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Customer Bill of Rights

Here at 37signals, we’re serious about treating our customers fairly. That’s why as a 37signals customer, you have the right to…

  1. Own the data in your account

    Our interest in your data ends at keeping it secure and accessible in our products and services. We don’t sell, peek at, or otherwise use your data. It’s yours, and that’s how every platform should treat your data. Period.

    Footnotes:

    Our terms of service go into detail on who owns the data you enter into our services. Short version: you.

    A relevant chapter from our book “Getting Real”, which we published in 2006. We have a long history of making money by charging a fair price for a good product, not selling lists or advertising against your data.

  2. Securely use 37signals products

    We have a team dedicated to maintaining your account’s security on our systems and monitoring tools we’ve set up to alert us to any nefarious activity against our domains.

    Footnotes:

    Our security overview outlines the broad strokes of how we secure our products, and our security whitepaper covers the technical details.

  3. A real sense of privacy

    Too many software companies are downright hostile towards the privacy of their customers. Their business often depends on violating it! Not here. We take privacy seriously with our products, and we actively push the industry forward on privacy matters.

    Footnotes:

    Our privacy policy spells out the details of what data we collect and why.

    We frequently cover privacy issues on our podcast REWORK. This episode, this episode, and this episode are good places to start.

    Our announcement post telling privacy-invading apps that integrate with Basecamp to take a hike.

    Another post telling mailing list software makers to stop spying on people. We’re making our own email app to fight this kind of bad behavior.

  4. Fast and friendly product support

    37signals well resourced support team is dedicated to answering emails from our customers. This is a group of knowledgeable folks who want to help you get the most out of our product. Aside from a few days around the holidays, you’ll receive same-day service 7 days a week.

    Footnotes:

    Our support page, which shows a live display of our current response time. Also note that we don’t make you jump through hoops to get answers from a human.

    A post from our head of support on the value of human-driven support.

    Our Twitter account, where we also provide fast and friendly support.

    The page for our free Q&A classes. If you’d like to see what our support team brings to the table, sign up.

  5. Control your data

    It’s your data! You should hold on to it if you decide to leave a 37signals product. We have tools that let you download your data before you go.

    Footnotes:

    Our ownership policy details who qualifies as a Basecamp account owner.

    Our help page on exporting your data. Note that it’s self-serve. We don’t hold your data hostage.

    Our cancellation policy details the fact that we won’t hold on to your content if you leave.

  6. Request features and feel heard

    You can email us anytime to request a feature. Our support team tracks requests so that we can reference them whenever we’re considering changes. We also regularly interview customers to learn how we can make our products more useful to people.

    Footnotes:

    A post from our former head of product strategy on how we interview customers.

    A deep dive into how we handle feature requests.

  7. Be treated equally

    Too many tech companies put their focus on enterprise customers at the expense of everyone else. Not at Basecamp. We structure our pricing to ensure that our business isn’t dominated by a few big customers. Small businesses are treated exactly the same as large companies.

    A post from our CEO showing a chart of the lifetime revenue per Basecamp account.

  8. Leave Basecamp painlessly

    We know there are other products out there that you can use, and one of them might be a better fit for you. That’s OK. We won’t hassle you or make it difficult for you to leave Basecamp. We’ll guide you in how to export your data and let you cancel on your own when you’re ready.

    Footnotes:

    Our cancellation policy details how to cancel (you can do it right in the app) and what happens when you do.

    Our refund policy explains what happens if you paid for a year but cancel early. In most cases we’ll give you a refund for the unused months.

    This is the last page you’d see if you cancel. Note the portion about how we won’t bombard you with emails trying to claw you back.

Switch to Basecamp today — we’ll be there for you tomorrow, next week, next year, next decade. Don’t trust your business to anything less.

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