Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy describes the policies and procedures of Global Speed Network Limited ("on9.net", "we" or "us") on the collection, use, security and disclosure of information about you on https://www.on9.net (the "Site") and the services, features, content or applications offered by on9.net (collectively with the Site, the "Services"). It also describes your choices regarding use, access and correction of your personal information. on9.net receives information about you from various sources, such as:

  1. when you register for the Site and the Services, through your user account with on9.net (your "Account");
  2. when you use the Services;
  3. from third party websites and services.

When you use the Services, you are consenting to the collection, transfer, storage, disclosure and other uses of your information as described in this Privacy Policy. The information you provide may be transferred, processed and/or accessed by us in the United States or another country where we (or our service providers) operate.

Types of Information Collected and Usage of Collected Information

The information we collect is primarily used to provide the Services, to process and complete any transactions, to respond to inquiries, to personalize and improve the Services, to monitor and analyze usage and trends of the Services, and to allow our business partners to understand how you interact with our Services, as described in this Policy. In connection with certain aspects of the Services, we may request, collect and/or display some information about you. We collect the following types of information from our users.

Registered User Information

When you create an Account, we will collect personal information from you, such as your name and email address. If you create an Account using your login from another account, such as Facebook or Twitter, we will access and collect the personal information about you that the account provides (which is based on your privacy settings), so that you can create your Account with us. We use your contact information to send you information about our Services. You may unsubscribe from receiving certain types of these messages through your Account settings, although Bitly reserves the right to contact you when we believe it is necessary, such as for administrative and account management purposes.

Note regarding children: We do not knowingly collect personal information from children. If we learn that we have collected personal information of a child under 13, we will take steps to delete such information from our files as soon as possible.

URL Information

One feature of the Services is the ability to create shortened uniform resource locators (URLs) of websites. When you create a link, on9.net collects and stores both the original URL and the shortened URL and, if you are logged in to your Account, we will associate that information with your Account. on9.net also collects and stores your IP address, the time and date on which you shortened the original URL, and when you share the link and information on the channels through which the link was shared.

Metrics and Analytics

on9.net collects information about accesses (such as clicks) of every link created through the Services. This information includes, but is not limited to:

  1. the IP address and physical location of the devices accessing the link;
  2. the referring websites or services;
  3. the time and date of each access;
  4. information about sharing of the link on Third Party Services such as Facebook and Twitter.

This information is used by on9.net and its partners to improve their websites and services by, for example, providing value-added features, and to analyze clicks on links, for example to understand how, when and where links are clicked.

User Content

Some features of the Services allow you to provide content to the Services, such as written descriptions of URLs, comments, images and video. For example, using the Bundles feature, on9.net users can curate and "bundle together" a set of links, and can add content to those Bundles, such as comments and videos. All content submitted by you to the Services may be retained by on9.net, even after you terminate your account, and may continue to be shared by third parties, as described in this Privacy Policy.

Information Collected From Third Party Services

Some features of the Services allow you to share your content and links through your accounts with other companies such as Facebook and Twitter. If you choose to connect on9.net to such Third Party Services, we may collect information related to your use of those Third Party Services, such as authentication tokens that allow us to connect to your Third Party Service accounts. We will ask you for permission before you authorize our collection of this information. We will only use that information for the specific reason for which it was provided to us. We may also collect information about how you are using the Services to interact with those connected Third Party Services. Note that Third Party Services may have the ability to restrict the information that is provided to us based on your privacy settings of that account.

Information Collected Automatically

on9.net automatically receives and records information from your web browser when you interact with the Services (including creating or clicking on links), 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 links you have clicked on) and for other similar purposes.

on9.net 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 Site usage information, such as the number and frequency of visitors to the Site. on9.net may use this data in aggregate form, that is, as a statistical measure. This type of aggregate data enables us and third parties authorized by us to figure out how often individuals use parts of the Site so that we can analyze and improve them.

We will collect information about your general location (such as your city and state, which is derived from your IP address) when you visit the Site or use the Services, such as by clicking a link 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.

Cookie

on9.net and its partners use cookies or similar technologies to analyze trends, administer the website, track users' movements around the website, and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole.

Cookies are pieces of text that may be provided to your computer through your web browser when you access a website. Your browser stores cookies in a manner associated with each website you visit. We use cookies to enable our servers to recognize your web browser and tell us how and when you visit our Site and use the Services through the web.

on9.net cookies also allow on9.net to track when you have clicked on a link. Each click of a link is tracked using a unique identifier assigned to you in one or more cookies stored by your web browser and associated with on9.net. We may associate the unique identifier in our cookies with the other information we automatically collect when you use the Services, as described above, including your IP address, links you click, links you create, and information with your Account if you have one.

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 to use some features of the Services. on9.net cookies are set to automatically expire after 6 months from when they are set.

You may also ask on9.net not to place cookies on your web browser. When cookies are disabled in this manner, clicks on links are not tied back to or associated with your web browser. However, we will still automatically collect the IP addresses of computers or mobile devices that click on or create links.

We partner with third parties to track utilization and behavior on our websites, display advertising on our websites, and to manage our advertising on other sites. Our third party partners may use cookies, web beacons, pixel tags or similar technologies in order to provide you advertising based upon your browsing activities and interests.

This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by on9.net only and does not cover the use of cookies by any Third Party Services. on9.net does not control when or how third parties place cookies on your computer, such as when you visit the website from a link.