Privacy Policy

There's no better way to say it, but the Recca founders are millennials.

We jammed out to the AOL dial-up noises, surfed the high seas on Napster and Limewire, and we joined Facebook when it was mainly a way to find out who you shared a class with. And we, like you, have lived through countless episodes and scandals which have eroded the trust between consumers and the companies that run their most used services.

We, too, have occasionally felt powerless when agreeing to yet another terms of service from a massive tech conglomerate, knowing that they might literally know more about ourselves than we do… but also that we really want that great new phone or convenient service. It's a tough situation filled with compromise, and unfortunately we don't really have a good answer for it.

But where we can take control of the situation, we're committed to being responsible. To that end, we'll attempt try to lay out this whole privacy thing as straightforwardly as possible. For starters, we'll never collect anything that we don't tell you about, and we'll be upfront about how we use your data. Read on for more details.

Last updated July 8, 2023

What We Collect

Information You Provide to Us

Account Information. Recca requires an email address to create an account. At your discretion you are encouraged to complete your user profile, which will help other users get to know you better through the service. Data associated with your user profile may include an avatar, your name, your general location, a website address, and a short bio.

  • Sign in With Google. To facilitate the registration and sign-in process, you may elect to sign in with Google, which allows Recca to access your email, name, and avatar associated with your Google account. This data is copied over from Google to "pre-fill" your Recca account, but you can choose to edit or remove details at your discretion by editing your profile.

  • Syncing your Google Contacts. A connection to your Google account may also be used, at your explicit instruction and via an additional authorization flow, to identify any of your Google contacts who already have a Recca account, or to easily invite your contacts to Recca. We will not contact any of your imported contacts, except if you explicitly instruct us to send them an invitation.

    During the contact sync flow, we ask for two separate read-only permissions: 1) to access your contacts, and 2) to access your "other contacts". The former allows Recca to access contacts that you've explicity added via the Google Contacts app. The latter allows us to access other contacts that you email frequently (for example via Gmail). We added both options to the flow because we recognize that not everyone makes great use of the Google Contacts app.

Content you add. You can contribute to the Recca community by creating new prompts, adding your own recommendations, and interacting with other users via sending compliments for reccs, and responding to users' calls for recommendations. These interactions will be credited to you via the username you select, and in general you have the ability to remove them at any time.

  • The one scenario in which content you added cannot be removed is if you created a prompt, which asks the community for recommendations, and that prompt has received interactions from the community. In this situation, we consider the prompt "community-owned", and so much like Quora questions, they cannot be removed for the good of the community. You can, however, remove your association as the creator of the prompt.

Other information. You may choose to report unsuitable prompts or recommendations at any time while using the application. Through this process we may request information about your experience, which we will log along with your report. All information collected is purely optional.

Information We Collect Automatically

Log and usage data. For performance and user experience purposes, Recca collects information about your actions on the website, which may include but are not limited to information about your browser, the pages you visit, and the actions you take.

How We Use Information About You

Our Service Providers. In order to improve our service, we may share your information with third parties that perform services for us or on our behalf, which may include data analysis, communication delivery, hosting services, customer service, and marketing assistance.

We do not at present – nor ever intend to in the future – sell your information to third parties. That's a shitty practice, and I'll close up shop before considering it.

Your Rights

Data Access and Portability. In some jurisdictions, applicable law may entitle you to request certain copies of your personal information held by us. If you would like to make such a request, please email me at [email protected].

Changes to this Policy

This privacy policy may be updated periodically and without prior notice to reflect changes in our information practices or relevant laws. Material changes will be accompanied by an update notice via email to keep you informed.

Recca is an independent company, and is not owned or endorsed by any companies or brands which may appear on this site. When possible, user-generated recommendations link to third-party sites where visitors can learn more. We may earn compensation for these traffic referrals. Opinions expressed here are the user's alone, and are not endorsed by Recca.

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