You should read this policy in full, but here are a few key things we hope you take away:
Ghostcast is public and ghostcast are immediately viewable and searchable by anyone around the world. We give you non-public ways to communicate on Ghostcast too, through protected accounts and Direct Messages. You can also use Ghostcast under a pseudonym if you prefer not to use your name.
When you use Ghostcast, even if you’re just listening to your favorite ghostcaster, we receive some personal information from you like the type of device you’re using and your IP address. You can choose to share additional information with us like your, email address, phone number, address book contacts, and public profile. We use this information for things like keeping your account secure and showing you more relevant ghostcasters, ghostcasts, people, channels, events, and advertisers.
Via your settings, we let you control the limit of data we collect from you and how we use it, and to control things like account security, marketing preferences, apps that can access your account, and address book contacts you’ve uploaded. You can also download the information you have shared on Ghostcast.
In addition to the information you share with us, we use your ghostcast and surrounding content, like the content you’ve listened to, liked, shared, or promoted, and other information to determine what topics you’re interested in, your age, languages you speak, and other signals to show you more relevant content. We give you transparency into that information, and you can modify or correct it at any time.
If you have questions about this policy, how we collect or process your data, or anything else related to our privacy practices, we want to hear from you. You can contact us at any time.
You will always see ads on Ghostcast based on your platform activity. When this setting is enabled, we may further personalize ads from advertisers, on- and off-platform, by combining your Ghostcast activity with other online activity and information from our partners.
About Personalized Ads - Your Privacy Controls
We work with ad partners to bring you more useful and interesting advertising content through interest-based advertising. For example, we may do this based on information that ad partners share with us. We hope that this increases the usefulness of Ghostcast Ads for you.
Here’s one way it would work. Let’s say a media company wants to advertise a new movie on Ghostcast. They’d prefer to show their ad to enthusiasts of that kind of movie who subscribe to their services and/or consume their other content. To get the special offer to those people, who are also on Ghostcast, the media company may share anonymized emails from their mailing list. We can then match that to anonymized emails that our users have associated with their accounts to show them a Promoted Ad for the movie.
Another way this works is when a person visits the media company website. In that case, Ghostcast may collect information that enables the media company to advertise through Ghostcast and reach those visitors with a special movie offer.
About Our Marketing
In addition to helping advertisers reach their audiences on Ghostcast, we work with third-party advertising partners, including Google, to market Ghostcast’s services, including through the delivery of interest-based ads. These partners may also serve ads on behalf of Ghostcast advertisers. The privacy options described below apply to interest-based ads served by Ghostcast; they do not apply to ads served by these other companies, including on Ghostcast’s behalf. You can learn more about opting out of receiving interest-based ads from other companies at https://optout.aboutads.info/ and www.networkadvertising.org/choices. If you are on the web, you can also opt-out of Google Analytics by installing Google’s opt-out browser add-on and opt-out of interest-based Google ads using Google’s Ads Settings.
What are my privacy options?
If you do not want Ghostcast to show you interest-based ads on- and off-platform, there are several ways to turn off this feature:
Using your Ghostcast settings, visit the Personalization and data settings and adjust the setting ‘Personalize Ads’.
If you are on the web, you can visit the Digital Advertising Alliance’s consumer choice tool at https://optout.aboutads.info/ to opt-out of seeing interest-based advertising from Ghostcast in your current browser.
If you do not want Ghostcast to show you interest-based ads in Ghostcast for iOS on your current mobile device, enable the “Limit Ad Tracking” setting in your iOS phone’s settings. If you do not want Ghostcast to show you interest-based ads in Ghostcast for Android on your current mobile device, enable “Opt out of Ads Personalization” in your Android phone’s settings.
Note: Please confirm that you are logged in if you want to view or change the web settings for your Ghostcast account. Changing your Ghostcast settings in your web browser when you are logged out will only affect behavior on that browser while you are not logged in to Ghostcast. Learn more about how to access your Personalization and data settings, including in your Ghostcast mobile app.
Opting out of Ghostcast’s interest-based ads won’t stop you from seeing Ghostcast ads altogether. For example, you may still see ads on Ghostcast that are personalized based on other information, including what you do, who you follow, what type of phone you use, where you are, and the links you click on while using Ghostcast.
Personalize Ads Based on your Inferred IdentityGhostcast will always personalize your experience based on the information you provide, as well as the devices you’ve used to log in. When this setting is enabled, Ghostcast may personalize ads based on other inferences about your identity, like devices and browsers you haven't used to log in to Ghostcast or email addresses and phone numbers similar to those linked to your Ghostcast account.
How does Ghostcast determine what identity information is associated with my account or device?
When you log in to Ghostcast on a browser or device, we associate that browser or device with your Ghostcast account. Whether or not you are logged in to Ghostcast, we may also receive information about your browsers or devices when, for example, that information is shared by a partner; you visit ghostcast.io; you visit third-party websites that integrate Ghostcast content, or you visit a Ghostcast advertiser’s website or mobile application. We may use this information, most commonly IP addresses, and the time at which the information was received, to infer that certain browsers or devices are associated with one another or with your account.
When you provide other information to Ghostcast, including an email address, we associate that information with your Ghostcast account. We may use this information to infer other information about your identity, for example by associating your account with hashes of email addresses that share common components with the email address you have provided to Ghostcast.
To learn more about the browsers, devices, and other information about your identity we use to operate and personalize your experience for your Ghostcast account, check out ‘Your Ghostcast Data’ while logged in. To learn more about other browsers, devices, and other information about your identity we use to operate and personalize your experience on the device or browser you are currently using, visit ‘Your Ghostcast Data’ while logged out.
What does "personalization based on your inferred identity" mean?
By better understanding how different browsers and devices are related, we can use information from one browser or device to help personalize the Ghostcast experience on another. For example, if you commonly use Ghostcast for Android around the same time and from the same network where you browse sports websites with embedded content on a computer, we may infer that your Android device and laptop are related and later suggest sports-related content and serve sports-related advertising on your Android device. We may also infer other information about your identity to help personalize your Ghostcast experience. For example, if the email address associated with your account shares components with another email address, such as a shared first name, last name, or initials, we may infer that your account is associated with hashes of other email addresses containing those components and later match advertisements to you from advertisers that were trying to reach email addresses containing those components.
What privacy choices do I have?
We are committed to providing meaningful privacy choices. You can control whether we operate and personalize your experience based on browsers or devices other than the ones you use to log in to Ghostcast (or if you’re logged out, browsers or devices other than the one you’re currently using), or email addresses and phone numbers similar to those linked to your Ghostcast account. You can do this by visiting your personalization and data settings and adjusting them based on your inferred identity setting.
Personalize based on the places you’ve beenGhostcast always uses some information, like where you signed up and your current location, to help show you more relevant content. When this setting is enabled, Ghostcast may also personalize your experience based on other places you’ve been.
Track where you see Ghostcast content across the web
Ghostcast uses this data to personalize your experience. This web browsing history will never be stored with your name, email, or phone number.
Personalization based on where you see Ghostcast content across the web
More personalized suggestions make building a great experience — filled with lots of interaction, links, media, and conversations from people and topics you love — easier and faster. Ghostcast can show you more relevant ghostcasts and ghostcasters, more relevant suggestions about who you might enjoy following, and better ads.
How it Works
We determine what content you might enjoy based on a number of factors. If you have the ‘Allow use of where you see Ghostcast content across the web’ setting enabled in your Personalization and data settings, we may consider your visits to other websites that integrate Ghostcast content (such as embedded audio files, etc.). For example, if you regularly visit corncob pipe websites, we might suggest accounts that frequently follow and listen to ghostcasters talking about that topic or show you ads for lighters or various other kinds of pipes.
It’s up to you.
We are committed to offering you meaningful privacy choices. If you don’t want personalization (including ads) based on your visits to third-party websites that integrate Ghostcast content, there are several ways to turn off this feature:
For users signing up to Ghostcast on the web, you can uncheck the box that says Ghostcast for the web.
After signup or if you are using Ghostcast logged-out, you can disable the Allow use of where you see Ghostcast content across the web setting in your personalization and data settings.
Note: Please confirm that you are logged in if you want to view or change the web settings for your Ghostcast account. Changing your Ghostcast settings in your web browser when you are logged out will only affect behavior on that browser while you are not logged in to Ghostcast. Learn more about how to access your ‘Personalization and Data’ settings, including in your Ghostcast mobile app.
We don’t store this web browsing history from websites that have opted out of this collection, or from certain domains such as .mil and .gov. If you have disabled the ‘Allow use of where you see Ghostcast content across the web’ setting in your personalization and data settings or are in the European Economic Area or Switzerland, Ghostcast will not store or use a web page visits to improve your experience in the future. If we’ve previously stored your web browsing history, your experience may continue to be personalized based on information already inferred from that history.
Share your data with Ghostcast’s business partners
This setting lets Ghostcast share non-public data, such as content you’ve seen and your interests, with certain business partners for uses like ads and brand marketing.
Additional information sharing with business partners
For the partnerships described below, we provide you with additional control over whether your non-public personal data may be shared if you are located in the specified regions. You can exercise this control using the ‘Allow additional information sharing with business partners’ setting in your Personalization and Data settings. Changes to this setting may not be immediate.
The setting only applies to the particular types of partnerships described below –– it does not affect how Ghostcast otherwise shares data or through partnerships other than those described below. Additionally, though these partnerships may operate globally, the setting only applies in the specific regions as described below. This means that if a partnership is listed as being subject to the setting in a select region, then only Ghostcast customers in that region can use the setting as described. For example, all Ghostcast customers can use the setting as described in the “subject to the setting for all Ghostcast customers globally” section, but customers located in the EU, an EFTA state, or the United Kingdom, may also use the setting as described in the “subject to the setting for Ghostcast customers located in the European Union, EFTA States, or the United Kingdom” section.
Partnerships, last updated April 16, 2020:
Subject to the setting for all Ghostcast customers globally:
Other Advertising Platforms Through Which Ghostcast Markets Itself:
Ghostcast shares certain non-public personal information with certain digital advertising platforms to help measure and optimize the effectiveness of our efforts to market Ghostcast on those platforms. This information can include IP address and mobile device advertising identifiers for devices that open or log into Ghostcast’s mobile apps; but does not include your name, email, phone number, or Ghostcast username. These advertising platform partners act as data controllers for this information and the platforms we currently work within this capacity are:
Facebook [Facebook’s Data Policy]
Ghostcast may share this information with these partners before you’ve signed up for Ghostcast (e.g. when you first open the app before creating an account) as disclosed before download in the Ghostcast app description in the App Store and Google Play but does not offer you control over this data sharing until after you’ve created a Ghostcast account. Once you’ve created a Ghostcast account, if your ‘Allow additional information sharing with business partners’ setting is disabled Ghostcast will not thereafter share with these partners the non-public personal information described above. Separately, you may be able to control how these partners use this data by exercising privacy choices as described in their privacy policies linked above. For Ghostcast customers who signed up before the last updated date above and who are located in the European Union, an EFTA State, or the United Kingdom, Ghostcast does not currently share this information with these partners as described above even if your ‘Allow additional information sharing with business partners’ setting is enabled.
Subject to the setting for Ghostcast customers located in the European Union, EFTA States, or the United Kingdom:
Mobile Application Advertising Campaign Information for Non-Data-Processors:
Ghostcast shares certain non-public personal information with advertisers who run mobile application advertising campaigns through Ghostcast. This information can include which ads a particular browser or device saw, watched, or otherwise interacted with; but does not include your name, email, phone number, or Ghostcast username. For example, Ghostcast might share that a mobile device identifier viewed or clicked on an ad for a particular mobile application.
Ghostcast may share this information directly with advertisers that are not acting as data processors, but such advertisers more frequently access this data through data processor partnerships. Data processors act on behalf of Ghostcast to facilitate measurement and analytics solutions for advertisers who run mobile application advertising campaigns through Ghostcast. If you are located in the European Union, an EFTA state, or the United Kingdom, your ‘Allow additional information sharing with business partners’ setting must be enabled for Ghostcast and its data processors to share the non-public personal information described above with third parties that are not acting as data processors.