Version 1 – October 2016
Counting Owl respects the privacy of all their users. That’s why we use as little as possible user information within the app. The following points are set up to show which data is used for what elements:
Adding accounts to your ‘Home’
If you want to add a account to your Counting Owl ‘home’, you first need to search the account with the search option. This varies per platform:
Twitter and Instagram
If you want to search for an account within Twitter you will need to log-in to get acces to the following data:
Logging into Twitter is needed to get the search results loaded in the search option. This happens via API’s (Application Programming Interfaces) which collects all the data stated above.
Searching for other users in Instagram is not possible. This is because of the strict privacy rules of Instagram. Counting Owl cannot do anything about this, but we respect Instagram’s choice for this API acces and we hope you do too. So right now it’s only possible to add your own Instagram account to your Counting Owl home page if you have logged in.
To make sure all the log-in data is secure we use the authorization functions from Twitter and Instagram. Counting Owl does not collect any log-in usernames or passwords, those will stay within the database of Instagram and Twitter. On Twitter your device will load a list of all the people you follow and show them in the search results section. This lets you find and add important and relevant people even faster. None of this data will be saved to maintain your privacy. The people you follow on Twitter will stay secret to us.
After logging in with the authorization function you will be sent back to the app where you can start searching for users within Twitter or click on your own Instagram profile to view your current followers and add it to your Counting Owl home screen.
YouTube and Twitch
There is no need to log-in to YouTube and Twitch if you want to find YouTube or Twitch channels, it just works. The reason for this is the difference in open-source content from YouTube and Twitch vs Twitter or Instagram.
Setting a target
If you set a target for a account, the data will be saved on our server, together with the link to the account and the identifaction code for the notifications. In this way we can send a notification to your device if the target for thet account is reached. We cannot track this information back to your device in any way.
The list with people you follow on your ‘Home’ is saved locally on your own device. If you have turned notifications on for a account, a link to this account, together with the identification code for the notification will be saved on our server. We need this information to send you a notification if the app is not directly opened.
Google Firebase Analytics
We use Google Firebase Analytics to test different parts of our app. This data is used to create insights which could improve the user experience for future versions of the Counting Owl app. On Android, this data is connected to the Android Advertising ID and on iOS it is connected to the Advertising Identifier.
If you want to turn it off on iOS you can find it in Settings > Privacy > Advertising. Then turn on Limit Ad Tracking. On Android you can turn it off by going to Ads Settings. Then click or tap on the slider next to “Ads Personalization” and then TURN OFF.
But as we mentioned before, we only use the data to improve the user experience of the Counting Owl app. But we respect your choice.
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