Terms of Service

Effective date: 17 July 2020

1. Introduction

Welcome to pleyces!

pleyces is a digital social network based on #places. At pleyces, we simplify the process of getting to know new places and people. At pleyces, you can use our services such as viewing photos of #places that interest you, sharing your loved #places, and connecting with people linked to your #places. These terms govern the use of our services.

We do not charge our users for using our platform. Instead, we receive payment when businesses engage us to show you advertisements for their services and products. By using our services, you agree and consent to being shown advertisements that we think would be relevant to yourself and your interests.

At pleyces, we respect your privacy and personal data. We do not sell your personal data to our advertisers. Also, we do not share your personal and sensitive information that identifies you directly with our advertisers unless you provide us with permission to do so.

Instead, our advertisers inform us of their target audience(s), and we will then display these advertisements to people that may be interested. We will not share your personal information that identifies you directly unless you provide us with specifically allow us to do so. To help our advertisers, we will provide them reports which will aid their understanding on how people interact with their advertisements and reports of how their advertisements are performing. Please take a look at Section 6 to learn more.

Our Privacy Policy explains the usage and collection of your personal information and data. The data that we collect from you may play a part in determining the types of advertisements we show you. However, if you are unsure or uncomfortable, you can easily modify and review your privacy preferences anytime by going to your settings.

2. Data Protection Laws

pleyces is compliant to data protection laws including the NetzDG, the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and, the upcoming Brazilian LGPD (Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados Pessoais).

If you encounter or find any content that you find offensive or that you believe contravenes any of these laws, you are given the option to report it under the “Report Activity” function available at the top of every post. Our team will then review your complaint.

3. Impressum

Our services are being offered to you by:
pleycs GmbH
Highlight Towers | Tower 1 | 13th floor
Mies-van-der-Rohe-Str. 6
80807 Munich (Germany)
Email: contact@pleyces.com
Contact number: +49 -89 -450 993 40

CEO/Responsible for content: Martin Bauer

Registry: Amtsgericht München
Registration number: HRB 237552
International VAT ID No. as specified in Section 27A of the German VAT Law (‘Umsatzsteurgesetz’): DE318058279

4. The services we provide

Our mission is to connect people through their loved places and bring people all over the world together, embracing diversity and togetherness. To help meet this mission, we provide these services to you:

4.1 We connect people through places and provide you a personalised experience.

When you use our services, you will be connected to our community of people through our shared places. We use the data that you share with us to make your experience one that is personalised. This data enables us to provide you with suggestions such as places to visit or people that you may want to connect with. We believe these suggestions will help make the community better and stronger, when you are connected to people or places that you care for or are interested in.

4.2 We give you a platform to share what you care about and an avenue for self-expression.

At pleyces, we want to empower our users with a platform that you can use to connect with like-minded people in the global community. There are many features that enable you to do so. For instance, you can pin places, view new places, form deep connections with other users and share what you care about on our website. We want to foster a culture and community that encourages self-expression of your own original ideas and creativity.

4.3 We want to help you discover content, products, and services that may interest you.
We don't charge for our services. When you use our services, you will be shown advertisements or sponsored content. The purpose of this is to discover services and products that may benefit or interest you. You may refer to Section 5 if you would like to find out more about how we fund our services.

4.4 We want to build a safe community and do not condone harmful conduct.
At pleyces, we want to build a community where our users feel safe to use and express themselves. We seek your cooperation to adhere to this rule. Any form of conduct that is harmful, hateful, or tolerant to our community is not tolerated. If you come across any conduct that threatens the safety of our community, please report it. We will review all reported content and then take appropriate actions such as terminating or suspending the account of the user in question if it is necessary to do so.

4.5 We research on ways to improve our services.
We want to continually improve our services by conducting research. The type of research we engage in includes analyzing the data that you have shared with us so that we can understand how users interact with our services. Please refer to our Privacy Policy to find out how we use the data you share with us to improve our services.

5. How we fund our services

We do not charge you for using pleyces. Instead, our advertisers pay us for advertising their products and services on our website. By using these terms of service, you agree that we can show you advertisements. This means that you allow us to use your personal information and data in order to show you advertisements that are more relevant to you.

However, this does not mean that we do not respect your privacy. At pleyces, we respect and uphold your right to privacy. Therefore, our advertisement system is designed keeping your privacy in mind. Even though we share your personal information and data to our advertisers, we do let them know information that identifies you directly. Advertisers will not know who you are. Apart from that, we do not monetise by selling your personal information and data. Advertisers work with us by telling us their aims and goals such as their target audiences. We help them by showing their advertisements of products and services to people who may find them interesting or relevant.

Apart from helping our advertisers by showing them advertisements to their target audience, we also provide them with reports regarding how their advertisements are performing. These reports will enable our advertisers to know how their content is being interacted with. Within these reports, our advertisers will find out general information such as demographics such as the age or interests of our users. However, our advertisers will not receive information that will identify you directly such as your name or your email address. Our advertisers will not be able to contact you directly unless you want that to happen and you provide them with specific permission to do so.

In order to provide the services described in Section 4, we will have to collect and make use of the personal data that you provide to us. If you would like to learn more about the ways we use and collect your data, you may always view our Privacy Policy here. When you use pleyces, you will have the option to control the types of advertisements you see and what kind of information you enable us to use to decide what kinds of advertisements that we can show you.

6. Your commitments to pleyces and our community

In order to provide our services to the pleyces community, we seek your co-operation to make these following commitments:

6.1 Who can use pleyces
We make our community at pleyces not only safer but also more accountable. Therefore, you agree not to provide information about yourself or your organisation that is not accurate and not to share your password with others, give others access to your pleyces account or transfer your pleyces account to someone else without our permission.

Furthermore, you are not allowed to use pleyces if you are below thirteen years of age or if you are a convicted sex offender. Additionally, we do not allow you to use pleyces if your account has already been terminated or suspended previously if you violate or breach our Terms of Service or Privacy Policy. Similarly, if under applicable laws, you are prohibited from using our services, you cannot use it too.

6.2 What you are allowed to share and do on pleyces
At pleyces, we prioritise the well-being and safety of our community. If you use our services, you agree not to engage in the conduct listed below.

You may not use our service to engage in conduct (such as sharing or posting anything) that breaches our Terms of Service or Privacy Policy. We do not allow conduct that is fraudulent, misleading, discriminatory, unlawful or conduct that breaches or infringes someone else’s rights, including their intellectual property rights.

You may not upload malicious code or viruses that could affect the appearance or proper working of our services in a negative manner. You are also not allowed to collect or assess data from our services using automated means (without our prior permission) or try to gain access to data that you are not permitted to access.

If you breach these provisions, we can exercise our right to block or remove these types of content. We will let you know if we remove your content that has violated our Terms of Service.

At pleyces, we encourage you to report content or conduct that violates our policies and terms, and if you believe that any content breaches your rights (such as intellectual property rights).

6.3 The permissions you give us
For us to provide you our services, we require certain permissions from you.

You permit us to use the content you share and create:
If you use our services, you provide us permission to use the content that you share and create. This does not mean that you do not own the content that you share on our services. At pleyces, we respect your ownership of your content and nothing in these Terms of Service will take away these rights. You may share your content wherever and with whomever, you please to do so. However, for us to provide you with our services, we need you to grant us some legal permissions to use your content.

For example, when you upload, share or post content that is covered by intellectual property rights or in connection with our services, you give us permission a transferable, sub-licensable, non-exclusive and international license to distribute, use, host, modify, copy, run, publicly display or perform, create derivative works and translate your content, as long as they are in line with your privacy settings. This license is only for the purpose of making our services available to you. Therefore, this means that if you share a photo on pleyces, you provide us the permission to copy, store and share this photo with others such as service providers that support our service, as long as your privacy settings allow us to do so.

You are given the choice to end this license anytime you want to. To do so, you can either delete your account or your content. However, your deleted content may be available for a limited period in our backup copies for technical reasons. However, your deleted content will not be visible to other users. Your deleted content may also continue to appear if you have shared your deleted content with other users and they have not chosen to delete it.

You grant us rights to use personal information such as your profile picture, name, and information about your actions with sponsored content and advertisements:
We do not provide compensation to you if your personal information about the actions you have taken on pleyces is used in connection or next to advertisements that we display in our services. For instance, if you have liked an advertised product, your friends may see that you have liked the advertised product. You may edit your settings if you do not want this feature to be enabled.

You give us permission to update any software that you download or use:
If you use or download any of our software, you allow us the permission to install or download any updates to the software where these updates are available.

You acknowledge that there are limits in using content that is covered by our intellectual property:
You are allowed to use content covered by our intellectual property rights that we make available in our services such as sounds or images that add to the content you share on pleyces. We retain the rights to all the content that we use. You may only use our trademarks or copyrights with our prior written permission. Only when we have provided you the written permission (or permission under an open-source license) to change, decompile, create derivative works of or otherwise try to extract source code from us.

Additional provisions

7.1 Updating our Terms
To improve our services for you, we are constantly working on improving our website and features. Therefore, we may update our terms of service from time to time. We will only do so if we do not deem any of the provisions relevant or appropriate anymore. When we change our terms, we also take into consideration your interest and ensure that these changes are reasonable.

If we decide to modify our terms of service, we will notify you in advance because we want to give you a chance to look through the amended terms so that you can make a decision whether you want to continue using our services unless these changes are mandated by law. You will be bound by the new terms once they come into effect. If in case you don't want to agree with any of our modified terms, you may choose to delete your account any time you want to.

7.2 Termination and suspension of your account
At pleyces, we want to build a community where people feel safe and respected while also wanting to grant the freedom to people to share their creativity and originality in their opinions, ideas, and thoughts.

However, we will exercise our rights to terminate or suspend your account when there is good cause such as if you violate any of our Privacy Policy, third party rights, any laws, or our Terms.

If you believe that your account has been disabled by mistake, you may contact us at contact@pleyces.com.

7.3 Limits on liability
We only have unlimited liability in these matters, in accordance with statutory provisions: arising out of injury damaging to limb, life or health; in case gross negligence in case of intent; and under the Product Liability Act.

pleyces is only liable for slight negligence only in the case of a violation of an “essential” obligation under the Terms of Service, without limiting any of the above. The scope of “essential” obligations refers to obligations that are deemed necessary to fulfil the Terms of Service, where a breach of the agreement would lead to the jeopardising of the purpose of the agreement in question, and which you can trust to be complied with. In these cases, liability is limited to foreseeable and typical damages. In other cases, there will be no liability for slight negligence.

7.4 Disputes
We hope that we can avoid disputes between ourselves and users by providing clear rules and obligations. In the unfortunate case that a dispute arises, you will find it useful to know upfront the jurisdiction where they can be resolved and what the applicable laws would be.

These terms of Service, and any dispute or controversy of whatever nature arising out of or in any way relating to this agreement or its formation (including any non-contractual disputes or claims), shall be construed and governed in accordance with the laws of Germany. This will be done without regard to the conflict of provisions.

7.5 Others
The Terms of Service refers to the entire agreement between you and pleyces GmbH regarding your use of our services.

If any of these Terms of Service is found to be unenforceable in the future, the other remaining Terms of Service will remain to be enforceable. It will not be considered a waiver if pleyces fail to enforce any of these terms of Service. In the case that these Terms of Services are amended or waived, it will not only be made in writing but signed by us. Unless we have provided express consent to you, you may not transfer any of your obligations or rights under these Terms of Service to anyone else.

These Terms of Service do not confer any rights to third-party beneficiaries. We retain all of our contractual obligations and rights under these Terms of Service that are freely assignable by us in connection with a sale of assets, by operation of law, by merger, acquisition or otherwise. We will provide an explanation and let you know in advance if we change the username for your account in some circumstances. If you provide useful suggestions and feedback regarding our services, we retain the right not to keep them confidential and we may use them too without any restrictions.