Surface Water Quality Privacy Policy

This is a Privacy Policy for a mobile app, written with the future in mind to cover other mobile apps and websites, based on Automattic's great open sourced Privacy Policy.

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is critically important to us. I, Greta Andaker, and anyone else who might participate in the development of apps or websites covered by this privacy policy, have a few fundamental principles:

  • We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it. (We can’t stand services that ask you for things like your gender or income level for no apparent reason.)
    • As the app works today, this means we don’t ask for or collect any personal information.
  • We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.
    • As the app works today, this means we don’t share any personal information with anyone.
  • We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of one of our services.
    • As the app works today, this means we don’t send or store any personal information outside of the device where you install and run the app.

Below is our privacy policy which incorporates these goals. The structure and much of the contents of this privacy policy are copied from Automattic Inc.’s privacy policy Aug 22nd 2017. They gracefully make that policy language available under a Creative Commons Sharealike license. They’re the makers of several Internet services, including

Greta Andaker, from now referred to as “the author”, on 1/3/2018 operates 1 app under this Privacy Policy: the Surface Water Quality app in the Google Play store, but more apps and websites may be added as covered by this policy, without the policy being updated to list them all. If you have questions about deleting or correcting your personal data please contact [email protected]

The detailed descriptions below describe the Privacy Policy the author will adhere to if relevant functionality is added to the app or websites covered by this policy in the future. Most of these scenarios are irrelevant today 1/3/2018 since the 1 app so far covered by this privacy policy doesn’t offer functionality relevant for these scenarios.

App Users

Like most app and web site producers, the author might collect non-personally-identifying information of the sort that mobile devices, web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the device type, Operating System version, browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. The author’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how the author’s visitors use its website and apps. From time to time, the author may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website and apps.

The author also might collect potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users. The author only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to the author’s websites and apps choose to interact with these in ways that require the author to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that the author gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we might ask visitors who create an account to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with the author – by purchasing some app or website service, for example – are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, the author collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with the author. The author does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain app- and website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

The author may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websitesor apps. The author may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, the author does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

The author discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on the author’s behalf or to provide services available at the author’s apps or websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using the author’s websites and apps, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. The author will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, the author discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when the author believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of the author, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of one of the author’s apps or websites and have supplied your email address, the author may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with the author and our products. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. The author takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.


A cookie is a string of information that a website or app stores on a visitor’s device, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website or app each time the visitor returns. The author might use cookies to help the author identify and track visitors, their usage of the author’s website or app, and their website or app access preferences. Visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their devices should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using the author’s websites or apps, with the drawback that certain features of the author’s websites or apps may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Business Transfers

If the app and website assets covered by this policy, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that the author goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of these assets may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.


Ads appearing on any of our websites or in any of our apps may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your device each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your device. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by the author and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, the author may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in the author’s sole discretion. The author encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. The apps and websites covered by this policy may also surface information about Privacy Policy changes. Your continued use of these apps and sites after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Change log:

  • January 3, 2018: Copied Automattic’s Privacy Policy and edited for use with the Surface Water Quality Android app.

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