User Terms of Service

Last updated May 9, 2019



Introduction and Acceptance

These GCOW User Terms Of Service govern your access to and use of the services we offer directly to end users, including our presentation of gift card offers and our customer support (collectively, “Services”). Together with our Privacy Policy, which describes our data collection and use practices, these User Terms Of Service form the agreement between you and GCOW relating to your access to and use of our Services (“Agreement”), effective as of the date you accept the User Terms Of Service.

THESE GCOW USER TERMS OF SERVICE CONTAIN A BINDING ARBITRATION AGREEMENT, CLASS ACTION WAIVER, AND JURY TRIAL WAIVER. By accepting these User Terms Of Service, you agree to arbitration under the arbitration terms below, and waive your right to pursue a class action or to have your dispute decided by a jury. See “Dispute Resolution, Agreement to Arbitrate, Class Action Waiver, and Jury Trial Waiver” below for details.

You are responsible for reviewing the documents that make up the Agreement before clicking to accept the User Terms Of Service. By clicking to accept the User Terms Of Service (for example, as part of submitting a support request), you agree to be bound by the Agreement and, if you are an individual acting on behalf of a company or other entity, you represent that you have the authority to bind that entity and accept this Agreement on its behalf. If you do not have that authority or do not accept the Agreement, then you should not click to accept and GCOW does not authorize you or the entity to access or use our Services. (References to “you” mean the person or entity accepting the User Terms Of Service; references to “we” or GCOW” mean GCOW Inc., including our affiliates.)

GCOW User Services

These User Terms Of Service cover the Services that GCOW offers directly to end users, including customer support for issues related to advertising offers powered by GCOW.

Users of third-party apps encountering issues not related to GCOW-powered advertising offers should contact the app publisher directly; we cannot assist you with those support questions.

General Requirements

You agree to use our Services only as we provide them, and only in accordance with these User Terms Of Service, any additional instructions we provide you, and applicable laws and regulations. We reserve the right to add, remove, or modify our Services at any time.

GCOW does not knowingly provide Services to children, meaning users under the age of 13 or the applicable minimum age of online consent where you are located. If you are under the minimum age applicable to you, please do not use our Services or send us any information about yourself. If you believe that we may have any information from or about a child, please contact us at [email protected] If we learn that we have collected personal information from a child without verifiable parental consent, we will delete that information.

On rare occasions, a reward offer you receive while using the Services may have actual monetary value in your place of residence; if you receive any taxable compensation through the use of our Services, you will be solely responsible for any resulting taxes or similar obligations.

You are prohibited from using the Services in connection with fraudulent, abusive, or illegal activity, including but not limited to device ID manipulation, misrepresentation of offer eligibility (including deceptive geolocation manipulations), interference with our services or systems (bots, crawling, spam, etc.), or attempts to decompile or reverse engineer our code (other than as permitted by law).

We make the Services available to you for use solely for your personal benefit; you may not use the Services for commercial purposes or financial gain. For example, you are not allowed to sell or rent our Services to a third party or otherwise exploit our Services for the economic benefit of a third party.

We make our Services available as part of a virtuous circle that allows users like you to be rewarded for their time and attention, publishers to earn money through their apps, and advertisers to reach users who may be interested in their products and services. If we believe that your behavior is in any way abusive or disruptive of our ecosystem, we reserve the right to take action against you, including suspension or permanent ban.


Customer Support

GCOW offers customer support to end users for issues related to gift card  offers. To make a support request, contact us by clicking the in-app link. We cannot accept requests submitted through other channels, such as email or telephone.

Initial Request - Timing Requirements

Rewards for completed gift card offers may take up to 48 hours to appear in your account, so please wait that long before filing a support request. Requests filed prematurely cannot be processed; please wait to see if the issue persists after the initial 48-hour window has passed. You can check the status of pending rewards by opening the app in which you viewed the offer, navigating to the GCOW gift card offerwall inside the app, and selecting “Reward Status” from the menu (typically in the top left corner).

Customer support requests must be made within 14 days of your first interaction with the gift card offer involved in your request. Requests made beyond that 14-day window cannot be processed.

Timing Expectations for Response and Resolution

Some support requests are easy to resolve; others may require multiple rounds of investigation with the user, the advertiser, the publisher of the app, our internal technical team, or some or all of the above. The time it takes to resolve a support request depends on several factors, including how complex the issue is as well as advertiser and publisher responsiveness, customer support workload, user cooperation, and other factors. For that reason, we do not promise that support requests will be resolved within a specific time frame; we do, however, strive to respond to your initial request within 24 hours of receiving it. If we ask you for your assistance, for example by providing screenshots or other information, and you do not provide it within the timeframe requested, we may close your support request without further action.


Behavior Expectations

We understand that it’s frustrating when something doesn’t work as expected or takes longer than you’d like; however, please don’t take your frustration out on our support team. We do not tolerate abusive language or actions; consequences of profanity or other abusive behavior may include immediate closure of your support request and the suspension or permanent termination of your GCOW privileges, in addition to any other equitable or legal remedies available to us.

What Data Is Involved

When you submit a customer support request, we receive and store device identifiers for the device involved in your request — specifically, its unique device identifier (UDID) and its advertising identifier (IDFA for iOS devices, Android Advertising ID for Android devices), along with your email address and IP address, and your name if you choose to provide it. We use this information to respond to your request and help prevent fraud. If resolution of your request requires coordination with the advertiser or publisher involved, we may share your support request information with them, including the device identifiers and your email address, as necessary to research and respond to your request. In rare cases, a support request may involve telephone contact; in that case, the user’s telephone number is used only to return the call.

We combine and analyze information about customer support requests, including device identifiers and IP addresses, to identify trends, spot problems, prevent fraud, and look for ways to improve our services.

For more information about how GCOW uses data, including to target and optimize advertising, please refer to our Privacy Policy (https://gcow.io/info/privacy).

Other Important and Binding Provisions

Indemnity Obligation

We make our Services available at no cost to end users like you. As a condition of using them, if your use of our Services causes liability to GCOW, you agree to indemnify and hold GCOW harmless from all damages, losses and expenses of any kind, including reasonable legal fees and associated costs arising out of or otherwise related to your use of the Services. This means that if someone sues GCOW due to your conduct in using our Services, you will be legally and financially responsible.

Disclaimers and Limitations on Liability


We use commercially reasonable efforts to provide you with an enjoyable experience. However, we do not promise or guarantee anything about your use of or experience with our Services.

GCOW has no special relationship with, or fiduciary duty to, you. You acknowledge that GCOW makes no representations regarding, has no control over, and has no duty to take any action regarding, any third-party apps or other content or materials you may access in the course of using our Services, and you release GCOW from all liability in connection therewith. GCOW will not be responsible or liable for the accuracy, copyright compliance, legality or decency of third-party content or material contained in or accessed through our Services. TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW, THE GCOW SERVICES ARE PROVIDED TO YOU ON AN “AS IS” BASIS. GCOW FULLY DISCLAIMS, ON ITS OWN BEHALF AND ON BEHALF OF ITS AFFILIATES AND ITS AND THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, SUBSIDIARIES, AND CONTRACTORS, ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, RELATING TO THE GCOW SERVICES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, AND ERROR-FREE OR UNINTERRUPTED SERVICE.

TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL GCOW OR ITS SUPPLIERS, OR THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, OR AGENTS BE LIABLE WITH RESPECT TO THE GCOW SERVICES OR THE SUBJECT MATTER OF THIS AGREEMENT, UNDER ANY CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHER LEGAL OR EQUITABLE THEORY: (I) FOR ANY AMOUNT IN THE AGGREGATE IN EXCESS OF THE GREATER OF FEES PAID BY YOU THEREFOR OR $10; (II) FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER; (III) FOR DATA LOSS OR COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; OR (IV) FOR ANY MATTER BEYOND GCOW’S REASONABLE CONTROL.

Dispute Resolution Terms

Agreement to Arbitrate, Class Action Waiver, and Jury Trial Waiver

These User Terms Of Service, and any dispute arising between GCOW and you under the Terms or otherwise in connection with your use of the Services, shall be governed by applicable federal law, the Federal Arbitration Act, and the laws of the State of California, without regard to principles of conflict of laws.

EU Residents

If you are a resident of a European Union Member State and you wish to institute an action arising from or relating to the subject matter of this Agreement, you may choose to do so either in the national courts of your country of residence, or through binding arbitration as set forth below.

Non-EU Residents

For users residing outside the European Union, you and we agree that any dispute arising from or relating to the Services or this Agreement shall be finally settled by arbitration, using the English language in accordance with the then-current Arbitration Rules and Procedures of Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (“JAMS”), except that either of us may bring an individual claim in small claims court if it qualifies. Both parties agree that either party may bring suit in court to enjoin infringement or other misuse of intellectual property rights, or to seek other provisional remedies in aid of arbitration from a court of appropriate jurisdiction.

Arbitration

In arbitration, instead of a judge or jury, there is an arbitrator, and court review of an arbitration award is limited. However, an arbitrator can grant, on an individual basis, the same damages and relief as a court, including injunctive and declaratory relief or statutory damages.

  • Who will be the arbitrator? Both parties agree that the arbitration will be conducted by one arbitrator, selected from a list of potential arbitrators provided by JAMS. If the parties cannot agree on the arbitrator, selection will be conducted in accordance with the JAMS Comprehensive or Streamlined Arbitration Rules & Procedures (the “JAMS Rules”), as applicable.

  • What rules will govern the arbitration? The JAMS Arbitration Rules & Procedures of JAMS (Comprehensive for claims exceeding $250,000, or Streamlined, for claims below that amount) will govern the arbitration, as well as the payment of filing, administration and arbitrator fees.

  • Where will it take place? As part of our commitment to the mobile economy, any arbitration will take place by videoconference (Pacific time), which allows you to participate from the location of your choice. (GCOW will participate from our headquarters in Los Angeles, CA.)

  • Who pays the costs? We will reimburse you for your filing fee upon being notified of the filing, and your share of the arbitration costs and fees (not including your attorneys’ fees) at the conclusion of proceedings, if your claim is for US $10,000 or less. For claims above $10,000, the costs will be split between you and us according to the JAMS Rules. For claims of any size, if the arbitrator determines that one party’s claims (or counterclaims) were frivolous, the arbitrator may order them to pay the other party’s attorneys’ fees and/or costs.

  • Who is responsible for attorneys’ fees? Each party is responsible for paying its own attorneys’ fees and costs; however, if the arbitrator determines that one party’s claims (or counterclaims) were frivolous, the arbitrator may order them to pay the other party’s attorneys’ fees and/or costs.

Judgment upon the arbitrator’s award may be entered in a court having jurisdiction, or application may be made to such court for judicial acceptance of any award and an order of enforcement, as the case may be. The Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of this Agreement to Arbitrate.

Class Action Waiver

Both parties agree that any dispute resolution proceedings will be conducted only on an individual basis and not in a class, consolidated or representative action. The decision of the arbitrator (or small claims court judge) only affects the specific parties involved in the claim, and does not extend to third parties or other users of our Services.

Exclusive Jurisdiction and Venue; Jury Trial Waiver


Both parties consent to exclusive jurisdiction and venue in the United States Federal Courts located in the Northern District of California for any dispute not handled through arbitration or in small claims court, as described above. If for any reason a claim proceeds in court rather than in arbitration, we each waive any right to a jury trial.


Miscellaneous

The Agreement remains in effect between you and GCOW for as long as you continue to use our Services. We reserve the right to make changes to our Services and these User Terms Of Service at any time. If you are dissatisfied with the Services, your sole remedy is to stop using the Services. We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to reject or remove any customer support request and to restrict, suspend, or terminate your access to or use of our Services, at any time and with or without notice, without liability to you. The provisions following the heading “Other Important and Binding Provisions” shall survive termination.

Except as required by applicable law, both parties agree that this Agreement is the complete and exclusive statement of the mutual understanding of the parties and supersedes and cancels all previous written and oral agreements, communications and other understandings relating to the subject matter of this Agreement, and that all modifications must be in a writing signed by both parties, except as otherwise provided herein.

The Agreement supersedes and replaces any prior agreements regarding your use of the Services, and does not create any third party beneficiary rights. If for some reason we do not take prompt action regarding your violation of these User Terms Of Service, this will not mean that we are giving up the right to do so in the future. If for some reason any portion of these User Terms Of Service is found to be unenforceable between the parties, that shall not affect the rest of the User Terms Of Service. If these User Terms Of Service conflict with any other terms of use for other services that we are providing to you, the other terms shall control over these User Terms Of Service.

You may not assign or transfer this Agreement, or any rights or obligations granted under it, to any other person without our express written consent. GCOW may freely assign its rights or obligations without your consent.

Contact Information

For help with a customer support request, please use the in-app link to Customer Support to file a new request or to check the status of your existing support requests. 

Please note - support requests cannot be submitted via email or postal mail; please use the in-app link instead.