Privacy policy

NewsTeller is provided with good intentions on an "as–is" basis. This page explains our privacy policy and data management plan.

We collect web-traffic data.

We collect data about visits to our websites. When you visit NewsTeller, regardless of whether you have an account or not, the website uses server logs to collect what page you visit. We use this data to:

  • diagnose and debug technical errors,
  • defend websites and services from abuse and technical attacks.

This data is processed under our Legitimate Interest to provide our services to you in a an efficient and secure manner and to ensure the legal compliance and proper administration of our business.

Raw data such as pages visited, visitor IPs and visitor actions will be retained for 7 days. In special circumstances — such as extended investigations regarding a technical attack — we may preserve logged data for longer periods for analysis. We store aggregate statistics about use of the websites and services we provide indefinitely, but those statistics do not include data identifiable to you personally.

We collect account data.

On the NewsTeller website, some features may require an account. For example, an account is required to manage article lists.

To sign up for an account, we will collect a name, surname, email, and password. You may provide additional information, such as your affiliation and field expertise. This information is not required to use any of our services, and can be erased at any time.

We use your account data to identify you on the website, and to create pages specific to you, such as your profile page.
We use your email to:

  • reset your password and help keep your account secure,
  • contact you in special circumstances related to your account.

We will store your account data as long as your account remains open and will be completely removed when closing it.

We collect news data.

On NewsTeller, we collect articles from various news outlets. We also collect metadata regarding these news articles, such as their author, publishing date, and central image (given that this metadata is available).

We use the news articles and their metadata to support our research projects and compute aggregated analytics. We share a truncated prelude of the news articles and (when available) a thumbnail of their central image. We encourage NewsTeller users to visit the original news outlets to read the full news articles.

We do not use the news articles for commercial purposes. We do not publish pay-walled news articles.

We collect social media data.

We collect the social media reactions of the official accounts of news outlets. Particularly, we collect anonymized and aggregated, re-posts, replies, and quotes.

We use the social media reactions to support our research projects and compute aggregated analytics.

We do not use the social media reactions for commercial purposes.

How do we collect data?

NewsTellerBot is our web scraper. Its job is to collect news articles shared from media outlets we follow. You can see who they are using the table on the Sources page. NewsTellerBot originates from these IP addresses:

  • 89.145.167.191
  • 159.100.243.126
  • 159.100.241.77
  • 159.100.242.128
  • 159.100.243.251

If you would still like your site blocked from NewsTellerBot, or would like changes on how to improve parsing of your content, discuss alternatives to how we are accessing your site, or just ask us any questions you may have, please let us know.

Where is NewsTeller data stored?

Our data is stored on servers provided by Exoscale, a company incorporated in Lausanne, Switzerland. The primary datacenter for NewsTeller is in Geneva and is hosted by the Equinix data center facility. Some services or backups may reside in other datacenters in Switzerland.

Can I use NewsTeller data?

You may not use this website in any way that causes or may cause damage to the website or impairment of the availability or accessibility of NewsTeller, or in any way which is unlawful, illegal, fraudulent, or harmful, or in connection with any unlawful, illegal, fraudulent, or harmful purpose or activity.

We take the security of our website, infrastructure, and services very seriously. You must not conduct any systematic or automated data collection activities on or in relation to this website without NewsTeller’s express written consent, including:

  • Excessive Automated Scans
  • Denial of Service Attacks
  • Scraping
  • Data Mining
  • Framing (IFrames)

Is NewsTeller GDPR compliant?

We respect privacy rights under Regulation (EU) 2016/679, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Information that GDPR requires us to give can be found throughout this document.

What are your data protection rights?

We would like to make sure you are fully aware of your data protection rights. Every user or news outlet is entitled to the following:

  • The right to access – You have the right to request access to your data, or copies of your data from us.
  • The right to rectification – You have the right to request that we correct any information you believe is inaccurate or incomplete.
  • The right to erasure – You have the right to request that we erase your data.
  • The right to restrict processing – You have the right to request that we restrict the processing of your data, under certain conditions.
  • The right to object to processing – You have the right to object to our processing of your data, under certain conditions.
  • The right to data portability – You have the right to request that we transfer the data that we have collected to another organization, or directly to you, under certain conditions.

How can I contact the NewsTeller team about privacy?

Inquiries regarding your personal information can be sent directly to NewsTeller Team:

NewsTeller Team
info@newsteller.io

or write to:

Chantal Franchois
EPFL IC IIF LSIR
BC 170 (Bâtiment BC)
Station 14
CH-1015 Lausanne

For complaints under GDPR more generally, European Union users may lodge complaints with their local data protection supervisory authorities.

How can I find out about changes to this document?

This version of our privacy policies took effect on March 25th, 2021.

We will post any new versions of this statement at https://newsteller.io/privacy. We may change how we announce changes in future versions of this document. Please refer to https://newsteller.io/privacy for the latest information at any time.