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We believe every person has a fundamental right to fully own and control their own data
Last Updated: Thursday 8th December 2022

What is the General Data Protection Regulation ?

The GDPR is a comprehensive EU data privacy law that went into effect on May 25, 2018 and states that everyone has a right to protection of their personal data. This applies not only to EU companies, but to all companies who process data for EU residents.We believe every person has a fundamental right to fully own and control their own data.In today’s internet age, behemoths like Google, Facebook, and LinkedIn profit from people’s personal data and are heavily incentivised to prevent individuals from controlling, transferring or removing any of the data they freely provide on these websites. Although recent events have raised significant awareness about these issues, there is still a long way to go to put the power back into the hands of individuals.We don’t need a government regulation to tell us what we already know about the need to protect your data.This fundamental human right is the driving vision behind everything we do and something we take very seriously. The GDPR aligns with our mission to protect these rights and creates more awareness for individuals and companies all over the world to come to this same conclusion.Librty takes privacy seriously and carefully considers the data it collects.Librty collects data for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to:
  • debugging and improving the protocol
  • understanding how our users interact with our applications
  • preventing fraud in our reward programs
  • providing statistics to content creators
We promise to keep any collected data safe and to never share personal, private information with anyone outside of Librty You must be over 13 years of age to sign into the Desktop app or create a Librty account.Users can also choose to use Librty anonymously however some features, like Librty Rewards, will not be available.Additionally, even when not sending data to us, using Librty (outside of Librty) typically involves participation in the peer-to-peer Librty network and certain information like your IP address is likely to be exposed regardless. See below for more information.

What type of data is collected and where?

As a first time user of Librty applications and Librty, you have the option of providing an email address to create an Librty account. This allows for a richer user experience by enabling services such as Librty Rewards, email notifications, and account synchronization (i.e. subscriptions and user preferences) across multiple devices/platforms. If you do not provide an email, any data collected cannot be associated with your identity, but may still be tied back to other system information like IP addresses.See below tables for a break-down of the types of data collected and associated applications.
Scope of Data Depends on Optional Visibility Details
Email addresses Yes, if email provided Librty Used to create and authenticate a Librty account
User preferences Email Yes, if email provided Librty Subscriptions, tags, blocked channels, and application settings
System information Yes, if Share Diagnostic Data enabled Librty Operating system, application/SDK versions, and unique install identifier
Identity verification Email Yes, if going through manual approval Librty Phone number, credit card fingerprint (Stripe), and 3rd party services identifiers (i.e. YouTube, GitHub)
Google Analytics Android only Librty User behavior and interactions within the applications are tracked anonymously. This is not linked to a Librty account.
Content access analytics Email Yes, if email provided Librty Content views used for Rewards and internal analytics
IP addresses No, use VPN to protect Everyone Any access to Librty services are logged to prevent abuse and comply with legal requirements
Blockchain metadata Email Yes, if email provided Librty Wallet addresses and transactions related to Rewards are logged to prevent abuse and comply with tax requirements (above $600 yearly threshold)
Blockchain transactions No, don’t create transactions Everyone Any actions taken that use Librty credits and create a permanent transaction on the blockchain. Not linked to any Account/User data.
Scope of Data Librty Desktop App Librty (Web) Librty Android App Librty SDK
Email addresses yes yes yes no
User preferences yes yes yes no
System information yes no yes yes
Identity verification yes yes yes no
Google Analytics opt-in no yes no
Content access analytics yes yes yes yes
IP addresses yes yes yes opt-out
Blockchain metadata yes yes yes no
Blockchain transactions yes yes yes yes

What’s the difference between account data and cryptocurrency wallets?

Each deployed Librty platform also contains a cryptocurrency wallet that is stored locally on the respective device. The wallet allows you to store Librty Credits and use them to transact (spend, publish, purchase, and tip) on the network. The private information, which is required to perform these actions, is under the sole control of the user.Librty does provide a wallet syncing and backup mechanism to allow seamless access across multiple devices. The backup service ensures that a wallet can be retrieved by the user through their Librty account in case they lose access to their local copy. Any storage and exchange of wallet data has end to end encryption, and the user can also provide an additional encryption password if desired.

How do I use Librty anonymously?

To use Librty privately, we recommend the Librty Desktop application. By default, the Librty Desktop app will not share account or analytics data with Librty, Inc. or third-parties without specifically being enabled.For a maximally private experience, you should also use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to protect your IP address. This will allow you to use features like retrieving content data, publishing, purchasing, tipping, and other transactions anonymously. Depending on VPN features and network configuration, hosting data currently may not be possible, but this is an area of active development.Note that if using Librty anonymously or privately you are not eligible for Librty rewards.

Where is the account and analytics data stored?

Librty stores collected data on its own secured databases and ensures only authorized employees have access to this data. Google Analytics data is anonymized and protected by Google. We are soon moving away from GA completely - only the Android app has it enabled.

What information is shared with others in the network?

Similarly to other peer to peer protocols like BitTorrent, users in the network share messages (i.e. announcing content availability) and create direct connections to exchange data (i.e. downloads/uploads). While Librty does not collect this information, other participants of the network can observe and collect the information.

Can I use a VPN to use and access Librty?

Yes, a VPN can be used with all Librty services. Major features will work without any problems, but VPN users may not be eligible for Librty Rewards to prevent abuse.
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