Last Updated: November 7th, 2020
What Information Is Collected
When you use the Services, we may collect several types of information about you and/or your use of the Services. For example, we may collect information that you provide to us, information that we collect through your use of the Services, and information that we collect from other sources or third parties.
Information You Provide to Us.
There are a number of circumstances in which you may be required or invited to supply us with personal information, such as when you: subscribe to our newsletters, and other content; create a log in or register for any of our Services; interact with our bots or other interactive content; submit content or post a comment; or send us an email, pitch, or request for information.
Information About Your Use of the Services.
We may collect information about your use of the Services such as:
Device information: We may collect your computer or mobile device model, IP address, other unique device identifiers, operating system version, browser type, language, and settings, and device type and settings.
Usage information: We may collect information about the Services you use, the time, date, and duration of your use of the Services, referral information, your interaction with content offered through the Services, search terms used,
the referring website, and technology crash reports. We also collect information stored using cookies, mobile ad identifiers, beacons and similar technologies set on your device. Our servers may automatically keep an activity log of your use of the Services. We may collect such usage information at the individual or aggregate level.
Location information: We may collect and store your device’s source IP address, which may disclose the general location of your device at the time you access the Services. Advertisements and certain content may be directed to you based on this data.
Information From Third Parties.
We may receive information about you from third parties and combine it with information we receive from or about you. For example:
Information from publicly or commercially available sources: Certain third parties make available information, collected both online and offline, such as demographic information, additional contact information, group affiliations, occupational information, and educational background.
Other Information We Collect
We also may collect other information about you, your device, or your use of the Services in ways that we describe to you at the point of collection or otherwise with your consent. You may choose not to provide us with certain types of information, but doing so may affect your experience in using the Services.
How We Use Your Information
We use your information to help us personalize and continually improve your experience using the Services in the ways described below, as well as in other ways to which you consent or at your direction.
Providing the Services You Request.
We use your information to process your subscriptions, enable you to login to some of the Services, send you electronic newsletters, post content you submit, and enable your participation in features of the Services. To enable us to provide these Services, we may use the information we collect to identify you across sessions, browsers, and/or devices.
Delivering Personalized Content and Recommendations.
To make your experience more interesting and personalized, we may use any of the personal information we collect to assist us in delivering personalized suggestions on any of our Services, including via email, based on your interests and preferences. To enable us to provide these Services, we may use the information we collect to identify you across sessions, browsers, and/or devices.
We may send you (by email, text, or other medium): information about subscriptions, or other transactions; editorial newsletters and content; offers or announcements about our products or features; offers or announcements about our third party partners’ products or services; communications about your comments or information submissions; online surveys; invitations to events; responses to your comments, inquiries, or requests; and legal notices, policy updates, and other important information about the Services. All editorial and commercial email messages include instructions for unsubscribing from such future communications.
Learning about Our Users and Services.
We conduct research on our users’ demographics, interests and behavior, including performing statistical analysis of our users, their use of the Services, and their purchasing patterns. We do this to optimize and improve the Services, our products, and our operations.
Protecting Our Rights and Others’ Rights.
We may use your personal information as we believe is necessary to detect, investigate, and prevent activities that may violate our policies or may be illegal; to protect, enforce, or defend the legal rights, privacy, safety, or our property, its employees, agents, or users; or as required by law. We may use the information from one aspect of the Services for other aspects of Services, and we may combine information gathered from multiple aspects of the Services into a single user record. We also may use or combine information that we collect offline or we collect or receive from third-party sources for many reasons, including to enhance, expand, and check the accuracy of our records. Additionally, data collected from a particular computer, browser or device may be used with another computer, browser or device that is linked to the computer, browser or device on which such data was collected.
HOW WE SHARE YOUR INFORMATION
As described below, our information-sharing practices vary based on the type of information and the type of recipient.
We share information within our family of affiliated businesses (Amazon.com)
Third-Party Service Providers.
Third party agents and vendors perform functions on our behalf, including, but not limited to, hosting, content syndication, content management tools, social media integration, marketing, analytics, product development or support, sending email or text messages, billing or payment processing, fulfilling orders, delivering subscriptions, auditing, and customer service. These entities may have access to personal information if needed to perform their functions.
Third Party Content or Advertising Partners.
it with information collected across different websites, online services, and other devices. These third parties’ use of your information will be based on their own privacy policies.
Third Party Social Platforms.
Aggregate or Anonymous Information.
We also may share other information with third parties in a manner that does not identify particular users. For instance, we may share such information to help us determine how parts of Services are used, so that we may improve our services. We also may share aggregate information with our partners and other third parties about how our users collective demographics or how they collectively use our Services. We also may share aggregate information with our partners about how many advertising impressions
Users of the Services.
Certain features of the Services give you an opportunity to interact with us and others. These may include the collaboration tools, community forums, chats, submitting a letter to the editor, creating community profiles, and rating, tagging, and commenting on articles. When you use these features, you should be aware that any information you choose to submit, including your name, user name, location, email address, profile information, picture or image, likes, status, and comments, including any political or religious or other beliefs you express, may be publicly available to anyone, including other users, search engines, advertisers, third party application developers, and anyone else with access to the Services. We are not responsible for any information you choose to submit and make public through these interactive features.
Law Enforcement, Legal Process, and Emergency Situations.
In some cases, we may use or disclose your personal information to a third party if we are required to do so by law or if we in good faith believe that such action is necessary to comply with the law or legal process; to protect and defend our rights or to prevent misuse of our Services; or to protect the personal safety of our employees, agents, partners, the users of the Services, or the public.
With Your Consent or At Your Direction.
What Are Cookies?
What are Beacons?
Web beacons (also called “web tags” or “pixels”) are tiny graphics or scripts that communicate information from your device to a server. Beacons can be embedded in online or mobile content, videos, advertisements, or emails. They allow a server to read certain types of information from your device, such as when you viewed the beacon (and thus the content in which it is embedded) and the IP address of the device on which you viewed the beacon. We and third parties use beacons for a variety of purposes, including to analyze the use of our Services and (in conjunction with cookies) to provide content and ads that are more relevant to you.
information to other parties where required to do so by law, or where such other parties process the information on their behalf. Advertisers may use persistent identifiers to track your internet usage across other websites in their networks beyond our Services. Advertisers may be able to re-identify this information do so by combining information they collect about you when you use the Services with information about you obtained from other sources. In general, the information collected and generated by third parties is processed and stored by the third parties and will be subject to their respective privacy policies (which we do not control and for which we are not responsible). We do not control these third parties’ tracking technologies or the information they may collect.
Turning Off Cookies.
Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but also usually allow you to modify your settings to disable or reject cookies. If you delete your cookies or if you set your web browser to decline cookies, however, some features of the Services may not work or may not work as designed. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser.
Opting Out of Targeted Advertising.
Many of the third party advertisers that use tracking or targeting tools in connection with our Services either directly, or are members of programs that offer you additional choices regarding the collection and use of your information. You can learn more about the options available to limit these third parties’ collection and use of your information by visiting their websites:
Opt Out of Interest Based Advertising (National Advertising Initiative)
Your Ad Choices (Digital Advertising Alliance)
Your Online Choices (European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance)
See more about google adsense targeting here - https://policies.google.com/technologies/partner-sites
The Services may use Google Analytics to track your usage. If you wish to opt-out of Google Analytics’ tracking, use this browser add-on provided by Google. Similarly, you can learn about your options to opt-out of mobile app tracking by certain advertising networks through your device settings. For more information about how to change these settings for Apple, Android or Windows devices, see:
Please note that opting-out of advertising networks’ tracking and targeting does not mean that you will not receive advertising while using our Services or on other websites, nor will it prevent the receipt of interest-based advertising from third parties that do not participate in these programs. It will exclude you, however, from interest-based advertising conducted through participating networks, as provided by their policies and choice mechanisms.
Do Not Track.
You can request to access, review, correct, update, delete or modify your registration or subscription profile information (if such information exists) and modify your marketing preferences (where applicable) by contacting us via the contact form below. Please note that if you have subscribed or registered for multiple of our Services or subscriptions, you may need to update your information for each account separately.
Responding to Requests.
For your protection, we may only implement requests with respect to the personal information associated with the particular email address that you use to send us your request, and we may need to verify your identity before implementing your request. Please note that we may need to retain certain information for recordkeeping purposes and/or to complete any transactions you began prior to requesting such change or deletion (e.g., when you make a purchase or enter a promotion, you may not be able to change or delete the personal information provided until after the completion or cancelation of such purchase or promotion).
Other Important Information
How Your Information Is Secured.
We take reasonable security measures to protect your information, including the use of physical, technical and administrative controls. Please understand, however, that while we try our best to safeguard your personal information once we receive it, no transmission of data over the Internet or any other public network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. You need to help protect the privacy of your own information. You must take precautions to protect the security of any personal information that you may transmit over any home networks, wireless routers, wireless (WiFi) networks or similar devices by using encryption and other techniques to prevent unauthorized persons from intercepting or receiving any of your personal information. You are responsible for the security of your information when using unencrypted, open access or otherwise unsecured networks.
How Long Your Information Is Stored.
The time period for which we keep information varies according to the purpose for which it is used for. In some cases, there are legal requirements to keep data for a minimum period. Unless there is a specific legal requirement for us to keep the information, we will retain it for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the data was collected or for which it is to be further processed.
Emails and Newsletters.
The Services are not intended for children under 13 years of age. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13 years of age. If you are under 13 years of age, do not provide personal information to us without providing us with consent from your parents. If we discover that a child under the age of 13 has provided us with personal information and we do not have parental consent, we will immediately delete that child’s information. If you believe we have been provided with the personal information of a child under the age of 13 without parental consent, please notify us immediately.
California Privacy Notice
Last Updated: October 7, 2020
These additional disclosures and rights apply only to individuals who reside in California beginning January 1, 2020. The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”) provides additional rights to know, delete and opt out, and requires businesses collecting or disclosing personal information to provide notices and means to exercise rights. In the past 12 months, we have collected the following categories of personal information enumerated in the CCPA:
Identifiers – including name, email address, phone number, and IP address.
Demographics – such as your age or gender. This category includes data that may qualify as protected classifications under other California or federal laws.
Commercial information – including purchases and engagement with our Services.
Internet activity – including your interactions with our Services.
Geolocation data – including location enabled services such as WiFi and GPS.
Employment and education data – including information you provide when you apply for a job with us.
Inferences – including information about your interests, preferences and favorites.
California Shine the Light Rights
California residents may request a list of the categories of personal information disclosed by GearJunkie to third parties during the immediately preceding calendar year for those third parties’ own direct marketing purposes. To exercise a request, please write us at the email or postal address set out in “Contact Us” above and specify that you are making a “California Shine the Light Request.” We may require additional information from you to allow us to verify your identity and are only required to respond to requests once during any calendar year.