fyi:quirk

What's quirk?

Quirk is a company created to help more folks get access to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Our app is open-source on Github and is designed to be simple and easy to use.

Contact

If you need to reach the creators of Quirk for any reason, just send us an email.

Privacy & Data Collection

Quirk treats your thoughts as the most sensitive possible data, because it is your most sensitive possible data.

So like rational people: we do not record or store your thoughts.

We don't want to know your thoughts. When you record something in Quirk, it lives on your phone, not on some server in Ohio or something.

Public Data Releases

We make an effort to publicly release anonymized usage statistics collected. Typically this type of information is collected by the app stores and then only shared with the developer.

That doesn't need to be the case though; this info is anonymous and only for aggregate questions like "how many users does Quirk have?"

Data We Don't Release

In order to run the app, there's a couple things we do have to do.

We collect error logs. If there's a bug, we want to know about it ASAP. Otherwise, it may end up causing real harm, like corrupting your data. Error logs typically look like this:

We don't typically release this info; but mostly because we don't think anyone would use it. If you really want this, reach out and we'll see what we can do.

Financial Data. On occasion, we won't release particular financial information about the company. This is often for strategic and/or legal reasons. That said, we'd like to share as much as possible.

Behavioral Information that could be personally identifiable. In some cases, some datasets have too small of a sample set to be properly released anonymously. For example, if we published that people on iOS come back to the app more often than Android (not necessarily true, just an example), that's a big enough sample size where you don't know anything about a particular person.

But if we published that people from Kenya who speak Korean and use a Pixel 2 record 10 thoughts a day, then that's SO specific that it could identify an individual person. Therefore, when making public releases, we give general information about large groups.

Bad Data. On occasion, our systems get messed up or we make a mistake. If we know there's a problem in our data, we generally will filter it out or otherwise won't release it.

Who makes this?

Quirk is developed by Evan Conrad (me), who codes, draws the cute quirk bubbles, and is generally worried about everything and Koby Conrad (my brother), who does the marketing and business stuff, and is generally optimistic and calm about everything.

Special thanks to the clincial psychologist Dr. Mireille Reece, for her guidance on creating Quirk and other upcoming products. She's hosting the upcoming podcast Brain Science, you should check it out!

Quirk is also supported and translated by a whole number of people including:

Plus advice, auditing, support and feedback from just so many people including psychologists, therapists, individual users, founders, programmers, designers, friends and family.