Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Last updated: April 21, 2023

This Privacy Policy applies to SWIS services (the “Platform”), which include SWIS apps, websites, software and related services that can be accessed from any platform or device that are linked to this Privacy Policy. The Platform is provided and controlled by Hardspro LLC (“SWIS”, “we” or “us”). We are committed to protecting your privacy. This Privacy Policy explains how we collect, use, share, and process the personal information of our users in connection with our Platform. 

What Information We Collect

We may collect information from you and about you, including information that you provide, information from other sources, and automatically collected information.

Information You Provide

When you create an account, upload content, search, or contact, and or otherwise use the Platform, you may provide some or all of the following information:

  • Account and profile information, such as your name, age, username, password, email, phone number, social media account information, gender, and profile images.
  • User-generated content, including comments, thoughts, searches, likes, views, bookmarks, shares, photographs, audio recordings, videos, text, hashtags, and videos and or photos that you choose to upload to the Platform as part of or separate from a Search Journey (“User Content”) and the associated metadata, such as when, where, and by whom the content was created. Even if you are not a user, information about you may appear in User Content created or published by other users of the Platform.
  • Messages, which include information you provide when you create, send, or receive messages through the Platform’s messaging services. They include messages you send through our chat services when communicating with other users or sharing searches, videos and photographs through the chat section and service of the app. That information includes the content of the message and information about the message, such as when it was sent, received, or read, and message participants. Please be aware that messages you choose to send to other users of the Platform will be accessible by those users and that we are not responsible for how or what those users do with those messages.
  • Information, including text, images, and videos, found in your device’s clipboard, with your permission. For example, if you choose to initiate information sharing with a third-party platform, or choose to paste content from the clipboard onto the Platform, we access this information stored in your clipboard in order to fulfill your request.
  • Purchase information, including payment card numbers or other third-party payment information (such as PayPal) where required for the purpose of payment, and billing and shipping address. 
  • Your phone and social network contacts, with your permission. If you choose to find other users through your phone contacts, we will access and collect information such as names, phone numbers, and email addresses, and match that information against existing users of the Platform. If you choose to find other users through your social network contacts, we will collect your public profile information as well as names and profiles of your social network contacts.
  • Your choices and communication preferences.
  • Information to verify an account such as proof of identity or age. 
  • Information in correspondence you send to us, including when you contact us for support.

Information From Other Sources

We may receive the information described in this Privacy Policy from other sources, such as:

  • Advertisers, measurement and other partners share information with us about you and the actions you have taken outside of the Platform, such as your activities on other websites and apps or in stores, including the products or services you purchased, online or in person. These partners also share information with us, such as mobile identifiers for advertising, hashed email addresses and phone numbers, and cookie identifiers, which we use to help match you and your actions outside of the Platform with your SWIS account. Some of our advertisers and other partners enable us to collect similar information directly from their websites or apps by integrating with us.
  • We may receive information about you from others, including where you are included or mentioned in User Content, direct messages, in a complaint, appeal, request or feedback submitted to us, or if your contact information is provided to us. We may collect information about you from other publicly available sources.

Automatically Collected Information

We automatically collect certain information from you when you use the Platform, including internet or other network activity information such as your IP address, geolocation-related data, unique device identifiers, browsing and search history (including content and searches you have performed or viewed in the Platform), and Cookies.

  • Usage Information. We collect information regarding your use of the Platform and any other User Content that you generate through or upload to our Platform. 
  • Device Information. We collect certain information about the device you use to access the Platform, such as your IP address, user agent, mobile carrier, time zone settings, identifiers for advertising purposes, model of your device, the device system, network type, device IDs, your screen resolution and operating system, app and file names and types, keystroke patterns or rhythms, battery state, audio settings and connected audio devices. We automatically assign you a device ID and user ID. Where you log-in from multiple devices, we will be able to use information such as your device ID and user ID to identify your activity across devices. We may also associate you with information collected from devices other than those you use to log-in to the Platform. 
  • Location Data. We collect information about your approximate location, including location information based on your SIM card and/or IP address. In addition, we collect location information (such as tourist attractions, shops, or other points of interest you have searched) if you choose to add the location information to your User Content, profile page or participate in Searches Near Me. You can also share your location with other users on the platform and this and other share features can be turned off in the Main Menu under Share Settings.
  • Image and Audio Information. We may collect information about the videos, images and audio that are a part of your User Content, such as identifying the objects and scenery that appear, the existence and location within an image of face and body features and attributes, the nature of the audio, and the text of the words spoken in your User Content. We may collect this information to enable special content moderation, for demographic classification, for content and ad recommendations, and for other non-personally-identifying operations. We may collect biometric identifiers and biometric information as defined under U.S. laws, such as faceprints and voiceprints, from your User Content. Where required by law, we will seek any required permissions from you prior to any such collection.
  • Metadata. When you upload or create User Content, you automatically upload certain metadata that is connected to the User Content. Metadata describes other data and provides information about your User Content that will not always be evident to the viewer. For example, in connection with your User Content the metadata can describe how, when, where, and by whom the piece of User Content was created, collected, or modified and how that content is formatted. It also includes information, such as your account name, that enables other users to trace back the User Content to your user account. Additionally, metadata includes data that you choose to provide with your User Content, e.g., any hashtags used to mark keywords to the video and captions.
  • Cookies. We and our service providers and business partners use cookies and other similar technologies (e.g., web beacons, flash cookies, etc.) (“Cookies”) to automatically collect information, measure and analyze how you use the Platform, including which pages you view most often and how you interact with content, enhance your experience using the Platform, improve the Platform, provide you with advertising, and measure the effectiveness of advertisements and other content. We and our partners also use Cookies to promote the Platform on other platforms and websites. Cookies enable the Platform to provide certain features and functionality. Web beacons are very small images or small pieces of data embedded in images, also known as “pixel tags” or “clear GIFs,” that can recognize Cookies, the time and date a page is viewed, a description of the page where the pixel tag is placed, and similar information from your computer or device. 

We may link your contact or account information with your activity on and off our Platform across all your devices, using your email or other log-in or device information. We may use this information to display advertisements on our Platform tailored to your interests, preferences, and characteristics.

We are not responsible for the privacy practices of our service providers and business partners, and the information practices of these service providers and business partners are not covered by this Privacy Policy.

We may aggregate or de-identify the information described above. Aggregated or de-identified data is not subject to this Privacy Policy.

How We Use Your Information

As explained below, we use your information to improve, support and administer the Platform, to allow you to use its functionalities, and to fulfill and enforce our Terms of Service. We may also use your information to, among other things, show you suggestions, promote the Platform, and customize your ad experience.

We generally use the Information We Collect:

  • To fulfill requests for products, services, Platform functionality, support and information for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research, statistical, and survey purposes and to solicit your feedback.
  • To customize the content you see when you use the Platform. For example, we may provide you with services based on the country settings you have chosen or show you content that is similar to content that you have liked or interacted with.
  • To send promotional materials from us or on behalf of our affiliates and trusted third parties.
  • To improve and develop our Platform and conduct product development.
  • To measure and understand the effectiveness of the advertisements we serve to you and others and to deliver advertising, including targeted advertising, to you on the Platform.
  • To make suggestions and provide a customized ad experience.
  • To support the social functions of the Platform, including to permit you and others to connect with each other (for example, through our Connect function), to suggest accounts to you and others, and for you and others to share, download, and otherwise interact with User Content and Search Journeys posted through the Platform.
  • To use User Content and Searches as part of our advertising and marketing campaigns to promote the Platform.
  • To understand how you use the Platform, including across your devices.
  • To infer additional information about you, such as your age, gender, and interests.
  • To help us detect abuse, fraud, and illegal activity on the Platform.
  • To promote the safety and security of the Platform, including by scanning, analyzing, and reviewing User Content, messages and associated metadata for violations of our Terms of Service, Community Guidelines, or other conditions and policies.
  • To verify your identity to ensure that you are old enough to use the Platform (as required by law), or in other instances where verification may be required.
  • To communicate with you, including to notify you about changes in our services.
  • To enforce our Terms of Service, and other conditions and policies.
  • Consistent with your permissions, to provide you with location-based services, such as advertising and other personalized content.
  • To train and improve our technology, such as our machine learning models and algorithms.
  • To combine all the information we collect or receive about you for any of the foregoing purposes.
  • To facilitate sales, promotion, and purchases of goods and services and to provide user support.
  • For any other purposes disclosed to you at the time we collect your information or pursuant to your consent.

How We Share Your Information

We are committed to maintaining your trust, and while SWIS does not sell your personal information or share your personal information with third parties for purposes of cross-context behavioral advertising where restricted by applicable law, we want you to understand when and with whom we may share the Information we collect for business purposes.

Service Providers and Business Partners

We share the categories of personal information listed above with service providers and business partners to help us perform business operations and for business purposes, including research, payment processing and transaction fulfillment, database maintenance, administering contests and special offers, technology services, deliveries, sending communications, advertising and marketing services, analytics, measurement, data storage and hosting, disaster recovery, search engine optimization, and data processing. These service providers and business partners may include:

  • Payment processors and transaction fulfillment providers, who may receive the Information You Provide, Information From Other Sources, and Automatically Collected Information but who do not receive your message data, including, in particular, the following third-party payment providers/processors: PayPal and Stripe.
  • Customer and technical support providers, who may receive the Information You Provide, Information From Other Sources, and Automatically Collected Information.
  • Researchers who may receive the Information You Provide, Information From Other Sources, and Automatically Collected Information but would not receive your payment information or message data.
  • Advertising, marketing, and analytics vendors, who may receive the Information You Provide, Information From Other Sources, and Automatically Collected Information but would not receive your payment information or message data.

In Connection with a Sale, Merger, or Other Business Transfer

We may share all of the Information We Collect in connection with a substantial corporate transaction, such as the sale of a website, a merger, consolidation, asset sales, or in the unlikely event of bankruptcy.

For Legal Reasons

We may disclose any of the Information We Collect to respond to subpoenas, court orders, legal process, law enforcement requests, legal claims, or government inquiries, and to protect and defend the rights, interests, safety, and security of the Platform, our affiliates, users, or the public. We may also share any of the Information We Collect to enforce any terms applicable to the Platform, to exercise or defend any legal claims, and comply with any applicable law.

With Your Consent

We may share your information for other purposes pursuant to your consent or at your direction.

In the future we may partner with third-party services (such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Google) to offer you a seamless sign-up, log-in, and content-sharing experience. We may share information about you with these third-party services if you choose to use these features. For example, the services may receive information about your activity on the Platform and may notify your connections on the third-party services about your use of the Platform, in accordance with their privacy policies. If you choose to allow a third-party service to access your account, we will share certain information about you with the third party. Depending on the permissions you grant, the third party may be able to obtain your account information and other information you choose to provide.

If you choose to engage in public activities on the Platform, you should be aware that any information you share may be read, collected, or used by other users. You should use caution in disclosing personal information while using the Platform. We are not responsible for the information you choose to share or submit.

Your Rights

You may submit a request to know, access, correct or delete the information we have collected about you. You may appeal any decision we have made about your request by following the instructions in the communication you receive from us notifying you of our decision. You can also update your account information directly through your in-app settings, or request to deactivate or delete your account by contacting us directly. Your right to know includes what personal information we have collected about you, including the categories of sources from which the personal information is collected, the business or commercial purpose for collecting or sharing personal information, the categories of third parties to whom we share the personal information, and the specific pieces of personal information we have collected about you. We do not discriminate based on the exercise of any privacy rights that you might have.

You may be entitled, in accordance with applicable law, to submit a request through an authorized agent. To designate an authorized agent to exercise choices on your behalf, please provide evidence that you have given such agent power of attorney or that the agent otherwise has valid written authority to submit requests to exercise rights on your behalf. We will respond to your request consistent with applicable law and subject to proper verification. We will verify your request by asking you to send it from the email address associated with your account or to provide information necessary to verify your account.

While some of the information that we collect and use may constitute sensitive personal information, we only process such information to provide the Platform with the necessary data to perform necessary verifications and functions of, within other exemptions under applicable law. For example, we may request your driver’s license number or image of your driver’s license to verify your identity.

Your Choices

  • Your device may have controls that determine what Information We Collect. For example, you can control whether we can collect your mobile advertising identifier for advertising through settings on your Apple and Android devices.
  • You can opt out of marketing or advertising emails by using the “unsubscribe” link or mechanism noted in marketing or advertising emails.
  • Current versions of the app do not collect precise or approximate GPS information from U.S. users. If you are still using an older version that allowed for collection of precise or approximate GPS information (last release in August 2020) and you granted us permission to do so, you can prevent your device from sharing such information with the Platform at any time through your device’s operating system settings.
  • If you have registered for an account, you may access, review, and update certain personal information that you have provided to us by logging into your account and using available features and functionalities.

Data Security and Retention

We use reasonable measures to help protect information from loss, theft, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction. You should understand that no data storage system or transmission of data over the Internet or any other public network can be guaranteed to be 100 percent secure. Please note that information collected by third parties may not have the same security protections as information you submit to us, and we are not responsible for protecting the security of such information.

We retain information for as long as necessary to provide the Platform and for the other purposes set out in this Privacy Policy. We also retain information when necessary to comply with contractual and legal obligations, when we have a legitimate business interest to do so (such as improving and developing the Platform, and enhancing its safety, security and stability), and for the exercise or defense of legal claims.

The retention periods are different depending on different criteria, such as the type of information and the purposes for which we use the information. For example, when we process your information such as your profile information to provide you with the Platform, we keep this information for as long as you have an account. If you violate our Terms of Service, or other conditions or policies, we may remove your profile immediately, but may keep other information about you to process the violation.

SWIS may transmit your data to its servers or data centers outside of the United States for storage and/or processing. Other entities with whom SWIS may share your data as described herein may be located outside of the United States.

Other Rights

Content Removal for Users Under 18

Users of the Platform who are California residents and are under 18 years of age may request and obtain removal of User Content they posted by contacting us. All requests must provide a description of the User Content you want removed and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate that User Content. We do not accept California Removal Requests via postal mail, telephone, or facsimile. We may not be able to respond if you do not provide adequate information. Please note that your request does not ensure complete or comprehensive removal of the material. For example, User Content that you have posted may be republished or reposted by another user.

Privacy Policy Updates

We may update this Privacy Policy from time to time. When we update the Privacy Policy, we will notify you by updating the “Last Updated” date at the top of the new Privacy Policy, posting the new Privacy Policy, or providing any other notice required by applicable law. We recommend that you review the Privacy Policy each time you visit the Platform to stay informed of our privacy practices.

Contact Us

Questions, comments and requests regarding this Privacy Policy should be sent to us through the main menu under Report an Issue: