The Service is brought to you by the Research and Development Lab at The New York Times Company.
The types of information we collect.
The purpose of the Service is to gather your personal location information for your own use as well to enable your sharing of that information for purposes of research. In the course of providing the Service to you, we collect the following information:
- Location and Time Information. Once you have registered and, if applicable, enabled location services on your device, the App will collect your location either using GPS or slightly less precise location information by triangulating your location against the nearest cell phone towers. If you disable location-based services on your device, the App will not transmit location to us, and we will not collect or store location information. You may enable or disable location-based services at any time.
- Time. When your device gathers location information, the App also records the time that the location information was gathered.
- Device Information. We will collect the type of device and version of its software that reported the data to OpenPaths, if available.
- Email address, User ID and Password. When you register to use the Service, we ask you for a user name, email address and password. You cannot use the Service without registering.
- Additional Optional Demographic Information. You may also choose to provide additional demographic information to your Permitted Researchers. This information may include zip code, birth year or gender. You are not required to provide any of this information in order to use the Service.
How we use the information we collect.
We use the information that we collect for the following purposes:
- To make it available to you for download or access via an Application Programming Interface ("API”).
- To send you requests from researchers who are interested in accessing your data.
- To connect you with your Permitted Researchers.
- To alert you to the latest developments and features on our Service.
- To make your information available to Permitted Researchers
- Geohashing. OpenPaths will create an aggregation of the locations in our database to assist researchers in understanding where our users have been, and how much data we have about given places. These "geohashes” have a resolution of about 21 miles to avoid issues of personally identifiable locations. For more information on how these geohashes are calculated, you can visit our FAQ.
We will not share or make available your personal information to any third party except your Permitted Researchers without your express consent. We may use aggregated geohashing information to produce and display graphics on the Service for explanatory purposes.
How we protect your information.
Your location data is stored in an encrypted format. Your data can be unencrypted with your direct participation. In addition, we have implemented commercially reasonable physical and electronic security measures to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of your personally identifiable information. Despite our efforts, however, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable.
What are my privacy options and how can I change my settings?
In all cases, you must authenticate with your username and password to be granted access to your data. If you have lost or forgotten your password, we can delete all the data in your locker by username. We will not issue a new password and you will have to register for a new account.
To modify your registration information: You may change your password and email address at https://openpaths.cc/account.
To change the settings on your device: You may change the settings on your device by choosing "Settings” within the App.
To delete the information stored in your locker: You can delete your data from your locker at any time by clicking "Delete my data” at https://openpaths.cc/data. Please note that deleting your data from the Service does not affect data that has been previously downloaded by Permitted Researchers.