- “Phyn”, “our”, “us” or “we” means Phyn, LLC and Phyn Oy, including their affiliated companies.
- “Phyn Products” includes all Phyn-branded apps, products and services.
- “Phyn Websites” include all global Phyn websites.
If you are in the EEA, for the purposes of the EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (“GDPR”), the data controller is Phyn LLC of Phyn c/o Belkin International, 555 Aviation Blvd, Ste. 180, El Segundo, CA 90245
Personal Information. This means any information that (either in isolation or in combination with other information) can be used to identify you directly or indirectly. Some examples of Personal Information include your name, address, email address, phone number, any ID number or location data.
Aggregated Information. Information may be aggregated and/or anonymized. When information is aggregated, it is combined with information about other customers and users. Aggregated information that includes Personal Information is considered Personal Information until it has been anonymized.
Anonymized Information. When information is anonymized, Personal Information is removed from collected data and the remaining portion of the data is repurposed for internal or external use, such as, for example, to determine how many users of Phyn Products had a water leak in the past year, or how many users viewed a particular website video or advertisement. Anonymized information cannot be used to identify you.
Children’s Personal Information. The Phyn Websites and Phyn Products are not directed to, nor does Phyn knowingly collect Personal Information from, children under the age of 16. If we are informed that we have collected the Personal Information of a child under the age of 16, we will delete that Personal Information from our systems. If you believe we might have inadvertently collected Personal Information from or about a child under the age of 16, please contact us at email@example.com. We also do not sell the information of minors under the age of 16 years of age.
HOW WE COLLECT INFORMATION
We collect and process the following data about you:
Information you give us. If you fill in forms on Phyn Websites or correspond with us by phone, email or otherwise, you may be providing us with information about you, which may include Personal Information. This includes information you provide when you register on Phyn Websites, register or return a Phyn Product, subscribe to any of our services, search for a product, place an order on Phyn Websites, participate in social media functions on Phyn Websites, enter a competition, promotion or survey, participate in a training session or other event, download firmware, software and apps, or when you report a problem with Phyn Websites or Phyn Products or otherwise request support. Personal Information you give us may include your name, home address, email address, password, phone number and other contact information, plumbing fixture inventory, Wi-Fi and other home network information, financial and credit card information and any other information that can be used to personally identify you.
Setup information: When you install the Phyn device, you’ll be asked to provide information to set up your account. You will also be asked to provide an inventory of the plumbing fixtures in your home to allow Phyn to understand the normal water usage patterns in your home to detect leaks and quantify your water usage.
Mobile Phone Number: When you create a Phyn account, you will be asked to provide your mobile phone number in order to verify your identification. Once you provide this phone number, it will be stored along with your account information and will be used to send you SMS alerts regarding various functions of the service, including alerts about leaks, alerts about device connectivity and alerts about product enhancements, such as when new functionality has been unlocked for your account.
Profile Information: Your account may allow you to provide certain basic profile information like your name and profile photo. Names and profile photos may be shown to others in connection with the Services. For example, if you invite someone as an additional authorized user, he or she may be able to see your name and photo. You should only use photos you are willing to make public.
Information we collect about you. We automatically collect information when you use Phyn Websites or Phyn Products, including:
- Data from your Phyn Product’s sensors, including but not limited to alerts, notifications, user preferences, settings, and user actions, water usage information (including current flow rate, temperature and pressure rate) other data collected by Phyn via third party systems you’ve authorized Phyn to communicate with, and direct adjustments to your Phyn Product and Phyn app, including modifications or settings. We will also collect information as you use and interact with Phyn, including your activity using the Phyn app, clicking on the various functions and features and providing feedback from alerts and water consumption data to correct the system. This data helps your Phyn Product detect leaks. Information about leaks, notifications or alerts delivered through the Phyn app, and any actions you take in response to those notifications are also collected and used to improve the system’s ability to detect leaks and quantify water use.
- Technical information from the Phyn Product: In order to improve your experience over time and help troubleshoot any problem you may encounter with the Phyn Product, we record your device’s model and serial number, software version, and other technical information.
- Information about your visit to Phyn Websites, including the full Uniform Resource Locators (“URL”) you clickstream to, through and from Phyn Websites (including date and time), products you viewed or searched for, page response times, download errors, length of visits to certain pages, videos watched, page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks, and mouse-overs), and methods used to browse away from the page.
Information we receive from other sources. We may also receive information about you from other sources, including third parties who provide services to us (including, for example, business partners, our affiliates, subcontractors in technical, payment and delivery services, advertising networks, analytics providers, search information providers, credit reference agencies or publicly available sources) and we may receive information about you from them.
HOW WE USE INFORMATION
We use the information we collect for a number of purposes. These purposes will be consistent with the reason you provided the information to us or for a directly related purpose. The uses we make of such information include the following:
- To set up an account for you on Phyn Websites or Phyn Products.
- To facilitate your purchase and/or download of Phyn Products.
- To authenticate use of your account or purchases and/or use of a Phyn Product.
- To register your Phyn Product in our product database.
- To carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us and to provide you with the information, products and services that you request from us.
- To assist you with customer support.
- To communicate about and administer participation in customer promotions and surveys you choose to participate in.
- To provide the Phyn Products or any services you request.
- To provide you with information about the Phyn Products you use, such as new features, bug fixes, service downtimes or upgrades.
- To provide you from time to time with information relating to your energy or water usage and suggest potential savings in water or energy usage, including making assessments and recommendations about your plumbing, water leaks and water use.
- To help us develop new Phyn Products and services and improve current Phyn Products and services.
- To provide you, or permit selected third parties to provide you, with information about goods or services we feel may interest you. We (or selected third parties) will contact you by electronic means only if you have opted-in to receive marketing information. “Opt-in” means that you have taken an affirmative action to receive information, such as by checking a box or clicking a button.
- To notify you about changes to Phyn Websites and Phyn Products and changes to our terms, conditions and policies.
- To administer Phyn Websites and Phyn Products for internal operational purposes, including troubleshooting, data and statistical analysis, testing, research and survey purposes.
- To improve Phyn Websites and Phyn Products and to ensure that content is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer or device.
- To ensure the security of Phyn Websites and Phyn Products.
- To monitor and regulate interactive features of Phyn Websites and Phyn Products that you may choose to participate in.
- To help you navigate Phyn Websites.
- To help you access and use certain features of Phyn Products remotely and to help you monitor and safeguard your home.
- To measure or understand the effectiveness of advertising we serve to you and others who visit Phyn Websites and to deliver relevant personalized advertising to you and others.
- To determine which aspects of Phyn Websites and Phyn Products are most useful to you and other users of Phyn Websites and Phyn Products.
Why We Use Information
We also use your Personal Information to protect our business (for example, against fraud), to comply with legal requirements to which we are subject (for example, tax or financial reporting requirements) and for other legitimate interests.
We will send you direct marketing only if you have given your consent to such communications. See the Marketing section below.
Under no circumstances do we rent or sell your Personal Information. We will only share your Personal Information with third parties for marketing purposes if you have granted us permission to do so and in accordance with the Marketing section below. We share Personal Information in the following ways:
- Within Phyn for purposes of data processing or storage.
- With Phyn’s service providers. Our service providers are not allowed to use, share or retain your personal information except as permitted by us.
- With other third parties with your consent. Phyn may provide you with the ability to enable authorized users (“Authorized Users”) to access your account. Information will only be shared with Authorized Users if you give explicit consent to this sharing. If you consent, the Authorized Users may control and view all of your devices, content, and third-party connections. One example of an Authorized User would be if you invite another person to access your Phyn account as an Authorized User. An invited user must have or create a Phyn account, and information about invited users (like email address, name, or changes to product settings) will be stored with your account. Another example would be if you sign up for programs offered by our partners (such as insurance companies); if you do this, we may share certain information with the partner. This could include your enrollment information, usage data and the activation status of your device. Usage data received through Phyn sensors may be shared with Authorized Users if you authorize them to receive such data (such as your plumber, property owner/manager or insurance company). Similarly, when you connect third-party devices and services to your Phyn Products, you are shown information about any proposed exchange of data. Your explicit consent is required to allow these exchanges on your behalf and you can change your mind at any time.
- With service providers, advisors or other third parties to the extent reasonably necessary to proceed with the negotiation or completion of a merger, acquisition or sale of all or a portion of our assets. If Phyn merges with or acquires or is acquired by another entity, Personal Information would be transferred as a whole to the successor entity.
- To comply with the law or legal process (such as responding to subpoenas or court orders), to comply with government reporting obligations and to exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims.
- To the public with your consent, such as when you participate in a survey or review.
In addition, we may use and share aggregated and anonymized information with third parties and service providers for a variety of purposes, including to analyze trends about water usage across all Phyn user homes, to show third parties how their products could work with Phyn Products and to help us make sales, marketing and business decisions. This aggregated and anonymized information may also be shared with other users to help them better understand their water usage compared to other Phyn users, to raise awareness about safety or conservation issues, or to help us generally improve our service. We may also share aggregated and anonymized information with our business partners, for example, if they are interested in providing demand-response services or other incentive programs. We’ve taken steps to ensure that this information cannot be linked back to you and we require third parties to keep all shared information in its anonymized form.
Any service providers with whom we share your Personal Information are required to maintain the confidentiality of the information and are prohibited from using it for any other purpose. We will take all reasonable steps to make sure these service providers comply with the same privacy principles that govern our collection of your Personal Information.
We will ask for your consent, such as by email response, opt-in box or click through agreement acceptance, before we use or share your Personal Information for any other purpose.
We will process your Personal Information for marketing purposes, either from ourselves or a third party, only with your consent.
You have various choices in relation to your Personal Information. Some choices are presented up front in the form of opt-in notices or acceptance boxes for marketing to you or sharing your Personal Information with third parties. You always have the choice to opt-out if you later change your mind. One form of opt-out is clicking the Unsubscribe link in a marketing email. This will take you off our marketing email list.
If you do not wish to receive direct marketing material from us or a third party, in addition to following the “Unsubscribe” instructions in a marketing email, you can send us an email request at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHERE WE STORE YOUR INFORMATION
The data that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, various locations globally, including the United States. It may also be processed by Phyn staff or contractors operating outside your country of residence (including, if you are in Europe, outside of the EEA, or, if you are in Australia or New Zealand (“ANZ”), outside of ANZ) who work for us or for one of our suppliers. Such staff may be engaged in, among other things, the fulfilment of your order, the processing of your payment details or the provision of support services. We also use cloud-based applications and services to store and process your Personal Information, which may result in your Personal Information being stored outside your country of residence (or the EEA or ANZ).
UPDATING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
We need your help in keeping your Personal Information accurate and up to date, so please notify us of any changes to your Personal Information. You can access and update your Personal Information and communication preferences at any time in the following ways:
- By clicking the “Unsubscribe” link in any email you receive from us.
- By sending an email to email@example.com. Please be sure to include your name, email address and specific relevant details about the information you would like to change or the material that you no longer wish to receive.
- For many Phyn Websites and Phyn Products, by signing in to your online account located at the URL provided when you signed up for the Phyn Website or service.
You have a number of rights in relation to your personal data. These can differ by country and jurisdiction. You may have the following rights:
- The right to receive confirmation as to whether or not we are processing your Personal Information.
- The right to correct your data if it is inaccurate or incomplete.
- The right to transfer Personal Information you have provided to us to a third party if we are processing that data on either the basis of your consent or to perform a contract with you.
- The right to delete your Personal Information, unless we are required to retain it by law or to establish, exercise or defend legal claims, or for another one of our business purposes.
- The right to receive a copy of Personal Information held on our current records, as well as information regarding the purposes of the processing, the categories of data involved, to whom such information may be disclosed and for what period we envisage holding the data. If you are outside the EEA or California, we may make a reasonable charge if records must be accessed from backed up or archived records. Note that California residents may be entitled to ask us for a notice describing what categories of personal information (if any) we share with third parties or affiliates for direct marketing.
- The right to be informed of the source of the Personal Information, if we did not obtain it from you.
- The right to be informed of the appropriate safeguards implemented in relation to any transfer of your Personal Information from within to outside the EEA.
If you are resident in the EEA, you also have the following rights:
- The right to withdraw your consent to our processing of your Personal Information at any time after you have consented, including opting-out of receiving marketing materials. The easiest way to do this is by clicking the “Unsubscribe” link in any email you receive from us.
- If we are processing your Personal Information either on the basis of your consent or to perform a contract with you, the right to receive such data in a machine-readable format or where feasible to have us transfer it directly to a third party data controller.
- The right to restrict our processing of your Personal Information where you believe such data to be inaccurate, our processing to be unlawful, or that we no longer need to process such data for a particular purpose (unless we are not able to restrict such processing or delete the data due to a legal or other obligation or because you do not wish for us to delete it).
- The right to object to such processing on grounds relating to your particular situation, where the legal justification for our processing of your Personal Information is our legitimate interest. We will abide by your request unless we have compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests and rights, or if we need to continue to process the data to establish, exercise or defend legal claims.
You can make a request to exercise any of these rights in relation to your Personal Information by sending the request by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or, if you are in California, by calling us at 877-460-2323.
We will respond to your request promptly upon receipt. If you are in the EEA, this will be within one month of receipt, or if further time is required, we will inform you of this and the reason for the delay. We may ask you to verify your identity before we can act on your request. We may conduct an identity verification by phone call or email. Depending on your request, we will ask for information such as your name, the email address connected to your account with us, or the date of a support call you made to us. We may also ask you to provide a signed declaration confirming your identity.
In some circumstances, you may designate an authorized agent to submit requests to exercise certain privacy rights on your behalf. We will require verification that you provided the authorized agent permission to make a request on your behalf. You must provide us with a copy of the signed permission you have given to the authorized agent to submit the request on your behalf and verify your own identity directly with us.
If you are an authorized agent submitting a request on behalf of an individual in California, you must attach a copy of the following information to the request:
- A completed Authorized Agent Designation Form, located here, indicating that you have authorization to act on the consumer’s behalf.
- If you are a business, proof that you are registered with the Secretary of State to conduct business in California.
If we do not receive both pieces of information, the request will be denied.
If you are in the EEA, you also have the right to lodge a complaint with the local data protection authority if you believe that we have not complied with applicable data protection laws. Please click here for a list of contact details for the EEA data protection authorities.
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RETENTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
To determine the appropriate retention period for Personal Information, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the Personal Information, the potential risk of harm from unauthorized use or disclosure of your Personal Information, the purposes for which we process your Personal Information and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.
COOKIES, WEB BEACONS AND OTHER WEB TOOLS
We use automatic data collection tools like cookies, embedded web links and widgets. These tools collect certain information that your browser or your mobile device sends to Phyn Websites and Phyn Products. This section explains how we use these tools and your choices about them.
We use common tracking technologies. We collect personal information about users over time and across different devices and platforms when you use the Phyn Website, app or service. For the purposes of this policy, “platform” includes our websites and mobile applications. We also have third parties that collect personal information this way. To do this, we use several common tracking tools. Our vendors may also use these tools. These may include browser cookies. We may also use web beacons, flash cookies, and other technologies.
We use tracking technologies for a variety of reasons. We use tracking tools, including cookies, on our platforms. Cookies are small files that download when you access certain platforms. We use tracking tools:
- To recognize new or past customers.
- To store your password and registration information if you are registered on our platform.
- To identify your country and language and distinguish you from other users of Phyn Websites.
- To optimize your browsing experience by preloading certain features of Phyn Websites and services on future visits to make loading times faster and more efficient.
- To provide basic platform functionality and improve our platform.
- To serve you with interest-based or targeted advertising (see below for more on interest-based advertising).
- To observe your behaviors and browsing activities over time across multiple devices or other platforms.
- To enable social sharing.
- To better understand the interests of our customers and our platform visitors.
Where web tools collect your Personal Information, it is in our legitimate interests to process such information to provide and improve our products and services and to maintain our relationship with you.
We engage in interest-based advertising. We and our partners display interest-based advertising using information gathered about you over time across multiple devices or other platforms. This might include websites and apps.
Interest-based advertising or “online behavioral advertising” includes ads served to you after you leave our platform, encouraging you to return. They also include ads we think are relevant based on your shopping habits or online activities. These ads might be served on websites or on apps. They might also be served in emails. We might serve these ads, or third parties may serve ads. They might be about our products or other companies’ products.
How do we gather relevant information about you for interest-based advertising? To decide what is relevant to you, we use information you make available to us when you interact with us, our affiliates, and other third parties. We gather this information using the tracking tools described above. For example, we or our partners might look at your purchases or browsing behaviors. We might look at these activities on our platforms or the platforms of others.
We work with third parties who help gather this information. These third parties might link your name or email address to other information they collect. That might include past purchases made offline or online. Or, it might include online usage information.
You can control tracking tools. Your browser may give you the ability to control cookies. How you do so depends on the type of cookie. Certain browsers can be set to reject browser cookies. To find out more about how to enable, disable, or delete cookies from your web browser, please visit here and here. To control flash cookies, which we may use on certain platforms from time to time, you can go here. Why? Because flash cookies cannot be controlled through your browser settings.
Our Do Not Track Policy: Some websites have “do not track” features that allow you to tell a website not to track you. These features are not all uniform. We do not currently respond to those signals. If you block cookies, certain features on our platform may not work. If you block or reject cookies, not all of the tracking described here will stop.
Certain options you select are browser and device specific.
You can opt-out of online behavioral advertising. The Self-Regulatory Program for Online Behavioral Advertising provides consumers with the ability to opt-out of having their online behavior recorded and used for advertising purposes. To opt-out of having your online behavior collected for advertising purposes from participating companies, click here.
Some tracking tools do not participate in the Self-Regulatory Program for Online Behavioral Advertising. For information about how to opt-out of having your online behavior collected through these tracking tools, click on the links in the descriptions provided under “We use specific tracking technologies” below.
The Digital Advertising Alliance also offers a tool for opting out of the collection of cross-app data on a mobile device for interest-based advertising. To exercise choice for companies participating in this tool, download the AppChoices app here.
Certain choices you make are both browser and device-specific.
We use specific tracking technologies. Here is more information about the tracking technologies and cookies we currently use on our platforms. We use all of these tracking technologies to improve our platforms and the experience of our visitors:
- Bazaarvoice: Bazaarvoice helps us create social communities on our websites and Facebook pages where you and other customers can engage in conversations.
- Double Click: We use Double Click (part of Google’s digital advertising offerings) to manage digital advertising on our website The DoubleClick platform includes the DoubleClick Advertising Exchange and Double Click Bid Manager.
- Facebook Connect and Facebook Social Plugins: We use this technology to allow users to share their experiences with our apps and websites on Facebook. For example, we may collect your browser information, demographic data, and interaction data.
- Facebook Custom Audience: We use Facebook Custom Audience to deliver ads on Facebook to a certain group of users.
- Facebook Exchange (FBX): We use this technology to serve you ads on Facebook based on the pages you visited on our websites.
- Facebook Social Graph: We use this technology to measure the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns.
- Google AdSense: Google AdSense is a tool that allows us to display advertisements to you based on your interests. We or our business partners earn money when you view or click on the advertisements.
- Google AdWords Conversion: We use conversion tracking to help us understand how effective our digital campaigns are.
- Google AJAX Search API: This tool allows us to embed a Google-powered search box into our website. This allows users to perform keyword searches to help them navigate our website.
- Google Analytics: We use Google Analytics to collect information about how visitors use our website. For example, we collect details of the site where the visitor has come from and the total number of times a visitor has been to our website.
- Google Dynamic Remarketing: We use these tracking tools to track user behavior over time and across third party sites to improve the effectiveness of our online advertising. We collect information about what ads users view and whether they click on the ads. We use this information to improve and customize our advertising.
- Google Tag Manager: We use Google Tag Manager to track user behavior, traffic analysis and marketing optimization.
- Hotjar: We use Hotjar to provide analysis and feedback of user behavior on our websites to help us improve our website’s experience and performance.
- Klayvio: We use Klayvio to help us design marketing email newsletters, share them on social networks and integrate with services you already use.
- LiveChat: We use LiveChat to communicate with potential purchasers on our e-commerce site and make the online sales process easier.
- Mixpanel: We use Mixpanel to track and analyze how customers are using our products so that we can continue to increase functionality and improve experience. For more information on Mixpanel’s privacy practices, you can go here.
- Shopify: We use Shopify to showcase our products on our website, process payments and streamline our e-commerce efforts online.
- Twitter, Inc. and Twitter Button: Twitter is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short messages. We use the Twitter cookies to enable social sharing buttons on our sites, as well as to track social media and other Web browsing behavior in order to target ads and promotions to your interests. For information on how to opt-out of Twitter cookies, you can go here.
- YouTube Video Tracking: We use YouTube Video Tracking to measure user engagement with our videos in order to improve our marketing and support video content.
We will maintain appropriate technical and organizational measures designed to protect the information collected by Phyn Websites and Phyn Products. Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the Internet is not 100% secure.
If you use a computer or device that can be accessed by others, other people may be able to access unencrypted Personal Information. If you do not want your information to be available to others, exercise caution when using public computers or devices or when using any computer or device to which users unauthorized by you may have access.
We recommend that you take every precaution in protecting your Personal Information when you are on the Internet. For example, create strong passwords by using a combination of letters, numbers and symbols, change your passwords often, and make sure you use a secure browser. When creating a password for your home network and connected devices, make sure you choose a unique password that you do not use for other Internet-based services and websites. You should also be aware that names that you give your Wi-Fi-enabled devices, home networks and services (also known as “friendly names”) may be detectable by others outside your home, so you should not use Personal Information as part of your friendly names.
If we are required by law to inform you of a breach to your personal information, we may notify you electronically, in writing, or by telephone, if permitted to do so by law.
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Last Revised and Updated Effective July 1, 2020