Privacy Policy

WHO WE ARE:

Our website address is:

https://www.covidiot.com

This privacy policy sets out how  'covidiot.com' uses and protects your information when you use this website.

Covidiot.com is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can rest assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

Our legal team may change this policy occasionally by updating this page. You can always check this page for updates or changes.

Introduction

Covidiot.com takes your privacy seriously and works hard to ensure all data is collected, stored, and passed on to relevant parties in a secure and measured way. Data is only held and exchanged where necessary and any third party involved have demonstrated, and will be required to continually demonstrate, GDPR compliance. This privacy policy outlines how we collect and process data received from you on our site. Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data, how we will treat it and your rights to restrict our access to this data, or how we can use it. If you have any comments on this privacy policy, please email them to 'support@covidiot.com' or contact us via our contact page.

The information we might collect is as follows:

  • Your full name
  • Your email address
  • A record of any electronic correspondence between us, including comments, contact forms, or emails.
  • Details of your visits to our site and the resources you use
  • Information about your computer (e.g. your IP address, browser, operating system, etc.) for system administration and to report aggregate information to our advertisers

How we use the information you provide:

We collect information about you to email you updates we think may be of interest to you. We, sometimes, use your information collected from the website to personalize your repeat visits to our website. This enables us to:

  • Help us to develop this site to be more useful and interesting to you.
  • Improve the services that we provide to you via our website by continually analysing the site design and traffic information, so we can improve site content and design.

You can access your personal information that we do hold and you can update or delete the information at any time.

Under the General Data Protection Regulations, we will ensure that your personal data is processed lawfully, fairly, and transparently, without adversely affecting your rights. We will only process your personal data if at least one of the following basis applies:

  • You have given consent to the processing of your personal data for one or more specific purposes
  • Processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are a party or in order to take steps at the request of you prior to entering into a contract
  • Processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject
  • Processing is necessary to protect the vital interests of you or of another natural person
  • Processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller; and/or
  • Processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by us, except where such interests are overridden by the fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject which require protection of personal data, in particular where the data subject is a child.

Lawful Basis for processing personal data

We want to be able to share updates with you that we feel will be of interest to you. If you do not want to receive these mailings, you can decline them by clicking the unsubscribe link on any email or by contacting us at any time by email at 'support@covidiot.com' or contact us via our contact page.

Third-party use of personal information

We may share your information with third parties when you explicitly authorise us to share your information.

Additionally, the website may use third-party service providers to service various aspects of the website. Each third-party service provider’s use of your personal information is dictated by their respective privacy policies.

The website currently uses the following third-party service providers:

Google Analytics – this service tracks website usage and provides information such as referring websites and user actions on the website. Google Analytics may capture your IP address, but no other personal information is captured by Google Analytics.

MailChimp – this service is used for delivery of email updates and newsletters. We store your name and email address for purposes of delivering such communications. Please refer to MailChimp’s privacy policy for further information.

Google AdSense – this service uses cookies to serve ads based on a user’s previous visits to the website or other websites. Google’s use of advertising cookies enables it and its partners to serve ads to website visitors based on their visit to your sites and/or other sites on the Internet. Users may opt out of personalized advertising by visiting Ads Settings. Alternatively, you can opt out of a third-party vendor’s use of cookies for personalized advertising by visiting www.aboutads.info.

This list of third-party applications may be amended from time to time at the website’s sole discretion.

Except when required by law, we will not sell, distribute, or reveal your email addresses or other personal information without your consent; however, we may disclose or transfer personal information collected through the website to third parties who acquire all or a portion of our business, which may be the result of a merger, consolidation, or purchase of all or a portion of our assets, or in connection with any bankruptcy or reorganization proceeding brought by or against us.

Web browser cookies

Our Site may use “cookies” to enhance User experience. User’s web browser places cookies on their hard drive for record-keeping purposes and sometimes to track information about them. User may choose to set their web browser to refuse cookies, or to alert you when cookies are being sent. If they do so, note that some parts of the Site may not function properly.

Facebook, Custom Audiences and Facebook Marketing Services

Due to our legitimate interest in the analysis, optimization and economic operation of our online offer and for these purposes within the meaning of Art. 6 (1) f. of the GDPR we use the so-called "Facebook pixel" of the social network Facebook, which is operated by Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA, or if you are a resident of the EU, Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland ("Facebook").

Facebook is certified under the Privacy Shield Agreement and thereby offers a guarantee to comply with European data protection law.

With the help of the Facebook pixel, Facebook is on the one hand able to determine the visitors of our online offer as a target group for the presentation of advertisements (so-called "Facebook ads"). Accordingly, we use the Facebook pixel to display our Facebook ads only to Facebook users who have shown an interest in our website or who have specific characteristics (e. g. interests in certain topics or products determined by the websites visited) that we submit to Facebook (so-called "custom audiences"). With the help of the Facebook pixel, we also want to make sure that our Facebook ads are in line with the potential interest of users and do not have a nuisance effect. Using the Facebook pixel, we can also track the effectiveness of Facebook ads for statistical and market research purposes by seeing whether users have been redirected to our website after clicking on a Facebook ad (so-called "conversion tracking").

The Facebook pixel is directly integrated into our website by Facebook and can store a so-called cookie, i. e. a small file, on your device. If you then log in to Facebook or visit Facebook when you are logged in, your visit to our online offer will be noted in your profile. The data collected about you is anonymous for us, i. e. it does not allow us to draw conclusions about the identity of the users. However, the data is stored and processed by Facebook so that it can be linked to the respective user profile and used by Facebook as well as for its own market research and advertising purposes. If we transfer data to Facebook for comparison purposes, it is encrypted locally in the browser and only then sent to Facebook via a secure https connection. This is done with the sole purpose of matching the data encrypted by Facebook.

Furthermore, when using the Facebook pixel, we use the additional function "advanced matching", in which inventory data such as telephone numbers, e-mail addresses or users' Facebook IDs is transmitted to Facebook (encrypted), but solely to create target groups ("Custom Audiences"). Users agree our use of the "advanced matching" and the related processing of their data.

Based on our legitimate interests, we also use the "Custom Audiences from File" function of the social network Facebook, Inc. in which case inventory data (phone numbers, email addresses, Facebook IDs) will be uploaded to Facebook. The upload process is encrypted. The upload serves solely to identify recipients of our Facebook ads. We want to ensure that the ads are only displayed to users who are interested in our information and services. Users agree our use of the " Custom Audiences from File" function and the related processing of their data.

Facebook's processing of the data is governed by Facebooks Data Usage Policy. Accordingly, general instructions on how to display Facebook ads, in the Facebook Data Usage Policy: https://www.facebook.com/policy.php. For specific information and details about the Facebook pixel and how it works, please visit the Facebook Help Center:

https://www.facebook.com/business/help/742478679120153

You may object to the collection by the Facebook pixel and use of your data to display Facebook ads. To set what kind of ads you see on Facebook, you can go to the page set up by Facebook and follow the instructions on how to set up use-based advertising: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=ads. The settings are platform-independent, i. e. they are applied to all devices, such as desktop computers or mobile devices.

You may also object to the use of cookies for measuring range and advertising purposes via the Network Advertising Initiative's deactivation page (http://optout.networkadvertising.org/) and additionally via the US website (http://www.aboutads.info/choices) or the European website (http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices/).

Anonymous data

From time to time, we may use anonymous data, which does not identify you alone, or when combined with data from other parties. This type of anonymous data may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses. Examples of this anonymous data may include analytics or information collected from cookies.

Data is only held and exchanged where necessary and all parties involved have demonstrated, and will be required to continually demonstrate, GDPR compliance.

How long will we store your data?

Any comments made are maintained indefinitely on the website. Information you provide in order to receive updates and newsletters will be kept unless or until you unsubscribe from receiving those communications.

Your rights under GDPR

You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time. You can do this by clicking the unsubscribe link on any email or by contacting us at any time by email at 'support@covidiot.com' or contact us via our contact page.

You have the right to:

  • Request access to, deletion of, or correction of your personal data held by us at no cost to you
  • Request that your personal data be transferred to another person (data portability)
  • To be informed of what data processing is taking place
  • To restrict processing
  • To object to processing of your personal data; and
  • To complain to a supervisory authority (Information Commissioners Office)

Affiliate Program Participation

The website engages in affiliate marketing, including but not limited to Amazon affiliate/associate programme, which is done by embedding tracking links into the website. If you click on a link for an affiliate partnership, a cookie will be placed on your browser to track any sales for purposes of commissions. I may earn a commission from qualifying purchases made through these links. There is no additional cost to you for any purchases made through these links.

Amazon Associate disclosure

Covidiot.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com or amazon's other country specific domains.

Links to other sites

Please note that our terms and conditions and our policies will not apply to other websites that you get to via a link from our site. We have no control over how your data is collected, stored, or used by other websites and we advise you to check the privacy policies of any such websites before providing any data to them.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.) and also interaction tools such as 'Reaction buttons' and 'Share buttons', embedded from third party services that enhance the interactivity of the website. Embedded content/tools from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Children’s Information

The website does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 16. If a parent or guardian believes that the website has personally identifiable information of a child under the age of 16 in its database, please contact us immediately at 'support@covidiot.com' or contact us via our contact page and we will use our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.

To enforce any of the foregoing rights or if you have any other questions about our site or this Privacy Policy, please contact us at 'support@covidiot.com' or contact us via our contact page.