Localist Privacy and Security Policy
What we collect
When you register with us we will collect relevant Personal Information from you, and store it securely in our database. This will include your name, email address, and may include (but not be limited to) address details, phone number and Facebook username, information regarding your use of our Service, and browser information. We’ll also keep a record of your email address, username, password, and your company details (if you’re a company) and your IP address so we can identify you when you come back and visit us. We automatically receive your location when you use the Service. The Personal Information you provide is used for such purposes as allowing you to set up a user account and profile that can be used to interact with other users through the Service, improving the content of the Service, customising the advertising and content you see, and communicating with you about specials and new features. We may also draw upon this Personal Information in order to adapt the Services of our community to your needs, to research the effectiveness of our network and Services, and to develop new tools for the community.
When you use the Service we automatically receive and record information on our server logs from your browser or mobile platform, including your location, user name, each business you’ve checked into and the time and date that you checked in, IP address, cookie information, and the page you requested.
We may share aggregated, anonymous information with our partners about how our users, collectively, use our site, so that our partners may also understand how often people use their services and our Service.
How Localist uses your Personal Information
At Localist, we will only use any Personal Information you give us for the purpose it was collected for.
The main purposes we collect information for are to:
- complete your registration for Localist.co.nz
- tailor the information you get from our website
- contact you with any questions or issues concerning your listing or contributions
- identify businesses, products and services that may be of interest to you and communicate with you about them
- analyse non-personalised information about the use of our website to continually improve it and to improve our customer service
- update your public user profile on our website to show when you have checked in to a business
- Inform you about the Localist website development
- administer promotion, surveys and other services
- obtain feedback or views about the Localist services
- respond to any queries, feedback or other correspondence with your business organisation
- gain an understanding of your businesses needs
- provide data matching, verification and appending services
- provide data to related parties who offer services that may generate sales opportunities for you outside of the Localist platform
- generally operate the Localist business
- prevent and detect any misuse of, or fraudulent activities involving and of our products and services
- maintain and develop the business systems and infrastructure, including testing and upgrading of these systems.
Sometimes we might ask you if we can collect information for another purpose that is not covered in the list above - but we will only do it if you expressly agree we can.
How do we contact you?
We will contact you by electronic direct message through our website, by email or using other contact details including mobile phone text SMS.
If you no longer wish to receive a particular type of email from us click on the UNSUBSCRIBE link in the email received.
If you do not wish to receive future text SMS messages, please contact us and we will honour your request to unsubscribe within 5 working days.
We’ll also use your email address to confirm your registration details when you request a new password, and to communicate with you if there are any issues with your account.
At all times, we’ll make sure we only use your information in a manner consistent with the Privacy Act 1993, or as otherwise required or permitted by law.
How is my information shared?
The location and time of each of your posts, first name and last initial, photo, location, links to your social media accounts (if you have connected them to your Localist account), a list of your followers, any lists you create and your posts will be available on your public profile. Individuals reading this information may use it or disclose it to other individuals or entities without our control and without your knowledge. We therefore urge you to think carefully about including any specific information you may deem private in posts or other content (location or otherwise) that you create in the Service.
Information such as your first name, last name initial and photo, a list of your followers, lists and posts are shared by default with the public. Please remember that if you choose to provide personal information using certain features of the Service, that information may be available to the wider Localist community, or may be published on the Localist website, which is subject to indexing by third party search engines. We are not responsible for any third party's use of information you publicly disclose through our Service.
In addition to the data sharing described above, we enter into relationships with a variety of businesses and work closely with them. In certain situations, these businesses sell items or provide promotions to you through Localist's Service. In other situations, Localist provides services, or sells products on behalf of these businesses. You can easily recognise when one of these businesses is associated with your transaction, and we will share your Personal Information that is related to such transactions with the relevant business.
If Localist or substantially all of its assets are acquired, or in the unlikely event that Localist goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party.
We may release Personal Information when we believe in good faith that release is necessary to comply with the law, including laws outside your country of residence; enforce or apply our conditions of use and other agreements; or protect the rights, property, or safety of Localist, our employees, our users, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations for fraud protection and credit risk reduction.
Tailoring information you get from our website
Sometimes, Localist may tailor advertising or other content available to you on our website, to help make sure you are getting information that is relevant to you.
Posting information on our website
Localist provides a great opportunity for you to keep an eye on goings on in your area and to post your own tips and opinions. If you choose to post content on our website, your public user profile and the contents of your post and any corresponding comments will be public.
Any other registered user can choose to follow you on Localist. This means that, as your follower, they will get a feed showing your user generated content (so if you recommend
a great business, they’ll know about it too!). They will also see information that’s available on your public Localist user profile, like who you follow and who follows you, and which businesses you have checked in at.
Localist gathers information through the use of “cookies”. These are small packets of information that a website stores on your computer. Our system accesses and reads the cookies on your computer when you visit our website. Cookies are not used to gather or allow the gathering of any personally identifiable information. Generally, cookies allow us to use the information we collect to customise your experience, so that your visit to Localist is as relevant and as valuable to you as possible. If you want to disable these cookies, you can do so in your own computer settings, but you may not be able to use all of the functions on our website.
How Localist protects your information
At Localist, we want to make sure any information you provide us is safely kept. We have physical, electronic and managerial processes in place to help us do that. We protect our data by using secure passwords and other measures.
Your Localist account Personal Information is protected by a password for your privacy and security. You need to prevent unauthorised access to your account and Personal Information by selecting and protecting your password appropriately and limiting access to your computer and browser by signing off after you have finished accessing your account.
Localist endeavours to safeguard user information to ensure that user account information is kept private. However, Localist cannot guarantee the security of user account information. Unauthorised entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors, may compromise the security of user information at any time. In the event that any information under our control is compromised as a result of a breach of security, we will take reasonable steps to investigate the situation and where appropriate, notify those individuals whose information may have been compromised and take other steps, in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
You shouldn’t tell anyone else your username or password and should ensure your computer is free of viruses and other computer nasties.
How you can access and update your information
Localist allows you to change the information you provide during registration. If you are a registered user, you may login and access the Edit Profile page from your Dashboard to add, change, or delete Personal Information or to reset your personal preferences.
If you are having trouble accessing and updating your Personal Information, please contact us by completing the Contact Us form online. You can request the information we hold about you, and request corrections to it, at any time by contacting us.
How do I delete my account?
Should you ever decide to delete your Localist account, you may contact us by completing the contact us form on the site.
How is information removed from my account?
Even after you remove information from your account or profile, copies of that information may remain viewable elsewhere, to the extent it has been shared with others, it was otherwise distributed pursuant to your privacy settings, or it was copied or stored by other users. Removed and deleted information may remain on backup media indefinitely until we remove it.
Updating this policy
We may update this policy sometimes. When the updates are significant, we will give you reasonable warning in advance by posting a notice on the Localist home page.
Version 1.9: last updated August 2019