Our Commitment to Privacy and Security

We live in a world where trust in social media platforms has been declining since 2015: long-held concerns from activists, and new revelations for average users, have elevated privacy rights to their deserved spotlight. From its very inception, Betterplace was developed to empower citizens. For us, that also means giving users better options to maintain privacy, and making this central to our app’s unique features. We wanted to share with the community how we intend to uphold a commitment to putting users first when it comes to privacy and security.

There are two ways to register for Betterplace, one with an onboarding process that allows customization through additional information or the second, without. For the former, Betterplace asks for and stores basic information provided by users that enables our app to provide better recommendations for action. Information such as user name, e-mail address, postal code/zipcode (if desired) and user-recorded interests, issues and skills, allows for our matching algorithm to source and recommend actions to the individual. The user remains the owner of their data, and can request that their information be deleted at any time. In the second registration option, the user only provides an email address and username before skipping the onboarding process where they are randomly assigned issue, interest, and skill tags without the option of seeing actions based on location. These can be changed from within the user profile at a later date if desired. As our policies affirm, Betterplace will never sell or provide access to this individual user information.

As we update app features, continuing to enhance user privacy and security will be central to our efforts. Here are some of the ways that we intend to approach this:

  • Betterplace aims to deploy the blockchain version of the application in 2018, giving users the ability to participate pseudonymously on the platform while leaving all other beneficial features of the application unchanged. Our software was built on a blockchain-compatible basis from the outset, demonstrating our persistent desire to give users greater transparency over their privacy.

  • We will seek to involve the community as we evolve our terms of service and privacy policy to better reflect our intention to put users first. We intend to put a community driven process into practice in early 2019.

  • We will allow users to choose exactly which information they decide to share on a task-by-task basis. Users will explicitly be asked the information they wish to provide to the organization or campaign as they accept a task.

  • In making a commitment to give users more power over the data they provide, including to us, we need to find ways to give them more control over how we use it. We intend to introduce product features that will allow users more of this control.

For further information on our privacy policy, you can access it here: https://better.place/privacy-policy.html

Ben Rowswell