Terms and conditions

Last Modified: 07 July 2021

Welcome to choco.com, the U.S. website and online and/or mobile service of Atlantic Food Waste Partners, LLC dba Choco, along with its affiliates (collectively, " Choco ," " we ," " our" or " us"). This page explains the terms by which you may use our online and/or mobile services, web site, and software provided on or in connection with the service (collectively, the " Service"). By accessing or using the Service, or by clicking a button or checking a box marked "I Agree" (or something similar), you signify that you have read, understood, and agree to be bound by these Terms of Service (this " Agreement") and have read and understood our Privacy Notice, whether or not you are a registered user of our Service. Choco reserves the right to modify these terms and will provide notice of these changes as described below. This Agreement applies to all visitors, users, and others who access the Service (" Users"), including Restaurant Owners and Vendors (as defined below), and this Agreement is made among you, and Choco.

Please read this Agreement carefully to ensure that you understand each provision. This agreement contains a mandatory individual arbitration and class action/jury trial waiver provision that requires the use of arbitration on an individual basis to resolve disputes, rather than jury trials or class actions.

1 Our Service

Choco offers a service that enables (i) food service industry professionals (hereinafter the " Restaurant Owners") to communicate and transfer their orders (hereinafter the "Orders") to their food service vendors (hereinafter the " Vendors"), and (ii) Vendors to receive Orders from such Restaurant Owners, including via a software application. Choco, through a third party payment service provider, also enables selected Restaurant Owners only to use a software platform to provide payment to selected Vendors (the " Third Party Payment Service").

1.1 Eligibility

This is a contract between you and Choco. You must read and agree to these terms before using the Choco Service. If you do not agree, you may not use the Service. You may use the Service only if you can form a binding contract with Choco, and only in compliance with this Agreement and all applicable local, state, national, and international laws, rules and regulations. Any use or access to the Service by anyone under 13 is strictly prohibited and in violation of this Agreement. The Service is not available to any Users previously removed from the Service by Choco. In order to use the Service, you must be at least 18 years of age and able to form legally binding contracts under the relevant laws of the jurisdiction where you reside.

1.2 Limited License

Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, you are hereby granted a non-exclusive, limited, non-transferable, freely revocable license to use the Service as permitted by the features of the Service. Choco reserves all rights not expressly granted herein in the Service and the Choco Content (as defined below). Choco may terminate this license at any time for any reason or no reason.

1.3 User Accounts

Your account on the Service (your " User Account") gives you access to the Service and functionality that we may establish and maintain from time to time and at our sole discretion. We may maintain different types of User Accounts for different types of Users, such as Restaurant Owners and Vendors. If you open a User Account on behalf of a company, organization, or other entity, then (i) "you" includes you and that entity, and (ii) you represent and warrant that you are an authorized representative of the entity with the authority to bind the entity to this Agreement, and that you agree to this Agreement on the entity's behalf.

You may never use another User's User Account without permission. When creating your User Account, you must provide accurate and complete information, and you must keep this information up to date. You are solely responsible for the activity that occurs on your User Account, and you must keep your User Account password secure. You must notify Choco immediately of any breach of security or unauthorized use of your User Account. Choco will not be liable for any losses caused by any unauthorized use of your User Account.

You may control your User profile and how you interact with the Service by changing the settings in your profile or settings page. By providing Choco your email address and/or phone number you consent to our using the email address and/or phone number to send you Service-related notices, including any notices required by law, in lieu of communication by postal mail. We may also send you other messages, such as messages regarding changes to features of the Service and special offers. If you do not want to receive such messages, you may be able to opt out or change your preferences in your profile or settings page or by otherwise contacting Choco. Opting out may prevent you from receiving messages regarding updates, improvements, or offers.

1.4 Service Rules

You agree not to engage in any of the following prohibited activities: (i) copying, distributing, or disclosing any part of the Service in any medium, including without limitation by any automated or non-automated "scraping"; (ii) using any automated system, including without limitation "robots," "spiders," "offline readers," etc., to access the Service in a manner that sends more request messages to the Choco servers than a human can reasonably produce in the same period of time by using a conventional on-line web browser (except that Choco grants the operators of public search engines revocable permission to use spiders to copy publicly available materials from the Service for the sole purpose of and solely to the extent necessary for creating publicly available searchable indices of the materials, but not caches or archives of such materials); (iii) transmitting spam, chain letters, or other unsolicited email; (iv) attempting to interfere with, compromise the system integrity or security or decipher any transmissions to or from the servers running the Service; (v) taking any action that imposes, or may impose at our sole discretion an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure; (vi) uploading invalid data, viruses, worms, or other software agents through the Service; (vii) collecting or harvesting any personally identifiable information, including account names, from the Service; (viii) using the Service for any commercial solicitation purposes; (ix) impersonating another person or otherwise misrepresenting your affiliation with a person or entity, conducting fraud, hiding or attempting to hide your identity; (x) interfering with the proper working of the Service; (xi) accessing any content on the Service through any technology or means other than those provided or authorized by the Service; or (xii) bypassing the measures we may use to prevent or restrict access to the Service, including without limitation features that prevent or restrict use or copying of any content or enforce limitations on use of the Service or the content therein.

1.5 Changes to the Service

We may, without prior notice, change the Service; stop providing the Service or features of the Service, to you or to Users generally; or create usage limits for the Service. We may permanently or temporarily terminate or suspend your access to the Service without notice and liability for any reason, including if in our sole determination you violate any provision of this Agreement, or for no reason. Upon termination of the Service for any reason or no reason, you continue to be bound by this Agreement with regard to any aspects of the Service already performed as of the termination date.

1.6 Disputes with Other Users

You are solely responsible for your interactions with other Users, including but not limited to Restaurant Owners and Vendors. We reserve the right, but have no obligation, to monitor disputes between you and other Users. Choco shall have no liability for your interactions with other Users, or for any User's action or inaction.

1.7 Service Location

The Service is intended for use by Users in the United States. Choco makes no representations in this Agreement that the Service is appropriate or available for use in other locations. Those who access or use the Service from other jurisdictions may be subject to separate terms of service applicable to users in those jurisdictions. Users who access the Service from a jurisdiction in which Choco does not have an applicable set of terms of service do so in violation of this Agreement and do so at their own volition and are entirely responsible for compliance with all applicable United States and local laws and regulations, including but not limited to export and import regulations. You must not use the Service if you are a resident of a country embargoed by the United States, or are a foreign person or entity blocked or denied by the United States government. Unless otherwise explicitly stated, all materials found on the Service are solely directed to individuals, companies, or other entities located in the United States.

1.8 Third Party Payment Service

(a) Restaurant Owners and Vendor Payment Methods

Choco may offer the platform service of a third party payment service provider which allows selected Restaurant Owners to pay selected Vendors for Orders transferred via the Service (hereinafter the " Third Party Payment Service" ).

In order to provide for payment via the Third Party Payment Service, Restaurant Owner is required to add the designated invoice he or she aims to settle by uploading the invoice to the respective Order in the Account and provide Choco with the required information, such as invoice amount, invoice number, invoice date as well as the payment terms for the invoice Restaurant Owner wants to settle. Restaurant Owner can also add additional notes to appear on the payment note received by the designated Vendor. Additional Information of the Vendor necessary to effect payments to such Vendors are added based on Choco's records and in accordance with clause 1.8 b).

The Restaurant Owner may choose to transmit payments through Automated Clearinghouse ("ACH") or credit cards. Restaurant Owners must ensure to have sufficient funds on the credit and debit card to fulfil payment of an Order, he or she chooses these payment options. By clicking "NEXT" Restaurant Owner will be forwarded to Choco's third party payment service provider, Balance Payments, Inc. ("GetBalance", https://www.getbalance.com/)), whereby the continuance of the payment is subject to the separate terms to be accepted for the Third Party Payment Service provided by and through GetBalance, which can be found under https://www.getbalance.com/legal/end-user-terms.

Each Restaurant Owner represent when using the Third Party Payment Service to his or her Account that: (i) he or she has the authority to disclose the required information to Choco and to bind his or her organization or person for which her or she acts; (ii) he or she authorizes the initiation of debit and/or credit entries to the payment method in accordance with instructions provided through the Third Party Payment Service (including the initiation of adjustments for transactions made in error); (iii) he or she agrees to and acknowledges that transactions initiated from his or her account must and will comply with US law; (iv) (v) he or she will not use the Third Party Payment Service for personal, family, or household purposes.

Each Restaurant Owner further acknowledges that such Restaurant Owner's use of the Third Party Payment Service is subject to any and all existing terms for the applied payment methods, including credit and transactional limits, interest, and rewards programs.

(b) Vendor Onboarding

Choco may support payments to selected Vendors only. In order to receive payments from Restaurant Owners by Vendors, you as a Vendor have to provide Choco with the following information:

  • Legal Business Name

  • EIN

  • Bank account and routing number

  • Business Address

  • Website URL

  • Contact Phone

  • Contact Email

By providing such information to Choco, Vendor acknowledges and agrees that Choco will populate such information to the third party payment service provider, once a Restaurant Owner initiates payments via the Third Party Payment Service to such Vendor.

( c) No payment service by Choco

For the avoidance of doubt, Choco does not provide any payment service itself either to Restaurant Owners, Vendors or to third parties. All online payments are processed via Restaurant Owners own issuer / payment service provider and the third party payment service provider in partnership with Choco as outlined in this Terms. At no point or time do funds transmitted by Restaurant Owners to Vendors pass into Choco's legal ownership. This includes any refunds or chargebacks or any kind of fund movement made through the Payment Service.

(d) Relationship Between Choco and Vendors

Choco is an independent service provider. Choco is in no way affiliated, formally or otherwise, with the Vendors of Restaurant Owners. Notwithstanding the foregoing, certain Vendors are also customers of Choco. For the avoidance of doubt, this Agreement does not constitute an agreement between Choco, Restaurant Owners, and their Vendors; Choco does not have any responsibility or liability for any consequence resulting from Restaurant Owners' interactions or contracts with their Vendors, including but not limited to, the terms of any sale such as payment, the means by which goods or services are delivered, and any and all other disputes that may arise. Choco has no responsibility for any Vendor's products, services, or statements. You acknowledge that, by using the Third Party Payment Service, the payment terms between you and your Vendors are not altered or changed in any way, including, but not limited to, payment due dates, credit or payment plans, late fees, or refund policies.

(e) Returns

Vendors may return payments for various reasons including, but not limited to, expiration of Vendor's forwarding address, invalid bank routing number, invalid bank account number, Vendor's remittance address is not correct, Vendor is unable to identify an account, or a Vendor's designated invoice is paid in full. In addition, a Vendor may refuse to accept a payment, and neither Choco nor the third party payment service provider will have liability for any resulting loss or damage. Choco will use commercially reasonable efforts to assist to provide Restaurant Owners with notice of returned payments and will offer them, through the Third Party Payment Service, the choice whether to void and credit or void and reissue the payments. Each Restaurant Owner expressly agrees that neither Choco nor the third party payment service provider shall have any liability for any such returned payments.

(f) Chargeback , Stopping Payments and Refunds

In the event that a Restaurant Owner wishes toinitiate a chargeback, clawback, or ACH return or payment stop for a payment that has already been transmitted to the Vendor, such Restaurant Owner has to contact its bank or credit card issuer directly.Choco may assist with the communication if you contact paymentsusa@choco.com, but will not have any liability for failing to do so.

(g) ‍Fees

Restaurant Owner understands and agrees that no additional fees are charged by Choco for the provision of the Third Party Payment Service . Choco reserves the right to add Fees in the future, subject to prior notice of such Fee adjustment by indicating such Fees prominently in the Service.

(h) Taxes and Penalties

Restaurant Owner is responsible for all, if any, applicable taxes arising from use of the Third Party Payment Service. Restaurant Owner is furthermore responsible for all fees, fines, penalties and other liability incurred by itself, Choco, or a third party caused by or arising out of such Restaurant Owner's breach of this Agreement, and/or his or her use of the Third Party Payment Service. Restaurant Owner agrees to reimburse Choco or a third party for any and all such liability.

(i) Support

Choco may assist you with any questions or issues in regard to the Third Party Payment Service to the excent commercially reasonable. Therefore, please contact Choco under paymentsusa@choco.com. You hereby authorize Choco to contact the Third Party Payment Provider or Vendor directly on your behalf and make any instructions necessary on your behalf to solve such issue.

2. User Content

Some areas of the Service allow Users to submit, post, display, provide, or otherwise make available content such as profile information, order information, product information, images, comments, questions, and other content or information (any such materials a User submits, posts, displays, provides, or otherwise makes available on the Service is referred to as " User Content").

By submitting, posting, displaying, providing, or otherwise making available any User Content on or through the Service:

  • You expressly grant, and you represent and warrant that you have all rights necessary to grant, to Choco a royalty-free, sublicensable, transferable, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, worldwide license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, list information regarding, edit, translate, distribute, syndicate, publicly perform, publicly display, and make derivative works of all such User Content and your name, voice, and/or likeness as contained in your User Content, in whole or in part, and in any form, media or technology, whether now known or hereafter developed, for use in connection with the Service and Company's (and its successors' and affiliates') business, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the Service (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels. For example, you grant Choco a license to analyze your User Content to identify business trends and create summary reports regarding your orders.
  • You also hereby grant each User of the Service a non-exclusive license to access your User Content through the Service, and to use, reproduce, distribute, display and perform such User Content as permitted through the functionality of the Service and under this Agreement. For example, if you are a Vendor, we will make product information you post available to Restaurant Owners.

For the purposes of this Agreement, " Intellectual Property Rights" means all patent rights, copyright rights, mask work rights, moral rights, rights of publicity, trademark, trade dress and service mark rights, goodwill, trade secret rights and other intellectual property rights as may now exist or hereafter come into existence, and all applications therefore and registrations, renewals and extensions thereof, under the laws of any state, country, territory or other jurisdiction.

In connection with your User Content, you affirm, represent and warrant the following:

  • You have the written consent of each and every identifiable natural person in the User Content, if any, to use such person's name or likeness in the manner contemplated by the Service and this Agreement, and each such person has released you from any liability that may arise in relation to such use.
  • You have obtained and are solely responsible for obtaining all consents as may be required by law to post any User Content relating to third parties.
  • Your User Content and Company's use thereof as contemplated by this Agreement and the Service will not violate any law or infringe any rights of any third party, including but not limited to any Intellectual Property Rights and privacy rights.
  • Choco may exercise the rights to your User Content granted under this Agreement without liability for payment of any guild fees, residuals, payments, fees, or royalties payable under any collective bargaining agreement or otherwise.
  • To the best of your knowledge, all your User Content and other information that you provide to us is truthful and accurate.

Choco takes no responsibility and assumes no liability for any User Content that you or any other User or third party posts, sends, or otherwise makes available over the Service, including Vendors' pricing information and Restaurant Owners' order information. You shall be solely responsible for your User Content and the consequences of posting, publishing it, sharing it, or otherwise making it available on the Service, and you agree that we are only acting as a passive conduit for your online distribution and publication of your User Content. You understand and agree that you may be exposed to User Content that is inaccurate, objectionable, inappropriate for children, or otherwise unsuited to your purpose, and you agree that Choco shall not be liable for any damages you allege to incur as a result of or relating to any User Content.

3. Our Proprietary Rights

Except for your User Content, the Service and all materials therein or transferred thereby, including, without limitation, software, images, text, graphics, illustrations, logos, patents, trademarks, service marks, copyrights, photographs, audio, videos, music, and User Content belonging to other Users (the " Choco Content"), and all Intellectual Property Rights related thereto, are the exclusive property of Choco and its licensors (including other Users who post User Content to the Service). Except as explicitly provided herein, nothing in this Agreement shall be deemed to create a license in or under any such Intellectual Property Rights, and you agree not to sell, license, rent, modify, distribute, copy, reproduce, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, publish, adapt, edit or create derivative works from any Choco Content. Use of the Choco Content for any purpose not expressly permitted by this Agreement is strictly prohibited.

You may choose to or we may invite you to submit comments or ideas about the Service, including without limitation product testimonials and/or other feedback regarding potential improvements to the Service (collectively, " Ideas"). By submitting any Idea, you agree that your disclosure is gratuitous, unsolicited and without restriction and will not place Choco under any fiduciary or other obligation, and that we are free to use the Idea without any additional compensation to you, and/or to disclose the Idea on a non-confidential basis or otherwise to anyone, including for our own advertising and marketing purposes. You further acknowledge that, by acceptance of your submission, Choco does not waive any rights to use similar or related ideas previously known to Choco, or developed by its employees, or obtained from sources other than you.

4. Risk of Loss

All products that may be ordered from or via the Service by a Restaurant Owner are transported and delivered to the Restaurant Owner by or on behalf of the applicable Vendor, not by Choco. Title to products ordered on the Service, as well as the risk of loss for such products, is subject to agreement between the Restaurant Owner and Vendor, and Choco hereby disclaims any liability in connection with such risk of loss.

5. California Residents.

The provider of services is: Atlantic Food Waste Partners, LLC dba Choco, 33 Irving Place, New York, NY, 10003 United States, telephone [(415) 819 2411]. If you are a California resident, in accordance with Cal. Civ. Code §1789.3, you may report complaints to the Complaint Assistance Unit of the Division of Consumer Services of the California Department of Consumer Affairs by contacting them in writing at 1625 North Market Blvd., Suite N 112 Sacramento, CA 95834, or by telephone at (800) 952-5210 or (916) 445-1254.

6. Email and Text Messaging

If you use the Service to send email or SMS communications to other Users, then you represent that you have adequate rights to use the Service to send such communications, and must comply with all applicable laws in connection with such communications, including, but not limited to, all applicable notice, consent and consumer choice requirements.

7. Privacy

Your privacy is important to us. For more information about our privacy practices, please refer to our Privacy Notice.

8. Security

Choco cares about the integrity and security of your personal information. However, we cannot guarantee that unauthorized third parties will never be able to defeat our security measures or use your personal information for improper purposes. You acknowledge that you provide your personal information at your own risk.

9. DMCA Notice

Since we respect artist and content owner rights, it is Company's policy to respond to alleged infringement notices that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (" DMCA").

If you believe that your copyrighted work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement and is accessible via the Service, please notify Company's copyright agent as set forth in the DMCA. For your complaint to be valid under the DMCA, you must provide the following information in writing:

  1. An electronic or physical signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the

copyright owner;

  1. Identification of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;

  2. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing and where it is located on

the Service;

  1. Information reasonably sufficient to permit Choco to contact you, such as your address,

telephone number, and, e-mail address;

  1. A statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner

complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or law; and

  1. A statement, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information is accurate, and

that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on behalf of the owner.

The above information must be submitted to the following DMCA Agent:

Attn: DMCA Notice

Choco Communications GmbH

Legal Department

Address: Hasenheide 54

10967 Berlin


Email: legal@choco.com

Under federal law, if you knowingly misrepresent that online material is infringing, you may be subject to criminal prosecution for perjury and civil penalties, including monetary damages, court costs, and attorneys' fees.

Please note that this procedure is exclusively for notifying Choco and its affiliates that your copyrighted material has been infringed. The preceding requirements are intended to comply with Company's rights and obligations under the DMCA, including 17 U.S.C. §512(c), but do not constitute legal advice. It may be advisable to contact an attorney regarding your rights and obligations under the DMCA and other applicable laws.

In accordance with the DMCA and other applicable law, Choco has adopted a policy of terminating, in appropriate circumstances, Users who are deemed to be repeat infringers. Choco may also at its sole discretion limit access to the Service and/or terminate the User Accounts of any Users who infringe any intellectual property rights of others, whether or not there is any repeat infringement.

10. Third-Party Links and Information

The Service may contain links to third-party materials that are not owned or controlled by Choco. Choco does not endorse or assume any responsibility for any such third-party sites, information, materials, products, or services. If you access a third-party website or service from the Service or share your User Content on or through any third-party website or service, you do so at your own risk, and you understand that this Agreement and Company's Privacy Notice do not apply to your use of such sites. You expressly relieve Choco from any and all liability arising from your use of any third-party website, service, or content, including without limitation User Content submitted by other Users. Additionally, your dealings with or participation in promotions of advertisers found on the Service, including payment and delivery of goods, and any other terms (such as warranties) are solely between you and such advertisers. You agree that Choco shall not be responsible for any loss or damage of any sort relating to your dealings with such advertisers.

11. Indemnity

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Choco and its subsidiaries, agents, licensors, managers, and other affiliated companies, and their employees, contractors, agents, officers and directors, from and against any and all claims, damages, obligations, losses, liabilities, costs or debt, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees) arising from: (i) your use of and access to the Service, including any data or content transmitted or received by you; (ii) your violation of any term of this Agreement, including without limitation your breach of any of the representations and warranties above; (iii) your violation of any third-party right, including without limitation any right of privacy or Intellectual Property Rights; (iv) your violation of any applicable law, rule or regulation; (v) User Content or any content that is submitted via your User Account including without limitation misleading, false, or inaccurate information; (vi) your willful misconduct; or (vii) any other party's access and use of the Service with your unique username, password or other appropriate security code.

12. No Warranty

The Service is provided on an "as is" and "as available" basis. Use of the Service is at your own risk. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, the Service is provided without warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by you from Choco or through the Service will create any warranty not expressly stated herein. Without limiting the foregoing, Choco, its subsidiaries, its affiliates, and its licensors do not warrant that the content is accurate, complete, reliable or correct; that the Service will meet your requirements; that the Service will be available at any particular time or location, uninterrupted or secure; that any defects or errors will be corrected; or that the Service is free of viruses or other harmful components. Any content downloaded or otherwise obtained through the use of the Service is downloaded at your own risk and you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or mobile device or loss of data that results from such download or your use of the Service.

Further, Choco does not warrant, endorse, guarantee, or assume responsibility for any product or service advertised or offered by a third party through the Service or any hyperlinked website or service, including any product offered by a Vendor through the Service, and Choco will not be a party to or in any way monitor any transaction between you and third-party providers of products or services.

Federal law, some states, provinces and other jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion and limitations of certain implied warranties, so the above exclusions may not apply to you. This Agreement gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. The disclaimers and exclusions under this Agreement will not apply to the extent prohibited by applicable law.

13. Limitation of Liability

To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, in no event shall Choco, its affiliates, agents, directors, employees, suppliers or licensors be liable for any indirect, punitive, incidental, special, consequential or exemplary damages, including without limitation damages for loss of profits, goodwill, use, data or other intangible losses, arising out of or relating to the use of, or inability to use, the Service. Under no circumstances will Choco be responsible for any damage, loss or injury resulting from hacking, tampering or other unauthorized access or use of the Service or your account or the information contained therein.

To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, Choco assumes no liability or responsibility for any (i) errors, mistakes, or inaccuracies of content; (ii) personal injury or property damage, of any nature whatsoever, resulting from your access to or use of our service; (iii) any unauthorized access to or use of our secure servers and/or any and all personal information stored therein; (iv) any interruption or cessation of transmission to or from the Service; (v) any bugs, viruses, trojan horses, or the like that may be transmitted to or through our service by any third party; (vi) any errors or omissions in any content or for any loss or damage incurred as a result of the use of any content posted, emailed, transmitted, or otherwise made available through the Service; and/or (vii) User Content or the defamatory, offensive, or illegal conduct of any third party. In no event shall Choco, its affiliates, agents, directors, employees, suppliers, or licensors be liable to you for any claims, proceedings, liabilities, obligations, damages, losses or costs in an amount exceeding the amount you paid to Choco hereunder or $100.00, whichever is greater.

This limitation of liability section applies whether the alleged liability is based on contract, tort, negligence, strict liability, or any other basis, even if Choco has been advised of the possibility of such damage.

Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. This Agreement gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. The disclaimers, exclusions, and limitations of liability under this Agreement will not apply to the extent prohibited by applicable law.

14. Governing Law, Arbitration, and Class Action/Jury Trial Waiver

14.1 Governing Law. You agree that: (i) the Service shall be deemed solely based in California; and (ii) the Service shall be deemed a passive one that does not give rise to personal jurisdiction over us, either specific or general, in jurisdictions other than California. This Agreement shall be governed by the internal substantive laws of the State of California, without respect to its conflict of laws principles. The parties acknowledge that this Agreement evidences a transaction involving interstate commerce. Notwithstanding the preceding sentences with respect to the substantive law, any arbitration conducted pursuant to the terms of this Agreement shall be governed by the Federal Arbitration Act (9 U.S.C. §§ 1-16). The application of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods is expressly excluded. You agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the federal and state courts located in Los Angeles County, California for any actions for which we retain the right to seek injunctive or other equitable relief in a court of competent jurisdiction to prevent the actual or threatened infringement, misappropriation or violation of a our copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, patents, or other intellectual property or proprietary rights, as set forth in the Arbitration provision below, including any provisional relief required to prevent irreparable harm. You agree that Los Angeles County, California is the proper forum for any appeals of an arbitration award or for trial court proceedings in the event that the arbitration provision below is found to be unenforceable.

14.2 Arbitration. Read this section carefully because it requires the parties to arbitrate their disputes and limits the manner in which you can seek relief from Choco. For any dispute with Choco, you agree to first contact us at contact@choco.com and attempt to resolve the dispute with us informally. In the unlikely event that Choco has not been able to resolve a dispute it has with you after sixty (60) days, we each agree to resolve any claim, dispute, or controversy (excluding any claims for injunctive or other equitable relief as provided below) arising out of or in connection with or relating to this Agreement, or the breach or alleged breach thereof (collectively, " Claims"), by binding arbitration by JAMS, under the Optional Expedited Arbitration Procedures then in effect for JAMS, except as provided herein. JAMS may be contacted at www.jamsadr.com. The arbitration will be conducted in Los Angeles County, California, unless you and Choco agree otherwise. If you are using the Service for commercial purposes, each party will be responsible for paying any JAMS filing, administrative and arbitrator fees in accordance with JAMS rules, and the award rendered by the arbitrator shall include costs of arbitration, reasonable attorneys' fees and reasonable costs for expert and other witnesses. If you are an individual using the Service for non-commercial purposes: (i) JAMS may require you to pay a fee for the initiation of your case, unless you apply for and successfully obtain a fee waiver from JAMS; (ii) the award rendered by the arbitrator may include your costs of arbitration, your reasonable attorney's fees, and your reasonable costs for expert and other witnesses; and (iii) you may sue in a small claims court of competent jurisdiction without first engaging in arbitration, but this does not absolve you of your commitment to engage in the informal dispute resolution process. Any judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction. Nothing in this Section shall be deemed as preventing Choco from seeking injunctive or other equitable relief from the courts as necessary to prevent the actual or threatened infringement, misappropriation, or violation of our data security, Intellectual Property Rights or other proprietary rights.

14.3 Class Action/Jury Trial Waiver. With respect to all persons and entities, regardless of whether they have obtained or used the Service for personal, commercial or other purposes, all Claims must be brought in the parties' individual capacity, and not as a plaintiff or class member in any purported class action, collective action, private attorney general action or other representative proceeding. This waiver applies to class arbitration, and, unless we agree otherwise, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person's Claims. You agree that, by entering into this Agreement, you and Choco are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action, collective action, private attorney general action, or other representative proceeding of any kind.

15. Additional Terms for Mobile Applications

15.1 Mobile Applications. We may make available software to access the Service via a mobile device (" Mobile Applications"). To use any Mobile Applications you must have a mobile device that is compatible with the Mobile Applications. Choco does not warrant that the Mobile Applications will be compatible with your mobile device. You may use mobile data in connection with the Mobile Applications and may incur additional charges from your wireless provider for these services. You agree that you are solely responsible for any such charges. Choco hereby grants you a non-exclusive, non-transferable, revocable license to use a compiled code copy of the Mobile Applications for one Choco User Account on one mobile device owned or leased solely by you, for your personal use. You may not: (i) modify, disassemble, decompile or reverse engineer the Mobile Applications, except to the extent that such restriction is expressly prohibited by law; (ii) rent, lease, loan, resell, sublicense, distribute or otherwise transfer the Mobile Applications to any third party or use the Mobile Applications to provide time sharing or similar services for any third party; (iii) make any copies of the Mobile Applications; (iv) remove, circumvent, disable, damage or otherwise interfere with security-related features of the Mobile Applications, features that prevent or restrict use or copying of any content accessible through the Mobile Applications, or features that enforce limitations on use of the Mobile Applications; or (v) delete the copyright and other proprietary rights notices on the Mobile Applications. You acknowledge that Choco may from time to time issue upgraded versions of the Mobile Applications, and may automatically electronically upgrade the version of the Mobile Applications that you are using on your mobile device. You consent to such automatic upgrading on your mobile device, and agree that the terms and conditions of this Agreement will apply to all such upgrades. Any third-party code that may be incorporated in the Mobile Applications is covered by the applicable open source or third-party license EULA, if any, authorizing use of such code. The foregoing license grant is not a sale of the Mobile Applications or any copy thereof, and Choco or its third-party partners or suppliers retain all right, title, and interest in the Mobile Applications (and any copy thereof). Any attempt by you to transfer any of the rights, duties or obligations hereunder, except as expressly provided for in this Agreement, is void. Choco reserves all rights not expressly granted under this Agreement. If the Mobile Applications is being acquired on behalf of the United States Government, then the following provision applies. The Mobile Applications will be deemed to be "commercial computer software" and "commercial computer software documentation," respectively, pursuant to DFAR Section 227.7202 and FAR Section 12.212, as applicable. Any use, reproduction, release, performance, display or disclosure of the Service and any accompanying documentation by the U.S. Government will be governed solely by these Terms of Service and is prohibited except to the extent expressly permitted by these Terms of Service. The Mobile Applications originates in the United States, and is subject to United States export laws and regulations. The Mobile Applications may not be exported or re-exported to certain countries or those persons or entities prohibited from receiving exports from the United States. In addition, the Mobile Applications may be subject to the import and export laws of other countries. You agree to comply with all United States and foreign laws related to use of the Mobile Applications and the Service.

15.2 Mobile Applications from Apple App Store. The following applies to any Mobile Applications you acquire from the Apple App Store (" Apple-Sourced Software"): You acknowledge and agree that this Agreement is solely between you and Choco, not Apple, Inc. (" Apple") and that Apple has no responsibility for the Apple-Sourced Software or content thereof. Your use of the Apple-Sourced Software must comply with the App Store Terms of Service. You acknowledge that Apple has no obligation whatsoever to furnish any maintenance and support services with respect to the Apple-Sourced Software. In the event of any failure of the Apple-Sourced Software to conform to any applicable warranty, you may notify Apple, and Apple will refund the purchase price for the Apple-Sourced Software to you; to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, Apple will have no other warranty obligation whatsoever with respect to the Apple-Sourced Software, and any other claims, losses, liabilities, damages, costs or expenses attributable to any failure to conform to any warranty will be solely governed by this Agreement and any law applicable to Choco as provider of the software. You acknowledge that Apple is not responsible for addressing any claims of you or any third party relating to the Apple-Sourced Software or your possession and/or use of the Apple-Sourced Software, including, but not limited to: (i) product liability claims; (ii) any claim that the Apple-Sourced Software fails to conform to any applicable legal or regulatory requirement; and (iii) claims arising under consumer protection or similar legislation; and all such claims are governed solely by this Agreement and any law applicable to Choco as provider of the software. You acknowledge that, in the event of any third-party claim that the Apple-Sourced Software or your possession and use of that Apple-Sourced Software infringes that third party's intellectual property rights, Choco, not Apple, will be solely responsible for the investigation, defense, settlement and discharge of any such intellectual property infringement claim to the extent required by this Agreement. You and Choco acknowledge and agree that Apple, and Apple's subsidiaries, are third-party beneficiaries of this Agreement as relates to your license of the Apple-Sourced Software, and that, upon your acceptance of the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Apple will have the right (and will be deemed to have accepted the right) to enforce this Agreement as relates to your license of the Apple-Sourced Software against you as a third-party beneficiary thereof.

15.3 Mobile Applications from Google Play Store. The following applies to any Mobile Applications you acquire from the Google Play Store (" Google-Sourced Software"): (i) you acknowledge that the Agreement is between you and Choco only, and not with Google, Inc. (" Google"); (ii) your use of Google-Sourced Software must comply with Google's then-current Google Play Store Terms of Service; (iii) Google is only a provider of the Google Play Store where you obtained the Google-Sourced Software; (iv) Choco, and not Google, is solely responsible for its Google-Sourced Software; (v) Google has no obligation or liability to you with respect to Google-Sourced Software or the Agreement; and (vi) you acknowledge and agree that Google is a third-party beneficiary to the Agreement as it relates to Company's Google-Sourced Software.

16. General

16.1 Assignment. This Agreement, and any rights and licenses granted hereunder, may not be transferred or assigned by you, but may be assigned by Choco without restriction. Any attempted transfer or assignment in violation hereof shall be null and void.

16.2 Notification Procedures and Changes to the Agreement. Choco may provide notifications, whether such notifications are required by law or are for marketing or other business related purposes, to you via email notice, written or hard copy notice, or through posting of such notice on our website, as determined by Choco in our sole discretion. Choco reserves the right to determine the form and means of providing notifications to our Users, provided that you may opt out of certain means of notification as described in this Agreement. Choco is not responsible for any automatic filtering you or your network provider may apply to email notifications we send to the email address you provide us. Choco may, in its sole discretion, modify or update this Agreement from time to time, and so you should review this page periodically. When we change the Agreement in a material manner, we will update the 'last modified' date at the top of this page and notify you that material changes have been made to the Agreement. Your continued use of the Service after any such change constitutes your acceptance of the new Terms of Service. If you do not agree to any of these terms or any future Terms of Service, do not use or access (or continue to access) the Service.

16.3 Entire Agreement/Severability. This Agreement, together with any amendments and any additional agreements you may enter into with Choco in connection with the Service, shall constitute the entire agreement between you and Choco concerning the Service. If any provision of this Agreement is deemed invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of this Agreement, which shall remain in full force and effect, except that in the event of unenforceability of the universal Class Action/Jury Trial Waiver, the entire arbitration agreement shall be unenforceable.

16.4 No Waiver. No waiver of any term of this Agreement shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or any other term, and Company's failure to assert any right or provision under this Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.

16.5 Contact. Please contact us at contact@choco.com with any questions regarding this Agreement.

Privacy Notice

Effective Date: 23rd June 2021

Welcome to choco.com (the " Site"), a website of Atlantic Food Waste Partners, LLC, a subsidiary of Choco Communications GmbH, and their respective subsidiaries and affiliates (" CHOCO", " we", " us" or " our").

This Privacy Notice explains how we collect, use, disclose, and otherwise process Personal Information in connection with our Site and the related content, services, membership and other functionality offered on or through the Site, mobile applications, and our online services (collectively, the " Services"). It does not address our privacy practices relating to job applicants, employees and other personnel.

What is Personal Information?

When we use the term " Personal Information" in this Privacy Notice, we mean information that identifies, relates to, describes, is reasonably capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, to an individual. It does not include aggregated or deidentified information that is maintained in a form that is not reasonably capable of being associated with or linked to an individual.

Our Collection of Personal Information

We collect Personal Information about individuals when they visit our Site or create an online account. Sometimes we collect Personal Information automatically when an individual interacts with our Services and sometimes we collect the Personal Information directly from an individual. At times, we may collect Personal Information about an individual from other sources and third parties, even before our first direct interaction.

The Site

Personal Information Submitted by Site Visitors

We collect the following Personal Information submitted to us by visitors to our Site:

  • Contact Information , including first name, last name, employer, title, account status, email address, mailing address, phone number and communication preferences.

  • Inquiry Information , including information provided in custom messages sent through the forms or contact information provided on our Site.

Personal Information Collected Automatically

As is true of most digital platforms, we and our third-party providers may also collect Personal Information from an individual's device, browsing actions and site usage patterns automatically when visiting or interacting with our Site, including:

  • Log File Data , including internet protocol (IP) address, operating system, browser type, browser id, the URL entered and the referring page/campaign, date/time of visit, the time spent on our Site and any errors that may occur during the visit to our Site.
  • Analytics Data , including the electronic path taken to our Site, through our Site and when exiting our Site, as well as usage and activity on our Site, such as the links and objects viewed, clicked or otherwise interacted with (also known as " Clickstream Data").
  • Location Data , including general geographic location based on the log data we or our third-party providers collect.

For information about our and our third-party partners' use of cookies and related technologies to collect information automatically, and any choices individuals may have in relation to its collection, please refer to the Cookies and Online Ads section of this Privacy Notice below.

Online Account Services

We may collect Personal Information from our users and prospective users in connection with the online user accounts and ongoing maintenance of the accounts, which includes:

  • Online Account Information , including phone number, username and password, as well as associated security questions and answers.

  • Contact Information, including first name, last name, title, employer, email address, mailing address, phone number and communication preferences, as well as any information provided when signing up for special offers from selected third parties.

  • Other Profile Information, including a photograph for the online account or other Personal Information shared through the account.

  • Sweepstakes Information , including any information submitted with an application or entry to a sweepstakes or contest sponsored by us or one of our partners.

  • Account Support Information , including Personal Information provided when contacting us in connection with our Services.

  • Payment Information , including legal business name, EIN, Bank account and routing number, billing address, payment status, billing phone number, billing email, payment dates, invoice, invoice amount, invoice number, invoice date, payment terms, and third-party payment confirmation. Please note we offer a payments processing service and utilize a third-party provider to process payments on our behalf. We do not accept payments directly through our Site.

Personal Information From Third Parties

We also obtain Personal Information from third parties which we often combine with Personal Information we collect either automatically or directly from an individual.

We may receive the same categories of Personal Information as described above from the following third parties:

  • Business Partners : Our business partners may collect Personal Information in connection with the Services provided and may share some or all of the information with us.
  • Your Employer : If you are using the Services in connection with your role as an employee or contractor of a company or other legal entity, we may obtain your information from such an entity.
  • Restaurants and Suppliers : If you are using the Services in connection with your role as a Restaurant or Supplier, we may receive your information from other Restaurants and/or Suppliers. For example, we may receive your information from another entity in conjunction with processing a purchase order, or responding to an inquiry.
  • Social Media : When an individual interacts with our Services through various social media networks, such as when someone "Likes" us on Facebook or follows us or shares our content on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or other social networks, we may receive some information about individuals that they permit the social network to share with third parties. The data we receive is dependent upon an individual's privacy settings with the social network. Individuals should always review and, if necessary, adjust their privacy settings on third-party websites and social media networks and services before sharing information and/or linking or connecting them to other services.
  • Service Providers : Our service providers, such as payment processors and analytics providers. For example, we receive Personal Information from our service providers that conduct marketing or analytics activities.
  • Other Third Parties : From time to time, we may receive information about individuals from third parties. For example, we may obtain information from our marketing partners or from third parties to enhance or supplement our existing information about an individual. We may also collect information about individuals that is publicly available. We may combine this information with the information we collect directly from individuals.
  • Publicly Available Sources : We collect Personal Information about individuals that we do not otherwise have, such as contact information, employment-related information, and interest-in-services information, from publicly available sources. We may combine this information with the information we collect from an individual directly. We use this information to contact individuals, to send advertising or promotional materials or to personalize our Services and to better understand the demographics of the individuals with whom we interact.

Our Use of Personal Information

We use Personal Information we collect to:

  • Fulfill or meet the reason for which the Personal Information was provided. For instance, if you contact us by email, we will use the Personal Information you provide to answer your question or resolve your problem;
  • Manage our organization and its day-to-day operations and for internal reporting purposes;
  • Communicate with individuals, including via email, text message, social media and/or telephone calls;
  • Request individuals to complete surveys about our service offerings;
  • Market our Services to individuals, including through email, direct mail, phone or text message;
  • Administer, improve and personalize our Services, including by recognizing an individual and remembering their information when they return to our Site;
  • Operate, maintain and provide the features and functionality of the Services, including third party payment services to facilitate transactions via the Service;
  • Prepare for and facilitate our events;
  • Administer sweepstakes, contests, joint promotional activities or co-branded services;
  • Determine an individual's eligibility for and/or proof of enrollment in our Services;
  • Create and maintain accounts for our members;
  • Process payment for accounts, deliveries, balances and related services;
  • Facilitate user benefits and Services, including user support through our command center services;
  • Identify and analyze how individuals use our Site and Services;
  • Conduct research and analytics on our user base and our Services;
  • Improve and customize our service offerings to address the needs and interests of our user base and other individuals we interact with;
  • Test, enhance, update and monitor the Services, or diagnose or fix technology problems;
  • Help maintain the safety, security and integrity of our property and Services, technology assets and business;
  • Evaluate, negotiate or conduct a merger, divesture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution, or other sale or transfer of some or all of CHOCO's assets, whether as a going concern or as a part of bankruptcy, liquidation or similar proceeding, in which Personal Information held by CHOCO about consumers is among the assets transferred or is otherwise relevant to the evaluation, negotiation or conduct of the transaction;
  • Defend, protect or enforce our rights or applicable contracts and agreements;
  • Prevent, monitor for, investigate or provide notice of instances of potential and confirmed fraud or unlawful or criminal activity; and
  • Comply with legal obligations.

Where an individual chooses to contact us, we may need additional information to fulfill the request or respond to inquiries. We may provide additional privacy disclosures where the scope of the inquiry/request and/or Personal Information we require fall outside the scope of this Privacy Notice. In that case, the additional privacy disclosures will govern how we may process the information provided at that time.

Our Disclosure of Personal Information

We may disclose Personal Information in the following ways:

  • Affiliates : We may share Personal Information with other companies owned or controlled by CHOCO, and other companies owned by or under common ownership as CHOCO, which also includes our subsidiaries (i.e., any organization we own or control) or our ultimate holding company (i.e., any organization that owns or controls us) and any subsidiaries it owns, particularly when we collaborate in providing the Services.
  • Business Partners : We may share client Personal Information with our business partners, such as our restaurants or suppliers/delivery partners, as well as third parties with whom we partner to provide contests, joint promotional activities or co-branded services, and such disclosure is necessary to fulfill requests or applications.
  • Your Employer : If you are using the Services in connection with your role as an employee or contractor of a company or other legal entity, we may share your information with such entity.
  • Restaurants and Suppliers : If you are using the Services in connection with your role as a Restaurant or Supplier, we may disclose your information to other Restaurants and/or Suppliers. For example, we may disclose your information to another entity in conjunction with processing a purchase order, or responding to an inquiry.
  • Service Providers : We share Personal Information with third parties who assist us in providing our customer services and facilitating our communications with individuals that submit inquiries. We engage third-party service providers that perform business or operational services for us or on our behalf, such as website hosting, infrastructure provisioning, IT services, analytics services, and administrative services.
  • Other Businesses As Needed To Provide Services: We may share Personal Information with third parties that an individual engages with through our Services or as needed to fulfill a request or transaction including, for example, our payment processing services.
  • Other Third Parties : We may disclose Personal Information to third parties who use this information to provide information or marketing messages about products or Services of interest, in accordance with their own privacy policies and terms. We also work with advertising, analytics and social media partners as described in the Cookies and Online Ads section below.
  • Business Transaction or Reorganization: We may take part in or be involved with a corporate business transaction, such as a merger, acquisition, joint venture, or financing or sale of company assets. We may disclose or transfer your Personal Information as an asset to a third party during negotiation of, or in connection with, such business transaction. Your Personal Information may also be disclosed in the event of insolvency, bankruptcy or receivership.
  • Legal Obligations and Rights: We may disclose Personal Information to third parties, such as legal advisors and law enforcement:
    • in connection with the establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims;
    • to comply with laws or to respond to lawful requests and legal process;
    • to protect our rights and property and the rights and property of others, including to enforce our agreements and policies;
    • to detect, suppress, or prevent fraud;
    • to protect the health and safety of us and others; or
    • as otherwise required by applicable law.
  • Otherwise With Consent or Direction: We may disclose Personal Information about an individual to certain other third parties or publicly with their consent or direction. For example, with an individual's consent or direction we may post their testimonial on our Site or service-related publications.

Cookies and Online Ads


What We Collect:

We, and our third-party partners, may automatically collect certain types of usage information when an individual visits our websites or interacts with our Services. We may collect this information through a variety of data collection technologies, including cookies, web beacons, embedded scripts, location-identifying technologies, file information, and similar technology (collectively, " cookies"). For example, we may collect information about an individual's device and its software, such as IP address, browser type, Internet service provider, platform type, device type, operating system, date and time stamp, and other similar information. We may collect analytics data or use third-party analytics tools such as Google Analytics to help us measure traffic and usage trends for our Services and to understand more about the demographics of our users.

How We Use That Information:

We use or may use the data collected through cookies to: (i) remember information so that an individual will not have to re-enter it during their visit or the next time they use our Services; (ii) provide and monitor the effectiveness of our Services; (iii) monitor aggregate metrics such as total number of visitors, traffic, usage, and demographic patterns on our Services; (iv) diagnose or fix technology problems; or (v) otherwise plan for and enhance our Services. As explained in more detail below, we and our advertising partners also use this information to understand browsing activities, including across unaffiliated third-party sites, so that we can deliver ads and information about products and Services that may be of interest to an individual.

Choices About Cookies:

To manage cookies, an individual may change their browser settings to: (i) notify them when they receive a cookie, so the individual can choose whether or not to accept it; (ii) disable existing cookies; or (iii) set their browser to automatically reject cookies. Please note that doing so may negatively impact an individual's experience using our websites, as some features and Services on our websites may not work properly. Depending on an individual's device and operating system, they may not be able to delete or block all cookies. In addition, if an individual wants to reject cookies across all their browsers and devices, they will need to do so on each browser on each device they actively use. An individual may also set their email options to prevent the automatic downloading of images that may contain technologies that would allow us to know whether they have accessed our email and performed certain functions with it.

Online Advertising

What We Collect and How We Use It:

We participate in interest-based advertising and use third-party advertising companies to serve targeted advertisements based on an individual's browsing history. We permit third-party online advertising networks, social media companies and other third-party services, to collect information about an individual's use of our online Services over time so that they may play or display ads on other websites, or services an individual may use, and on other devices an individual may use. Typically, though not always, the information used for interest-based advertising is collected through data collection technologies, such as cookies, web beacons, embedded scripts, location-identifying technologies, and similar technology (collectively, " data collection technologies"), which recognize the device an individual is using and collect information, including click stream information, browser type, time and date the individual visited the website, AdID, precise geolocation and other information. We may share a common account identifier (such as a hashed email address or user ID) with our third-party advertising partners to help identify an individual across devices. We and our third-party partners use this information to make the advertisements an individual sees online more relevant to their interests, as well as to provide advertising-related services such as reporting, attribution, analytics and market research.

Choices About Online Ads:

We support the self-regulatory principles for online behavioral advertising (" Principles") published by the Digital Advertising Alliance (" DAA"). This means that we allow an individual to exercise choice regarding the collection of information about their online activities over time and across third-party websites for online interest-based advertising purposes. More information about these Principles can be found at www.aboutads.info. If an individual wants to "opt out" of receiving online interest-based advertisements on their internet browser from advertisers and third parties that participate in the DAA program and perform advertising-related services for us and our partners, please follow the instructions at:www.aboutads.info/choices, or http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/.

When electing to opt-out through these sites, they will place an "opt-out" cookie on your device indicating that you do not want to receive interest-based advertisements. Opt-out cookies only work on the internet browser and device they are downloaded onto. If an individual wants to opt-out of interest-based advertisements across all browsers and devices, they will need to opt-out on each browser on each device they actively use. If an individual deletes cookies on their device generally, they will need to opt-out again.

If an individual wants to "opt out" of receiving online interest-based advertisements on mobile apps, they should follow the instructions athttp://www.aboutads.info/appchoices.

Please note that when an individual "opts-out" of receiving interest-based advertisements, this does not mean they will no longer see advertisements from us or on our Services. It means that the online ads that an individual does see from DAA program participants should not be based on their interests. We are not responsible for the effectiveness of, or compliance with, any third-parties' opt-out options or programs or the accuracy of their statements regarding their programs. In addition, third parties may still use cookies to collect information about an individual's use of our Services, including for analytics and fraud prevention as well as any other purpose permitted under the DAA's Principles.

Third-Party Partners and Social Media

Third-Party Partners:

We use Google Analytics to recognize an individual and link the devices they use when they visit our websites or Services on their browser or mobile device, log in to their account on our Services, or otherwise engage with us. We share a unique identifier, like a user ID or hashed email address, with Google to facilitate the Services. Google Analytics allows us to better understand how our users interact with our Services and to tailor our advertisements and content to an individual. For information on how Google Analytics collects and processes data, as well as how individuals can control information sent to Google, review Google's site "How Google uses data when you use our partners' sites or apps" located at www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/.Individuals can learn about Google Analytics' currently available opt-outs, including the Google Analytics Browser Ad-On here https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/.

We may also utilize certain forms of display advertising and other advanced features through Google Analytics, such as Remarketing with Google Analytics, Google Display Network Impression Reporting, the DoubleClick Campaign Manager Integration, and Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting. These features enable us to use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookie) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick advertising cookie) or other third-party cookies together to inform, optimize, and display ads based on past visits to the Service. Individuals may control their advertising preferences or opt-out of certain Google advertising products by visiting the Google Ads Preferences Manager, currently available at https://google.com/ads/preferences, or by visiting NAI's online resources at http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices.

We may also use your aggregated or anonymized order information to gain industry insights, and share such aggregated or anonymized order information, or our industry insights based on such order information, with our third parties.

Social Media:

Our Services may include social media features, such as the Facebook Like button or other widgets. These social media companies may recognize an individual and collect information about their visit to our Services, and they may set a cookie or employ other data collection technologies. An individual's interactions with those features are governed by the privacy policies of those companies.

We display targeted advertising to individuals through social media platforms, such as Facebook and other social media forums. These companies have interest-based advertising programs that allow us to direct advertisements to users who have shown interest in our Services while those users are on the social media platform, or to groups of other users who share similar traits, such as likely commercial interests and demographics. We may share a unique identifier, such as a user ID or hashed email address, with these platform providers or they may collect information from our website visitors through a first-party pixel, in order to direct targeted advertising to an individual or to a custom audience on the social media platform. These advertisements are governed by the privacy policies of those social media companies that provide them. If an individual does not want to receive targeted ads on their social networks, they may be able to adjust their advertising preferences through their settings on those networks. An individual may learn more about advertising preferences by clicking on the links provided below. Please note that these links are provided for convenience only and we do not control the content or features that may be available on these third-party services.

To learn more about advertising preferences on Facebook Companies, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/help/109378269482053.

Children's Personal Information

Our websites and online Services are not directed to, and we do not intend to, or knowingly, collect or solicit Personal Information from children under the age of 13. If an individual is under the age of 13, they should not use our websites or online Services or otherwise provide us with any Personal Information either directly or by other means. If a child under the age of 13 has provided Personal Information to us, we encourage the child's parent or guardian to contact us to request that we remove the Personal Information from our systems. If we learn that any Personal Information we collect has been provided by a child under the age of 13, we will promptly delete that Personal Information.

Links to Third-Party Websites or Services

Our Site and Services may include links to third-party websites, plug-ins and applications. Except where we post, link to or expressly adopt or refer to this Privacy Notice, this Privacy Notice does not apply to, and we are not responsible for, any Personal Information practices of third-party websites and online services or the practices of other third parties. To learn about the Personal Information practices of third parties, please visit their respective privacy notices.

Region-Specific Disclosures

We may choose or be required by law to provide different or additional disclosures relating to the processing of Personal Information about residents of certain countries, regions or states. Please refer below for disclosures that may be applicable to you:

  • For residents of the State of Nevada, Chapter 603A of the Nevada Revised Statutes permits a Nevada resident to opt out of future sales of certain covered information that a website operator has collected or will collect about the resident. Although we do not currently sell covered information, please contact us at contact@choco.com to submit such a request.
  • For residents of the State of California, please click here for additional California-specific privacy disclosures.

Your Rights in the European Economic Area (EEA)

Because and to the extent we store your Personal Information in the EEA you may have certain rights under applicable data protection laws, including:

  • The right to request access to, and a copy of, the information we hold about you, including details as to how we process this information.
  • The right to object to, or restrict, our processing of your information.
  • The right to request that your information be erased from further use.
  • The right to correct, amend, or update information you have given us.
  • The right of portability, which allows you to request that we share your information with others./
  • The right to withdraw any consent to processing you have provided us.

Please note that we do not engage in any automated decision-making about you.

Information that is accessed from or stored in the EEA may be transferred to other countries, including the United States, that may not provide levels of protection for your Personal Information equivalent to the protection provided by the laws of the EEA.

For the purposes of such cross-border data transfers, to protect your information, and where required, we execute Standard Contractual Clauses with third parties located outside the EEA and implement further measures to ensure the Personal Information is subject to equivalent protection if necessary.

We will retain your Personal Information as long as it is needed for our business purposes and in accordance with applicable law. In determining this, we will be considerate of the amount, nature and sensitivity of the Personal Information, the potential risk of harm to the Personal Information, and whether our purposes can be achieved through other means.

We will only collect, store, or otherwise process Personal Information collected from you in the following situations:

  • When we have your consent to do so. (You can withdraw your consent at any time.)
  • When we need to use your Personal Information to perform our responsibilities under our contract with you (e.g. providing the Services you have requested).
  • When we or a third party have a legitimate interest in processing your Personal Information. For example, we may process your Personal Information to communicate with you about our Services. You have the right to object to our processing of your Personal Information that is based on our legitimate interests.
  • When we are required by law to process the Personal Information.

For the purposes of our processing of Personal Information in the EEA, Choco Communications GmbH is the Controller. Should you have any questions, would like to exercise any of the rights listed in this section, or you would like to make a complaint, you may contact us at contact@choco.com.

Please note that, while we will carefully assess every request we receive, your rights may differ according to your place of residence and we may not always have to comply. When this happens, we will explain why.

If you have any unresolved privacy concerns that we have not addressed satisfactorily after contacting us, you have the right to contact an EU Data Protection Authority and lodge a complaint.

Updates to this Privacy Notice

We will update this Privacy Notice from time to time. When we make changes to this Privacy Notice, we will change the date at the beginning of this Privacy Notice. If we make material changes to this Privacy Notice, we will notify individuals by email to their registered email address, by prominent posting on this website or our online Services, or through other appropriate communication channels. All changes shall be effective from the date of publication unless otherwise provided.

Contact Us

For any questions or requests in connection with this Privacy Notice or other privacy-related matters, please send an email to contact@choco.com.

Alternatively, inquiries may be addressed to:

Choco Communications GmbH

Attn: Legal Department

Hasenheide 54

10967 Berlin