Effective: August 1, 2018
Soothe provides an online platform that connects massage therapists (“Therapists”) with individuals that want to purchase and/or receive massage therapy (“Customers”). “Personal Information” is information or an opinion about an identified individual, or an individual who is reasonably identifiable, whether the information or opinion is true or not, and whether the information or opinion is recorded in a material form or not. Any Personal Information collected by Soothe will be handled in accordance with this policy.
Soothe and its related companies are bound by the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (as amended from time to time) (the “Privacy Act”), the Australian Privacy Principles (“APPs”) and the privacy provisions of other applicable legislation.
You can always review, correct, or update your Personal Information by changing the relevant settings in your Soothe account.
We collect Personal Information, such as your name, username, email address, mailing address, phone number, photo (if you choose to provide it) and other personally identifiable information when you sign up for or use the Services. We will only collect Personal Information which is reasonably necessary for our business activities. Specifically, Soothe may request that Therapists provide: (i) first and last name, (ii) email address, (iii) mailing address, (iv) phone number, (v) bank account number and routing number, and (v) address of the bank account holder. Soothe may request that Customers provide: (i) first and last name, (ii) email address, (iii) mailing address, (iv) phone number, (v) massage preferences, and (vi) payment account information such as a credit card number with the name as shown on the card and billing zip or postal code, expiration month and year and CVV2. If you choose not to provide the requested information, you may not be able to use some or all of the features of the Services. We may also collect other Personal Information from you when you access the Services and/or other parts of the Website and/or Apps and elect to provide Personal Information.
We also collect transaction details related to your use of the Services, including the service requested, date, time and location where the service was provided, amount charged, and other related transaction details. The Services facilitate communications between Therapists and Customers. In connection with facilitating these communications, we may receive call or SMS message data, including the date and time of the call or SMS message, the parties’ phone numbers, and the content of the SMS message. We use this information solely for the purpose of facilitating such communications.
Our App may collect certain additional information automatically, including, but not limited to, the type of mobile device you use, your mobile device’s unique device ID, the IP address of your mobile device, your mobile operating system, the type of mobile Internet browsers you use, and information about the way you use the App. We may also use GPS technology (or other similar technology) to determine your current location. For example, if you permit the App to access location services through the permission system used by your mobile operating system, we may also collect the precise location of your device when the App is running in the foreground or background. We may also determine your approximate location from your IP address.
Usage Data and Activity
Cookies and Web Beacons
We may collect your Personal Information in a number of ways, including:
We may hold your Personal Information in [our electronic or hard copy records or in those of our third party service providers or contractors.
The Purposes for Which We Use Personal Information and When We May Share and Disclose Personal Information Generally
We may use your Personal Information for the purpose for which it was provided and for related purposes, including without limitation for the purposes described further below:
By using the Services, including creation of a profile on Soothe or submission of public queries, you may make certain of your Personal Information available to others, such as your name, your username, and your picture. This information may be accessed by users who use the Services and may be accessed by commercial search engines. You should exercise caution before posting any Personal Information on a public area of the Services.
From time to time, we may establish a business relationship with other businesses that we believe to be trustworthy and have privacy practices consistent with ours, including our affiliates (“Service Providers”), some of which may be located overseas. For example, we may contract with Service Providers to provide certain services, such as hosting and maintenance, payment processing, data storage and management, marketing and promotions and customer research/analytics. We may provide your Personal Information to these Service Providers; however, we will only provide our Service Providers with the information necessary for them to perform these services on our behalf. Each Service Provider must agree to use reasonable security procedures and practices, appropriate to the nature of the information involved, in order to protect your Personal Information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. Service Providers are prohibited from using or disclosing Personal Information other than as specified by Soothe.
We may share Personal Information and Usage Data with businesses controlling, controlled by, or under common control with Soothe. If Soothe is merged, acquired, or sold, or in the event of a transfer of some or all of our assets or equity, we may disclose or transfer Personal Information and Usage Data in connection with such prospective or completed transaction
Soothe and its Service Providers may disclose Personal Information to applicable Australian, US, UK, Canadian or other regulatory, government or law enforcement officials, courts or private parties if, in our discretion, we believe it is necessary or appropriate in order to respond to legal requests (including court orders and subpoenas), to protect the safety, property or rights of Soothe or of any third party, to prevent or stop any illegal, fraudulent, unethical, or legally actionable activity, or where required or permitted under applicable Australian, US, UK, Canadian or other foreign law.
Please be aware that whenever you share information on a publicly available page or any other public forum, others may access that information. In addition, please remember that when you share information in any other communications with third parties, that information may be passed along or made public by others. This means that anyone with access to such information can potentially use it for any purpose, including sending unsolicited communications. You should exercise caution before posting any Personal Information on a public available page
We maintain reasonable physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards in an effort to protect the confidentiality and security of Personal Information in our custody and control. However, no data transmission over the Internet or other network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect information transmitted on or through the Services, we cannot and do not guarantee the security of any information you transmit on or through the Services, and you do so at your own risk.
We do not knowingly collect Personal Information from children under the age of 13. If we become aware that we have inadvertently received Personal Information from a child under the age of 13, we will delete such information from our records.
Please be aware that your Personal Information and communications may be transferred to, stored at, processed and maintained on servers or databases located outside Australia, including, but not limited to the United States, Canada or the European Union, where data protection and privacy regulations may not offer the same level of protection as in other parts of the world. By using this Site, you agree to this transfer, storing and/or processing.
If you would like to review, correct, update or delete the Personal Information that we hold concerning you, or if have any questions or complaints concerning a possible breach of the APPs, please contact our Privacy Officer:
We will refer any complaints to our Privacy Officer to investigate and to determine the steps we will take to resolve the complaint. We aim to acknowledge receipt of your complaint within 7 working days, and to address the complaint within 31 working days. We may also request information from you to help us with our investigation.