What we collect and how we use the information we collect
Our primary goals in collecting information are to provide and improve our Services, to administer your use of the Services (including your Account (as defined below) if you are an Account holder), and to enable you to enjoy and easily navigate our Services.
Personally Identifiable Information. If you create an DeviantArt account via the DeviantArt Sites or through third party sites (an “Account”), we collect certain information that can be used to identify you, such as your name, age/birthdate, postal address, telephone number, e-mail address, credit card information, bank account details, social security number, or other information that can be used to contact you or identify you as an individual (collectively, “PII”).
If you create your Account using your login credentials from a third party site or service, we'll be able to access and collect your name and email address and other PII that your privacy settings on that third party site or service permits us to access but we don't receive or store passwords for those third party sites and services. We cannot delete or change any PII that is stored on third party sites and services.
We collect and use your PII when you register for special services (e.g., the Print Program), sign up for e-mail newsletters and purchase products or services. We use your PII to help customize advertising and content available on the DeviantArt Sites, to send you information about products and services that may be of interest to you and/or to conduct research for internal purposes. Some features, services, and promotional opportunities that we offer may also ask you to submit PII to participate.
If you have uploaded Artist Materials (as defined in and pursuant to the Submission Policy, which can be found here - http://about.deviantart.com/policy/submission/), you have also authorized DeviantArt to use some of your publicly visible PII for distribution, advertising and promotional purposes.
Non-Personally Identifiable Information. Our servers automatically record certain information about how a person uses our Services (we refer to this information as “Log Data”), for both Account holders and non-Account holders (either will be referred to as a “User”).
Log Data may include information such as a User's Internet Protocol (IP) address, mobile device identifier, browser type, operating system, the pages or features of our Services to which a User browsed and the time spent on those pages or features, search terms, the links on our Services on which a User clicked, the friends of Account holders who also use the Services, purchases made by the User, how often Users click on our advertisements, which files are downloaded most frequently, and which areas of our Site are the most popular and other statistics. We also collect certain information that your mobile device sends when you use our Services, including user settings, the operating system, as well as information about your use of our Services. We use this information to administer the Services and we analyze (and may engage third parties to analyze) this information to improve and enhance the Services by expanding their features and functionality and tailoring them to our Users' needs and preferences, and to make recommendations. We may use a person's IP address to fight spam, malware and identity theft. We also use the IP address to generate aggregate, non-identifying information about how our Services are used.
Location Information. If you enable this feature on the Service (currently planned for the mobile App), we will collect information about your location and/or use various technologies to determine your locations, such as by converting your IP address into a rough gelocation, or sensor data from your mobile device that provides information on nearby Wi-Fi access points and cell towers. For Users of our mobile applications, you can enable or disable location services when you use our Service through your mobile device settings.
Your Address Book. We may ask our mobile applications users for access to the address books on their mobile devices, so that we may connect Account holders, however we will not access your address book without your permission to do so.
How we share information ?
Except as noted, DeviantArt does not share your PII with third parties unless you give us your permission or we need to share such information in order to provide our Services to you at your request.
Information Shared with Our Service Providers. We may engage third party service providers to work with us to administer and provide the Services. For example, we use third parties to help with some of the products and services available on our Sites, such as processing payments and fulfilling orders for products through the DeviantArt Print Shop, to help us with maintenance of the Sites or to administer mailing lists. When we supply PII to these third party service providers, we require them to use it only for the purposes of providing services to us or to you as you have requested through our Sites. These service providers are expressly obligated not to disclose or use your PII for any other purpose.
Information Shared with Advertisers. We may share aggregated information and non-identifying information that we collect with third party advertisers.
Information Shared with Third Parties. We may share aggregated information and non-identifying information with third parties for industry analysis, demographic profiling and other similar purposes.
Information Disclosed for Our Protection and the Protection of Others. We will disclose PII when required by law or under the good-faith belief that such disclosure is necessary in order to conform to applicable law, comply with subpoenas, court orders or legal process served on DeviantArt, to establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims, and to protect the property or interests of DeviantArt, its agents and employees, personal safety, or the public. Under these circumstances, DeviantArt may be prohibited by law, court order or other legal process from providing notice of the disclosure, and DeviantArt reserves the right under those conditions to not provide notice in its sole discretion.
Information Disclosed in Connection with Business Transactions. Information that we collect from our Users, including PII, is considered to be a business asset. If we become part of another organization, including without limitation, by merger, change of control, sale of assets, or other acquisition, go out of business or enter bankruptcy, your PII may be disclosed or transferred to a third-party acquirer in connection with the transaction.
Information We Disclose with Your Consent or at Your Request. We will share your PII with third-party websites or platforms, such as social networking sites, if you have expressly requested that we do so.
Your Profile Page
When you create an Account, you have the option of checking a box to tell us that you do not want us to send you our email newsletter.
Please note that when you create an Account, your profile page will display your Account user name and certain statistics regarding your own use of the Services, including but not limited to, the date you became an Account holder, the categories of materials you posted and how long ago you last visited the Sites. It will also display information about the Account holders who visit your profile page including the names of those Account holders who follow you (if the Account holder has permitted such display), and the number of visitors to, and views of your profile page or pages containing Artworks you have submitted.
Any information or content that you post to your profile page, or to chat rooms or forums will be publicly accessible by Users so please exercise your good judgment before you post. The name you choose when creating your Account is visible to all Users of the Services. If you visit another account holder's profile page, your user name will appear on that page. DeviantArt does not control, and is not responsible for, the use of any information or content that you have exposed to the public through your use of the Services. You may use the tools we make available via the Services to make decisions about what information about you, including PII, will be visible on your profile page and on the profile pages of other Account holders that you visit. Please note Accounts can be created either by individuals or companies.
Even if you choose not to receive information from us, we reserve the right to communicate with you on matters we consider especially important.
You may review your PII by logging in and navigating to your Settings page on the website. Once there, you may modify information that is incorrect and delete certain information from your profile. You can also change your permission settings for us to send you e-mail newsletters.
To delete your PII, you must manually change your data fields to null values. Please note that some information associated with you cannot be deleted. Data related to transactions for products and services through the DeviantArt Print Shop is retained indefinitely and we may retain other PII associated with you in archived/backup copies for our records or as otherwise required by law.
We take reasonable measures to protect the information that we collect from you or about you (including your PII). Please be aware, however, that no method of transmitting information over the Internet or storing information is completely secure. Accordingly, we cannot guarantee the absolute security of any information.
Your PII may be transferred to, and maintained on, computers located outside of your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the privacy laws may not be as protective as those in your jurisdiction. If you're located outside the United States and choose to provide your PII to us, we may transfer your PII to the United States and process it there. Your use of our Services and submission of any PII represents your agreement to that transfer.
We do not intend that children under 13 years old will use our Services. We do not solicit or knowingly collect information from children under 13 years old, nor will we accept registration from them.