We take your privacy very seriously. We are not in the business of selling or monetizing your data in any way.
1. Feed Services
In order to do its job, Feed Hawk needs to interact with your feed service account. That interaction is subject to the privacy policies of your feed service:
Feed Hawk stores your feed service account credentials securely in the iOS Keychain. Feed Hawk uses HTTPS exclusively to communicate with feed services.
NewsBlur is unique among supported feed services in that it has an OAuth 2.0 web-based login process.
Feed Hawk facilitates the web-based login process by opening a Safari View Controller. Feed Hawk ensures that the initial URL for the Safari View Controller is an HTTPS URL. Beyond that, Feed Hawk cannot ensure that the entire login process happens via HTTPS.
NewsBlur requires that the OAuth Redirect URL be a publicly accessible URL. The Feed Hawk Redirect URL for NewsBlur is https://www.goldenhillsoftware.com/feed-hawk/oauth/. This results in a NewsBlur authorization code being transmitted to our company website at the end of the web-based login process. Our website only uses that authorization code to send it back to the Feed Hawk app. Our web servers are configured to exclude requests with authorization codes from access logs.
1b. Fever and tt-rss
Fever-Feed Hawk Adapter is a Golden Hill Software open source product that makes Fever compatible with Feed Hawk. Fever-Feed Hawk Adapter does not interact with anything other than its Fever instance and MySQL database. Any interactions with the open source project on GitHub are subject to the GitHub Privacy Statement.
2. The Feed Hawk Web Service
The standard way of finding feeds associated with a web page is to look for a link element such as the following:
<link rel="alternate" type="application/atom+xml" title="All Golden Hill Software News" href="https://www.goldenhillsoftware.com/feed/">
Some websites have RSS feeds but do not use such link elements. For example, the New York Times has a front page RSS feed but does not link to it in this form from mobile.nytimes.com. Similarly, Medium is inconsistent with link elements to its RSS feeds. In order to make Feed Hawk work with such sites, we maintain a web service that returns RSS Feed URLs for some sites that do not link to their RSS feeds in this manner. Feed Hawk uses that web service only when it cannot find the RSS feed for a site by inspecting the page.
Feed Hawk does not send any customer identifiable information to the web service. It sends the web page URL and an identifier for the customer's feed service (for example, “bazqux” for BazQux Reader). The web service responds with Feed URLs it knows to correspond with the web page. The web service retains information pertaining to requested web page URLs in order to improve its data quality.
If Feed Hawk finds RSS feed links in the body of the web page that are not in the header, it will send the URL of the page to the Feed Hawk Web Service. This lets the web service know to look for feed links for the site on that page.
The Feed Hawk web service maintains log files of recent incoming requests. Feed Hawk interacts with this web service exclusively via HTTPS. Feed Hawk uses public key pinning to validate the authenticity of this web service.
4. Email Exchanged with Golden Hill Software Personnel
4a. Before and on February 1, 2017
5. Beyond this Product
We log all requests to our company website. We may use third party analytics services and third party content delivery services on our website.
6. Sharing of Data
We are a United States company. When legally required to do so, we will provide information to government authorities. Beyond that, we will never share your data. We make a point of minimizing the amount of customer information we have.
7. Changes to this Policy
Future versions of Feed Hawk may require an update to this policy. Any changes will be noted on the Golden Hill Software blog.
- First version: April 29, 2016
- Updated to reflect addition of Fever and tt-rss, updated link to NewsBlur: September 30, 2016
- Updated to reflect the change that Feed Hawk will send a web page URL to the Feed Hawk Web Service when it discovers that the page has RSS feeds linked from the body but not the header: November 21, 2016
- Updated to reflect change in mail hosting service: January 26, 2017