IOU takes great care to protect your privacy and to secure
the data that is stored on the IOU servers. IOU takes measures to
protect personal information against loss, misuse, unauthorized
access, unauthorized disclosure, manipulation, or destruction.
has access to.
When you use IOU, you send pieces of data to IOU; this
can be a name, an e-mail address, or information relating to your
pot. Other data is generated implicitly by your use of IOU,
e.g. log data.
IOU is designed to allow you to use the service almost
anonymously if you wish: You can use IOU without registration.
IOU records certain requests and transactions in log files.
This log data is used for troubleshooting, statistics, quality
assurance, and to monitor system security and can be analyzed to that
end. IOU can publish anonymous statistics under the condition that
no personally identifiable information can be derived from such statistics.
When you use IOU, the service can store cookies on your
computer. Cookies are little pieces of information that can help
identify your browser and that can store information, e.g. application
and the overall user experience, and to manage advertising
Advertising is one of IOU’s revenue streams. Therefore,
IOU displays advertisements on some of the services, e.g. on
certain web pages or in e-mails. These advertisements can be targeted
based on the information that is available to IOU, e.g. language,
IP address, pot content, etc. This targeting is always an automated
process; none of the information used for targeting is analyzed
manually or made available to advertising customers. In some cases,
IOU displays advertisements from Google’s AdSense network. These
advertisements can be targeted based on the pot content. Google does
not disclose that information and only uses it for the intended
Outdated and completed pots
You can delete outdated or completed (or, in fact, any) pots
manually at any time using the admin link.
IOU implements several mechanisms to prevent unauthorized
access to pots, accounts, or other data.
To access a pot, you use the unique link which IOU provides
and which contains a random access code. This link is an important
element to prevent unauthorized access to a pot. You should send this
link only to authorized people, i.e., the people you wish to
participate in your pot.
IOU accounts are protected by passwords. You should choose a
secure password and ensure its confidentiality to prevent unauthorized
access to your account.
Like all other personal information, IOU
will not share participants' e-mail addresses with third parties.
IOU will not send any e-mail communication participants' e-mail
addresses without your consent.
Communication between you and IOU
If you send IOU a message, this message can be stored to
process it, to compile statistical information, to improve our
services and support, or to get in touch with you.
Sharing personal information
IOU uses personal information according to the Terms of
IOU may share personal information with other companies or
individuals only in the following limited circumstances: (i) IOU
has your consent; (ii) IOU has good faith that there is a legal
obligation to share the data; (iii) IOU needs to access or share
the data to protect the security of the service or of others users’
data; (iv) IOU needs to access or share the data to protect
IOU’s rights and property or to enforce the Terms of Service.
time. The most current version of this policy is available at http://www.iou.ch/pages/privacy.
January 1 2011