Date: August 7, 2021
Chefside, Inc. (referred to in this policy as “we,” or “us”) is an online marketplace sharing economy company that connects talented cooks looking to start a microenterprise home kitchen operation (“MEHKO”) for selling meals with customers looking for new food choices. Chefside is a U.S.-based business located in Fremont, California. Chefside does not specifically target any specific foreign regions or countries for offering goods or services. Finally, Chefside does not monitor the behavior of specific individuals.
Information we collect:
We may collect information from new users of the Chefside service. New users registering as food customers provide us with their first name, last name, and email address. They choose a password to use with their account. New users registering as cooks provide is with their:
- First name and last name
- Email address
- MEHKO permit number
- Biographical information they use to market their food to potential food customers on the Chefside website
- A password for their account
Visitors to the Chefside may submit information to us using the website, social media messages, and any Chefside mobile app, including name, email address, phone number, and message content.
Also, we may collect the following information on an aggregate basis when visitors visit our website:
- Visitors’ Internet protocol addresses
- Locations of visitors
- Web browser users are using
- Operating systems used by visitors
- Key words or search terms used by visitors to find our website
- How many visitors view the website or specific pages on it
When we manage our Site, we may use Google Analytics, which is a service of Google LLC. Google Analytics allows websites to gather information about our website’s users. However, to the extent we use Google Analytics, our Google Analytics account will be configured so as not to collect any identifying information about particular individuals. For a list of data elements collected by Google Analytics, see the list here.
We maintain records of those interested in our company. We may periodically send promotional emails about new products, special offers or other information that we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided. From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you for market research purposes. We may contact you by email, phone, or mail. We may use the information you provide in response to these communications to improve our service according to your interests.
We may add to the information we receive from food customers and cooks by information they provide to us other than by the website, social media accounts, or mobile app. For instance, we may collect information from them at educational programs, trade shows, or meetings. We may also use information gathered using other data-appending methods, including by purchasing contact lists from third-party providers, which we may use to communicate with you for marketing purposes. We may also review and collect biographical information about individuals that they post to the Internet.
For example, we maintain an online community of people interested in cooking and new food choices, and host message boards, blogs, and other forms of communications allowing users to post food and cooking-related information. We receive and maintain information you post to these forums.
We do not receive or store your payment information. Although, a web page from our website prompts food customers to submit payment information to pay for meals, the website redirects customers to our payment gateway service, which processes payments. We have no access to your payment information.
Cookies may be automatically used to collect specific information from a computer or mobile device that accesses and navigates through the K2T website or any app screens over time. Information collected by cookies may include information to help improve and customize the content or layout of the website or any app.
For more information about Google Analytics, please visit: http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/.
You can opt out to prevent Google’s collection and use of data (cookies and IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
Our services are intended for use by adults 18 years and older. We do not provide services to minors or knowingly collect personal information from children under age 18. If you believe that we have inadvertently gathered personal information about a minor, please write to us at: email@example.com in order for us to delete it.
Notice to California Residents About “Do Not Track Settings”
Under California law, online service providers must say in their privacy policies how they respond to “do not track” settings that users can set in their browser software. Currently, there is no standard governing what, if anything, a website operator should do when receiving a “do not track” signal. Consequently, Chefside does not currently take action in response to a “do not track” browser setting. Chefside will revise this policy accordingly if an industry standard regarding such settings emerges.
What we do with the information we gather:
We use the information provided by users registering for our service primarily to provide our online MEHKO marketplace service to our community of cooks and food customers. Also, we may use information we collect to understand your needs and to administer, manage, enhance, and improve our service. In particular, we use personal information for:
- Internal record keeping.
- Improving features or the way we deliver our services.
- Sending special offers or surveys to individuals in our records as described above.
We may use your messages to communicate with you. Our communications could relate to our service. For instance, we use your personal information for customer or technical support communications.
As mentioned above, we also maintain an online community of people interested in cooking and new food choices. We host message boards, blogs, and other forms of communications allowing users to post food and cooking-related information. We may use your personal information and other information you disclose using these features to facilitate communications within our online community. Please be aware that information you post on one of our community web pages and your name will be accessible by the public and that online tools can “scrape” the information you post and your user information in order to direct unsolicited messages to you.
If we collect your personal information for one purpose and seek to use the personal information for a different purpose, we will notify you and, where required, seek additional consent to use personal information for the other purpose.
As mentioned above, our payment gateway service processes payment information food customers provide in order to purchase meals. Nonetheless, Chefside does not itself use or even have access to payment information.
Sharing or Disclosing Your Personal Information:
From time to time, we may be required to respond to a subpoena, court order, search warrant, administrative or judicial process, requests by law enforcement agencies, or other requests that we must respond to under applicable law. We may disclose your personal information in response to any of these requirements. Also, we may disclose your personal information to preserve the security of our website, apps, or social media accounts, resolve disputes, or to assess any possible wrongdoing.
We also may share aggregate or anonymous information collected about website, app, or social media usage, as long as the information does not identify any specific individuals.
Except as noted above, we will not sell, distribute, transfer, or lease your personal information to any third parties.
We are committed to ensuring that your personal information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure. Accordingly, we have put in place industry standard administrative, physical, and technical safeguards to secure the personal information we collect using our website, any app, or social media accounts. We intend these safeguards to:
- Provide assurances of the integrity and confidentiality of your personal information,
- Protect against reasonably anticipated threats or hazards to the security or integrity of your personal information, against unauthorized uses or disclosures of your personal information, and
- Maintain reasonable availability of your personal information as needed for our business operations.
We will maintain your personal information only as long as it is needed for the purposes described above, to complete any applicable investigations, for the duration of any dispute resolution process, or to the extent required to meet preservation requirements under applicable law.
Links to other websites:
Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide while visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this policy. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.
Controlling your personal information:
You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:
- If you would like access to the personal information about you we may have in our possession, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
- You may also contact us at: email@example.com to correct or update personal information about you in our possession. Please keep in mind that we may have a legal right or obligation to preserve personal information as it currently exists.
- When we seek your consent on a web form, please let us know by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know that you do not want to have personal information used for direct marketing purposes.
- If you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by emailing us at: email@example.com.
- Any email communications from us contain instructions on opting out of further email communications, although we will still send you emails relating to the support, administration, and security of our products and services.
Please direct all questions or complaints about our privacy practices to our privacy team at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a complaint, please provide information relevant to your complaint. Our privacy team will evaluate your complaint based on the information you provide and send you a response. We may need to ask you for additional information to evaluate your complaint. We will promptly investigate and respond to your communications about a complaint. You may have other rights under law and the right to contact the privacy regulator in your local jurisdiction about your complaint.
Chefside may change this policy from time to time. We will make changes by posting a revised copy of this policy to our website or, if Chefside deems it necessary, by email notice to you. Your continued use of our website and social media accounts after a revised version of this policy appears on the website will constitute your approval of the amended version.