Nothing in this policy actually changes the principles and systems under which we have interacted with our users since our launch. Under new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) regulations, all websites that store any personal data must be more transparent about how that data is stored, and the purposes it is used for.
QUICK OVERVIEW: We only store the data you give us, and we only use it for the purpose of providing the mapahub service.
Read of for a more in-depth explanation of our policies regarding your data.
Who we are
This is mapahub.
Our website address is: https://mapahub.com
This site is run by Ian Usher and Vanessa Anderson, who also publish House Sitting Magazine
What personal data we collect and why we collect it
FREE TRIAL: For users that register for a free trial on our website, we store the personal information they provide in their user profile. This is limited to:
- Email address
- First name or names as submitted
- Chosen username
All of this information is deleted at the end of the free trial period if the user does not choose to upgrade to Premium
PREMIUM MEMBERS: If a user upgrades to a Premium membership, they can add further personal information, which we also store as long as the user remains a member of the site:
- Profile description
- Profile image
If a registered Premium user submits “event” details – dates and location for periods of travel, or time planned in a particular location – we store this information. This is deleted after the “event” expires.
We also store any images uploaded or emailed to us by registered Premium users.
If a Premium member decides to let their membership lapse, we retain their data for one month, then delete everything.
All users can ask to see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
What rights you have over your data
If you have an account on this site you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us.
You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.
If you contact us through the website contact form, the form sends us an email, including all information submitted in all fields of the form. We use this information only to answer the question asked, and to reply as appropriate. We keep contact form submissions for a period of one year for customer service purposes, but we do not use the information submitted through them for marketing or any other purposes.
If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
Our website doesn’t use comments.
We don’t use any form of analytics on mapahub.
Embedded content from other websites
GOOGLE: We use information sourced from Google Maps to display maps on the following pages:
- Personal profile pages
- Individual “event” pages, created from details which users submit
As far as we can tell, this has no impact on you and your privacy whatsoever.
PAYPAL: We use Paypal as our payment processor for membership payments. When you make a payment you are taken to the Paypal site for processing, then returned to our site.
SITEGROUND: Our website hosting provider is SiteGround. Ultimately, this is where all of the mapahub website, and all data submitted to mapahub is stored.
You can view their Terms of Service here:
Who we share your data with
Nobody, other than those listed above
If you have any questions relating to your privacy, please use the “Contact Us” page. You can find it in the menu at the top of every page, or you can click here
Our DPO (Data Protection Officer) is Ian Usher 🙂
What third parties we receive data from
As above, re: Google, Paypal and SiteGround