Browsing our websites: When you are browsing one of our websites that does not require a user-account (no login pop-up) we do not actively store any information about you. The website might try to use your browser settings to e.g. show you the content in your own language, but this data will be gone when you close the browser tab or window and we don't use any tools to track you.
Visiting one of our GitHub pages:
Notably this means that some anonymous data like "how many people visited our repository" can be accessed.
When you use an official, public SEPIA server:
By default our public, ready-to-use SEPIA clients are configured to look for your own, private server unless stated otherwise.
If you have access to one of our servers, e.g. as a beta tester or because we decided to operate a large-scale, public SEPIA server and you've selected it in the app settings
then we will collect and store certain data of you. Your user-account usually starts with just an email address and a random ID ("your ID") we'll assign to it, but you can add things like your name, address, personal commands
and other info. All of this data can be viewed and permanently deleted from inside your SEPIA client.
Besides the user-data you decide to add to your account the default SEPIA server will log certain usage-data related to your user-ID like the last login time, services you've used and illegal access attempts. Possible internal errors might also be connected to your ID. Our servers will never store your input sentences directly, e.g. "show me the way to main street 0815" will never show up in our logs in connection to your user-account, but if SEPIA does not understand requests it can store sentences anonymously. This is important for us to improve the system while at the same time respect your privacy, but remember: This is opt-in, you can always simply use your own private SEPIA server!
Audio (microphone-input) and location data: SEPIA clients are usually able to record audio and determine your location via functions supplied by the browser or device ("platform") they are running on. Audio recording only happens when deliberately triggered (e.g. by pressing the microphone button) and audio data is never stored permanently inside the client or on our servers unless explicitly requested (e.g. a voice-memo service would need to save an audio file). Location tracking is an opt-in feature configurable in the main menu (if available) and location data is only stored inside the client as long as it (the client) is active. Location data transferred to a SEPIA server can be used for services like navigation but is only stored if explicitly requested (e.g. when using a "where did I park my car"-service). To perform speech-recognition (converting speech to text) and geo-searches (e.g. finding locations to GPS addresses) native platform APIs by Apple (iOS app) and Google (Android and Chrome browser) are used and their usage is bound to the privacy policies of the corresponding platforms. Please note: Other platforms like the Microsoft Edge browser or Mozilla's Firefox can implement their own services and privacy policies in the future (after June 2018).
When using an official, public SEPIA server:
When you use one of our servers and you registered via email we will send you a message to validate the email address before we activate your account. This is done to prevent abuse of our service by fake-accounts
and to give you the option to restore your account when you forgot your password. We will not use your email for anything else not even for a newsletter unless we need to inform you about critical changes to our service or security issues.
To offer a personal assistant service we require access to your account data stored on our server and the data you submit on every request via our SEPIA client (e.g. input-text, user ID, device ID, location and local time). This data is automatically analyzed by our algorithms to generate relevant results for you.
Data stored in server logs (as mentioned in the previous section) is used to improve the overall quality of our services, e.g. commands that were not understood by SEPIA will be evaluated and used to improve the natural-language-understanding.
Websites and apps: Since we don't have access to locally stored data we cannot share it with anybody else.
When using an official, public SEPIA server:
Sometimes a small part of the data described in the previous section is sent to third-party cloud-services to fulfil your requests, for example:
"How is the weather today" will use your current location and your local time to load data from a weather API.
"Where am I" will open a map service with your current GPS coordinates (if available).
Apart from that non of your data stored on our server will be shared with anybody unless we are forced to by law.
Our Site and Services may contain links to third-party websites. Any access to and use of such linked websites is not governed by this policy, but instead is governed by the privacy policies of those third party websites. We are not responsible for the information practices of such third party websites.
We have implemented safeguards to protect the information we collect from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. Please be aware no data security measures can guarantee security. You should take steps to protect against unauthorized access to your password, phone, and computer by, among other things, signing off after using a shared computer, choosing a robust password that nobody else knows or can easily guess, and keeping your log-in and password private.
All your personal information locally stored on our sites or apps can be viewed from inside the same and can be deleted by simply clearing your browser or app cache.
When using an official, public SEPIA server you can use the tools we've supplied (together with the access data) to delete your account (if the function is not available in our SEPIA client) and remove all data related to your person.