exteraGram Privacy Policy

Effective May 16, 2023

This privacy notice for exteraGram ("Company," "we," "us," "app," or "our") describes how and why we may collect, store, use, and/or share ("process") your information when you use our custom Telegram client for Android or any other application of ours that links to this privacy notice.

Open Source

exteraGram is Open Source in order to comply with the Telegram API Terms of Use and the GNU GPL License, the code is available at GitHub.

Information Collection and Use

We are committed to protecting your privacy and ensuring the security of your personal information. We collect and process information for the purpose of providing and improving our Services. The information we collect may include:

  1. Log Data: Like many mobile applications, we automatically collect certain information when you use our Services. This information may include your device information, operating system version, app version, crash reports, and other statistics. We do not collect your IP address as part of the log data. Log data is collected solely for the purpose of diagnosing and resolving technical issues.

  2. User Generated Content: Any information or content that you publish in public chats or channels using our Services is available to other users of the Telegram Messenger platform. It is important to note that you must not include offensive, phishing, spam, or any other abusive or violating content as per Telegram's Terms of Service. Telegram Messenger Inc. has the authority to permanently delete your account and all associated data if you violate these terms.

  3. Contact List and Location Permission: Our app may request access to your contact list and location permissions for specific features. The contact list access is used by Telegram to notify you if any of your contacts sign up for the service and to display their names in notifications. You can manage this sync feature in the app's privacy settings (Settings -> Privacy -> Data Settings). Location permission may be used if you choose to share your location in chat or enable the "Make me visible to nearby people" feature, which displays your location to nearby users. This feature operates even when the app is closed as long as the function is active.

Third-Party Services

We may use certain third-party services to enhance the functionality and security of our Services. These services may collect and process your information as described below:

  1. Google Play Services is included with your Android device to provide system services. The collection and processing of information by Google Play Services are governed by Google's privacy policy.

  2. Firebase Notifications is used to send you notifications from Telegram. When using this service, your device token and certain device information may be shared with Firebase for the purpose of delivering notifications. Firebase's collection and use of information are subject to their own privacy policy.

  3. Crashlytics is a crash reporting tool provided by Google, to monitor and analyze app crashes and errors. Crashlytics collects information about the occurrence and nature of crashes, including device information, app version, and crash reports. The data collected is used to diagnose and resolve technical issues to improve the stability and performance of our app. Crashlytics' collection and use of information are subject to their own privacy policy.

  4. Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google, to track and analyze app usage and user interactions. Google Analytics collects information such as your device information, IP address, app version, and usage statistics. This information is anonymized and used to understand user behavior, optimize app performance, and improve user experience. Google Analytics' collection and use of information are subject to their own privacy policy.

Data Security and Retention

We implement appropriate technical and organizational measures to safeguard the personal information we collect and process. We retain your information for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this privacy policy, unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by law.

Children's Privacy

Our Services are not intended for use by children under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect any personal information from anyone under 13 years of age. For users located in the European Economic Area (EEA), we do not collect personal information for children under the age of 16, unless explicit consent is provided in writing by a legal guardian.

If you are a parent or legal guardian and believe that your child has provided us with personal information without your consent, please contact me at [email protected] so that we can take appropriate action to remove the information and ensure compliance with applicable laws.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

As exteraGram is based on the official Telegram, we encourage you to review the Telegram Privacy Policy to understand their practices and policies. We reserve the right to revise and modify this privacy policy at our sole discretion. You should check this page frequently in order to stay updated on the latest version.

Questions or Concerns

We value your privacy and are committed to addressing any concerns or inquiries you may have regarding our privacy practices. If you have any questions, comments, or requests regarding this privacy policy, please contact me at [email protected]. We will make every effort to respond to your inquiry in a timely manner.

By using our Services, you acknowledge that you have read and understood this privacy policy and agree to the collection, processing, and use of your information as described herein. If you do not agree with the policies and practices outlined in this privacy policy, please refrain from using our Services.