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Branch Discovery Privacy Policy
Last updated March 7th, 2019



We value privacy and are committed to providing our services in a privacy-first way, including by practicing data minimization, limiting the information we disclose, and implementing measures to safeguard our data. At a high level, our Discovery Services allow our Customers to provide their Users with more relevant results in response to search queries. To provide these services, we collect certain technical data (e.g., IDFAs, IP address, and geolocation information) and search data (e.g., “best restaurant in San Francisco”) about Users. We use this information to provide and improve the Discovery Services, as well as to provide other Branch products and services, and generally to serve or communicate with our Customers. We may also de-identify or aggregate data we collect through the Discovery Services and use it for any purpose. We disclose information to our service providers and Customers and also to comply with laws, to protect ourselves and others, or as part of a business transaction. Users may opt out of certain data collection by following the instructions in the User Opt-Outs section below. Because we are a service provider to our Customers, they may use a different name to describe their use of Branch’s Discovery Services (for example, “Place Search”). Users should review the privacy policies of the mobile applications they use, which may give them additional options or rights regarding how our Customers use their data.



Branch Metrics, Inc. ("Branch", "us" or "we") offers a discovery service (the “Discovery Services”), available in the United States only, that enables developers of mobile applications using the Discovery Services (our "Customers") to provide contextual results and intent-based links in their apps, which gives their end users ("Users") simplified access to completing an action (for example, to identify nearby restaurants). Branch recognizes and believes that data privacy is important to all Internet users, and therefore we design and operate our services in a privacy-first manner.

This Branch Discovery Privacy Policy (the “Discovery Privacy Policy”) explains what information Branch uses to provide the Discovery Services, and how it shares and protects data obtained by Branch through the Discovery Services.

Please note that this Discovery Privacy Policy only applies to the Discovery Services. Branch also offers a website and other services, some of which may be accessible by Users who, through their use of the Discovery Services, click on a Branch link or interact with an app or website of a Branch customer. For the privacy policy applicable to the Branch website and other Branch services, including services accessible by Users through the Discovery Services, please review the Branch privacy policy posted here. The Discovery Services, and the Branch services described in the Branch privacy policy, are collectively the “Branch Platform”.

What are the Discovery Services?

Branch provides technology so Customers can provide their Users with content results in response to content queries. We do this in two main ways. First, Branch leverages data from Users through the Discovery Services and through other Branch services to enhance and tailor results in response to content queries. Second, Branch provides Customers with mobile deep linking technology to return deep links to content queries. “Deep linking” means providing links to a specific, generally searchable or indexed, piece of content in an app or on a website (e.g. “https://branch.io/security/”), rather than the app’s landing page or website’s home page (e.g., “https://branch.io”). Deep links thus enable Users to be directed to specific content within an app. Branch has no direct relationship with Users. When Customers install the Branch technology on their apps (via an application programming interface and/or software development kit), the technology enables Customers to respond to Users’ content queries with contextual results and intent-based deep links, which in turn helps Users by giving them results and deep links to simplify access to completing an action (for example, to identify nearby restaurants, order food for delivery, or travel to a location).

What Information Does Branch Collect from the Discovery Services?


Below, we explain what information we collect from Users through the Discovery Services. We process information in a way that is relevant for the purpose for which it was collected as described below.

In addition to the information summarized in the charts below, through the Discovery Services, we collect your content queries and, when you have enabled geolocation tracking, your geolocation information. We require that each Customer commit to share with Branch only information that it has lawfully obtained (including, where necessary, by obtaining consent from Users, or from their parents for children under 13, or in certain jurisdictions, under 16) and confirm that it has the right to share information with Branch. We strongly discourage Customers from sharing sensitive User information with us, as such information is not necessary for the provision of the Discovery Services.

In the charts below, we summarize the information collected automatically by the Discovery Services.

Information Collected by the Discovery Services

Software development kits (“SDKs”) and application programming interfaces (“API”) include code that allows Customers to integrate and use the Discovery Services. The Branch Discovery Service SDKs and APIs collect the following information when Customers use the SDKs and APIs in their mobile apps, some of which is considered personal data under applicable law (in other words, information that itself may identify a unique individual or can be linked back to an individual) (“Personal Data”):

Information Collected Purpose
Advertising identifier (e.g., Google Ad ID or IDFA) Used for identification and matching.
IP Address Used for matching and to understand general location.
Country Code Used to return the ISO country code equivalent for the SIM provider's country code.
Geolocation information (e.g., latitude & longitude) If available, used to provide more accurate, location-relevant results. Please see the User Opt-Outs Section below for more information about opting out of geolocation tracking.
Query Content query submitted by user.

How Does Branch Use Information Collected by the Discovery Services, and What Information Does Branch Use to Provide the Discovery Services?


Data Branch collects through the Discovery Services is processed:

  • to provide, maintain, optimize, research, and improve the Discovery Services, including to develop the results for User queries and improve the relevance and/or usefulness of the results.
  • to better understand how and from where Users come to click on certain deep links and what types of links are popular.
  • to serve advertisements in connection with Users’ content queries.
  • to fulfill Customers’ and prospective Customers’ requests for the Discovery Services including processing data at the Customer’s direction and transferring User data to them. Branch does not control how Customers use information Branch shares with Customers, and Users should read Customers’ privacy policies to understand how they Customers information they receive from Branch.
  • to combine data from various sources, including data from various Customers or third parties.
  • to use for internal and Customer business purposes, including to support both the Discovery Services and other Branch products and services, develop new products and services, market products or services, support the products and services of our Customers, and as permitted or required by applicable law.
  • to create reports based on aggregated information, which is information that cannot be linked back to any individual person or Customer, and share these reports with the public.

We may aggregate and/or de-identify data we collect. We may use de-identified and/or aggregated data for any purpose, including without limitation for research and marketing purposes, and may also share such data with any third parties, including business partners, Customers, and/or others.

Where permitted by law and our agreements with customers, and with your consent (to the extent required by law), Branch may also use data collected through other Branch services to enhance and tailor results of User content queries. Please see the Branch privacy policy to understand our privacy practices with respect to those Branch services.

Our Customers’ Use of Information


Our Customers use the information collected via the Discovery Services for the purposes set forth in their respective privacy policies, including to improve their Users’ app experiences, customize their apps and in-app content results to Users, and better understand their app marketing programs and how Users use their apps.

We require that our Customers utilize the Discovery Services responsibly and in accordance with certain terms and conditions. Branch is not responsible for the data practices of any of our Customers through the Discovery Services or otherwise. Each Customer’s practices are subject to each Customer’s individual privacy policy. Users should review the privacy policy of each Customer to understand how that Customer treats User information collected through the Discovery Services.

User Opt-Outs


Users have the following choices with regarding to Branch’s collection of their data through the Discovery Services.

Mobile Device Identifier: To exercise the mobile device privacy settings controls, please visit the privacy settings of your Android or iOS device and select “opt-out of interest based ads” (Android) or “limit ad tracking” (Apple iOS). Branch will only be able to collect information as permitted by these settings.

Geolocation information: If you have agreed to permit a Customer’s app to collect your location, you can change your location tracking settings in your device settings by following the instructions here (Android) or here (Apple iOS).

Do Not Track


The Discovery Services are designed for mobile applications and therefore do not respond to web browser “do not track” signals.

How Does Branch Share Information?


In addition to the ways described above, Branch may also share information with others under the following circumstances:

  • With third-party vendors, consultants and other service providers who work for us and need access to information we collect to do that work. You can access a list of our third-party vendors who may process Personal Data on our behalf here. These third parties are prohibited from using the information for purposes other than performing services for us or to comply with applicable legal requirements.
  • With our Customers and their agents, as described in this Discovery Privacy Policy.
  • With customers of other Branch services, including their vendors or agents, if requested by the customer, for attribution purposes.
  • To comply with laws or to respond to lawful requests and legal process including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements, and in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding suspected, or actual, prohibited activities, including but not limited to fraud and situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person.
  • To protect the rights and property of Branch, our agents, Customers, Users, and others including to enforce our agreements, policies, and any applicable terms and conditions.
  • In connection with or during negotiation of any merger, sale of company assets, financing, or acquisition of all or a portion of our business to another company.

How We Secure the Information We Collect


Securing the information provided by our Customers and collected through the Discovery Services is important to us. Branch has implemented industry-standard technical, administrative, and physical safeguards to help protect the information on our servers against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction. You are responsible for maintaining the security of your devices and online accounts, such as not sharing passwords to your devices.

Links to Other Services


The Discovery Services link to other websites and apps. These other domains are not controlled by Branch, and we do not endorse or make any representations about third-party websites, apps, or social media platforms. We encourage you to read the privacy policies of each and every website and application that you interact with. We do not endorse, screen, or approve, and are not responsible for, the privacy practices or content of such other websites or applications. Visiting these other websites or applications is at your own risk.

International Data Transfers


All information collected via the Discovery Services is stored on servers located in the United States.

Our Policy Regarding Children


The Discovery Services are not directed to children. We require that Customers agree to not send to us data relating to any children under 13 (or, in certain jurisdictions, under 16), unless they obtain all parental consents necessary under applicable law for collection of data from any such children prior to sending any data relating to such children to Branch. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13 (and in certain jurisdictions under 16) without the requisite parental consent, please contact us at privacy@branch.io, so that Branch can promptly investigate and delete any inappropriately obtained information.

Contact Us, Questions, Changes to This Discovery Privacy Policy


We may change this Discovery Privacy Policy at any time in our sole discretion. We will post all changes to this Policy on this page and will indicate at the top of the page the modified Policy’s effective date. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding this Policy, please contact us at:

Branch Metrics, Inc.
195 Page Mill Road, Suite 101
Palo Alto, CA 94306
or by email at info@branch.io

Privacy Complaints by European Union and Swiss Citizens

In compliance with the U.S.-EU and U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Principles, Branch Metrics commits to resolve complaints about your privacy and our collection or use of your personal information. European Union and Swiss citizens with inquiries or complaints regarding this privacy policy should first contact us at privacy@branchmetrics.io.

We have further committed to refer unresolved privacy complaints under the Safe Harbor Principles to an independent dispute resolution mechanism, the BBB EU Safe Harbor, operated by the Council of Better Business Bureaus. If you do not receive timely acknowledgment of your complaint, or if your complaint is not satisfactorily addressed by the privacy department at Branch Metrics, please visit the BBB EU SAFE HARBOR web site at www.bbb.org/us/safe-harbor-complaints for more information and to file a complaint.