The Owner as Data Controllers are firmly committed to the protection of your privacy and takes their responsibility regarding the security of customer information very seriously.
This Policy sets out how we collect, use and secure the personal information of individuals using any website owned by us.
• What personal data we collect and process about you in connection with your relationship with us as a customer and through your use of our website, mobile applications and online services;
• Where we obtain the data from;
• What we do with that data;
• How we store the data;
• Who we transfer/disclose that data to;
• How we deal with your data protection rights;
• And how we comply with the data protection rules.
This policy explains our data processing practices and your options regarding the ways in which your personal data is used. By registering, placing an order, downloading information or entering our site (as defined below) you consent to the collection and use of your information under the terms of this policy.
THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT
Personal data means any information relating to you which allows us to identify you, such as your name, company, company address, your designation, contact details, (payment details if applicable) and information about your access to our website.
We collect personal data from you when you contact us directly to receive our publications either electronically or by post
Specifically, we may collect the following categories of information:
a. Name, business or home address, e-mail address, telephone number, b. Information about your use of our website and/or App; c. The communications that you may exchange with us or direct to us via letters, emails, chat service, calls, and social media. d. Location, including real-time geographic location of your computer or device through GPS, Bluetooth, and your IP Address, along with crowd-sourced Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower locations, if you use location-based features and turn on the Location Services settings on your device and computer. (Personal Information)
If you submit any information to GC to be published on the GC through the publishing tools and any discussion forum, then you are deemed to have given consent to the publication of such information
The site is free to access; however, if you purchase a product or service from GC or a vendor available through GC we may be required to collect additional information, including billing information, credit card numbers and expiration dates and tracking information from cheques or money orders
In addition, we gather aggregate statistical information about our Site and Users, such as IP addresses, browser software, operating system, pages viewed, and number of sessions, unique visitors and so forth.
HOW WE USE YOUR INFORMATION
We may use your Information to provide services that you request or to contact you regarding additional services which GC thinks that you might be interested in. Specifically, we may use your email address, mailing address, phone number or fax number to contact you regarding notices, surveys, product alerts, new service or product offerings and communications relevant to your use of our Site. We may generate reports and analysis based on the Registration Information for internal analysis, monitoring and marketing decisions.
We use your Collected Information to improve our marketing and promotional efforts, to statistically analyse site usage, to improve our content and product offerings and to customize our Site's content, layout and service specifically for you.
We may use your Collected Information to execute marketing campaigns, promotions or advertising messages on behalf of third parties; however, in these circumstances, your Collected Information will not be disclosed to such third parties unless you respond to the marketing, promotion or advertising message.
All of your Publishing Information will be publicly available on GC and therefore accessible by any internet user. Any Publishing Information that you disclose to on the Site by definition becomes public information and you relinquish any proprietary rights (including but not limited to the rights of confidentiality and copyrights) in such information. You should exercise caution when deciding to include personal or proprietary information in the Publishing Information that you submit to us. Any information disclosed herein is as a result of your decision to make public this information.
GC will only share your Payment Information with banks or vendors relevant to the transaction in order to enable transactions to be completed. Any credit card information that you provide through GC is directly submitted to a payment server of the credit card processing bank. GC does not maintain electronic or physical copies of your credit card information. While GC has in place up-to-date technology and internal procedures to guard your Payment Information against intruders, there is no guarantee that such technology or procedure can eliminate all of the risks of theft, loss or misuse GC shall not be liable to you or any other person for any damages that might result from unauthorized use, publication, disclosure or any other misuse of Payment Information, including credit card information.
We use Statistical Information to help diagnose problems with and maintain our computer servers, to manage our Site, and to enhance our Site and services based on the usage pattern data we receive. We may generate reports and analysis based on the Statistical Information for internal analysis, monitoring and marketing decisions. We may provide Statistical Information to third parties, but when we do so, we do not provide personally identifying information without your permission.
We will not retain your data for longer than is necessary to fulfil the purpose it is being processed for. To determine the appropriate retention period, we consider the amount, nature and sensitivity of the personal data, the purposes for which we process it and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means.
When we no longer need your personal data, we will securely delete or destroy it. We will also consider if and how we can minimise over time the personal data that we use, and if we can anonymise your personal data so that it can no longer be associated with you or identify you, in which case we may use that information without further notice to you.
By providing us with your personal information, you consent to our collection, use and disclosure of that information as described in this Statement as amended from time to time or as described at or before the time of collection, use or disclosure, as the case may be. If you do not want your personal information to be collected, used or disclosed in this manner, then please either:
• do not submit your personal information to us;
• exercise opt-out procedures described above or as may be offered at the time of collection, or
• refrain from exercising opt-in procedures described above or as may be offered at the time of collection.
If you have submitted personal information to us and wish to withdraw your consent to its retention, use or disclosure, please send an e-mail to [email protected] You may withdraw your consent, subject to legal or contractual restrictions and reasonable notice. If you withdraw your consent, we may not be able to provide some products or services to you.
DISCLOSING YOUR INFORMATION
We do not sell, rent, trade or exchange any personally-identifying information of our Users. We may share certain aggregate information based on analysis of Collected Information with our partners, customers, advertisers or potential Users
However we reserve the right to disclose your Collected Information to relevant authorities where we have reason to believe that such disclosure is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be infringing or threatening to infringe, or who may otherwise be causing injury to or interference with, the title, rights, interests or property of GC, our Users, customers, partners, other web site users or anyone else who could be harmed by such activities.
We also reserve the right to disclose Collected Information in response to a subpoena or other judicial order or when we reasonably believe that such disclosure is required by law, regulation or administrative order of any court, governmental or regulatory authority.
LOGGING IN USING SOCIAL NETWORKING CREDENTIALS
If you log-in to our sites using a Facebook log-in, you are granting permission to Facebook to share your user details with us. This will include your name, email address, date of birth and location which will then be used to form a GULFCONSTRUCTIONONLINE.COM identity. This will also allow us and Facebook to share your, networks, user ID and any other information you choose to share according to your Facebook account settings. If you remove the GULFCONSTRUCTIONONLINE.COM app from your Facebook settings or mobile device, we will no longer have access to this information.
If you log-in to our sites using a Google log-in, you grant permission to Google to share your user details with us. This will include your name, email address, date of birth, sex and location which we will then use to form a GULFCONSTRUCTIONONLINE.COM identity. You may use your picture from Google as part of your profile. This also allows us to share your networks, user ID and any other information you choose to share according to your Google account settings. If you remove the GULFCONSTRUCTIONONLINE.COM from your Google settings, we will no longer have access to this information.
If you log-in to our sites using a twitter log-in, we receive your avatar (the small picture that appears next to your tweets) and twitter username.
CO-BRANDED RELATIONSHIPS AND LINKS
Any other organisations who access your information in the course of providing services on our behalf will be governed by strict contractual restrictions to make sure that they protect your information and keep to data-protection and privacy laws which apply. We may also independently audit these service providers to make sure that they meet our standards. We may use service providers to help us run these sites (or services available on GC)
Some of our webpages use plug-ins from other organisations (such as the 'Facebook Recommend' function). These other organisations may use information about your visit to our websites on their pages. If you browse these pages while still also logged in to your account with us, information they collect may be connected to your account on their site. For more information on how these organisations use information, please read their privacy policies.
COOKIES AND SITE TRACKING
A "cookie" is a small amount of data that is sent to your browser and stored on your computer's hard drive. A cookie can be sent to your computer's hard drive only if you access our Site using the computer. If you do not de-activate or erase the cookie, each time you use the same computer to access our Site, our web servers will be notified of your visit to our Site and in turn we may have knowledge of your visit and the pattern of your usage.
We may also use 'Flash' cookies to store your preferences for your media player (for example, volume and so on). If we don't use them, you may not be able to watch some video content.
You can determine if and how a cookie will be accepted by configuring your browser's which is installed in the computer you are using to access GC. If you desire, you can change those configurations in your browser. By setting your preferences in the browser, you can accept all cookies, you can be notified when a cookie is sent, or you can reject all cookies. If you reject all cookies by choosing the cookie-disabling function in your browser, you may be required to re-enter your information on our Site more often and certain features of our Site may be unavailable.
As you browse our sites, some of the cookies we place on your computer will be advertising cookies, so we can understand what sort of pages you are interested in. We can then display advertising on your browser that is based on these perceived interests. For instance if you have been reading a lot of plant and machinery articles, you may be shown more adverts for plant and machinery.
Advertising on mobile devices may require the collection and sharing of the unique device ID with companies who purchase advertising space on the mobile application.
Our sites contain links to other websites from which we may earn revenue. Our articles are never influenced by advertisers or affiliates, nor are they written for the purpose of promoting a product, except when clearly branded as a 'sponsored by', 'brought to you by' or 'supported by' to represent sponsored content, advertisement features and foundation funded features respectively.
SECURITY OF YOUR DATA
We follow strict security procedures in the storage and disclosure of your personal data, and to protect it against accidental loss, destruction or damage. The data you provide to us is protected using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) technology. SSL is the industry standard method of encrypting personal information and credit card details so that they can be securely transferred over the Internet.
All payment details are transmitted over SSL across dedicated network infrastructure (Multiprotocol Label Switching-MPLS) and stored in compliance with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS)
As a Registered User, your Registration Information, Publishing Information and Payment Information (if any) can be viewed and edited through your Account which is protected by Password. We recommend that you do not divulge your Password to anyone. Our personnel will never ask you for your Password in an unsolicited phone call or in an unsolicited e-mail. If you share a computer with others, you should not choose to save your log-in information (e.g., User ID and Password) on the computer. Remember to sign out of your Account and close your browser window when you have finished your session.
UPDATING OR CORRECTING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
You can update or correct your personal information at any time by sending an email to [email protected]