Information we collect
We collect various types of information in connection with the Platform, including:
- Information you provide directly to us when you register to use a Website or obtain a Platform service;
- Information we collect about your use of the Platform;
Information that you upload from hardware devices and applications you develop to the Platform.
Use and Sharing of Information
We use the information we collect to, among other things:
- Provide the services you request;
- Understand the way you use the services so that we can improve your experience and maintain security;
- Send you Service related notices, including any notices required by law, in lieu of communication by postal mail;
- Send you other informational messages, such as newsletters or changes to features of the Service;
- Provide information that may be of interest to you, such as special offers (we do not use your information for marketing purposes unless you have consented to such use);
- We also use the information we collect in ways described to you at the point of collection, or otherwise with your consent.
Service providers – companies that provide services for or on behalf of Microbees;
Law enforcement – when we are required to do so or to protect Microbees and our users.
How To Contact Us
You can email us at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
What Information Do We Collect About You?
We do not collect Personal Information about you through the Hive without your knowledge or action. We use Personal Information that we collect to (i) provide the Hive services you request and (ii) understand the way you use the Hive services so that we can improve your experience. Your information is collected and used in the following ways through the Hive.
The Hive. MicroBees operates the Hive, which offers web forms and an interface that allows cloud-based services to store and exchange data from diverse devices such as, but not limited to, the BEES (embedded devices). The Hive exposes application programming interfaces (APIs) that enable developers to store or read data from devices, services and mobile applications. The Personal Information collected through the APIs and hosted on the Hive’s cloud servers may include, but is not limited to, name and other demographic information of the user and sensors data. The Personal Information collected through the Hive is used to offer the Hive’s services, including embedded hardware devices (the BEES).
Websites. MicroBees offers various products and services on websites associated with the Hive, including the Official site, User Portal and the Developer Portal. Personal Information is collected through the registration forms of the Hive websites, and may include, but is not limited to, name, phone number, fax number, email address and, if applicable, credit card information. The Personal Information collected through the Hive websites is used to offer the particular products and services available through the Hive.
Information About Your Use of the Platform. In addition to the information you provide, we may collect information about your use of the Hive, such as the applications and devices you use, the websites you visit, and how you interact with content offered through a Hive service.
Other Information We Collect. We also may collect other information about you, your device(s), or your use of the Hive in ways that we describe to you at the point of collection or otherwise with your consent.
To Whom Do We Disclose Your Information?
Disclosures Under Special Circumstances. There may be instances when we disclose your Personal Information to other parties:
- to comply with the law or respond to compulsory legal process (such as a search warrant or court order);
- to verify or enforce compliance with the policies governing the Hive; or
to protect the rights, property or safety of MicroBees, or any of our respective affiliates, business partners, or customers.
- Other Parties in Connection With Corporate Transactions. We may disclose your information to a third party as part of a merger or transfer, or in the event of a bankruptcy.
Automatically Collected Information And Anonymous Information
Aggregated Data. MicroBees collects aggregate queries for internal reporting and also counts, tracks, and aggregates the visitor’s activity into MicroBees’s analysis of general traffic-flow through the Hive. To these ends, MicroBees may merge information about you into aggregated group data. In some cases, MicroBees will remove personal identifiers from Personal Information and maintain it in aggregate form that may later be combined with other information to generate anonymous, aggregated statistical information. Such anonymous, group data may be shared on an aggregated basis with MicroBees’s affiliates, business partners, service providers and/or vendors; if it does so, MicroBees will not disclose your individual identity.
Web Server Logs and IP Addresses. An Internet Protocol (“IP”) address is a number that automatically identifies the computer/machine you have used to access the Internet. The IP address enables our server to send you the web pages that you want to visit, and it may disclose the server owned by your Internet Service Provider. MicroBees may use IP addresses to conduct website analyses and performance reviews and to administer the Hive.
Cookies. Cookies are small files that store information on your computer, mobile phone or other device. They enable the entity that put the cookie on your device to recognize you across different websites, services, devices, and/or browsing sessions. Cookies serve many useful purposes. For example:
Cookies can remember your sign-in credentials so you don’t have to enter those credentials each time you log on to a service.
Cookies help us and third parties understand which parts of our services are the most popular because they help us to see which pages and features visitors are accessing and how much time they are spending on the pages. By studying this kind of information, we are better able to adapt the services and provide you with a better experience.
Cookies help us provide you with relevant content by collecting information about your use of the Hive and other websites and apps.
When you use a web browser to access a website, you can configure your browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies, or notify you when a cookie is sent. Each browser is different, so check the “Help” menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences. The operating system of your device may contain additional controls for cookies.
Please note, however, that some services may be designed to work using cookies and that disabling cookies may affect your ability to use those services, or certain parts of them.
Other Local Storage. We, along with certain third parties, may use other kinds of local storage technologies, such as Local Shared Objects (also referred to as “Flash cookies”) and HTML5 local storage, in connection with our services. These technologies are similar to the cookies discussed above in that they are stored on your device and can be used to store certain information about your activities and preferences. However, these technologies may make use of different parts of your device from standard cookies, and so you might not be able to control them using standard browser tools and settings.
We use different kinds of cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies are essential to navigate around a website and use its features. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to use basic services like registration or shopping baskets. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you’ve been on the internet. Examples of how we use ‘strictly necessary’ cookies include:
- Setting unique identifiers for each unique visitor, so site numbers can be analysed.
- Allowing you to sign in to The Hive as a registered user.
- Performance cookies collect data for statistical purposes on how visitors use a website; they don’t contain personal information such as names and email addresses, and are used to improve your user experience of a website. Here are some examples of how we use performance cookies:
- Gathering data about visits to the website, including numbers of visitors and visits, length of time spent on the site, pages clicked on or where visitors have come from.
- For comparison with other websites using data collected by industry-accepted measurement and research companies.
- Functional cookies allow users to customise how a website looks for them: they can remember usernames, language preferences and regions, and can be used to provide more personal services like local weather reports and traffic news. Here are some examples of how we use functionality cookies:
- Storing your user preferences on Your Account page
- Remembering if you’ve been to the site before so that messages intended for first-time users are not displayed to you.
You should be aware that any preferences will be lost if you delete all cookies and many websites will not work properly or you will lose some functionality. We do not recommend turning cookies off when using our website for these reasons.
Most browsers accept cookies automatically, but you can alter the settings of your browser to erase cookies or prevent automatic acceptance if you prefer. Generally you have the option to see what cookies you’ve got and delete them individually, block third party cookies or cookies from particular sites, accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is issued or reject all cookies. Visit the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu on your browser to change settings, and check the following links for more browser-specific information.
By accessing and using the Platform, you consent to the storage of cookies, other local storage technologies, beacons and other information on your devices. You also consent to the access of such cookies, local storage technologies, beacons and information by us.
MicroBees understands that storing data in a secure manner is essential. MicroBees stores Personal Information and other data using reasonable physical, technical and administrative safeguards to secure data against foreseeable risks, such as unauthorized use, access, disclosure, destruction or modification. Although we make good faith efforts to store the information we collect in a secure operating environment that is not available to the public, we cannot guarantee complete security. Further, while we work to ensure the integrity and security of our network and systems, we cannot guarantee that our security measures will prevent third-party “hackers” from illegally obtaining this information.
Links To Other Websites
Our Hive services may link to third-party websites and services that are outside our control. We are not responsible for the security or privacy of any information collected by such websites or other services. You should exercise caution, and review the privacy statements applicable to the third-party websites and services you use. We also make available to you certain products or services (e.g., apps available through the Hive) developed by third parties. MicroBees is not responsible for these thir