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Introduction (Effective May 31, 2022)
Our principle guidelines are simple. We will be clear about the data we collect and why. We do not and will not sell your data to third parties. The prime purpose of collecting your data is to assist professionals and enthusiasts to participate in collective purchasing and getting rewarded for creating group buys and helping others get around minimum order requirements.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION (EU AND CALIFORNIA USERS)
Who We Are
For purposes of the GDPR, and depending on the specific Personal Information of interest, the data controller of your specific Personal Information of interest is GroupGets, Inc. of 575 Forest Street Suite 100 Reno Nevada 89509 USA. You may contact our data protection officer at email@example.com.
Sale of Personal Data
You may opt out of all sales of your Personal Information. We never exchange Personal Information for money or any other consideration (e.g., trade it for free services). However, the CCPA’s definition of “sale” is very broad, and may include situations where, for example, browsing data is sent to a third party. We, along with millions of other sites, use these services. We limit the information sent to what is needed to properly fulfill our contractual obligations.
The Types of Personal Information We Collect
Information you provide to us
We collect information from you directly, such as your name, phone number, mailing address, and email address, for instance, when you want to place an order or when you contact our Customer Care department for assistance with your service request.
Information we collect automatically
We automatically collect information about you, such as data about your use of the GroupGets Service. We may, for example, collect information about the type of device you use to access our websites, the operating system and version, your IP address, your general geographic location as indicated by your IP address, your browser type, the webpages you view on our websites, and whether and how you interact with content available on our websites.
Information obtained from other sources
We may receive information about you from other sources, including third parties, such as GroupGets partners and partners with whom we offer co-branded services or engage in joint marketing activities. We may also receive information about you from GroupGets partner websites, for instance, when you interact with us on those sites. We protect data obtained from third parties according to the practices described in this Policy and we also apply any additional restrictions imposed by the source of data.
Information of children
GroupGets does not target and is not intended to attract children under sixteen. Although visitors of all ages may navigate through our websites or use our app, we do not knowingly collect or request personal information from those under the age of sixteen without parental consent. If, following a notification by a parent or guardian or discovery by other means, a child under sixteen has improperly accessed or used our Services by using false information, we will delete the child's personal information from our records.
Customer Interactions with GroupGets
To make the information in this Policy easy to understand, we have highlighted different occasions when GroupGets could potentially collect personal information from Customers. The Customer interactions with GroupGets are broken down into the following segments:
Registering with GroupGets
When you register for our Services or open an account, we collect your email address and login details, your zip code, your country, your phone number and any information you choose to provide us.
We collect: email address and login details, your zip code, your country, your phone number.
Why: We use this information to provide secure access to our Services. It is our legitimate interest to process your personal data for these purposes.
Learning about GroupGets
As you gather more information about GroupGets, you may virtually physically visit or interact with a site that we own or operate. Examples include browsing our website, calling our in-house sales representatives, or attending GroupGets-sponsored events. To learn more about GroupGets Services, you may voluntarily provide personal information, such as your name and email address during these interactions. We may also collect information about you online when you visit our websites.
We collect: name, email address, phone number, and IP address.
Why: We use this information to share news about events, products, and services offered by GroupGets. Additionally, the IP address helps us to understand geographic information about our websites’ visitors better so that we can improve our websites for everyone. It is our legitimate interest to process your personal data for these purposes.
Shipping and processing your purchases
When you submit a purchase request through our Services, we require certain information to process your request. You may voluntarily provide personal information such as your first name, last name, and street address.
We collect: first name, last name, street address, city, state, postal code, country, phone number, and email address.
Why: We use this information to attempt to provide our services, to maintain a record of your requested purchase during the process, to communicate with you during the process, to verify your identity as part of maintaining the integrity of the system, and to ship your items to your location. Processing your personal data for these purposes is necessary for the performance of the agreement we have with you.
Making to a purchase request or donation
GroupGets, a GroupGets partner, or a GroupGets Campaign organizer may ask you to provide additional information relating to your purchase request as part of the fulfillment portion of the Service or as part of a donation process.
We collect: first name, last name, street address, city, state, postal code, country, phone number, and email address.
Why: We use this information to help us in providing the requested services for purposes of accurately and timely performing the requested service, which is necessary to our performance of the agreement we have with you.
Getting Help from GroupGets, GroupGets Partners, and Campaign Organizers
From time to time, you may decide to contact our customer care department for assistance with the purchasing process. To be able to offer you the best service possible, we may collect certain data from you.
We collect: This may include contact information, such as your name, email address, phone number, and the content of your chats and other communications with GroupGets customer care or GroupGets partners.
Why: We collect this information to give you the best and most efficient customer support possible. For instance, for Customer inquiries and technical questions, we use contact information to respond to the Customer in your preferred channel (e.g., phone or email). For shipping issues, we use contact information to ensure successful receipt and/or delivery. Processing your personal data for this purpose is necessary for the performance of the agreement we have with you.
Creation of a GroupGets Fundraiser
When you create a fundraiser on the GroupGets platform, we collect the information you choose to provide us in relation to your fundraiser and we display it through our platform. For example, you can provide a fundraiser title, upload images, and describe your fundraiser goal(s). You might, in creating a fundraiser, choose to provide us with information relating to third parties, and in doing so, you disclose the name or circumstances of that third party. By providing information in a fundraiser, you consent to our collection, storage, and use of your data. If you upload personal data related to third parties, you acknowledge and agree that you have the authority of the relevant third parties for us to access and use the relevant data and that you have notified the third parties and informed them of how their information is collected and used by GroupGets to provide the Services. We reserve the right to identify you as the person who has made the referral in any messages that are sent to them. Our payment processors also collect and maintain information related to your withdrawal of funds from any fundraiser.
We collect: Fundraiser information and related third party information.
Why: We use this information to help us in providing the fundraiser services and for purposes of accurately and timely performing the requested services, which is necessary to our performance of the agreement we have with you.
How We Use Personal Information
GroupGets uses the data we collect to provide you with the Services we offer, which includes using data to improve your experiences. We also use the data to communicate with you, for example, informing you about the status of your purchased item, new Services available, security, and other types of updates.
GroupGets uses the data for the following purposes:
Providing our Product Experience
We use data to provide, operate, support, and improve the Services we offer to ensure our Customers can receive service to their items effortlessly as possible. This processing is necessary for the performance of our agreement we have with you.
We use data to respond to Customer inquiries, diagnose problems using the Services, address shipping issues, and provide other Customer Care and support services. This processing is necessary for the performance of our agreement we have with you, as well as to serve our legitimate interest.
We continually use data for research purposes and to develop and improve the Services, including maintaining and improving the performance of our Services, developing and adding new features or capabilities, such as using verification to improve security, and using usage data to determine what new features to prioritize. This processing is necessary to serve our legitimate interest.
Security, Safety and Dispute Resolution
We use data to protect the security and safety of the Services and our Customers, to detect and prevent fraud, to resolve disputes and enforce our agreements. This processing is necessary to serve our legitimate interest.
We use data to develop aggregate analysis and business intelligence that enable us to operate, protect, make informed decisions, and report on the performance of our business. This processing is necessary to serve our legitimate interest.
Communication and Marketing
How We May Share Personal Information
GroupGets does not and will not sell personal information about our Customers. We only disclose your data as described in this Policy. We may share information with the following types of third parties.
Third Party Vendors
GroupGets, GroupGets Partners, and Campaign Organizers use two types of third-party vendors to carry out shipping services. These include shipping providers and credit card processors. We only share your personal data as necessary, such as to complete a transaction or to provide a Service you have requested or authorized and only with vendors or agents working on our behalf for the purposes described in this Policy. In this case, your personal information will be shared with these agents or contractors but only for the purpose of performing services on behalf and under instructions of GroupGets and in accordance with this Policy. It is our legitimate interest to share information with these parties for these purposes.
For questions about third-party vendors, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
GroupGets Partners and Campaign Organizers
We share information with GroupGets Partners Campaign Organizers as part of providing the specified service process. GroupGets neither controls the title, custody, location, or service of items purchased These are controlled by the GroupGets Partner Campaign Organizer, making it necessary for GroupGets to share personal information with them as part of the servicing and shipping processes. Sharing information with GroupGets Partners Campaign Organizers for this purpose is necessary for the performance of our agreement we have with you.
When legally required, strictly necessary for the performance of the services or to protect our rights, or the rights of our affiliates or users, we disclose your personal information to law enforcement authorities, investigative organizations, our affiliates or in legal proceedings.
Sale or Merger
We may share your personal information in the event of a merger, acquisition, or sale of all or a portion of our assets. Of course, we shall notify you via email and/or a prominent notice on our website and inform you of your rights.
The Legal Bases for Using Personal Information
There are different legal bases that we rely on to use your personal information, namely:
Performance of a contract
The use of your personal information may be necessary to perform the agreement you have with us. For example, to process your submission of a purchase request, to initiate shipment of an item to a location designated by you, to help with delivery issues, and to respond to your requests.
We may use your personal information for our legitimate interests. For example, we rely on our legitimate interest to analyze and improve GroupGets Services, to send you notifications about GroupGets Services, or to use your personal information for administrative, fraud detection or legal purposes. Where we process your personal information based on our legitimate interest and no opt-out mechanism is available to you on our website, you may exercise your right to object by sending an email to email@example.com.
Security, Storage and Retention of Personal Information We Collect
GroupGets is committed to protecting the security of your personal information. However, while we take reasonable precautions to guard the personal information we collect, no security system is impenetrable. We use a variety of appropriate technical and organizational measures and industry standards to protect your personal information and help prevent information about you from loss, theft, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction. For example, we store the personal data you provide on computer systems that have limited access and are in controlled facilities. We ensure that our data center has adequate security measures. Additionally, your data is protected with encryption, such as Transport Layer Security (TLS), during transmission over the Internet. Moreover, your password is stored using one-way hash, which means that it cannot be recovered (or disclosed) by anyone, including GroupGets (it can only be reset). You can only access your transaction report information and our Service through the use of an individual user login and password. To protect the confidentiality of your personal information, you must keep your password confidential and not disclose it to any other person. Please alert us immediately if you believe your password has been misused. Additionally, always log out and close your browser when you finish making a purchase or donation. Please note, we will never ask you to disclose your password. If you have any questions about the security of your personal information, you can contact us at support.
Personal data collected by GroupGets may be stored and processed in your region, in the United States (for instance in our data centers), or in any other country where GroupGets or GroupGets partners are located or maintain facilities. GroupGets has put in place adequate mechanisms to protect personal information when it is transferred internationally, for example by using the Standard Contractual Clauses as approved by the European Commission when requested or required by law.
Your Rights and Choices
We want you to be in control of how your personal information is used by us. Subject to local law, you can do this in the following ways:
• you can ask us for a copy of the personal information we hold about you;
• you can inform us of any changes to your personal information, or if you want us to correct any of the personal information we hold about you;
• in certain situations, you can ask us to erase, block or restrict the personal information we hold about you, or object to particular ways in which we are using your personal information; and
• in certain situations, you can also ask us to send the personal information you have given us to a third party.
Where we are using your personal information on the basis of your consent, you are entitled to withdraw that consent at any time. Moreover, where we process your personal information based on legitimate interest or the public interest, you have the right to object at any time to that use of your personal information.
We rely on you to ensure that your personal information is complete, accurate and current. Please inform us promptly of any changes to, or inaccuracies of, your personal information by contacting support.
We will respond to your request as soon as possible but certainly within 30 days.
We are committed to working with you to obtain a fair resolution of any complaint or concern you may have about our use of your personal information. If, however, you believe that we have not been able to assist with your complaint or concern, you may have the right to lodge a complaint with the data protection authority in your country (if one exists in your country) or supervisory authority. Rights for EU and California Users Only The GDPR and CCPA grant EU and California residents certain rights regarding their Personal Information, including the right to access and modify Personal Information held by providers (like us), and to have providers “forget” Personal Information that is no longer relevant. You may always contact us for assistance in exercising these rights. Please include information about which rights you are seeking to exercise if you contact us. We may need to verify your identity before fulfilling your request. It should not need to be said, but we will never provide worse services to, or in any way punish anyone who chooses to exercise these rights.
You have the following rights with respect to your Personal Information that we process. Except where indicated, these rights apply equally to EU and California users:
· Withdraw Consent: You may withdraw your consent to our processing of your Personal Information, in whole or in part (i.e., for marketing purposes). Certain Services may be ineffective upon opt out.
· Access / Request Information: You may access the Personal Information we hold about you at any time by contacting us directly.
· Modification: You may modify the Personal Information we hold about you at any time via by contacting us directly.
· Erase and Forget. In certain situations, for example when the Personal Information we hold about you is no longer relevant or accurate, you can request that we erase your Personal Information. If you delete your account, all Personal Information will be erased within thirty days of the date of deletion.
· Portability: you may request a copy of your Personal Information and may always move it to other entities as you desire.
· No Sale of Personal Data (California Users only): Go to the Do Not Sell My Personal Information page to stop all “sale” of your Personal Data.
· See above for more information about how this works.
ACCESS TO SPECIFIC INFORMATION AND DATA PORTABILITY RIGHTS
You have the right to request that GroupGets disclose certain information to you about our collection and use of your personal information over the past 12 months. Once we receive and confirm your verifiable consumer request, we will disclose to you:
· The categories of personal information we collected about you.
· The categories of sources for the personal information we collected about you. Our business or commercial purpose for collecting or selling that personal information.
· The categories of third parties with whom we share that personal information.
· The specific pieces of personal information we collected about you (also called a data portability request).
· If we sold or disclosed your personal information for a business purpose, two separate lists disclosing:
· sales, identifying the personal information categories that each category of recipient purchased; and disclosures for a business purpose, identifying the personal information categories that each category of recipient obtained.
DELETION REQUEST RIGHTS
You have the right to request that GroupGets delete any of your personal information that we collected from you and retained, subject to certain exceptions. Once we receive and confirm your verifiable consumer request (see Exercising Access, Data Portability, and Deletion Rights), we will delete (and direct our service providers to delete) your personal information from our records, unless an exception applies. We may deny your deletion request if retaining the information is necessary for us or our service provider(s) to:
1. Complete the transaction for which we collected the personal information, provide a good or service that you requested, take actions reasonably anticipated within the context of our ongoing business relationship with you, or otherwise perform our contract with you.
2. Detect security incidents, protect against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity, or prosecute those responsible for such activities.
3. Debug products to identify and repair errors that impair existing intended functionality.
4. Exercise free speech, ensure the right of another consumer to exercise their free speech rights, or exercise another right provided for by law.
5. Comply with the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (Cal. Penal Code § 1546 et. seq.).
6. Engage in public or peer-reviewed scientific, historical, or statistical research in the public interest that adheres to all other applicable ethics and privacy laws, when the information’s deletion may likely render impossible or seriously impair the research’s achievement, if you previously provided informed consent.
7. Enable solely internal uses that are reasonably aligned with consumer expectations based on your relationship with us.
8. Comply with a legal obligation.
9. Make other internal and lawful uses of that information that are compatible with the context in which you provided it.
EXERCISING ACCESS, DATA PORTABILITY, AND DELETION RIGHTS
To exercise the access, data portability, and deletion rights described above, please submit a verifiable consumer request to us by contacting us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Attn: Data Access Department
575 Forest Street
Reno, Nevada 89509
Only you, or a person registered with the California Secretary of State that you authorize to act on your behalf, may make a verifiable consumer request related to your personal information. You may also make a verifiable consumer request on behalf of your minor child. You may only make a verifiable consumer request for access or data portability twice within a 12-month period. The verifiable consumer request must:
1. Provide sufficient information that allows us to reasonably verify you are the person about whom we collected personal information or an authorized representative.
2. Describe your request with sufficient detail that allows us to properly understand, evaluate, and respond to it.
We cannot respond to your request or provide you with personal information if we cannot verify your identity or authority to make the request and confirm the personal information relates to you. Making a verifiable consumer request does not require you to create an account with us. We will only use personal information provided in a verifiable consumer request to verify the requestor’s identity or authority to make the request.
RESPONSE TIMING AND FORMAT
We endeavor to respond to a verifiable consumer request within forty-five (45) days of its receipt. If we require more time (up to 90 days), we will inform you of the reason and extension period in writing. If you have an account with us, we will deliver our written response to that account. If you do not have an account with us, we will deliver our written response by mail or electronically, at your option. Any disclosures we provide will only cover the 12-month period preceding the verifiable consumer request’s receipt. The response we provide will also explain the reasons we cannot comply with a request, if applicable. For data portability requests, we will select a format to provide your personal information that is readily useable and should allow you to transmit the information from one entity to another entity without hindrance. We do not charge a fee to process or respond to your verifiable consumer request unless it is excessive, repetitive, or manifestly unfounded. If we determine that the request warrants a fee, we will tell you why we made that decision and provide you with a cost estimate before completing your request.
PERSONAL INFORMATION SALES OPT-OUT AND OPT-IN RIGHTS
If you are 16 years of age or older, you have the right to direct us to not sell your personal information at any time (the “right to opt-out”). We do not sell the personal information of consumers we actually know are less than 16 years of age, unless we receive affirmative authorization (the “right to opt-in”) from either the consumer who is between 13 and 16 years of age, or the parent or guardian of a consumer who is between 13 and 16 years of age. Consumers who opt-in to personal information sales may opt-out of future sales at any time. If you wish to exercise any of these rights, please contact us at support, or write us at the address below. In your request, please make clear: (i) what Personal Information is concerned; and (ii) which of the above rights you would like to enforce. For your protection, we may only fulfil requests with respect to the Personal Information associated with the email address you send your request from, and we will need to verify your identity before doing so (which is typically done by having you make the request from within the Services). We will comply with your request promptly, but in any event within thirty (30) days of your request (forty-five (45) days for requests under the CCPA). We may need to retain certain information for recordkeeping purposes or to complete transactions that you began prior to requesting such change or deletion. We will not discriminate against you for exercising any of your CCPA rights. Unless permitted by the CCPA, we will not:
Deny you goods or services.
Charge you different prices or rates for goods or services, including through granting discounts or other benefits, or imposing penalties.
Provide you a different level or quality of goods or services.
Suggest that you may receive a different price or rate for goods or services or a different level or quality of goods or services.
However, we may offer you certain financial incentives permitted by the CCPA that can result in different prices, rates, or quality levels. Any CCPA-permitted financial incentive we offer will reasonably relate to your personal information’s value and contain written terms that describe the program’s material aspects. Participation in a financial incentive program requires your prior opt-in consent, which you may revoke at any time.
OTHER CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS
California's "Shine the Light" law (Civil Code Section § 1798.83) permits users of our Site that are California residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please write or email to us at:
Attn: Data Access Department
575 Forest Street
Reno, Nevada 89509
If you wish to access, edit a Purchase Request, change your password, or request deletion of your personal data, you can do it by sending a message to email@example.com. We will respond to any request to access or delete your personal data as soon as possible but certainly within 30 days.
Your Communication, Marketing and Advertising Preferences
You can opt out of receiving direct marketing communications from GroupGets by following the instructions included in every email sent to you via the “Unsubscribe” tab. We respect your choice, and we will stop sending you promotional emails once you unsubscribe. Please note we will continue to communicate with you regarding changes to terms and conditions, policy updates, GroupGets Service updates, routine customer service messages such as information about current or past purchase and donations, shipping activity, service interruptions, data breaches, or other significant information about the service.
How to Contact Us
What is the GDPR?
The GDPR is a regulation intended to strengthen and unify data protection for everyone within the European Union (EU). And because we believe that all our customers can benefit from its mandates, we're implementing it globally. The GDPR requires greater openness and transparency from companies on how they collect, store and use personal data, while also imposing tighter limits on the use of personal data. You can learn more here.
What is the CCPA?
On June 28, 2018, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 375, now known as the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, which grants consumers new rights with respect to the collection of their personal information. The California Attorney General’s Office will be promulgating regulations and soliciting broad public participation to further the purposes of the CCPA. The regulations aim to establish procedures to facilitate consumers’ rights under the CCPA and provide guidance to businesses for how to comply. You can learn more here.
What information does GroupGets collect about me?
GroupGets collects your first name, last name, street address, city, state, postal code, country, phone number, email address, delivery/shipping address, payment information, and the content of your chats and other communications with GroupGets customer care or GroupGets partners.
Why does GroupGets need my information?
GroupGets uses the data we collect to provide you the best experience within the services we offer, which includes using data to improve your experiences. We also use the data to communicate with you, for example, informing you about your GroupGets shipment, new services available, security, and other types of updates.
How is my information used?
GroupGets uses the data we collect for the following purposes:
• Service Improvement
• Future Service Development
• Customer Support
• Security, Safety, and Dispute Resolution
• Business Operations
• Communications and Marketing
How does collecting my information help GroupGets improve its services?
We use the information to make sure that we are efficiently expediting the service to your shipped items. We also collect service error information, so we can make improvements to eliminate potential bugs and problems. And finally, understanding how and when our customers collectively use our service helps us design new ways to improve the GroupGets service.
Does GroupGets sell information to third parties?
No. We never have.
Can I opt out of sharing my information to GroupGets?
Yes, you can opt out of submitting certain types of personal information to GroupGets, but because GroupGets only collects data related to transport of your purchases, the decision not to submit this information may impact GroupGets’s ability to provide efficient and effective services.
How do I delete my personal data from GroupGets and what are the consequences?
You can always send us a message to support or contact our Customer Care team and request that your data be deleted. Please note, however, that by deleting your personal data, we will be unable to provide further services, tracking, or support for item purchases.
Does GroupGets keep or share my credit card information?
We do not keep your credit card information. It’s only used to process your payment at the time of purchase. It is shared with a PCI-compliant credit card processor, but only for processing a single transaction a token representing your credit card may be stored to expedite future transactions.
How long does GroupGets keep my information?
GroupGets retains personal data for as long as necessary to provide the services, and fulfill the transactions you have requested, or for other essential purposes such as complying with our legal obligations, resolving disputes and enforcing our agreements. Because these needs can vary for different data types in the context of different services, actual retention periods can vary significantly.
How is information stored and secured on GroupGets’s servers?
GroupGets is committed to protecting the security of your personal data. We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal data from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. For example, we store the personal data you provide on computer systems that have limited access and are in controlled facilities. Any data we transmit over the internet is protected using encryption.
Is GroupGets using cookies or pixels to gather information?
Does GroupGets use interest-based advertising?
No. We do not deliver internet-based advertising.
What safeguards are in place for children who have access to GroupGets services?
GroupGets does not target and is not intended to attract children. GroupGets does not knowingly solicit personal information from children or send them requests for personal information. Although visitors of all ages may navigate through our website, we do not intentionally collect personal information from persons under the age of sixteen. If following a notification by a parent or guardian, or discovery by other means, that a child under sixteen has improperly accessed or used the site, we will delete the child's personal information from our records.
If you have any questions about the use of your personal information, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.