Privacy Policy

Welcome to WLink. This Privacy Policy describes the policies and procedures of WLink. (“WLink”, “we” or “us”) on the collection, use, security and disclosure of personal information about you on https://wlink.id (the “Site”) and the services, features, content or applications offered by WLink (collectively with the Site, the “Services”). It also describes your choices regarding use, access and correction of your personal information.

 

SCOPE

This Privacy Policy covers the treatment of the personal information gathered by WLink when you use or access the Services, or when you view or interact with a WLink link (either our bit.ly links of one of our branded domains). This Privacy Policy also covers WLink’s treatment of any information about you that WLink’s customers share with WLink.

This Privacy Policy does not apply to the practices of other businesses that WLink does not own or control, including other companies’ websites, services and applications (“Third Party Services”) that you can access through the Services, such as Facebook or Twitter, or to individuals that WLink does not manage or employ. We cannot take responsibility for the content or privacy policies of those Third Party Services. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of any Third Party Services you access.

 

INFORMATION WE COLLECT

WLink may collect personal information about you as described in this Privacy Policy when you (i) register for the Site and the Services, through your user account with WLink, including registering through a third-party social networking service (your “Account”), (ii) use the Services, or (iii) view or interact with a WLink link (either our wlink.id links or one of our branded domains) on a third-party website. We collect the following types of information from you, some of which might be considered personal information under applicable law.

WHEN YOUR REGISTER FOR A WLINK ACCOUNT

When you create an Account, we may collect personal information from you, such as your name, phone number, company name, industry, job title, company size and email address. If you create an Account using your login from a third-party account, such as Google, Facebook or Twitter, we will access and collect the personal information about you that the third-party account provides (which is based on your privacy settings with the third-party account), so that you can log into your Account with us. We use your contact information to send you information about our Services and communicate with you about your Account, your activities on our Site and Services and policy changes. You may unsubscribe from receiving certain types of these messages through your Account settings, although WLink reserves the right to contact you when we believe it is necessary, such as for administrative and account management purposes.

Some features of the Services allow registered users to provide their own content to the Services, such as written descriptions of URLs, comments, images and video. Unless you request deletion of your personal information as described in this Privacy Policy, all content submitted by you to the Services may be retained by WLink, even after you terminate your Account and may continue to be shared by third parties, as described in this Privacy Policy.

WHEN YOU CREATE A WLINK LINK

One feature of the Services is the ability to create shortened uniform resource locators (URLs) of websites (“WLink Link” or “WLinks”). Users can create WLink Links without registering for an account.  When you create a WLink Link, WLink collects and stores both the original URL and the shortened URL and, if you are logged in to your Account, we will associate that information with your Account. WLink also collects and stores your IP address, your location, which we derive from your IP address, the time and date on which you shortened the original URL, and if you share a WLink Link on a social networking platform, the name of the platform and your username on that platform.

WHEN YOU INTERACT WITH A WLINK LINK

WLink automatically collects personal information about the interaction (such as clicks or views) with every WLink Link created through the Services (either our wlink.id links or one of our branded domains) on a third-party website. This information includes, but is not limited to: (i) the IP address and location derived from the IP address; (ii) the referring websites or services; (iii) the time and date of each access; (iv) device settings, such as browser type, operating system, and language; (v) cookies, as described below, and mobile advertising identifiers and (v) information about sharing of the WLink Link on Third Party Services such as Twitter and Facebook (collectively, “WLink Link Metrics”).  As described in this policy, we use WLink Link Metrics to provide the Services, to understand and analyze how our Services are used and to identify trends, and to detect, deter and prevent malicious, fraudulent or unlawful activity. Please see the “Information We May Share” section of this Privacy Policy for a description of how we may share information we collect when you create, view or interact with WLink Links.

OTHERS INFORMATION WE AUTOMATICALLY COLLECT

When you visit the Site, we automatically collect (i) your IP address and location derived from the IP address; (ii) the referring websites or services; (iii) the time and date of each access; (iv) device settings, such as browser type, operating system, and language; and (v) cookie information. This type of data enables us and third parties authorized by us to figure out how often individuals use parts of the Site so that we can analyze and improve them.

We may receive a confirmation when you open an email from us. We use this confirmation to improve our customer service.

WLink may use third-party APIs and software development kits (“SDKs”) to provide certain functions in our Services.

THIRD PARTY SERVICES

Some features of the Services allow you to share your content and WLink Links through your accounts with other companies such as Facebook and Twitter. If you choose to connect WLink to such Third Party Services, we may collect information related to your use of those Third Party Services, such as authentication tokens that allow us to connect to your Third Party Service accounts. We will ask you for permission before you authorize our collection of this information. We will only use that information for the specific reason for which it was provided to us. We may also collect information about how you are using the Services to interact with those connected Third Party Services. Note that Third Party Services may have the ability to restrict the information that is provided to us based on your privacy settings of that account.

To enable us to infer the location from the IP addresses of computers or devices that visit our website or click, view or interact with WLink links as described in this policy, we receive IP-based location information from our third-party service provider. We also receive business contact information of our business customer contacts and prospects from our third party service provider.

COOKIES AND OTHER SIMILAR TECHNOLOGIES

WLink and its partners use cookies or similar technologies to analyze trends, administer the website, track users’ movements around the website, and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole.

Cookies are pieces of text that may be provided to your computer through your web browser when you access a website. Your browser stores cookies in a manner associated with each website you visit. We use cookies to enable our servers to recognize your web browser and tell us how and when you visit our Site and use the Services through the web.

WLink cookies also allow WLink to track when you have clicked on a WLink Link. Each click of a WLink Link is tracked using a unique identifier assigned to you in one or more cookies stored by your web browser and associated with WLink. We may associate the unique identifier in our cookies with the other information we automatically collect when you use the Services, as described above, including your IP address, WLink Links you click, WLink Links you create, and information with your Account if you have one.

Most browsers have an option for turning off the cookie feature, which will prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, as well as (depending on the sophistication of your browser software) allowing you to decide on acceptance of each new cookie in a variety of ways. If you disable cookies, you will not be able to use some features of the Services.

We partner with third parties to track utilization and behavior on our websites, display advertising on our websites, and to manage our advertising on other sites. Our third-party partners may use cookies, web beacons, pixel tags or similar technologies in order to provide you advertising based upon your browsing activities and interests. If you wish to opt out of interest-based advertising click here or if located in the European Union click here.

This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by WLink only and does not cover the use of cookies by any Third Party Services. WLink does not control when or how third parties place cookies on your computer, such as when you visit the website from a WLink Link. You can manage other companies’ cookies used for online advertising by visiting the Digital Advertising Alliance’s Consumer Choice Page.

OPT-OUT MECHANISMS

You may ask WLink not to associate your web browser or IP address with visits to the WLink.id website or WLink Links that you create or click by clicking on the appropriate links below. If you would like to opt-out of the WLink Links, please click on the opt-out choice for WLink Links below. This will install a cookie on your browser that instructs our servers not to associate your IP address and browser with WLink Links you create, click or view.  If you clear your cookies in your browser, you will need to click on the opt-out choice again after each time you clear your cookies. To be clear, these cookie-based opt-outs must be performed on each device and browser that you wish to have opted-out. Cookie-based opt-outs are not effective on mobile applications. However, on many mobile devices, application users may limit tracking via their device settings. Please note that if you use these opt-out mechanisms, will still automatically collect the IP addresses of computers or mobile devices that click on or create WLink Links; we just won’t associate them with your browser or WLink account.

NOTE REGARDING CHILDREN

We do not knowingly collect personal information from children. If we learn that we have collected personal information of a child under 13 (or older as required by applicable law), we will take steps to delete such information from our files as soon as possible.
How We Use Information.

 

HOW WE USE INFORMATION

We use the personal information we collect for a variety of administrative and business purposes to:

  • operate our Site and provide the Services,
  • process and complete any transactions,
  • verify individual identity,
  • respond to inquiries, questions and comments and provide customer and technical support,
  • provide access to certain functionalities of our Services,
  • personalize and improve the Services and develop new products and services,
  • to communicate with our current and prospective customers concerning our services,
  • measure interest and engagement in our Site and Services,
  •  monitor and analyze usage and trends of the Site and Services,
  • provide services to our customers to allow them to understand how you interact with our Services and to help detect, deter and prevent malicious, fraudulent or unlawful activity,
  • comply with any legal obligations, and
  • enforce our terms and as otherwise described in this Privacy Policy.

USAGE ACROSS DEVICES

We may use the information we collect to make inferences that a unique individual has created or interacted with WLink links on different devices so that we can to detect, deter and prevent malicious, fraudulent or unlawful activity and analyze how users use our Services.  For example, if you created a WLink link on a computer connected to your residential WiFi network, and you soon thereafter clicked on a WLink link on a mobile device connected to the same WiFi network, we may infer that a single individual created and clicked on the WLink links because both events were associated with the same IP address in the same time period.

OTHER LEGITIMATE INTERESTS

We also may use personal information to pursue legitimate interests, such as direct marketing, research (including marketing research), network and information security, prevention of fraudulent, malicious and unlawful activities, or any other purpose disclosed to you at the time you provide personal information or allowed by law.

 

INFORMATION WE SHARE

The Services are designed to help you share information with others. In addition, we provide Services to our Customers that use WLink Link Metrics.  As a result, some of the personal information generated through your use of the Services is shared publicly or with third parties as described below.

WLINK LINKS YOU CREATE

Much of your activity on and through the Services is public by default. For example, when you create a WLink Link, the original URLs you have shortened and the corresponding WLink Links are publicly available.

ACCOUNT INFORMATION

Where permitted by law, if you register a WLink Account with an email address on a domain owned by an organization, (for example, an employer or educational institution where you have an email account), we may share your email address and information about your Account, such as the number of links you have created, with that organization to explore the organization’s interest in creating or managing an enterprise account or for related purposes.

INFORMATION WE SHARE WITH CUSTOMERS

We may share the personal information we collect as described in this Privacy Policy with our customers.  When you create a WLink Link of one of our enterprise customer’s sites, the enterprise customer is able to view the unshortened original URL, the date and time the WLink Link was created, the location where it was created as derived from your IP address, and aggregated information about clicks and views of the WLink Links, including the number of times the WLink Link was shared, whether or not it was viewed, comparison of that WLink Links performance to that of all WLink Links pointing to the same content, whether others are sharing a WLink Link to the same content, geographic regions where the content is being viewed, and identification of social networks on which the WLink Links appear.  In addition, we may share WLink Link Metrics with customers to help them detect, deter and prevent malicious, fraudulent or unlawful activity.

INFORMATION YOU ELECT TO SHARE

When creating a WLink Link, you can share that WLink Link through Third Party Services. Any information that you elect to distribute through Third Party Services, such as a social network post you create, may then become accessible to users of those services. You can also access other Third Party Services through the Services, for example by clicking on links in the Statistics page for a WLink Link. We recommend that you review the terms of services and privacy policies of such Third Party Services that you access through the Services since WLink does not control and is not responsible for the privacy practices of these Third Party Services.

INFORMATION SHARED WITH SERVICE PROVIDERS

We may employ and contract with third parties to perform certain tasks on our behalf and under our direction (our “Service Providers”). We may need to share information about you with our Service Providers in order to provide our product with research and analytics on user behavior and to provide advertising products and services to users, to process payments, and to provide email marketing and support services. Our agreements with these Service Providers authorize them to use your information only as necessary to provide services to us.  Transfers to subsequent third parties are covered by the service agreements with our Clients.

INFORMATION DISCLOSED PURSUANT TO BUSINESS TRANSFERS

We may transfer and/or provide information about our users in connection with an acquisition, sale of company assets, or other situation where user information would be transferred as one of our business assets. You will be notified via email and/or a prominent notice on our website.

In such a case, the acquirer of WLink may continue to use your information as set forth in this policy or as otherwise allowed by law.

INFORMATION DISCLOSED FOR THE PROTECTION OF WLINK AND OTHERS

WLink may access, read, preserve, and disclose any information it collects when it has a good faith belief that doing so is reasonably necessary to (i) comply with a law, regulation, or compulsory legal request, including process from a governmental law enforcement or national security agency, (ii) enforce the Privacy Policy or Terms of Service, including investigation of potential violations hereof, (iii) detect, deter, prevent or otherwise address malicious, fraudulent or unlawful activity, (iv) respond to user support requests, or (v) protect the rights, property or safety of WLink, its users and the public. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for protection from malicious, fraudulent or unlawful activity.

INFORMATION WE SHARE WITH YOUR CONSENT

We will share information about you when you instruct us to do so, such as when you share WLink Links or content with others through the Services or if we notify you that the information you provide will be shared in a particular manner and you provide such information (like sharing/posting it with a third-party Service).

RETENTION

We retain the personal information we receive as described in this Privacy Policy for as long as you use our Services or as necessary to fulfill the purpose(s) for which it was collected, provide our Services, resolve disputes, establish legal defenses, conduct audits, pursue legitimate business purposes, enforce our agreements, and comply with applicable laws.

INFORMATION SECURITY

Your Account information is protected by a password for your privacy and security. You can prevent unauthorized access to your Account by selecting and protecting your password appropriately, making use of two-factor authentication, and limiting access to your computer and browser by signing off after you have finished accessing your Account.

WLink endeavors to protect the information it collects about its users using industry-standard security processes and controls, however, despite these efforts, no security measure is perfect or impenetrable and WLink does not guarantee or warrant that such measures will prevent unauthorized access to the information about you that is stored by WLink. In the event we experience a breach of security, we will promptly notify you if your personal information has been compromised, in accordance with applicable law. If you have any questions about the security of your personal information, you can contact us at [email protected]

CHOICE AND ACCESS

You don’t need an Account to create WLink Links, and you can use many of the features of the Services without registering, thereby limiting the type of information that is collected about you individually.

WLink acknowledges that you have the right to access your personal information that we collect and are able to associate with you. If you have a WLink Account, you may access, correct, or request deletion of your personal information by logging into your Account.  Once logged in to your account, you will be able to view a history of the URLs you have shortened and the metrics pages for those URLs. You can request a complete copy of the personal information we store about your account by clicking the Request GDPR SAR Report button in your Account Settings.  For more information on how to request access to your information, please see our help article. You can delete your Account at any time through your Account settings page. If you delete your Account, you will no longer be able to access or use the Services. If you have an Account but are unable to access it, you can contact us at [email protected] We will respond to your request within a reasonable timeframe. In certain circumstances, we may be required by law to retain your personal information.

If you do not have a WLink account, WLink has no way of identifying you or verifying that you created or clicked on a WLink link.

Please note that in the interest of ensuring that existing WLink Links continue to function for all of our users, the WLink Links that you have created and shared cannot be deleted or disabled (even if your Account is deleted), and any shortening and sharing activity that has already occurred on your Account also cannot be deleted. If you have concerns about any unauthorized use of your Account, you can delete your account within your Account settings.

Please see the Cookie section above for additional choices you may have.

SUPERVISORY AUTHORITY

If you are located in the European Economic Area, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority if you believe our Processing of your Personal Information violates applicable law.

CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY

WLink may amend this Privacy Policy from time to time. If we make material changes in the way we collect or use information, we will notify you by posting an announcement on the Services or sending you an email, and we will indicate when those changes will become effective. You are agreeing to be bound by any changes to the Privacy Policy when you use the Services after those changes become effective.

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions or concerns regarding privacy using the Services, please send us a detailed message to: [email protected] We will make every effort to resolve your concerns.