Privacy Policy

Date of last revision July 8, 2019


Rainberry, Inc. ("BitTorrent") is committed to respecting the privacy rights and concerns of all users of our websites ("Sites"), applications and services (collectively, the "Services"). As such, we have established and implemented this privacy policy to inform visitors to the Sites and users of the Services how we use and protect the information we collect. If you have any questions regarding this information or our privacy practices, please see the section entitled "Questions? Contact Us" at the end of this Privacy Policy.

In this Privacy Policy, BitTorrent’s software called the “BitTorrent” application or the “uTorrent” application are sometimes collectively referred to hereunder as the “BitTorrent Client.” BitTorrent’s other applications, including, but not limited to, BitTorrent Live and BitTorrent Now, are sometimes referred to hereunder as “BitTorrent Other Applications.” The BitTorrent Client and BitTorrent Other Applications are sometimes collectively referred to as the “Software”.

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What information does BitTorrent collect and how does BitTorrent use it?

  • Gathering and Use of Information About Your Browser and Device

    When you come to one of our Sites (including utorrent.com) or use our Services or Software, we may collect some limited information that your device and browser routinely make available whenever you visit a website or interact with any online service. This information includes your Internet Protocol (IP) address, port number, Software version, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your query and one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser. It may also include your approximate location, your device and operating system type and data from sensors in your device like the accelerometer. With respect to our mobile torrent applications installed from the AppGallery on HUAWEI devices, note that HUAWEI Location Kit service only sends the location longitude and latitude to the apps but does not record the information.

    We collect this data to improve the overall quality of the online experience, including product monitoring, product improvement, and targeted advertising. BitTorrent also uses such information for the following general purposes: to customize the advertising and content you see, fulfill your requests for products and services, improve our services, conduct research, and provide anonymous reporting for internal and external clients.

    In addition to collecting the above types of information, BitTorrent collects queries for internal reporting and targeted advertising. We also count, track, and aggregate the visitor's activity into our analysis of general traffic flows at our Sites (e.g. tracking where traffic comes from, how traffic flows within the websites, etc.). To these ends, we may merge information about you into group data, which may then be shared on an aggregated basis with our advertisers.

    In the event that you provide us with answers to voluntary survey questions, we may present this information to our advertisers and partners, in the form of grouped statistics compiled from our users’ answers to such questions.

    We also collect data from the Software regarding traffic flows and content delivery performance as well as other data collected in the use of our products or services in order to understand usability and monitor network conditions and compare the performance of the Software and HTTP protocols on the public internet.

    In relation to our application BitTorrent Speed: BitTorrent Speed is a BitTorrent feature that aims to increase the download speed and efficiency of torrent swarms [i.e. a group of people, which may include you, that own a particular file (or pieces of the file)] by adding a cryptographic token - BitTorrent Token (referred to in this Privacy Policy as the 'BTT') as a medium of exchange i.e. BitTorrent Speed enables users to offer each other BTT incentives to continue to seed files after the full download has been completed. For more information about BitTorrent Speed, please click here. By using BitTorrent Speed, we will collect information to operate and improve BitTorrent Speed, including a wallet address (i.e., a public key associated with your wallet) and a private ledger that contains, BTT balance, payments used in the wallet, time (in order to close channels that have been open for over 24 hours), attempts to open the same channel, and a record of BTT transfers between users.

  • Gathering and Use of Personal Information

    You may visit the Sites and use the Software and many of the Services without any registration at all. However, from time to time, we may enable certain additional functionality or services whereby you will have to create a user account, and we may collect and process the following information about you:

    • information such as your name, address, phone number and e-mail address, and other demographic information (such as date of birth, gender, age, and interests) that you provide by completing forms on the Sites, including if you register as a user of the Services, subscribe to our mailing lists, upload or submit any material through the services, or request any information.

    • your log-in and password details in connection with the account sign-in process.

    • if you log-in using a third party social media account (such as a Facebook or Google account), we may collect basic account information about you from that social media provider (such as your name, address, phone number and e-mail address, and other demographic information, like your date of birth, gender, age and interests).

    • details of any requests or transactions made by you through the Service.

    • communications you send to us, for example to report a problem or to submit queries, concerns, or comments regarding the Service or its content.

    • information that you post to the Site in the form of comments or contributions to discussions.

    We will use the personal information you provide to:

    • identify you when you sign-in to your account.

    • enable us to provide you with the Services or to carry out your instructions for example, to process payment information).

    • send you information we think you may find useful or which you have requested from us.

    • present projects to you when you use the Service which we believe will be of interest based on your geographic location and previous use of the Service.

    • administer your account with us.

    • enable us to contact you regarding any question you make through the Service.

    • analyze the use of the Service and the people visiting to improve our content and Services.

    • use for other purposes that we may disclose to you when we request your information.

    Publishers of BitTorrent Bundles receive or have access to the e-mail addresses of users who sign up for such Publisher's mailing list through the Services.

    We may also use e-mail addresses and other personal information from time to time in order to gather and provide to our members and visitors improved content and features.

    How the BitTorrent Client Works

    • The BitTorrent Client is a software application on your machine that manages downloads. The BitTorrent Client downloads files quickly by trading pieces with other users who are also downloading (or have downloaded) the same content. Your use of the BitTorrent Client to download files will, in turn, enable other BitTorrent Client users (or users of other clients that communicate using the BitTorrent Client protocol, including clients that are unaffiliated with BitTorrent) to download pieces of those files from you. Although your IP address is associated with your piece of the file, other users will not have access to any other personal information about you.

    • We do not track which files you transfer with the BitTorrent Client. Merely using the BitTorrent Client does not cause a record of which files you transfer to be kept by BitTorrent or BitTorrent on behalf of any third party.

Does BitTorrent use "cookies"?

Cookies are small bits of electronic information that a web site can transfer to a visitor's hard drive to help tailor and keep records of his or her visit to the site. The use of cookies is standard on the Internet and many web sites use them. Cookies allow web site operators to better customize visits to the site to the visitor's individual preferences. For example, by setting a cookie you would not have to log in a password more than once, thereby saving time. We currently save password information in cookies. In addition, advertisements displayed on the Sites or in the Software may contain cookies. Third party analytics, ad-serving and affiliate partners may set or have cookies set and access their cookies or local storage objects (flash cookies) on your computer, when you are using the Software or visiting a Site and may collect information about your online activities across websites or online services. We may utilize Google Analytics Suite in the collection, compilation and analysis of information regarding visitor behavior and visitor demographics on some of our Services, and to develop website content. This analytics data is not tied to any Personal Information. For more information about Google Analytics, please visit www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/. You can opt out of Google’s collection and Processing of data generated by your use of the Services by going to http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. The third parties who serve our advertisements transfer cookies, and we do not control their use or content of their cookies and in many instances have no access to the information collected by them. Other companies' use of their cookies is subject to their own privacy policies, not this one. You should consult the respective privacy policies of these third-party ad servers or ad networks. This Privacy Policy does not apply to, and we cannot control the activities of, such other advertisers or web sites. If you do not wish to have this information used for the purpose of serving you targeted ads, please visit the suggested sites below for more information about the use of cookies and how to opt-out of them. Please note this does not stop you being served untargeted advertising. You will continue to receive generic ads, but these will no longer be tailored to your specific interests.

http://www.pubmatic.com/privacy-policy.php
http://www.indexexchange.com/privacy
https://telaria.com/privacy-policy/
https://www.sovrn.com/privacy-policy/
https://www.mopub.com/legal/privacy/
https://www.appodeal.com/privacy-policy
https://integralads.com/privacy-policy
http://www.pixalate.com/privacypolicy/
https://dev.adzerk.com/docs/privacy-policy-ad-server
https://liveramp.com/privacy/
https://www.appnexus.com/platform-privacy-policy
http://optout.networkadvertising.org/?c=1#!/

Although most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, you can usually change your browser to prevent that or to notify you when you are sent a cookie. Even without accepting a cookie, you can still access many, if not all, of the features of the BitTorrent websites or the Software. However, some parts of the BitTorrent websites or the Software may not function properly if you refuse cookies.

Does BitTorrent disclose the information it collects from its visitors to outside parties?

Except as provided herein, BitTorrent does not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer outside the company personal information that visitors/users voluntarily provide BitTorrent in any registration or use of the Sites or the Software, except to provide the Services (like when we partner with payment processors).

This information we collect is used to better understand visitors’ and users' use of the features of the Sites or the Software, to support related transactions made on or through the Sites or the Software, and to better know our visitors/users and possibly tailor any specific features, promotions, advertisement or other notifications to them. However, this data in an aggregate form without any personal information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

Should you no longer wish to receive information from us, or should your information change, we have provided a way for you to correct, update or remove the personal data you gave us. You can do this simply by contacting us in any of the simple ways set forth below in the section entitled "How do you change your information and preferences?"

If you access or download content from a Publisher of a BitTorrent Bundle, personal information such as your e-mail address, IP address and basic account information will be provided to that Publisher. Please contact the publisher to amend your marketing preferences with them directly.

We may disclose your personal information upon a transfer or sale to another entity of all or substantially all of our assets or equity securities or upon any other corporate reorganization.

Notwithstanding any other terms of this Privacy Policy, we may release any personal information we obtain or collect when we believe its release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our Site or Software/Service policies, or protect ours or others' rights, property, or safety. For example, your personal information may be shared with any competent law enforcement body, regulatory, government agency, court or other third party (e.g. external legal advisors) where we believe disclosure is necessary. In addition, we may share your personal information to any person with your consent to the disclosure.

How do you change your information and preferences?

To update or modify the information and preferences, i.e., whether we share your personal information with third parties or publishers, or updating any marketing preferences we hold, if applicable, that we have on file for your user account, if applicable, simply go to the applicable Site or Service, log in, go to the user account section, then modify your details and settings as necessary.

Third party links and co-brand relationships.

In an attempt to provide increased value to our visitors/users, we may choose various third party web sites or services to link to, and/or frame within, the Sites or Services. We may also include offers from third parties as part of the installation process for our Software. We also participate in co-branding and other relationships to offer e-commerce and other services and features to our users. However, even if the third party is affiliated with us, we have no control over these third party sites or services, each of which has separate privacy and data collection practices independent of us. Data collected by our co-brand partners or third party web sites (even if offered on or through our Site or Services) may not be received by us. As such, we have no responsibility or liability for these independent policies or actions, and are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of any such web sites or services. These linked sites or services are only for your convenience and you therefore access them at your own risk.

Some of the web search services provided in BitTorrent Maelstrom software are provided by Trovi Search and powered by Trovi search partners. For information on the web search services data collection, please visit http://info.trovi.com/privacy, and the search provider’s privacy policy, as applicable.

Legal Basis For Processing Personal Information (EEA Visitors/Users Only)

If you are a visitor/user from the European Economic Area (EEA), our legal basis for collecting and using the personal information described above will depend on the personal information concerned and the specific context in which we collect it.

However, we will normally collect personal information from you only (i) where we need the personal information to perform a contract with you, (ii) where the processing is in our legitimate interests and not overridden by your rights, or (iii) where we have your consent to do so. Sometimes, we may have a legal obligation to collect personal information from you or may otherwise need the personal information to protect your vital interests or those of another person. In certain circumstances, we may collect your personal information if we need to perform a task carried out in public interest.

If we ask you to provide personal information to comply with a legal requirement or to perform a contract with you, we will make this clear at the relevant time and advise you whether the provision of your personal information is mandatory or not (as well as of the possible consequences if you do not provide your personal information).

If you are in the EEA, and we collect and use your personal information with your consent, then you can withdraw your consent, as envisaged in section "Data protection rights of EEA visitors/users" of this Privacy Policy.

If we collect and use your personal information in reliance on our legitimate interests (or those of any third party), this interest will normally be to operate the Sites / the Software, communicating with you as necessary to provide the Services and/or the Software to you and for our legitimate commercial interest - for instance, when responding to your queries, improving the Software, the Services and/or the Sites, undertaking marketing, or for the purposes of detecting or preventing illegal activities. We may have other legitimate interests and if appropriate we will make clear to you at the relevant time what those legitimate interests are.

We do not intend to collect and use sensitive personal information about you. However, if we collect and use sensitive personal information about you (e.g. health related data, biometric data, racial origin etc.), we will process such sensitive personal information, either to perform our legal and regulatory obligations, or on the basis of another lawful legal ground applicable for the processing of sensitive personal information (e.g., your explicit consent).

If you have questions about or need further information concerning the legal basis on which we collect and use your personal information, please contact us by using the contact details provided under the “Questions? Contact us” heading below.

International Transfers.

BitTorrent, Inc. is a company headquartered in the United States of America. As such, when you use our Sites, Services or Software, your personal information may be transferred to the United States of America and other countries for processing. While data protection laws in these countries may not be as strict as the laws of the country in which you reside, your personal information will at all times be treated in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Data Retention (EEA Only)

We retain personal information we collect from you where we have an ongoing legitimate business need to do so (for example, to provide you with the Services or to comply with applicable legal requirements).

When we have no ongoing legitimate business need to process your personal information, we will either delete or anonymize it or, if this is not possible (for example, because your personal information has been stored in backup archives), then we will securely store your personal information and isolate it from any further processing until deletion is possible.

Your Data Protection Rights (EEA Visitors/Users Only)

If you are in the EEA, you have the following data protection rights:

If you wish to access, correct, update or request deletion of your personal information, you can do so at any time by contacting us using the contact details provided under the “Questions? Contact us” heading below.

In addition, you can object to processing of your personal information, ask us to restrict processing of your personal information or request portability of your personal information. Again, you can exercise these rights by contacting us using the contact details provided under the “Questions? Contact us” heading below.

You have the right to opt-out of marketing communications we send you at any time. You can exercise this right by clicking on the “unsubscribe” or “opt-out” link in the marketing e-mails we send you.

Similarly, if we have collected and process your personal information with your consent, then you can withdraw your consent at any time by contacting us using the contact details provided under the “Questions? Contact us” heading below. Withdrawing your consent will not affect the lawfulness of any processing we conducted prior to your withdrawal, nor will it affect the processing of your personal information conducted in reliance on lawful processing grounds other than consent.

You have the right to complain to the appropriate data protection authority about our collection and use of your personal information. For more information, please contact your local data protection authority (contact details for data protection authorities in the European Economic Area are available at https://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/article29/item-detail.cfm?item_id=612080).

If you wish to exercise the aforementioned rights and there is any question about who you are, we may require you to provide information from which we can satisfy ourselves as to your identity.

We respond to all requests we receive from individuals wishing to exercise their data protection rights in accordance with applicable data protection laws.

Notification of Changes.

By visiting the website or using the applications and/or services, you consent to the collection and use of information by us as set forth in this privacy policy. If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes within this page so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.

You can see when this Privacy Policy was last updated by checking the “last updated” date displayed at the top of this Privacy Policy.

Questions? Contact us.

If you have any questions about our privacy practices, please do not hesitate to write to us at:

BitTorrent
301 Howard St., Suite 2000
San Francisco, California 94105

Or

privacy@bittorrent.com

End User License Agreements and Terms and Conditions.

Please also read any applicable End User License Agreements and/or Terms and Conditions that apply to individual BitTorrent applications and services.

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