Privacy

Privacy is important. We only store a minimal amount of data and ask for minimal permissions to provide our service to you.

Data

All data is securely stored in a Postgres database hosted on Heroku.

There are two ways to add links to Refind: Save (public) and Read Soon (private). Saves are visible on your profile and may show up in other people’s feeds. Your reading list, on the other hand, is private.

Browser extensions

We offer optional browser extensions for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox – Refind is fully functional without.

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Our browser button allows you to add links directly from your browser: you can save links (public), or you can add them to your reading list (private).

Toolbar

On Chrome, we offer an optional toolbar which shows information about the current URL, such as if you saved or added it to your reading list, who of your friends saved it, etc., and it allows you to add links directly.

If you have it enabled (default), the extension sends a request to our servers on every page you visit (the current URL), and our servers respond with the information shown in the toolbar, e.g., number of saves. Requests are not stored in our database. You can disable the toolbar entirely, or for certain domains, in which case no request is sent to our servers. Click on the settings icon (cog) in the toolbar for the settings menu.

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Google search

Refind offers an optional integration with Google search. When you search on Google, it highlights links you or your friends saved.

If you have it enabled (default), the extension sends a request to our servers when you search on Google (the current URL), and our servers respond with the best match. You can disable it in the settings.

Requests are not stored in our database.

New Tab

New Tab is a separate extension available for Chrome. It shows you your Refind feed every time you open a new tab in Chrome.

Incognito / Private Mode

All extensions are disabled in Incognito/Private Mode.

Services

We allow you to connect third-party services. When connecting, we only ask for minimal permissions required to provide our service to you.

Twitter

You can sign up for Refind with your Twitter account. Refind only asks for read permission (thus, it cannot post on your behalf). It fetches your profile (name, photo, etc.) and the list of people you follow on Twitter in order to fill your profile on Refind and to connect you with your friends on Refind.

Optionally, you can also import links from your Tweets.

Pocket

Optionally you can connect Pocket to import your links into your private reading list. Optionally you can let Refind automatically save links you favorited on Pocket. Refind only asks for read permission.

Buffer

Optionally you can connect Buffer to share your links on social media. Refind requires write permission in order to add your links to the Buffer queue. Learn more

Privacy Policy

General information

This policy sets out our privacy practices and explains how we handle the information we collect when you visit and use our sites, services, mobile applications, products, and content ("Services").

What data we may collect

We collect information about what Refind pages you access, information about your mobile device (such as device or browser type), information you send us (such as an email address used to register or communicate with us), and referral information.

When you use Refind Services, we may collect and store your Internet Protocol address. We may use this information to fight spam and other abuse; to personalize Refind Services; or to generate aggregate, non-identifying information about how people use Refind Services.

When you create your Refind account, and authenticate via a third-party service like Twitter or Facebook, we may collect, store, and periodically update the contact lists associated with that third-party account, so you can connect with existing contacts from that service who are on Refind.

Email from Refind

Sometimes we’ll send administrative emails about account or service changes, or new policies. You can’t opt out of them. You can always opt out of non-administrative emails such as daily digests.

We won’t email you to ask for your password or other account information. If you receive such an email, send it to us so we can investigate.

Disclosure of your information

As a rule, we don’t share your personal information outside the company. We won’t sell your personal information.

We may share your personal information with third parties in limited circumstances, including: (1) with your consent; (2) to a vendor or partner who meets our data protection standards; or (3) when we have a good faith belief it is required by law, such as pursuant to a subpoena or other legal process.

If we’re going to share your information in response to legal process, we’ll give you advance notice so you can challenge it (for example by seeking court intervention), unless we’re prohibited from doing so by law or court order. We will object to requests for information about users of our site that we believe to be improper.

If we merge with another company such that your information will become subject to a different privacy policy, we’ll notify you before the transfer. You can opt out of the new policy by deleting your account during the notice period.

Cookies

We use cookies and similar technologies such as pixels and local storage to recognize you when you return to our Services. We use them in various ways, for example to log you in, remember your preferences (such as default language), evaluate email effectiveness, show relevant ads, and personalize information.

Some third-party services that we use, such Google Analytics, may place their own cookies in your browser. This Privacy Policy covers use of cookies by Refind only and not the use of cookies by third parties.

Data storage

Refind uses third-party vendors and hosting partners, such as Heroku, for hardware, software, networking, storage, and related technology we need to run Refind. We maintain two types of logs: server logs and event logs.

Modifying your personal information or deleting your account

If you have a Refind account, you can access and modify your personal information, or delete your account here.

To protect information from accidental or malicious destruction, we may not immediately delete residual copies from our active servers and may not remove information from our backup systems.

If you delete your account, your account and content may be unrecoverable.

Data security

We use encryption (HTTPS/TLS) to protect data transmitted to and from our site. However, no data transmission over the Internet is 100% secure, so we can’t guarantee security. You use the Service at your own risk, and you’re responsible for taking reasonable measures to secure your account (like using a strong password).

Changes to this Policy

Refind may periodically update this Policy. We’ll notify you about significant changes to it. The most current version of the policy will always be here.

Questions

We welcome questions, concerns, and feedback about this policy at hello@refind.com.

Attribution

This Privacy Policy is greatly inspired by Medium’s.

Contact

Questions? Let us know at hello@refind.com

Refind Inc.
c/o Dominik Grolimund
Rainstrasse 38f
8808 Pfaeffikon SZ
Switzerland

Company registered in Switzerland under CHE-322.432.450