DMCA Copyright Policy
Bitly URL Shortener has adopted the following general policy toward copyright infringement in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/legislation/dmca.pdf). The address of Bitly URL Shortener\'s Designated Agent to Receive Notification of Claimed Infringement (“Designated Agent”) is listed at the end of this policy.
With regard to content hosted on Bitly URL Shortener's servers, it is Bitly URL Shortener's policy to (1) block access to or remove material that it believes in good faith to be copyrighted material that has been illegally copied and distributed by any of our advertisers, affiliates, content providers, members or users; and (2) remove and discontinue service to repeat offenders.
A. PROCEDURE FOR REPORTING COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT:
If you believe that material or content residing on or accessible through the Bitly URL Shortener website or services infringes a copyright, please send a notice of copyright infringement containing the following information to the Designated Agent listed below:
A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright that has been allegedly infringed; Identification of works or materials being infringed; Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing including information regarding the location of the infringing materials that the copyright owner seeks to have removed, with sufficient detail so that Bitly URL Shortener is capable of finding and verifying its existence; Contact information about the notifier including address, telephone number and, if available, e-mail address;
A statement that the notifier has a good faith belief that the material is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
A statement made under penalty of perjury that the information provided is accurate and the notifying party is authorized to make the complaint on behalf of the copyright owner.
B. ONCE PROPER BONA FIDE INFRINGEMENT NOTIFICATION IS RECEIVED BY THE DESIGNATED AGENT:
It is Bitly URL Shortener's policy:
To remove or disable access to the infringing material; to notify the content provider, member or user that it has removed or disabled access to the material; and that repeat offenders will have the infringing material removed from the system and that Bitly URL Shortener will terminate such content provider’s, member’s or user’s access to the service.
Please contact Bitly URL Shortener\'s Designated Agent to Receive Notification of Claimed Infringement at email@example.com.
Bitly URL Shortener automatically receives and records information from your web browser when you interact with the Services, such as your IP address, browser type, your general location and cookie information. This information may be used to help us understand how users transit a website, to fight spam/malware, to facilitate collection of data concerning your interaction with the Services (e.g., what Bitly URL Shortener Links you have clicked on) and for other similar purposes.
Bitly URL Shortener also automatically receives and records information that your mobile device transmits when you access the Services, like a device identifier, device settings, and operating system. This information is used to facilitate your access and use of the Services, to access and use other Third Party Services, and for other similar purposes.
Generally, the Services automatically collect usage information, such as the number and frequency of visitors to the Site. Bitly URL Shortener may use this data in aggregate form, that is, as a statistical measure, but not in a manner that would identify you personally. This type of aggregate data enables us and third parties authorized by us to figure out how often individuals use parts of the Services so that we can analyze and improve them.
We will collect information about your general location (such as your city and state) when you visit the Site (which is derived from your IP address) and we may use various technologies to determine your location (if you enable this feature), when you access and use the Services through a mobile device.
We may receive a confirmation when you open an email from us. We use this confirmation to improve our customer service.
Bitly URL Shortener cookies also allow Bitly URL Shortener to track when you have clicked on a Bitly URL Shortener Link. Each click of a Bitly URL Shortener Link is tracked using a unique identifier assigned to you in one or more cookies stored by your web browser and associated with Bitly URL Shortener.
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 use most features of the Services. Bitly URL Shortener cookies are set to automatically expire after 6 months from when they are set. You may also ask Bitly URL Shortener not to place cookies on your web browser. When cookies are disabled in this manner, clicks on Bitly URL Shortener Links are not tied back to or associated with your web browser.
WHAT INFORMATION IS SHARED?
The Services are designed to help you share information with others. As a result, much of the information generated through the Services is shared publicly or with third parties.
Bitly URL Shortener Links and Usage Information
Much of your activity on and through the Services is public by default. This includes, but is not limited to:
The original URLs you have shortened, their corresponding Bitly URL Shortener Links, the time and date those URLs were shortened, and metrics and analytics information for your Bitly URL Shortener Links, as described above;
Aggregate non-personal information about what Bitly URL Shortener Links you have clicked on and associated metrics and analytics information, as described above; and Any Bundles you have created, along with content added to those Bundles, if you have elected to make those Bundles public.
Bitly URL Shortener Links and the general use of the Services may be shared in anonymized and/or aggregated form (in other words, non-personally identifiable) with our customers and business partners, like with the owners of the URLs that are shared through the Services. This information enables them to do things like better understand how people use their products and services and other products and services, to learn about the interests their users have and how our Services interoperate with their services, to do product development, marketing optimization and research, and to improve the relevancy of any online advertisements or marketing that is displayed through their services (or to tailor it to your interests).
Please also remember that if you choose to provide information about you using certain features of the Services, then that information is governed by the privacy settings of those particular features and may be publicly available to others.
IP Address Information
While we collect and store IP address information, that information is not shared publicly. We do at times, however, share IP address information with our partners, service providers and other companies with whom we conduct business. In most cases, when we share your IP address with other third parties, we will use a cryptographic hash of the IP address, which cannot feasibly be reversed into the actual IP addresses themselves or linked to you individually.
Information You Elect to Share
When creating a Bitly URL Shortener Link, you can share that Bitly URL Shortener Link through Third Party Services. Any information that you elect to distribute through Third Party Services is provided to them and 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 Bitly URL Shortener 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 Bitly URL Shortener does not control and is not responsible for the privacy practices of these Third Party Services.
User Profile Information
User profile information including your username, Twitter handle and Facebook account name (to the extent you have linked your Account with those services), and other information you enter may be displayed to other users to facilitate user interaction within the Services. Users’ email addresses will not be directly revealed to other users by Bitly URL Shortener.
Information Shared with Service Providers of Bitly URL Shortener
We may employ and contract with people and other entities 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 products or services to you. Unless we tell you differently, our Service Providers do not have any right to use the information we share with them beyond what is necessary to assist us.
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. In such a case, the acquirer of Bitly URL Shortener may continue to use your information as set forth in this policy.
Information Disclosed for the Protection of Bitly URL Shortener and Others
Bitly URL Shortener also reserves the right to access, read, preserve, and disclose any information as it reasonably believes is necessary to (i) satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, (ii) enforce these Terms of Service, including investigation of potential violations hereof, (iii) detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues, (iv) respond to user info requests, or (v) protect the rights, property or safety of Bitly URL Shortener, its users and the public. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for fraud protection and spam/malware prevention.
Information We Share With Your Consent
We will share information about you when you instruct us to do so, such as when you share Bitly URL Shortener 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).
HOW IS MY INFORMATION PROTECTED?
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 and limiting access to your computer and browser by signing off after you have finished accessing your account.
Bitly URL Shortener 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 Bitly URL Shortener does not guarantee or warrant that such measures will prevent unauthorized access to the information about you that is stored by Bitly URL Shortener. 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.
WHAT CHOICES DO I HAVE AND WHAT INFORMATION OF MINE CAN I ACCESS
You don’t need an account to create Bitly URL Shortener 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.
If you are a registered user, you can access information associated with your Account by logging into the Site. This information includes a history of the URLs you have shortened, and access to the metrics pages for those URLs. You can deactivate your Account at any time through your Account settings page. If you deactivate your Account, you will no longer be able to access or use the Services.
Please note that in the interest of ensuring that existing Bitly URL Shortener Links continue to function for all of our users, the Bitly URL Shortener Links that you have created and shared cannot be deleted or disabled (even if your Account is deactivated), and any shortening and sharing activity that has already occurred on your Account also cannot be deleted (but your user history can be set to private from within your Account settings). If you have concerns about any unauthorized usage of your Account, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will disable future shortening activity on your Account.
If you are not a registered user, you can access the metrics pages for your Bitly URL Shortener Links by adding the “+” symbol to the end of the URL.
WHAT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS?
If you have any questions or concerns regarding privacy using the Services, please send us a detailed message to: email@example.com. We will make every effort to resolve your concerns.