The Store Locator itself doesn’t collect any personally identifiable data, but it does hold location data added by the site owner the plugin is installed on. This may contain the address details, contact details, opening hours, coordinates and possible custom data that the site owner decided to collect related to the store location.
What happens when a user makes a search is that the provided search input is sent to the Google Geocode API, which then returns a set of coordinates. Those coordinates are used to find nearby locations in the local database.
Only when the statistics add-on is used, is the provided search input stored in combination with possible selected categories. No personally identifiable data is ever stored in the database when a search is made.
The individual store data can be exported by opening the store location in the editor and click on ‘Export Location Data’ ( right bottom corner ). This will generate a CSV file with all the related meta data ( name, address, coordinates, contact details and possible custom fields ).
Both the Search Widget and CSV Manager itself don’t collect any personal data.