Playing our games
Most of the information we collect about you comes directly from you when you play our games, or interact with our websites, advertising or other Services. Broadly the information we collect about you relates to the type of device you are using, how you play our games (such as levels attempted and purchases made) and may include information that you submit when creating an account with us or which you allow us to access when you connect to your social network accounts through our games or Services. We may also collect information from advertising platforms and partners and other third parties, such as information about purchases and interests.
In more detail, depending on which of our Services you interact with, we may collect and process the following types of information:
details about how you use and interact with our games, advertising and other Services (for example, information about how and when you play our games or visit our website(s), what device you use to access our games and services or details regarding profile visits.
information that you provide us with when you fill in forms, answer questions or complete surveys when using any of our Services when you create an account with us or if you invite your friends to use our games and Services;
the content of messages sent using our chat and messaging systems;
if you contact us, for instance through our Winkel Community customer service channels, or respond to messages and communications that we send to you, we may keep a record of that correspondence;
your interactions with us on our social media channels;
information we collect via cookies and other similar technologies, as explained further below;
If you choose not to create a Winkel Profile by connecting your social media account, the information that we collect when you play our games will be anonymous. However, we will collect device-level identifiers and other information associated with those identifiers, including:
the type of device(s) you are using to play our games or access our Services, identifiers such as IP address, device identifiers, ad identifiers, a Winkel-specific player ID, and the country or region that you are playing in; and
how you play our games and interact with our websites or other Services (such as which of our games you are playing, your progress through the games, session time and duration, number of attempts at each level and purchases made).
In some instances, when you make purchases on or through our website(s), we may collect certain payment information from you on behalf of our payment service providers. However, this information is temporarily cached in a way that is unreadable by Winkel. We do not collect or retain credit card information. Our payment service providers will provide us with information about your purchases to know if a purchase has been successful.
When you purchase items via our mobile apps (such as those you can purchase in the App Store, on Facebook or Google Play), we do not collect or store any payment information from you.
From time to time, we may ask you for your consent to collect other information from you or your device. For instance, we may invite you to allow us to access your contacts to enable us to invite them to play our games with you. If we do this or something similar, we will tell you what information we would like to collect why we need it and what we’ll use it for.
We, our suppliers and group companies may use this information:
to enable us to provide our games and other Services to you, to ensure that any purchases you make are verified on our servers and activated in the games, and to provide you with player support if you need it;
to enable us to optimise our games for you and for the device that you are using, as well as to deliver customised in-game events, offers and promotions;
to enable us to comply with laws that apply to us, to prevent fraud, to ensure compliance with our terms of service or where necessary to defend, exercise or establish our legal rights including our rights under our Terms of Service
We may also share your information with third-party publishers who develop and provide games and other services to you on our behalf.
We also analyse and use the information that we collect on an anonymised or aggregated basis for product development, analyse the performance of our games, troubleshoot, and improve and optimise the games to ensure the best player experience players as a whole.
Providing and optimising our Services
We use your information to enable us to provide our websites, advertising, and other services to you and optimise all of them to make them the best they can be for you and all our players. This will include using and analysing aggregated data to make sure that our websites work properly on all devices and are as enjoyable as they can be for all our players.
Some of our Services include chat functionality. Users of our chat service(s) can send messages to other players, to Winkel customer services or publicly on our forums. Your messages may be used and stored by us: (a) to convey your messages, and (b) to enable you and your recipients to view your message history (although please note that after 30 days your in-game chat messages will no longer be accessible). We reserve the right to review the content of your messages, including by using automatic filters, to ensure that you are complying with our terms of service and we also reserve the right to prevent your use of our chat service(s) or to block the sending of any message for any reason. We will not use the content of your chat messages for any other purpose.
We use your information, including data that you provide directly to us in communications, to support you through our customer service channels when you need it. For example, we may also contact you as part of customer service or send you updates about our games and Services. Finally, we will use your data to manage your account and relationship with us and improve your experience when using our Services. For information about what data we collect and process when you use the Winkel Community website, see Visiting our websites below.
Analytics and Research
Social and Community
We have several social and community channels which we use to communicate with our players. If you choose to interact with those channels, we will receive your information and use it in connection with those channels, including to engage with you, and we may also republish your posts to those channels.
Promotions and Competitions
Cheating, crime and fraud prevention
We may use personal data that we hold to prevent cheating, crime or fraud. We may also need to pass your information to fraud prevention agencies and other organisations involved in crime and fraud prevention, such as the police.
We may use your data as required or permitted by any applicable law. As a specific example, if you live in the European Union, this would include for the purpose of providing VAT invoices where we are required to do so by law or where requested by you.
Visiting our websites
When you visit our other websites and other websites and forums operated by us (“Websites”), we collect information about you, such as using and interacting with such Websites. We may use the information we collect about you for several purposes, including operating and optimising the Websites, in connection with our advertising purposes, and for research or analysis.
The information we collect and process about you when you visit our Websites includes:
information that you provide us with when you fill in forms or create posts on our Websites, or when you create an account with us;
details of your use of the Websites and the resources that you access (for example, information about how and when you use the Websites, or what device you use to access the Websites);
if you contact us or respond to messages and communications that other users of the Websites or we send to you, we may keep a record of that correspondence;
your interactions with us on our social media channels; and
information we collect via cookies (which are small text files placed on your device), and. Cookies allow us to collect data, such as your device's model, operating system and screen size and other information about how you use our Services.
We, our suppliers and group companies may use this information:
as necessary to provide the Websites and related services to you;
to contact you, for example as part of customer service or to send you updates about the Websites;
to manage your account and relationship with us and improve your experience when you use the Websites;
for research, surveying, and engaging with you, for example by sending you communications (including by email) for these purposes;
for marketing and promotion of Winkel’s products, for example sending you communications (including by email) for these purposes on our, or a third party's behalf. For example, we might send you information about merchandise relating to our games. If you do not want us to use your data in this way, please let us know by contacting us at email@example.com;
to create reports, analysis or similar services for use by us for research or business intelligence, for example, to track potential problems or trends with the Websites;
to prevent cheating, crime or fraud. We may also need to pass your information to fraud prevention agencies and other organisations involved in crime and fraud prevention; or
When using online forums, please be aware that in addition to your user name, any questions, answers, comments or submissions that you post will be publicly available, and any data you provide can be read and/or used by other users. You should, therefore, only share content that you are comfortable sharing publicly.
Winkel Ltd Profile and Playing Socially
When you play our games, we will give you a randomly generated unique identifier which we will associate with a Winkel account known as a "Winkel Profile". Your Winkel Profile will not be personally identifiable unless you choose to add your personal information to it, such as your name, avatar, email address or other information.
Your Winkel Profile and the information it contains will be visible to other users of our Services. If you choose to add personal information to your Winkel Profile, it will be visible to your friends and other players anywhere in the world.
If you choose to view another individual's Winkel Profile, that individual and other users of our Services will know that you have visited them because some of your social information and a link to your Winkel Profile will be displayed on that individual's Winkel Profile.
Connecting with a third party network
Where we make this available, you can choose to log in to your Winkel Profile using your account details with a third party network, such as Facebook or Google. If you do this, you will use your account to log in on multiple devices and synchronise progress across those devices. Where available, you will also see which of your friends are playing the same game. Their progress through the games (and they will be able to see you and your progress), or access other functionality we make available in our games and other Services, such as inviting friends to play, as Winkel other players for lives and 1-2-1 messaging.
Information we receive from Facebook
If you log in to your Winkel Profile using your Facebook account details, we will receive some of your Facebook account information. If you choose to play our games online on the desktop version of Facebook.com, your basic Facebook account information will automatically be associated with your Winkel Profile. Exactly what information we receive will depend on your settings in your Facebook account. However, typically we will receive your basic public profile information such as your username, email address, age range, gender, chosen language, country, friends list and any other public information.
We will also collect the email account associated with your Facebook account and the name and avatar of your Facebook friends who are already playing our games. You can choose not to allow us to access your email address in the Facebook dialogue box the first time at which you associate your Facebook account with your Winkel Profile. If you provide us with your email address, we may from time to time, use that email address to send you marketing emails about our other games and Services. You can opt-out of this at any time - see Opting-out of direct marketing from Winkel below.
Logging in with Facebook will not allow us to post anything to your page without your permission, and we will not receive any information about your Facebook friends who do not play our games. If you do not wish your Facebook friends to see you and your progression in our games, you can prevent this by disconnecting from Facebook from within our games and updating your app permissions from within your Facebook settings.
Information we receive from Google
If you log in to your Winkel Profile using your Google account details, we will receive some of your Google account information. Exactly what information we receive will depend on your settings in your Google account. However, typically we will receive your basic public profile information such as your name, email address and profile picture. If you choose to grant us access to your Contact List, we will use and store this to help you find those of your Google contacts already playing our games.
You can revoke future access to your information at any time by following the steps at https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/112802?hl=en.
Unless you opt-out as explained below, our third-party partners and we use information collected about you to send you marketing communications about other Winkel Ltd games and related Services based on your interests. For example, we may send emails, serve ads within our Services or place ads on third-party websites, apps and Internet-connected devices.
We may use the information that we hold about you to promote Winkels other Services in several ways. This might include:
advertising within third party websites, apps and Internet-connect devices;
showing you promotions for other Winkel games in the games you play; or
sending you marketing materials by email.
We use information about you to make sure you only see marketing from us that might be of interest. This includes using information that we may have about you, such as:
ad identifiers and other non-personal information collected from your device. For more information, see Ad identifiers, cookies and similar technologies;
the games you play and information about how you interact with our games and Services;
your age, country or region, and gender; and
We might acquire other information from our third-party marketing partners or other third parties who have obtained your consent or have another legal right to share that information with us.
When we market our games in media published by other companies, we use various third-party marketing partners to assist us on our behalf. We may share the information we have collected about you with such third parties for these purposes.
Our marketing partners may help us serve ads to you by combining this information with data they have collected about you elsewhere. They collect this information when you use their services or the websites and services of third parties. Our partners use this information to make assumptions about the kinds of advertising you would prefer to see. If they determine that you would be interested to see an advert for Winkels games or Services, they will serve you with a Winkel ad while you are using other websites and services.
Opting-out of direct marketing from Winkel
You can exercise choices over the direct marketing we send you in the following ways:
you can withhold your consent for us to send you direct marketing emails by opting out when we collect your email address or by electing not to share your email address with us when you first create an account using your Facebook details;
you can remove yourself from receiving email marketing from us at any time by simply click Winkel the unsubscribe link in any direct marketing email we send to you or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
to disable interest-based advertising, please see How to adjust your preferences for interest-based advertising below.
You should note that you will still see advertisements if you opt-out of receiving interest-based or targeted advertising. You may see advertising for Winkel products, but advertising will not be targeted using your personal information.
We use information that we hold about you to better target ads for third party goods and services to people that might be most interested in them. These ads may be shown to you within our games or Services.
What information is used for advertising?
ad identifiers and other information collected from your device. For more information, see Ad identifiers, cookies and similar technologies;
the games you play and information about how you interact with our games and Services;
your age, country and region, and gender; and
other demographic and interests based information that we might acquire from our third-party marketing partners or other third parties who have obtained your consent or have another legal right to share that information with us.
When you play our games or use our Services, non-personal identifiers, and other information from your device are collected and shared with advertising partners to enable ads' technical delivery to your device.
Our advertising partners may combine this information with information that they have collected about you when you use their services (or the websites or services of third parties) to serve you more relevant ads in our games or improve their targeting measurement systems' accuracy.
You consent to collecting and using your data for targeted advertising purposes by our advertising partners as set out in this section and as further described in their privacy policies. We recommend that you review our advertising partners’ privacy policies for more information. You can refuse or withdraw your consent to such use at any time - for more information, see How to adjust your preferences for interest-based advertising.
Opting-out of interest-based advertising
You can choose to prevent your device's ad identifier being used for interest-based advertising by updating your device's settings.
If you opt-out of interest-based advertising (see How to adjust your preferences for interest-based advertising on how to do this), you will still be able to play our games. You may still see advertising in our games, but those ads will not be targeted using information that we hold about you or our advertising partners collect about you. However, you may still receive ads based on contextual criteria such as the game that the ad displays in or the region in which your device is located. Please note that even if you have opted-out of interest-based ads in our games, you may still receive interest-based ads from Facebook.
Ad identifiers, cookies and similar technologies
To provide our games, Websites and interest-based advertising, we use ad identifiers, cookies and similar technologies. This section describes our use of these technologies and how you can manage your preferences.
We use ad identifiers, cookies, and similar technologies to provide our services and collect data from your device. These technologies allow our third-party advertising partners and us to:
recognise you and your device;
provide interest-based advertising to you;
allow our Services to interact with a third party social network or platform (where you have chosen to allow such interaction);
allow our payment processors to process your payment instructions; and
enable third parties and us to provide you with more customized services, for example, to provide our Services in the correct language.
How do ad identifiers, cookies and similar technologies work?
Ad identifiers are non-permanent, non-personal identifiers such as the Android advertising ID and/or Apple's ID for advertising (the ‘IDFA’), which are uniquely associated with your device. Similar technologies include tracking pixels within ads. These technologies allow companies (including marketers and advertisers) to recognise your device when you use websites and applications.
Cookies are small text files that are stored by your browser on your desktop computer or mobile device. You can withdraw your consent to cookies by updating the settings within your browser.
How to adjust your preferences for interest-based advertising
For players in California: The California Consumer Privacy Act ("CCPA") gives residents of the US state of California the right to prevent businesses from selling their personal information to third parties. Please see the Advertising section for more information on how we work with our advertising partners.
Sharing information in this way may be considered “selling” for the CCPA. We do not “sell” your personal information to third parties for any other purpose. If you would prefer that your personal information is not shared with third parties for this purpose, you can update your preferences in some of our games via the settings menu on a game-by-game basis. If you wish to opt-out of this ‘selling’ of personal information in all our games, please submit a “Do not sell my personal information” request here. For players in the UK, European Economic Area (EEA) and Rest of World (ROW): If you would prefer that your personal data is not processed to receive interest-based ads, you can update your preferences game-by-game basis via the settings menu in some of our games.
You can also submit an opt-out request for all of our games here. Opting out of interest-based advertising at a device level: You can choose to prevent your device's ad identifier being used for interest-based advertising, or you can reset your device's ad identifier, by changing the settings of your device. Settings vary from device to device, but you will usually find the ad identifier settings under "privacy" or "ads" in your device's settings.
If you live in the USA, Europe or Canada, you can also opt-out from the collection of your information by some or all of our advertising partners who participate in the Digital Advertising Alliance by visitinghttp://www.aboutads.info/choices/ (for US users),http://www.youronlinechoices.com/ (for European users) orhttp://youradchoices.ca/choices (for Canadian users). You can also click on the AdChoices logo within an advertisement (where available). Opting out of Facebook advertising: To update your advertising preferences with Facebook, you will need to log in to your account on Facebook and update your settings there.
You have certain rights in connection with your personal information and how we handle it. You can exercise these rights at any time by contacting us via any of the methods set out in the Contact Us section below.
Those rights include:
Right of access. You have a right to know what information we hold about you and in some cases to have the information communicated to you. If you wish to exercise this right, please contact us letting us know that you wish to exercise your right to access and what information, in particular, you would like to receive. We reserve the right to ask for reasonable evidence to verify your identity before providing you with any information. Please note that we may not provide all the information you ask for, for instance, if the information includes personal information about another person. We cannot provide you with the information you have asked for; we will endeavour to tell you why. We will try to respond to any request for a right of access as soon as possible, but we will always do so within 1 month of receipt of your request and verification of your identity.
Right to correct personal information. We try to keep the information that we hold about you accurate and up to date. Should you realise that any of the information we hold about you is incorrect, please let us know at email@example.com, and we will correct it as soon as we can.
Data deletion. In some circumstances, you have a right to have some of the personal information we hold about you deleted. Should you wish to have, any information about you deleted, please Contact Us using the information below. Please note that to process your request you must delete our games from your mobile devices and clear our cookies from any device you have played our games in a web browser. Where we delete personal information about you, we may still retain some or all of that information for other purposes such as maintaining financial records, protecting or enforcing legal rights, maintaining marketing suppression lists or for technical reasons such as maintaining technical security or our database integrity. We may also retain your information in an anonymised form. In some instances, personal information about you that is visible through gameplay such as username, avatar, your high scores and any chat messages may be cached on other players’ devices. We may not be able to remove or update that data from those devices, for example, if that device is not connected to a wifi network.
Account deactivation. If you have created an account with us, you can ask us to deactivate that account by contacting us using the information below. We may ask you for other information before we can deactivate your account. That information might include information about your mobile device. You should take other steps to completely deactivate your account, including disassociating your Facebook account from our mobile games and deleting our games from your mobile devices. Please note that if you completely deactivate your account all your progress in our games and any unspent virtual items, such as Gold Bars or Boosters will be lost and we may not be able to restore them in the future.
Data portability. In some circumstances, you may have the right to request that data you have provided to us is provided to you to transfer this to another data controller.
Restriction of processing. In some cases, you may have the right to request a restriction of your personal data processing, such as when you are disputing the accuracy of your data held by us.
Right to object. You have the right to object to the processing of personal data about you which is processed on the grounds of legitimate interests (see Legal Bases below).
Direct marketing opt-out. If you have elected to receive direct marketing communications from us, you can change your mind at any time by following the opt-out link in any marketing communication that is sent to you. If you have elected to receive more than one type of marketing communications from us, you may need to opt-out of all of them individually. It may take a few days for us to update our records before any opt-out is effective.
Right to opt-out (California, USA): California residents have the right to opt-out of the sale of personal information, which is defined in a way that may include the transfer of data to third parties to personalize ads for you. If you opt-out of the ‘sale’ of your information, we will not sell your information, including to our advertising partners, but you may still see ads in the game, and some of our partners may deliver ads to you, based on information they hold on you. See How to adjust your preferences for interest-based advertising for more information.
You must be over a certain age to play our games and use our Services, depending on where you live. Please check your app store to see age range ratings. We do not sell or market games where children are the target audience. We do not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from or direct or target interest-based advertising to anyone under the ages set out below, or knowingly allow such persons to use our Services. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under age set out below, please Contact Us.
whom we share your information with and the reasons for sharing it;
measures we take to keep your information secure;
the legal bases under which we process your data;
how long we retain your information and where we store it;
when and why we share your information with third parties, including transfers outside of the European Economic Area (the “EEA”); and
via our customer services at firstname.lastname@example.org