Last Revised: 7 Sept 2023
Goss Inc. ("Goss", "Goss Media", "our" or "us") develops, publishes and operates social games for web and mobile environments ("Games"), as well as web and mobile applications (each, an "App") for playing our Games across multiple devices and platforms (such as mobile devices).
We also operate the website www.goss.media its subdomains and its related features ("Site", and together with the Games and App, collectively - the "Services").
Specifically, it describes our policy regarding the following below.
You are not legally required to provide us with any Personal Data, but without it we will not be able to provide you with the full range or with the best experience of using our Services.
1. Data Collection
We collect four main categories of data (and to the extent it may enable the identification of a specific person, or is linked to such potentially identifying data, we will deem it as "Personal Data"):
Data automatically collected or generated: when someone visits, interacts with or uses our Services, including any e-mail or text messages sent to them by us or via our Services, we may collect or generate technical data about them. We collect or generate such data either independently or with the help of third party services (as detailed in Sections 4 and 6 below), including through the use of "cookies" and other tracking technologies (as further detailed in Section 7 below). Such data consists of connectivity, technical or aggregated usage data, such as IP address, unique advertising ID, non-identifying data regarding a device, operating system, browser or App version, mobile carrier, locale and language settings, user activity on our Services, and in-App or Game events.We do not use such data to learn a person's true identity or contact details, but mostly to have a better understanding on how our users typically use and engage with our Services. The use of such technical and device data also helps us and our partners to deliver interest-based or otherwise more effective advertisements and content, to optimize our ad management and our users' viewing experience), and to improve the overall performance and your user experience of our Services. For more information about our advertising uses, please see Section 4 below.
Data received from you: you may provide us Personal Data voluntarily, such as when you contact us (through Facebook, Messenger, e-mail or any other channel, including any support services), when you post on our public forums or groups, when you provide us your e-mail address (such as when you sign-up to receive e-mail updates or gifts), when you place any purchases in any of our Games, when you upload a profile image from your device gallery or directly using its camera, when you interact with other users or when you choose to connect your Facebook account to any of our Games.
Transaction Data: In-Game purchases will typically be processed by the relevant platform provider (e.g. Apple, Google or Facebook), and we will not collect or store your financial data, e.g. your credit card numbers or bank account. We may still however receive your non-financial Personal Data related to the purchase, such as your name, billing address, e-mail address and the items purchased, in order to fulfil your purchase and for our accounting purposes.
2. Data Uses
We will use your Personal Data as necessary for the performance of our Services; for complying with applicable law; and based on our legitimate interests in maintaining and improving our Services and offerings, understanding how our Services are used, serving effective advertisements within our Games and through other channels, improving our customer service and support operations, and protecting and securing our users, ourselves and our Services.
Accordingly, we use Personal Data for the following purposes:
To facilitate, operate, and provide our Services;
To authenticate the identity of our players, and allow them access to additional features;
To provide our users with customer care, assistance and technical support services;
To further develop, customize and improve the Services and your user experience, based on common or personal preferences, experiences and difficulties;
To manage and deliver advertisements more effectively, including contextual, behavioral and interests-based advertising based on in-Game progress and activity, based on your preferences or other data available to us or to our business partners, including for re-targeting purposes;
To contact our users (via e-mail, Facebook, push notifications or any other available channels) with general or personalized service-related messages (such as purchase confirmations or system maintenance notices); to contact our users with promotional messages (such as Game updates, bonuses, new features, VIP services, etc.); and to facilitate, sponsor and offer certain events and promotions;
To support and enhance our data security measures, including for the purposes of preventing and mitigating the risks of fraud, error or any illegal or prohibited activity;
To create aggregated statistical data, inferred non-personal data or anonymized or pseudonymized data (rendered non-personal), which we or our business partners may use to provide and improve our respective services; and
To comply with any applicable laws and regulations
3. Advertising Uses
Our Games may include advertising for third party services and products. We and our advertising partners use certain data about you in order to improve our advertising practices and make the ads we deliver more effective, relevant and enjoyable, including by deploying interest-based advertising, as well as targeting and ad measurement and attribution systems.
Such data includes your device advertising identifiers (e.g. IDFA, to the extent available), data related to your connected Facebook profile (if any, such as your gender, region or country), and other demographic and interests-based information that we or our advertising partners may have received from or about you, based on your consent or another legal basis (i.e., as required in order to provide you with our respective services, or based on the legitimate interests that we described in Section 3 above). Please note that we do not share the data you provide us through your connected Facebook account with our advertising partners.
The ads we or our advertising partners deliver may be shown within our Games, our Services, or through other channels, such as third party websites and applications.
How to adjust your preferences regarding interest-based advertising
If you wish to prevent the use of your device's advertising ID or other identifiers for interest-based advertising, you may change your device settings to reset such advertising ID or opt-out of such advertising (typically, this is available under the "Privacy" or "Ads" section in your device settings).
If you live in the USA, Canada or Europe, you can also opt-out from the collection of your data by our advertising partners who participate in the Digital Advertising Alliance, by visiting www.aboutads.info/choices (for US users), www.youradchoices.ca/choices (for Canadian users) or www.yourchoicesonline.com (for European users).
Please note that if you reset your advertising ID or opt-out of interest based advertising, you may still see advertisements in our Games, or on any other channels, but those ads will not be targeted based on the above mentioned identifiers. For example, such ads may be instead based on context, such as your progress and actions in the Game, or your language preferences. Please note that such actions may result in a less enjoyable user experience.
Aggregated and analytical information
We may use standard analytics tools. The privacy practices of these tools are subject to their own privacy policies, and they may use their own cookies to provide their service (for further information about cookies, please see the "Cookies" section in this policy).
We use the standard analytics tools of Google Analytics and we may use additional or other analytics tools, from time to time. The privacy practices of these tools are subject to their own privacy policies.
Google Products: Google uses technologies such as cookies in order to track and analyse the use of our Site and/or an SDK to serve ads within our Games. To learn more about how Google processes data, we recommend you review Google's policies located at: https://policies.google.com/technologies/partner-sites. For additional information, please see Google Analytics' opt-out web tool available at: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. For additional information regarding the data which Google SDK processes and stores see: https://support.google.com/admob/answer/7665968
We use anonymous, statistical or aggregated information and may share it with our partners or service providers for legitimate business purposes. It has no effect on your privacy, because there is no reasonable way to extract data from the aggregated information that can be associated with you.
4. Storage and Retention
Your Personal Data may be maintained, processed, accessed and stored by Goss and our authorized affiliates, Service Providers and business partners in and from the United States of America and other jurisdictions, as necessary for the proper delivery of our Services, or as may be required by law.
While privacy laws may vary between jurisdictions, Goss has taken reasonable steps to ensure that your Personal Data is treated by its affiliates and Service Providers in a secure and lawful manner, and in accordance with common industry practices, regardless of any lesser legal requirements that may apply in their jurisdiction.
We retain your Personal Data in order to maintain and expand our relationship, and to provide you with our Services. In other words, we will retain your Personal Data for as long as you remain our user and have not notified us otherwise. We will take reasonable measures to delete your personal information if you delete your account. We may also retain your Personal Data for legal and accounting purposes (i.e., as required by laws applicable to record and bookkeeping, and in order to have proof and evidence concerning our relationship, should any legal issues arise following your discontinuance of use), in accordance with our Data Retention Policy. If you have any questions about our Data Retention Policy, please contact us at email@example.com
Please note that except as required by applicable law, we will not be obligated to retain your data for any particular period, and are free to securely delete it for any reason and at any time, with or without notice to you.
5. Data Sharing
We may share your data with certain third parties, including law enforcement agencies, our service providers and our affiliates - but only in accordance with this policy:
Compliance with Laws, Legal Orders and Authorities: We may disclose or allow government and law enforcement officials access to certain Personal Data, in response to a subpoena, search warrant or court order (or similar requirement), or in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, including for national security purposes. Such disclosure or access may occur with or without notice to you, if we have a good faith belief that we are legally compelled to do so, or that disclosure is appropriate in connection with efforts to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding actual or suspected illegal activity, fraud, or other wrongdoing.
Service Providers and Business Partners: We may engage selected third-party companies and individuals to perform services complementary to our own (e.g. hosting services, data analytics services, marketing agencies and advertising services and tools, data and cyber security services, fraud detection and prevention services, payment processing services, user engagement services, e-mail distribution and monitoring services, session recording, and our business, legal, financial and compliance advisors) (collectively, "Service Providers"). These Service Providers may have access to your Personal Data, depending on each of their specific roles and purposes in facilitating and complementing our Services, and may only use it for such purposes.
Third Party Integrations: The Services allow you integrate with certain third party services, such as in order to connect your Facebook account to a certain Game or to place purchases, in which case you will be bound by the terms and conditions and privacy notices of said third parties (e.g., Apple, Google, Snapchat or Facebook) - so please make sure that you read and accept them in advance. We do not receive or store your passwords for any of these third party services.
Protecting Rights and Safety: We may share your Personal Data with others, with or without notice to you, if we believe in good faith that this will help protect the rights, property or personal safety of Goss, any of our users or any members of the general public.
Goss Inc Subsidiaries and Affiliated Companies: We may share Personal Data internally within our family of companies, for the purposes described in this Policy. In addition, should Goss Inc or any of its affiliates undergo any change in control, including by means of merger, acquisition or purchase of substantially all of its assets, your Personal Data may be shared with the parties involved in such event. If we believe that such change in control might materially affect your Personal Data then stored with us, we will notify you of this event and the choices you may have via e-mail and/or prominent notice on our Services.
Goss Partners - We reserve the right to share data with our partners that directly relates to their product and service that has been offered.
For the removal of doubt, Goss Inc may share your Personal Data in additional manners, pursuant to your explicit approval, or if we are legally obligated to do so, or if we have successfully rendered such data non-personal and anonymous. We may transfer, share or otherwise use non-personal data in our sole discretion and without the need for further approval.
By providing your email address Goss reserves the right to contact you for any purposes that can be deemed as a 'legitimate interest' to improve the app or user experience, such as invitations to user testing.
6. Cookies and Tracking Technologies
Our Services and some of our Service Providers utilize "cookies", anonymous identifiers and other tracking technologies which help us provide and improve our Services, personalize your experience and monitor the performance of our activities and campaigns, as well as the usage of our Apps, Games and Services as a whole.
While we do not change our practices in response to a "Do Not Track" signal in the HTTP header from a browser or mobile application, most browsers allow you to control cookies, including whether or not to accept them and to remove them. You may set most browsers to notify you if you receive a cookie, or you may choose to block cookies with your browser. However, we cannot guarantee that our Services will fully operate should you choose to block cookies. For example, any preferences you may have defined on our Site or App will not be saved.
Service Communications: we may contact you with important information regarding our Services. For example, we may notify you (through any of the means available to us) of changes or updates to our Services, billing issues, etc. You will not be able to opt-out of receiving such service communications.
Promotional Communications: we may also notify you about new services, events and special opportunities or any other information we think you will find valuable. We may provide such notices through any of the contact means available to us (e.g. phone, mobile or e-mail), through the Services, or through our marketing campaigns on any other sites or platforms.
If you wish not to receive such promotional communications, you may notify Goss at any time by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by following the "unsubscribe", "stop" or "change e-mail preferences" instructions in the promotional communications you receive.
8. Data Security
In order to protect your Personal Data held with us and our Service Providers, we are using industry-standard physical, procedural and electronic security measures, including encryption where deemed appropriate. However, please be aware that regardless of any security measures used, we cannot and do not guarantee the absolute protection and security of any Personal Data stored with us or with any third parties as described in Section 6 above.
9. Data Subject Rights
In case we process personal information about you:
have the right to know what personal information we maintain about you.
may, at any time, withdraw your consent for the collection, use and processing of your information, access, correct, request deletion, request restriction of our process of your personal information or object to the processing of your personal information, as set by applicable law. Please note that if you withdraw your consent for our use or disclosure of your personal information, or ask us to delete or restrict how we use or process your personal information, subject to applicable law, we may not be able to provide you with all of our Services and customer support or the quality of the Services may be diminished.
may ask to transfer your personal information in accordance with your right to data portability.
have the right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling, which produces legal effects concerning you or similarly significantly affecting you.
If you wish to exercise your rights under applicable law (e.g. GDPR) please contact us at email@example.com.
Please note that once you contact us by e-mail, we may require additional information and documents, including certain Personal Data, in order to authenticate and validate your identity and to process your request. Such additional data will be then retained by us for legal purposes (e.g. so we have proof of the identity of the person submitting the request), in accordance with our Data Retention Policy.
If you wish to manage the information we receive about you from a third-party application or platform where you play our Games, such as Facebook, Apple, Snapchat or Google, please follow the third-party application's instructions for updating your information and changing your privacy settings.
You have the right to file complaints with a data protection supervisory authority.
The Games and Services are available only to individuals who are the greater of seventeen (17) years of age. We reserve the right to request proof of age at any stage. We may block Users whom we suspect are under the applicable age. We do not knowingly collect Personal Data from minors and do not wish to do so. If we learn that a minor is using the Services or playing any of our Games, we may prohibit and block such use and will make all efforts to promptly delete any Personal Data stored with us with regard to such minor.
If you believe that we might have any such data, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
11. California Privacy Disclosure
For the purposes of the Services provided by us, Personal Information includes Customer Information (as it is defined in this Policy).
Right to Know Public Information – You have the right to request that we disclose what Public Information we collect, use, disclose, and/or sell, including a 12-month “look-back” on all the personal data that was gathered, with whom, and how it was shared, dating back to 12 months. To make a Right-to-Know request related to Public Information, contact customer service. You can also make a Right-to-Know request related to Public Information by emailing Jena@goss.media during our business hours. California law excludes information from federal, state, and local government agencies from the scope of Right-to-Know requests. NOTE: You will be required to submit information about Yourself in order for us to perform a search of our database to locate the Public Information we have collected about You. Your search must sufficiently match the Public Information in our database in order for us to verify Your request. An authorized agent may make a request on Your behalf.
Right to Opt-Out Public Information – We do not sell Your Personal Information. However, You have the right to opt-out of the sale of Public Information. To make an opt-out request related to Public Information, contact customer service. You can also call us to make an Opt-Out request related to Public Information by calling customer service during our business hours. While we will not sell Your Public Information when You have opted-out, we may disclose Public Information to third parties, without notice to You, if required to do so by law, or if we have a good faith belief that disclosure is necessary to (i) comply with legal process served on us; (ii) protect and defend our rights or property; or (iii) act in an emergency to protect someone’s safety. We also reserve the right to transfer Public Information to any successor in interest to the WhoCalled business.
As of January 1, 2023, Customers in California also have the right to be informed of data collection and rights, the right to have collected data disclosed, the right to have collected data deleted, the right to have incorrect data/information corrected, the right to limit geolocation data collection, and the right to equal services and prices. To make an opt-out request related to these rights, please contact customer service.
12. Updates; How to Contact Us
Updates and amendments: We may update and amend this Policy from time to time by posting an amended version on our Services. The amended version will be effective as of the published effective date. We will provide an advance notice if any substantial changes are involved, via any of the communication means available to us, or on the Services.