Pocket Casts

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Handling

Does the policy allow personally-targeted or behavioral marketing? No

10/10

Decided May 17, 2020 (revision history). This question accounts for 12% of the final score.

Possible Options

Yes0/10
Yes, but you can opt-out3.5/10
Yes, but you must opt-in7/10
No10/10

Citation

Will you share my information? No.

We will only disclose your information if we have your consent to do so, we are compelled to do so by law, or we do so in connection with the sale or reorganisation of the Service.

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Does the service allow third-party access to private personal data? No

10/10

Decided May 17, 2020 (revision history). This question accounts for 12% of the final score.

This may come in the form of outright data sharing or by using local third-party analytics software (such as Google Analytics, which collects a plethora of user information).

Note that whether the policy allows sharing aggregated user data does not affect this question.

If the personal data is encrypted when it passes through the third-party, it does not count as third-party access (as the data is inaccessible to that party).

If personal data has been made public by, for example, posting it to a blog, it does not count as private personal information (and is therefore not considered by this question).

Possible Options

Yes, not all parties specified0/10
Yes, all parties specified (including non-critical service providers such as advertisers)3/10
Yes, not all parties specified (but only to critical service providers)7/10
Yes, all parties specified (only to critical service providers)8/10
No10/10

Citation

Will you share my information? No.

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Does the service allow you to permanently delete your personal data? Yes, by contacting someone

3/5

Decided May 17, 2020 (revision history). This question accounts for 6% of the final score.

Even if there is a reasonable delay before the data is fully deleted (as is common), the data still counts as "permanently deleted" and satisfies the parameters for this question.

Possible Options

No0/5
Yes, by contacting someone3/5
Yes, using an automated mechanism5/5
N/A (no personal information collected)5/5

Citation

Yes.

You can delete your sync account by contacting us via [email protected] After complying with your request all your data will be deleted and you will no longer be able to sign into your account. Any support requests will be retained for our records.

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When does the policy allow law enforcement access to personal data? When reasonably requested

3/5

Decided May 17, 2020 (revision history). This question accounts for 6% of the final score.

Possible Options

Always0/5
Not specified0/5
When reasonably requested3/5
Only when required by a court order or subpoena4/5
N/A (no personal data to share)5/5
Never (special legal jurisdiction)5/5

Citation

We will only disclose your information if we have your consent to do so, we are compelled to do so by law, or we do so in connection with the sale or reorganisation of the Service.

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Transparency

Does the policy require users to be notified in case of a data breach? No

0/7

Decided May 17, 2020 (revision history). This question accounts for 8% of the final score.

Note that all companies operating in the EU are subject to Art. 33 of the GDPR, which requires companies to notify their data protection authority of a data breach within 72 hours of discovering it.

Possible Options

No0/7
Yes, eventually5/7
Yes, within 72 hours7/7
N/A (the service collects so little personal data that notification would not be possible)7/7

Note

No information is provided proving so.

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Will affected users be notified when the policy is meaningfully changed? Yes

5/5

Decided May 17, 2020 (revision history). This question accounts for 6% of the final score.

Possible Options

No0/5
Yes5/5
N/A (no personal data—or contact information—collected)5/5

Citation

We may need to update this Policy to reflect changes in the Service, our business and applicable laws. We will, however, always maintain our commitment to respect your privacy. We will post any revisions to this Policy on our website. Your continuation of use of the Service after any change means that you agree with, and consent to be bound by, the new Privacy Policy.

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Is the policy's history made available? Only the date it was last modified

3/5

Decided May 17, 2020 (revision history). This question accounts for 6% of the final score.

Possible Options

No0/5
Only the date it was last modified3/5
Yes, with revisions or a change-log5/5

Citation

Effective Date: 18 September 2019

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Does the policy outline the service's general security practices? Somewhat

1/3

Decided May 17, 2020 (revision history). This question accounts for 4% of the final score.

The policy provides only a very vague overview of its security practices.

Possible Options

No0/3
Somewhat1/3
Yes2/3
Yes, including audits2.5/3
N/A (no personal data collected)3/3
Yes, including independent audits3/3

Citation

The data collected pursuant to this Privacy Policy will be securely stored on our servers. We use a variety of technologies to encrypt and secure your information to prevent access by unauthorised parties.

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Collection

Is it clear why the service collects the personal data that it does? Yes

10/10

Decided May 17, 2020 (revision history). This question accounts for 12% of the final score.

This question deals with transparency. Even if the service uses data for reasons that aren't ideal for privacy, provided they list all of those uses, the service can still receive full credit for this question. However, if they are not explicit about their uses (by employing language like "such as"), a lower score is assigned.

Possible Options

No0/10
Somewhat4/10
Mostly7/10
Yes10/10
No personal data is collected10/10

Citation

Why do you collect information about me? To provide the Service to you;

To provide effective support to you during your use of the Service;

To secure your account against unauthorised access;

To aggregate subscription data to generate the charts displayed in the Discover section, for the benefit of the Pocket Casts community.

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Does the policy list the personal data it collects? Yes, exhaustively

10/10

Decided May 17, 2020 (revision history). This question accounts for 12% of the final score.

All types of collected personal data are listed specifically

Possible Options

No0/10
Only summarily3/10
Yes, generally7/10
Yes, exhaustively10/10
N/A (no personal information is collected)10/10

Citation

If you choose to create an account in our app, we store:

Your username in the form of an email address, and password; Your podcast subscriptions, playlists, episode filters, episode data and settings configuration; Your device language; A count of failed sign in attempts for your account; The date and time you last synced with our server. If you turn on push notifications in the app, we store the push token Apple provides us in order to deliver those push notifications to your device.

If you choose to purchase a subscription to Pocket Casts Plus, in addition to the information associated with your account, we store:

A transaction id for your purchase (if purchased from our website); A purchase token (if purchased from the Google Play Store); A purchase receipt (if purchased from the iTunes Store).

If you choose to subscribe to our newsletter, we store your choice and send your email address to MailChimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp’s privacy practices here.

If you choose not to create an account, and don’t use push notifications, no data is stored about you on our servers.

Pocket Casts web service also uses cookies and like technologies to keep you logged in.

Should you choose to generate a support request from within the Service, we may generate an attachment containing additional data to assist in addressing your support request which you’re welcome to view prior to submission.

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Does the service collect personal data from third parties? No

10/10

Decided May 17, 2020 (revision history). This question accounts for 12% of the final score.

This includes the use of data brokers and independent verification authorities (such as background check providers).

Possible Options

Yes0/10
Only for critical data7/10
No10/10

Citation

If you turn on push notifications in the app, we store the push token Apple provides us in order to deliver those push notifications to your device.

If you choose to purchase a subscription to Pocket Casts Plus, in addition to the information associated with your account, we store:

A transaction id for your purchase (if purchased from our website); A purchase token (if purchased from the Google Play Store); A purchase receipt (if purchased from the iTunes Store).

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Does the service allow the user to control whether personal data is used or collected for non-critical purposes? N/A (no data used for non-critical purposes)

5/5

Decided May 17, 2020 (revision history). This question accounts for 6% of the final score.

Some services allow users to opt-out or opt-in to of non-critical collection or use of personal data, such as collecting data for personalized advertisements.

Possible Options

No0/5
On an opt-out basis, but only for some non-critical data/uses1.5/5
On an opt-out basis, for all non-critical data/uses3/5
N/A (no data used for non-critical purposes)5/5
On an opt-in basis5/5

Note

There are no opt-in features (minus their newsletter).

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Warnings

Pocket Casts has no warnings published on PrivacySpy. PrivacySpy publishes warnings when it learns a service has announced a data breach or is found misusing user data. If you believe a warning should be published for Pocket Casts, submit one here.


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May 17, 2020

Ratings Updated

May 17, 2020

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