Actions:

a. Don’t recreate actions that are already supported.

b. Write the action and object in a clear and simple way.

c. Make sure the story is grammatically correct.

d. Use English for your submission.

e. Don’t indicate a person’s consumption, browsing, discovering, or viewing of content.

f. Don’t indicate a person has installed, visited, or connected to your app.

  1. Read and Watch Actions:

a. Publish actions only after a person has been on a page for more than 10 seconds.

b. Allow people to remove stories published to Facebook on the same page where the content is hosted.

13. Social Plugins

  1. Don’t include or pair Platform Integrations with non-Facebook advertisements.
  2. Don’t sell or purchase placement of social plugins or sharer.php.
  3. Don’t participate in any “like” or “share” exchange programs.
  4. Don’t obscure or cover elements of social plugins.
  5. Basic and Standard Ads API access may be downgraded to Development access after 30 days of non-use.
  6. Don’t use the Ads API if you’re an ad network or data broker.
  7. Don’t promote content, services, or activities contrary to our competitive position, interests, or advertising philosophy.
  8. Don’t provide Partner Category targeting options that differ from those offered by Facebook.
  9. Don’t combine multiple end-advertisers or their Facebook connections (i.e. Pages) in the same ad account.
  10. Free or trial versions of an ads API app:

14. Ads API

a. Don’t allow more than 50 ad creations a day per customer.

b. Require phone or email verification on new accounts.

c. Don’t allow affiliate networks to use your technology.

  1. Pricing transparency:

a. Only charge fees for the use of your tools and managed services with a fixed fee or variable percentage of ad spend.

b. Proactively disclose to end advertisers the amount that you spent on Facebook advertising, using Facebook metrics (e.g., CPC, CPM rate), separate from your fees.

c. Disclose the amount you charged as fees on Facebook advertising.

d. We may disclose fees or the amount you spent on Facebook advertising to your clients if they request it.

e. We may require documentation from you to ensure your compliance with these terms.

f. Don’t sell ads on a fixed CPM or CPC basis when using the Facebook advertising auction.

  1. Data Collection and Use:

a. If you have Standard Ads API access and our prior written permission, you can place 1×1 pixel view tags on advertisements.

b. Ensure that any data that is collected is anonymous.

c. Only use data from an end-advertiser’s campaign to optimize or measure the performance of that end-advertiser’s Facebook campaign.

d. Don’t use data to retarget on or off of Facebook.

e. Don’t mix data obtained from us with advertising campaigns on different platforms.

f. Don’t use data to build or augment any user profiles.

g. Don’t use piggybacking or redirects.

h. Don’t let people other than those acting on an end-advertiser’s behalf access Facebook ad statistics.

  1. Implement all bidding types including Optimized CPM.
  2. Custom Audiences:

a. If you use custom audiences, comply with the Custom Audience Terms.

b. Only use a client’s data when creating custom audiences on their behalf.

c. Only use a Facebook User ID to create custom audiences when the person whose User ID is being used has logged into the client’s app and has given the necessary consent.

d. Don’t sell or transfer custom audiences.

  1. Revoke an end-advertiser’s access to your app if we request it.
  2. Lead Ads:

a. Only use a client’s Lead Ads Data on behalf of that client.

b. Don’t combine Lead Ads Data from one client with Lead Ads Data from another client.

  1. Ensure that people agree to Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, including the Advertising Policies.
  2. Don’t charge a fee for creating, claiming, or managing a Page.
  3. Before enabling people to create a Page, first provide a means for them to claim an existing Place to prevent Page duplication.
  4. Ensure that people agree to Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, including the Advertising Policies.
  5. Don’t create or claim a Page on behalf of people without their consent.
  6. Don’t prevent people from gaining access to any Page you create or manage on their behalf.
  7. Don’t disclose administrators of a Page to third parties without the administrator’s consent.
  8. General Policies
    1. Ensure you comply with all applicable Platform Policies.
    2. Follow our technical documentation.
    3. Follow our Brand Guidelines if you want to use our logos or brand.
    4. Don’t obscure or cover selected content in the share sheet.
    5. Allow people to immediately select or create content without interruption. Don’t disrupt them with other information before they share.
    6. Notify people up front before allowing them to engage with paid content.
    7. Don’t include ads in content you send to Messenger.
    8. Your logo and app name may only appear in the space we provide.
    9. Don’t use Messenger as an app invite channel. Facilitate real time conversations that inspire people to respond with content from your app.
    10. Don’t charge for most of the content in your app. Ensure your app contains free shareable content.
    11. If you exceed 400K impressions per day, you may be subject to additional terms.
  9. Additional Policies for Optimized and Featured Apps
    1. Your app must not replicate core Facebook features or functionality, and must not promote your other apps that do so.
    2. Your app must be free to install.
    3. If your paid content is available in multiple apps, ensure it is offered for Messenger at the lowest price available.
    4. If people come to your app from Messenger, ensure your app’s primary share experience is to Messenger.
    5. Don’t send unengaging or long form content. Ensure your app only sends unique user generated content or engaging aggregated content to Messenger. Facilitate real time conversations that inspire people to respond to Messenger with content from your app.
    6. Ensure your call-to-action links to the same app that generated the content.
    7. When linking to your app from Messenger, you can present people with paid content so long as free shareable content is clearly available on the landing page.
    8. Implement App Events in your app, including activateApp and purchase events if your app offers in-app purchases.
    9. Optimized and featured functionality, including the availability of calls-to-action on content and in-Messenger discovery, is made available within our sole discretion and can be removed at any time.
  10. “App” means any technical integration we have assigned an app identification number.
  11. “Account Information” consists of: name, email, gender, birthday, current city and profile picture URL.
  12. “Ads API” includes all Graph APIs related to advertising, and all Real Time APIs related to advertising, including but not limited to: all Lead Ads Data coming through the Graph API or Real Time Updates.
  13. “User data” means any data, including a person’s content or information that you or third parties obtain from or through Facebook.
  14. “SDK” means any object code library, sample source code, or documentation you receive from us that helps you create apps for use with the Facebook Platform.
  15. By “Facebook” or “Facebook Services” we mean the features and services we make available, including through (a) our website at www.facebook.com and any other Facebook branded or co-branded websites (including sub-domains, international versions, widgets, and mobile versions); (b) our Platform; (c) social plugins such as the Like button, the Share button and other similar offerings; and (d) other media, brands, products, services, software (such as a toolbar), devices, or networks now existing or later developed. Facebook reserves the right to designate, in its sole discretion, that certain of our brands, products, or services are governed by separate terms and notour SRR.

15. Page API

16. Messenger

17. Definitions

Google+’s Privacy Policy  (Please specifically see section 3.d):

Last modified: December 5, 2014 (view archived version)

Thank you for using Google’s APIs, other developer services, and associated software (collectively, “APIs”). By accessing or using our APIs, you are agreeing to the terms below. If there is a conflict between these terms and additional terms applicable to a given API, the additional terms will control for that conflict. Collectively, we refer to the terms below, any additional terms, terms within the accompanying API documentation, and any applicable policies and guidelines as the “Terms.” You agree to comply with the Terms and that the Terms control your relationship with us. So please read all the Terms carefully. If you use the APIs as an interface to, or in conjunction with other Google products or services, then the terms for those other products or services also apply.

Under the Terms, “Google” means Google Inc., with offices at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, California 94043, United States, unless set forth otherwise in additional terms applicable for a given API. We may refer to “Google” as “we”, “our”, or “us” in the Terms.

1. Account and Registration

A. Accepting The Terms

You may not use the APIs and may not accept the Terms if (a) you are not of legal age to form a binding contract with Google, or (b) you are a person barred from using or receiving the APIs under the applicable laws of the United States or other countries including the country in which you are resident or from which you use the APIs.

B. Entity Level Acceptance

If you are using the APIs on behalf of an entity, you represent and warrant that you have authority to bind that entity to the Terms and by accepting the Terms, you are doing so on behalf of that entity (and all references to “you” in the Terms refer to that entity).

C. Registration

In order to access certain APIs you may be required to provide certain information (such as identification or contact details) as part of the registration process for the APIs, or as part of your continued use of the APIs. Any registration information you give to Google will always be accurate and up to date and you’ll inform us promptly of any updates.

D. Subsidiaries and Affiliates

Google has subsidiaries and affiliated legal entities around the world. These companies may provide the APIs to you on behalf of Google and the Terms will also govern your relationship with these companies.

2. Using Our APIs

A. Your End Users

You will require your end users to comply with (and not knowingly enable them to violate) applicable law, regulation, and the Terms.

B. Compliance With Law, Third Party Rights, And Other Google Terms Of Service

You will comply with all applicable law, regulation, and third party rights (including without limitation laws regarding the import or export of data or software, privacy, and local laws). You will not use the APIs to encourage or promote illegal activity or violation of third party rights. You will not violate any other terms of service with Google (or its affiliates).

C. Permitted Access

You will only access (or attempt to access) an API by the means described in the documentation of that API. If Google assigns you developer credentials (e.g. client IDs), you must use them with the applicable APIs. You will not misrepresent or mask either your identity or your API Client’s identity when using the APIs or developer accounts.

D. Api Limitations

Google sets and enforces limits on your use of the APIs (e.g. limiting the number of API requests that you may make or the number of users you may serve), in our sole discretion. You agree to, and will not attempt to circumvent, such limitations documented with each API. If you would like to use any API beyond these limits, you must obtain Google’s express consent (and Google may decline such request or condition acceptance on your agreement to additional terms and/or charges for that use). To seek such approval, contact the relevant Google API team for information (e.g. by using the Google developers console).

E. Open Source Software

Some of the software required by or included in our APIs may be offered under an open source license. Open source software licenses constitute separate written agreements. For certain APIs, open source software is listed in the documentation. To the limited extent the open source software license expressly supersedes the Terms, the open source license instead sets forth your agreement with Google for the applicable open source software.

F. Communication With Google

We may send you certain communications in connection with your use of the APIs. Please review the applicable API documentation for information about opting out of certain types of communication.

G. Feedback

If you provide feedback or suggestions about our APIs, then we (and those we allow) may use such information without obligation to you.

H. Non-Exclusivity

The Terms are non-exclusive. You acknowledge that Google may develop products or services that may compete with the API Clients or any other products or services.

3. Your API Clients

A. Api Clients And Monitoring

The APIs are designed to help you enhance your websites and applications (“API Client(s)”).

You Agree That Google May Monitor Use Of The Apis To Ensure Quality, Improve Google Products And Services, And Verify Your Compliance With The Terms

This monitoring may include Google accessing and using your API Client, for example to identify security issues that could affect Google or its users. You will not interfere with this monitoring. Google may use any technical means to overcome such interference. Google may suspend access to the APIs by you or your API Client without notice if we reasonably believe that you are in violation of the Terms.

B. Security

You will use commercially reasonable efforts to protect user information collected by your API Client, including personally identifiable information (“PII”), from unauthorized access or use and will promptly report to your users any unauthorized access or use of such information to the extent required by applicable law.
C. Ownership

Google does not acquire ownership in your API Clients, and by using our APIs, you do not acquire ownership of any rights in our APIs or the content that is accessed through our APIs.

D. User Privacy and Api Clients

You will comply with all applicable privacy laws and regulations including those applying to PII. You will provide and adhere to a privacy policy for your API Client that clearly and accurately describes to users of your API Client what user information you collect and how you use and share such information (including for advertising) with Google and third parties.

4. Prohibitions and Confidentiality

A. Api Prohibitions

When using the APIs, you may not (or allow those acting on your behalf to):

  1. Sublicense an API for use by a third party. Consequently, you will not create an API Client that functions substantially the same as the APIs and offer it for use by third parties.
  2. Perform an action with the intent of introducing to Google products and services any viruses, worms, defects, Trojan horses, malware, or any items of a destructive nature.
  3. Defame, abuse, harass, stalk, or threaten others.
  4. Interfere with or disrupt the APIs or the servers or networks providing the APIs.
  5. Promote or facilitate unlawful online gambling or disruptive commercial messages or advertisements.
  6. Reverse engineer or attempt to extract the source code from any API or any related software, except to the extent that this restriction is expressly prohibited by applicable law.
  7. Use the APIs for any activities where the use or failure of the APIs could lead to death, personal injury, or environmental damage (such as the operation of nuclear facilities, air traffic control, or life support systems).
  8. Use the APIs to process or store any data that is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations maintained by the U.S. Department of State.
  9. Remove, obscure, or alter any Google terms of service or any links to or notices of those terms.

Unless otherwise specified in writing by Google, Google does not intend use of the APIs to create obligations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, as amended (“HIPAA”), and makes no representations that the APIs satisfy HIPAA requirements. If you are (or become) a “covered entity” or “business associate” as defined in HIPAA, you will not use the APIs for any purpose or in any manner involving transmitting protected health information to Google unless you have received prior written consent to such use from Google.

B. Confidential Matters

  1. Developer credentials (such as passwords, keys, and client IDs) are intended to be used by you and identify your API Client. You will keep your credentials confidential and make reasonable efforts to prevent and discourage other API Clients from using your credentials. Developer credentials may not be embedded in open source projects.
  2. Our communications to you and our APIs may contain Google confidential information. Google confidential information includes any materials, communications, and information that are marked confidential or that would normally be considered confidential under the circumstances. If you receive any such information, then you will not disclose it to any third party without Google’s prior written consent. Google confidential information does not include information that you independently developed, that was rightfully given to you by a third party without confidentiality obligation, or that becomes public through no fault of your own. You may disclose Google confidential information when compelled to do so by law if you provide us reasonable prior notice, unless a court orders that we not receive notice.

5. Content

A. Content Accessible Through Our Apis

Our APIs contain some third party content (such as text, images, videos, audio, or software). This content is the sole responsibility of the person that makes it available. We may sometimes review content to determine whether it is illegal or violates our policies or the Terms, and we may remove or refuse to display content. Finally, content accessible through our APIs may be subject to intellectual property rights, and, if so, you may not use it unless you are licensed to do so by the owner of that content or are otherwise permitted by law. Your access to the content provided by the API may be restricted, limited, or filtered in accordance with applicable law, regulation, and policy.

B. Submission Of Content

Some of our APIs allow the submission of content. Google does not acquire any ownership of any intellectual property rights in the content that you submit to our APIs through your API Client, except as expressly provided in the Terms. For the sole purpose of enabling Google to provide, secure, and improve the APIs (and the related service(s)) and only in accordance with the applicable Google privacy policies, you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, sublicensable, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to Use content submitted, posted, or displayed to or from the APIs through your API Client. “Use” means use, host, store, modify, communicate, and publish. Before you submit content to our APIs through your API Client, you will ensure that you have the necessary rights (including the necessary rights from your end users) to grant us the license.

C. Retrieval of Content

When a user’s non-public content is obtained through the APIs, you may not expose that content to other users or to third parties without explicit opt-in consent from that user.

D. Data Portability

Google supports data portability. For as long as you use or store any user data that you obtained through the APIs, you agree to enable your users to export their equivalent data to other services or applications of their choice in a way that’s substantially as fast and easy as exporting such data from Google products and services, subject to applicable laws, and you agree that you will not make that data available to third parties who do not also abide by this obligation.

E. Prohibitions on Content

Unless expressly permitted by the content owner or by applicable law, you will not, and will not permit your end users or others acting on your behalf to, do the following with content returned from the APIs:

  1. Scrape, build databases, or otherwise create permanent copies of such content, or keep cached copies longer than permitted by the cache header;
  2. Copy, translate, modify, create a derivative work of, sell, lease, lend, convey, distribute, publicly display, or sublicense to any third party;
  3. Misrepresent the source or ownership; or
  4. Remove, obscure, or alter any copyright, trademark, or other proprietary rights notices; or falsify or delete any author attributions, legal notices, or other labels of the origin or source of material.

6. Brand Features; Attribution

A. Brand Features

“Brand Features” is defined as the trade names, trademarks, service marks, logos, domain names, and other distinctive brand features of each party. Except where expressly stated, the Terms do not grant either party any right, title, or interest in or to the other party’s Brand Features. All use by you of Google’s Brand Features (including any goodwill associated therewith) will inure to the benefit of Google.

B. Attribution

You agree to display any attribution(s) required by Google as described in the documentation for the API. Google hereby grants to you a nontransferable, nonsublicenseable, nonexclusive license while the Terms are in effect to display Google’s Brand Features for the purpose of promoting or advertising that you use the APIs. You must only use the Google Brand Features in accordance with the Terms and for the purpose of fulfilling your obligations under this Section. In using Google’s Brand Features, you must follow the Google Brand Features Use Guidelines. You understand and agree that Google has the sole discretion to determine whether your attribution(s) and use of Google’s Brand Features are in accordance with the above requirements and guidelines.

C. Publicity

You will not make any statement regarding your use of an API which suggests partnership with, sponsorship by, or endorsement by Google without Google’s prior written approval.

D. Promotional and Marketing Use

In the course of promoting, marketing, or demonstrating the APIs you are using and the associated Google products, Google may produce and distribute incidental depictions, including screenshots, video, or other content from your API Client, and may use your company or product name. You grant us all necessary rights for the above purposes.

7. Privacy and Copyright Protection

A. Google Privacy Policies

By using our APIs, Google may use submitted information in accordance with ourprivacy policies.

B. Google DMCA Policy

We provide information to help copyright holders manage their intellectual property online, but we can’t determine whether something is being used legally or not without their input. We respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement and terminate accounts of repeat infringers according to the process set out in the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act. If you think somebody is violating your copyrights and want to notify us, you can find information about submitting notices and Google’s policy about responding to notices in our Help Center.

8. Termination

You may stop using our APIs at any time with or without notice. Further, if you want to terminate the Terms, you must provide Google with prior written notice and upon termination, cease your use of the applicable APIs. Google reserves the right to terminate the Terms with you or discontinue the APIs or any portion or feature or your access thereto for any reason and at any time without liability or other obligation to you.

A. Your Obligations Post-Termination

Upon any termination of the Terms or discontinuation of your access to an API, you will immediately stop using the API, cease all use of the Google Brand Features, and delete any cached or stored content that was permitted by the cache header under Section 5. Google may independently communicate with any account owner whose account(s) are associated with your API Client and developer credentials to provide notice of the termination of your right to use an API.

B. Surviving Provisions

When the Terms come to an end, those terms that by their nature are intended to continue indefinitely will continue to apply, including but not limited to: Sections 4b, 5, 8, 9, and 10.

9. Liability for our APIs

A. Warranties

Except as expressly set out in the terms, neither google nor its suppliers or distributors make any specific promises about the apis. For example, we don’t make any commitments about the content accessed through the apis, the specific functions of the apis, or their reliability, availability, or ability to meet your needs. We provide the apis “as is”.

Some jurisdictions provide for certain warranties, like the implied warranty of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement. Except as expressly provided for in the terms, to the extent permitted by law, we exclude all warranties, guarantees, conditions, representations, and undertakings.

B. Limitation of Liability

When permitted by law, google, and google’s suppliers and distributors, will not be responsible for lost profits, revenues, or data; financial losses; or indirect, special, consequential, exemplary, or punitive damages.

To the extent permitted by law, the total liability of google, and its suppliers and distributors, for any claim under the terms, including for any implied warranties, is limited to the amount you paid us to use the applicable apis (or, if we choose, to supplying you the apis again) during the six months prior to the event giving rise to the liability.

In all cases, google, and its suppliers and distributors, will not be liable for any expense, loss, or damage that is not reasonably foreseeable.

 C. Indemnification

Unless prohibited by applicable law, if you are a business, you will defend and indemnify Google, and its affiliates, directors, officers, employees, and users, against all liabilities, damages, losses, costs, fees (including legal fees), and expenses relating to any allegation or third-party legal proceeding to the extent arising from:

  1. your misuse or your end user’s misuse of the APIs;
  2. your violation or your end user’s violation of the Terms; or
  3. any content or data routed into or used with the APIs by you, those acting on your behalf, or your end users.

10. General Provisions

A. Modification

We may modify the Terms or any portion to, for example, reflect changes to the law or changes to our APIs. You should look at the Terms regularly. We’ll post notice of modifications to the Terms within the documentation of each applicable API, to this website, and/or in the Google developers console. Changes will not apply retroactively and will become effective no sooner than 30 days after they are posted. But changes addressing new functions for an API or changes made for legal reasons will be effective immediately. If you do not agree to the modified Terms for an API, you should discontinue your use of that API. Your continued use of the API constitutes your acceptance of the modified Terms.

B. U.S. Federal Agency Entities

The APIs were developed solely at private expense and are commercial computer software and related documentation within the meaning of the applicable U.S. Federal Acquisition Regulation and agency supplements thereto.

C. General Legal Terms

We each agree to contract in the English language. If we provide a translation of the Terms, we do so for your convenience only and the English Terms will solely govern our relationship. The Terms do not create any third party beneficiary rights or any agency, partnership, or joint venture. Nothing in the Terms will limit either party’s ability to seek injunctive relief. We are not liable for failure or delay in performance to the extent caused by circumstances beyond our reasonable control. If you do not comply with the Terms, and Google does not take action right away, this does not mean that Google is giving up any rights that it may have (such as taking action in the future). If it turns out that a particular term is not enforceable, this will not affect any other terms. The Terms are the entire agreement between you and Google relating to its subject and supersede any prior or contemporaneous agreements on that subject. For information about how to contact Google, please visit our contact page.

Except as set forth below: (i) the laws of California, U.S.A., excluding California’s conflict of laws rules, will apply to any disputes arising out of or related to the Terms or the APIs and (ii) All claims arising out of or relating to the terms or the apis will be litigated exclusively in the federal or state courts of santa clara county, california, usa, and you and google consent to personal jurisdiction in those courts.

If you are accepting the Terms on behalf of a United States federal government entity, then the following applies instead of the paragraph above: the laws of the United States of America, excluding its conflict of laws rules, will apply to any disputes arising out of or related to the Terms or the APIs. Solely to the extent permitted by United States Federal law: (i) the laws of the State of California (excluding California’s conflict of laws rules) will apply in the absence of applicable federal law; and (ii) For all claims arising out of or relating to the terms or the apis, the parties consent to personal jurisdiction in, and the exclusive venue of, the courts in santa clara county, california.

If you are accepting the Terms on behalf of a United States city, county, or state government entity, then the following applies instead of the paragraph above: the parties agree to remain silent regarding governing law and venue.