1.1 We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of our website visitors; in this policy we explain how we will treat your personal information.
This policy describes the information collection, use, and dissemination practices of Geniesearch.net, its subsidiaries and affiliates, (collectively referred herein as "the COMPANY") and applies to the COMPANY’s collection, use, storage and disclosure of information by the COMPANY on its Geniesearch.net Sites.
2. Collecting personal information
2.1 We may collect, store and use the following kinds of personal information:
(a) information about your computer and about your visits to and use of this website including your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths; (b) information that you provide to us when registering with our website (including your email address); (c) information that you provide when completing your profile on our website (including your name, profile pictures, gender, date of birth, relationship status, interests and hobbies, educational details and employment details); (d) information that you provide to us for the purpose of subscribing to our email notifications and/or newsletters (including [your name and email address); (e) information that you provide to us when using the services on our website, or that is generated in the course of the use of those services (including the timing, frequency and pattern of service use); (f) information relating to any purchases you make of our goods or services any other transactions that you enter into through our website (including your name, address, telephone number, email address and card details); (g) information that you post to our website for publication on the internet (including your user name, your profile pictures and the content of your posts); (h) information contained in or relating to any communication that you send to us or send through our website (including the communication content and metadata associated with the communication); and (i) any other personal information that you choose to send to us.
2.2 Before you disclose to us the personal information of another person, you must obtain that person's consent to both the disclosure and the processing of that personal information in accordance with this policy.
3. Using personal information
3.1 Personal information submitted to us through our website will be used for the purposes specified in this policy or on the relevant pages of the website.
3.2 We may use your personal information to:
(a) administer our website and business; (b) personalise our website for you; (c) enable your use of the services available on our website; (d) send you goods purchased through our website; (e) supply to you services purchased through our website; (f) send statements, invoices and payment reminders to you, and collect payments from you; (g) send you non-marketing commercial communications; (h) send you email notifications that you have specifically requested; (i) send you our email newsletter, if you have requested it (you can inform us at any time if you no longer require the newsletter); (j) send you marketing communications relating to our business which we think may be of interest to you, by post or, where you have specifically agreed to this, by email or similar technology (you can inform us at any time if you no longer require marketing communications); (k) provide third parties with statistical information about our users (but those third parties will not be able to identify any individual user from that information); (l) deal with enquiries and complaints made by or about you relating to our website; (m) keep our website secure and prevent fraud; (n) verify compliance with the terms and conditions governing the use of our website (including monitoring private messages sent through our website private messaging service).
3.3 If you submit personal information for publication on our website, we will publish and otherwise use that information in accordance with the licence you grant to us.
3.4 Your privacy settings can be used to limit the publication of your information on our website, and can be adjusted using privacy controls on the website.
3.5 We will not, without your express consent, supply your personal information to any third party for the purpose of their or any other third party's direct marketing.
3.6 All our website financial transactions are handled through our payment services provider. We will share information with our payment services provider only to the extent necessary for the purposes of processing payments you make via our website, refunding such payments and dealing with complaints and queries relating to such payments and refunds.
4. Disclosing personal information
4.1 We may disclose your personal information to any of our employees, officers, insurers, professional advisers, agents, suppliers or subcontractors insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes set out in this policy.
4.2 We may disclose your personal information to any member of our group of companies (this means our subsidiaries, our ultimate holding company and all its subsidiaries) insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes set out in this policy.
4.3 We may disclose your personal information:
(a) to the extent that we are required to do so by law; (b) in connection with any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings; (c) in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk); (d) to the purchaser (or prospective purchaser) of any business or asset that we are (or are contemplating) selling; (e) to any person who we reasonably believe may apply to a court or other competent authority for disclosure of that personal information where, in our reasonable opinion, such court or authority would be reasonably likely to order disclosure of that personal information.
4.4 Except as provided in this policy, we will not provide your personal information to third parties.
5. Legal Proceedings.
The COMPANY may disclose a Member’s personally identifiable information pursuant to a subpoena or other judicial or administrative order, where required by law, or, at our sole discretion, where we deem necessary to protect the safety of any individual or the public or to prevent the violation of the rights of the COMPANY or any third party.
6.1 The COMPANY uses industry standard security measures to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our reasonable control Although we make good faith efforts to store the information collected on GenieSearch sites in a secure operating environment that is not available to the public, we cannot guarantee complete security. Further, while we make every effort to ensure the integrity and security of our network and systems, we cannot guarantee that our security measures will prevent third-party "hackers" from illegally obtaining this information.
7. Financial Information.
7.1 We may in certain cases collect credit card numbers, bank account numbers and other related information, such as the expiration date of the credit card ("Financial Information"). This Financial Information is submitted to us, and such Financial Information is encrypted and is protected with SSL encryption software. We will use the Financial Information for purposes of processing and completing the purchase transaction, and the Financial Information will be disclosed to third parties only as necessary to complete the purchase transaction. This information will not be sold or distributed to third parties in any way.
8.2 A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
8.3 Cookies may be either "persistent" cookies or "session" cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
8.4 Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.
8.5 We use both session and persistent cookies on our website.
8.7 Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies; for example:
(a) in Internet Explorer (version 11) you can block cookies using the cookie handling override settings available by clicking "Tools", "Internet Options", "Privacy" and then "Advanced"; (b) in Firefox (version 44) you can block all cookies by clicking "Tools", "Options", "Privacy", selecting "Use custom settings for history" from the drop-down menu, and unticking "Accept cookies from sites"; and (c) in Chrome (version 48), you can block all cookies by accessing the "Customise and control" menu, and clicking "Settings", "Show advanced settings" and "Content settings", and then selecting "Block sites from setting any data" under the "Cookies" heading.
8.8 Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.
8.9 If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on our website.
8.10 You can delete cookies already stored on your computer; for example:
(a) in Internet Explorer (version 11), you must manually delete cookie files (you can find instructions for doing so at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/internet-explorer/delete-manage-cookies#ie=ie-11); (b) in Firefox (version 44), you can delete cookies by clicking "Tools", "Options" and "Privacy", then selecting "Use custom settings for history" from the drop-down menu, clicking "Show Cookies", and then clicking "Remove All Cookies"; and (c) in Chrome (version 48), you can delete all cookies by accessing the "Customise and control" menu, and clicking "Settings", "Show advanced settings" and "Clear browsing data", and then selecting "Cookies and other site and plug-in data" before clicking "Clear browsing data".
8.11 Deleting cookies will have a negative impact on the usability of many websites.
9. Third Party Advertising
9.1 We use third party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our GenieSearch site and sites upon which we advertise. These third party advertising companies use information about your visits to our GenieSearch sites and the sites upon which we advertise, to serve COMPANY ads to you. In the course of our advertisements being served to you, these companies may place or recognize their own unique third-party cookies on your browser. In addition, we may use Web beacons, provided by some of our third-party advertising companies, to help manage our online advertising. These Web beacons allow us to recognize a browser’s cookie when a browser visits this site and to learn which banner ads bring users to our website.
9.2 Cookies. Cookies are small chunks of data created by a web server, delivered through a web browser, and stored on your computer. They provide a means for websites that you visit to keep track of your online patterns and preferences, as well as identify you as a return visitor. Cookies make the personalization of your web experiences possible, so that you do not need to re-enter your information from scratch upon each visit to a given website. Individuals who use the GenieSearch site need to accept cookies in order to use all of the features and functionality of the site.
9.3 Web Beacons. A web beacon is programming code that can be used to display an image on a web page, but can also be used to transfer an individual’s unique user identification (often in the form of a cookie) to a database and associate the individual with previously acquired information about an individual in a database. This allows us to track certain websites an individual visits online. Web beacons are used to determine products or services an individual may be interested in, and to track online behavioral habits for marketing purposes.
9.4 Usage Tracking and Log Files. The COMPANY tracks information related to the electronic mailings and web pages viewed by members, as well as the hyperlinks clicked by members, while viewing our emails or visiting our websites. Log files are used to track and monitor member usage.
9.5 IP Address. We collect your IP (Internet Protocol) address to help diagnose problems with our server, and to administer this GenieSearch site. An IP address is a number that is assigned to your computer when you use the Internet. Your IP address is also used to help identify you during a particular session and to gather broad demographic data
10. Links to External Websites.
10.1 Our emails and websites may contain links to external websites not owned or operated by the COMPANY ("Linked Sites"). You will be taken to external websites if you click on these links. Your information may be passed from the COMPANY’s database to the external website, and/or external database, for your convenience (e.g. your information may be used to pre-fill a form at a destination website).