These are the terms and conditions of use for the mobile app ParkJam, and the associated website. Below you will find the Privacy Policy.

You may use the mobile app and the website without registering. You can register (providing us only with your email address, which we won't give to anyone else) to give more weight to your parking availability data and to be able to share your data with other users of ParkJam. If you register, you agree NOT to use a name of another person or entity with the intent to impersonate them, and you agree NOT to use a name that is offensive, vulgar, obscene or unlawful. You further agree NOT to use the account of another person or entity without the proper authorization. Finally, you agree NOT to submit knowingly false information about car park availability to ParkJam. ParkJam reserves the right to refuse registration, or to cancel an account found in violation of the above terms.

ParkJam does not guarantee that any data will be available through the application. All data submitted to ParkJam is the sole responsibility of the person who originated such submission. ParkJam cannot guarantee the authenticity of any data provided by its users. You acknowledge that all data submitted and accessed by you using ParkJam is at your own risk and you will be solely responsible and liable for any damage or loss to you or any other party resulting therefrom.

You shall not (directly or indirectly):

As ParkJam is a mobile app, the users must be aware of applicable law and regulations on using mobile devices, especially when operating and parking vehicles. ParkJam cannot be held liable for the actions that its users take while using the app, or as consequence of using the app.

Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy covers ParkJam's treatment of personally identifiable information and other data that ParkJam gathers when you use the app. ParkJam is being developed by researchers at The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.

What Personally Identifiable Information Does ParkJam Collect?

What you tell us: for submitting parking data into the system and sharing your data with other users, we require your email address, your name and you can also supply a photo or a logo. Naturally, ParkJam also stores all the parking data you submit, which means your location, down to the level of the car park you use, and the time when you submitted it. Your email address is used to distinguish your data from that of other users and to send you important updates about the service (such as significant changes to these terms and conditions); your name and photo/logo is displayed to other users if you choose to share your data.

What we collect automatically: When you use ParkJam, our server automatically receives and logs information from your browser or mobile platform, including your location, IP address, cookie information, and the page you requested. We treat this data as non-personal information (we do not tie it to your email address), and we only use this data in aggregate form.

How is My Information Shared?

If you do not enable sharing of your submitted parking data, ParkJam only uses your submissions in aggregate form to establish whether car parks have any spaces available. If you enable sharing, your name, photo/logo, and your recent submitted parking data (up to 24 hours old) may show up in lists of users who visit a particular car park; it may be available through search, and it will be available directly to whoever sees your sharing link (QR code).

If you disable sharing, our server will no longer provide your data, but the internet and users who have seen your earlier data may store copies of it and disclose it to others, for any period of time. We therefore urge you to think carefully about publishing your parking information if you have concerns about your location privacy.

As ParkJam is a research project, your data is not stored by a commercial entity for the purpose of generating income. If ParkJam ever becomes commercial, you will be duly notified and given the option of removing all your data before it is transfered to the commercial owner.

We may release personal information when we believe in good faith that release is necessary to comply with the law, including laws outside your country of residence; or to protect the rights, property, or safety of the University, its employees, ParkJam users, or others.

Email Communications: If you do not want to receive any email from us, please indicate your preference during the registration process or by making a modification on your account settings page, once you're logged into the service. Please note that if you do not want to receive legal notices from us, such as notices regarding this Privacy Policy, those legal notices will still govern your use of the ParkJam app and website, and you are responsible for reviewing such legal notices for changes.

Is Personal Information About Me Secure?

Your ParkJam account is protected by a password for your privacy and security. You need to prevent unauthorized access to your account by selecting and protecting your password appropriately, and limiting access to your computer and browser by signing off after you have finished accessing your account.

We endeavor to safeguard user information to ensure that user account information is kept private. However, we cannot guarantee the security of user account information. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors, may compromise the security of user information at any time.

Overseas Users

If you are located outside of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK), please note that the ParkJam site is hosted on our servers in the UK. Therefore, your information may be processed and stored in the UK. As a result, UK government, courts, law enforcement or regulatory agencies may be able to obtain disclosure of your information through laws applicable in the UK. Your submission of any Personal Information to ParkJam will constitute your consent to the transfer of your Personal Information over the internet to the UK. The data protection rules in the UK and other countries through which your data may pass may be different than in your country.

How Do I Delete My Account?

Should you ever decide to delete your ParkJam account, you may do so by using the "delete account" functionality on your account settings page. If you terminate your account, its data will be removed from the site and deleted from our servers. Because of the way we maintain the servers, such deletion may not be immediate, and residual copies of your information may remain on backup media for a reasonable amount of time.

What If I Have Questions Or Concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns regarding privacy using ParkJam, please send a detailed message to ParkJamApp@gmail.com. We will make every effort to resolve your concerns.

Last update: 2012/08/02