Last Revised: February 13, 2015
Welcome to Secret -- the app that allows you to secretly share with others from Secret, Inc. (“Secret,” “we,” “us” or “our”).
Through the Service, you can secretly share messages, pictures, comments and other content (“Posts”) with certain other users of the Service. You may also send private messages directly to other users (“Messages”). When you share a Post through the App, you are secretly sharing your Post with the contacts that you have stored on your mobile device and/or your Facebook friends (if you register through Facebook) who also register with our Service (your “Friends”). In addition, each time a user “loves” a Post, that Post is shared with the contacts of that user (“Friends of Friends”) and so on. People who can see your Posts because they have been loved by Friends, Friends of Friends and so on are considered in your “Network.” We may also choose to feature certain Posts, in which case such Posts may be secretly shared with all users of the Service.
For more information about the Service, please see our FAQ page.
We collect information you directly give us. For example, we collect information about you when you sign up for our Service, make a Post, send a Message, give feedback about the Service or otherwise communicate with us. The types of information we may collect include your email address, your mobile phone number and any other information you choose to provide. When you request that the App find your Friends, we also collect certain information from your contacts on your mobile device (or from Facebook, according to the permissions you grant us when using Facebook to sign up for our Service), including your contacts’ email addresses and phone numbers, so you can secretly share your Posts with people you know who are already using the App. However, we hash your contacts email address and phone number before they leave your mobile device so we do not have access to that information. For information as to how to restrict the collection of contact information, please see the “Your Choices” section below. We may also collect information about you from other users of the Service (for example, we may collect your contact details from another user if such details are stored on the user's mobile device). If you choose not to provide certain information, we may not be able to provide the Service to you or certain features of the Service may be unavailable or work differently.
When you access or use our Service, we automatically collect certain information about you. This information includes:
We may use information about you for various purposes, including to:
The information you provide to Secret is encrypted and stored on servers operated by Google. We take reasonable measures to protect information about you from loss, theft, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction, but we cannot guarantee that our system is infallible. For more information on how we store and seek to protect the information on our Services please see the blog post entitled “Demystifying Secret.”
We may also share information (which may at times include personal information) about you as follows:
If a court asks us to disclose your identity, we may be compelled to do so to the extent possible. If we receive a subpoena or court order requesting that we disclose your information, we will attempt to contact you, if feasible, before we disclose any information to give you time to fight the subpoena in court. In the United States, for example, you may be able to fight the subpoena on the basis that it violates your First Amendment right to speak anonymously.
Secret participates in the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor and U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor programs, and it adheres to the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor and U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Privacy Principles regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information from European Union member countries and Switzerland. Secret has certified that it adheres to the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles of notice, choice, onward transfer, security, data integrity, access, and enforcement. For more information about the Safe Harbor program, visit the Department of Commerce’s Safe Harbor page. If you have concerns about our compliance with the Safe Harbor program, you should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unable to resolve your concern or dispute with us, you may submit complaints to JAMS for mediation pursuant to the JAMS International Mediation Rules.
Most web browsers are set to accept cookies by default. If you prefer, you can usually choose to set your web browser to remove or reject browser cookies. Removing or rejecting browser cookies does not necessarily affect third party flash cookies used in connection with the Service. To delete or disable flash cookies please visit www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/security for more information. Please note that if you choose to remove or reject cookies, this could affect the availability and functionality of the Service.
With your consent, we may send push notifications or alerts to your mobile device. You can deactivate these messages at any time by changing the notification settings on your mobile device.
You can restrict Secret’s collection of contacts by changing your phone’s privacy settings. On iPhone, go to Settings > Privacy > Contacts and switch Secret to “Off.”
You can restrict Secret’s collection of geolocation information by changing your phone’s privacy settings. On iPhone, go to Settings > Privacy > Location, and switch Secret to “Off.”