Houseparty owns whatever you say in its app, can track you & won’t delete your details even if you ask for it
If you are already using the Houseparty app, you have accepted all the terms and conditions mentioned below.
"We may share Personal Information with our business partners, and affiliates for our and our affiliates' internal business purposes or to provide you with a product or service that you have requested. We may also provide Personal Information to business partners with whom we may jointly offer products or services, or whose products or services we believe may be of interest to you. In such cases, our business partner's name will appear, along with us. We require our affiliates and business partners to agree in writing to maintain the confidentiality and security of Personal Information they maintain on our behalf and not to use it for any purpose other than the purpose for which we provided them."
Vergnolle also tweeted that all the activities by a person on any service falls under GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and is considered as 'personal data', which makes it difficult to consider anything that is 'non-personal'.
First, one person's activities on a service are, under GDPR, considered as "personal data". It's hard to imagine what activities could not be qualified as such.— Suzanne Vergnolle (@SuVergnolle) March 22, 2020
Second, the determination of the effectiveness of advertising looks like a processing under GDPR.
The service can also use Google Analytics to collect your behavior and demographics information: Houseparty says that it can collect your 'behavior' data and the demographics information using Google Analytics. However, your best bet is to download a browser add-on in order to opt out of it.
Houseparty tracks you by default: Yes, instead of asking for permissions from individual user, the service says that it tracks you by default. It is you who would have to opt-out of it by "blocking, deleting or disabling them on your browser."
A user can ask them to delete their information but some data will certainly remain on their servers: It has been clearly mentioned that on asking Houseparty to delete your data, they will take steps to remove the information "but some information may remain in archived/backup copies for our records or as otherwise required by the law."