Utaska Privacy Policy

Last Updated: May 9, 2019

1. Introduction

This Privacy Policy describes how Axe Technologies Inc, a company operating Utaska will gather, use, and maintain your personal information. It will also explain your legal rights to control our use of that information.

By using the Utaska Platform, you confirm that you have read and understand this Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Service (together referred to herein as the “Agreement”). The Agreement governs the use of the Utaska Platform. Utaska will gather, use, and maintain information consistent with the Agreement.

2. General Terms

In this Privacy Policy:

  • Utaska Platform may be referred to as “Utaska,” “we,” “our,” or “”
  • We call a user of the Utaska Platform a “User,” or collectively, the “Users.”
  • “You”and “your” refer to an individual User of the Utaska Platform.
  • The community platform that we offer at our website (www.utaska.com) is referred to as the “Site.”
  • The platform and related services provided by Utaska, the Site and mobile applications (whether on iOS or Android), including without limitation information provided by Utaska to potential and actual Users in relation to the services, together are called the “Utaska Platform.”
  • Terms of Service” refers to our terms, which can be found at http://www.Utaska.com/terms/. This Privacy Policy is incorporated into, and considered a part of, the Terms of Service.

3. Users Data

We primarily store data about you, including personal information, on servers located and operated within the United States. If you reside or are located outside of the U.S., we may send and store your personal information (also commonly referred to as personal data) to the U.S. in order to provide and operate the Utaska Platform. By accepting the terms of this Privacy Policy, you acknowledge the transfer to and processing of your personal information on servers located in the U.S. and other countries.


Right of access

You have a legal right to request a copy of the personal information that we have about you. You also have a right to correct, amend or delete such personal information where it is inaccurate or has been processed in violation of the Privacy Shield Principles.


4. Information Received By Utaska

Personal Information Utaska collects certain information such as your name, address, approximate geographic location of your computer or mobile device, telephone number, email address and other Financial Information if you voluntarily choose to share such information with Utaska. We do require that you furnish this information when you register with us as a Tasker or a Client, because we need the information in order to provide the Utaska Platform. When you register your account, and through communications transmitted through and your use of the Utaska mobile application, we collect information including your name, address, phone number and email address. You also may choose to send Utaska personal information in an email message containing inquiries about the Utaska Platform. Certain offerings of the Utaska Platform, such as newsletters, surveys, contests, and the like are optional and so you are not 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 in connection with our legitimate interest in promoting our business and the Utaska Platform.

Cookies and Other Technologies. When you visit websites on the Internet, your browser may automatically transmit information to the websites you visit throughout every 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.

We utilize persistent cookies that only Utaska can read and use, and access mobile device IDs:

  • to save your login information for future logins to the Utaska Platform;
  • to assist in processing items during checkout;
  • to hold session information; and
  • to track user preferences.

We utilize session ID cookies and similar technologies:

  • to enable certain features of the Utaska Platform;
  • to better understand how you interact with the Utaska Platform;
  • to monitor usage by our Users and web traffic routing on the Utaska Platform;
  • to track the number of entries in Utaska promotions, sweepstakes and contests; and
  • to identify visited areas of the Utaska Platform.

Unlike persistent cookies, session cookies are deleted from your computer when you log off from the Utaska Platform and then close your browser.

Third party advertisers on the Site may also place or read cookies on your browser, and we may use Flash cookies (or local shared objects) to store your preferences or display content based upon what you view on the Site to personalize your visit.

You can instruct your browser, by changing its options, to stop accepting cookies or to prompt you before accepting a cookie from the websites you visit. If you do not accept cookies, however, you will not be able to use all portions or all functionalities of the Utaska Platform.

We and our service providers may also use “pixel tags,” “web beacons,” “clear GIFs,” or similar means in connection with the Utaska Platform and HTML-formatted email messages to, among other things, track the actions of Users and email recipients, to determine the success of marketing campaigns, and to compile statistics about Site usage and response rates. We also engage one or more third party service providers to serve online advertisements on our behalf. They may use a “pixel tag” which triggers a cookie to collect information about your visits to the Site and to other websites, and they may use that information and share and combine it with other information with their partners to show you advertisements for goods and services you might be interested in on the Site and on other websites and apps, including by observing the kinds of products and subject-matter you are interested in and certain demographic information about you.

The following table sets out the different categories of cookies that the Utaska Platform uses and why we use them. The lists of third party cookie providers are intended merely as illustrative not comprehensive:

Type of Cookie Purpose Who Serves (for example)
Authentication Cookies These cookies (including local storage and similar technologies) tell us when you’re logged in, so we can customize your experience and connect your account information and settings. ·         Utaska
Localization These cookies help provide a localized experience by showing you your local metro area. ·         Utaska
Site features and Services These provide functionality that help us deliver products and the Utaska Platform. For example, cookies help you log in by pre-filling fields. We may also use cookies and similar technologies to help us provide you and others with social plugins and other customized content and experiences, such as making suggestions to you and others. ·         Utaska

·         Facebook

·         Linkedin

Analytics and research These are used to understand, improve, and research products and services, including when you access the Utaska Platform and related websites and apps from a computer or mobile device. For example, we may use cookies to understand how you are using site features, and segmenting audiences for feature testing. We and our partners may use these technologies and the information we receive to improve and understand how you use websites, apps, products, services and ads. ·         Google Analytics
Advertising Things like cookies and pixels are used to deliver relevant ads, track ad campaign performance and efficiency, and to understand your interests from your online activity on the Site, mobile applications and other websites and apps. For example, we and our ad partners may rely on information gleaned through these cookies to serve you ads that may be interesting to you on other websites and in doing that your information (which will not contain your name, email address or other “real-world” identifiers) will be shared with other platforms in the digital advertising ecosystem all involved in assisting the delivery, purchase, reporting and analysis of digital advertising. Similarly, our advertisers may use a cookie, attribution service or another similar technology to determine whether we’ve served an ad and how it performed, or provide us with information about how you interact with them. ·         Utaska

·         Google

·         Bing Ads

Social Media and Digital Advertising cookies and widgets

  • DoubleClick: Google’s Doubleclick re-targeting cookie lets us serve personalized ads to you when you’re browsing other websites and social media platforms. You can control ad personalization on Google and partner websites here: https://policies.google.com/technologies/ads?hl=en-GB&gl=uk
  • Facebook Connect: We may allow you to sign up and log in using your Facebook account. If you sign up using Facebook Connect, Facebook will ask your permission to share certain information from your Facebook account with us. This may include your first name, last name, email address, profile picture, and general location in order to create an account. This information is collected by Facebook and is provided to us under the terms of Facebook’s privacy policy which you can find here: https://www.facebook.com/policy.php. You can control the information that we receive from Facebook using the privacy settings in your Facebook account.
  • Facebook Impressions: We use Facebook Impressions to track the number of people that interact with our content on Facebook.
  • Google Sign-in: We may allow you to sign up and log in using your Google account. If you sign up using Google, Google will ask your permission to share certain information from your Google account with us. This may include your first name, last name, email address, profile picture, and general location in order to create an account.
  • LinkedIn Widgets: This tool enables visitors to engage with us via LinkedIn and show visitors relevant ads and personalized content on LinkedIn. To learn more about LinkedIn’s practices and to opt out, please visit https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policyand


Device Information. When you visit and interact with the Utaska Platform or the Site, Utaska may collect certain information automatically, including, but not limited to, the type of computer or mobile device you use, your mobile device’s unique device ID, the IP address of your computer or mobile device, your operating system, the type of Internet browser(s) you use, and information about the way you use the Utaska Platform (“Device Information”). We may use Device Information to monitor the regions from which Users navigate the Site or the Utaska Platform and for security and fraud prevention purposes. Tools with the goal of anonymizing certain Device Information (like the TOR network) are forbidden on the Utaska Platform. While we respect your right to hide this information, we believe that doing so is in conflict with the spirit of our platform and our desire to host an open and honest marketplace. Use of such tools hampers the functionalities of the Utaska Platform.

Identity Verification. We may collect personal information, such as your date of birth, taxpayer identification number, and address, to validate your identity or conduct background checks (“Identity Information”).

Financial Information. To help Providers set up a payment account and help Customers make payments to Providers and pay fees, we may collect financial information, including name, address, mobile money number, credit card number, tax information, and any other payment information (“Financial Information”).

Location Information. When you visit the Utaska Platform via a mobile application, we use GPS technology (or other similar technology) to determine your current location in order to determine the city you are located in and display a location map to improve service for our Users. We will not share your current location obtained in this manner with other Users. If you do not want us to use your location for the purposes set forth above, you should turn off the location services for the mobile application located in your account settings or in your mobile phone settings and/or within the mobile application.

Public Areas. Your profile on the Utaska Platform consists of information about you, and may include personal information, photographs, work history, skills, hourly pay rates, feedback/rating information, and other information, including your username (“Profile”). The information in your Profile may be visible to all Users and the general public subject to the privacy choices you make within your Profile. If you choose to post a Task via the Utaska Platform, the contents of such listing will be publicly viewable.

5. Utaska’s Use of Personal Information

Utaska uses Personal Information (including Identity Information and Financial Information) for the following purposes:

  • To operate and make available the Utaska Platform. We use your data to connect you with other Users in order to enable the posting of, completion of, and payment for Tasks;
  • For billing and fraud prevention, on the basis of our legitimate interests in ensuring a safe and secure environment in which Customers and Providers can meet and conduct business;
  • To conduct identification, authentication, and background checks on Users, in order to advance our legitimate interests in ensuring the safety of our Users;
  • To analyze Site usage as necessary for our legitimate interest in improving the Utaska Platform to grow our business;
  • To contact you and deliver (via email, SMS, push notifications, or otherwise) administrative notices, marketing notifications, offers and communications relevant to your use of the Utaska Platform as necessary for our legitimate interests in proper communication and engagement with our Users and in promoting our business;
  • To provide you with customer support in order to fulfill our contracts with Users;
  • For internal market research, troubleshooting problems, and detecting and protecting against error, fraud or other criminal activity for our legitimate interests in ensuring a safe and secure environment in which Users can meet;
  • To assist Users in the resolution of complaints and disputes between them, as necessary for our legitimate interests in facilitating good relations among Users;
  • To enforce our Terms of Service in our legitimate interests in ensuring our rights are complied with; and,
  • As otherwise set forth in this Privacy Policy.

Advertising. Ads are a standard part of user experience on the Internet, and Utaska believes that targeted advertising enhances this experience. Utaska may use cookies and other technologies and personal information to place ads where they believe interested parties will see them. In addition to banner ads, Utaska may advertise products, companies and events that we think might interest you through the email address you provide. Your choices regarding third party ads are set forth in the Choice/Opt-Out section below. Advertising and marketing is carried out as necessary for our legitimate interests in providing an engaging and relevant experience, promoting our services, and growing our business.

Analytics and Market Research. Utaska may analyze your information and web navigational data based on your interests, and may use the analysis from this information in a way that doesn’t reveal a name, email address or other “real-world” identity (“Market Analysis”) in order to market the Utaska Platform, improve the likelihood of a sale to a group of potential Users, and increase the likelihood that a group’s experience with the Utaska Platform is relevant to its interests as a whole, as necessary for our legitimate interests in providing an engaging and relevant experience, promoting our services, and growing our business.

Utaska uses information to sell services to Users who express an interest in these services, through a poll for example, or to Users who can be presumed to have an interest based on results from our Market Analysis. We do this as necessary for our legitimate interests in providing an engaging and relevant experience, promoting our services, and growing our business.

  • Google Analytics: we use Google Analytics, a web analytics service. Google Analytics uses cookies to help Utaska analyze how visitors use the Site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the Site and the Utaska Platform (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by a Google server in the United States. Google uses this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the Site, compiling reports on Site activity for Site operators, and providing Site operators with other services relating to Site activity and internet usage. You can prevent the storage of data relating to your use of the Site and created via the cookie (including your IP address) by Google, as well as the processing of this data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en

Cell Phone Numbers. Utaska may use your cell phone number to call or send recurring text messages to you, using an autodialer or prerecorded voice, in order to provide you notifications about Tasks, for marketing purposes (with your consent where required by law), and to administer the Utaska Platform. If you would like more information about our policy, or to opt out, please review below or Section 8 of our Terms of Service, or visit https://utaska.com. You may be liable for standard SMS and per-minute charges by your mobile carrier. Utaska may also message you via “Push” messaging, which you can opt-out of on your mobile device. Data rates may apply.

Financial Information. We use Financial Information solely as authorized by you in order to operate the Utaska Platform and, in particular, to ensure that Providers are paid by Customers. We do this as necessary for our legitimate interests in providing our platform and services. To keep your financial data secure, we do not store full credit card information on our servers. We have contracted with a third party to process your payment card information.

6. With Whom Does Utaska Share Information?

We only share the information we collect about you as described in this Privacy Policy or as described at the time of collection or sharing, including as follows:

Third Party Agents. To operate the Utaska Platform, including processing your transactions, we may share your information with our agents, representatives, contractors and service providers (“Agents”) so they can provide us with support services as follows:

  • Email origination,
  • Identity/background check requirements in relation to Providers.
  • Receipt or support services,
  • Customer relationship management services,
  • Financial transaction fulfillment (in which we are currently supported by Hubtel who process your information in accordance with their own privacy policy here: https://hubtel.com/legal/privacy-policy/ and
  • To otherwise help us provide the Utaska Platform, including all of the things described in the preceding section.

Third Party Partners. Some Utaska content is “sponsored by” or “presented by” other companies. If you connect to the Utaska Platform through a co-branded version of our Utaska Platform through one of our third party service partners (“Partners”), or otherwise participate in one of our partner programs with such a Partner, we may share information about your use of the Utaska Platform with that Partner in order to offer the integrated platform and to measure how the partnership performs. We may share your information with our Partners in order to receive additional information about you. We may also share your information with Partners to create offers that may be of interest to you. Please check such Partner’s privacy policy before revealing information about yourself. If you don’t want these Partners to have your personal information, you can choose to not participate.

Other Users. Utaska facilitates contact between Customers and Providers and reserves the right to share a Provider’s contact information (e.g. phone number, or email and postal address) with a Customer and vice versa, or with their legal or other representative, in order to facilitate the resolution of a dispute related to or arising from an interaction between two or more Users of the platform. This exchange of information is a mandatory part of the Utaska Platform.

Legal Obligations Utaska may disclose personal information or User Generated Content, including location data or communication data, to a third party if required to do so by law or pursuant to a court order, warrant or subpoena. Utaska reserves the right to disclose personal information from both private and public areas of the Site and the Utaska Platform in the absence of a court order warrant or subpoena if we are given reason to believe, in our sole discretion, that someone is causing injury to or interfering with the rights of Users, the general public, or Utaska or its partners, parents or affiliates.

It is our policy to provide notice to Users before producing their information in response to law enforcement requests unless (i) we are prohibited by law or court order from doing so, (ii) we have reason to believe the User’s account has been compromised such that the notice would go to the wrong person, or notice would otherwise be counterproductive or would create a risk to safety, or (iii) it is an emergency request and prior notice would be impractical (in which case we may provide notice after the fact).

Business Affiliates Finally, Utaska reserves the right to transfer, sell and/or distribute all information collected through the Utaska Platform to an affiliate, subsidiary, or third party in the event of any reorganization, merger, sale, joint venture, assignment, transfer or other disposition of all or part of our business, assets or stock. We will require the new entity to follow this Privacy Policy with respect to your personal information, as and to the extent required by applicable law.

7. Choice/Opt-Out

You may opt-out of receiving communications from us and our partners, remove your information from our database, choose to not receive future communications related to the Utaska Platform, or cancel your account by logging on to the App and clicking on the “Account” tab, or by contacting us at https://Utaska.com.

During registration you choose whether to receive marketing correspondence from either Utaska or its partners and whether you want to participate in a variety of Utaska programs. This information remains on your Profile where you can, at any point, easily edit it to indicate that you have changed your mind. After logging on, click on the “Account” tab, then select “Notifications” to make your selections. We may occasionally contact you with information about special events, sales, activities, promotions, contests, submission opportunities and programs. You always have the option to ask Utaska not to contact you with this information again.

You can opt out of receiving promotional communications from Utaska sent via text message at any time by following the instructions provided in those messages to text the word, “STOP”. Please note that your opt-out is limited to the phone number used and will not affect subsequent subscriptions. If you opt-out of only certain communications, other subscription communications may continue. Even if you opt-out of receiving promotional communications, Utaska may, subject to applicable law, continue to send you non-promotional communications, such as those about your account, transactions, servicing, or Utaska’s ongoing business relations.

If you receive unsolicited email from a Utaska domain, please contact us at https://Utaska.com/support/.

8. Utaska’s Information Retention Policy

We retain personal data for as long as you are a User in order to meet our contractual obligations to you, and for such longer period as may be in our legitimate interests and to comply with our legal obligations. We may also retain aggregate information beyond this time for research purposes and to help us develop and improve our services. You cannot be identified from aggregate information retained or used for these purposes.

Your rights

You have the right under certain circumstances:

  • to be provided with a copy of your personal information held by us;
  • to request the rectification or erasure of your personal information held by us;
  • to request that we restrict the processing of your personal information (while we verify or investigate your concerns with this information, for example);
  • to object to the further processing of your personal information, including the right to object to marketing as mentioned in the Choice/Opt-Out section above; and
  • to request that your provided personal data be provided to you in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.

Where the processing of your personal information by us is based on consent, you have the right to withdraw that consent without detriment at any time. You can also change your marketing preferences at any time as described in the Choice/ Opt-Out section above.

You can exercise your rights by clicking on the “Account” tab, then selecting “Notifications” to make your selections, or by contacting us at https://Utaska.com/support/.

9. User Generated Content

Providers who have provided Utaska with any videotape, film, record, photograph, voice, or all related instrumental, musical, or other sound effects, hereby consent to our use of these materials as User Generated Content in accordance with Section 9 of the Terms of Service.

10. Utaska’s Security of Collected Information

Your Utaska account is password-protected so that only you and authorized Utaska staff have access to your account information. In order to maintain this protection, do not give your password to anyone. Also, if you share a mobile phone, you should sign out of your Utaska account and close Utaska App before someone else logs on. This will help protect your information entered on public terminals from disclosure to third parties.

Utaska takes reasonable precautions to ensure that your information is secure on its system by backing up data in separate backup drives and using public key access encryption and firewalls on both our main and backup servers. Utaska has staff dedicated to maintaining this Privacy Policy and other privacy initiatives, periodically reviewing security, and making sure that every Utaska employee is aware of our security practices. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, Utaska cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. While Utaska will use commercially reasonable efforts to ensure the security of all credit card and all other Personal Information, we expressly disclaim any liability for any unauthorized access to or use of our secure servers and/or any and all Personal Information and/or Financial Information stored therein, and you agree to hold Utaska harmless for any damages that may result therefrom. If you have any further questions on this issue, please refer to the Terms of Service.

Utaska expressly disclaims any liability that may arise should any other individuals obtain the information you submit to the Utaska Platform.

11. How Can Users Update Their Information?

You can update your Personal Information at any time by logging in and clicking on the “Account” tab. There you can view, update and correct your account information.

Our databases automatically update any Personal Information you edit in your profile. Information transmitted through boards, chats, polls or through any other means remains in our databases and becomes the property of Utaska upon submission.

12. Notification of Changes

Utaska’s Privacy Policy are periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary. This Privacy Policy might change as Utaska updates and expands the Utaska Platform. Utaska will endeavor to notify you of any material changes by email or SMS. Utaska also encourages you to review this Privacy Policy periodically. If you do not understand any of the terms or conditions of any of Utaska’s policies, feel free to contact us at https://utaska.com/support.

13. Children’s Privacy and Note to Parents and Guardians

We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 15 years of age. The Utaska Platform is not directed to children under the age of 15 and children under 15 are not permitted to use the Utaska Platform. If we become aware that we have unknowingly collected personal information from a child under the age of 15, we will delete or disable such information. If you are a parent or guardian of a child under the age of 15, and you believe that your child has provided us with personal information, please let us know at https://utaska.com/support/.

14. Contacting Us?

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of the Mobile App and Site, your dealings with the Utaska Platform, or if you have technical problems, you may contact us at https://utaska.com/support/.

Utaska’s staff will respond to all requests sent through mail or email from Users and parents of Users with questions about privacy or the types of personal information is stored on the Utaska database, or requests to nullify such personal information.