Welcome to GeekGong.com Privacy Policy. Thank you for taking the time to read it.

You care about how your personal information is used and shared. GeekGong.com respects the privacy of its users and is committed to recognizing and respecting your privacy rights by keeping you informed and processing and protecting your personal data in compliance with applicable data protection laws and regulations (“Data Protection Laws”). This privacy policy document outlines how we collect, use, maintains, and discloses information collected from users of our website.

1. Information We Collect

Our Website typically collects two (2) kinds of information about you.

(a) Personally Identifiable Information:

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.

(b) Non-Personally Identifiable Information:

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.

2. Automatically Collected 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.

2.1 Cookies

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.

Full details can be found on our Cookie Policy.

2.2 Pixel Tags

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.

2.3 Location Data

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.

2.4 Do Not Track

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.

3. What personal data we collect and why we collect it

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.

3.1 Commenting on Published Posts

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.

3.2 Submitting Inquiries

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.

3.3 Performing Search Queries

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.

3.4 Participating in Contests, Polls, Surveys, Sweepstakes, and Promotions

From time to time you may be able to participate in contests, giveaways, sweepstakes, or other similar promotions that we or third parties may sponsor. Participation may require sharing your Personal Data with us or third parties sponsoring the contest, giveaway, sweepstakes, or promotion, and you should check the rules to determine how your information will be used and shared with others. As a condition to receiving any awards or prizes, you may be required to provide additional information, to sign a release, or to authorize the use of certain information about you in marketing materials. If a third party administers the contest or if we administer the contest via a third-party platform (like Facebook or Twitter), your participation may be subject to additional terms and conditions and that third-party’s privacy policy. We are not responsible for such third parties. You should carefully review the contest guidelines and these third parties’ terms and conditions before deciding whether to participate in a contest publicized or offered through the Service.

3.5 Public Forums

We may offer chat rooms, message boards, bulletin boards, or similar public forums where you and other users of our Website can communicate. The protections described in this Privacy Policy do not apply when you provide information (including personally identifiable information) in connection with your use of these public forums. We may use personally identifiable and non-personal information about you to identify you with a posting in a public forum. Any information you share in a public forum is public information and may be seen or collected by anyone, including third parties that do not adhere to our Privacy Policy. We are not responsible for events arising from the distribution of any information you choose to publicly post or share through our Website.

4. Information Collected from 3rd Party Service Providers

4.1 Social Media Integrations

GeekGong may contain integrations with popular social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter (in the form of plug-ins, widgets, buttons, etc) in which information is shared between us and such platforms in order to provide you an improved user experience while using our services. This information could include but is not limited to the user ID associated with your account (for example, your Facebook UID), an access token necessary to access that service, any information that you have permitted the third party to share with us, and any information you have made public in connection with that service. By continuing to use our website, you authorize us to access and store such information that the respective social media platform makes available to us and to use and disclose it in accordance with this policy. If you don’t want a particular social network to share your details with us, please review the privacy policy, privacy settings, and instructions of the applicable social network before you visit and use our Services.

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.

4.2 Third Party Analytics and Advertising Services

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.

4.2.1 Google Analytics

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:

http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en

Google’s ability to use and share information collected by Google Analytics about your visits to this site is restricted by the Google Analytics Terms of Service and the Google Privacy Policy. For more information about the handling of user data by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google Privacy Policy at https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en

4.2.2 Google AdSense

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.

4.3 Newsletter Subscription Service

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.

To learn more about the use of cookies on MailChimp, visit https://mailchimp.com/legal/cookies;

For information about data privacy at MailChimp (‘Privacy’), visit https://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy.

4.4 Affiliate Marketing

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.

Affiliate partners may use cookies to understand your use of the Services.

4.5 Google reCaptcha

On this website, we have implemented Google reCAPTCHA, which is offered by GOOGLE LLC, 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”). The primary purpose of this service is to distinguish whether an input is made by a natural person or by some abusive automated process. The service includes the sending of the IP address and possibly other data required by Google for the reCAPTCHA’s processing. For more information about Google reCAPTCHA and Google’s privacy policy, please visit https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/.

4.6 Cloudflare CDN

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.

For more information about Cloudflare CDN (Content Delivery Network) and Cloudflare’s Privacy Policy, please visit https://www.cloudflare.com/privacyshield.

4.7 Wordfence Security Solutions

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:

  • IP Address (which can be used to determine the Country of origin)
  • User-agent (which can be used to determine if the device is mobile or desktop)
  • Referrer (which can be used to determine if the request came from Google)

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.

4.8 Links to Other Websites & Third-Party Contents

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.

5. International Privacy Laws

If you are visiting GeekGong from outside the United States, please be aware that you are sending information to the United States where our servers are located. Information you submit may then be transferred within the United States or back out of the United States to other countries outside of your country of residence, depending on the type of information and how it is stored by us. These countries (including the United States) may not necessarily have data protection laws as comprehensive protective as your country of residence; however, our collection, storage, and use of your data will at all times continue to be governed by this Privacy Policy.

6. Notice of Privacy Rights to California Residents

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.

7. Rights according to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

According to the provisions of the GDPR, you have the following rights in principle:

7.1 Right to information

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.

7.2 Right to rectification

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.

7.3 Right to erasure (‘right to be forgotten’)

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.

7.4 Right to restriction of processing

In accordance with Art. 18 GDPR, you have the right under certain conditions to demand that GeekGong restrict the processing of your personal data.

7.5 Notification obligation regarding rectification or erasure of personal data or restriction of processing

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.

7.6 Right to data portability

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.

7.7 Right to Object (Article 21)

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.

7.8 Right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling (Article 22 GDPR)

7.9 Right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority

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.

8.Children’s Privacy

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.

9. CAN SPAM Act

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:

  • Not use false or misleading subjects or email addresses.
  • Identify the message as an advertisement in some reasonable way.
  • Include the physical address of our business or site headquarters.
  • Monitor third-party email marketing services for compliance, if one is used.
  • Honor opt-out/unsubscribe requests quickly.
  • Allow users to unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of each email.

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.

10. Data Retention

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.

11. Keeping Your Information Secure

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.

12. Disclosure of Your Information

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.

13. Fair Information Practices

In order to be in line with Fair Information Practices we will take the following responsive action, should a data breach occur

  • We will notify you via email within 7 business days
  • We will notify the users via in-site notification within 7 business days

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.

14. Limitations

This Privacy Policy applies only to information collected through our Site (www.geekgong.com) and not to information you may provide to any third-party sites to which GeekGong may link, unless otherwise expressly stated herein. Basically, our Privacy Policy applies to the things we control; other’s privacy policies apply to the things they control. While we endeavor to facilitate access only to Third Party Services that share our respect for your privacy, we can’t, and don’t, take responsibility for the content of privacy policies of those Third Party Services. We encourage you to carefully review the privacy policies of any Third Party Services you access via GeekGong.

15. Policy Changes

This Policy may be amended or updated from time to time to reflect changes in our practices with respect to Processing of your information, or changes in applicable law. We encourage you to read this Policy carefully, and to regularly check this page to review any changes we might make. If any modification is unacceptable to you, you shall cease using this Website. If you do not cease using this Website, you will be deemed to have accepted the change(s). In all cases, use of information we collect now is subject to the Privacy Policy in effect at the time such information is collected.

16. Contacting Us

If you require any more information or have any questions about our privacy policy, please feel free to contact us by email at [email protected]

This document was last updated on January 04, 2021