Privacy Statement & Usage of Requested Permissions

Privacy Policy - the REALLY simple version:

We respect your privacy. We don't do anything dodgy. You can relax. ;)

Nothing is as simple as we would like in the digital world, and even though we are upright people, some data is requested and used by us. But don't worry - it's all above board. If you're interested in exactly what we do and why, read on. If you just want to know that we don't sell your data or track you, then you can relax and stop reading.



Privacy Policy - the simple version:

Any and all data we retrieve from your device through our apps are intended to ensure anonymity and to be used in aggregated form or to track specific issues and / or bugs (for example personal information like location data, IP addresses, etc.).

At the time of writing this (June 2018), although limited user data is collected by our apps, we do not actively disseminate nor trade this data.

For example, all GPS data is only used internally by our Star Chart apps to calculate information required to show you a representation of the night sky. Star Chart does not transmit nor share with 3rd parties your location information. If in the future this changes, we will update this page and our privacy policy. We also acknowledge that if we do change our policies on the collection of user data, we will do so in strict compliance with local laws - e.g. EU's GDPR laws.

A detailed privacy policy is present at the bottom of this page.

However, the following points are worth noting:
    • We use 3rd Party technologies to distribute our apps - for example; Google Play, Apple App Store, Amazon App Store, Oculus App Store, etc. Information on your usage of our app is often tracked by these companies and made available to us. Please review the privacy policy of these companies for information on your data usage. 
    • Some services in our apps - eg Voice Commands - may use the internet to send data back to the provider of these services - eg voice recognition service. In the example of voice recognition, companies like Google & Microsoft receive data to interpret your commands. These commands are then sent back to Star Chart in the form of text that we use to determine the action to take. Most companies that provide voice recognition services, store data received to help facilitate improvements of their voice recognition services.
    • When you use the support email function we collect and receive data on your device and its location, this data is sent to us and linked to your email. This information is only used by us to narrow down any bugs you may be experiencing which are related to GPS coordinates, and reply to you with our help. We do not compile, track nor trade this non-anonymous data.
    • Some of our apps - specifically the Mountain Biker game - have online cooperative game-play elements that require a small amount of tracked user data - specifically high scores and trail creation data on our servers. This data is used by us in two forms: to provide in-game social experiences to friends and other players & to understand usage of and improve the game - specifically what works and what doesn't. ie we use this data to hunt for bugs and to discover what people enjoy doing. To properly facilitate gameplay, the personal data tracked includes the above game-play data as well as IP addresses and user account IDs. This data is not traded, distributed nor available outside of our game servers and is only used by us to improve the game experience.



Requested Permissions:

Depending on your device and OS version, our apps may request you to approve certain permissions. Below is a list of these permissions and info on why our apps - eg Star Chart - ask for these permissions.

Location data:

Star Chart needs access to your device's location data (GPS data) to calculate a visual representation of the night sky. We determine where on Earth you are located and therefore what night sky objects are visible to you from your current location. Denying access to location data means that you will not get an accurate reading of the night sky unless you manually set your location data in some other way. To calculate a visual representation of the night sky / celestial objects based on your current location we require access to some form of GPS data. If none is provided, the representation of the night sky will be incorrect.

Internet access:

On some OS versions, Star Chart asks for permission to use the Internet so that it can, amongst other things:

    • Download updated information on the solar system, satellite and night sky bodies, including trajectories and general data. 
    • Connect to servers for access to purchasing and downloading in-app upgrades.
    • Connect to our support page.
    • Send a support email.
    • Link to your own or our Social Media sites.
    • Access net-based APIs (eg Voice Controls).

Record Audio:

On some platforms, Star Chart allows English speaking users to control Star Chart with Voice Commands. These voice commands are interpreted by the OS's Voice API. On Android, using the Voice API for voice commands requires us to ask all users in all territories to give permission for Star Chart to 'Record Audio'.

We do not collect any audio from your device unless you specifically trigger the voice command function, and we do not share that data with anyone else other than as required by the API to interpret the audio commands. For example, some voice command software sends audio command snippets to a server where they are analysed & interpreted before the results are returned to the app so that your commands can be actioned. The companies we currently use for voice recognition are Google and Microsoft - details on how these companies treat your voice data will have to be reviewed on their own sites.



Privacy Policy - In Detail:

The UK company Escape Velocity Ltd is the publisher and UK company Escapist Games Ltd is the developer of various FREE, FREEMIUM and PREMIUM apps available on app stores including but not limited to Apple's App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store, Oculus, Windows App Store, etc.:
Star Chart and associated branded apps: Star Chart Infinite / Star Chart AR / Star Chart VR / Star Chart Cardboard / etc.
Nuclear
Mountain Biker

These SERVICES provided by Escape Velocity Ltd & Escapist Games Ltd are intended for use as is.

If you choose to use our Service, then you agree to the collection and use of information in relation to this policy. The Personal Information that we collect is used for providing and improving the Service. We will not knowingly use or share your information with anyone except as described in this Privacy Policy.

Information Collection and Use:

For a better experience, while using our Service, we may require you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information. The information that we request is retained by us and used as described in this privacy policy.

The app does use third party services that may collect information used to identify you. For your convenience, we have listed links to the privacy policies of some of the major third party service providers used by the app (however we recommend that you search for updated policies and review these policies with these sites yourself):

Whenever you use our Service, in a case of an error in the app we collect data and information (through third party products) on your phone called Log Data. This Log Data may include information such as your device Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, device name, operating system version, the configuration of the app when utilising our Service, the time and date of your use of the Service, and other statistics.

Cookies

Cookies are files with a small amount of data that are commonly used as anonymous unique identifiers. These are sent to your browser from the websites that you visit and are stored on your device's internal memory.

This Service does not use these “cookies” explicitly. However, the app may use third party code and libraries that use “cookies” to collect information and improve their services. You have the option to either accept or refuse these cookies and know when a cookie is being sent to your device. If you choose to refuse our cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of this Service.

Location Data:

You have the option to either accept or refuse our apps having access to your location data, and you can most often opt in / out of allowing our app to access your data in the settings of your device. If you choose to refuse allowing our apps to access your location data, you may not be able to use some portions of this Service, or some portions of the Service may not work as intended. For example, our Star Chart range of apps uses your location data to render an accurate picture of the night sky. Without this location data, the night sky images we render will be inaccurate.

Service Providers

We may employ third-party companies and individuals due to the following reasons:

    • To facilitate our Service;
    • To provide the Service on our behalf;
    • To perform Service-related services; or
    • To assist us in analysing how our Service is used.

We want to inform users of this Service that these third parties have access to your Personal Information. The reason is to perform the tasks assigned to them on our behalf. However, they are obligated not to disclose or use the information for any other purpose.

Security

We value your trust in providing us your Personal Information, thus we are striving to use commercially acceptable means of protecting it. But remember that no method of transmission over the internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure and reliable, although we take reasonable measures to ensure it, we cannot guarantee absolute security.

Links to Other Sites

This Service may contain links to other sites. If you click on a third-party link, you will be directed to that site. Note that these external sites are may not be operated by us. Therefore, we strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of these websites. We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third-party sites or services.

Children’s Privacy

These Services do not address anyone under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under 13. In the case we discover that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information, we immediately delete this from our servers. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your child has provided us with personal information, please contact us so that we will be able to do necessary actions.

Changes to This Privacy Policy

We may update our Privacy Policy from time to time. Thus, you are advised to review this page periodically for any changes. We will notify you of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on this page. These changes are effective immediately after they are posted on this page.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or suggestions about our Privacy Policy, do not hesitate to contact us on: privacy@escapistgames.com

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