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Usage of Data Policy → Information we received about you from you or other sources

Information we receive and how it is used

Information we receive about you

We receive a number of different types of information about you, including: Your information Your information is the information that's required when you sign up for the site, as well as the information you choose to share.

Registration information:

When you sign up for WordsBayou, you are required to provide information such as your name, email address, birthday, and gender. In some cases, you may be able to register using other information, like your telephone number.
Information you choose to share:

Your information also includes the information you choose to share on WordsBayou, such as when you post a status update, upload a photo, or comment on another user’s entry.

It also includes the information you choose to share when you communicate with us, such as when you contact us using an email address, or when you take an action, such as when you follow a user, snap an article, add a photo to your entry, use our contact importers.

Your name, profile pictures, entry photos, gender, networks, username and WordsBayou ID are treated just like information you choose to make public.

Your birthday allows us to do things like show you age-appropriate content and advertisements.

Information others share about you

We receive information about you from your followers and others, such as when they upload your contact information, post a photo of you, share a photo of you or comment a photo of you, or at a location.

When people use WordsBayou, they may store and share information about you and others that they have, such as when they upload and manage their invites and contacts.

Your name, profile pictures, entry photos, gender, networks, username and WordsBayou ID are treated just like information you choose to make public.

Your birthday allows us to do things like show you age-appropriate content and advertisements.

Other information we receive about you

We also receive other types of information about you:

We receive data about you whenever you use or are running WordsBayou, such as when you look at another person's entry, send or receive a message, search for an entry or user, click on, view or otherwise interact with things, use a WordsBayou mobile app, or make purchases through WordsBayou.
When you post things like photos or videos on WordsBayou, we may receive additional related data (or metadata), such as the time, date, and place you took the photo or video.
We receive data from or about the computer, mobile phone, or other devices you use to install WordsBayou apps or to access WordsBayou, including when multiple users log in from the same device. This may include network and communication information, such as your IP address or mobile phone number, and other information about things like your internet service, operating system, location, the type (including identifiers) of the device or browser you use, or the pages you visit. For example, we may get your GPS or other location information so we can tell you if any of your followers are nearby, or we could request device information to improve how our apps work on your device.
We receive data whenever you visit a game, application, or website that uses WordsBayou Platform or visit a site with a WordsBayou feature (such as a social plugin), sometimes through cookies. This may include the date and time you visit the site; the web address, or URL, you're on; technical information about the IP address, browser and the operating system you use; and, if you are logged in to WordsBayou, your WordsBayou ID.
Sometimes we get data from our affiliates or our advertising partners, customers and other third parties that helps us (or them) deliver ads, understand online activity, and generally make WordsBayou better. For example, an advertiser may tell us information about you (like how you responded to an ad on WordsBayou or on another site) in order to measure the effectiveness of - and improve the quality of - ads.

As described in "How we use the information we receive" we also put together data from the information we already have about you, your followers and those you follow, and others, so we can offer and suggest a variety of services and features. For example, we may make genre suggestions, pick stories for your “Featured” window, or suggest people to tag in photos. We may put together your current city with GPS and other location information we have about you to, for example, tell you and your followers about people or events nearby, or offer deals to you in which you might be interested. We may also put together data about you to serve you ads or other content that might be more relevant to you.

When we get your GPS location, we put it together with other location information we have about you (like your current city). But we only keep it until it is no longer useful to provide you services, like keeping your last GPS coordinates to send you relevant notifications.

We only provide data to our advertising partners or customers after we have removed your name and any other personally identifying information from it, or have combined it with other people's data in a way that it no longer personally identifies you.

Public information

When we use the phrase "public information" (which we sometimes refer to as "Everyone information"), we mean the information you choose to publish, as well as information that is always publicly available.

Information you choose to make public

Choosing to publish your information is exactly what it sounds like: anyone, including all authenticated users of WordsBayou, will be able to see it.

Choosing to make your information public also means that this information:

can be associated with you (i.e., your name, profile pictures, cover photos, timeline, WordsBayou ID, username, etc.) even off WordsBayou;
When you post things like photos or videos on WordsBayou, we may receive additional related data (or metadata), such as the time, date, and place you took the photo or video.
will be accessible to the WordsBayou-integrated games, applications, and websites you and your followers use; and
will be accessible to anyone who uses our APIs..

Sometimes you will not be able to select an audience when you post something (like when you comment on an entry or post that uses our comments plugin). This is because some types of stories are always public stories. As a general rule, you should assume that if you do not see a sharing icon, the information will be publicly available.

When others share information about you, they can also choose to make it public.

Information that is always publicly available

The types of information listed below are always publicly available, and they are treated just like information you decided to make public:


This helps potential Publisher, Editors and fans find you. If you are uncomfortable sharing your real name, you can always delete your account. For free subscriptions, only your WordsBayou ID will be visible.
Profile Pictures:

These help potential Publisher, Editors and fans. If you are uncomfortable making any of these photos public, you can always delete them. When you add a new profile picture the previous photo will be removed.

This allows us to refer to you properly.
WordsBayou ID:

These allow you to give out a custom link to your Profile, receive email at your WordsBayou email address, and help make WordsBayou Platform possible.

Usernames and WordsBayou IDs

Usernames, WordsBayou ID and WordsBayou IDs are the same thing – a way to identify you on WordsBayou. A WordsBayou ID is a string of numbers and a username generally is some variation of your name for encryption.

If someone has your Username or WordsBayou ID, they can use it to access information about you through the WordsBayou.com website. For example, if someone has your Username, they can type WordsBayou.com/Username into their browser and see your published information.

Similarly, someone with your Username or WordsBayou ID can access information about you through our APIs, such as our Graph API. Specifically fee based users, they can access your public information, along with your age range and location.

Your WordsBayou email address includes your encrypted username like so: username@WordsBayou.com. People cannot use your WordsBayou email address to send you messages outside of WordsBayou.com.

How we use the information we receive

We use the information we receive about you in connection with the services and features we provide to you and other users like your followers, our partners, the advertisers that purchase ads on the site, and the developers that build the games, applications, and websites you use. For example, in addition to helping people see and find things that you do and share, we may use the information we receive about you:

as part of our efforts to keep WordsBayou products, services and integrations safe and secure;
to protect WordsBayou's or others' rights or property;
to provide you with location features and services, like telling you about local events going on nearby;
to measure or understand the effectiveness of ads you and others see, including to deliver relevant ads to you;
to make suggestions to you and other users on WordsBayou, such as: suggesting that your followers use our contact importer because you found followers using it, suggesting that another user add you as a followers because the user imported the same email address as you did, or suggesting that your followers tag you in a picture they have uploaded with you in it; and
for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research and service improvement.

Granting us permission to use your information not only allows us to provide WordsBayou as it exists today, but it also allows us to provide you with innovative features and services we develop in the future that use the information we receive about you in new ways.

While you are allowing us to use the information we receive about you, you always own all of your information. Your trust is important to us, which is why we don't share information we receive about you with others unless we have:

received your permission;
given you notice, such as by telling you about it in this policy; or
removed your name and any other personally identifying information from it.

Of course, for information others share about you, they control how it is shared. We store data for as long as it is necessary to provide products and services to you and others, including those described above. Typically, information associated with your account will be kept until your account is deleted. For certain categories of data, we may also tell you about specific data retention practices.

We may enable access to public information that has been shared through our services. We may allow service providers to access information so they can help us provide services.

Deleting and deactivating your account

If you want to stop using your account, you can either deactivate or delete it.


Deactivating your account puts your account on hold. Other users will no longer see your entries, but we do not delete any of your information. Deactivating an account is the same as you telling us not to delete any information because you might want to reactivate your account at some point in the future. You can deactivate your account on your “My Account” page.

Your followers will still see you listed in their list of followers while your account is deactivated.

When you delete your account, it is permanently deleted from WordsBayou. It typically takes about one month to delete an account, but some information may remain in backup copies and logs for up to 180 days. You should only delete your account if you are sure you never want to reactivate it. You can delete your account on your “My Account” page.

Certain information is needed to provide you with services, so we only delete this information after you delete your account. Some of the things you do on WordsBayou aren't stored in your account, like posting to a group or sending someone a message (where your followers may still have a message you sent, even after you delete your account). That information remains after you delete your account.

Usage of Data Policy → Sharing and finding you on WordsBayou.com.

Sharing and finding you on WordsBayou

Control each time you post

Whenever you post content (like an entry), you will be asked to confirm the publishing of your content.

Always think before you post. Just like anything else you post on the web or send in an email, information you share on WordsBayou can be copied or re-shared by anyone who can see it.

Finding you on WordsBayou

To make it easier for your followers to find you, we allow anyone with your contact information (such as entry title or WordsBayou ID) to find you through the WordsBayou search bar at the top of most pages, as well as other tools we provide, such as contact importers - even if you have not shared your contact information with them on WordsBayou.

Access on phones and other devices

Once you share information with your followers and others, they may be able to sync it with or access it via their mobile phones and other devices. For example, if you share a photo on WordsBayou, someone viewing that photo could save it using WordsBayou tools or by other methods offered by their device or browser. Similarly, if you share your contact information with someone or invite someone to an event, they may be able to use WordsBayou or third-party applications or devices to sync that information. Or, if one of your followers has a WordsBayou application on one of their devices, your information (such as the things you post or photos you share) may be stored on or accessed by their device.

You should only share information with people you trust because they will be able to save it or re-share it with others, including when they sync the information to a device.

What your followers and others share about you

Links and Tags

Anyone can share an entry link. Links are references to something on the Internet; anything from a website to a Page or timeline on WordsBayou. For example, if you are writing a story, you might include a link to a blog you are referencing or a link to the blogger's WordsBayou timeline. If someone clicks on a link to another person's timeline, they'll only see the things that they are allowed to see.

Other information

As described in the "What your followers and others share about you" section of this policy, your followers and others may share information about you. They may share photos or other information about you and tag you in their posts. If you do not like a particular post, tell them or report the post.


WordsBayou Pages are not public pages. They are only visible to authenticated users.

When you "favorite" a Page or user, you create a connection to that Page or user. You can remove the Pages you've "favorited" through your timeline or on the Page.

Usage of Data Policy → Other websites and applications

Other websites and applications

About WordsBayou Platform

WordsBayou Platform (or simply Platform) refers to the way we help you share your information with the games, applications, and websites you and your followers use. WordsBayou Platform also lets you bring your followers with you, so you can connect with them off WordsBayou. In these two ways, WordsBayou Platform helps you make your experiences on the web more personalized and social.

Remember that these games, applications and websites are created and maintained by other businesses and developers who are not part of, or controlled by, WordsBayou, so you should always make sure to read their terms of service and privacy policies to understand how they treat your data.

Controlling what is shared when the people you share with use applications

Just like when you share information by email or elsewhere on the web, information you share on WordsBayou can be re-shared. This means that if you share something on WordsBayou, anyone who can see it can share it with others, including the games, applications, and websites they use.

Your followers and the other people you share information with often want to share your information with applications to make their experiences on those applications more personalized and social. For example, one of your followers might want to use a music application that allows them to see what their followers are listening to. To get the full benefit of that application, your followers would want to give the application her followers list - which includes your WordsBayou ID - so the application knows which of her followers is also using it. Your followers might also want to share the entry you "snap" on WordsBayou. If you have made that information public, then the application can access it just like anyone else.

You can control most of the information other people can share with applications they use from the " Apps" settings page. But these controls do not let you limit access to your public information and followers list.

If you want to completely block applications from getting your information when your followers and others use them, you will need to turn off all Platform applications . This means that you will no longer be able to use any third-party WordsBayou-integrated games, applications or websites. If an application asks permission from someone else to access your information, the application will be allowed to use that information only in connection with the person that gave the permission, and no one else.

For example, some apps use information such as your followers list, to personalize your experience or show you which of your followers use that particular app.

About social plugins

Social plugins are buttons, boxes, and stories (such as the Like button) that other websites can use to present WordsBayou content to you and create more social and personal experiences for you. While you view these buttons, boxes, and stories on other sites, the content comes directly from WordsBayou.

Sometimes plugins act just like applications. You can spot one of these plugins because it will ask you for permission to access your information or to publish information back to WordsBayou. For example, if you use a registration plugin on a website, the plugin will ask your permission to share your basic info with the website to make it easier for you to register for the website. Similarly, if you use an "Add To Timeline" plugin, the plugin will ask for your permission to publish stories about your activities on that website to WordsBayou.

If you make something public using a plugin, such as posting a public comment on a newspaper's website, then that website can access your comment (along with your WordsBayou ID) just like everyone else.

If you post something using a social plugin and you do not see a sharing icon, you should assume that story is Public. For example, if you post a comment through a WordsBayou comment plugin on a site, your story is Public and everyone, including the website, can see your story.

Websites that use social plugins can sometimes tell that you have engaged with the social plugin. For example, they may know that you clicked on a Like button in a social plugin.

We receive data when you visit a site with a social plugin. We keep this data for a maximum of 180 days. After that, we remove your name and any other personally identifying information from the data, or combine it with other people's data in a way that it is no longer associated with you. Learn more.

Public search engines

A public search does not allow unauthenticated users to view your published contect on WordsBayou.com.

Usage of Data Policy → How advertising and Sponsored Stories work

Advertising and WordsBayou content


WordsBayou offers a range of products that allow advertisers to reach people on and off WordsBayou. In addition to the information we provide in this section, you can also learn more about advertising products, how they work, our partnerships, and the controls you have, by visiting our “Advertising on WordsBayou” page.

When we deliver ads, we do not share your information (information that personally identifies you, such as your name or contact information) with advertisers unless you give us permission. We may provide advertisers with information when we have removed your name and other personally identifying information from it, or combined it with other information so that it no longer personally identifies you. For example, we may tell an advertiser how its ads perform or how many people viewed or clicked on their ads or install an app after seeing an ad.

So we can show you content that you may find interesting, we may use all of the information we receive about you to serve ads that are more relevant to you. For example, this includes:

information you provide at registration or add to your account or timeline,
things you share and do on WordsBayou, such as what you like, and your interactions with advertisements, partners, or apps,
keywords from your stories, and
things we infer from your use of WordsBayou.

For many ads we serve, advertisers may choose their audience by location, demographics, likes, keywords, and any other information we receive or infer about users. Here are some of the ways advertisers may target relevant ads:

demographics and interests: for example, 18 to 35 year-old women who live in the United States and like basketball;
topics or keywords: for example, “music” or people who like a particular song or artist;
Page likes (including topics such as products, brands, religion, health status, or political views): for example, if you like a Page about Gluten-free food, you may receive ads about relevant food products; or
categories (including things like "moviegoer" or a "sci-fi fan"): for example, if a person "likes" the "Star Trek" Page and mentions "Star Wars" when they check into a movie theater, we may infer that this person is likely to be a sci-fi fan and advertisers of sci-fi movies could ask us to target that category.

In addition to delivering relevant ads, WordsBayou sometimes pairs ads with social context, meaning stories about social actions that you or your followers have taken. For example, an ad for a sushi restaurant’s WordsBayou Page may be paired with a News Feed story that one of your followers likes that Page. Here is an example of an ad with social context:

We also sometimes serve these same types of ads on other sites or may serve just the social context (such as with ads served by others), so that the ads are more relevant to you. Just like any other content you share on WordsBayou, only people who you’re already sharing with on WordsBayou would see it when it is paired with an ad..

If an advertiser chooses to run ads, we serve the ads to people who meet criteria the advertiser selects. So, if someone views or otherwise interacts with the ad, the advertiser might assume that the person meets the criteria they selected (for example, that the person is an 18-to-35-year-old woman who lives in the U.S. and likes basketball). We require advertisers to comply with our Marketing Guidelines, including provisions relating to the use of sensitive data.
Advertisers and their partners sometimes use cookies or other similar technologies in order to serve and measure ads and to make their ads more effective. Learn more about cookies, pixels and similar technologies.
When you post a story on WordsBayou and an advertiser sponsors it, nothing changes about the audience of the post. Only the people who could originally see the post (the people you shared it with) are eligible to see it.

WordsBayou content

We like to tell you about some of the features and tools your followers and others use on WordsBayou, to help you have a better experience. For example, if your followers use our followers finder tool to find more followers on WordsBayou, we may tell you about it to encourage you to use it as well. This of course means your followers may similarly see suggestions based on the things you do. But we will try to only show it to followers that could benefit from your experience.

Usage of Data Policy → Cookies, pixels and other similar technologies

Cookies, pixels and other similar technologies

Cookies are small pieces of data that are stored on your computer, mobile phone or other device. Pixels are small blocks of code on webpages that do things like allow another server to measure viewing of a webpage and often are used in connection with cookies. We use technologies like cookies, pixels, and local storage (like on your browser or device, which is similar to a cookie but holds more information) to provide and understand a range of products and services. Learn more. We use these technologies to do things like:

make WordsBayou easier or faster to use;
enable features and store information about you (including on your device or in your browser cache) and your use of WordsBayou;
deliver, understand and improve advertising;
monitor and understand the use of our products and services; and,
protect you, others and WordsBayou.

For example, we may use these tools to know you are logged in to WordsBayou, to help you use social plugins and share buttons, or to know when you are interacting with our advertising or Platform partners.

We may ask advertisers or other partners to serve ads or services to computers, mobile phones or other devices, which may use a cookie, pixel or other similar technology placed by WordsBayou or the third party (although we would not share information that personally identifies you with an advertiser). Most companies on the web use cookies (or other similar technological tools), including our advertising and Platform partners. For example, our Platform partners, advertisers or Page administrators may use cookies or similar technologies when you access their apps, ads, Pages or other content.

Cookies and things like local storage help make WordsBayou work, like allowing pages to load faster because certain content is stored on your browser or by helping us authenticate you to deliver personalized content.

Refer to your browser or device's help material to learn what controls you can often use to remove or block cookies or other similar technologies or block or remove other data stored on your computer or device (such as by using the various settings in your browser). If you do this, it may affect your ability to use WordsBayou or other websites and apps.

Usage of Data Policy → Some other things you need to know

Some other things you need to know

Contact us with questions or disputes

If you have questions or complaints regarding our Usage of Data Policy or practices, please contact us by mail at 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025 if you reside in the U.S. or Canada, or at WordsBayou Ireland Ltd., Hanover Reach, 5-7 Hanover Quay, Dublin 2 Ireland if you live outside the U.S. or Canada. Anyone may also contact us through this help page.

Responding to legal requests and preventing harm

We may access, preserve and share your information in response to a legal request (like a search warrant, court order or subpoena) if we have a good faith belief that the law requires us to do so. This may include responding to legal requests from jurisdictions outside of the United States where we have a good faith belief that the response is required by law in that jurisdiction, affects users in that jurisdiction, and is consistent with internationally recognized standards. We may also access, preserve and share information when we have a good faith belief it is necessary to: detect, prevent and address fraud and other illegal activity; to protect ourselves, you and others, including as part of investigations; or to prevent death or imminent bodily harm. Information we receive about you, including financial transaction data related to purchases made with WordsBayou, may be accessed, processed and retained for an extended period of time when it is the subject of a legal request or obligation, governmental investigation, or investigations concerning possible violations of our terms or policies, or otherwise to prevent harm. We also may retain information from accounts disabled for violations of our terms for at least a year to prevent repeat abuse or other violations of our terms.

Access requests

You can access and correct most of your personal data stored by WordsBayou by logging into your account and viewing your timeline and browsing history log.

Notifications and Other Messages

We may send you notifications and other messages using the contact information we have for you, like your email address. You can control most of the notifications you receive, including ones from Pages you like and applications you use, using controls we provide, such as a control included in the email you receive or in your "Notifications" settings.


When you invite a followers to join WordsBayou, we send a message on your behalf using your name, and we may also include names and pictures of other people your followers might know on WordsBayou. We'll also send a few reminders to those you invite, but the invitation will also give your followers the opportunity to opt out of receiving other invitations to join WordsBayou.

Memorializing accounts

We may memorialize the account of a deceased person. When we memorialize an account, we keep the timeline on WordsBayou, but limit access and some features. You can report a deceased person's timeline. We also may close an account if we receive a formal request that satisfies certain criteria.


We may share information we receive with businesses that are legally part of the same group of companies that WordsBayou is part of, or that become part of that group (often these companies are called affiliates). Likewise, our affiliates may share information with us as well. This sharing is done in compliance with applicable laws including where such applicable laws require consent. We and our affiliates may use shared information to help provide, understand, and improve our services and their own services.

Service Providers

We give your information to the people and companies that help us provide, understand and improve the services we offer. For example, we may use outside vendors to help host our website, serve photos and videos, process payments, analyze data, conduct and publish research, measure the effectiveness of ads, or provide search results. In some cases we provide the service jointly with another company, such as the WordsBayou Marketplace. In all of these cases our partners must agree to only use your information consistent with the agreement we enter into with them, as well as this Usage of Data Policy.

Security and bugs

We do our best to keep your information secure, but we need your help. For more detailed information about staying safe on WordsBayou, view the Words Bayou Best Practices, Rules and Responsibility Statement. We try to keep WordsBayou up, bug-free and safe, but can't make guarantees about any part of our services or products.

Change of Control

If the ownership of our business changes, we may transfer your information to the new owner so they can continue to operate the service. But they will still have to honor the commitments we have made in this Usage of Data Policy.

Notice of Changes

If we make changes to this Usage of Data Policy we will notify you (for example, by publication here and on the Frequently Asked Question and Words Bayou Best Practices, Rules and Responsibility Statement pages. If the changes are material, we will provide you additional, prominent notice as appropriate under the circumstances.

Opportunity to comment

Unless we make a change for legal or administrative reasons, or to correct an inaccurate statement, we will give you seven (7) days to provide us with comments on the change. After the comment period, if we adopt any changes, we will provide notice (for example, on the Frequently Asked Question and Words Bayou Best Practices, Rules and Responsibility Statement or in this policy) of the effective date.

Your California privacy rights

California law permits residents of California to request certain details about what personal information a company shares with third parties for the third parties' direct marketing purposes. WordsBayou does not share your information with third parties for the third parties' own and independent direct marketing purposes unless we receive your permission. Learn more about the information we receive and how it is used and other websites and applications. If you have questions about our sharing practices or your rights under California law, please write us at P. O. Box 2263, Woodstock, Georgia 30188 or contact us through this help page.


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