Privacy Policy

Effective: May 6th, 2020

Last Reviewed on: May 5th, 2020

Chomp is an app for quick, fun and easy ways to share your tasty food experiences with friends. From food trucks to fancy dinners, Chomp makes keeping up with your friends’ food adventures fun and easy by sharing instant pics and bite-sized reviews wherever or whenever tasty moments happen.

When you use these services—and any others we roll out—you’ll inevitably share some information with us. We get that that can affect your privacy. So we want to be upfront about the information we collect, how we use it, whom we share it with, and the choices we give you to control, access, and update your information.

This Privacy Policy describes our policies on the collection, use, and disclosure of information about you in connection with your use of our services, including those offered through our websites and mobile applications (collectively, the "Service"). The terms "we", "us", and "Chomp" refer to Chomp Inc., a Delaware corporation. When you access or use the Service, you consent to our collection, use, and disclosure of information about you as described in this Privacy Policy.

In addition, this Privacy Policy has been updated to comply with the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA).

A. Information We Collect

There are three basic ways we collect information:

Here’s a little more detail on each of these categories.

  1. Information You Choose to Give Us

    When you interact with the Service, we collect the information that you choose to share with us. For example, the Service requires you to set up a user account, so we need to collect a few important details about you, such as: a unique username you’d like to go by, a password, an email address, other SNS accounts, a phone number, and your date of birth. To make it easier for others to find you, you may also provide us with some additional information that will be publicly visible on the Service, such as profile pictures, bitmoji avatar, a name, or other useful identifying information.

    Of course, you’ll also provide us whatever information you post or share with other users on or through the Service, such as text, images, photos, audio, video, and location data, restaurant lists also referred to as “content”. Keep in mind that the users you send content to can always save that content or download, copy and distribute it outside the app. So, the same common sense that applies to the Internet at large applies to Chomp as well: Don’t send messages or share content that you wouldn’t want someone else to see, save or share inside or outside of the Service.

    It probably goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: When you contact Chomp Support or communicate with us in any other way, we’ll collect whatever information you provide in such communications.

  2. Information We Get When You Use the Service

    When you use the Service, we collect information about which of the Services you’ve used and how you’ve used them. We might know, for instance, that you went to a particular restaurant on a certain date, had a specific dish at the restaurant, and sent a few pictures or messages to your friends, post in list feed. Here’s a fuller explanation of the types of information we collect when you use the Service (to learn about how you can control some of this information, be sure to read the aptly titled Control over Your Information section below):

    • Usage Information.

      We collect information about your activity through the Service. For example, we may collect information about:

      • how you interact with the Service, such as what keywords you typed in to find a restaurant, how you edited your photos or pictures, what textual messages you put on your photos or pictures.
      • how you communicate with other users, such as their names, the time and date of your communications, the number of messages you exchange with your friends, and your interactions with messages.
    • Content Information.

      We collect information about the content you provide, such as the content itself, if the recipient has viewed the content and the metadata that is provided with the content.

    • Device Information.

      We collect device-specific information, such as the hardware model, operating system version, advertising identifier, unique application identifiers, apps installed, unique device identifiers, browser type, language, wireless network, and mobile network information(including the mobile phone number), time zone.

    • Device Phonebook.

      Because Chomp is all about communicating with friends, we may—with your consent— collect information from your device’s phonebook.

    • Camera, Photos, and Videos.

      The Service requires us to collect images, videos, and other information from your device’s camera and photos. We’ll access your camera and photos only after you give us your consent.

    • Location Information.

      When you use the Service we may collect information about your location. With your consent, we may also collect information about your precise location using methods that include GPS, wireless networks, cell towers, Wi-Fi access points, and other sensors, such as gyroscopes, accelerometers, and compasses.

    • Information Collected by Cookies and Other Technologies.

      Like most online services and mobile applications, we may use Cookies and other technologies, such as web beacons, web storage, and unique advertising identifiers, to collect information about your activity, browser, and device. We may also use these technologies to collect information when you interact with services we offer through one of our partners, such as advertising and commerce features. Most web browsers are set to accept Cookies by default. If you prefer, you can usually remove or reject browser Cookies through the settings on your browser or device. Keep in mind, though, that removing or rejecting Cookies could affect the availability and functionality of the Service.

      The purposes for which we use Cookies in the Service include:

      • Processes
        • Intended to make the Service work in the way you expect. For example, we use a Cookie that tells us whether you have already signed up for an account.
      • Authentication, Security, and Compliance
        • Intended to prevent fraud, protect your data from unauthorized parties, and comply with legal requirements. For example, we use Cookies to determine if you are logged in.
      • Preferences
        • Intended to remember information about how you prefer the Service to behave and look. For example, we use a Cookie that tells us whether you have declined to allow us to use your phone’s geolocation data.
      • Notifications
        • Intended to allow or prevent notices of information or options that we think could improve your use of the Service. For example, we use a Cookie that stops us from showing you the signup notification if you have already seen it.
      • Advertising
        • Intended to make advertising more relevant to users and more valuable to advertisers. For example, we may use Cookies to serve you interest-based ads, such as ads that are displayed to you based on your visits to other websites, or to tell us if you have recently clicked on an ad.
      • Analytics
        • Intended to help us understand how visitors use the Service. For example, we use these cookies to learn more about which features are the most popular with our users and which ones might need some tweaks.

      To learn more about how third parties use these technologies in the Service, be sure to read the Analytics and Advertising Services Provided by Others section of our privacy policy.

    • Log Information.

      We also collect log information when you use our website. That information includes, among other things:

      • details about how you’ve used the Service
      • device information, such as your web browser type and language
      • access times
      • pages viewed
      • IP address
      • identifiers associated with cookies or other technologies that may uniquely identify your device or browser
      • pages you visited before or after navigating to our website
  3. Information We Collect from Third Parties

    We may collect information that other users provide about you when they use the Service. For example, if another user allows us to collect information from their device phonebook—and you’re one of that user’s contacts—we may combine the information we collect from that user’s phonebook with other information we have collected about you. We may also obtain information from other companies that are owned or operated by us, or from any other third-party sources, and combine that with the information we collect through the Service.

    Advertisers, app developers, publishers, and other third parties may share information with us as well. We may use this information, among other ways, to help target or measure the performance of ads.

B. How We Use Information

We collect information to provide you with an amazing set of products and services that we relentlessly improve. But we do a lot more as well such as:

We may also store some information locally on your device. For example, we may store information as local cache so that you can open the app and view content faster. We may use or disclose information provided if required by law or if we reasonably believe that use or disclosure is necessary to protect the rights of Company or of its employees, customers and vendors, and/or to comply with judicial proceeding, court order, law enforcement requests, governmental regulations, or legal process.

C. How We Share Information

We may share information about you for a business purpose in the following ways:

Sales of Personal Information

In the preceding twelve (12) months, we have not sold your personal information as that is defined pursuant to the CCPA.

D. Information You Choose to Share with Third Parties

The Service may also contain third-party links and search results, include third-party service or feature integrations, or be a co-branded or third-party-branded service that’s being provided jointly with or by another company. By going to those links, using the third-party integration, or using a co-branded or third-party-branded service, you may be providing information (including personal information) directly to the third party, us, or both. You acknowledge and agree that we are not responsible for how those third parties collect or use your information. As always, we encourage you to review the privacy policies of every third-party website or service that you visit or use, including those third parties you interact with through the Service.

E. How Long We Keep Your Content

We store your basic information and content. Basic information is like your name, phone number, and email address—and list of friends until you ask us to delete them. Content is stored for a long time and it will be deleted if you delete it on the app or you ask us to delete them.

When your account is terminated and closed, we will remove your information and content from your account (and no one will see your messages anymore), but we may retain and use your information and content (including, without limitation, your profile information, text and pictures) for the purposes authorized under this Privacy Policy as well as the Terms unless prohibited by law.

For example, we may deny your deletion request if retaining the information is necessary for us or our service provider(s) to:

  1. Complete the transaction for which we collected the personal information, provide good or service that you requested, take actions reasonably anticipated within the context of our ongoing business relationship with you, fulfill the terms of a written warranty or product recall conducted in accordance with federal law, or otherwise perform our contract with you.
  2. Detect security incidents, protect against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity, or prosecute those responsible for such activities.
  3. Debug products to identify and repair errors that impair existing intended functionality.
  4. Exercise free speech, ensure the right of another consumer to exercise their free speech rights, or exercise another right provided for by law.
  5. Comply with the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (Cal. Penal Code § 1546 et. seq.).
  6. Engage in public or peer-reviewed scientific, historical, or statistical research in the public interest that adheres to all other applicable ethics and privacy laws, when the information's deletion may likely render impossible or seriously impair the research's achievement, if you previously provided informed consent.
  7. Enable solely internal uses that are reasonably aligned with consumer expectations based on your relationship with us.
  8. Comply with a legal obligation.
  9. Make other internal and lawful uses of that information that are compatible with the context in which you provided it.

F. Control over Your Information

We want you to be in control of your information, so we provide you with the following tools.

G. Exercising Access, Data Portability, and Deletion Rights

To exercise the access, data portability, and deletion rights described above, please submit a verifiable consumer request to us by either:

Only you, or someone legally authorized to act on your behalf, may make a verifiable consumer request related to your personal information. You may also make a verifiable consumer request on behalf of your minor child. To designate an authorized agent to make a request on your behalf, please [complete the form available here or] provide us with a power of attorney or other legally binding written document signed by you and identifying your agent. We may also verify the identity of your designated agent.

You may only make a verifiable consumer request for access or data portability twice within a 12-month period. The verifiable consumer request must:

We cannot respond to your request or provide you with personal information if we cannot verify your identity or authority to make the request and confirm the personal information relates to you.

Making a verifiable consumer request does not require you to create an account with us. However, we do consider requests made through your password-protected account sufficiently verified when the request relates to personal information associated with that specific account.

We will only use personal information provided in a verifiable consumer request to verify the requestor's identity or authority to make the request.

Response Timing and Format

We endeavor to respond to a verifiable consumer request within forty-five (45) days of its receipt. If we require more time (up to 45 days), we will inform you of the reason and extension period in writing.

Any disclosures we provide will only cover the 12-month period preceding the verifiable consumer request's receipt. The response we provide will also explain the reasons we cannot comply with a request, if applicable. For data portability requests, we will select a format to provide your personal information that is readily useable and should allow you to transmit the information from one entity to another entity without hindrance.

We do not charge a fee to process or respond to your verifiable consumer request unless it is excessive, repetitive, or manifestly unfounded. If we determine that the request warrants a fee, we will tell you why we made that decision and provide you with a cost estimate before completing your request.

H. Non Discrimination

We will not discriminate against you for exercising any of your CCPA rights. Unless permitted by the CCPA, we will not:

I. Analytics and Advertising Services Provided by Others

We may let other companies use cookies, web beacons, and similar tracking technologies on the Service. These companies may collect information about how you use the Service and other websites and online services over time and across different services. This information may be used to, among other things, analyze and track data, determine the popularity of certain content, and better understand your online activity.

Additionally, some companies may use the information they collect on the Service to deliver targeted advertisements on behalf of us or other companies, including on third-party websites and apps. Chomp does not currently respond to do-not-track signals that may be sent from your device. If we do so in the future, we will provide information about that practice in an updated version of this privacy policy. For more information about interest-based ads, including how to opt out of having your web-browsing information used for behavioral-advertising purposes, please visit www.aboutads.info/choices.

J. Users Outside the United States

Although we welcome users from all over the world, keep in mind that no matter where you live or where you happen to use the Service, we operate the Service from the United States. This means that we may collect your personal information from, transfer it to, and store and process it in the United States and other countries whose local data-protection and privacy laws may offer fewer protections than those in your country of residence or from any country where you use or access the services. If you do not want your information to be used or transferred in this way, then do not use the Service.

K. Children

The Service is not intended for—and we don’t direct them to—anyone under 13. And that’s why we do not knowingly collect personal information from anyone under 13. If we learn we have collected or received personal information from a child under 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information. If you believe we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at support@chomp.app.

L. Revisions to the Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to make changes to this Privacy Policy at any time. If we make material changes to this Privacy Policy, we will notify you by email or by posting a notice on the Services. We will also indicate at the top of this page the date this Policy was last revised. Changes to our Privacy Policy will be effective immediately upon posting of the updated Policy on our website. Your continued use of the Service following posting of the updated Policy shall indicate your acknowledgement and agreement to be bound by the new Policy with respect to all information provided or received both before and after the date on which the updated Policy was posted.

M. SECURITY

We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information you submitted to us, both during transmission and when we receive and store it. However, no method of transmission over the Internet or via mobile device, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. If you have reason to believe that your interaction with us is no longer secure, please notify us immediately.

N. Governing law

This Privacy Policy forms part of our Terms of Service and as such shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the state of California, as further discussed in out Terms of Service which can be found here https://chomp.app/terms.html.

O. Other California Privacy Rights

California's "Shine the Light" law (Civil Code Section § 1798.83) permits users of our Services that are California residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please send an email to support@chomp.app.

P. Contacting us

Questions regarding this Privacy Policy or Company’s information practices should be directed to us at: support@chomp.app