Let's cut to the chase. Anytime a product works with your email, your main concern is whether anyone can read your messages. So let's be clear: Slimbox cannot read your email. But, you might ask, how does Slimbox work if it can't read the messages? That's explained next.
Slimbox scans only the underlying code in the headers of your email messages for information that indicates a subscription message. An email header is simply the information that you don't see in your inbox that tells the computer what type of email it is, when it was sent, who it is from, how likely it is that it might be spam, etc.
The email header does NOT contain the body (or content) of your message. Slimbox does not look at, read, or understand anything in the content of your emails. It simply scans the code of the email header to label a message as clutter (e.g., subscription-style message); if that happens, Slimbox presents you with the option to move such clutter from that sender out of your inbox and have it listed in the daily summary of your clutter messages.
Slimbox provides a daily summary that lists all your clutter from the past 24 hours. This summary email contains links that allow you to easily view your Slimbox emails right from your inbox. In order to do this, the Slimbox application needs to request the “view and modify” permission from Google. There is no way for anyone to view and modify your email other than you, and Slimbox cannot read your email.
Other companies have been beat up on Twitter and in various articles for not being straight up about how they use your personal data. So let's be clear on this point as well: We do not share or sell your personal information or data. This is why we charge $1 per month for Slimbox. We believe that your personal information and data should remain entirely yours. Instead of selling your personal information to keep Slimbox running, we charge this small fee. Many companies have privacy policies that go on at length (and with that nauseating legalese) about how your personal information and data is used to tailor ads and content. We don’t do that. And we don’t allow ads. Thus, your personal information remains confidential. The only exception is if we are required by law to disclose information.
The only information we obtain to operate Slimbox is your name and email address (provided via Google’s secure sign in), and your country (to optimize language and for anonymized data indicating where Slimbox users are located). We never see your payment information because it is securely collected by FastSpring.
Moreover, we anonymize all other user data to understand our site traffic and statistics. We use Matomo — an analytics service that champions “the right for people to be in control of their own information” — to assess this anonymous information. We also maintain the strictest levels of anonymization of user data through Matomo, so no personal information is shared.
This is true of the “cookies” on our site as well. Cookies track data regarding traffic to a website, and we have anonymized that data too — so no personal information is accessible via the cookies on our site. And you can even opt out of this anonymous data tracking by deleting cookies through your browser settings. Because we do not track users individually, we do not process or respond to browser do-not-track signals.
Are you starting to get the idea that we don’t want your personal data? We hope so!! We are happy having just the anonymous data to help us build Slimbox to be the best it can be as we protect your rights to your own information.
This strict approach to user privacy also provides us the easy route to comply with the European Union’s complex law regarding user privacy, known as the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR has various requirements for entities operating in the EU to protect user data, including users’ right to access personal data, right to withdraw consent, right for personal data to be forgotten, and more. By taking such a strict approach toward user data, we ensure your rights remain fully protected because most of your personal information isn’t obtained by us in the first place. And your name and email address are automatically deleted from our system within 10 days after you disable Slimbox. In short, your privacy and rights, including those under GDPR, are protected. To learn more about GDPR and how data can be anonymized, we encourage you to read this GDPR page on Matomo’s site.
Google has strict limits on how your data can be used from restricted Gmail scopes, such as the “modify” scope that enables access to the underlying code of email headers Slimbox needs to identify your clutter. Google’s strict limitations on use of data fit with ours: As stated above, we simply don’t share your personal information or data. And in particular, the following restrictions apply to use of access to your data:
We might provide links to other sites for your convenience. Of course, we likely have nothing to do with those sites, so we can't be responsible for their content or privacy practices.
We may update this policy from time to time, and the policy will show when it was updated.
“We” are D2MP Media, LLC, the creators of Slimbox.
You can email us with questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you've read this far, we are impressed with your attention to detail and hope that you found this policy straightforward and understandable.Last Updated: 12/21/2019