Privacy principles

Many companies write policies to be allowed to screw you if they like. 
We write our policies to make sure you are not screwed.  

We know. Privacy policies are super boring. But please, please, please read them. It is super important to be aware of what you are accepting. To make it easier, we made a short summary for you :)

  1. For Differ to work properly, we need relevant data. You agree that Differ can collect some of your personal information.
  2. Differ use 3rd party services such as suppliers to function. We may share relevant data with those 3rd parties.
  3. However we care about your privacy so we ask for your consent. We are not dickheads with your data and promise not to screw you.
  4. You can check out details in our Terms of Service and our Security measures.
  5. When we update our Privacy Policy, we will notify you.
Updated 2nd December 2016 - 6 min read

Privacy policy - full version

In the following paragraphs EdTech Foundry AS, the company developing and owning Differ, is detailing for you the user how and to which extent your personal data will be collected by us and processed by us or third parties, and also, how we ensure that your personal data and information are protected as much as we can possibly do. Lawyers are human too, and nobody enjoys reading Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and Security policy, so we made them as clear as possible.

1. Who we are

Differ is an app owned and developed by EdTech Foundry. EdTech Foundry is a Norwegian-based company developing and providing new educational products including but not limited to software, apps and bots. You can contact us to this email address: Or at: EdTech Foundry AS, Hoffsveien 6a 0275 Oslo, NorwayYou can also visit our website:

2. About your information

2.1 Why we collect your information

We need to collect information to provide better services to all of our users, for YOU reading this. Without processing personal data, we are unable to provide you with the services you expect when signing up to use the app. Therefore we need to collect some of your information such as your email address and your class among other data, in order for you to access to the best of our services.

2.2 How we collect your information

We will collect your information in three different ways.

The data that you give us: When you sign up and use our service you will provide us with some information such as your email address, your name and your telephone number

The data that we will get from your use of the service: When you use our app, just like other apps on your phone or your computer, we collect data from your usage, such as data about how you use the service and content you enter or upload. You will find the list of what we collect below.

If you use our service as part of a third party organization such as a school or employer, data about you may also be provided to us by this third party.

We expect to implement privacy settings after a while, where you can set your preferred privacy settings.

2.3 What kind of information we collect

We collect different kind of information that are necessary for the use of our service.

2.3.1 Information about you

When you sign up to our service we will ask you to fill some information or we will collect them when you use our service. Some information are about your profile and you, such as:  Full name, Date of Birth, Email address, Phone number, School email address, profile picture uploaded by yourself, the school you are studying at, groups you are connected to and your device information (if you use iOS or Android).

2.3.2 Information about your use of the service

We will collect information from your use of our service such as: your messages exchanged on the app, your files and documents exchanged or uploaded on the app. Your time of usage, when you were active on the app and your geolocation roughly, to know in which city you are; in which groups you are on the app so we can use this data to improve our service to you and our users.

2.3.3 If you are our customer

If you are our customer, we will collect your billing, payment information, and any other information necessary for us to fulfill our obligation to you as a customer, according to the conditions in your customer agreement with us.

2.3.4 We use cookies

We use cookies when you access the service through a web-browser, but not via the iOS or Android app downloaded. We store cookies on your device so we can make it easier for you to log in and use our services.

2.4 Disclosure of your information to 3rd parties

Your information will be shared with the employees and workers of EdTech Foundry in order to make the product functioning. Also, there are times where a disclosure of your information to 3rd parties is necessary to provide our services to you. We will not disclose your information without your prior consent or when that disclosure is reasonably necessary to comply with the law, regulation or legal request.

2.4.1 Public access as default for some of your information

We want to let you know that some of your information is by default public such as your profile picture, username and name, as well as information about your communities such as their names and cover photo. This information may be found by other people on Differ or online.

2.4.2 Sharing your data with other users

Since Differ is a communication app, you can share data with other users on the platform, you can share it privately in a private message, or make it available in chats or communities, it is up to you! In doing so, you grant us the right to share this data with these users of your choice, whether this is with individuals, groups, communities or public to anyone using the service.

2.4.3 Sharing your data with third party suppliers

We work with suppliers in order to make the app functioning and being efficient; those suppliers may be located outside of the European Union, in the US for example. You can find an updated list of our suppliers that process personal data on our behalf here. Before sending your personal data to our suppliers in order to process it, we made sure that they provide the same level of protection of your personal data as us in the European Economic Area. Therefore we have signed an agreement provided by the European Commission called EU Model clauses with each of our suppliers to ensure that they provide adequate safeguards with respect to the protection of the privacy and fundamental rights and freedoms, in other words, your personal data is as much protected as if it was still in the EU/EEA. The list of our suppliers and our agreements with them to protect your personal data has been sent to the Norwegian Data Protection Authority.

2.4.4 If you decide to use third party service integrations

If you decide to activate third party service integrations when you use our service, then you grant us the right to transfer data to these third parties on your behalf. We are not responsible for how the third party integrations use the data, therefore we recommend  checking their privacy policy before using third party integrations.

2.4.5 Compliance and disclosure to regulatory authorities

The law is the law; therefore if we receive a law enforcement to share or disclose information, we will do so. However where the law permits us to do so, we will provide prior notice to the subject of such a request.

3. How we protect your data

Here at Differ we really care about your data and we want to protect it as much as possible in order to process it the best way. Besides agreements to ensure that our partners have the same level of protection as us, we provide security measures in our company, both technical and legal, in order to guarantee you a high level of protection of your data. You will find those security measures detailed here.

4. Your choice

If you disagree with our terms you can at any time withdraw your consent by deleting your account, if so, your information will not be processed anymore.

5. Children’s information

Differ and Edtech Foundry are not directed to children under 13, therefore we do not knowingly collect data from users younger than 13. However if you learn that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information please contact us.

6. Changes to this privacy policy

This privacy policy may be changed from time to time. As a user of our service you will be notified about these changes.