Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy applies beginning Jun 19, 2019.

 

 

Color SMS is a simple and beautiful SMS app. Your privacy is a top priority to us and we appreciate that you put your trust in us. We are committed to the responsible management, use, and protection of personal information.

 

This Privacy Policy (the "Policy") explains how your information is collected, used, stored and shared by us with respect to your access and use of our services. By using or accessing our App or our Service, you agree to the privacy policies outlined below.

 

What information do we collect?

Device Information

We collect your device and network connection information for analytical purpose only when you use our App. This information includes your device brand, the model of your device, your network status, etc. The device information that we collect does not contain any user sensitive information, such as device ID or anything that can be used to permanently identify a user or device. 

Personal Information You Provide to Us

We may receive and store any information you submit to the Application. The types of personal information collected may include your messages for backup, email address, and any other information necessary for us to provide Application services. We may do so non-human readable form to ensure the security of your information.

Information collected by Third-Party SDKs from our Monetization Partners

Some of the third-party monetization SDKs integrated in our app may access your information for the purpose of ad optimization.  Such information includes GAID (Google Advertising ID on Android devices) or IDFA (Identifier for Advertising on iOS devices), region (defined as the location where a given language is used), location information and IP address. This Policy does not govern our third party monetization partners, as they have their own privacy policies which can be viewed on their websites. We have no access to or control over such third parties. However, we have a routine procedure to scan all third party SDKs to detect if they collect sensitive user information. The partners we select to work with include but are not limited to Google AdMob (monetization platform of Google LLC), DoubleClick Ad Exchange (monetization platform of Google LLC), DoubleClick for Publishers (monetization platform of Google LLC), Facebook Audience Network (monetization platform of Facebook, Inc.), MoPub (monetization platform of Twitter, Inc.), Amazon, Fyber, Smaato, etc.

 

Information collected by Third-Party Analytical Tools

Our app integrates SDKs from several analytical service providers for app optimization purpose. These third-party SDKs may also collect your information such as GAID (Google Advertising ID on Android devices) or IDFA (Identifier for Advertising on iOS devices), region (defined as the location where a given language is used), location information and IP address. This Policy does not govern our third party analytical tools. You can find their privacy policy on their websites. The partners we select to work with include but are not limited to Flurry (Oath Inc.), AppsFlyer (Appsflyer Inc.) and Firebase (analytical platform of Google LLC), etc. The information they provide to us is aggregated analytical data.

 

 

How do we use this information?

To provide services

We may use this information to provide service or features in our App. For example, we may access the photos on your phone when you want to send photos to others by MMS.

To improve our product

As mentioned above, we collect your information for analytical purpose. This analytical data is only for app optimization. Some third-party monetization partners such as Facebook and Google may use the information they collected to optimize advertisement experience. Their use of information is governed by their privacy policy. We don’t have access to any such information they collected.

 

 

How is your information stored?

For the information we collect, some is only stored on your device locally, some is stored safely in encrypted format in our servers located in AWS, and some is encrypted stored in Cloud Storage for Firebase (analytical platform of Google LLC). We have strict policies to control access and usage of such data. If you would like to have your information deleted, please contact us. 

 

How is your information shared?

We never share your information with third parties. All the information we collect is only for the purpose of optimizing our product and is safely stored in our server in an encrypted format. The information will not be disclosed to any third parties.

 

What important permissions we request

Here we explain all important permissions that our app requests. These permissions are necessary for our app to perform certain features.

 

1. Read your text messages (SMS or MMS) & Receive text messages (SMS) & Receive text messages (MMS) & Send SMS messages & Edit your text messages (SMS or MMS)

These permissions are the basic permissions of an SMS app, which allow Color SMS to receive, read and send messages.

2. Directly call phone numbers

This permission allows users to make calls quickly and easily by the phone button on the chat page.

3. Read phone status and identity

This permission supports dual SIM mode and reading users' own number in the group chat.

4. Read your own contact card

This permission allows Color SMS to get your own number and show it to you in advanced settings.

5. Read your contacts

This permission allows Color SMS to get the contacts of the messages and choose contacts when users create a new message.

6. Modify your contacts

This permission helps users add contact conveniently after they receive messages from strange numbers.

7. Take pictures and videos / Record audio

These permissions work for the feature MMS when you want to send a photo or audio to others.

8. Find accounts on the device

This permission is only used for us to auto-fill your email address in the feedback form when you send feedback to us. So we can contact you when the problem solved.

9. Read the contents of your USB storage  

This permission works for reading the photos on your phone when users want to send photos via MMS.

10. Modify or delete the contents of your USB storage

This permission works for saving pictures of the MMS messages after users downloaded them.

11. Prevent phone from sleeping  

This permission prevents SMS service from failing.

12. Full network access & View network connections & Change Network Connectivity

These permissions are the basic permissions for accessing the network & Support for sending or receiving MMS.

13. Draw over other apps

Make sure the alerts of Color SMS display properly over other apps.

14. Download files without notification

This permission is used for downloading the MMS message.

15. Run at startup

This permission allows Color SMS to run at startup to provide users with SMS service.

16. Receive data from the Internet

This permission allows Color SMS to receive data from the Internet just like downloading the emojis or the backgrounds.

17. Play Install Referrer API 

This permission works for tracking and measuring our app installs easily and securely by Firebase.

18. Install Shortcuts

This permission allows Color SMS to install shortcuts of Color SMS on launchers.

19. Toggle sync on and off

This permission allows Color SMS to recognize whether sync settings are turned on or off.

20. Control vibration

This permission allows Color SMS to vibrate to remind you when receiving a new message.

21. Update Notification Counts

This permission allows Color SMS to show unread message count on Color SMS icon.

22. Add or remove accounts

This permission allows Color SMS to sync your preferred settings via Google accounts when you re-install Color SMS.


Changes to the Policy

 

Any information that is collected is subject to the Policy in effect at the time such information is collected. We may, however, modify the Policy from time to time. If we make changes to our Privacy Policy, we will provide you additional forms of notice of modifications or updates as appropriate under the circumstances. Your continued use of our App or Services following the posting of changes will mean you accept those changes.


The following is a list of the third-party monetization partners we currently use in our services and links to their privacy policies:

Facebook, Inc.

https://www.facebook.com/policy.php

Google AdMob, DoubleClick Ad Exchange, DoubleClick for Publishers

https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/

MoPub

https://www.mopub.com/legal/privacy/

AdCaffe

https://ge.appcloudbox.net/adcaffe/AdCaffeAdChoice.html

 

 

Contact Us

 

If you have any questions about this Policy, you can contact us at email:

privacy.fingerstudios@outlook.com