Privacy PolicyIOS App - February 2020

When you use FlashZone we receive some personal information from you like the type of device you’re using and your IP address. For authentication purposes we require you to provide an email address or a third-party social login may provide an email address for you. Currently, FlashZone provides Twitter, Facebook, or Google as social media logins. FlashZone is hosted on secure AWS servers. Learn more about your data and privacy with Amazon Web Services (AWS) here.  The FlashZone app utilizes the third party service Google Maps as one of the core parts of our location technology. Understand more about your data and privacy with Google/Google Maps here. When you sign up for the FlashZone app, and we collect your email address, we may send you important FlashZone emails at times. You allow us to gather data from third-party social media logins according to their privacy policies. Certain service providers or advertisers may use their own cookies or tracking technology which may collect information about you within the FlashZone service. 



From time to time we may offer scavenger hunts, contests, or other promotions with third-party partners. If you enter one of these events the information that you provide will be shared with us and with them. Their use of your information does not fall under the terms of this Privacy Policy. 


Data Sharing

In order for us to provide services to you there is certain information we need.  


Account Profile Data

You need an account on the FlashZone app. This means that you need to sign up and create a profile in order to use and share content on FlashZone. Your profile can include personal identifiable information such as your Profile Photo, Name, Email, Hometown, Gender, Biography and website URL. You can choose to create a profile anonymously with an alias or nickname. However this does not assure anonymity. The display name and username you select are always publicly available. Your display name is the name you choose, but it may not be the assumed identity of another person, brand, business, organization, product institution, or other item legally protected, unless you provide the legal rights/license to use should an issue arise in a dispute.  Contact for any inquiries.


Social Signup/Login

Upon signing up to FlashZone using the third party social logins such as Twitter, Facebook or Google, You’ll be routed to their proper authorization steps via in-app or website asking you to authorize the FlashZone app to use your account. You can review the various permissions you are granting to the FlashZone app.  You can choose to not use these options. The intent of these tools is to make the sign up process really easy for the user. Choices are given to choose and manage the account creation process and the data you confirm to create on the account.


Your Location data

FlashZone needs to know your location in order to function correctly.  We do not share your exact location. Posts/flashes contain the city or municipality from which a post originated and general zip code location may be inferred in other instances. For the InterestBuddy™ meeting-mode feature you may be invited to give your permission to show your exact location and distance to other users nearby. You choose whether or not to allow this and the limited duration of time you permit it, should you choose to do so.


FlashZone uses your IOS device’s location services to connect you to content and other users locally.  Including the tags, posts, photographs, videos, and other recordings/content types. Location data helps improve your experience and our services, including notifications, timestamps, location stamps, customer support, and more.


We offer location sharing while using the app. FlashZone does not function without location sharing on while using the app. If you do not want your general location known, which in FlashZone means your city or municipal location or your ZIP Code location, do not download FlashZone and do not use FlashZone app. Your exact location is not shown to other users unless you give explicit permission to do so. 


You have 2 location settings to choose from:


– While using the app: We may collect location information when the app is visible on screen. 


– Never: This option disables location services for FlashZone. You can still use the app but it will not function well or at all. 


The option to agree to allow FlashZone to use your IOS devices location services is given at the beginning of the app.  You can choose to opt out if you wish by choosing the “Never” option on the location permission alert.


To manage location settings on your device:

  1. Open your device’s Settings
  2. Tap “Privacy,”  “Location Services”
  3. Tap “FlashZone”
  4. Select “While Using the App,” or “Never”


FlashZone shares only the minimal amount of location data that is necessary to function with Google Maps in order to provide an enhanced local user experience.  Read more about your privacy and data with your Google account here.


Your Public Posts (Flashes):

Posts, referred to as Flashes, on FlashZone are immediately viewable and searchable by the public.  You can communicate in non-public ways on FlashZone via direct messaging. We may also use information about public posts from users to improve services to you and to prevent spam and abusive messaging, as well as marketing and other promotions.  Please note: Even if you delete your post, other users have the ability to share your message, copy, screenshot, or other means to duplicate your content. 


Your Direct Messages:

FlashZone will make your message available to the person to whom you have directed the message. We will store and process your communications and information related to them. This may include link scanning for malicious content, link shortening, spam detection, and reviewing issues that have been reported to us. We also use information about direct messaging to improve services to you and to prevent spam and abusive messaging.


Your Photos / Videos / Recording:

If you wish to upload a photo or video to your FlashZone profile or in a post/flash you will need to allow FlashZone to access your camera and photo gallery, in which case FlashZone will have access to the photos and videos stored in your photo gallery.  When you publish a photo, video or recording on FlashZone it is saved to our databases through AWS and is publically viewable/searchable. 


Your Interests data:

By choosing interests in FlashZone, called flashtags, relevant information, which might include related advertising, may be presented to you.


Content Indexed by Search Engines:

All public information on FlashZone app and can be crawled and indexed by search engines. These third parties can continue to display content from FlashZone app or, even after it has been deleted from our properties.  If a request has been made, we will attempt to manage and administer a removal from the search engines index, and set the necessary responses on our pages/posts/content for a re-crawl to analyze that the content no longer exists (404).



FlashZone uses your IOS device’s notification services to send you personalized notifications that connect you to relevant content and other users locally. 


You can manage and disable the different types of notifications that FlashZone sends you in the app:

  1. Tap Main top left menu
  2. Tap “Settings”
  3. Tap “Notification Settings”


To manage notifications settings directly on your IOS device:

  1. Open your device’s Settings
  2. Tap “Notifications”


Public Information


Except for direct messaging most activity on FlashZone is public, your posts (called flashes), your re-posts (called reflashes), and the date, time, and city or municipality location of where they were posted. Your profile, created by you, is also public. You decide what personal data you wish to share with us on your profile or your registration form. Your profile does not show your location unless you enter it. We do not recommend entering your exact location into your profile unless you have a non-personal account. For information on opening a business account you may contact us at  If you registered using social media the email address or phone number associated with that account are not made public. As a convenience to you your display name, user name, and profile photo may be imported into FlashZone from the social media account you registered with. However, FlashZone users may change those at registration or at any time by going to their FlashZone profile, tapping the pencil icon, and choosing “edit profile” from the menu. The username may not be changed after registration.


You are responsible for your posts/flashes and other information you provide through our services, and you should be judicious in posting content, especially if it is sensitive information. More information on this is available in our Terms of Service. You may delete your posts/flashes and they will be deleted from each flashtag interest feed where you delete them and from each profile where you delete them.


We may send you push notifications and emails, and you can control receipt of these in Settings. We reserve the right to send you occasional updates from the FlashZone team.


Enhancing the User Experience


We use Third Party social media to help us find areas of interest to recommend to you on FlashZone. Specifically, signing up for FlashZone through social media you understand your social media interests may be used to suggest areas of interest for you on FlashZone to give you a better, more personalized experience.


You can choose to upload your address book to FlashZone so that we can help you find and connect with people you know and help others find and connect with you.


If you email us, we will keep the content of your message, your email address, and your contact information to respond to your request. 




As a native app we do not use cookies on our IOS App FlashZone. When you visit a third-party site from within FlashZone (in-app) we do not transfer your data to the third-party-site. Third-party sites you visit while using FlashZone, like YouTube, will collect your data as they ordinarily do. Social media you use to login to FlashZone employ cookies to allow you to login without reentering your credentials each time.  


Our website cookies and your data

FlashZone apps main top left slide out menu contains links to our site Specifically, the  “Resources” menu which contains: “Getting Started”, “Glossary”, “FAQs”, “Contact Us” and possibly other menu items that may be added at our discretion, take the user to uses cookies and tracking technology for security, analytics, improvements, and marketing purposes.

The following third parties cookies & tracking technology are in use on

Wordfence: – (Anti-virus, Firewall and Malware Scan) – read more about their privacy policy here.

Google – (Google Analytics, Google Ads) – read more about their privacy policy here.

Facebook (Facebook Pixel, Facebook Ads) – read more about their privacy policy here: Data Policy Cookies & Other Storage Technologies Privacy Basics)


GoDaddy – (Secure & Fast Hosting)  – read more about their privacy policy here.


When you visit the above outlined menu areas on FlashZone app, including filling out and sending the contact form on “Contact Us”, the information you entered and send, which can be personally identifiable, is sent and processed securely through our third party Google’s email services. 


To learn more your data and privacy on please visit here




This Privacy Policy is not intended to limit any legal defenses or objections that you may have to a third party’s, including a government’s, request to disclose your personal data. We reserve our right to preserve and disclose your personal data if we believe it is  necessary to comply with a legal process or with government requests or to be in compliance with a law or regulation; to protect the Public Safety or the safety of any person; to protect our systems from harm, including the prevention of spam, abuse, and cyber attacks; to address fraud, security matters, or technical issues; or to protect our rights, our property rights, and the rights and property rights of those using our Service; to provide information when it is necessary in our estimation to explain the removal of contents or accounts from FlashZone.



Sale of assets and your data


If the assets of FlashZone are transferred whether due to a merger, acquisition, sale, reorganization, or insolvency your personal data can be sold or transferred as part of such an event. This Privacy Policy will apply and your personal data will be transferred to the new entity. We may also disclose your personal data for the continuation of services or to provide service enhancements, including more relevant ads.



Aggregate Information


We share or disclose non-personal data; for example, aggregated information such as the total number of times people engaged with a flash, reflashed, or liked a flash, and the topics that people are flashing about in a FlashZone.



Account termination

When you terminate your account your profile and content are deleted and the account can not be recovered. Your content is kept on FlashZone servers 14 days or whatever the law requires at the time of termination. 

Please bear in mind that other users, third parties, and search engines may retain a copy of your public flashes and information you made public on your profile. 



If you need clarification or would like to share a thought you can contact us at 

The address of FlashZone LLC is:  FlashZone LLC #1352, 455 Tarrytown Rd, White Plains, NY 10606.

We may revise this Privacy Policy. If, in our sole discretion, we make a material change to this policy we will notify users and the most current Privacy Policy will be viewable on the app and/or the FlashZone website. By continuing to access or use the Services after those changes become effective, you agree to be bound by the revised Privacy Policy. 

This version of FlashZone may only be used in the United States. 

Notice to California and EU Users: The FlashZone app does not currently support California or EU users. 

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