MyFlightbook Privacy Policy

We don't really want your personal data, but an email address and password are required to provide a degree of security and a way to reach you for service-related issues.  We are not going to sell it, rent it, or otherwise disclose it.  We are now hosting this in a secure environment, so thugs need to go through at least a normal level of data-center security to get at your data, but hey, there's a reason we limit this to email/password.   We do need an email to contact you about site related stuff and for things like password reminders.  We will not spam you.  Nor will anyone else as a result of your use of this site.  And the only reason we ask for your name is so that the site can use it when addressing you.

As for the data that you put on the site (i.e., your flights, airplanes you fly, the date of your last medical, etc.): we do not share this data with anybody either without your explicit consent or an appropriate legal process. 

For example, you can tweet your flights on Twitter or post them on Facebook, and you can mark any flight as "public" in which case you are explicitly making it public data.  (If you tweet a flight but do not make it public, then the date and route of your flight are shared, but other details - such as your name and the aircraft you flew - are not shared).  In tracking problems on the site, however, we may need to occasionally dive into the database to make a diagnosis, and that means that we will see your data.  Of course, as explained above, we dont' want (nor do we request) a lot of personal information about you, so this data cannot be tied to a person beyond your email address. 

You can, of course, download your data, either to your own computer or to a cloud storage provider such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive. We, of course, can't control what you do with it then. But, if you enable storage to a cloud provider, you should be aware that:

  • MyFlightbook cannot do anything with a cloud-storage provider unless you explicitly sign-in to your cloud-storage account and explicitly grant MyFlightbook permission to write files to your account. (The technical protocol for this is "OAuth2", if you want the gory details of how it works)
  • MyFlightbook does not read any of your data from the cloud storage. Its operations are limited to writing your logbook data and, as needed, images and telemetry data. Note that it is possible for MyFlightbook to overwrite an existing that it has already written.

Your passwords, by the way, are stored in the database using a one-way hash.  (When you authenticate, we hash the password you provide and compare that with the saved hashed password).  We cannot recover a password for you, nor can we see your password in the database. Ditto the answer to your secret question. (We obviously can't one-way hash the question itself, since we need to be able to show it to you to recover your password.)

If you use one of the mobile apps, these apps may collect GPS position data.  On some platforms, you can choose whether to grant permission for this; on others, it is a condition of using the application.  This position information is used for the following functions:

  • Helping you to fill out your logbook entry (appending the nearest airport to your route of flight, detecting takeoff/landing, determining day/night, and so forth)
  • Recording your route of flight (at your option on all mobile devices)
  • Geotagging any images that you take from within the application so that you can later see where you were when you took the picture

This location information is not stored other than as described above, nor is it shared other than as above.  Note that if you share a flight ("Public", as above), then visitors to MyFlightbook will be able to see the geo-tagged image and/or the recorded flight path.  But if you don't share it, they won't be able to see it.

There is now a Facebook group for MyFlightbook, and MyFlightbook may include Facebook widgets on the site, and these widgets may use Facebook cookies to determine things like your status as a fan and such.  If you are a member of Facebook, Facebook may be able to deduce that you use MyFlightbook.  Please see the Facebook Privacy Policy for more information about their privacy policy.  MyFlightbook never, however, explicitly shares any information with Facebook.

Now, there is one important exception to the above that I do need to call out.  I use Google Ads on the site, and they use cookies.  In fact, they are now doing "interest based" advertising, which means that they will probably figure out that this is an aviation-oriented web site, and may conclude that you are interested in aviation.  Here is some slightly more legalese detailed information:

  • MyFlightbook uses third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you.
  • Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on this site.
  • Google's use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to you based on your visit to this site and other sites on the Internet.
  • You may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy.
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