Privacy Policy

Welcome to HomeIs. The HomeIs.com website and related iOS and Android apps (the “Platform”) and any current or future features, tools,apps or websites offered through the Platform, are operated by Home Is Inc. (“we,” “us,” or “our”). We believe that the privacy and security of your information and data (“Information”) is very important. This Privacy Policy (“Policy”) explains the type of Information we collect from users of the Platform, how that Information is used, how the Information may be shared with other parties, and what controls our users have regarding their Information. We encourage you to read this Policy carefully. The current version of this Policy will be found on the homepage of our website and within the latest version of the HomeIs app. By using or accessing the Platform, you signify that you have read, understand and agree to be bound by this Policy. This Policy is effective as of 1.11.2017 and has not been modified since that date.

Information We Collect and Store

There are two types of Information that may be collected through the Platform: (1) “Personal Information” such as your name, email address, photos, videos, street address (where applicable), precise geolocation information, and other information that can be used to directly identify you, and (2) “Usage Data” which is data related to your use of the Platform (e.g., the messages you send through or content you post on the Platform), anonymous information about the device used to access the Platform (e.g., your device type and your device identifiers such as your IDFA and IMEI), and log data (e.g., the date and time you visited, the browser or app version you used, the URLs you came from and go to, and your IP address).

If you wish to establish an account, contact us, opt in to our alerts or other communications, make use of our geolocation functions, communicate with another user, post any comments, submit user content, or otherwise communicate with us in any way, we may at that time require that you provide us, or allow us to access, certain Personal Information. When you submit Personal Information through the Platform, whether by directly providing it to us upon request, expressly allowing us to access it, or voluntarily disclosing it through comments or communications, you are giving your consent to the collection, storage, use and disclosure of your Personal Information as set forth in this Privacy Policy.

If you choose to connect with our Platform through a third-party social network such as Facebook (each, a “Social Network”), we may collect all Personal Information made available to us from your profile on such Social Network, such as your name, username, profile picture and email address. In addition, our Platform may offer social sharing features which will allow you to “Share” your activity or “Like” our Platform on a Social Network. If you decide to use such features, it may allow the sharing and collection of Information both to and from such Social Network so you should check the privacy policy of each Social Network before using such features. If you would like more detail about what Information a Social Network is sharing with us, please go to the privacy policy of that Social Network.

A note about your profile, communications and comments: if you choose to include Personal Information in your profile (such as your name or photo), that Information will be publicly-facing and, therefore, be visible to other users. In addition, any content you post or communications you send will obviously be available to the public or the intended recipient (as applicable) so if you do not want Personal Information made public or you do not want certain Personal Information shared by another user, do not include such Personal Information in your profile, any comments you may post, or any communications you may send.

If you choose to use our invite features to invite one of your contacts to join the Platform, we may access your device’s phonebook or contact list, or your friends list on your applicable Social Network, to gather Information such as your friend’s contact information in order to send the invite - but only if you have first given us your express consent. You are responsible for getting your contacts’ permission when you opt to give their contact details to us. Please note that we may also collect and use your Personal Information if one of your friends shares it with us in order to invite you to the Platform.

Whether or not you submit Personal Information, any time you visit or use our Platform, click on our advertisements (including those appearing on third party sites), or visit our social media pages, we or our Service Providers (as defined below) may collect, store or accumulate certain Usage Data based on your use of our Platform, such as your device ID or other persistent identifier, your IP address, data regarding your activities on the Platform, and the URLs you visited before and after using our website. For more information on how certain Usage Data is collected, please see the Cookies section below.

Cookies

As part of our collection and use of Usage Data (as described in more detail herein), we, or our Service Providers, may use cookies, web beacons, tracking pixels, or similar tracking technologies. These “Cookies” are small pieces of information that are stored by your browser on your computer’s hard drive. Generally, Cookies work by assigning to your computer a unique number that has no meaning outside of the Website but can be used to gather Usage Data. While Cookies may record certain persistent identifiers related to your computer or device, they do not contain any Personal Information.

Most web browsers automatically accept Cookies, but you can usually configure your browser to prevent this. However, not accepting Cookies may make certain features of the Website unavailable to you.

Uses and Sharing of Information

We use (and store) the Personal Information that we collect to authenticate your account, verify your address (where applicable), process your requests, provide use of chat, comment or forum functionality, send you push notifications about the Platform or other communications you have opted into, provide geolocation functionality when approved by you, allow you to communicate with other users, inform you of relevant information or offers related to the Platform through promotional emails, provide you with support, facilitate invitations, and otherwise communicate with you. Please note that you always will be given the opportunity to unsubscribe from further emails in any promotional messages we send you.

We contract with companies or individuals to provide certain services including hosting services, software development, data management, surveys and marketing, and promotional services. We call them our “Service Providers.” We may share both your Personal Information and Usage Data with Service Providers solely as appropriate for them to perform their services for us. They are prohibited from using your Personal Information for any other purposes.

Except as described above, we will not disclose, rent, sell or share any Personal Information to third parties for marketing purposes.
Usage Data may be used in aggregate form for internal business purposes, such as optimizing the Platform, generating statistics and developing marketing plans. We may also use, share or transfer such aggregated, anonymized Usage Data with or to our affiliates, licensees, contractors and partners for administrative, analytical, research, optimization, security and other purposes, but no such information will be linked with your Personal Information or be used to identify or contact you.

Finally, we may share your Information: (i) In response to subpoenas, court orders, or other legal process, to establish or exercise our legal rights, to defend against legal claims, or as otherwise required by law, and in such cases we reserve the right to raise or waive any legal objection or right available to us; (ii) When we believe it is appropriate to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal or suspected illegal activities, to protect and defend the rights, property, or safety of our company, our users, or others, and in connection with the enforcement of our Terms of Use and other agreements; or (iii) In connection with a corporate transaction, such as a divestiture, merger, consolidation, or asset sale, or in the unlikely event of bankruptcy.

Privacy and Security

It is entirely your choice whether or not you provide Personal Information to us or share it through the Platform. We take reasonable precautions to protect our customers’ Personal Information against loss, misuse, unauthorized disclosure, alteration, and destruction. However, please remember that no transmission of data over the Internet or any wireless network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your Personal Information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any Information that you transmit to us or from us, and you do so at your own risk. You hereby acknowledge that we are not responsible for any intercepted information sent via the Internet, and you hereby release us from any and all claims arising out of or related to the use of intercepted information in any unauthorized manner.

In addition, while we take reasonable steps to govern our Service Providers’ use and protection of your Personal Information, we ultimately have no control over and are not responsible for the privacy practices of such parties. As a condition to your use of the Platform, you expressly acknowledge agree that we bear no responsibility, and are not liable in any way, for the acts, omissions or policies of our Service Providers or any other external sources with respect to your Information.

If you believe your Information is being improperly used by us or any third party, please immediately notify us via email at legal@homeis.com

Opting Out

We may at times send promotional emails about the Platform or our partners. You may elect to stop receiving such emails by using the unsubscribe link at the bottom of these messages. You may also at any time opt out of receiving emails from us by sending an email to privacy@homeis.com with a subject line of “Opt Out” from the email address you wish to be unsubscribed.

Please note that even if you unsubscribe from our communications, we may still need to contact you with important information related to your account.

Links to Third Party Platforms

Our Platform or communications may contain links to third party websites to which we have no affiliation, including the form of advertising, embedded content, reviews, lists, recommendations, sponsored content or co-branded content. Except as set forth in this Policy, we do not share your Personal Information with those third parties and are not responsible for the privacy policies of any third party or their management of your Personal Information. Because they may treat your Information differently than we do, we suggest you read the privacy policies on those third party websites prior to submitting any Personal Information to such sites.

Third Party Advertisements

In order to give us the ability to offer you the Platform for free, our Platform may contain advertisements or sponsored posts for third parties that are served through third party ad servers or ad networks. These third-party ad servers or ad networks use technology to send, directly to your browser, the advertisements and links that appear on the Platform. When doing so, they automatically receive certain Usage Data (such as your device identifier, IP address and/or approximate location) which they use to measure the effectiveness of their advertisements and to personalize the advertising content you see.

In some cases, certain advertisers may use Usage Data collected through our Platform to engage in online behavioral advertising. To learn more about advertising networks and to opt-out of behavioral advertising by over 50 major third party behavioral advertising providers, please visit the Digital Advertising Alliance at www.aboutads.info/choices or the Network Advertising Initiative at www.networkadvertising.org/choices.

Our Targeted Advertising Outside of the Platform

We may engage certain third party ad network Service Providers to serve advertisements on our behalf across the Internet and to provide analytics services. These entities may utilize Cookies (including within the ads) to collect Usage Data from you such as your IP address, web browser, pages viewed, time spent on pages, how you use our Website, any links you click on, and conversion information. This information may be used by us and others to, among other things, analyze and track data, determine the popularity of certain content or products, measure the effectiveness of ad campaigns, determine the proper amount of repeat views of a given ad, and deliver advertising and content targeted to your interests on our websites and other websites (also known as “interest-based advertising”).

Your Rights and Obligations

You represent and warrant that any Personal Information you provide us is true and correct and relates to you and not to any other person.
If you wish to review, delete and/or revise the Personal Information we have stored about you, please contact us with your specific request at legal@homeis.com; provided, however, that we reserve the right to retain an archive of such Personal Information for a commercially reasonable time to ensure that its deletion does not affect the integrity of our data; and we further reserve the right to retain an anonymous version of such Personal Information.

If you use the Platform, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and for restricting access to your computer or device, and you agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account.

If you are a California resident under the age of 18, and a registered user of the Platform, California Business and Professions Code Section 22581 permits you to request and obtain removal of content or information you have publicly posted. To make such a request, please send an email with a detailed description of the specific content or information to legal@homeis.com and include “CA Removal Request” in the subject line. Please be aware that such a request does not ensure complete or comprehensive removal of the content or information you have posted and that there may be circumstances in which the law does not require or allow removal even if requested.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to change this Policy at any time. In the event we make changes to this Policy, such policy will be updated as described in the first paragraph. Therefore, please review this Policy from time to time so that you are aware of when any changes are made to this Policy. If you have any questions about the changes that were implemented, please contact us at legal@homeis.com and include “Information Regarding Updated Policy” in the subject line. In any event, your continued use of the Platform after such change constitutes your acceptance of any such change(s), and if you do not accept any changes, you may choose not to use the Platform or opt out by sending us an appropriate notice.

General Legal

All other terms governing this Privacy Policy shall be those set forth in our Terms of Use http://www.homeis.com/terms which are incorporated herein by this reference.

If you have questions or comments about this Policy, please contact us at legal@homeis.com “HomeIs Privacy” in the subject line of your email.