At Judge.me, we are deeply committed to safeguarding the privacy of both our valued merchants and reviewers. Our dedication to privacy protection has earned us a place among the top 50 privacy-focused companies, as recognized by Mine's Privacy Index.
In this article, we will explain how Judge.me ensures compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) to uphold the rights of store owners like you and your reviewers.
Learn more about our compliance with CCPA and other regulations.
1. What is CCPA?
California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is the legislation that strengthens privacy rights and consumer protection for residents of California.
2. Disclosure of personal information
Judge.me may use or disclose and may have used or disclosed in the last twelve (12) months the following categories of personal information for business or commercial purposes:
Category A: Identifiers
Category B: Personal information categories listed in the California Customer Records statute (Cal. Civ. Code § 1798.80(e))
Category F: Internet or other similar network activity
Please note that the categories listed above are those defined in the CCPA. This does not mean that all examples of that category of personal information were disclosed. Rather, this reflects our belief some of that information from the applicable category may be and may have been disclosed.
When Judge.me disclose personal information for a business purpose or a commercial purpose, Judge.me enter a contract that describes the purpose and requires the recipient to keep that personal information confidential and not use it for any purpose except performing the contract.
3. Reviewers' rights under the CCPA
If you are a resident of California, you have the following rights:
The right to notice
You have the right to be notified of which categories of personal information are being collected and the purposes for which the personal information is being used.
The right to request
Under CCPA, you have the right to request that Judge.me disclose to you information about our collection, use, sale, disclosure for business purposes, and share of personal information. Once we have received and confirmed your request, we will disclose to you:
The categories of personal information Judge.me collected about you.
The categories of sources for the personal information Judge.me collected about you.
Our business or commercial purpose for collecting that personal information.
The categories of third parties with whom Judge.me share that personal information.
The specific pieces of personal information Judge.me collected about you.
If Judge.me sold your personal information or disclosed your personal information for a business purpose, Judge.me will disclose to you:
The categories of personal information categories sold.
The categories of personal information categories disclosed.
The right to opt-out
You have the right to direct Judge.me to not sell your personal information. Judge.me does not sell your personal information and so does not provide an opt-out link, so this right is not relevant to you.
The right to delete personal information
You have the right to request the deletion of your personal information, subject to certain exceptions. Once Judge.me have received and confirmed your request, we will delete (and direct our service providers to delete) your personal information from our records, unless an exception applies.
We may deny your deletion request if retaining the information is necessary for us or our service providers to:
Complete the transaction for which Judge.me collected the personal information, provide goods or services that you requested, take actions reasonably anticipated within the context of our ongoing business relationship with you, or otherwise perform our contract with you.
Detect security incidents, protect against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity, or prosecute those responsible for such activities.
Debug products to identify and repair errors that impair existing intended functionality.
Exercise free speech, ensure the right of another consumer to exercise their free speech rights, or exercise another right provided for by law.
Comply with the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (Cal. Penal Code § 1546 et. seq.).
Engage in public or peer-reviewed scientific, historical, or statistical research in the public interest that adheres to all other applicable ethics and privacy laws, when the information’s deletion may likely render impossible or seriously impair the research’s achievement if you previously provided informed consent.
Enable solely internal uses that are reasonably aligned with consumer expectations based on your relationship with Judge.me.
Comply with a legal obligation.
Make other internal and lawful uses of that information that are compatible with the context in which you provided it.
The right not to be discriminated against
You have the right not to be discriminated against for exercising any of your consumer’s rights, including by:
Denying goods or services to you.
Charging different prices or rates for goods or services, including the use of discounts or other benefits or imposing penalties.
Providing a different level or quality of goods or services to you.
Suggesting that you will receive a different price or rate for goods or services or a different level or quality of goods or services.
4. Exercising your CCPA rights
In order to exercise any of your rights under the CCPA, and if you are a California resident, you can contact Judge.me by email at [email protected].
Only you, or a person registered with the California Secretary of State that you authorize to act on your behalf, may make a verifiable request related to your personal information.
Your request to Judge.me must:
Provide sufficient information that allows Judge.me to reasonably verify you are the person about whom Judge.me collected personal information or an authorized representative.
Describe your request with sufficient detail that allows Judge.me to properly understand, evaluate, and respond to it.
Judge.me cannot respond to your request or provide you with the required information if Judge.me cannot:
Verify your identity or authority to make the request
And confirm that the personal information relates to you
Judge.me will disclose and deliver the required information free of charge within 45 days of receiving your verifiable request. The time period to provide the required information may be extended once by an additional 45 days when reasonable necessary and with prior notice.
Any disclosures Judge.me provide will only cover the 12-month period preceding the verifiable request’s receipt.
For data portability requests, Judge.me will select a format to provide your personal information that is readily useable and should allow you to transmit the information from one entity to another entity without hindrance.
5. "Do Not Track" Policy as Required by California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA)
Our service does not respond to Do Not Track signals. However, some third-party websites do keep track of your browsing activities. If you are visiting such websites, you can set your preferences in your web browser to inform websites that you do not want to be tracked. You can enable or disable DNT by visiting the preferences or settings page of your web browser.
6. Your California Privacy Rights (California’s Shine the Light law)
Under California Civil Code Section 1798 (California’s Shine the Light law), California residents with an established business relationship with Judge.me can request information once a year about sharing their personal information with third parties for the third parties' direct marketing purposes.
If you’d like to request more information under the California Shine the Light law, and if you are a California resident, you can contact Judge.me using the contact information provided below.
7. California Privacy Rights for Minor Users (California Business and Professions Code Section 22581)
California Business and Professions Code section 22581 allows California residents under the age of 18 who are registered users of online sites, services, or applications to request and obtain removal of content or information they have publicly posted.
To request removal of such data, and if you are a California resident, you can contact Judge.me using the contact information provided below, and include the email address associated with your account.
Be aware that your request does not guarantee complete or comprehensive removal of content or information posted online and that the law may not permit or require removal in certain circumstances.