Your privacy is critically important to us. At NextElection, we have a few fundamental principles:
- We are thoughtful about the personal information we ask you to provide and the personal information that we collect about you through the operation of our services.
- We store personal information for only as long as we have a reason to keep it.
- We aim for full transparency on how we gather, use, and share your personal information.
Information we collect
We only collect information about you if we have a reason to do so – for example, to provide our Services, to communicate with you, or to make our Services better. We collect information in three ways: if and when you provide information to us, automatically through operating our services, and from outside sources. Let’s go over the information that we collect.
Information You Provide to Us
It’s probably no surprise that we collect information that you provide to us. The amount and type of information depends on the context and how we use the information. Here are some examples:
Basic Account Information: When you create a NextElection account, we ask for some basic information like name, username, password, email address, cell phone number and (optionally) election constituency / location. Only your name and username are public. We urge you to use your real name so that the community can benefit; however you are free to use a pseudonym.
Why do we ask for your assembly constituency / location?
We organize all content based on geographical territories, e.g. a topic of discussion (“garbage collection”, or “load-shedding”) can pertain to Delhi or a individual locality in Hyderabad. Knowing your assembly constituency allows us to add your voice and ratings to the correct geographical territory. It also allows us to show you content pertinent to your geographical territory.
If you don’t know your assembly constituency, we provide a service to help you identify your assembly constituency from your location.
Contact Information: You agree to receive security related text messages to your cell phone number; this could be for verification, two factor authentication, etc. We may use your contact information to deliver part of the Services to you (e.g. notifications), to help prevent spam, fraud, or abuse.
Your content contributions: NextElection is specifically designed for mass collaboration and community engagement, and to enable you to share your unique contributions with the world. What you share on NextElection may be viewed by anyone, anywhere around the world. Hence all your contributions are public, and may be disseminated to a wide audience consisting of users, customers, services (publishers, analysts, search engines, etc who integrate the content into their services) as well as organizations like research agencies, government agencies and policy making bodies who analyze the information for trends and insights. When you share information or content via the Services, you should think carefully about what you are making public.
Information We Collect Automatically
We also collect some information automatically:
Log Information: Like most online service providers, we collect information that web browsers, mobile devices, and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, IP address, unique device identifiers, language preference, referring site, the date and time of access, operating system, and mobile network information. We collect log information when you use our Services.
Usage Information: We collect information about your usage of our Services. For example, we collect information about who you are following, content you upvote or downvote, issues that are of importance to you, your interaction with content, etc. All these are private and are not visible to anyone. We use this information to, for example, provide our Services to you, as well as get insights on how people use our Services, so we can make our Services better.
Location Information: We may determine the approximate location of your device from your IP address. We collect and use this information to, for example, calculate how many people visit our Services from certain geographic regions.
Information We Collect from Other Sources
We may also get information about you from other sources. For example, if you create or log into your NextElection account through another service (like Facebook), we will receive information from that service (such as your username & basic profile information) via the authorization procedures used by that service. The information we receive depends on which services you authorize and any options that are available.
How We Use Information
We use information about you as mentioned above and as follows:
- To provide our Services – for example, to set up and maintain your account, to showcase your content to the world, to organize and display content from other users to you;
- To further develop our Services – for example by adding new features that we think our users will enjoy or will help them to participate openly in democratic debate;
- To monitor and analyze trends and better understand how users interact with our Services, which helps us improve our Services and make them easier to use;
- To monitor and protect the security of our Services, detect and prevent fraudulent transactions and other illegal activities, fight spam, and protect the rights and property of NextElection and others;
- To communicate with you about new features and products, or address support requests and feedback
How We Share Information
We do not sell our users’ private personal information.
We share information about you in the limited circumstances spelled out below and with appropriate safeguards on your privacy:
Third Party Vendors: We may share information about you with third party vendors who need to know information about you in order to provide their services to us. This group includes vendors that help us provide our Services to you and those that help us understand and enhance our Services (like analytics providers). We require vendors to agree to privacy commitments in order to share information with them.
As Required by Law: We may disclose information about you in response to a subpoena, court order, or other governmental request.
To Protect Rights and Property: We may disclose information about you when we believe in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of NextElection, third parties, or the public at large. For example, if we have a good faith belief that there is an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury, we may disclose information related to the emergency without delay.
With Your Consent: We may share and disclose information with your consent or at your direction. For example, we may share your information with third parties with which you authorize us to do so.
Aggregated and De-Identified Information: We may share information that has been aggregated or reasonably de-identified, so that the information could not reasonably be used to identify you. For instance, we may publish aggregate statistics about the use of our Services.