Ryss & Lynx built the BCHAT app as a Free app. This SERVICE is provided by Ryss & Lynx at no cost and is intended for use as is.
This page is used to inform visitors regarding our policies with the collection, use, and disclosure of Personal Information if anyone decided to use our Service.
1.1 Privacy Fundamental Principle
BCHAT has two fundamental principles when it comes to collecting and processing private data:
We don’t use your data to show you ads.
We only store the data that BCHAT needs to function as a secure and feature-rich messaging service.
1.2. Terms of Service
1.3. Table of Contents
- the legal basis for processing your personal data;
- what personal data we may collect from you;
- how we keep your personal data safe;
- what we may use your personal data for;
- who your personal data may be shared with; and
- your rights regarding your personal data.
1.4. EEA Representative
If you live in a country in the European Economic Area (EEA), the Services are provided by BCHAT, which for the purposes of applicable data protection legislation is the data controller responsible for your personal data when you use our Services. However, as BCHAT is located outside the EEA, we have designated one of our EEA-based group companies, RYSS & LYNX GLOBAL (41st Floor, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Centre 2, Dubai, UAE – 18436), as a representative to whom you may direct any issues you have relating to our processing of your personal data.
- Legal Ground for Processing Your Personal Data
We process your personal data on the ground that such processing is necessary to further our legitimate interests (including: (1) providing effective and innovative Services to our users; and (2) to detect, prevent or otherwise address fraud or security issues in respect of our provision of Services), unless those interests are overridden by your interest or fundamental rights and freedoms that require protections of personal data.
What Personal Data We Use
3.1. Basic Account Data
BCHAT is a communication service. You provide your mobile number and basic account data (which may include profile name, profile picture and about information) to create a BCHAT account.
To make it easier for your contacts and other people to reach you and recognize who you are, the screen name you choose, your profile pictures, and your username (should you choose to set one) on BCHAT are always public. We don’t want to know your real name, gender, age or what you like.
We do not require your screen name to be your real name. Note that users who have you in their contacts will see you by the name they saved and not by your screen name. This way your mother can have the public name ‘Johnny Depp’ while appearing as ‘Mom’ to you and as ‘Boss’ to her underlings at work (or the other way around, depending on how these relationships are structured).
3.2. Your Messages
3.2.1. Cloud Chats
BCHAT is a cloud service. We store messages, photos, videos and documents from your cloud chats on our servers so that you can access your data from any of your devices anytime without having to rely on third-party backups. All data is stored heavily encrypted and the encryption keys in each case are stored in several other data centers in different jurisdictions. This way local engineers or physical intruders cannot get access to user data.
3.2.2. Public Chats
In addition to private messages, BCHAT also supports public channels and public groups. All public chats are cloud chats. Like everything on BCHAT, the data you post in public communities is encrypted, both in storage and in transit — but everything you post in public will be accessible to everyone.
3.2.3. Phone Number and Contacts
BCHAT uses phone numbers as unique identifiers so that it is easy for you to switch from SMS and other messaging apps and retain your social graph. We ask your permission before syncing your contacts.
We store your up-to-date contacts in order to notify you as soon as one of your contacts signs up for BCHAT and to properly display names in notifications. We only need the number and name (first and last) for this to work and store no other data about your contacts.
Our automatic algorithms can also use anonymized sets of phone numbers to calculate the average number of potential contacts an unregistered phone number may have on BCHAT. When you open the ‘Invite friends’ interface, we display the resulting statistics next to your contacts to give you an idea of who could benefit most from joining BCHAT.
Cookies are files with a small amount of data that are commonly used as anonymous unique identifiers. These are sent to your browser from the websites that you visit and are stored on your device’s internal memory.
This Service does not use these “cookies” explicitly. However, the app may use third party code and libraries that use “cookies” to collect information and improve their services. You have the option to either accept or refuse these cookies and know when a cookie is being sent to your device. If you choose to refuse our cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of this Service.
Keeping Your Personal Data Safe
4.1. Storing Data
If you signed up for BCHAT from the UK or the EEA, your data is stored in data centers in the Netherlands. These are third-party provided data centers in which BCHAT rents a designated space. However, the servers and networks that sit inside these data centers and on which your personal data is stored are owned by BCHAT. As such, we do not share your personal data with such data centers. All data is stored heavily encrypted so that local BCHAT engineers or physical intruders cannot get access.
4.2. End-to-End Encrypted Data
Your messages, media and files from secret chats are processed only on your device and on the device of your recipient. Before this data reaches our servers, it is encrypted with a key known only to you and the recipient. While BCHAT servers will handle this end-to-end encrypted data to deliver it to the recipient – or store it in the case of BCHAT Passport data, we have no ways of deciphering the actual information. In this case, we neither store nor process your personal data, rather we store and process random sequences of symbols that have no meaning without the keys which we don’t have.
Processing Your Personal Data
5.1. Our Services
BCHAT is a cloud service. We will process your data to deliver your cloud chat history, including messages, media and files, to any devices of your choosing without a need for you to use third-party backups or cloud storage.
5.2. Safety and Security
BCHAT supports massive communities which we have to police against abuse and Terms of Service violations. To improve the security of your account, as well as to prevent spam, abuse, and other violations of our Terms of Service, we may collect metadata such as your IP address, devices and BCHAT apps you’ve used, history of username changes, etc. If collected, this metadata can be kept for 12 months maximum.
5.3. Spam and Abuse
To prevent phishing, spam and other kinds of abuse and violations of BCHAT’s Terms of Service, our moderators may check messages that were reported to them by their recipients. If a spam report on a message you sent is confirmed by our moderators, your account may be limited from contacting strangers – temporarily or permanently. You can send an appeal by contacting us. In case of more serious violations, your account may be banned. We may also use automated algorithms to analyze messages in cloud chats to stop spam and phishing.
5.4. Cross-Device Functionality
We may also store some aggregated metadata to create BCHAT features that work across all your devices.
5.5. No Ads
Unlike other services, we don’t use your data for ad targeting or other commercial purposes. BCHAT only stores the information it needs to function as a secure and feature-rich cloud service.
6. Who Your Personal Data May Be Shared With
6.1. Other BCHAT Users
6.2. BCHAT’s Group Companies
We may share your personal data with: (1) our parent company, RYSS & LYNX General Trading LLC (41st Floor, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Centre 2, Dubai, UAE – 18436). To help provide, improve and support our Services. We will implement appropriate safeguards to protect the security and integrity of that personal data. This will take the form of standard contract clauses approved by the European Commission in an agreement between us and our relevant group companies. If you would like more information regarding these clauses, please contact us using the details in contact page.
6.3. Law Enforcement Authorities
If BCHAT receives a court order that confirms you’re a terror suspect, we may disclose your IP address and phone number to the relevant authorities
7.Your Rights Regarding the Personal Data You Provide to Us
7.1. Your Rights
Under applicable data protection legislation, in certain circumstances, you have rights concerning your personal data. You have a right to: (1) request a copy of all your personal data that we store and to transmit that copy to another data controller; (2) delete or amend your personal data; (3) restrict, or object to, the processing of your personal data; (4) correct any inaccurate or incomplete personal data we hold on you; and (5)lodge a complaint with national data protection authorities regarding our processing of your personal data.
7.2. Exercising Your Rights
If you wish to exercise any of these rights, kindly contact us using the
- In cloud chats, you can choose to delete a message for all participants within at least 48 hours after sending. Otherwise, deleting a message will delete it from your message history. This means that a copy will stay on the server as part of your partner‘s message history. As soon as your partner deletes it too, it’s gone forever.
- In groups and channels, deleting a message removes it for all participants. Note that deleted messages and original versions of edited messages from groups are stored for 48 hours after deletion in order to be shown in the admins log.