GDPR: What Data Do We Collect & How Do We Use It?
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is part of a collection of reforms made for citizens of the European Economic Area (EU), which includes the entire European Union plus a few more countries.
It is designed to provide each person with greater control over their personal information.
Privacy on This Website
In the simplest terms, the GDPR means that we will abide by the highest standards in terms of keeping any privately disclosed data. In addition, we will make any of your privacy setting to the highest possible setting by default.
We hope it goes without saying that we will only use the information that we collect about you lawfully and in accordance with the EU GDPR. Above and beyond that, we will endeavor to use this information in a way that benefits you as a user.
When we ask you to provide information by which you can be identified when using this website, you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.
What Information We Collect
We will never collect sensitive information about you without your explicit consent. By “sensitive information” we mean details like:
- Your name
- Your email address
- Location (eg, b. approximate latitude and longitude)
How We Use This Data
We only send you promotional emails if you have explicitly opted-in. We do not sell, rent or share email addresses, and we never will. We will only share personal information when required by law (eg, if subpoenaed to do so).
We will only pass your data on to third parties if you have explicitly agreed that we do so. For example: if you submit a review which qualifies for a free domain at Domain.com in our promotion, we need to pass your details on to Register.com to have your prize sent out.
See our legal document, PRIVACY AND COOKIES POLICY, for the specific third parties that we share data. None of it is unusual, and most of it is partners who provide services for us like hosting and ad presentation.
The reason we collect information like email addresses is to provide you with a better service. For example, we need some personal details to do the following: improve our service, provide technical support, sent out user-requested newsletters, and so on.
We use non-identifying and aggregate information to better design our website and to share with advertisers. For example, we may tell an advertiser that X number of individuals visited a certain area on our website. Or that Y number of men and Z number of women filled out our registration form, but we would not disclose anything that could be used to identify those individuals.
Your IP Address
We may use your IP address for several reasons:
- To gather traffic & user data using Google Analytics
- To customize your user experience (eg, we can show your web hosts that match your requirements)
Our website contains links to other websites. We do not have any control over the content or behavior of external websites, so cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites. External sites are not governed by this privacy statement, so you should check their privacy policies.
We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.
Note: you may change your account settings on your social networks to prevent both us and third parties seeing information in relation to you. Here are links to the privacy settings for the two most important sites people visit:
Storage and Data Retention
Our storage and retention policy is quite simple: we get rid of it when you request us to. Information provided when signing up for our newsletter is suppressed as soon as you unsubscribe. Other information is deleted when you requestion.
The only data we keep indefinitely is publicly available data and technical data we’ve collected — mostly non-personally identifiable information.
A cookie is a small file that asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyze web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site.
Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes, and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
Cookies may also be served to you via third-party advertisers. Note that this policy does not apply to them.
If you do not want cookies served to you, you can disable them by changing the settings on your browser.
- Performance: these help you navigate and enhance your use of the website, as well as helping to support graphic and video features.
- Google Analytics: these help us to see how non-identifiable people use our site so that we can make improvements to the site. See Google Analytics for more information and how to opt out.
- Other Analytics: similar to Google Analytics, you can learn more at Hotjar, VWO, OpenX, and Clicktale.net.
Exercising Your Rights
We are happy to provide you with any information we have about you, have it changed, or removed. Just use the form below.