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Privacy Policy

Last Updated: July 17, 2020

Ashlar Inc. ("Ashlar" "we" "our" or "us") respects your privacy and is committed to protecting it through our compliance with this privacy policy. Ashlar provides a block explorer known as ViewBlock that enables our customers to more easily view blockchain data, and a search engine known as Bitsearch that scrapes and processes data stored on public blockchains and provides our customers a way to search for such data.

This privacy policy explains our policies and practices regarding the information we collect from and about you. It is through this privacy policy that we intend to provide you with a level of comfort and confidence in how we collect, use, and safeguard personal and other information we collect and obtain, and how you can contact us if you have any questions or concerns. It is our sincere hope that by explaining our data handling practices we will develop a trusting and long-lasting relationship with you.

For the purposes of the EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR), Ashlar is the data controller. This means that we are responsible for deciding how we use the information that we hold. We are a Delaware Corporation located in San Francisco, CA. As used in this privacy policy, "personal data" refers to information about an identified or identifiable individual, such as their name or email address.

The GDPR applies to you if you are located in the European Economic Area (an EEA Individual).

Please note that by visiting or using ashlar.io, viewblock.io or bitsear.ch (collectively, the Site) and the various other related services, premium and other features, functions, software, applications and websites (together with ViewBlock, Bitsearch and the Site, collectively the Ashlar Services), you are accepting the practices described in this privacy policy, subject to any rights or restrictions that might apply if you are an EEA Individual, including the rights described in the European Privacy Rights for EEA Individuals provisions below. This privacy policy is incorporated by reference into the Terms of Service that govern your use of the Ashlar Services (the Terms).

This policy describes the types of information we may collect from you or that you may provide when you access or use the Ashlar Services and our practices for collecting, using, maintaining, protecting and disclosing that information.

This policy applies to information we collect or may collect:

  • In accessing and using the Ashlar Services.
  • In e-mail, text and other electronic messages sent through or use of the Ashlar Services.
  • When you interact with Ashlar.
  • Through services provided to us or you by our affinity partners, third-party companies, agents or contractors.

It does not apply to information collected by:

  • Us offline or through any other means, including on any other website operated by Ashlar or any third party
  • Any third party, including through any application or content (including advertising) that may be accessible from or on the Ashlar Services.

Please read this policy carefully to understand our policies and practices regarding your information and how we will treat it. If you do not agree with our policies and practices, your only choice is not to use the Ashlar Services. By accessing or using any of the Ashlar Services, you agree to this privacy policy. This policy may change from time to time. Your continued use of the Ashlar Services, after we make changes is deemed to be acceptance of those changes, so please check the policy periodically for updates.

Minors under the Age of 13

None of the Ashlar Services are intended for minors under 13 years of age. No one under age 13 may provide any information on or through the Ashlar Services. We do not knowingly collect personal data from children under 13. If you are under 13, do not use or provide any information through any of the Ashlar Services or any of its features or register or use any of the interactive or public comment features of any of the Ashlar Services or provide any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address or any screen name or user name you may use. If we learn we have collected or received personal data from a child under 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at contact@ashlar.io.

Information We Collect About You and How We Collect It

We collect or may collect several types of information from and about you and other users of the Ashlar Services, including:

  • Information by which you may be personally identified, such as your full name, birthdate, phone number and e-mail address
  • Financial and billing information, including credit card information
  • Analytics information
  • Information that is about you but individually does not identify you, such as IP address and date and time of visit
  • Usage details and information, including how you communicate with other users of the Ashlar Services

  • Information contained in the comments and postings on or through any of the Ashlar Services

  • Device, internet and mobile information such as the hardware model, operating system version, unique device identifiers, browser type, language, wireless network, and mobile network information (including the mobile phone number)
  • Geo-location information when you use the the Ashlar Services
  • When you report a problem with the Ashlar Services
  • Records and copies of your correspondence (including e-mail addresses), if you contact us
  • Details of transactions you carry out through the Ashlar Services
  • Your search queries and search and navigation history on or through any of the Ashlar Services

We collect this information:

  • Directly from you when you provide it to us.
  • Automatically as you navigate through or use the Ashlar Services.
  • From third parties, such as our members, affinity and business partners and other third parties that provide us or you with certain services.

Certain web transactions may also involve you calling us or our calling you. Please be aware that we may monitor and, in some cases, record such calls for staff training or quality assurance purposes.

You may now or in the future provide post smart contract code, data and other information onto certain blockchain platforms, including Arweave (collectively, User Content). Your User Content may be viewable through ViewBlock by others. We cannot control the actions of other users of ViewBlock, with whom your User Content is viewable. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that your User Content will not be viewed, downloaded or shared by unauthorized persons.

Data Minimization

We take every reasonable step to limit the volume of your personal data that we process to what is reasonably necessary.

We do Not Engage in Automated Decision-Making without Human Intervention

We do not use automated decision-making without human intervention, including profiling, in a way that produces legal effects concerning you or otherwise significantly affects you.

Consequences of Not Providing Personal Data

You are not required to provide all personal data identified in this policy to use our Site or to interact with us offline, but certain functionality will not be available if you do not provide personal data. In addition, if you do not provide the personal data, we may not be able to respond to your requests, provide the Ashlar Services, or provide you with marketing that we believe you would find valuable.

Use of Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies.

The technologies we use or might use for automatic data collection may include:

  • Cookies (or browser cookies). A cookie is a small file placed on the hard drive of your computer. You may refuse to accept browser cookies by activating the appropriate setting on your browser. However, if you select this setting you may be unable to access certain parts of the Site. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies when you direct your browser to the Site.
  • Pixels and Tags. Pixels and tags are site instrumentation tools that help us to determine, for instance, whether a page has been viewed or not and, if so, how many times. Emails or electronic newsletters we send may use tools (e.g., pixel tags or web beacons) to gather email metrics and information to improve the reader's experience such as how many of the emails are opened, if they were printed or forwarded, the type of device (e.g., mobile or PC) from which they were opened, and the associated member account details, which include name, city, state, and county associated with the applicable IP address. In general, any electronic image viewed as part of a webpage, including an ad banner, can act as a web beacon.
  • Session Logs. Session logs help us determine how people travel through the Site. In this way, we can structure our pages so that the information most frequently visited is easier to find. By tracking page visits, we can also determine if the information we're providing is being used. The only data gathered is the Internet Protocol (IP) address from which you came (which contains no personal data), the website that referred you, the pages you visited and the date and time of those visits.

Do Not Track Policy

Your web browser may offer you a "Do Not Track" option, which allows you to signal to operators of websites and web applications and services (including behavioral advertising services) that you do not wish such operators to track certain of your online activities over time and across different websites. We do not honor any web browser "Do Not Track" signals or other mechanisms that provide you with the ability to exercise choice regarding the collection of personally identifiable information about your online activities over time and across third-party websites or online services. At present, no universally accepted standards exist on how companies should respond to do-not-track signals. In the event a final universally accepted standard is established, we will assess and provide an appropriate response to these signals.

Third-party Responsibilities and Services.

We may use or partner with third-parties, agents or contractors for various purposes in connection with our business and operations (collectively, Service Providers), including blockchain projects that support Ashlar and billing, payment services and the performance of services on our behalf, such as gathering and analyzing information and the provision of services to you. bitsear.ch may also link to www.ipfs.io in its search results. In the course of performing these responsibilities and providing such services, these other companies may have access to your personal data. We may also share information, including your personal data, with these Services Providers in order to enable them to perform these responsibilities and to provide these services. Many Services Providers have adopted their own privacy policies, which are not subject to control by Ashlar. You should always review the policies of these Service Providers to make sure that you are comfortable with the ways in which they collect, use, maintain, protect and disclose your information. We do not list our current Service Providers because they change from time to time. If you would like the names of any of Service Providers, please email us.

Service Providers that have access to your personally identifiable information in connection with providing services are required to keep your personal data confidential and are not permitted to use this personal data for any purpose other than to fulfill the services they are performing for Ashlar or the Site.

The Service Providers may also transmit cookies to your computer or device, when you click on ads that appear on or through the Service. Also, if you click on a link to a third-party website, such third party may also transmit cookies to you and we do not have any control over that. Please be aware that cookies placed by third parties may continue to track your activities online even after you are no longer using any our Services, and those third parties may not honor "Do Not Track" requests you have set using your web browser.

Ashlar may receive compensation from these Service Providers and other third parties.

Use of Remarketing with Google Analytics and other Remarking and Analytic Services

We use or may in the future use a variety of remarketing and analytic services including:

Google Analytics

We use a tool called "Google Analytics" in some of our products to collect information about use of the Site. Google Analytics collects information such as how often users visit the Site, what pages they visit when they do so, and what other sites they used prior to coming to this site. We use the information we get from Google Analytics only to improve the Site. Google Analytics collects only the IP address assigned to you on the date you visit the Site, rather than your name or other identifying information. We do not combine the information collected through the use of Google Analytics with personally identifiable information. Although Google Analytics plants a permanent cookie on your web browser to identify you as a unique user the next time you visit the Site, the cookie cannot be used by anyone but Google. Google's ability to use and share information collected by Google Analytics about your visits to this site is restricted by the Google Analytics Terms of Use and the Google Privacy Policy. You can prevent Google Analytics from recognizing you on return visits to this site by disabling cookies on your browser.

You can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Preferences page, and if you want to you can opt out of interest-based advertising entirely by cookie settings or permanently using a browser plugin.

How We Use Your Information

We will only use information that we collect about you or that you provide to us, including any personal data:

  • To provide the Site and its contents to you.
  • To confirm your identity in connection with the use of the Ashlar Services.
  • To process and complete transactions and send you related information.
  • To provide technical and other support to you.
  • To send you promotional communications, such as providing you with information about services, features, surveys, newsletters, offers and events, provided that you have given your consent if required by applicable law.
  • To enable Service Providers to perform certain responsibilities and provide certain services in connection with our business and operations.
  • To fulfill any other purpose for which you provide it.
  • To provide you with notices about your account.
  • To carry out our obligations and enforce our rights arising from the use of the Ashlar Services, including for billing and collection.
  • To notify you about changes to the Ashlar Services.
  • To enhance the safety and security of all of the Ashlar Services.
  • To verify your identity and prevent fraud or other unauthorized or illegal activity.
  • To enable marketing, remarketing and targeted advertising and similar services from us or Service Providers, including direct and indirect marketing and on-line behavioral advertising regarding our own and third-party products and services that we believe may be of interest to you, including advertisement on third party websites, provided you have given your consent if required by applicable law.
  • In any other way we may describe when you provide the information.
  • For any other purpose with your consent.

Some of the information that we collect automatically is statistical data and does not include personal data, but we may maintain it or associate it with personal data we collect in other ways or receive from third parties or you provide to us. It helps us to improve the Ashlar Services, and to deliver a better and more personalized service, including enabling us to:

  • Estimate our audience size and better understand usage patterns.
  • Store information about your preferences enabling us to customize the Site according to your individual interests.
  • Speed up your searches.
  • Recognize you when you return to the Site.

Storage and Transfer of Your Information

We may store any data or other information that we collect (personal or otherwise) ourselves or in databases and servers owned and maintained by us, our affiliates, agents or Service Providers.

If you access or use the Ashlar Services outside of the United States, information that we collect about you may be transferred to servers inside the United States and maintained indefinitely, which may involve the transfer of information out of countries located in the European Economic Area and other parts of the world unless otherwise prohibited by applicable law or agreed by Ashlar and you. By allowing Ashlar to collect information about you, you consent to such transfer and processing of such information without restriction. We may also store some information locally on your computer or other devices. For example, we may store information as local cache so that you can open the Site and view content faster.

Although users from all over the world may access and use the Ashlar Services, keep in mind that no matter where you live or where you happen to use our services, you consent to us processing and transferring information in and to the United States and other countries whose data-protection and privacy laws may offer fewer protections than those in your home country.

Disclosure of Your Information

We may disclose aggregated information about our users, and information that does not include any personal data, without restriction.

We may disclose personal data that we collect or you provide as described in this privacy policy:

  • To our subsidiaries and affiliates.
  • To Service Providers we use to support our business as more particularly described in the Third-party Responsibilities and Services provision above.
  • To a potential or actual buyer, assignee or other successor (including its related advisors and agents) in the event of a divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution or other sale or transfer of some or all of Ashlar's assets, whether as a going concern or as part of bankruptcy, liquidation or similar proceeding, in which personal data held by Ashlar about members and users of the Site is among the assets that may be or are actually transferred.
  • To fulfill the purpose for which you provide it.
  • For any other purpose disclosed by us when you provide the information.
  • With your consent.

We may also disclose your personal data:

  • To comply with any court order, law or legal process, including to respond to any government or regulatory request.
  • To enforce or apply the Terms and other agreements, including for billing and collection purposes.
  • If we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to protect the rights, property, or safety of Ashlar.

We may share information that is anonymized or in an aggregated form that does not directly identify you and we may use and share any such information for any purpose without restriction so long as it does not violate the terms of this privacy policy or any applicable law. We will never sell that information but we may share it with our affiliates.

Choices About How We Use and Disclose Your Personal Data

We strive to provide you with choices regarding the personal data you provide to us. We have created mechanisms to provide you with the following control over your personal data:

  • Tracking Technologies and Advertising. You can set your browser to refuse all or some browser cookies, or to alert you when cookies are being sent. To learn how you can manage your Flash cookie settings, visit the Flash player settings page on Adobe's website. If you disable or refuse cookies, please note that some parts of the Site or the other Ashlar Services, may then be inaccessible or not function properly.
  • Promotional Offers from Ashlar. If you do not wish to have your e-mail address/contact information used by Ashlar to promote our own or third parties' products or services, you can opt-out through your profile page or by emailing us at contact@ashlar.io. Subject to the terms of the GDPR, this opt out does not apply to information provided to Ashlar as a result of a service or product purchase, product service experience or other transactions.

We do not control third parties' collection or use of your information to serve interest-based advertising. You may be able to opt out of receiving personalized advertisements from companies who are members of the Network Advertising Initiative or who subscribe to the Digital Advertising Alliance's Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising. For more information about this practice and to understand your options, please visit: AboutAds and this link. You may also use TRUSTe's Preference Manager here.

Our Legal Bases for Handling Your Personal Data

GDPR and the laws in some other jurisdictions require companies to tell you about the legal bases that they rely on to use or disclose your personal data. To the extent that those laws apply, we rely on the following legal grounds to process your personal data:

  • Performance of a contract: In most cases, we collect and use your personal data and other information to meet our obligations under a contract to which you are a party or pursuant to which we are providing services to you. For example, when you use our Ashlar Services, we will use your personal data to respond to your requests and to provide you with these services.
  • Legitimate interests: We may use your personal data information for our legitimate interests on the grounds that it furthers our legitimate interests in commercial activities (but only to the extent that such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the affected individuals) including:

    • Analyzing and improving the Ashlar Services and our business

    • Providing the services pursuant to our contracts with our clients
    • Marketing
  • Legal compliance: We may use and disclose personal data in certain ways to comply with our legal obligations under European or Member State law or other applicable law.
  • Consent: To the extent required by law, and in certain other cases, we handle personal data on the basis of implied or express consent.

Accessing and Correcting Your Personal Data

You may change, correct or delete any personal data that you have provided to us through the Site. We may not accommodate a request to change personal data or other information if we believe the change would violate any law or legal requirement or cause the information to be incorrect.

If you delete your User Content from any of the Ashlar Services (including any User Content stored in the cloud), copies of your User Content may remain viewable in cached and archived pages, or might have been copied or stored by other users of the Servers or the Site. Proper access and use of information provided on or through any of the Ashlar Services, including User Content, are governed by the Terms.

For Individuals in the EEA, United Kingdom, and Switzerland: Privacy Shield

Ashlar complies with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework and the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal data transferred from the European Union, United Kingdom, and Switzerland to the United States pursuant to Privacy Shield. Ashlar has certified that it adheres to the Privacy Shield Principles with respect to such data. If there is any conflict between the policies in this privacy policy and the Privacy Shield Principles, the Privacy Shield Principles shall govern. To learn more about the Privacy Shield program, and to view our certification, please visit this site.

Ashlar is subject to the investigatory and enforcement powers of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

In compliance with the Privacy Shield Principles, Ashlar commits to resolve complaints about your privacy and our collection or use of your personal information transferred to the United States pursuant to Privacy Shield. European Union, UK, and Swiss individuals with Privacy Shield inquiries or complaints should first contact Ashlar by email.

Ashlar has further committed to refer unresolved privacy complaints under the Privacy Shield Principles to an independent dispute resolution mechanism, the BBB EU PRIVACY SHIELD. If you do not receive timely acknowledgment of your complaint, or if your complaint is not satisfactorily addressed, please visit this linkfor more information and to file a complaint. This service is provided free of charge to you.

If your Privacy Shield complaint cannot be resolved through the above channels, under certain conditions, you may invoke binding arbitration for some residual claims not resolved by other redress mechanisms. See Privacy Shield Annex 1.

EEA Individuals whose personal data is covered by this privacy policy have the right to access the personal data that Ashlar maintains about them and to correct, amend or delete such personal data if it is inaccurate or has been processed in violation of the Principles (except when the burden or expense of providing access, correction, amendment, or deletion would be disproportionate to the risks to the Data Subject's privacy, or where the rights of persons other than the Data Subject would be violated). Requests for access, correction, amendment or deletion should be sent to contact@ashlar.io.

If personal data covered by this privacy policy is to be used for a new purpose that is materially different from that for which the personal data was originally collected or subsequently authorized, or is to be disclosed to a non-agent third party, Ashlar will provide Data Subjects with an opportunity to choose whether to have their personal data so used or disclosed. To the extent required by the Privacy Shield Principles, Ashlar obtains opt-in consent for certain uses and disclosures of Sensitive Data (as defined in the GDPR).

Consistent with the Privacy Shield Principles, Ashlar may transfer personal data to third parties, including transfers from one country to another. We will only disclose an individual's non-public personal data to third parties under one or more of the following conditions:

  • With the individual's permission to make the disclosure.
  • Where required to the extent necessary to meet a legal obligation to which Ashlar is subject, including a lawful request by public authorities and national security or law enforcement obligations and applicable law, rule, order, or regulation.
  • Where reasonably necessary for compliance or regulatory purposes, or for the establishment of legal claims.
  • The disclosure is to Service Providers (as described above), to our customers and/or to certain employees in connection with the operation of our business, and as consistent with the purpose for which the personal data was collected. We maintain written contracts with these third parties and require that these third parties provide at least the same level of privacy protection and security as required by the Privacy Shield Principles.

To the extent provided by the Privacy Shield Principles, Ashlar remains responsible and liable under the Privacy Shield Principles if a third-party that it engages to process personal data on its behalf does so in a manner inconsistent with the Privacy Shield Principles, unless Ashlar proves that it is not responsible for the matter giving rise to the damage.

Your California Privacy Rights

California Civil Code Section ยง1798.83 permits users of the Site that are California residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal data to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please send an e-mail to contact@ashlar.io or write us at 182 Howard Street, #717, San Francisco, CA 94105.

European Privacy Rights for EEA Residents.

You have the right to ask us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes. We will usually inform you (before collecting your personal data) if we intend to use your personal data for such purposes or if we intend to disclose your personal data to any third party for such purposes. You can exercise your right to prevent such processing by checking certain boxes on the forms we use to collect your personal data. You can also exercise the right by contacting us directly.

If you are an EEA Individual and GDPR applies, and we hold your personal data in our capacity as data controller, you may request that we:

  • Provide access to and/or a copy of certain personal data (including, in some cases, in portable form)
  • Prevent the processing of your personal data for direct-marketing purposes (including any direct marketing processing based on profiling)
  • Update personal data that is out of date or incorrect
  • Delete certain personal data which we are holding about you; provided that the personal data is not required by us for (i) compliance with a legal obligation under European or Member State law or other applicable law or (ii) the establishment, exercise or defense of a legal claim
  • Object to our processing of personal data
  • Restrict the way that we process and disclose certain of your information except to the extent that processing is required (i) to comply with a legal obligation under European Member State law or applicable law or (ii) for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims
  • Transfer your personal data to a third party to the extent that this is technically feasible
  • Honor a revocation of your consent for the processing of your personal data (without retroactive effect).

We will consider all requests and provide our response within the time period required by applicable law. Please note, however, that certain information may be exempt from such requests in some circumstances, which may include if we need to keep processing your information for our legitimate interests or to comply with a legal obligation. We may request you provide us with additional information to confirm your identity before responding to your request. You have the right to lodge a complaint with the authorities applicable to your situation, though we invite you to contact us with any concern, as we would be happy to try to resolve it directly. You may also have the right to make a GDPR complaint to the relevant Supervisory Authority. A list of Supervisory Authorities is available here.

If you are an EEA Individual in France, you also have the right to set guidelines for the retention and communication of your personal data after your death.

If you reside in a jurisdiction other than the European Economic Area, you may also have similar rights to the above. Please contact us at contact@ashlar.io if you would like to exercise one of these rights, and we will comply with any request to the extent required under applicable law.

In addition, where you believe that we have not complied with its obligation under this Privacy Policy or European law, you have the right to make a complaint to an EU Data Protection Authority, such as the UK Information Commissioner's Office. Here is a list of local data protection authorities in EEA countries.

You can exercise any of these rights by contacting us at contact@ashlar.io or write us at 182 Howard Street, #717, San Francisco, CA 94105.

How Long We Store Your Personal Data

We will only retain your personal data, in a form which permits us to identify you, for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for. We will retain and use your personal data as necessary to satisfy any legal, accounting or reporting requirements, to resolve disputes or to enforce our agreements and rights. To dispose of personal data, we may anonymize it, delete it or take other appropriate steps. Data may persist in copies made for backup and business continuity purposes for additional time.

Data Security

We understand that the security of your personal data is important. We provide reasonable administrative, technical, and physical security controls to protect your personal data. However, despite our efforts, no security controls are 100% effective and Ashlar cannot ensure or warrant the security of your personal data. Any transmission of personal data is at your own risk. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the Site.

The safety and security of your data also depends on you. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password for access to and use of certain parts of the Site and/or the other Ashlar Services, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone. We urge you to be careful about giving out information in public areas of any of the Ashlar Services. The information you share in public areas may be viewed by any user of the Site.

Changes to Our Privacy Policy

It is our policy to post any changes we make to our privacy policy on this page with a notice that the privacy policy has been updated on the home pages of the Site for at least 30 days. If we make material changes to how we treat our users' personal data that are materially less protective than provided in this policy, we will use reasonable efforts to notify you by e-mail to the e-mail address specified in your account and/or through a notice on the home pages of the Site and to attempt to get your consent to the changes. The date the privacy policy was last updated is identified above. You are responsible for ensuring that we have an up-to-date active and deliverable e-mail address for you, and for periodically visiting the Site and this privacy policy to check for any changes. Like our Terms, of which this privacy policy is a part, your use, and/or continued use after our efforts to contact you, of the Site or any of the other Ashlar Services, means that you agree to be bound by such changes.

Survival

The policies indicated in this privacy policy will remain effective, even if the Terms and the other agreements between us are terminated and you are no longer using the Ashlar Services.

Contact Information

To ask questions or comment about this privacy policy and our privacy practices or need to reach us for any other reason, you may contact us by e-mail at contact@ashlar.io or by mail at 182 Howard Street, #717, San Francisco, CA 94105.