beam
Dec 14, 2021

Privacy Policy

  • 1. Introduction

    • This Privacy Policy sets out how Beam SAS. (“Beam”) use and protect your personal data that you provide to us, or that is otherwise obtained or generated by us, in connection with your use of our browsing app (the “Service”).
      • 1.1 Privacy Principles

      • Beam is fully functional as a local app - saving all your data on your hard disk.
      • If you chose to take advantage of Beam cloud storage, Beam has 3 fundamental principles when it comes to collecting and processing private data:
        • All your data is encrypted end-to-end.

        • We don’t use your data to show you ads (we can't, it's encrypted!).

        • We only store the data that Beam needs to function as a secure and feature-rich browsing application.

      • 1.2. Terms of Service

      • This Privacy Policy forms part of our Terms of Services (litteraly 5 lines of text), which describes the terms under which you use our Services. This Privacy Policy should therefore be read in conjunction with those terms.
  • 2. Legal Ground for Processing Your Personal Data

    • We process your personal data on the ground that such processing is necessary to further your legitimate interests:
      • Providing access to our Service to our users; 
      • To detect, prevent or otherwise address fraud or security issues.

  • 3. What Personal Data We Use

    • 3.1. Basic Account Data

    • You provide basic account data (which may include profile name, knowledge base name, profile picture, email and about information) to create a Beam account.
    • Your username, profile picture on Beam are private by default and can only be made public if you choose to have a public profile and publish notes.
    • 3.2. Your E-mail Address

    • When you create an account on Beam, we are using your email to set up the password recovery mechanism. This email address will only be used for password recovery if you forget it, and no other purposes.
    • 3.3. Cookies

    • The only cookies we use are those to operate and provide our Services on the web. We do not use cookies for profiling or advertising. The cookies we use are small text files that allow us to provide and customize our Service, and in doing so provide you with an enhanced user experience.
  • 4. Keeping Your Personal Data Safe

    • 4.1. End-to-end encryption

    • Your data is processed only on your device. Before any data reaches our servers, it is encrypted with a key known only to you on your device. While Beam servers will handle this end-to-end encrypted data to deliver it to you or someone you shared it with – we have no ways of deciphering the actual information. 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.
    • 4.2. Private Notes (default)

    • Notes can be stored locally or on any third-party services you prefer.
    • If you choose to use the Beam cloud storage service to synchronize your notes and have them available everywhere, all your data is end-to-end encrypted. 
    • The encryption key (seed phrase) is handed to you when you first create your account. This way, no one at Beam nor any physical intruders, can get access to your data.
    • 4.3. Public Notes

    • In addition to private notes, Beam lets you publish your notes (either to a limited set of people or to everyone). The data you post in public is not encrypted.
    • 4.4. Retention

    • The personal data that you provide us will only be stored for as long as it is necessary for us to fulfill our Service obligations.
  • 5. Processing Your Personal Data

    • 5.1. Safety and Security

    • Beam supports a community of knowledge creators 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 Beam apps you've used, history of username changes, etc. If collected, this metadata can be kept for 12 months maximum.
    • 5.2. Spam and Abuse

    • To prevent phishing, spam and other kinds of abuse and violations of Beam’s Terms of Service, our moderators may check public notes that were reported to them. If a report on a public note you created is confirmed by our moderators, your account may be limited – temporarily or permanently. You can send an appeal using appeal@beamapp.co. In case of more serious violations, your account may be banned. We may also use automated algorithms to analyze public notes.
    • 5.3. Personalized features

    • We may use data on device about how you use Beam to build useful features. For example, when you use the Search box, Beam displays a list of the webpages and notes you are most likely to navigate to. To do this, we calculate a rating that shows which of those items you’ve navigated to or interacted with the most frequently. Beam also locally analyzes the content of the webpages you’re visiting to classify them in a useful way to you and make them easily retrievable. 
    • 5.4. No Ads

    • We don't use your data for ad targeting or commercial purposes. Beam only stores the information it needs to function as a secure and feature-rich service.
  • 6. Who Your Personal Data May Be Shared With

    • Law Enforcement Authorities
    • If Beam receives a court order that confirms you're a suspect in an ongoing investigation, we may disclose your IP address to the relevant authorities. Note that we can’t share any other information because all your data is end-to-end encrypted. 
    • So far, this has never happened. When it does, we will include it in a Transparency report.
  • 7. Your Rights Regarding the Personal Data You Provide to Us

    • 7.1. Your Rights

    • You have a right to: 
      • Request a copy of all your personal data that we store and to transmit that copy to another data controller; 
      • Delete or amend your personal data; 
      • Restrict, or object to, the processing of your personal data; 
      • Correct any inaccurate or incomplete personal data we hold on you; and 
      • Lodge a complaint with national data protection authorities regarding our processing of your personal data.
    • 7.2. Exercising Your Rights

    • Beam lets you export all your data at any time straight from the application or the website. For any other requests, kindly contact us using privacy@beamapp.co
    • 7.3. Data Settings

    • You can control how your data is stored in App Preferences > Account.
    • If you're not OK with Beam’s storage modest requirements, we recommend you to use local storage or any third party backup that you deem more secure.
  • 8. Deleting accounts

    • If you would like to delete your account, you can delete your Beam account either from the App Preferences > Account > Delete Account.
    • Deleting your account removes all notes, media and every other piece of data you ever stored in the Beam cloud. This action must be confirmed twice and cannot be undone.
  • 9. Changes to this Privacy Policy

    • We will review and may update this Privacy Policy from time to time. Any changes to this Privacy Policy will become effective when we post the revised Privacy Policy on this page www.beamapp.co/privacy.
  • 10. Questions and concerns

    • If you have any questions about privacy and our data policies, please contact privacy@beamapp.co .