Privacy & Terms
What is Gyroscope?
Gyroscope is a dashboard to help you track and improve everything about your life. It is passively powered by data from your phone, wearables and other connected accounts, so you rarely have to manually enter data. Depending on what you connect, Gyroscope can show things like daily steps, weight graphs, the places you've been to, your physical activity, running history, photos on social media, and much more. By default, all the data connected is private and only viewable by you. Through a variety of different themes, data sources and privacy settings, we hope to create a safe and comfortable environment for everyone.
Gyroscope is available on 3 platforms: the gyrosco.pe website, the iPhone app, and the Chrome extension. A special Android app will be coming soon as well, but the website is already optimized to work great on all Android mobile devices.
Gyroscope is operated a free service, with Gyroscope Pro as a $7/month subscription to enable all of the features. We don’t show ads on Gyroscope, nor will we ever sell your data. Our objective is to help you use your data to live a healthier and happier life, and these incentives are aligned when you’re paying a monthly subscription. See some examples of how real people use Gyroscope or learn more about how Gyroscope originally started.
Facebook login is the easiest way to create and log back in to your Gyroscope account.
Through a Facebook account, we automatically load your profile photo, cover photo, date of birth, email address and time zone. When you sign in for the first time, you can just get started instead of wasting time setting up these basic things. We also load your list of friends to help you easily find them on Gyroscope and start building your leaderboard. Facebook does NOT get access to the information you put into Gyroscope (like steps, weight, etc.) — we only using them as a way to log you into your Gyroscope account.
A new alternative to using Facebook login is signing up with an email address and password.
Gyroscope is powered by the services you connect to it. We have many integrations and are constantly adding more. The more services you connect, the more data we can have about you and the better your profile page will be.
Each type of account has different content and various amounts of personally-identifiable information, so you may be comfortable with connecting some and not others. For example, you might be comfortable connecting your public photos from Instagram, but not the locations you've been to on Foursquare.
We use our access to your accounts only to load the information we need, never to write or modify your data in any way. In most cases, we only ask for read-only access, unless that is not an available option.
We load data once when your account is first connected, and then periodically to keep your account up to date. When you disconnect an account, we also delete all of the associated data that was imported from that account.
The following is a list of the services we integrate with and the data that can come from it:
Runkeeper, Strava, Nike, Moves
Runs, swims, walks, biking and other types of physical activity. The details we get include the start time, duration, pace, calories, etc. If available, we also load the latitude/longitude coordinates to plot it on a map. We also load your heart rate information if available.
We sync with Withings to retreive bodyweight measurements taken with their wireless scales. We also load blood pressure and heart rates. If you use the Withings sleep tracker, we also load your sleep data.
Moves, Fitbit, Apple Health
We load your count of daily steps, and how far you ran, walked or climbed stairs.
From the iPhone app, we load various data-points from HealthKit during the initial install, and keep them synced occasionally throughout the day. You have control over which items are shared, but the ones we support are steps, heart rate, weight and workouts. Pro users will also get calories, mindfulness time, and more.
We load a list of the places you've been to. From Moves, these contain Foursquare locations and the start and end times. From Foursquare, these consist of checkins at a point in time. These can contain latitude/longitude coordinates and addresses of locations.
We connect to Twitter to load your latest tweets. We look at the favorite counts to feature your top tweets on your page. We also show the photos you've shared on Twitter.
We connect to Instagram and load all of the photos you have posted. This happens whether or not the account is set to private, so if you don't want to load your Instagram photos it is recommended to not connect your account.
GitHub integration was only available for early users and has now been discontinued. We only use GitHub to load metadata to figure out your productivity. We never load or analyze any of your code or the contents of files. We look at commit messages, addition/deletion counts and timestamps to plot them in your timeline. Only you can see your commit messages, anyone else can only see a count of the lines added and the time. We also analyze filenames to figure out what languages you were working in.
We use RescueTime to calculate your productivity for each day and show your top apps and websites. We load an hourly list of what apps and websites you used. Pages visited in incognito mode are not tracked by RescueTime and not loaded by us. We understand that this data is potentially very sensitive, and only show basic averages of productivity and not individual websites or applications.
Amazon Affiliate Program
We recommend the best hardware to use with Gyroscope, and provide some links to purchase them on Amazon. Gyroscope is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.
Who can see your content?
By default, your account is set to private and you are the only one who can see your profile. Everyone else will see a screen with your profile photo, name, and the fact that your account is private and you must be friends to view the page.
There are two visibility options: Friends Only or Public.
The default is Friends Only, and by default there are no friends until you accept some requests or add people, so your account starts off as completely private.
If you people add you as a friend (and you accept), or you request that someone be your friend, they will be able to see your profile and all your weekly reports.
Some people may choose to make their page public and easily share it with everyone. We have designed Gyroscope with this in mind, to show who you are without revealing anything extremely secret. Public profiles can be viewed by anyone, and may occasionally be featured on our homepage and other parts of Gyroscope.
Gyroscope staff can also view your profile for testing purposes, but will never share anything not made public.
We only use your data to power your profile page, and will never share or sell your details to any 3rd parties.
If you don’t want a constant reminder of your age or weight, you can choose to hide them from settings. That will put them "out of sight & out of mind" but isn't intended to make them completely inaccessible.
A Pro feature called the Vault gives you additional granularity over what gets shared. For example, you can add friends but move your locations or weight to the Vault if you don’t want them to be able to see it. Otherwise by default, adding friends will let them see the same view of your profile as yourself.
When to hide vs put something in the vault? It depends whether you want to hide it from everyone including yourself, or just from others but keep access to it yourself. The Vault also allows hiding for extra data-types like location and computer usage.
We use some few 3rd party services for analytics and error tracking. They are extremely secure and used by most of the top internet companies. These services include Segment.com, Google Analytics, MixPanel, New Relic, Fabric & Sentry.
We offer free and paid accounts, as Gyroscope and Gyroscope Pro. Those who upgrade to Gyroscope Pro will be charged a monthly fee. We use Stripe to store credit cards and do the monthly billing. Credit card details are stored entirely by Stripe and not by us. We only store a token linked to that credit card, and none of your actual credit card information.
Subscriptions can also be managed through iTunes for upgrades done from the iPhone app. Learn more about iTunes subscriptions.
If you are worried about others seeing your data, you can make your account private or remove any friends you have added — and no one will have access.
Disconnecting an integration from settings will delete all of the data loaded from that account. It may take a few minutes to an hour to finish the delete, depending on how much stuff needs to be removed. For example, if you wanted to remove all photos on your profile, you could disconnect your Instagram and Twitter from the settings page.
If you signed up by mistake or have removed all of your integrations and would like to remove an empty account, you can send an email to email@example.com with your username and reason for deletion. It is currently a manual process to remove empty accounts, so it may take us a 2-4 weeks to process new requests, depending on overall support volume.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org