Astrospheric Privacy Policy & Terms of Use

Privacy Policy

I take privacy seriously and make a best effort to only collect information necessary for a particular feature and to aid in service telemetry. Any private information collected by Astrospheric will never be shared or sold to a third party. Third party service usage is used to improve features on the site and help me (the sole developer) work faster. Hopefully this privacy policy doesn’t change, but check back because it might.

Note that while browsers have the ability to block cookies and opt out of services Astrospheric uses, mobile devices generally can not and therefore you agree to the privacy policy and terms of use when you decide to use Astrospheric on a mobile device.

Cookies & Local Storage

By default, Astrospheric uses a cookie and local storage to hold session information necessary for the user interface. If you choose to use Favorites, then you’ll also be sharing your email address with Astrospheric, this is considered private information. I’ve made it possible to use the site even with cookies and local storage turned off (Favorites feature will not work however).

External Services (3rd party)

Astrospheric uses a set of external services for geolocation and telemetry. The basic gist though - any private information Astrospheric collects (location and email address) are never shared with these services. Here is what (and why) each service is used. By using the service, you agree to allow the following services to leave cookies on your device.

Geolocation

Astrospheric uses Free GeoIP (http://freegeoip.net) to perform IP based geolocation lookups. Users public IP address will be sent to the service for location data. Location data returned is considered private information and will never be shared or sold. It is possible for browsers to opt-out of this service by providing a latitude and longitude directly to Astrospheric. (Example: http://www.astrospheric.com/?Latitude=47.6102&Longitude=-122.3043). If you enable GPS location in the app or on the website, then this service will not be used.

Google Analytics

By default, Astrospheric uses Google Analytics to track site telemetry (user counts, feature usage, page errors) and will store a cookie on your device. Private information collected on Astrospheric (location and email information) is never shared with Google Analytics. If you’d like to opt out of this telemetry, please use Google’s tools to do so (https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/). You may also block 3rd party cookies. Mobile users and app users cannot opt out and therefore agree to allow Google Analytics to collect data.

If you do not agree to this policy, please discontinue use of the service. If you’ve used the Favorites features and would like the cookie removed, simply use the Logout functionality provided by favorites in the Profile tab. You can also just clear your cookies (or delete the mobile app) to remove this information.

Terms of Use

Updated June 2018

All Astrospheric users must agree with the following. If you don't agree, please discontinue use of the service.

The following Terms of Use only apply to those users who use Favorites and Community Favorites. If you don't agree, simply discontinue use of these specific features.

It is up to you, the user, to keep your account credentials safe and private. I am not responsible for lost or stolen account information regardless of how the information was obtained.

Users who view Community Favorites must agree to the following terms of use.

Failing to follow or agree to the terms above may lead to being banned from the service.

Users who submit Community Favorites must agree to the following terms of use.

If you do not agree with the terms listed above, do not post content to Community Favorites. Those who abuse any terms above may be blocked from using the Astrospheric service.

Clear Skies,
Dan