Effective date: 2013-04-01
This document is here to inform you about the privacy practices of the Omegle chat service ("Omegle", provided by Omegle.com LLC), which are designed to protect your privacy to the maximum reasonable extent. By making use of Omegle, you accept these practices. This document may be updated from time to time. When changes are made, the effective date at the top will be changed. This date is also noted on Omegle's home page.
Chat messages are screened by an automated system for spam. In general, messages are not stored, but when a message is flagged as spam, it is stored indefinitely, along with the sender's IP address. Select messages may be read by a human being to improve Omegle's anti-spam software, or for other quality control purposes.
At the beginning of every chat, a record of the following information is stored on Omegle's servers: the time your chat began, your IP address, a randomly-generated ID tag assigned to your computer, your chat partner's IP address, and your chat partner's randomly-generated ID tag. These records are intended to be used for the purpose of law enforcement, and may also be used to track spammers, and others who pose harm to the site, or violate its rules; or analyzed in aggregate to produce statistical data (e.g., average number of chats started at different times of day). These records are stored for approximately 120 days.
Webcam images may be captured from Omegle video chats, uploaded to Omegle's servers, and monitored for misbehavior. Captured images may also be stored and used to improve Omegle's monitoring process. Currently, monitoring is only in a testing phase; but even when it is fully implemented, it will not be perfect, and you may still encounter misbehaving users in video chat.
Omegle provides an unmonitored video chat mode. In this mode, the snapshotting and monitoring mentioned in the previous paragraph does not occur. However, the text portion of chat will still be scanned for spam, and other policies mentioned on this page still apply.
At the end of an Omegle chat, users are given an option to save the chat's log and share the link. Understand that strangers can potentially tell other people anything you tell them—whether by sharing the log, or just by repeating what you said—and be careful what information you reveal to them. It is also possible for other users to take screenshots of video chats, or to use third-party software to record them.
When you save an Omegle log, the chat's text is sent from the user's computer to Omegle's server, where it is converted to an image, lovingly given a one-of-a-kind arborial background, and saved indefinitely under a unique, randomly-assigned ID. Your IP address, and the randomly-generated ID tag Omegle assigns to your computer, are saved with the logs you save. The IP address of anyone who views the log will be saved for the purpose of maintaining a unique view counter.
The records Omegle keeps may be shared with third parties for the purpose of law enforcement, to monitor and enforce compliance with Omegle's rules, or to improve Omegle's monitoring and enforcement processes.
In an Omegle text chat, only the following information is made available to other chat users:
Omegle video chat requires a direct connection to be made between your computer and the other user's computer. To do this, it is necessary to make your IP address available to the other user's computer, although it is not shown to the other user by Omegle's interface. This is a necessary part of how any P2P video chat system functions. If you are not comfortable with this, use text mode (or spy mode) instead.
Third-party software exists which acts as a virtual webcam. Omegle may inform your chat partners if you are using this type of software.
Omegle uses Google Analytics to track non-personally-identifying statistical information about site usage. Google provides a browser add-on to opt out of Google Analytics.
Omegle can optionally be linked with a Facebook account to enable certain features. Currently, Facebook integration is used for the following purposes:
The Facebook API allows Omegle to access other information about you, such as your name and other personal details. However, Omegle does not share, save, or make any use of this information.
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