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Our privacy policy
This policy explains what information we collect when you use Zabihah’s sites, services, mobile applications, products, and content (“Services”). It also has information about how we store, use, transfer, and delete that information.

Information we collect and how we use it

When you register, we require only basic information to setup and service your account: first and last name, email, and country of residence. We use this information to authenticate your account, deliver the Services, and personalize messages to you. All other registration fields and personal information (bio, phone numbers, personal website, social media accounts) are optional. With the exception of the user bio, this information is kept private. If you do not want your bio made public, you should not fill it in. Zabihah also filters content for the purposes of fighting and preventing spam, fraud, and other forms of abuse.

Beyond this basic information, users can control the following privacy settings during the registration process and at any time by editing their user profile in Account Settings: whether they are anonymous to other users (via a username); can be contacted by others on the platform; and can receive Zabihah email communications about new Halal restaurants near them, coupons from nearby Halal Restaurants, and Halal providers that might be of interest.

You are free to use Zabihah without registering; however, you will not be able to leave ratings and reviews; personalize your experience; or receive new restaurant notifications from Zabihah, coupons from nearby Halal Restaurants, and information about Halal providers that might be of interest.

When using the Services, we use your location data anonymously to deliver relevant restaurant and Halal provider banners and ads to you on the desktop, mobile, and app (for example, ads from nearby restaurants). We also collect anonymized search queries in order to develop market research into Halal market demand. If you provided us with location information in your profile, this is used to send new restaurant notices as well as location-based email marketing delivered directly by Zabihah on behalf of advertisers, provided that you opt-in to these services. While we sometimes provide advertisers with aggregate level data (number of Zabihah users in a given location, for example), we never provide these advertisers with any information about individual users or personal data. We also never sell information about you to others.

We may share your account information with third parties in limited circumstances, including: (1) after having received your consent; (2) to a service provider or partner who meets our data protection standards; (3) when we have a good faith belief it is required by law, such as pursuant to a subpoena or other legal processes; and (4) when we have a good faith belief that doing so will help prevent imminent harm to someone.

If we are going to share your information in response to a legal process involving you, we’ll give you notice so you can challenge it (for example by seeking court intervention), unless we’re prohibited by law or believe doing so may endanger others. We will object to requests for information about users of our services that we believe are improper.

Third party services

When you create or update your Zabihah account by authenticating with a third-party service (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn) we may collect, store, and periodically update information associated with that third-party account, such as your lists of friends or followers. If you login through social media, Zabihah will use that social media avatar as your Zabihah profile picture on your reviews. We will never publish through your third-party account without your permission.

Zabihah cookies

Cookies are small text files that are stored on your browser or device by websites, apps, online media, and advertisements. We use them in various ways, for example to:
  • Log you in and also require you to re-enter your password after a certain period of time has elapsed to protect you against others accidentally accessing your account;

  • Remember your preferences;

  • Ensure you are not repeatedly offered the same advertisements and to customize advertising based on your browser type and location (so we can deliver ads for restaurants nearby, for example); and

  • Evaluate use of our Services and how to improve them.
When you log out, your cookie data is deleted.

Zabihah doesn’t track you across the Internet, and we do not use cookies for any reasons other than those listed above. We do not allow third parties to have access to Zabihah’s cookies.

Google Analytics

We use a tool called Google Analytics to collect information about use of the platform. Google Analytics collects information such as how often users use our Services, what pages they visit when they do so, and what other sites they used prior to using our Service. We use the information we get from Google Analytics only to improve our Service. Google Analytics collects only the IP address assigned to you on the date you use our Service, rather than your name or other identifying information. We do not combine the information collected through the use of Google Analytics with personally identifiable information. Although Google Analytics plants a permanent cookie on your web browser to identify you as a unique user the next time you use our Service, the cookie cannot be used by anyone but Google. Google’s ability to use and share information collected by Google Analytics about your use of our Service is restricted by the Google Analytics Terms of Use and the Google Privacy Policy. You can prevent Google Analytics from recognizing you on return usage of our Service by disabling cookies on your browser.

Google Adsense and the DoubleClick DART Cookie

Google, as a third party advertisement vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on our Service. The use of DART cookies by Google enables them to serve adverts to visitors that are based on their use of our Service as well as other sites on the internet. To opt out of the DART cookies you may visit the Google ad and content network privacy policy. Tracking of users through the DART cookie mechanisms are subject to Google’s own privacy policies.

Other third party ad servers

Zabihah may sometimes use a third party ad server/ad network that uses cookies to track users activities on the Zabihah platform to measure advertisement effectiveness and other reasons that will be provided in their own privacy policies. In the event that we do so, Zabihah may not have access or control over these cookies. We require that any third parties we use in Europe conform to the requirements of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation.

Data storage

Zabihah uses Linode, a third-party vendor and hosting partner, for hardware, software, networking, storage, and related technology we need to run our Services. We maintain two types of logs: server logs and event logs. By using Zabihah, you authorize us to transfer, store, and use your information in the United States and any other country where we operate to deliver Services to you.

No data transmissions over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Consequently, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we make efforts to ensure security on our systems including, but not limited to, the following ways:
  • We use physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect personal information about you;

  • Your account information is password-protected and your passwords are one-way MD5 hashed; and

  • Zabihah uses industry-standard SSL-encryption to protect data transmissions while operating our Services. However, please note that this is not a guarantee that such information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed by breach of such firewalls and secure server software.
If Zabihah learns of a security systems breach, we will notify you electronically so that you can take appropriate protective steps.

Modifying or deleting your personal information, and data retention

Zabihah retains your personal information for the duration that you hold a Zabihah account. If you have a Zabihah account, however, you can access or modify your personal information and account by going into your Account Settings. You can delete your personal data at any time by contacting us at Zabihah may preserve and maintain copies of your information when required to do so by regulatory, insurance, tax, or other requirements in places where Zabihah operates.

Once such information is no longer necessary to provide Zabihah's Services, enable user support, enhance the user experience or other operational purposes, Zabihah takes steps to prevent access to or use of such information for any purpose other than compliance with these requirements or for purposes of safety, security and fraud prevention and detection or other legitimate business interests.

As the result of a future a merger, acquisition, bankruptcy, reorganization or sale of assets, your information may be subject to new privacy policies. In such circumstances, you can opt out by deleting your account or changing your user information.

Emails from Zabihah

Sometimes we’ll send you emails about your account, service changes or new policies. You can’t opt out of this type of administrative email (unless you delete your account). But, from your Account Setting you can opt out of non-administrative emails such as email communications about new Halal restaurants near you, coupons from nearby Halal restaurants, and Halal providers that might be of interest by editing your profile.

When you interact with an email sent from Zabihah (such as opening an email or clicking on a particular link in an email), we may receive information about that interaction. We will never email you to ask for your password or other account information. If you receive such an email, please send it to us so we can investigate.

Changes to this policy

Zabihah may periodically update this Policy. We’ll notify you about significant changes to it. The most current version of the policy will always be here.


We welcome feedback about this policy at

Data Protection Statement for European Union Users

Beginning May 25, 2018, the processing of personal data of users in the European Union is subject to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). We have updated our Privacy Policy to reflect the GDPR’s protections of EU users' rights and our responsibilities under this regulation.

Rights of data subjects

If you are a Zabihah user in the EU, you have the following rights with respect to Zabihah’s handling of your personal information:
  • Explanation and copies of your data: You have the right to request an explanation of the information that Zabihah has about you and how Zabihah uses that information. You also have the right to receive a copy of the information that Zabihah collects about you if collected on the basis of consent or because Zabihah requires the information to provide the services that you request.

  • Corrections: If Zabihah has information about you that you believe is inaccurate, you can make any changes in the Account Settings or by contacting

  • Deletions: Users may delete their accounts at any time by emailing We may retain certain information about you as required by law and for legitimate business purposes permitted by law.

  • Objections and complaints: Users in the EU may object at any time to the use of your personal data by contacting You may at any time lodge a complaint regarding the processing of your personal data by Zabihah with the Supervisory Authority of your EU member state.
Grounds for processing

The GDPR requires that companies processing the personal data of EU users do so on the basis of specific legal grounds. As described below, Zabihah processes the information of EU users based on uses covered in the GDPR, such as:
  • Service delivery: Zabihah must collect and use certain information in order to provide its services and features you request. This includes authenticating your account, delivering the Services, and personalizing messages to you.

  • Business interests: Zabihah collects and uses personal information to the extent necessary for its legitimate business interests. This includes collecting and using information to provide and enhance the Services and deliver new services, protect users’ safety and security, prevent abuse and fraud, provide customer support, respond to legal and safety requirements, conduct research and analysis, engage in direct marketing, and enforce Zabihah’s Terms of Service.

  • Security and safety: The processing is necessary to fulfill Zabihah’s legal obligations and to protect the security and safety of others.

  • User consent: Zabihah may collect and use your information on the basis of your consent. You may revoke your consent at any time by modifying or deleting your profile in Account Settings. Please note, that if you do so, you may be unable to use a number of features on Zabihah, such as leaving ratings and reviews. Zabihah may also collect personal information about you through voluntary surveys. Your responses to such surveys are collected on the basis of consent, and will be deleted once no longer necessary for the purposes collected.
Public nature of personal data

Logged-in users may choose to interact publicly on Zabihah (for example, by leaving reviews). In such cases, any personal information is processed on the basis that it is manifestly made public by the user. Users, however, can opt to use a username in the Account Settings if they do not wish to reveal their real name. If you do not agree to this public usage, do not use these features on Zabihah.

Existence of automated decision-making

Zabihah collects and stores personal data about its users to customize Zabihah Services. This includes automated decision-making to display restaurant listings tailored to the preferences and interests indicated by the user.

Cross-border transfers

Zabihah is hosted in the United States. By using Zabihah Services, you authorize Zabihah to transfer, store, and use your information in the United States and any other country where we operate. Where your data is disclosed to processors, it is subject by contract to at least the same level of data protection as that set out in this statement.

Updated 25 May 2018

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