We believe you should always know what data we collect from you and how we use it, and that you should have meaningful control over both. We want to empower you to make the best decisions about the information that you share with us.

That’s the basic purpose of this Privacy Policy.


Basic Account Information

You don’t have to create an account to use our service features, such as searching and viewing public Civil profiles. If you do choose to create an account, you must provide us with some personal data so that we can provide our services to you. On Civil this includes a display name (for example, “Civil Social”), a username (for example, @Civil), a password, and an email address. Your display name and username are always public, but you can use either your real name or a pseudonym. You can also create and manage multiple Civil accounts, for example to express different parts of your identity.


Public Information

Most activity on Civil is public, including your profile information when you created your account, and your Posts and certain information about your Posts like the date, time, and application and version of Civil you Posted from. You also may choose to publish your location in your Posts or your Civil profile. The lists you create, people you follow and who follow you, and Posts you Like or Repost are also public. If you like, Repost, reply, or otherwise publicly engage with an ad on our services, that advertiser might thereby learn information about you associated with the ad with which you engaged such as characteristics of the audience the ad was intended to reach.  Information posted about you by other people who use our services may also be public. For example, other people may Tag or Mention you (if your settings allow) or mention you in a Post.

You are responsible for your posts and other information you provide through our services, and you should think carefully about what you make public, especially if it is sensitive information. If you update your public information on Civil, such as by deleting a Post or deactivating your account, we will reflect your updated content on Being-Civil.com and Civil for Android & IOS.

By publicly posting content when you post, you are directing us to disclose that information as broadly as possible, including through our APIs, and directing those accessing the information through our APIs to do the same. To facilitate the fast global dissemination of posts to people around the world, we use technology like application programming interfaces (APIs) and embeds to make that information available to websites, apps, and others for their use – for example, displaying Posts on a news website or analyzing what people say on Civil. We generally make this content available in limited quantities for free. We have standard terms that govern how this data can be used, and a compliance program to enforce these terms. But these individuals and companies are not affiliated with Civil, and their offerings may not reflect updates you make on Civil. 


Contact Information and Address Books

We use your contact information, such as your email address, to authenticate your account and keep it – and our services – secure, and to help prevent spam, fraud, and abuse. We also use contact information to enable certain account features (for example, for login verification), and to send you information about our services, and to personalize our services, including ads. If you provide us with your email address, you agree to receive messages from Civil to that email address as your country’s laws allow. Civil also uses your contact information to market to you as your country’s laws allow, and to help others find your account if your settings permit, including through third-party services and client applications. You can use your settings for email and mobile notifications to control notifications you receive from Civil. You can also unsubscribe from a notification by following the instructions contained within the notification.

You can choose to upload and sync your address book on Civil so that we can help you find and connect with people you know and help others find and connect with you. We also use this information to better recommend content to you and others.

If you email us, we will keep the content of your message, your email address, and your contact information to respond to your request.


Direct Messages and Non-Public Communications

We provide certain features that let you communicate more privately or control who sees your content. For example, you can use Direct Messages to have non-public conversations on Civil, protect your posts, or host private broadcasts. When you communicate with others by sending or receiving Direct Messages, we will not store your communications but will process to detect link scanning for malicious content, link shortening to http://c.co URLs, detection of spam, abuse and prohibited images, and use of reported issues. We also use information about whom you have communicated with and when (but not the content of those communications) to better understand the use of our services, to protect the safety and integrity of our platform, and to show more relevant content. We share the content of your Direct Messages with the people you’ve sent them to; we do not use them to serve you ads. Note that if you interact in a way that would ordinarily be public with Civil content shared with you via Direct Message, for instance by liking a post, those interactions will be public. When you use features like Direct Messages to communicate, remember that recipients have their own copy of your communications on Civil – even if you delete your copy of those messages from your account – which they may duplicate, store, or re-share.


Payment Information

You may provide us with payment information, including your credit or debit card number, card expiration date, CVV code, and billing address, in order to purchase advertising or other offerings provided as part of our services.


How You Control the Information You Share with Us

Your Privacy and safety settings let you decide

  • Whether your posts are publicly available on Civil.
  • Whether others can tag you in a photo
  • Whether you will be able to receive Direct Messages from anyone on Civil or just your followers
  • Whether others can find you based on your email.
  • Whether you upload your address book to Civil for storage and use
  • When and where you may see sensitive content on Civil
  • Whether you want to block or mute other Civil accounts
Effective: January 16, 2021