When you share information with us, for example by creating an account with us, we can use that information to make the services you use even better – showing you more relevant search results for example. As you use our services, we want you to be clear how we’re using information and the ways in which you can protect your privacy.
What information we collect and why we collect it.
How we use that information.
The choices we offer, including how to access and update information.
We’ve tried to keep it as simple as possible, but if you’re not familiar with terms, such as cookies, IP addresses, pixel tags and browsers, then read about these key terms first. Your privacy matters to Google, so whether you are new to Google or a long-time user, please do take the time to get to know our practices – and if you have any questions, contact us.
Information we collect
We collect information to provide better services to all of our users and we do that in the following ways:
Information you give us.
When you sign up for a Vocal account we ask for personal information, like your name, email address, telephone number or payment details (if you are a business) to store with your account.
Information we get from your use of our services.
We collect information when you use our services including
Information about the device you are using such as hardware brand, model, operating system version, unique identifiers and mobile network information including phone number.
When you use our services or view content provided by Vocal, we automatically collect and store certain information in server logs. This includes:
Details of how you used our service, such as your search queries.
Internet protocol address.
Device event information, such as crashes, system activity, hardware settings, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request and referral URL.
Location information determined by a number of technologies including IP address, GPS and other device sensors.
We may collect and store information (including personal information) locally on your device using mechanisms such as browser web storage (including HTML 5) and application data caches.
How we use information that we collect
We use the information we collect from all of our services to provide, maintain, protect and improve them, to develop new ones and to protect Vocal and our users. We also use this information to offer you a tailored service – like giving you more relevant search results.
When you contact Vocal, we keep a record of your communication to help solve any issues you might be facing. We may use your email address to inform you about our services, such as letting you know about upcoming changes or improvements.
We use information collected from cookies and other technologies, like pixel tags, to improve your user experience and the overall quality of our services.
Vocal processes personal information on servers in many countries around the world. We may process your personal information on a server located outside the country where you live.
Transparency & choice
People have different privacy concerns. Our goal is to be clear about what information we collect, so that you can make meaningful choices about how it is used. For example, you can:
Control how the Profile associated with your Vocal account appears to others.
Control who you share information with through your Vocal Account.
You may also set your browser to block all cookies, including cookies associated with our services or to indicate when a cookie is being set by us. However, it’s important to remember that many of our services may not function properly if your cookies are disabled. For example, we may not remember your language preferences.
Accessing and updating your personal information
Whenever you use our services, we aim to provide you with access to your personal information. If that information is wrong, we strive to give you ways to update it quickly or to delete it – unless we have to keep that information for legitimate business or legal purposes.
We aim to maintain our services in a manner that protects information from accidental or malicious destruction. Because of this, after you delete information from our services, we may not immediately delete residual copies from our active servers and may not remove information from our backup systems.
Information that we share
We do not share personal information with companies, organisations and individuals outside of Vocal unless one of the following circumstances applies:
You consent to share personal information with companies, organisations or individuals outside Vocal.
We will share personal information with companies, organisations or individuals outside vocal for legal reasons if we have a belief in good faith that access, use, preservation or disclosure of the information is reasonably necessary to:
meet any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request.
enforce applicable Terms of Service, including investigation of potential violations.
detect, prevent or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues.
protect against harm to the rights, property or safety of Vocal, our users or the public, as required or permitted by law.
We may share non-personally identifiable information publicly and with our partners – like publishers, advertisers or connected sites. For example, we may share information publicly to show trends about the general use of our services.
We work hard to protect Vocal and our users from unauthorised access to or unauthorised alteration, disclosure or destruction of information that we hold. In particular:
We encrypt many of our services using SSL.
We offer you two-step verification when you access your Vocal account.
We review our information collection, storage and processing practices, including physical security measures, to guard against unauthorised access to systems.
We restrict access to personal information to Vocal employees, contractors and agents who need to know that information in order to process it for us and who are subject to strict contractual confidentiality obligations. They may be disciplined or their contract terminated if they fail to meet these obligations.