Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

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We created the mobile application Bitebytes as a tool for citizens to report mosquito activity. Community participation using the smart phone app may help supplement expensive mosquito trapping. Crowd-sourced mosquito identification can be an additional source of information for monitoring and forecasting mosquito abundance anywhere that user engagement is high. Data generated from the app would allow cities to target key areas reduce mosquito abundance, and thus control the potential for the spread of mosquito-borne diseases. In addition to gathering data and enhancing the city mosquito-monitoring network, the app can be used to educate the public on mosquitoes, the diseases mosquitoes transmit, and mosquito habitat control. We hope people will feel empowered by reporting mosquitoes and contributing to data collection in their city or county. By creating an account and agreeing to share your location, you acknowledge that:

Bitebytes (“us”, “we”, or “our”) operates http://bitebytes.net (the “Site”) and the Bitebytes smartphone app (the “App”). This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use and disclosure of Personal Information we receive from users of the Site and the App.

Information Collection And Use

Like most websites, our server automatically logs certain information from your browser when you visit our site. Specifically, our server logs your IP address, the date and time of your webpage requests, and details about your computer, such as: your web browser, operating system, and language. We may use this information, in aggregate, for our research reports and performance surveys. On occasion we also access this type of information to investigate or maintain the stability and security of our site.

While using our App, we invite you to login, thereby sharing your name and email address (“Personal Information”). The login allows you to accrue status within the App, and allows us to access aggregate data about logins. We may use this information to communicate with you, such as to notify you when we make changes to our services, to fulfill a request by you, or to contact you about your account with us. If you consent to share your geographic location after first downloading the App, your location will only be recorded when you make reports through the App. You can opt out of further data gathering simply by not making mosquito reports or deleting the App on your phone.

To better understand who uses Bitebytes, we may occasionally post research surveys on the website. These surveys will ask basic questions about topics such as motivation or demographic information, such as age, gender, and education level. Participation in these surveys is entirely voluntary.

The project may terminate, suspend, or block your account at any time based on suspected misuse of the App.

Cookies

Cookies are files with small amount of data, which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a web site and stored on your computer’s hard drive.

Like many sites, we may use “cookies” to collect information. You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Site.

Collection of information by third parties

Our Site and App may contain links to other sites and services. For example, we may provide links to social-media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, and we sometimes embed content from other sites directly within ours, such as embedded videos from YouTube. Those sites may collect your data or place cookies on or retrieve cookies from your computer. You should consult the privacy policies of those sites to understand how they collect and handle your information, as we have no control over information that is submitted to, or collected by, these third parties.

Security

The security of your Personal Information is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

We do not sell, rent, give away, or loan any identifiable information regarding our users to any third party other than agents and contractors of Bitebytes.

Agents and contractors who have access to personally identifiable information are required to protect this information in a manner that is consistent with this privacy policy by, for example, not using the information for any purpose other than to carry out the services they are performing for Bitebytes.

We may release personal information when we believe, in good faith, that such release is reasonably necessary to (i) comply with law, (ii) enforce or apply the terms of any of our user agreements, or (iii) protect the rights, property, or safety of Bitebytes, our users, or others.

Your consent

By using our website, you consent to the collection and use of your information, as described above, by Bitebytes.

Changes To This Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy is effective as of June 1, 2017 and will remain in effect except with respect to any changes in its provisions in the future, which will be in effect immediately after being posted on this page.

We reserve the right to update or change our Privacy Policy at any time and you should check this Privacy Policy periodically. Your continued use of the Service after we post any modifications to the Privacy Policy on this page will constitute your acknowledgment of the modifications and your consent to abide and be bound by the modified Privacy Policy. If we make any material changes to this Privacy Policy, we will notify you by placing a prominent notice on our website.

Bitebytes was funded by a grant from the Earth Institute as initiative to encourage citizen science. We hope that in reporting mosquitoes users will contribute to a greater understanding of mosquito activity in their region and be empowered to reduce mosquito habitat. If you have any questions about this privacy policy, or the content or practices of our website, please contact us at info.bitebytes@gmail.com. Please note that emails are considered insecure and privacy is not guaranteed.