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Newsbeat Mobile Application Privacy Policy

Effective Date: February 6, 2014

Stargrid Communications ("Newsbeat") is committed to safeguarding your privacy. The purpose of this Newsbeat Mobile Application Privacy Policy ("Policy") is to ensure that you understand the information Newsbeat collects, how we use it, and when and with whom we may share it in connection with the provision of the Newsbeat Mobile Application and the products and services provided on or through such mobile applications (collectively, the "Application").

This Policy applies regardless of the device used to access and use the Application. You are bound by this Policy if you download, install, or otherwise use the Application or similar product or service where you are presented with this Policy. If you do not agree to this Policy, then you may not use the Application or access the content or any services in the Application.

This Policy applies only to information collected on or through the Application. It does not apply to information collected or obtained by or through any other means (including, without limitation, information collected offline, in-person, over the telephone or by mail.

Before you submit any information on or through the Application, please carefully review this Policy. By downloading and/or using the Application, you consent to the collection, use, disclosure and sharing of your information as described in this Policy. As we update and expand the products, services, and offerings made available through the Application, we may make changes to the Policy accordingly. Any changes will be incorporated into this Policy, and you should check this Policy periodically for updates. If we make any material changes to this Policy, we will post the updated Privacy Policy and notify you by email or by means of a notice on our website and/or through the Application. Your continued use of the Application will signify acceptance of the terms of the updated Policy.


A.Personal Information. You do not need to provide any personal information, such as your name or email address in order to use the application. If you choose to provide personal information when you contact us or if you elect to receive emails from us, such personal information will be collected.

B.Location Information: We may collect location information, including general information (e.g., IP address, zip code) and more specific information (e.g., GPS-based location information) from your mobile device and use that information to deliver the content and services that are available through the Application. The Application relies on this location information in order to provide certain location-based services such as information about your commute, local stories that would be of interest to you, or the weather in your locale. By downloading and/or using the Application, you consent to the collection and use of this location information. If you do not wish to have this location information collected and used by Newsbeat, you should not use the Application.

C.Categories of Interests. The Application allows you to select categories of interest to deliver your preferred content. These categories include U.S., world or local news, sports, technology and other categories. Newsbeat collects this information, as well as your interest level by category – low, medium or high. Also, when you skip or fast forward through a story, we collect this information to help evaluate your interests and ensure that the right content is being delivered.

D.Your Publications. If you select certain preferred publications, such as the Chicago Tribune or the Los Angeles Times, we collect that information.

E.Passive Anonymous Information Gathered Electronically. We and our third-party service providers and/or partners may automatically collect certain types of passive, anonymous information whenever you use the Application, such as information about your device and activities when using the device. For instance, we may automatically collect Application usage information, such as the numbers and frequency of users of the Application, pages visited, and similar data. This data is used in the aggregate, that is, as a statistical measure, and not in a manner that Newsbeat or its third-party service providers and/or partners intend to use to identify you personally.


A.Financial Information. In order to take advantage of certain functionalities of the Application, such as the ability to purchase a premium subscription, certain financial information, such as your name, address, credit or debit card information or ACH information, applicable expiration dates and security codes, will be collected by mobile applications platforms such as the iTunes Store or Google Play in order to process your transactions. Newsbeat does not collect, store or otherwise maintain this financial information, including credit, debit or similar information from individuals who purchase a premium subscription of the Application.

B.Device Information. Third party vendors who provide analytics concerning the use of the Application may collect certain information about the device you use to access the Application, including without limitation the city, state and/or country where you were located when you download the Application, your device identifier, IP address, MAC address, operating system, and application usage information.

This website uses Google AdWords

This website uses the Google AdWords remarketing service to advertise on third party websites (including Google) to previous visitors to our site. It could mean that we advertise to previous visitors who haven’t completed a task on our site, for example using the contact form to make an enquiry. This could be in the form of an advertisement on the Google search results page, or a site in the Google Display Network. Third-party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on someone’s past visits to the Newsbeat website. Of course, any data collected will be used in accordance with our own privacy policy and Google’s privacy policy.

You can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Preferences page, and if you want to you can
opt out of interest-based advertising entirely by cookie settings or
permanently using a browser plugin.


If you access the Application through Facebook Connect, we may collect the following information about you from Facebook: (a) Facebook ID/User Name; (b) first and last name; (c) anything that you have made public in your Facebook profile; (d) gender; (e) locale; (f) age range; (g) profile link; (h) your location; (i) your Facebook "likes"; (j) your comments; (k) "check-ins’ and friends’ check ins", (l) calendar of events; (m) hometown; (n) groups; (o) notes; (p) photos; (q) relationship and relationship preference; (r) religious and political affiliations; (s) status messages; (t) subscriptions; (u) videos; and (v) work history. If you permit, we also may collect your birthday and email. If you do not wish to have this information shared by Facebook with Newsbeat, do not use Facebook Connect to access the Application.


Newsbeat may use your information for the following purposes:

  • For the purposes for which you provided it;
  • To provide the features, services and products available through the Application;
  • To send you information about your relationship or transactions with us;
  • To send you alerts or other communications;
  • To notify you about new features and offerings of the Application, including, but not limited to, discounts, events, news about our products and other services, and/or special offers;
  • To administer sweepstakes and contests;
  • To process and respond to your inquiries;
  • To contact you with information that we believe may be of interest to you;
  • For internal research and reporting;
  • To improve the content and features of the Applications or develop new products and/or services;
  • To tailor the content that you hear or predict the content you would like to hear based on your selected categories of interests and/or other user information, as well as your perceived interests based on analytics and information shared by Facebook if you use Facebook Connect to access the Application;
  • To provide advertising in the Application or in the content that you hear through the Application;
  • To enforce the legal terms that govern your use of the Application;
  • To administer and troubleshoot the Application; and
  • To share your information with reputable third parties who may provide you with information about their products and/or services that may be of interest to you.

We may aggregate and/or anonymize information collected through the Application. We may use anonymous or aggregated data for any purpose, including without limitation for research and marketing purposes, and may also share such data with any third parties, advertisers, promotional partners, sponsors, event promoters, and/or others.


Consent: If you consent to the disclosure, we may do so.

Service Providers. We may provide access to your information to select third parties who perform services on our behalf and for any other legitimate business purposes. These third parties provide a variety of services to us, including without limitation, in application contextual advertising, sales, marketing, advertising, market research, fulfillment, data storage, analysis and processing, and legal services. Newsbeat generally seeks contractual assurances from these service providers that they will not use your information in any manner other than to help us provide you with the services and products available from Newsbeat.

Other Third Parties. We may share your information with reputable third parties so that they may contact you to offer products, services and/or promotions. In addition, we may also share your information with any third-party partner or contractor that has a mobile application powered by the Newsbeat Application or certain functionality, widgets, or technology from the Newsbeat Application. If you receive a communication from a third party and you do not wish to receive future communications from that party, you should also tell them to remove you from their marketing list.

Protection of Newsbeat and Others. By using the Application, you acknowledge, consent and agree that we may access, preserve and disclose your information, including, but not limited to, any user content, if required to do so by law or in a good faith belief that such access, preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (a) comply with legal process; (b) enforce our Newsbeat Terms of Service and End User License Agreement, this Policy, or other contracts with you; (c) respond to claims that any content violates the rights of third parties; (d) respond to your requests for customer service; and/or (e) protect the rights, property or personal safety of Newsbeat, its agents and affiliates, its users and/or the public. We may also disclose information to law enforcement agencies in emergency circumstances, where the disclosure of such information is consistent with the types of emergency disclosures permitted or required by law.

Business Transfers. We reserve the right to disclose and transfer all of your information, including your personal information, to a successor company in connection with a transaction, such as a merger, spin-off, spin-out, reorganization, contribution, consolidation, or acquisition or sale of all, or components, of our business.


The Application is operated and provided in the United States. If you are a resident of the European Union or other location outside the United States, please be advised that any information you provide through the Application will be transferred to the United States or other designated locations outside of the United States for certain processing/hosting operations. We have taken commercially reasonable steps to ensure that your personal information is appropriately protected and is processed only in accordance with this Policy. By using the Application, you consent to this transfer and to the use of the personal information as described herein.


If you have provided personal information while using the Application and later decide that you would rather not have Newsbeat use personally identifiable information for marketing purposes in accordance with this Policy, you can opt-out of future use at any time by: (i) going to the link provided at the bottom of any email you receive from Newsbeat and opting out of receiving informatio, and (ii) by sending us an email at In addition, if you choose to receive emails from Newsbeat by selecting that option in the Application, you may change your mind by turning off that setting in the Application or responding to an unsubscribe option in a email that you receive.


To keep your information accurate, current and complete, email to update and/or correct any information previously provided.


Links to third-party websites, applications and other services may be made available through the Application. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such third-party services. Any information you provide via those services is subject to the applicable privacy policies and is not covered by this Policy.


We have implemented commercially reasonable administrative, technical, and physical security measures to protect against the loss, misuse and/or alteration of your information. However, we cannot and do not guarantee that these measures will prevent every unauthorized attempt to access, use, or disclose your information since despite our efforts, no Internet and/or other electronic transmissions can be completely secure.


California Law permits users who are California residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for such third parties’ direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please send an email to


Newsbeat does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information directly from children under the age of 13. If you are under 13, please do not submit any personally identifiable information to Newsbeat. If we discover we have received any information from a child under the age of 13 in violation of this Policy, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe Newsbeat has any information from or about anyone under the age of 13, please contact us at the address listed below.


Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns, requests or comments by email at

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