Sybl is a decentralized, location-based notification system. Its mission is to enable you to share information with the nearby public as well as to discover events and breaking news around you. By becoming a registered user, you can broadcast a Sygnl (a term that refers to a message broadcasted on Sybl), with the option to attach a photo or a video, to every nearby user who are within a set distance. This distance, measured in kilometres, is called the proximity, and is set by the broadcaster at the time of broadcast, up to a maximum of 10 kilometres depending on the broadcast channel. You do not need to create an account in order to use all of our Services. Unregistered users, known as Observers, are unable to broadcast Sygnls but are able to receive and discover nearby Sygnls.
Because Sybl is an open platform where everyone can see everyone’s broadcasted Sygnls, we focus on providing a safe environment free of noise and abuse and we take privacy, authenticity and security very seriously.
The information we collect can be divided into two types:
Observers are users who have Sybl installed on their mobile device but have not registered for an account. These users are eligible to receive and view all broadcasted Sygnls, but are unable to broadcast any Sygnls themselves, hence their role is merely to observe. Here are the information we collect from Observers:
In order for you to begin broadcasting Sygnls using the Sybl app, you must register for an account. During the process, we collect some personal information from you. Sybl treats privacy very seriously and we believe that the best way to protect your safety is to simply not ask too much for your personal information. On top of what we collect from Observers, the additional information we collect from registered users are as follows:
We use, store, and process information about you to provide, understand, improve, and develop Sybl, and to create and maintain a trusted and safer environment. To list a few examples of how we may use the information we collect:
We may also store some information locally on your device. For example, we may store information such as local cache so that you can open the app and view content faster.
Sybl does not sell information about our users to third parties, including advertisers, data brokers, search engines, or anyone else. We may share your information, including personal information, with third parties only if 1) you tell us it is OK to do so, or 2) if we believe that we need to do so to comply with applicable law or legal obligations. We will do our best to resist baseless legal requests to access information. However, we may disclose your information or content to satisfy a law, regulation, legal process, governmental request, or governmental order. Sybl’s policy is to give you advance notice if we are going to release your information unless by law we are prohibited from or advised against doing so.
The only time your profile is visible by other users is when you broadcast a Sygnl. We endorse an open, transparent, trusted and safe environment, hence every time you broadcast a Sygnl, your real name is revealed. The only personal information presented on your public profile is your profile picture and real name. Other personal information such as your phone number or email address is hidden. To ensure the authenticity of content, no one is anonymous on Sybl and we implement methods to ensure that every individual only has one account.
You can delete your Sybl account at any time through the Settings view in the app. When you delete your account, all your existing broadcasted Sygnls will be deleted along with all stored personal information about your account in our database.