On May 25, 2018, the European Union (EU) will implement a new data protection regulation called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR is designed to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe, to protect EU citizens’ online data privacy, and to reshape the way organizations who do business in the EU approach data privacy.
TaskRabbit is fully committed to achieving compliance with the GDPR. This article addresses questions you might have about GDPR and TaskRabbit.
FAQs for TaskRabbit Users
On May 25, 2018, the GDPR will go into effect in the European Union (EU). The GDPR is designed to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe, to protect EU citizens’ online data privacy, and to reshape the way organizations who do business in the EU approach data privacy.
The GDPR applies to organizations located within the EU, as well as organizations located outside of the EU who offer online goods or services to EU natural persons or ‘data subjects.’
We are actively working to address GDPR compliance for all our EU resident users. in particular, TaskRabbit is:
- Mapping our systems to document the use of personal data.
- Reviewing and revising our vendor agreements as necessary to implement GDPR processor requirements.
- Making technical changes to our platform that will enable us to support GDPR requirements and enhanced data subject rights.
Any information related to a data subject that can be used to directly or indirectly identify the person counts as personal data under the GDPR. This can include, for example: names, photos, email addresses, bank details, and posts in chat threads.
Personal Information. TaskRabbit collects certain information such as your name, address, approximate geographic location of your computer or mobile device, telephone number, email address, and financial information. TaskRabbit uses this information in order to provide the TaskRabbit Platform. In addition, when you visit and interact with the TaskRabbit Site or App, we may collect certain information automatically, such as the type of computer or mobile device you use, the IP address of your computer or mobile device, and information about the way you use the TaskRabbit Platform. We collect this information in order to improve the TaskRabbit Platform.
Certain offerings of the TaskRabbit Platform, such as newsletters, surveys, contests, and the like, are optional, so you aren’t required to enter them or to give us your data in connection with them. Where you do choose to enter them, we will use your data to operate and manage the survey, contest or similar item in connection with our legitimate interest in promoting our business and the TaskRabbit Platform.
Cookies and Other Technologies. When you visit websites on the Internet, your browser may automatically transmit information to the websites you visit throughout each visit, including ours. In a similar way, when you use our mobile applications, we will access and use mobile device IDs to recognise your device. Like many websites, we use “cookies” and equivalent techniques through our mobile applications to collect information. A cookie is a small data file that we transfer to your computer’s hard disk. While you’re always free to turn off cookies, the TaskRabbit Platform relies on them to function, so you’ll need to keep them on if you plan to use it.
Yes. EU data protection laws limit the transfer of personal data outside of the EU to countries deemed to provide an "adequate" level of data protection.. The E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework is a cross-border data transfer mechanism by which a company is able to "adequately" transfer its user and customers data from the EU to the U.S. Our Privacy Shield certification can be found here.
User privacy is at the core of our business. We routinely enhance and evolve our security platforms, procedures and methods to better protect our users' information.