We ask for certain information such as your username, real name, birthdate, address, phone number and e-mail address when you register for a Shout account, or if you correspond with us. We may also retain any messages you send through Shout, and may collect information you provide in User Content you post to the Shout. We use this information to operate, maintain, and provide to you the features and functionality of the Shout. Your real name will be published publicly, but your address, birthdate, phone number, and email address will NEVER be posted publicly or given to a third party. Once published your username and / or real name may not be able to be removed.
We may receive information about you from third parties. For example, if you access Shout through a third-party connection or log-in, for example, through Facebook Connect, that third party may pass certain information about your use of its service to Shout. This information could include, but is not limited to, the user ID associated with your account (for example, your Facebook UID), an access token necessary to access that service, any information that you have permitted the third party to share with us, and any information you have made public in connection with that service. If you allow us access to your friends list, your friends’ user IDs, and your connection to those friends, may be used and stored to make your experience more social, and to allow you to invite your friends to use Shout as well as provide you with updates if and when your friends join Shout. We do not use any of this information for any reason other than to enhance your Shout experience, and we do not share this information with any other party. You should always review, and if necessary, adjust your privacy settings on third-party websites and services before linking or connecting them to Shout. You may also unlink your third party account from the Service by adjusting your settings on the third party service.
We may directly collect analytics data, or use third-party analytics tools and services, to help us measure traffic and usage trends for Shout. These tools collect information sent by mobile device, including the articles you read and other information that assists us in improving the platform. We collect and use this analytics information in aggregate form such that it cannot reasonably be manipulated to identify any particular individual user. We do not share your individual analytics data with any third parties.
When you access the Shout by or through a mobile device (including but not limited to smart-phones or tablets), we may access, collect, monitor and/or remotely store one or more “device identifiers,” such as a universally unique identifier (“UUID”). Device identifiers are small data files or similar data structures stored on or associated with your mobile device, which uniquely identify your mobile device. A device identifier may be data stored in connection with the device hardware, data stored in connection with the device’s operating system or other software, or data sent to the device by wikiHow. A device identifier may convey information to us about how you browse and use the Service. A device identifier may remain persistently on your device, to help you log in faster and enhance your navigation through the Service. Some features of the Service may not function properly if use or availability of device identifiers is impaired or disabled.