Awesome that you’re using LocalFocus and / or Mapgather for making maps and charts. I would like to explain to you how we handle your information and what measures we have taken to protect your data. Finally, I will discuss the obligations that you enter into when using our services.
What information do we need from you?
To create your account, we only need your email address. This allows you to login in combination with your password. All passwords are encrypted in a way so we ourselves do not have access to it. In addition to logging in, we only use your e-mail address for sending newsletters (if you have registered for this) and automatic emails to set a new password. Under no circumstances will we resell your email address to another party.
Do we use trackers in published visualizations?
The visualizations that you publish using LocalFocus and Mapgather do not use trackers or cookies. So we know nothing about your visitors. We only know how often a visualization is loaded from our server. We use this information to keep track of the use of our platform and can also be viewed by yourself at User => Interactions.
If you no longer want to use our services, you can cancel your account. You do this at Options => My details => Delete account permanently. Your information will then be deleted by us. Note that published visualizations will remain visible even after you delete your account. If this causes a problem, you can contact
What services do we outsource to others?
First of all, it is important that our services and visualizations made with it are available at all times. We use a number of hosting parties for this. The data platform, Mapgather and all information that you upload are hosted on servers in the Netherlands by Argeweb. These are backed up daily, encrypted and sent to Tilaa servers. The moment you publish a visualization, it is hosted from the Google App Engine to ensure that it continues to work well even with large numbers of visitors.
If you have registered for one of our newsletters, you will receive them via Mailchimp. Automatic mail notifications are sent using Sendgrid. Mails with sensitive information, such as links for setting a new password, are sent from Google Apps for Business, just like our own mails. In LocalFocus Pro and Mapgather we support 2-factor authentication as an extra layer of security. The text messages for this are sent with Messagebird. Finally, we use Moneybird to send invoices to our paying customers and to keep our books.
What is processed within Mapgather with personal data?
With Mapgather it is possible to request personal data from your audience. This data is handled differently within Mapgather. For example, the data is automatically made anonymous after 6 months. For Mapgather customers there is the option of entering into a data processing agreement with us.
What are your obligations when using LocalFocus?
It is your duty to ensure that the data you upload to LocalFocus can be used freely. You must also handle the personal data of others in a responsible manner. Do not send this to the LocalFocus Dataplatform. Of course there is no problem visualizing personal data in an aggregated form, as long as it is not traceable to the person.