Privacy Policy

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If you have questions about deleting or correcting your personal data please contact us any time. (“Bystander”) operates It is Bystander’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our website.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, Bystander collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Bystander’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Bystander’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Bystander may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

Bystander also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and users subscribing to mailing lists. Bystander only discloses user IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to Bystander’s websites choose to interact with Bystander in ways that require Bystander to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Bystander gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up to a mailing list to provide a name and email address. Those who engage in transactions with Bystander – by purchasing access to the Bystander software service, for example – are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, Bystander collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Bystander. Bystander does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

Bystander may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, Bystander may monitor the most popular blog posts on Bystander’s blog. Bystander may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Bystander does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Information We Collect from Other Sources

With your authorization, we may also obtain information about you from other sources. For example, if you create or log into your Bystander account through a social media service (like Google) or if you connect your account to a third party service, we will receive information from that service (such as your username, basic profile information, and friends list) via the authorization procedures used by that service. The information we receive depends on which services you authorize and any options that are available.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

Bystander discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Bystander’s behalf or to provide services available at Bystander’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Bystander’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Bystander will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Bystander discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Bystander believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Bystander, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an Bystander website and have supplied your email address, Bystander may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Bystander and our products. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Bystander takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Bystander uses cookies to help Bystander identify and track visitors, their usage of Bystander website, and their website access preferences. Bystander visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Bystander’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of Bystander’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Business Transfers

If Bystander, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Bystander goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Bystander may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Bystander may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Bystander’s sole discretion. Bystander encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. If you have a Bystander account, you should also check your account’s dashboard for alerts to these changes. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.