If you are a California resident please see the “Additional Disclosures for California Residents” respectively. If you have any questions or wish to exercise your rights and choices, please contact us as set out in the “Contact Us” section below.
2. General Terms
• HostEasy, Inc. may be referred to as "HostEasy," “we,” “our,” or “us.”
• We call a user of the HostEasy Platform “User,” “Users,” “you,” “your,” or “Host” and “Host Hand,” as appropriate.
• The community platform that we offer at our website www.simplyHostEasy.com is referred to as the “Site(s).”
• The mobile applications (whether on iOS or Android) are referred to as the “App.”
• HostEasy’s Sites, Apps and related services, information and communications are collectively referred to as the “HostEasy Platform.”
3. Information Collection
Information you provide to HostEasy
HostEasy collects certain personally identifiable information about you, including information that can identify, relate to, describe, be associated with you, or is reasonably capable of being associated with you (“Personal Information”). Examples of Personal Information that HostEasy collects include but are not limited to:
Contact Information. This may include your first and last name, address, telephone number, and email address.
Billing Data, including your payment instrument number (such as a credit or debit card number), expiration date, and security code as necessary to process your payments.
Identity Information. If you are a Host hand, we may collect Personal Information, such as your date of birth and address, national identification number if applicable, together with the result of basic criminal record checks as provided by you, or by our Third-Party Agents (as defined below), as applicable and to the extent permitted by law in your jurisdiction, as well as such information as may be needed to validate your identity.
Financial Information. To help Host Hands set up a payment account and help Clients make payments to Host Hands and pay fees to HostEasy, we may collect financial information, including credit card number, bank routing numbers, tax information, taxpayer identification number, and other payment information, as applicable. We use Financial Information in order to operate the HostEasy Platform and to ensure that Host Hands are paid by Clients. We do this as necessary for our legitimate interests in providing our platform and services and to fulfill our contracts with Users. To keep your financial data secure, we have contracted with a third party to maintain and process your payment information.
Promotional Information. Certain offerings of the HostEasy Platform, such as newsletters, surveys, contests, and the like are optional and so you are not required to enter them or to give us your data in connection with them. Where you do consent to take advantage of HostEasy Platform offerings, we will use your data to (as applicable) send you newsletters and other communications that are tailored based on information we have about you, or to operate and manage the survey, contest or similar offering in connection with our legitimate interest in promoting our business and the HostEasy Platform. To opt-out of receiving marketing communications from us, please see Section 7, Your Rights and Choices.
Employment Information. We collect employment and education history, transcripts, writing samples, and references as necessary to consider your job application for open positions.
Content Information. You also may choose to send HostEasy Personal Information in an email or chat message containing inquiries about the HostEasy Platform and we use this Information in order to help us respond to your inquiry. We also collect content within any messages you exchange with other Users through the HostEasy Platform
We require that you furnish certain information when you register an account with us in order to provide services through the HostEasy Platform. For example, if you are a Client, we collect your first and last name, email address, and your zip or postal code in order to create and administer your HostEasy account. We also collect additional information in order to facilitate your booking request, such as information about the task you are seeking, the time, date and location of the task, and Billing Data. If you are a Host Hand, we collect your first and last name, email address, mobile phone number and zip or postal code in order to create and administer your HostEasy account and facilitate communications between you and your Clients through the HostEasy Platform. We also collect information about your Events, rates, and skills, as well as Identity Information and Financial Information.
4. Information HostEasy Collects Automatically
We automatically collect certain information when you use the HostEasy Platform. The categories of information we automatically collect and have collected, including in the last 12 months, are as follows:
Service Use Data, including data about features you use, pages you visit, emails and advertisements you view, portions of the HostEasy Platform that you view and interact with, the time of day you browse, and your referring and exiting pages.
Device Data, including data about the type of device or browser you use, your device’s operating system, your internet service provider, your device’s regional and language settings, and device identifiers such as IP address and Ad Id. When you visit and interact with the HostEasy Platform, HostEasy may collect certain information automatically through cookies or other technologies, including, but not limited to, the type of computer or mobile device you use, your mobile device’s unique device ID, the IP address of your computer or mobile device, your operating system, the type(s) of internet browser(s) you use, and information about the way you use the HostEasy Platform (“Device Information”). We may use Device Information to monitor the geographic regions from which Users navigate the HostEasy Platform, and for security and fraud prevention purposes. Use of any IP-masking technologies or similar technologies (like the TOR network) may render portions of the HostEasy Platform unavailable and are forbidden on the HostEasy Platform.
Location Data, including imprecise location data (such as location derived from an IP address or data that indicates a city or postal code level), and, with your consent, precise location data (such as latitude/longitude data). When you visit the HostEasy Platform via a native mobile application, we use, with your consent when required under applicable law, GPS technology (or other similar technology) to determine your current location in order to determine the city you are located in and display a relevant location map. We will not share your current location obtained in this manner with other Users.
5. HostEasy's Use of Information
• To operate and make available the HostEasy Platform. We use your data to connect you with other Users to enable the posting of selection for, completion of, and payment for Events, in order to fulfill our contracts with Users;
• For billing and fraud prevention, on the basis of our legitimate interests in ensuring a safe and secure environment in which Clients and Host Hands can meet and conduct business, and in order to comply with our legal obligations.
• To conduct identification and criminal background checks, if applicable and to the extent permitted by local law, on Users, in order to advance our legitimate interests as well as for the substantial public interest of ensuring the safety of our Users both online and offline, preventing or detecting unlawful acts, protecting the public against dishonesty, and maintaining the integrity of the HostEasy Platform given that Host Hands often interact directly with Clients and may enter their homes;
• To analyze HostEasy Platform usage as necessary for our legitimate interest in improving the HostEasy Platform to grow our business.
• To contact you and deliver (via email, SMS, push notifications, or otherwise) transactional information, administrative notices, marketing notifications, offers and communications relevant to your use of the HostEasy Platform, with your consent when required under applicable law, as necessary for our legitimate interests in proper communication and engagement with our Users, and in promoting our business.
• To provide you with customer support in order to fulfill our contracts with Users;
• For internal market research for our legitimate interest in improving the HostEasy Platform to grow our business.
• For troubleshooting problems for our legitimate interests in ensuring a safe and secure environment in which Users can meet.
• To assist Users in the resolution of complaints and disputes between them, as necessary for our legitimate interests in facilitating good relations among Users.
• To enforce our Terms of Service and our legitimate interests in ensuring our Agreement is complied with; and
• As otherwise set forth in the Agreement.
Analytics and Market Analysis. HostEasy may analyze information (“Market Analysis”) as necessary for our legitimate interests in providing an engaging and relevant experience, and promoting and growing the HostEasy Platform.
HostEasy uses information to offer services to Users who express an interest in these services, through a poll for example, or to Users who can be presumed to have an interest based on results from our Market Analysis. We do this as necessary for our legitimate interests in providing an engaging and relevant experience, promoting our services, and growing our business.
Cell Phone Numbers. HostEasy may use your cell phone number to call or send recurring text messages to you, using an auto dialer or prerecorded voice, in order to provide you notifications about Events, for marketing purposes (with your consent where required by law), and to administer the HostEasy Platform. If you would like more information about our policy, or how to opt out, please review the “Your Rights and Choices” section below or Section 9 of our Terms ofService. You may be liable for standard SMS and per-minute charges by your mobile carrier. HostEasy may also message you via push notifications (with your consent when required under applicable law), which you can opt-out of on your mobile device. Data rates may apply.
Call recordings. Calls to or from HostEasy or its Third Party Agents may be monitored and recorded for the purposes of quality control and training. Such calls may contain Personal Information.
6. Information Sharing
Third Party Agents. We share information, including Identity Information, with entities that process information on our behalf for our business purposes. We contractually prohibit our Third-Party Agents from retaining, using, or disclosing information about you for any purposes other than performing the services for us, although we may permit them to use information that does not identify you (including information that has been aggregated or de-identified) for any purpose except as prohibited by applicable law.
To operate the HostEasy Platform, including processing your transactions, we may share your Personal Information with our agents, representatives, vendors and service providers (“Third Party Agents”) so they can provide us with support services as follows:
• Email origination.
• Identity checks (currently carried out by our providers Checkr (U.S.), to the extent permitted by applicable law;
• Receipt, invoice, or support services.
• Customer relationship management services.
• Data analytics;
• Marketing and advertising.
• Website hosting.
• Communications services.
• Technical support.
• To otherwise help us provide the HostEasy Platform.
Promotions. When you voluntarily enter a sweepstakes, contest, or other promotion, we share information as set out in the official rules that govern the promotion as well as for administrative purposes and as required by law (e.g., on a winners’ list). By entering a promotion, you agree to the official rules that govern that promotion, and may, except where prohibited by applicable law, allow the sponsor and/or other entities to use your name, voice, and/or likeness in advertising or marketing materials. We may occasionally contact you, if you want us to, with information about special events, activities, promotions, contects, submission opportunities, and programs. You always have the ability, in your Account, to ask HostEasy not to contact you with this type of information. Please see Section 7, Your Rights and Choices, for more information.
Matched Ads. We use Matched Ads by sharing personal information with another party or incorporating a pixel from another party into our own Site, and the other party matching common factors between our data and their data or other datasets for advertising purposes. For instance, we incorporate the Facebook pixel on our Site and may share your email address with Facebook as part of our use of Facebook Custom Audiences.
Other Users. HostEasy facilitates contact between Clients and Host Hands and reserves the right to share one User’s contact information (e.g., name, phone number, email, or postal address) with other Users, or with the recipient User’s legal or other authorized representative, in order to: (1) facilitate or communicate the resolution of an investigation or dispute related to or arising from an interaction between two or more Users of the HostEasy Platform; or (2) facilitate the performance of a Task. This exchange of information is essential to the operation of the HostEasy Platform.
Legal Obligations. HostEasy and our Third Party Agents may disclose your Personal Information or User Generated Content to courts, law enforcement, governmental or public authorities, tax authorities or authorised third parties, if and to the extent required or permitted to do so by law or where disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (i) comply with HostEasy’s legal or regulatory obligations; (ii) respond to a court order, warrant or subpoena; (iii) respond to a valid legal request relating to an investigation into alleged criminal or illegal activity; or (iv) respond to or address any other activity that may expose us to legal or regulatory liability.
In jurisdictions where HostEasy is, according to applicable law, required to collect or remit information about Users’ permits, licences, tax, or social security registrations, HostEasy and our Third Party Agents may disclose information, including but not limited to, User contact details, identification information, transaction dates and amounts, license and permit status, and tax identification number(s) to applicable governmental authorities.
HostEasy reserves the right to disclose Personal Information from both private and public areas of the HostEasy Platform in the absence of a court order, warrant, or subpoena, to the extent permitted by applicable law, if we are given reason to believe, in our sole discretion, that someone is causing injury to or interfering with the rights of Users, the general public, or HostEasy or its partners, parents or affiliates.
It is our policy to provide notice to Users before producing their information in response to law enforcement requests unless (i) we are prohibited or otherwise constrained by law or court order from doing so, (ii) we have reason to believe the User’s account has been compromised such that the notice would go to the wrong person, or notice would otherwise be counterproductive or would create a risk to safety, or (iii) it is an emergency request and prior notice would be impractical (in which case we may provide notice after the fact).
Merger or Acquisition. HostEasy reserves the right to share information in connection with, or during negotiations of, any proposed or actual merger, purchase, sale, or any other type of acquisition or business combination of all or any portion of our assets, or transfer of all or a portion of our business to another business.
Public Areas. Your profile on the HostEasy Platform consists of information about you and your business, and may include information such as photographs, your years in business, skills and expertise, hourly pay rates, feedback/rating information, and other information, including your username (“Profile”). The information in your User Profile may be visible to all Users and the general public. If you choose to post a Task via the HostEasy Platform, the contents of such listing will be viewable to Host Hands you select on the HostEasy Platform.
7. Your Rights and Choices
You may opt-out of receiving promotional communications from us, including promotional communications related to the HostEasy Platform, and request the removal of your Personal Information from our databases, or deactivate your account, by logging on to the Site or App and clicking on the “Account” tab, or by contacting us.
Account Settings. During registration you choose whether to receive marketing correspondence from HostEasy. This information remains on your Profile where you can, at any point, easily edit it. After logging on, click on the “Account” tab, then select “Notifications” to make your preferred selections.
Push Notifications. You have the option to receive updates and relevant offers via push notifications in your app. These notifications can be configured in the settings of your mobile device at any time.
Corrections to Profile. You have the right to access, update, and correct inaccuracies in your HostEasy Profile at any time by logging in and clicking on the “Account” tab. There, you can view, update, and correct your Account information.
So that we may protect the integrity of the HostEasy Platform, there are certain pieces of information, such as your age, that you cannot alter yourself. For example, since children under the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence are not allowed to register as Users, we need to take reasonable measures to preserve the accuracy of our Users' ages. You may contact us at conatact@simplyHostEasy.com if there is a need to make a correction to such data. Please see Section 11, Children’s Privacy, for more details.
Promotional Communications. You can opt out of receiving promotional communications from HostEasy via the Account tab in your Profile. In addition, you can opt out of email marketing by clicking on the unsubscribe link in any message. You can opt out of promotional communications from HostEasy sent via text message at any time by following the instructions provided in those messages to text the word "STOP". Please note that your opt-out is limited to the phone number used and will not affect subsequent subscriptions. If you opt-out of only certain communications, other subscription communications may continue. Even if you opt-out of receiving promotional communications, HostEasy will continue to send you non-promotional communications, such as those about your account, Events, transactions, servicing, or HostEasy’s ongoing business relationship with you. If you receive unsolicited promotional communications from a HostEasy domain, please let us know here.
If you are a California Resident, please see the Additional Disclosures for California Residents section below.
8. HostEasy's Information Retention Policy
We retain personal data for as long as you are a User in order to meet our contractual obligations to you, and for such longer period as may be in our legitimate interests and to comply with our legal obligations (see Exhibit A for exemplar document retention periods). We may also retain data from which you cannot directly be identified, for example where stored against a randomly-generated identifier so we know the data relates to a single User, but we cannot tell who that User is. We use this kind of data for research purposes and to help us develop and improve our services, and we take appropriate measures to ensure you cannot be re-identified from this data.
9. HostEasy’s Security of Collected Information
Your HostEasy account is password-protected so that only you and authorized HostEasy staff have access to your account information. In order to maintain this protection, do not give your password to anyone. Also, if you share a computer, you should sign out of your HostEasy account and close the browser window before someone else logs on. This will help protect your information entered on public terminals from disclosure to third parties.
10. Notification of Changes
11. Intended Audience Policy
This service is intended for a general audience and is not directed at anyone under the age of 18. In certain jurisdictions, this minimum age may be higher. Please check the Jurisdiction-specific Provisions below for more information.
We do not knowingly gather personal information (as defined by the U.S. Children’s Privacy Protection Act, or “COPPA”) in a manner not permitted by COPPA. If you are a parent or guardian and you believe that we have collected information from your child in a manner not permitted by law, please let us know by contacting us here. We will remove the data.
We do not knowingly collect or “sell” the Personal Information of minors under 18 years old who are California residents.
12. Contacting Us
HostEasy's staff will respond to all mail or email from Users with questions about privacy, including the types of Personal Information stored on the HostEasy databases, and requests to know, delete or rectify such Personal Information.
13. Jurisdiction-specific Provisions
A. Residents of the United States of America
Information of U.S. Users. Our collection, use, and retention of the Personal Information of U.S. Users is in accordance with applicable U.S. laws, as is our determination of what is deemed to be “personal data and/or information.”
HostEasy expressly disclaims any liability that may arise should any other individuals obtain the information you submit to the HostEasy Platform.
Interest-Based Advertising in the United States. For more information about interest-based ads, or to opt out of having your web-browsing information used for behavioral advertising purposes, please visit www.aboutads.info/choices.
HostEasy’s Security of Collected Information. While HostEasy will use commercially reasonable efforts to ensure the security of all Personal Information, we expressly disclaim any liability for any unauthorized access to or use of our secure servers and/or any and all Personal Information stored therein, and you agree to hold HostEasyharmless for any damages that may result therefrom. If you have any further questions on this issue, please refer to the Terms of Service