Our Website typically collects two (2) kinds of information about you.
Our definition of personally identifiable information includes any information that may be used to specifically identify or contact you, such as your name, mail address, phone number, etc. As a general policy, we do not automatically collect your personally identifiable information when you visit our Website. In certain circumstances, we may request, allow, or otherwise provide you an opportunity to submit your personally identifiable information in connection with a feature, program, promotion, or some other aspect of our Website. For instance, you may: (a) provide your name, e-mail address, and phone number when placing an inquiry with our Website, subscribing to our newsletter; (b) provide certain demographic information about you (e.g., age, gender, purchase preference, usage frequency, etc.) when participating in a survey, poll or a contest; or (c) post a comment on our Website. Certain information may not be personally identifiable when standing alone (e.g., your age), but may become so when combined with other information (e.g., your age and name). Whether or not you provide this information is your choice; however, in many instances, this type of information is required to participate in the particular activity, realize a benefit we may offer, or gain access to certain features on our Website.
Our definition of non-personal information is any information that does not personally identify you. Non-personal information can include certain personally identifiable information that has been de-identified; that is, information that has been rendered anonymous. We and/or our third-party service providers obtain non-personal information about you from information that you provide us, either separately or together with your personally identifiable information.
We and/or our third-party service providers (including advertising, social media, affiliate, and analytics providers/partners) may automatically collect certain non-personal information from you when you access our Website and its related services. Such information may include but not limited to your computer’s operating system, Internet Protocol (IP) address and approximate location information, access times, browser type and language, and the website you visited before navigating to our Services. Additionally, when you visit our Services through your mobile device, we may collect your unique device ID, device make and model, device IP address, mobile web browser type, and version and mobile carrier, etc., among others. This information enables us to monitor, detect, and troubleshoot various technical issues associated with our service, safeguard against potential security threats, as well as analyze the usage in order to provide an improved user experience to our visitors.
When you use or access our website, we may send one or more cookies to your computer. Cookies are small text files containing a string of alphanumeric characters that a website transfers and stores on your computer when you visit the website with your web browser. Cookies enable us to capture and remember certain pieces of information that will help us provide an improved user experience to the user. Most web browsers are set to accept cookies by default. If you prefer, you may adapt your browser settings in such a way that it informs you about the setting of cookies and you can individually decide on their acceptance or you can exclude the acceptance of cookies for specific cases or in general. Each browser differs in the way it manages the cookie settings. This is described in the Help menu of each browser, which explains how to change your cookie settings.
Please note that if you do not accept cookies, the functionality of our website may be limited.
We may use pixel tags (also known as web beacons), on our web pages and in our emails which will allow us and our third parties to monitor the use of GeekGong and collect Usage Data. A pixel tag is a small graphic image that can collect information such as the IP address of the computer that downloaded the page on which the tag appears; the URL of the page on which the pixel tag appears; the time (and length of time) the page containing the pixel tag was viewed; the type of browser that retrieved the pixel tag; and the identification number of any cookie previously placed by that server on your computer. We may use pixel tags, either provided by us or by our third party advertisers, service providers and ad networks, to collect information about your visit, including the pages you view, the links you click and other actions taken in connection with GeekGong and use them in combination with our cookies to provide information of interest to you. Pixel tags may also enable ad networks to serve targeted advertisements to you when you visit GeekGong or other websites.
When you access our website by or through a mobile device, we may access, collect, monitor and/or remotely store “location data,” which may include GPS coordinates (e.g. latitude and/or longitude) or similar information regarding the location of your mobile device. Location data may convey to us information about how you browse and use our Service. Some features of the Service, particularly location-based services (Only If Available), may not function properly if use or availability of location data is impaired or disabled.
Your browser settings may allow you to automatically transmit a “Do Not Track” signal to the online services you visit. Note, however, there is no industry consensus as to what site and app operators should do with regard to these signals. Accordingly, unless and until the law is interpreted to require us to do so, we do not monitor or take action with respect to “Do Not Track” signals. For more information on “Do Not Track,” visit http://www.allaboutdnt.com.
In order to provide you with the contents, features, and the services you request, GeekGong may collect and store your name, email address, and/or any other information you choose to submit based on the contents, features and the service(s) you access on our Website.
If commenting is enabled on our posts, and if you choose to comment on such posts, you will be asked to provide us with your name and e-mail address along with your comments. The data which you provide will be stored on our server along with your public IP address and your name and comment will be made publicly available to be seen and replied by other visitors.
GeekGong may store your e-mail address, name, and other associated personal data when you place an inquiry with us either via our contact us form or via sending an e-mail. These data are stored and used solely for the purpose of answering your request or for establishing contact and the associated technical administration. Your data will be deleted after the final processing of your request.
GeekGong may collect information when you perform search queries on our website. Such information may be used to aggregate, analyze, and improve the accuracy of our search results as well as improve your user experience by generating automatic suggestions.
In addition, We receive Personal Data about you when you interact with us using our social media pages and channels (i.e. clicking a call to action button, liking, following, posting a comment, etc). The Personal Data may include your profile name, profile identifier, e-mail address, and the content of your submissions. We use this information to communicate with you and for internal purposes, until you withdraw consent or we do not use the social media pages anymore. Any content (e.g. comments, photographs, information, and other materials) that you post directly to our Site, including our social media pages, is public and can be read, collected, or used by others.
Please note that these third parties may collect information about you including your IP address, browser/operating system information, the address of the website or app you’re using, the pages you visit, and the information from cookies they’ve stored in your computer in ways GeekGong does not control. Please review the privacy policies and settings of respective social networks should you have any questions about their privacy practices.
We may directly collect analytics data, or use third-party analytics tools and services, to help us measure traffic and usage trends for the Service. These tools may collect information about your use of the Services, including your IP address, web browser, pages viewed, time spent on pages, links clicked, and conversion information. The collected information may be used by GeekGong and third parties to, analyze and determine the popularity of certain content, deliver content targeted to your interests, and better understand the usage and visitation of our Services and other sites tracked by these third parties.
The services you enjoy on this website may be supported through advertising, and we may allow third-party advertising companies to serve ads on GeekGong with the ability to collect data about how you interact with the Services offered by this web site as well as other web sites (which are part of the same advertising network) in order to deliver advertisements about goods and services of interest to you.
These advertisers, advertising networks, analytic service providers, and other associated third parties may employ cookies, pixels, and web beacons to track the actions of users across different websites and platforms. [Any information that these third parties collect is generally not personally identifiable (unless, for example, you provide personally identifiable information to them through an ad or e-mail message).] GeekGong do not have access to or control over such cookies, pixels or web beacons that third-party partners may use. Therefore, we encourage you to read those businesses’ privacy policies if you should have any concerns about how they will care for your personal information.
We use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google as our primary mechanism of tracking, collecting, and analyzing information about the use of this web site. The information gathered by the Analytics Service will be transmitted to and stored by the Analytics Service itself and it would allow us to access and analyze the use of our service by you (the visitor). Google Analytics may share the information with other Google services as well, for example, to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network. To facilitate the analysis of your use of the Website, Google Analytics uses so-called cookies, which are small text files placed on a visitor’s computer. You can prevent the collection of the data generated by the cookie and the data related to your use of the Website (including your IP address) by Google as well as the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link:
We use Google Adsense, an advertising program run by Google, as our primary method of monetizing the contents published on GeekGong. Google will serve advertisements based on website content, the user’s geographical location, and various other factors. In order to deliver ads, Google makes use of special advertising cookies which enables Google and its partners to serve ads to you based on your visit to our website and previous websites that you may have visited. You may opt-out of personalized advertising by vising Ads Settings ( https://www.google.com/settings/ads ) on your Google account. In addition, for information on how tracking works for targeted advertising purposes, and to opt-out of the collection of data for this purpose by companies participating in the Digital Advertising Alliance Self-Regulatory Program, you can visit http://www.aboutads.info/choices from your browser or http:///www.aboutads.info/appchoices from your mobile device.
GeekGong makes use of third-party email marketing platform Mailchimp to send and manage its email newsletters. When you subscribe to our newsletter, you will be asked to provide us with your email address and that would give us the consent to contact you via email. The provided information will be stored and managed by Mailchimp as well as newsletters will be delivered to you by Mailchimp on behalf of GeekGong. You can withdraw your consent to receive our newsletter at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of the email. If you unsubscribe by clicking the link, your email address will be deleted from Mailchimp. When you receive a newsletter via Mailchimp, information such as your IP address, browser type, and e-mail program are recorded to give us information about the performance of our newsletters. Mailchimp can use the images embedded in the HTML emails called “web beacons” (check out https://mailchimp.com/help/about-open-tracking/) to let us know whether the email has arrived, whether it was opened, and whether the links in it have been clicked. All this information is stored on the servers of Mailchimp, not on this website.
MailChimp is an active participant in the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework, which regulates the correct and secure transfer of personal data. For more information on this subject, visit https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000TO6hAAG.
For information about data privacy at MailChimp (‘Privacy’), visit https://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy.
Some of the pages and posts on the Website may contain “affiliate links.” This means if you click on such a link and choose to purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. This does not result in additional charges for you (the reader). Links to products or services within GeekGong blog posts or pages may or may not be noted as an affiliate in every reference. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we believe will add value to our readers and the affiliate money earned per month may help us pay the fees to keep this website up and running.
To safeguard against DDoS attacks as well as to optimize the loading times of our website, we use the services offered by Cloudflare CDN (Content Distribution Network) from Cloudflare, Inc., 101 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. All data transferred to and/or from this website (including your IP address), are processed via the world-wide content delivery network of Cloudflare. By default, the nearest data center is used. Cloudflare may also store cookies on your computer as part of its operations. By using this website you agree to the processing of the collected data by Cloudflare as described above.
For details on what exactly Cloudflare stores in their servers please refer to this blog post at https://blog.cloudflare.com/what-cloudflare-logs/.
Cloudflare, Inc. is based in the US and is certified to the US Privacy Shield, which ensures compliance with the level of data protection in the EU.
This Website uses the Wordfence plug-in from Defiant, 800 5th Ave Ste 4100, Seattle, WA 98104, USA, to help protect the service as well as its users from viruses and malware, and for defense against any potential external attacks. Whenever someone connects to our website, Wordfence will save the following information in our database:
Some IP addresses that are deemed to be highly malicious are sent over to Wordfence’s servers. The IP address is then stored on Wordfence servers for 90 days and then removed. If the offending IP address still however is attacking websites, it might be re-added to Wordfence servers.
Some cookies may set to aid in various features. The entire list of cookie names and their purpose can be found at https://www.wordfence.com/help/general-data-protection-regulation/#cookies-set-by-the-wordfence-plugin
Wordfence Security verifies the visits to the Website as to their legitimacy and logs the visits to the web hosting server to the same extent as previously mentioned.
In addition to the above mentioned third-party service providers, GeekGong may include content and links that are related to other third-party websites. If you click on a third party link you will be directed to that third party’s site. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these third-party websites, and therefore we encourage you to review the privacy policies of the respective websites that you visit.
California law requires that we provide you with a summary of your privacy rights under the California Online Privacy Protection Act (the “Act”) and the California Business and Professions Code. As required by the Act, we will provide you with the categories of personally identifiable information that we collect through this website and the categories of third party persons or entities with whom such personally identifiable information may be shared for direct marketing purposes at your request. California law requires us to inform you, at your request: (1) the categories of personally identifiable information we collect and what third parties we share that information with; (2) the names and addresses of those third parties; and (3) examples of the products marketed by those companies. The Act further requires us to allow you to control who we can and cannot share that information with. To obtain this information, please send a request by email to the address found below. When contacting us please indicate your name, address, email address, and what personally identifiable information you do not want us to share with third parties. Please allow thirty (30) days for a response. Also, please note that there is no charge for controlling the sharing of your personally identifiable information or requesting this notice.
According to the provisions of the GDPR, you have the following rights in principle:
According to Art. 15 GDPR, you have the right to request information from us if we have collected data about you. If so you may request information about this personal data and to further information mentioned in Art 15 GDPR.
According to Art. 16 GDPR you have the right to demand immediate correction of incorrect personal data concerning you. Furthermore, taking into account the purposes of the processing, you have the right to request the completion of incomplete personal data, including by means of a supplementary statement.
According to Art. 17 GDPR, you have the right to request the deletion of your personal data. GeekGong is obliged to delete personal data immediately, provided that the corresponding requirements of Art. 17 GDPR are met.
In accordance with Art. 18 GDPR, you have the right under certain conditions to demand that GeekGong restrict the processing of your personal data.
According to Article 19 GDPR, you have the right to be notified of any rectification, erasure or restriction of processing of your personal data carried out by us in accordance with Article 16, Article 17 and Article 18, unless it proves impossible or involves disproportionate effort.
According to Art. 20 GDPR, you have the right to receive the personal data which you have provided in a structured, common and machine-readable format, and you have the right to transfer this data to another responsible person without hindrance, provided the processing is based on a consent according to Article 6 paragraph 1 lit. a GDPR or Article 9 (2) lit. a GDPR which is based on a contract pursuant to Article 6 para. 1 lit. b GDPR and processing is done by using automated procedures.
If you have given your consent to the processing of your data, you can revoke it at any time. Such revocation affects the admissibility of the processing of your personal data after you have given it to us.
Insofar as we base the processing of your personal data on the balancing of interests, you can file an objection to the processing. In the event of such disagreement, we ask you to explain the reasons why we should not process your personal data as we have done. In the case of your justified objection, we will examine the situation and will either discontinue or adapt the data processing or point out to you our compelling legitimate reasons on which we continue the processing.
If you believe that the processing of your data violates data protection law or that your data protection rights have been violated in any other way, According to Art. 77 GDPR, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority, without prejudice to any other administrative or judicial remedy. This right shall apply, in particular, to the Member State to your place of residence, to your place of work or to the place of the alleged infringement if you consider that the processing of the personal data concerning you is contrary to the GDPR. Consumers have the opportunity to submit such complaints to the EU’s online dispute resolution platform: https://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr/main/index.cfm?event=main.home2.show&lng=EN.
We understand the importance of protecting children’s privacy and do not intend for our Platform to be used by anyone under the age of 18. If you are under 18 years old and you wish to use our Platform in any way which requires you to submit your personal data, please get your parent or legal guardian to do so on your behalf.
If you are a parent or legal guardian and believe we may have collected personal data about a child, please contact us as described in this Privacy Statement.
The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them, and spells out tough penalties for violations.
We collect your email address in order to send information, newsletters, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions.
To be in accordance with CANSPAM, we agree to the following:
If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, follow the instructions at the bottom of each email and we will promptly remove you from ALL correspondence.
We store the information we collect about you for as long as is necessary for the purpose(s) for which we originally collected it. We may retain certain information for legitimate business purposes or as required by law.
We have implemented security measures we consider reasonable and appropriate to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. Please be advised, however, that while we strive to protect your personally identifiable information and privacy, we cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you disclose or transmit to us online and are not responsible for the theft, destruction or inadvertent disclosure of your personally identifiable information. In the unfortunate event that your “personally identifiable information” (as the term or similar terms are defined by any applicable law requiring notice upon a security breach) is compromised, we may notify you by e-mail (at our sole and absolute discretion) to the last e-mail address you have provided us in the most expedient time reasonable under the circumstances; provided, however, delays in notification may occur while we take necessary measures to determine the scope of the breach and restore reasonable integrity to the system as well as for the legitimate needs of law enforcement if notification would impede a criminal investigation. From time to time we evaluate new technology for protecting information, and when appropriate, we upgrade our information security systems.
We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.
In order to be in line with Fair Information Practices we will take the following responsive action, should a data breach occur
We also agree to the Individual Redress Principle which requires that individuals have the right to legally pursue enforceable rights against data collectors and processors who fail to adhere to the law.
This document was last updated on January 04, 2021