Types of location data used by Vaxini
Different types of location information may be used in various Vaxini products.
Implicit location information is information that does not actually tell us where your device is located, but allows us to infer that you are either interested in the place or that you might be at the place. An example of implicit location information would be a manually typed search query for a particular place. Implicit location information is used in a variety of ways. For example, if you type in “Impfung” in Vaxini website, we infer that you may like to see information in German for drugs authorized in German speaking countries, and we can then use that to provide recommendations about those local immunization schedules or vaccination products to you.
Internet traffic information, such as IP address, is usually assigned in country-based blocks, so it can be used to at least identify the country of your device, and do things such as to provide you with the correct language and locale for the application and to determine the vaccination schedule recommended for your country. This information is sent as a normal part of internet traffic.
Some products, such as the Vaxini mobile app, use more precise location information. You typically can turn on device-based location services, which are services that use information such as GPS signals, device sensors, Wi-Fi access points, and cell tower ids that can be used to derive or estimate precise location. The precision depends on several settings you configure and control on your mobile device. You can subsequently choose to turn the device-based location services off on your cellphone. For example, the Vaxini app reads your location from Google Location Service when you open the app in order to provide you with contextual and country-specific epidemiology advice and alerts. Only your last location is stored in Vaxini’s servers hosted in Germany. Your location history is not retained. You can block Google from using your location on your mobile device and your internet browser.