COLLECTION AND USE OF INFORMATION
We may collect and store information about you in connection with your use of the Service including any information you transmit to or thorough the Service. We use this information to provide the Service’s functionality, fulfil your request, improve the Service’s quality, engage in research and analysis relating to the Service and businesses, personalize your experience, track usage of the Service, provide feedback to third party businesses that are listed on the Service, display relevant advertising, market the Service, provide customer support, message you and the businesses, back up our systems, enhance the security of the Service and comply with legal obligations. Even when we do not retain such information, it still must be transmitted to our servers initially and stored long enough to process.
Please also note:
If you create a CHOEWZ account, we may store and use the information you provide during that process such as your full name, email address, physical address and other information you may provide with your account such as your gender, phone number, birth date and martial status. We may publicly display your first name and last initial, as well as any photo or other content you submit through the registration process as part of your account profile. You can modify some of the information associated with your account through your account settings. If you believe that someone has created an unauthorized account depicting you or your likeness, you can request its removal by flagging it.
Your contributions to the Service are intended for public consumption and are therefore viewable by the public including your photos, videos, ratings, reviews, items published and edits to business listing information. Your account profile (e.g., first name, last initial, city, neighbourhood, month joined, profile photos and videos) is also intended for public consumption, as is some of your other activity through the Service like the descriptions of each menu item and drink each third-party upload to the business, when a third party is active on a location and which businesses you bookmark. You can limit the public nature of some of these activities through your account settings.
You can invite others to join or become friends on CHOEWZ by providing us with their contact information or by allowing us to access your contacts from your computer, mobile device, or third-party sites to select which individuals you want to invite. If you allow us to access your contacts, we may transmit that information to our servers long enough to process your invitations.
When you sign up for an account or use certain features, you are opting to receive messages from other users, businesses, and CHOEWZ. You can manage some of your messaging preferences through account settings, but note that you cannot opt out of receiving certain administrative, transactional, or legal messages from CHOEWZ. For example, if you confirm an order with a caterer, pastry chef or bartender or request a quote from the business through the Service, we and the third-party may send you messages about your transaction using the contact information about you or otherwise disclosing your participation in the transaction.
We may store information about your use of the Service, such as your search activity, the pages you view and purchases you make through the Service. We also may store information that your computer or mobile device may provide to us in connection with your use of the Service, such as your browser type, type of computer or mobile device, browser language, IP address, Wi-Fi information such as SSID, phone number, unique device identifier, advertising identifier, location and referring URLs. We may also receive and store your location whenever our mobile applications are running, including when running in the background, if you enable our mobile apps to access such information in the course of using the Service. You may be able to limit or disallow our use of certain location data through your device or browser settings.
Third parties may receive information about you as follows:
We allow third party partners to use and display some of the public content available through the Service such as your photos, reviews and other information detailed in Section 1(b) above.
Aggregate or Anonymous Information:
We may share user information in the aggregate with third parties, such as businesses that are listed on CHOEWZ and content distributors. For example, we may disclose the number of users that have been exposed to, or clicked on, advertisements. We may also disclose anonymized information about your use on CHOEWZ, for example if you engage in a transaction in connection with CHOEWZ, we may publicly disclose information about the transaction without providing identifying information about you or otherwise disclosing your participation in the transaction.
Businesses on CHOEWZ:
We may share information from or about you (such as your age and gender), your devices, and your use of the Service (such as which services you used) with businesses listed on CHOEWZ. You may adjust your account settings to increase or decrease the amount of information we share. Keep in mind that businesses may still see your public activity and may receive information from or about you when you transact or communicate with them, through CHOEWZ or otherwise, regardless of your settings. You may be able to limit our ability to collect and share your phone number through your phone’s settings.
Investigations and Legal Disclosures:
We may investigate and disclose information from or about you if we have a good faith belief that such investigation or disclosure:
(a) is reasonably necessary to comply with legal processes and law enforcement instructions and orders, such as a Search Warrant, Subpoena Witness Summons, Statute, Judicial proceeding, Court Orders or other legal process or law enforcement requests served on us;
(b) is helpful to prevent, investigate, or identify possible wrongdoing in connection with the Service; or
(c) protects our rights, reputation, property, or that of our users, affiliates, or the public. If you flag or otherwise complain to us about content through the Service, we may share the substance of your complaint with the contributor of that content in order to provide an opportunity for the contributor to respond.
Links: The Service may link to third party services like a business’s URL. Except as set forth herein, we do not share your personal information with them and are not responsible for their privacy practices. We suggest you read the Privacy policies on or applicable to all such third-party services.
Third Party Accounts: g. If you sign up for or log into CHOEWZ using a third-party service like Facebook or Google, or link your CHOEWZ account to your account with a third-party service like Facebook or Twitter, we may receive information about you from such third-party service. If you post content to a third-party service through the Service, that third party service will also receive that content which will be visible to anyone that has access to it through that third-party service.
CONTROLLING YOUR PERSONAL DATA
Other users may be able to identify you or associate you with your account if you include personal information in the content you post publicly. You can reduce the risk of being personally identified by using the Service pseudonymously, though doing so could detract from the credibility of your contributions to the Service. CHOEWZ users can also use the Find Friends feature to find one another based on their names or email addresses. You can adjust the settings for this feature in your account settings. Please also note that the messages you send or receive using the Service are only private to the extent that both you and the person you are communicating with keep them private. For example, if you send a message to another user, that user may choose to publicly post it. Also, we may access and disclose such messages in the course of investigations relating to use of the Service.
DATA RETENTION AND ACCOUNT TERMINATION
The Service is intended for general audiences and is not directed to children under the age of 18. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 18. If you become aware that a child has provided us with personal information without parental consent, please contact us. If we become aware that a child under 18 has provided us with personal information or copying of Site Content, or features that enforce limitations on the use of the site, we take steps to remove such information and terminate the child's account.
We use various safeguards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. However, no method of transmission over the Internet or via mobile device, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.