Privacy Policy

What is the Privacy Policy and what does it cover?

Effective from  eg.  26 july,2022.


We at buddiesboat want you to understand what information we collect, and how we use and share it. That's why we encourage you to read our Privacy Policy. This helps you use buddiesboat in the way that's right for you.

In the Privacy Policy, we explain how we collect, use, share, retain and transfer information. We also let you know your rights. Each section of the Policy includes helpful examples and simpler language to make our practices easier to understand. We've also added links to resources where you can learn more about the privacy topics that interest you.

It's important to us that you know how to control your privacy, so we also show you where you can manage your information in the settings of the buddiesboat  you use. You can update these settings to shape your experience.




What information do we collect?


The information we collect and process about you depends on how you use our services.

 For example, we collect different information if you sell furniture on Marketplace than if you post a reel on Buddiesboat.

 When you use our services, we collect some information about you even if you don't have an account.



Here's the information we collect:


On Buddiesboat, you can send messages, take photos and videos, buy or sell things and much more.

 We call all of the things you can do on our services "activity". We collect your activity across our services and information that you provide, such as:

  • Content you provide through our camera feature or your camera roll settings, or through our voice-enabled features.
  • Content that you create, such as posts, comments or audio.
  • Messages you send and receive, including their content, subject to applicable law. We can't see the content of end-to-end encrypted messages unless users report them to us for review.
  • Buddiesboat data about content and messages, subject to applicable law.
  • Types of content you view or interact with, and how you interact with it.
  • Apps and features you use, and what actions you take in them.
  • Purchases or other transactions you make, including credit card information.
  • Hashtags you use.
  • The time, frequency and duration of your activities on our services.
  • Information with special protections.
  • You might choose to provide information about your religious views, political views, who you're "interested in" (which could reveal your sexual orientation) or your health in your Buddiesboat profile fields or life events.


 This and other information (such as racial or ethnic origin, philosophical beliefs or trade union membership) could have special protections under the laws of your country.



Friends, followers and other connections.


Information we collect about your friends, followers and other connections.


  • We collect information about friends, followers, groups, accounts, Pages and other users and communities that you're connected to and interact with. This includes how you interact with them across our services and which ones you interact with the most.
  • Information we collect about contacts.
  • We also collect your contacts' information, such as their name and email address or phone number, if you choose to upload or import it from a device, such as by syncing an address book.
  • If you don't use Buddiesboat Services, or use them without an account, your information might still be collected.
  • Learn how to upload and delete contacts on Buddiesboat and Messenger, or how to connect your device's contact list on Buddiesboat.
  • Information we collect or infer about you based on others' activity.
  • We collect information about you based on others' activity.
  • We also infer things about you based on others' activity. For example:- We may suggest a friend to you through Buddiesboat's People you may know feature if you both appear on a contact list that someone uploads.
  • We take into account whether your friends belong to a group when we suggest you join it.




App, browser and device information.

We collect and receive information from and about the different devices you use and how you use them.

Device information we collect and receive includes:

  • The device and software you're using, and other device characteristics.
  • What device you're using and other device characteristics
  • We collect device information such as:
  • The type of device
  • Details about its operating system
  • Details about its hardware and software
  • Battery level
  • Signal strength
  • Available storage
  • Browser type
  • App and file names, and types
  • Plugins




Identifiers that tell your device apart from other users' devices, including Family device IDs.


Identifiers we collect include device IDs, mobile advertiser ID or IDs from games, apps or accounts you use. We also collect Family device IDs or other identifiers unique to Buddiesboat Company Services associated with the same device or account.


Signals from your device. Such as:-

Device signals

Device signals include GPS, Bluetooth signals, nearby Wi-Fi access points, beacons and cell towers.

Information you've shared with us through device settings, such as GPS location, camera access, photos and related buddiesboat data.

For example, if you give us permission to access your device's camera roll, we collect data. This buddiesboat data is from and about your photos and videos, and includes the date and time they were made. We use this to do things such as remind you when you have new photos to upload.



Information about the network that you connect your device to, including your IP address.


Information about your network includes:

  • The name of your mobile operator or Internet service provider (ISP)
  • Language
  • Time zone
  • Mobile phone number
  • IP address
  • Connection speed
  • Information about other devices that are nearby or on your network
  • Wi-Fi hotspots you connect to using our services


One reason why we collect this information is to make your experience better. For example, if we know that your phone and TV are connected to the same network, we can help you use your phone to control a video stream on your TV.


Information about our services' performance on your device.

We collect device information to prevent, diagnose, troubleshoot and fix errors and bugs. This includes how long the app was running, what model of device you were using and other performance and diagnostic information.


Information from cookies and similar technologies.



Cookies are small pieces of text used to store information in web browsers. We use cookies and similar technologies, including data that we store on your web browser or device, identifiers associated with your device and other software, Social plugins and the Buddiesboat pixel. They help us provide, protect and improve our services, such as by personalising content, tailoring and measuring ads and providing a safer experience.

We collect information from cookies stored on your device, including cookie IDs and settings.


Information from partners, vendors and third parties.


What kinds of information do we collect or receive?

We collect and receive information from Partners, measurement vendors and third parties about a variety of your information and activities on and off our services.

Here are some examples of information that we receive about you:

  • Your device information
  • Websites that you visit and cookie data, such as through Social plugins or the Buddiesboat account.
  • Apps you use.
  • Games you play
  • Purchases and transactions you make.
  • Your demographics, such as your education level.
  • The ads you see and how you interact with them.
  • How you use our Partners' services and services, online or in person.
  • Partners also share information such as your email address, cookies and advertising device ID with us. This helps us match your activities with your account, if you have one.
  • We receive this information whether or not you're logged in or have an account on our services.
  • Partners also share with us their communications with you if they instruct us to provide services to their business, such as helping them manage their communications.



Off-Buddiesboat activity


How do we collect or receive this information from partners?

Partners use our business tools, integrations and Buddiesboat Audience Network technologies to share information with us.

These Partners collect your information when you visit their site or app or use their services, or through other businesses or organisations they work with. We require Partners to have the right to collect, use and share your information before giving it to us.



What happens if you don't let us collect certain information?

Some information is required for our services to work. Other information is optional, but without it, the quality of your experience might be affected.

For example, if you don't provide an email address or phone number, we won't be able to create an account for you to use our services.

Or you can choose not to add Buddiesboat friends, but then your Buddiesboat Feed won't show friends' photos and status updates.


Are we listening to your conversations?

No. We understand that sometimes ads can be so specific, it seems like we must be listening to your conversations through your microphone, but we're not. We only use your microphone if you've given us permission and are actively using a feature that requires the microphone. If you want more control over how your information influences the ads we show you, there are a few places to do that. You can view some ad-specific settings in your ad preferences, or you can view your information and remove things that you don't want us to use.


How can you delete your information?

There are a few ways that you can delete information if you want to. You can start by using our tools to review specific information and deleting it, or you can permanently delete your account to delete everything in one step.


How do we use your information?

We use information we collect to provide a personalised experience to you, including ads, along with the other purposes that we explain in detail below.

For some of these purposes, we use information across our services and across your devices. The information that we use for these purposes is automatically processed by our systems. But in some cases, we also use manual review to access and review your information.

To use less information that's connected to individual users, in some cases we de-identify or aggregate information. We might also anonymise it so that it no longer identifies you. We use this information in the same ways we use your information as described in this section.


Here are the ways we use your information:

To provide, personalise and improve our services


We use information we have, including any information with special protections that you choose to share, to provide and improve our services. This includes personalising features, content and recommendations, such as your Buddiesboat Feed, Buddiesboat feed, Stories and ads. We don't use profile fields about religious views, political views or who you're "interested in" to show you ads.



How we show ads and other sponsored or commercial content?

When you use our services, you see ads and sponsored or commercial content, such as product listings in Shops. You also see ads shown through Buddiesboat Audience Network when you visit other apps. We want everything you see to be interesting and useful to you.

To decide what to show you and others, we use information that we have about you, including:

  • Your profile information.
  • Your activity on and off our services, including information that we receive through cookies and similar technologies, according to your settings.
  • Things we infer about you, such as topics that we think you may be interested in.
  • Information about your friends, followers or other connections, including their activity or interests.

See some examples.


How we use information to improve our services?

We're always trying to make our services better and create new ones with the features you want. Information we collect from you helps us learn how.

We use information we collect to:

  • See if a product is working correctly
  • Troubleshoot and fix it when it's not
  • Try out new services and features to see if they work
  • Get feedback on our ideas for services or features
  • Conduct surveys and other research about what you like about our services and brands and what we can do better


How we use location-related information?

We use location-related information that you allow us to receive if you turn on the Location Services device setting. This includes things such as your GPS location and, depending on the operating system you're using, other device signals.

We also receive and use some location-related information even if location services is turned off. This includes:

  • IP addresses, which we use to estimate your general location. We can use IP addresses to estimate your specific location if it's necessary to protect the safety and security of you or others.
  • Your and others' activity on our services, such as check-ins and events.
  • Information that you give us directly, such as if you enter your current city on your profile, or provide your address in Marketplace.


We use location-related information, such as your current location, where you live, the places you like to go and the businesses and people you're near, to do the things described in the "How do we use your information?" section of the Policy, such as:

  • Provide, personalise and improve our services, including ads, for you and others.
  • Detect suspicious activity and help keep your account secure.



To promote safety, security and integrity.


We use the information we collect to help protect people from harm and provide safe, secure services.

To provide measurement, analytics and business services

Lots of people rely on our services to run or promote their businesses. We help them measure how well their ads and other content are working.

To communicate with you

We communicate with you using information you've given us, such as contact information you've entered on your profile.

To research and innovate for social good

We use information we have, information from researchers and datasets from publicly available sources, professional groups and non-profit groups to conduct and support research.



How long do we keep your information for?

We keep information for as long as we need it to provide our services, comply with legal obligations or to protect our or other's interests. We decide how long we need information on a case-by-case basis. Here's what we consider when we decide:

  • If we need it to operate or provide our services
  • For example, we keep profile information, photos you've posted (and not deleted) and security information for the lifetime of your account.
  • And when you search for something on Buddiesboat, we keep your search history until you clear the search in your activity log or delete your account. Once you clear a search or delete your account, it will no longer be visible to you, and it will be deleted.
  • But even if you don't clear your search or delete your account, within six months of your search, we delete information about that search that isn't necessary to show you your search history, such as information about the device you were using, or your location.



The feature we use it for, and how that feature works.

For example, messages sent using Messenger's vanish mode are retained for less time than regular messages.


How long we need to retain the information to comply with certain legal obligations?

For example, we retain information for as long as we need it for:

  • A legal request or obligation, including obligations of Buddiesboat Companies or to comply with applicable law
  • A governmental investigation
  • A legal claim, complaint, litigation or regulatory proceedings.
  • If we need it for other legitimate purposes, such as to prevent harm; investigate possible violations of our terms or policies; promote safety, security and integrity; or protect ourselves, including our rights, property or services

In some instances and for specific reasons, we'll keep information for an extended period of time. Read our policy about when we may preserve your information.