Podmatcher (hereinafter referred to as “Podmatcher”, “we”, “us” or “our”) operates an online service and community marketplace that helps people form offline experiences and relationships directly with one another, where they can create, list, discover and book unique jobs around the world, through our website (“Platform”). This Privacy Policy is intended to inform you about how we treat Personal Information that we process about you. By accessing the Service or making a Profile, you acknowledge that you have read and agree with this Privacy Policy.
DEFINITIONS
Where the definition of a term does not appear in this Privacy Policy (such as “Listing”, “Booking”, “Content,” “Services” etc.), it shall be given its definition as outlined in our Terms and Services.
“Aggregated Information” means information about all of our users or specific groups or categories of users that we combine together so that it no longer identifies or references an individual user.
“Collective Content” means Your Profile and any and all information, data, and communication submitted through the Service and the Podmatcher websites.
“Data Controller” means Podmatcher, the company responsible for the use and processing of Personal Information.
“Personal Information” means information relating to a living individual who is or can be identified either from that information or from that information in conjunction with other information that is in, or is likely to come into, the possession of the Data Controller.
“Service” or “Services”: The online platform, website, apps, features, and services provided by Podmatcher.
WHAT TYPES OF INFORMATION DOES PODMATCHER GATHER ABOUT ITS USERS?
1. Information that you give us
We receive, store and process information that you make available to us when accessing or using our Service. Examples include when you:
1. Fill in any form on the Service, such as when you register or update the details of your Account.
2. Access or use the Service, such as to search for or post jobs, make or accept bookings, pay for services rendered, book or pay for any associated services that may be available (such as but not limited to additional materials needed), post comments or reviews, or communicate with other users;
3. Link your account on a third party site (e.g. Facebook) to your Podmatcher Account, in which case we will obtain the Personal Information that you have provided to the third party site, to the extent allowed by your settings with the third party site and authorized by you; and
4. Communicate with Podmatcher.
2. Mobile Data
When you use certain features of the Service, in particular our mobile applications, we may receive, store and process different types of information about your location, including general information (e.g., IP address, zip code) and more specific information (e.g., GPS-based functionality on mobile devices used to access the Platform or specific features of the platform). Accessing the Platform through a mobile device and you do not want your device to provide us with location-tracking information, you can disable the GPS or other location-tracking functions on your device, provided your device allows you to do this. See your device manufacturer’s instructions for further details.
3. Log Data
We may also receive, store and process “Log Data,” which is information that is automatically recorded by our servers whenever you access or use the Service and related websites, regardless of whether you are registered with Podmatcher or logged into your Podmatcher account, such as your IP Address, the date and time you access or use the Platform, the hardware and software you are using, referring and exit pages and URLs, the number of clicks, pages viewed and the order of those pages, and the amount of time spent on particular pages.
4. Cookies and other Tracking Technologies
Podmatcher uses cookies and other similar technologies, such as mobile application identifiers, on the Platform. We may also allow our business partners to use their cookies and other tracking technologies on the Platform. As a result, when you access or use the Platform, you will provide or make available certain information to us and to our business partners.
While you may disable the usage of cookies through your browser settings, we do not change our practices in response to a “Do Not Track” signal in the HTTP header from your browser or mobile application. We track your activities if you click on advertisements for Podmatcher services on third party platforms such as search engines and social networks, and may use analytics to track what you do in response to those advertisements.
We may, either directly or through third party companies and individuals we engage to provide services to us, also continue to track your behavior on our own Platform for purposes of our own customer support, analytics, research, product development, fraud prevention, risk assessment, regulatory compliance, investigation, as well as to enable you to use and access the Platform and pay for your activities on the Platform. We may also, either directly or through third party companies and individuals we engage to provide services to us, track your behavior on our own Platform to market and advertise our services to you on the Platform and third party websites. Third parties that use cookies and other tracking technologies to deliver targeted advertisements on our Platform and/or third party websites may offer you a way to prevent such targeted advertisements by opting-out at the websites of industry groups such as the Network Advertising Initiative (http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/) and/or the Digital Advertising Alliance (http://www.aboutads.info/choices/). You may also be able to control advertising cookies provided by publishers, for example Google’s Ad Preference Manager (https://www.google.com/ settings/ads/onweb/). Please note that even if you choose to opt-out of receiving targeted advertising, you may still receive advertising on or about the Platform – it just will not be tailored to your interests.
Third parties may not collect information about users’ online activities on the Platform except as described in this policy and our Cookie Policy.
5. Third-party social plugins
Our Platform may use social plugins which are provided and operated by third-party companies, such as Facebook’s Like Button.
As a result of this, you may send to the third-party company the information that you are viewing on a certain part of our Platform. If you are not logged into your account with the third-party company, then the third party may not know your identity. If you are logged into your account with the third-party company, then the third party may be able to link information about your visit to our Platform to your account with them. Similarly, your interactions with the social plugin may be recorded by the third party.
Please refer to the third party’s privacy policy to find out more about its data practices, such as what data is collected about you and how the third party uses such data.
HOW PODMATCHER USES AND PROCESSES THE INFORMATION THAT YOU PROVIDE OR MAKE AVAILABLE
We use, store and process Information about you for the following general purposes:
1. To enable you to access and use the Platform;
2. To operate, protect, improve and optimize the Platform, Podmatcher’s business, and our users’ experience, such as to perform analytics, conduct research, personalize or otherwise customize your experience, and for advertising and marketing;
3. To help create and maintain a trusted and safer environment on the Platform and Services, such as fraud detection and prevention, conducting investigations and risk assessments, verifying the address of your listings, verifying any identifications provided by you, and conducting checks against databases such as public government databases;
4. to send you service, support and administrative messages, reminders, technical notices, updates, security alerts, and information requested by you;
5. Where we have your consent, to send you marketing and promotional messages and other information that may be of interest to you, including information about Podmatcher or general promotions for partner campaigns and services. You can unsubscribe or opt-out from receiving these communications in your settings (in the “Account” section) when you login to your Podmatcher account;
6. To administer referral programs, rewards, surveys, sweepstakes, contests, or other promotional activities or events sponsored or managed by Podmatcher or our business partners; and
7. To comply with our legal obligations, resolve any disputes that we may have with any of our users, and enforce our agreements with third parties.
HOW PODMATCHER USES AND PROCESSES USER COMMUNICATIONS
We may, either directly or through third party companies and individuals we engage to provide services to us, review, scan, or analyze your communications with other users exchanged via the Platform for fraud prevention, risk assessment, regulatory compliance, investigation, product development, research and customer support purposes. For example, as part of our fraud prevention efforts, the Platform may scan and analyze messages to mask contact information and references to other websites. This helps to prevent fraudulent actors from asking Clients to send them money outside of the Platform, such as by bank transfer or other money transfer methods. We may also scan, review or analyze messages for research and product development purposes to help make search, booking and user communications more efficient and effective, as well as to debug, improve and expand product offerings. We will not review, scan, or analyze your communications for sending third party marketing messages to you. We will also not sell these reviews or analyses of communications to third parties. We will also use automated methods to carry out these reviews or analyses where reasonably possible. However, from time to time we may have to manually review some communications. By using the Platform, you consent that Podmatcher, in its sole discretion, may, either directly or through third party companies and individuals we engage to provide services to us, review, scan, analyze, and store your communications, whether done manually or through automated means.
WHEN PODMATCHER DISCLOSES OR SHARES PERSONAL INFORMATION, AND TO WHOM
IMPORTANT: When you use the Platform, your data may be sent to the United States and possibly other countries.
We may transfer, store, use and process your information, including any Personal Information, to countries including the United States and Australia. Please note that laws vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and so the privacy laws applicable to the places where your information is transferred to or stored, used or processed in, may be different from the privacy laws applicable to the place where you are resident.
1. Parts of your Profile page that contain some Personal Information may be displayed in other parts of the Platform to other users for marketing purposes or to the extent necessary to operate and manage referral and rewards programs.
2. Your public Listing page will always include some minimum information such as your location, Profile picture, name, financial rates, providers skill, users skills, your listing description, your calendar availability, your Profile photo and your responsiveness in replying to Clients’ queries. Your public Listing page may also include aggregated demand information (such as number of page views over a period of time). Parts of your public Listing page may be displayed in other parts of the Platform to other users for marketing purposes. The Platform may also display the client’s approximate geographic location on a map, such that a user can see the general area of the service.
3. The Platform allows your Profile and public Listing pages to be included in search engines, in which case your Profile and public Listing pages will be indexed by search engines and may be published as search results. If you change your settings or the information on your Profile or public Listing pages, third-party search engines may not update their databases quickly or at all. We do not control the practices of third-party search engines, and they may use caches containing outdated information, including any information indexed by the search engine before you change your settings or the information on your Profile or public Listing pages.
4. When you contact a provider or user, your full name and contact will become visible to the provider and/or user.
5. When your request to book a job and that job is accepted by the Provider or when you accept a Client’s request to book you as the provider, we will disclose some of your Personal Information to the Provider or Client. However, your billing and payout information will never be shared with another user.
6. When a client confirms the job or you have a job done and the job is complete, we will ask you to review the Provider. If you choose to provide a review, your review may be public on the Platform.
7. You may link your account on a third party social networking site to your Podmatchers account. We refer to a person’s contacts on these third party sites as “Friends”. When you create this linkage:
◦some of the information you provide to us from the linking of your accounts may be published on your Podmatchers account profile;
◦your activities on the Platform may be displayed to your Friends on the Platform and/or that third party site;
◦other Podmatcher users may be able to see any common Friends that you may have with them, or that you are a Friend of their Friend if applicable; and
◦the information you provide to us from the linking of your accounts may be stored, processed and transmitted for fraud prevention and risk assessment purposes.
8. The publication and display of information that you provide to Podmatchers through this linkage is subject to your settings and authorizations on the Platform and the third party site.
9. We may distribute parts of the Platform (including your Listing/ Job) for display on sites operated by Podmatchers’s business partners and affiliates, using technologies such as HTML widgets. If and when your Listings are displayed on a partner’s site, information from your Profile page may also be displayed.
10. We may allow our related entities such as our subsidiaries, and their employees, to use and process your Personal Information in the same way and to the same extent that we are permitted to under this Privacy Policy. These related entities comply with the same obligations that we have to protect your Personal Information under this Privacy Policy.
11.We may also engage third party companies and individuals, to provide services to us, including but not limited to technology services and services to help verify your identification, to conduct checks against databases such as public government databases (where legally allowed), to otherwise assist us with fraud prevention and risk assessment, to assist us with customer service, and to facilitate the payments or reimbursements you request (such as Concur and American Express). We may provide Personal Information about you to these third parties, or give them access to this Personal Information, for the limited purpose of allowing them to provide these services.
12. For any jurisdiction in which we facilitate the Collection and Remittance of Taxes or Opt- in for Provider Remittance of Taxes as described in the “Taxes” section of the Terms of Service, Providers and Clients expressly grant us permission, without further notice, to store, transfer and disclose data and other information relating to them or to their Transactions, Bookings, Taxes, including, but not limited to, personally identifiable information such as Provider or Client’s name, listing addresses, transaction dates and amounts, tax identification number(s), the amount of taxes received by Providers from Clients, or allegedly due, contact information and similar information, to the relevant Tax Authority.
13. You acknowledge, consent and agree that Podmatcher may access, preserve and disclose your Account information and Collective Content if required to do so by law or in a good faith belief that such access, preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to:
(a) respond to claims asserted against Podmatcher;
(b) to comply with legal process (for example, subpoenas and warrants);
(c) to enforce and administer our agreements with users, such as the Terms of Services, and this Privacy Policy;
(d) for fraud prevention, risk assessment, investigation, customer support, product development and de-bugging purposes; or
(e) to protect the rights, property or personal safety of Podmatcher, its users or members of the public. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to notify users about law enforcement requests for their data unless:
◦providing notice is prohibited by the legal process itself, by court order we receive, or by applicable law; or
◦based on information supplied by law enforcement, we, in our sole discretion, believe: (a) that providing notice could create a risk of injury or death to an individual or group of individuals, (b) that the case involves potential harm to minors, or (c) that harm or fraud could be directed to Podmatcher, its Members, the Platform, or Services.
14. We may also publish, disclose and use Aggregated Information and non-personal information for industry and market analysis, demographic profiling, marketing and advertising, and other business purposes.
BUSINESS TRANSFERS BY PODMATCHER
If Podmatcher undertakes or is involved in any merger, acquisition, reorganization, sale of assets or bankruptcy or insolvency event, then we may sell, transfer or share some or all of our assets, including your Personal Information. In this event, we will notify you before your Personal Information is transferred and becomes subject to a different privacy policy.
HOW TO CHANGE OR DELETE YOUR INFORMATION, OR CANCEL YOUR PODMATCHER ACCOUNT
You may review, update, correct or delete the Personal Information in your Account. If you would like to correct your information or cancel your Account entirely, you can do so by logging into your Account. Please also note that any reviews, forum postings and similar materials posted by you may continue to be publicly available on the Service in association with your first name, even after your Account is cancelled.
SECURING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
We are continuously implementing and updating administrative, technical, and physical security measures to help protect your Personal Information against unauthorized access, destruction or alteration. However, no method of transmission over the Internet, and no method of storing electronic information, can be 100% secure. So, we cannot guarantee the absolute security of your transmissions to us and of your Personal Information that we store.
YOUR PRIVACY WHEN YOU ACCESS THIRD-PARTY WEBSITES AND RESOURCES
The Platform will contain links to other websites not owned or controlled by Podmatcher. Podmatcher does not have any control over third party websites. These other websites may place their own cookies, web beacons or other files on your device, or collect and solicit Personal Information from you. They will have their own rules about the collection, use and disclosure of Personal Information. We encourage you to read the terms of use and privacy policies of the other websites that you visit. PODMATCHER IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACTS OR OMISSIONS OF SUCH THIRD PARTIES.
Some portions of the Platform implement Google Maps/Earth mapping services, including Google Maps API(s). Your use of Google Maps/Earth is subject to Google’s terms of use (located at www.google.com/intl/en_us/help/terms_maps.html) and Google’s privacy policy (located at http://www.google.com/privacy.html), as may be amended by Google from time to time.
SPECIAL FEATURES AND PROGRAMS
The Platform provides a referral service that allows you to invite your friends and contacts to use the Platform. The Platform also allows you to ask your friends and contacts to write a reference for you, to be published on your Profile.
We may integrate the Platform with third party sites such as Facebook, so that you can send invitation messages or requests for references via the third party site itself. These messages will be sent by the third party site, and Podmatcher does not collect or retain the contact information that is used to send them.
You may also send invitation/request emails via the Platform itself, in which case we will ask you for the contact information to which to send your invitation/request. You can type in the email addresses or other contact information manually, or you can choose to import the contacts in your address book(s). In both cases, we may use and store this information for the sole purposes of allowing you to send your friends and contacts an invitation or request for a reference, and for fraud detection and prevention. With respect to referrals, we will also store the email addresses of your invitees to track if your friend joins Podmatcher in response to your referral.
If you request us to import your contacts, we will collect, but not store, the username and password for the email account you wish to import your contacts from. We will use this information only for the purpose of importing your contacts.
CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY
We may change how we collect and then use Personal Information at any time and without prior notice, at our sole discretion. We may change this Privacy Policy at any time. If we make material changes to the Privacy Policy, we will notify you either by posting the changed Privacy Policy on the Platform or by sending an email to you. We will also update the “Last Updated Date” at the top of this Privacy Policy. If we let you know of changes through an email communication, then the date on which we send the email will be deemed to be the date of your receipt of that email.
It’s important that you review the changed Privacy Policy. If you do not wish to agree to the changed Privacy Policy, then we will not be able to continue providing the Platform and Services to you, and your only option will be to stop accessing the Platform and Services and deactivate your Podmatcher account.
GOT FEEDBACK?
Your opinion matters to us! If you’d like to provide feedback to us about this Privacy Policy, please email us at support@podmatcher.com