Airscape Whole House Fan app
This privacy notice discloses the privacy practices you can expect when using the Airscape Whole House Fan app. This privacy notice applies solely to information collected by this app. It does not apply to your interactions with the porchdog.com web site. This document notifies you of the following:
* What personally identifiable information is collected from you through the app, how it is used and with whom it may be shared.
* What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data.
* The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information.
* How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information.
Information Collection, Use, and Sharing
We are the sole owners of the information collected by this app. Any information collected is used solely to deliver the app's functionality.
We only have access to/collect information that you voluntarily give us through the app interface. We will not sell or rent this information to anyone. We will not share your information with any third party outside of our organization, other than as necessary to fulfill your request, e.g. to troubleshoot a problem with the app or to provide the specific app functionality described in this document.
We've provided the following details to help you understand exactly what information we collect, how we collect it, when it's used, and how we protect it.
If you choose to receive temperature alerts or use the app's pre cool feature, we will use your location if you grant the app permission. If you choose to allow the app to use your location, we will retrieve the phone's location only when you hit the "Set location" or "Reset location" button in the Alerts tab. We don't retrieve your location at any other time. Location information is stored on your phone. Location only leaves the app when we update your local outside temperature. We use the OpenWeatherMap.org API to determine temperatures. The only information we send them is your saved latitude and longitude.
Use and Storage of Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
Besides location information as detailed above, we do not store or send any PII (even on the phone itself). We use Apple's Push Notification Service, which is designed to prevent access to end user information by app developers like us. The APNS identifier for your phone is therefore not considered PII. We also use and store an app identifier that is unique to your phone. Again, this identifier is designed to prevent access to end user information so it is not considered PII. We associate your time zone with this identifier on our servers. We use your time zone to ensure any alerts we deliver are sent at appropriate times.
If you choose to use the "Alerts" or "Pre cool" features, the app will connect to three external servers. The first is a server we maintain. This server saves your unique device ID, your APNS ID, and your time zone. None of these items allow us to identify you. The second is the openweathermap.org server that provides weather information. We send this server your location (and nothing else). The third are servers run by Apple for remote notifications and license management.
The Airscape WHF server never initiates outbound connections directly to the app, nor does it issue operational commands directly to the app. Instead, APNS notifications trigger the app to take action. This model permits communication with the app without the need to retain any PII.
We designed the app to prevent unwanted operation of your fan. We send all operational requests through Apple's ANPS servers, which presents a number of difficult hurdles to anyone trying to misuse the system. We also store all operational instructions for the fan strictly on your phone. Should an attacker gain control of our servers and somehow manage to send a message to your phone via APNS, your fan will still not stop or start unless your phone contains the instructions necessary to operate the fan.