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Privacy Policy

By agreeing to our Terms and using Shoji’s Services, the User will share some information with Us, which can affect their privacy. This Privacy Policy seeks to address privacy concerns and provide information as which information is collected from Users, with whom it is shared with and the options available to Users to control the provision of information

1. Privacy

Our application’s Services allow the User to create, upload, post, send, receive, and store content. When that is done, the User retains whatever ownership rights in the content that they had to begin with. However, the User grants us a license to use that content by generating it through Shoji: the extent to which we use that licence depends on which Services are used and the privacy settings that are selected by each User.
Shoji is committed to ensuring that Users are able to receive full privacy for information they do not want being publicly shared. Only information that is volunteered by a User will be collected by Shoji. A Shoji User will have the discretion to adjust their privacy settings to limit the amount of personal information that is provided on the app, such as their education and interests.

2. Geolocation Services

Shoji relies on geolocation services to connect with the people around the User. The User will need to activate the geolocation settings on their smartphone when creating an account. The App may collect, use, and share User location data in order to provide location-based services.
The App considers who’s around the User in their immediate proximity. Each User will consent to the App using their location by downloading the App and permitting location services in their device Settings, however information regarding their exact location is not disclosed at any time. This means that other Users will not receive specific information about other Users, including how many kilometres away they are, or the direction in which they are relative to the User.

3. Facebook Permissions Asked by the App

Shoji relies on geolocation services to connect with the people around the User. The User will need to activate the geolocation settings on their smartphone when creating an account. The App may collect, use, and share User location data in order to provide location-based services.
For more information about the following permissions, refer to the Facebook permissions documentation and to the Facebook privacy policy.
The permissions asked are the following:

  • Basic information
    • By default, this includes certain User’s Data such as ID, name, picture, gender, and their locale. Certain connections of the User, such as the Friends, are also available. If the User has made more of their Data public, more information will be available.
  • Access Friend Lists
    • Provides access to any friend lists the User created.
  • Birthday
    • Provides access to the User’s birthday.
  • Contact email
    • Access the User's contact email address.
  • Current City
    • Provides access to the User's current location.
    • This enables the accurate geolocation functions of the App.
  • Education History
    • Provides access to the User’s education history.
  • Email
    • Provides access to the User's primary email address.
  • Groups
    • Provides access to the list of groups the User is a member of.
  • Interests
    • Provides access to the User's list of interests.
  • List of Friends
    • Provides access to the User’s list of friends.
  • Photos
    • Provides access to the photos the User has uploaded, and photos the User has been tagged in.
  • Significant Other & Relationship Details
    • Provides access to the User's relationship preferences.
  • Current Employment and Work History
    • Provides access to the User’s current employment and work history.

4. Social Features

This App may use the Personal Data provided to allow Users to invite their friends - for example through the address book, if access has been provided - and to suggest friends or connections inside it.
Users may have public profiles that other Users can display. In addition to the Personal Data provided, this profile may contain Users' interactions with this App.

5. Displaying Content from Other Platforms

Shoji allows Users to view content hosted on external platforms directly from the pages of this App and interact with them.
This type of service might still collect web traffic data for the pages where the service is installed, even when Users do not use it.
This is particularly relevant in regards to the Instagram widget. Instagram is an image visualisation service provided by Instagram, Inc. that allows Shoji to incorporate content of this kind on its pages. The Personal Data collected is in the form of cookies and usage data.
We encourage Users to consult and review the privacy policies of third-party websites and services, including those that you interact with through our Services.

6. Information that is collected from Users and how it is used

Some User-generated information is collected and retained by the App, by itself or through third parties, in order to continually improve the app and the Services provided. This includes:

  • Cookies
  • Usage data
  • Phone number
  • Geographic position
  • Personal Data: First name, last name, gender, date of birth, email address, profession, university, country, state, picture and city.
The ways in which the information will be used is to:
  • Provide you with our Services and features,
  • Personalise your experience with Shoji,
  • Contact you with information and updates about Shoji e.g. emails,
  • Monitor and analyse trends and usage,
  • Enhance the safety and security of our Services,
  • Verify User identity and prevent fraud or other unauthorised or illegal activity.
  • Improve advertisement targeting and measurement, including through precise location data (only with User consent),
  • Offer Users more tailored content, such as more relevant search results and advertisements,
  • Conduct research and analytics as to how you use and interact with Shoji,
  • For any other purpose stated in this Policy.
Examples of Personal Data that is collected and used for the following services:
Users may have public profiles that other Users can display. In addition to the Personal Data provided, this profile may contain Users' interactions with this App.


Access to third party services' accounts
  • Access to the Facebook account
Permissions: Access Friend Lists, Access private data, Birthday, Contact email, Current City, Education History, Email, Groups, Interests, List of Friends, Photos, Work History
Analytics
  • Google Analytics
Personal Data: Cookies and Usage data
Contacting the User
  • Phone contact
Personal Data: phone number
Displaying content from external platforms
  • Google Maps widget and Instagram widget
Personal Data: Cookies and Usage data
Hosting and backend infrastructure
  • Google App Engine
Personal Data: various types of Data as specified in the privacy policy of the service
Infrastructure monitoring
  • Crashlytics
Personal Data: various types of Data as specified in the privacy policy of the service
Location-based interactions
  • Geolocation
Personal Data: geographic position
Managing contacts and sending messages
  • Nexmo
Personal Data: phone number
Platform services and hosting
  • WordPress.com
Personal Data: various types of Data as specified in the privacy policy of the service
Social features
  • Inviting and suggesting friends
  • Personal Data: various types of Data
  • Public profile
  • Personal Data: city, country, date of birth, email address, first name, gender, phone number, picture, profession and state