Intro

When you use OFF-Line, 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.

That’s why we’ve written this Privacy Policy. And it’s why we’ve tried to write it in a way that’s blissfully free of the legalese that often clouds these documents. Of course, if you still have questions about anything in our Privacy Policy, just contact us.

Information we collect

There are two categories of information we collect:

  • Information you choose to give us.
  • Information we get when you use our services.

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, you are required to set up a basic OFF-Line account, so we need to collect a few important details about you, such as: your educational institutions email address and a password. 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 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 Posts and what you Write to other users. Keep in mind that the users you Write and send any other content to can always save that content or copy it outside the Site. So, the same common sense that applies to the internet at large applies to OFF-Line as well: Don’t Write 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 saw a specific Post and Wrote to users. Here’s a fuller explanation of the types of information we collect when you use our services:

  • Usage Information. We collect information about your activity through our services. For example, we may collect information about:
    • how you interact with our services, such as which pages you view, which Posts you see on Discover, or which search queries you submit.
    • how you communicate with other users, such as their names, the time and date of your communications, the number of writings you exchange with other users.
    • access times.
    • IP address.
    • identifiers associated with cookies or other technologies that may uniquely identify your device or browser.
  • Content Information. We collect content you create on our services, such as posts, pictures, and information about the content you create or provide, such as the number of users who has seen it.
  • Information Collected by Cookies and Other Technologies. Like most online services, we may use cookies and other technologies, such as web beacons, web storage, to collect information about your activity, browser, and device. Most web browsers are set to accept cookies by default. If you prefer, you can usually remove or reject browser cookies through the settings on your browser or device. Keep in mind, though, that removing or rejecting cookies could affect the availability and functionality of our services.

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:

  • develop, operate, improve, deliver, maintain, and protect our products and services.
  • send you communications, including by email. For example, we may use email to respond to support inquiries or to share information about our products, services, and promotional offers that we think may interest you.
  • monitor and analyze trends and usage.
  • personalize our services by, among other things, suggesting users or profile information, or customizing the content we show you.
  • enhance the safety and security of our products and services.
  • verify your identity and prevent fraud or other unauthorized or illegal activity.
  • use information we’ve collected from cookies and other technology to enhance our services and your experience with them.
  • enforce our Terms of Service and other usage policies.

How we share information

We share information about you in the following ways:

  • With your peers. We share the following information with your peers:
    • information about you, such as your name, the country you are from, the course you are taking and pictures you have uploaded.
    • any additional information you have directed us to share.
    • content you post or send.

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.