Privacy Policy


This Privacy Policy describes Trash Backwards’ policies and procedures on the collection, use and disclosure of your information.  Trash Backwards receives your information through our various web sites, SMS, APIs, applications, services and third-parties (“Services”).  For example, you send us information when you use Trash Backwards from your mobile device within an application such as Trash Backwards for iPhone or Trash Backwards for Android, to post or receive Trash Backwards messages and alerts via SMS, or access Trash Backwards.  When using any of our Services you consent to the collection, transfer, manipulation, storage, disclosure and other uses of your information as described in this Privacy Policy.  Irrespective of which country that you reside in or create information from, your information may be used by Trash Backwards in the United States or any other country where Trash Backwards operates.

Social networking platforms, and other third parties, that you choose to connect with as you use our Services may also collect, use, and share information about you. Our policy does not cover the activities of these third parties. For information about third-party data protection practices, please contact them directly.

If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at


Note* We collect and use your information to provide and measure use of our Services and improve them over time.

Information Collected Upon Registration:  When you create or reconfigure a Trash Backwards account, you provide some personal information, such as your name, username, password, and email address.  Some of this information, for example, your name and username, is listed publicly on our Services, including on your profile page and in search results.  Some Services, such as search, public user profiles and viewing lists, do not require registration.

Additional Information:  You may provide us with additional information to make public, such as a short biography, your location, or a picture.  You may customize your account with information such as a cell phone number for the delivery of SMS messages or your address book so that we can help you find Trash Backwards users you know.  We may use your contact information to send you information about our Services or to market to you.  You may unsubscribe from our marketing messages by following the instructions contained within the messages or the instructions on our web site.  If you email us, we may keep your message, email address and contact information to respond to your request.  Providing the additional information described in this section is entirely optional.

Information We Collect From Others.  We may collect information about you or users like you from other sources (like) your social networking accounts that you choose to associate with the Services or from other companies.  Information we may collect may include your name, email address, and zip code.  We may combine this with information we collect from you.

Following, Lists And Other Public Information:  Our Services are primarily designed to help you share information with the world.  Most of the information you provide to us is information you are asking us to make public.  This includes not only the messages you send and the metadata provided with Trash Backwards messages, such as when you transmitted them, but also the groups you create, the people you follow, the Trash Backwards content you mark as favorites and many other bits of information.  Our default is almost always to make the information you provide public but we generally give you settings (application settings location) to make the information more private if you want.  Your public information is broadly and instantly disseminated.  For example, your public Trash Backwards messages are searchable by many search engines and are immediately delivered via SMS and our APIs to a wide range of users and services.  You should be careful about all information that will be made public by Trash Backwards, not just your Trash Backwards messages.

Note* What you say on Trash Backwards may be viewed all around the world instantly.

Location Information:  You may choose to note your location in your Trash Backwards messages and in your Trash Backwards profile.  If you turn on Messaging with your location, we may also save exact coordinates to help improve our service and your experience.  You can control your location information settings in your account settings (Trash Backwards application settings).

Log Data:  Our servers automatically record information (“Log Data”) created by your use of the Services.  Log Data may include information such as your IP address, browser type, the referring domain, pages visited, your mobile carrier, device and application IDs, and search terms.  Other actions, such as interactions with our website, applications and advertisements, may also be included in Log Data.

Links:  Trash Backwards may keep track of how you interact with links in Trash Backwards messages across our Services including third party services and clients by redirecting clicks or through other means.  We do this to help improve our Services, including advertising, and to be able to share aggregate click statistics such as how many times a particular link was clicked on.

Cookies:  Like many websites, we use “cookie” technology to collect additional website usage data, to identify you and customize your experience, and to improve our Services.  A cookie is a small data file that is transferred to your computer’s hard disk.  Trash Backwards may use both session cookies and persistent cookies to better understand how you interact with our Services, to monitor aggregate usage by our users and web traffic routing on our Services, and to improve our Services.  Most Internet browsers automatically accept cookies.  You can instruct your browser, by editing its options, to stop accepting our cookies or to prompt you before accepting cookies from our website.

Third Party Services:  Trash Backwards uses a variety of services hosted by third parties to help provide our Services, such as hosting our various blogs and wikis, and to help us understand the use of our Services, such as Google Analytics.  These services may collect information sent by your browser as part of a web page request, such as cookies or your IP request.  We also use third parties to conduct analytics to help us identify you and understand you and your use of our site.


We use personal information collected through our Sites for purposes described in this Policy or disclosed to you on our Sites or in connection with our services. For example, we may use your information to:

•           operate and improve our Sites, products, and services;

•           understand you and your preferences to enhance your experience and enjoyment using our Sites, products, and services;

•           process and deliver contest entries and rewards;

•           respond to your comments and questions and provide customer service;

•           provide and deliver products and services you request;

•           send you related information, including confirmations, invoices, technical notices, updates, security alerts, and support and administrative messages;

•           communicate with you about new contests, promotions, and rewards, upcoming events, and other news about products and services offered by Trash Backwards and our selected partners; and

•           link or combine your information with other personal information we get from third parties, to help understand your needs and provide you with better service.


Note* We do not disclose your private information except in the limited circumstances described here.

Information You Share:  Our Services, such as Trash Backwards Messages, may allow you to connect and share your actions, comments, content, and information publicly or with friends.  You may also connect to, and share your information on, third-party websites and services. Please be mindful of your own privacy needs as you choose to connect with other people and services and what you choose to share and make public. We cannot control the privacy or security of information you choose to make public. If you share information about others, we suggest you get consent for any information you may share about them.

Your Consent:  We may share or disclose your information with your consent, such as when you use a third party web client or application to access your Trash Backwards account.

Service Providers:  We engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to us.  We may share your personal information with these third parties, to perform these functions and provide such services.

Law And Harm:  We may preserve or disclose your information if we believe that it is reasonably necessary to comply with a law, regulation, legal process or lawful request; to protect the safety of any person; to address fraud, security or technical issues; or to protect the rights or property of Trash Backwards and others including to enforce our agreements, policies, and terms of use.

Business Transfers:  If Trash Backwards is involved in a bankruptcy, merger, acquisition, financing, bankruptcy, reorganization or sale of all or part of our business or assets, your information may be shared, sold or transferred as part of that transaction or proceeding or the negotiation of that transaction or proceeding.  The promises in this privacy policy will apply to your information as transferred to the new entity.

Non-Private Or Non-Personal Information:  We may share or disclose your non-private, aggregated or otherwise non-personal information, such as your public Trash Backwards messages or the number of users who clicked on a particular link (even if only one did).


If you are a registered user of our Services, we provide you with tools to access or modify certain personal information you provided to us and associated with your account.

You can also request to delete your Trash Backwards account.  If you follow the instructions here (, your account will be deactivated and then deleted.  When your account is deactivated, it is not viewable on  For up to 30 days it is still possible to restore your account if it was accidentally or wrongfully deactivated.  After 30 days, we begin the process of deleting your account from our systems, which can take up to a week.

You may also send requests about your contact preferences, changes to your information including requests to opt-out of sharing your personal information with third parties by emailing


We may revise this Privacy Policy from time to time.  The most current version of the policy will govern our use of your information and will always be at  If we make a change to this policy that, in our sole discretion, is material, we will notify you via an @TrashBackwards update or e-mail to the email associated with your account.  By continuing to access or use the Services after those changes become effective, you agree to accept the revised Privacy Policy.

Thoughts or questions about this Privacy Policy? Please email us at

Effective: 11/13/12

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