OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU

At Ello.ie privacy is paramount and we work extremely hard to keep your data private.

Privacy is at the core of the way we design and build the services and products you know and love, so that you can fully trust them and focus on building meaningful connections.

We appreciate that you trust Ello.ie to keep your information private and we do not take this lightly.

This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal data when you use our Service and the choices you have associated with that data.

We use your data to provide and improve the Service. By using the Service, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this policy.

Unless otherwise defined in this Privacy Policy, terms used in this Privacy Policy have the same meanings as in our Terms and Conditions.

OUR PRIVACY POLICY:

Effective date:  23-August-2019

Ello.ie (“us”, “we”, or “our”) operates the following:

WEBSITES AND ELLO.IE APPS MOBILE APPLICATION (the “Service”).

We appreciate that you trust us with your information and we intend to always keep that trust.

This starts with making sure you understand the information we collect, why we collect it, how it is used and your choices regarding your information.

This Policy describes our privacy practices in plain language, keeping legal and technical jargon to a minimum.

  1. Who We Are
  2. Where This Privacy Policy Applies
  3. Information We Collect
  4. Cookies & Other Similar Data Collection Technologies
  5. How We Use Information
  6. How We Share Information
  7. Your Rights
  8. How We Protect Your Information
  9. How Long We Retain Your Information
  10. Underage Users Privacy
  11. Contact Us

 

1. WHO WE ARE:

The company that is responsible for your information under this Privacy Policy (the “data controller”) is:

2. WHERE THIS PRIVACY POLICY APPLIES:

This Privacy Policy applies to websites, apps, events and other services operated by Ello.ie.

For simplicity, we refer to all of these as our “services” in this Privacy Policy.

To make it extra clear, we’ve added links to this Privacy Policy on all applicable services.

3. INFORMATION WE COLLECT:

It goes without saying, we can’t help you develop meaningful connections without some information about you, such as basic profile details and the types of people you’d like to meet.

We also collect information generated as you use our services, for example access logs, as well as information from third parties, like when you access our services through a social media account.

If you want additional info, we go into more detail below.

3.1 Information you give us

You choose to give us certain information when using our services. This includes:

  • 1. When you create an account, you provide us with at least your login credentials, as well as some basic details necessary for the service to work, such as your gender and date of birth.
  • 2. you complete your profile, you can share with us additional information, such as details on your personality, lifestyle, interests and other details about you, as well as content such as photos and videos. To add certain content, like pictures or videos, you may allow us to access your camera or photo album. Some of the information you choose to provide us may be considered “special” or “sensitive” in certain jurisdictions, for example your racial or ethnic origins, sexual orientation and religious beliefs. By choosing to provide this information, you consent to our processing of that information.
  • 3. When you subscribe to a paid service or make a purchase directly from us (rather than through a platform such as iOS or Android), you provide us or our payment service provider with information, such as your debit or credit card number or other financial information.
  • 4. When you participate in surveys or focus groups, you give us your insights into our products and services, responses to our questions and testimonials.
  • 5. When you choose to participate in our promotions, events or contests, we collect the information that you use to register or enter.
  • 6. If you contact our customer care team, we collect the information you give us during the interaction. Sometimes, we monitor or record these interactions for training purposes and to ensure a high quality of service.
  • 7. If you ask us to communicate with or otherwise process information of other people (for example, if you ask us to send an email on your behalf to one of your friends), we collect the information about others that you give us in order to complete your request.
  • 8. Of course, we also process your chats with other users as well as the content you publish, as part of the operation of the services.

3.2 Information we receive from others

In addition to the information you provide us directly, we receive information about you from others, including:

3.3 Other Users

  • Other users may provide information about you as they use our services. For instance, we may collect information about you from other users if they contact us about you.

3.4 Social Media

You may be able to use your social media login (such as Facebook Login) to create and log into your Ello.ie account. This saves you from having to remember yet another user name and password and allows you to share some information from your social media account with us.

3.5 Other Partners

We may receive info about you from our partners, for instance where Ello.ie ads are published on a partner’s websites and platforms (in which case they may pass along details on a campaign’s success).

3.6 Information collected when you use our services

When you use Ello.ie services, we collect information about which features you’ve used, how you’ve used them and the devices you use to access our services. See below for more details:

3.7 Usage Information

  • Ello.ie collects information about your activity on it’s services, for instance how you use them (e.g., date and time you logged in, features you’ve been using, searches, clicks and pages which have been shown to you, referring webpage address, advertising that you click on) and how you interact with other users (e.g., users you connect and interact with, time and date of your exchanges, number of messages you send and receive).

3.8 Device information

Ello.ie also collects information from and about the device(s) you use to access it’s services, including:

  • hardware and software information such as IP address, device ID and type, device-specific and apps settings and characteristics, app crashes, advertising IDs (such as Google’s AAID and Apple’s IDFA, both of which are randomly generated numbers that you can reset by going into your device’ settings), browser type, version and language, operating system, time zones, identifiers associated with cookies or other technologies that may uniquely identify your device or browser (e.g., IMEI/UDID and MAC address);
  • information on your wireless and mobile network connection, like your service provider and signal strength.
  • information on device sensors such as accelerometers, gyroscopes and compasses.
  • If you give us permission, we can collect your precise geolocation (latitude and longitude) through various means, depending on the service and device you’re using, including GPS, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connections. The collection of your geolocation may occur in the background even when you aren’t using the services if the permission you gave us expressly permits such collection. If you decline permission for us to collect your geolocation, we will not collect it.
  • Similarly, if you consent, we may collect your photos and videos (for instance, if you want to publish a photo, video or streaming on Ello.ie services)

4. COOKIES & OTHER SIMILAR DATA COLLECTION TECHNOLOGIES:

Ello.ie uses and may allow others to use cookies and similar technologies (e.g., web beacons, pixels) to recognize you and/or your device(s). Cookies are used on ello.ie to authenticating you, remembering your preferences and settings, analyzing site traffic and trends, delivering and measuring the effectiveness of advertising campaigns, allowing you to use social features) and how you can better control their use, through your browser settings and other tools.

Some web browsers (including Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome) have a “Do Not Track” (“DNT”) feature that tells a website that a user does not want to have his or her online activity tracked. If a website that responds to a DNT signal receives a DNT signal, the browser can block that website from collecting certain information about the browser’s user. Not all browsers offer a DNT option and DNT signals are not yet uniform. For this reason, many businesses, including Igniter, do not currently respond to DNT signals.

5. HOW WE USE INFORMATION:

The main reason Ello.ie uses your information is to deliver and improve it’s services. Additionally, Ello.ie use your info to help keep you safe and to provide you with advertising that may be of interest to you. Read on for a more detailed explanation of the various reasons we use your information, together with practical examples

5.1 To administer your account and provide our services to you

  • Create and manage your account
  • Provide you with customer support and respond to your requests
  • Complete your transactions
  • Communicate with you about our services, including order management and billing

5.2 To help you connect with other ello.ie users

  • Analyze your profile and that of other users to recommend meaningful connections
  • Show Ello.ie users’ profiles to one another

5.3 To ensure a consistent ello.ie experience across your devices

  • Link the various devices you use so that you can enjoy a consistent experience of our services on all of them. We do this by linking devices and browser data, such as when you log into your account on different devices or by using partial or full IP address, browser version and similar data about your devices to help identify and link them.

5.4 To provide new ello.ie services to you

  • Register you and display your profile on new Ello.ie features and apps
  • Administer your account on these new features and apps

5.5 To serve you relevant offers and ads

  • Administer swipe-republic, contests, discounts or other offers
  • Develop, display and track content and advertising tailored to your interests on our services and other sites
  • Communicate with you by email, phone, social media or mobile device about products or services that we think may interest you

5.6 To improve our services and develop new ones

  • Administer focus groups and surveys
  • Conduct research and analysis of users’ behavior to improve our services and content (for instance, we may decide to change the look and feel or even substantially modify a given feature based on users’ behavior)
  • Develop new features and services (for example, we may decide to build a new interests-based feature further to requests received from users).

5.7 To prevent, detect and fight fraud or other illegal or unauthorized activities

  • Address ongoing or alleged misbehavior on and off-platform
  • Perform data analysis to better understand and design countermeasures against these activities
  • Retain data related to fraudulent activities to prevent against recurrences

5.8 To ensure legal compliance

  • Comply with legal requirements
  • Assist law enforcement
  • Enforce or exercise our rights, for example our Terms

5.9 To process your information as described above, we rely on the following legal bases:

  • Provide our service to you: Most of the time, the reason we process your information is to perform the contract that you have with us. For instance, as you go about using our service to build meaningful connections, we use your information to maintain your account and your profile, to make it viewable to other users and recommend other users to you.
  • Legitimate interests: We may use your information where we have legitimate interests to do so. For instance, we analyse user’s behavior on our services to continuously improve our offerings, we suggest offers we think might interest you, and we process information for administrative, fraud detection and other legal purposes.
  • Consent: From time to time, we may ask for your consent to use your information for certain specific reasons. You may withdraw your consent at any time by contacting us at the address provided at the end of this Privacy Policy.

6. HOW WE SHARE INFORMATION:

Since our goal is to help you make meaningful connections, the main sharing of users’ information is, of course, with other users. We also share some users’ information with service providers and partners who assist us in operating the services, legal authorities.

Read on for more details about how your information is shared with others.

6.1 With other users

  • You share information with other users (and in the case of any sharing features available on Ello.ie the individuals or apps with whom an Ello.ie user may choose to share you with) when you voluntarily disclose information on the service (including your public profile). Please be careful with your information and make sure that the content you share is stuff that you’re comfortable being publicly viewable since neither you nor we can control what others do with your information once you share it.
  • If you choose to limit the audience for all or part of your profile or for certain content or information about you, then it will be visible according to your settings.
  • With our service providers and partners
  • We use third parties to help us operate and improve our services. These third parties assist us with various tasks, including data hosting and maintenance, analytics, customer care, marketing, advertising, payment processing and security operations.
  • We may also share information with partners who distribute and assist us in advertising our services. For instance, we may share limited information on you in hashed, non-human readable form to advertising partners.
  • We follow a strict vetting process prior to engaging any service provider or working with any partner. All of our service providers and partners must agree to strict confidentiality obligations.
  • For corporate transactions
  • We may transfer your information if we are involved, whether in whole or in part, in a merger, sale, acquisition, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution, bankruptcy or other change of ownership or control.
  • When required by Irish law
  • We may disclose your information if reasonably necessary: (i) to comply with a legal process, such as a court order, or search warrant server by gardaí,  law enforcement investigation or other legal requirements; (ii) to assist in the prevention or detection of crime (subject in each case to applicable law); or (iii) to protect the safety of any person.
  • To enforce legal rights
  • We may also share information: (i) if disclosure would mitigate our liability in an actual or threatened lawsuit; (ii) as necessary to protect our legal rights and legal rights of our users, business partners or other interested parties; (iii) to enforce our agreements with you; and (iv) to investigate, prevent, or take other action regarding illegal activity, suspected fraud or other wrongdoing.

7. YOUR RIGHTS:

We want you to be in control of your information, so we have provided you with the following tools:

  • Access / Update tools in the service. Tools and account settings that help you to access, rectify or delete information that you provided to us and that’s associated with your account directly within the service.
  • Device permissions. Mobile platforms have permission systems for specific types of device data and notifications, such as phone book and location services as well as push notifications. You can change your settings on your device to either consent or oppose the collection of the corresponding information or the display of the corresponding notifications. Of course, if you do that, certain services may lose full functionality.
  • Deletion. You can delete your account by using the corresponding functionality directly within the app.

7.1 We want you to be aware of your privacy rights. Here are a few key points to remember:

  • Reviewing your information. Applicable privacy laws may give you the right to review the personal information we keep about you. You can request a copy of your personal information.
  • Updating your information. If you believe that the information we hold about you is inaccurate or that we are no longer entitled to use it and want to request its rectification, deletion or object to its processing, please contact us.

For your protection and the protection of all of our users, we may ask you to provide proof of identity before we can answer the above requests.

Keep in mind, we may reject requests for certain reasons, including if the request is unlawful or if it may infringe on trade secrets or intellectual property or the privacy of another user.

If you wish to receive information relating to another user, such as a copy of any messages you received from him or her through our service, the other user will have to contact us to provide their written consent before the information is released.

Also, we may not be able to accommodate certain requests to object to the processing of personal information, notably where such requests would not allow us to provide our service to you anymore. For instance, we cannot provide our service if we do not have your date of birth.

  • Uninstall. You can stop all information collection by an app by uninstalling it using the standard uninstall process for your device. If you uninstall the app from your mobile device, the unique identifier associated with your device will continue to be stored. If you re-install the application on the same mobile device, we will be able to re-associate this identifier to your previous transactions and activities.
  • Accountability. In the Republic of Ireland, you have a right to lodge a complaint with the appropriate data protection authority if you have concerns about how we process your personal information.

8. HOW WE PROTECT YOUR INFORMATION:

Ello.ie works hard to protect you from unauthorized access to or alteration, disclosure or destruction of your personal information.

As with all technology companies, although we take steps to secure your information, we do not promise, and you should not expect, that your personal information will always remain secure.

We regularly monitor our systems for possible vulnerabilities and attacks and regularly review our information collection, storage and processing practices to update our physical, technical and organizational security measures.

We may suspend your use of all or part of the services without notice if we suspect or detect any breach of security.

If you believe that your account or information is no longer secure, please notify us .

9. HOW LONG WE RETAIN YOUR INFORMATION:

We keep your personal information only as long as we need it for legitimate business purposes and as permitted by Irish law.

To protect the safety and security of our users on and off our services, we implement a safety retention window of three months following account deletion.

During those three months (90 days) period, some of your account information will be retained although the account will of course not be visible on the services anymore.

In practice, we delete or anonymise your information upon deletion of your account (following the safety retention window of-course) or after six months (180 days) of continuous inactivity, unless:

  • 1. we must keep it to comply with the Irish law (for instance, some “traffic data” is kept for one year to comply with statutory data retention obligations);
  • 2. we must keep it to evidence our compliance with the Irish law (for instance, records of consents to our Terms, Privacy Policy and other similar consents are kept for five years);
  • 3. there is an outstanding issue, claim or dispute requiring us to keep the relevant information until it is resolved; or
  • 4. the information must be kept for our legitimate business interests, such as fraud prevention and enhancing users’ safety and security. For example, information may need to be kept to prevent a user who was banned for unsafe behavior or security incidents from opening a new account

Keep in mind that even though our systems are designed to carry out data deletion processes according to the above guidelines, we cannot promise that all data will be deleted within a specific time frame due to technical constraints.

10. UNDERAGE USERS PRIVACY:

Everything on Ello.ie (Apps, website, stories, help) is strictly for users aged 18 or over and not for anyone under the age of 18 (“Underage”).

We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 18.

If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your Children has provided us with Personal Data, please Contact Us.

If we become aware that we have collected Personal Data from underage users through our platform, we take steps to remove that information from our servers.

11. PRIVACY POLICY CHANGES:

Because the techies at Ello.ie are always looking for new and innovative ways to help you build meaningful connections, this policy may change over time.

We may update our Privacy Policy from time to time.

We will notify you of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on this page.

We will let you know via email and/or a prominent notice on our Service, prior to the change becoming effective and update the “effective date” at the top of this Privacy Policy.

You are advised to review this Privacy Policy periodically for any changes. Changes to this Privacy Policy are effective when they are posted on this page.

12. CONTACT:

If you have questions about this Privacy Policy, here’s how you can reach us:

Contact Page: Contact Us