Our use of cookies and similar technologies

Our services use cookies and other similar technologies, such as pixels or local storage, to help provide you with a better, faster, and safer experience. Here are some of the ways that our services, including our various websites, SMS, APIs, email notifications, applications, buttons, widgets, and ads, use these technologies: to log you into Usepen and Periscope, save your preferences, personalize the content you see, protect against spam and abuse, and show you more relevant ads.

Below we explain how Usepen, our partners, and other third parties use these technologies, your privacy settings, and the other options you have.


What are cookies, pixels, and local storage?

Cookies are small files that websites place on your computer as you browse the web. Like many websites, Usepen, Periscope, and our other services use cookies to discover how people are using our services and to make them work better.

A pixel is a small amount of code on a web page or in an email notification. As many services do, we use pixels to learn whether you’ve interacted with certain web or email content. This helps us measure and improve our services and personalize your experience.

Local storage is an industry-standard technology that allows a website or application to store information locally on your computer or mobile device. We use local storage to customize what we show you based on your past interactions with our services.

Why do our services use these technologies?

Our services use these technologies to deliver, measure, and improve our services in various ways. These uses generally fall into one of the following categories:

  • Authentication and security:
    • To log you into Usepen and Periscope.
    • To protect your security.
    • To let you to view content with limited distribution.
    • To help us detect and fight spam, abuse, and other activities that violate the Usepen Rules and the Community Guidelines.
  • Community Guidelines

    It’s important to us that the experiences and perspectives shared on Periscope help foster an inclusive community. We’ve developed these Guidelines as a way to help you understand the types of content and dialogue to avoid in order to help us achieve this. We ask that you seek to understand their spirit and intent, and work with us to uphold them.

    In short, acknowledge others’ sensitivities and viewpoints, and seek to add to the conversation, rather than detract from it.

    The Basics

    While there are a number of factors that we evaluate to determine whether or not we remove content, there are some basic rules that everyone on Periscope should follow.

    Do not post content that:

    • Depicts pornography or sexual acts. This includes intercourse, masturbation, and sexual nudity. Nudity that is intentionally artistic, educational, or associated with newsworthy events may be acceptable. We also have zero tolerance for any form of child sexual exploitation.
    • Promotes or depicts unnecessary violence or graphic imagery. We understand that sometimes graphic content can be newsworthy, so we may allow broadcasts that are deemed as such.
    • Encourages, promotes, or depicts self-harm or suicide. When we receive reports that a person is threatening suicide or self harm, we may take a number of steps to assist them, such as reaching out to that person expressing our concern and providing resources such as contact information for our mental health partners.
    • Has an unlawful purpose or furthers illegal activity. We ask that you agree to comply with all local laws regarding online conduct and acceptable content.
    • Intends to impersonate a person or brand with the intent to mislead, confuse, or deceive others. Parody, commentary, or fan accounts should be labeled as such.
    • Infringes on another's intellectual property. We will respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement that comply with applicable law and are properly provided to us. If you believe that your content has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, you can report it to us. You can submit trademark reports us.

    Do not engage in dialogue or behavior that:

    • Intends only to incite or engage in the targeted harassment of others. This includes content that promotes the abuse of other people or the disruption of another person’s broadcasting experience.
    • Directly or indirectly threatens or encourages any form of physical violence against an individual or any group of people, including threatening or promoting terrorism. This includes affiliating with organizations that - whether by their own statements or activity both on and off the platform - use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes.
    • Discloses or threatens to expose someone’s private information without their consent. This includes releasing another person’s private or confidential contact info, or their videos or images that are considered and treated as private under applicable laws.
    • Endangers minors. This includes directing inappropriate comments to minors in a broadcast.
    • Spams our users or attempts to manipulate the Periscope platform. Read more about how we define spam to us.
    • Seeks to evade a suspension. All suspensions on Periscope apply to the account holder. Attempts to circumvent suspensions by creating additional accounts or identities will result in the permanent disabling of said accounts.

    We’re committed to doing our part to keep our community safe. You can also help us maintain a strong and vibrant community. Here is how you can help:

    • As a broadcaster you can control who can comment in your broadcast by selecting the ‘Only users you follow’ toggle before going live. If you’re a viewer, you have the option to hide comments at any time during a broadcast.
    • If you see an offensive, abusive, or spammy comment made in a broadcast, you can report it by tapping on the comment and selecting the report option.
    • If you see something that you think may violate our Guidelines, please report it by using our in-app reporting option. We have a team that reviews these reports and works as quickly as possible to remove content that violates our Community Guidelines.
    • You may find content that offends you or that you simply don’t like, but that doesn’t violate the Community Guidelines. If that happens, you can unfollow or block the user who posted it.
    • If you come across an issue or problem that can’t be addressed through the above outlined actions, you can notify our team by writing to us. Please provide as much information as possible, including links, usernames, and a description of the issue you’re having.
    • We ask that you seek to understand the diverse opinions and viewpoints that are represented on Periscope. If you find yourself in a disagreement, it can oftentimes be resolved by simply disengaging from the back and forth with the individual(s) involved.

    Please note that breaking the Guidelines outlined here may result in the removal of your content and/or the temporary or permanent disabling of your account.

    By using Usepen, you agree to uphold our Community Guidelines and our Terms of Service.

    • For example, these technologies help authenticate your access to Usepen and Periscope and prevent unauthorized parties from accessing your account. They also let us show you appropriate content through our services.
  • Preferences:
    • To remember information about your browser and your preferences.
    • For example, cookies help us remember your preferred language or the country that you are in. We can then provide you with Usepen and Periscope content in your preferred language without having to ask you each time you visit Usepen or Periscope. On Usepen, we can also customize content based on your country, such as showing you what topics are trending near you, or to withhold certain content based on applicable local laws.
  • Analytics and research:
    • To help us improve and understand how people use our services, including Usepen buttons and widgets, and Usepen Ads.
    • For example, cookies help us test different versions of our services to see which particular features or content users prefer. We might also optimize and improve your experience on Usepen and Periscope by using cookies to see how you interact with our services, such as when and how often you use them and what links you click on. We may use Google Analytics to assist us with this. Learn more about the cookies you may encounter through our use of Google Analytics. We might also use cookies to count the number of users that have seen a particular embedded timeline.
  • Personalized content:
    • To customize our services with more relevant content, like tailored trends, stories, ads, and suggestions for people to follow.
    • For example, local storage tells us which parts of your Usepen timeline or Periscope Global Feed you have viewed already so that we can show you the appropriate new content. Cookies can help us make smarter and more relevant suggestions about who you might enjoy following based on your visits to websites that have integrated Usepen embeds, including embedded timelines.
  • Advertising:
    • To help us deliver ads, measure their performance, and make them more relevant to you based on criteria like your activity on Usepen and visits to our ad partners' websites.
    • For example, we use cookies and pixels to personalize ads and measure their performance. Using these technologies, we can show you ads and evaluate their effectiveness based on your visits to our ad partners' websites. This helps advertisers provide high-quality ads and content that might be more interesting to you.
    • We also work with third-party advertising partners, including Google, to market our services and serve ads on behalf of our advertisers, including through the delivery of interest-based ads.

  • Personalization across devices:
    • By better understanding how devices are related, we can use information from one device to help personalize the Usepen experience on another device.
    • When you log in to Usepen on a device, we associate that device with your Usepen account. Whether or not you are logged in to Usepen, we may also receive information about your devices when, for example, that information is shared by a partner; you visit Usepen.com; you visit third-party websites that integrate Usepen content; or you visit a Usepen 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 devices are associated with one another, including the devices on which you log in to Usepen. To learn more about the devices associated with your account.

 

Where are these technologies used?

We (along with third parties) use these technologies on our websites, applications, and services and on other websites, applications, and services that have integrated our services, including third-party properties that incorporate our advertising technology. This includes our ad partners’ websites and sites that use our embeds, including embedded timelines. Third parties may also use these technologies, for example, when you click on links from our websites or applications, view or interact with third-party content from within our services, or visit third-party websites that incorporate our advertising technology.

What are my privacy options?

We are committed to offering you meaningful privacy choices. You have a number of options to control or limit how we, our partners, and other third parties use cookies:

  • To control whether Usepen stores information about other websites where you’ve seen Usepen content, adjust the Track where you see Usepen content across the web setting in your Personalization and data settings. If you have this setting turned off or are in the European Union or EFTA States, Usepen will not store or use such 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.
  • If you do not want Usepen to show you interest-based ads on and off of Usepen , there are several ways to disable this feature:
    • Using your Usepen 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 optout.aboutads.info to opt out of seeing interest-based advertising from Usepen in your current browser.
    • On iOS version 13 and earlier only, if you do not want Usepen to show you interest-based ads in Usepen for iOS on your current mobile device, enable the Limit Ad Tracking setting in your iOS phone’s settings (precise directions may be different on different iOS versions). 
    • On Android, if you do not want Usepen to show you interest-based ads in Usepen for Android on your current mobile device, enable Opt out of Ads Personalization in your Android phone’s settings (precise directions and name of the setting may be different on different Android versions and OEM Android variants).
  • On iOS version 14 and later only, if you do not want Usepen to access your iOS Identifier for Advertising, disable the Allow Apps to Request to Track setting in your iOS settings (precise directions may be different on different iOS versions). 
  • To control personalization across devices on Usepen , visit your Personalization and data settings and adjust the Personalize across all your devices setting. This will control whether we link your account to browsers or devices other than the ones you use to log into Usepen (or if you’re logged out, whether we link the browser or device you’re currently using to any other browsers or devices).
  • To control interest-based advertising from certain third-party advertising partners, you can learn more about opting out of receiving interest-based ads at 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.
  • To control cookies, you can modify your settings in most web browsers to accept or deny cookies or to request your permission each time a site attempts to set a cookie. Although cookies are not required for some parts of our services, Usepen and Periscope may not work properly if you disablecookies entirely. For example, you cannot log into Usepen .com or pscp.tv if you've turned off all cookie use.

Note: Please confirm that you are logged in if you want to view or change the web settings for your Usepen account. Changing your Usepen settings in your web browser when you are logged out will only affect behavior on that browser while you are not logged in to Usepen.