Effective January 8, 2021
Types of Information We Collect
The types of Personal Data that we may collect while you use the AppliTek sites are described in this section and include both information that you provide to us and information that we collect automatically when you use the AppliTek sites.
Information You Provide
You do not have to register for a service or program to receive the information available through AppliTek sites.
Personal Data You Provide When Visiting AppliTek sites
AppliTek collects Personal Data that you provide on AppliTek sites. You may do this when purchasing a product, to receive marketing products and information, contact AppliTek customer service, or respond to AppliTek questionnaires or surveys. Such data includes:
- Contact Information such as your name, address, phone number, or email address
- Remuneration information when you provide a service to AppliTek
- Employment, education and other background information when you inquire about employment with AppliTek
- Payment information (such as banking information, payment card number, expiration date, delivery address, and billing address)
- Content you may provide (for example, when you complete our Online Contact Form or submit other information).
Personal Data You Share During Other Interactions with AppliTek
You may contact AppliTek to ask questions, discuss your concerns, or report issues regarding our products. If you communicate with or request information from AppliTek, you may be prompted to provide your contact information as well as any Personal Data that is relevant to your request. This information includes: contact information (first name, last name, email address, phone number, country, industry/market).
Information That May Be Collected Automatically
When you use the AppliTek sites, we also may collect certain usage and device information automatically as described below. Your IP address and non-identifying information about your use of AppliTek sites may be collected automatically using tracking technologies, such as cookies. This information includes: country, browser type, platform, referring site (last page you visit before), date and time, information about the links you click and pages you view within the site, and other standard server log information. Your website browser software can be set to reject all cookies; however, cookies can allow you to take advantage of some of the site’s essential features so they may not work if you reject cookies.
We may record the Internet Protocol (“IP”) address of your computer or other electronic device when you visit the AppliTek sites. An IP address identifies the electronic device you use to access the sites, which allows us to maintain communication with your computer as you move about AppliTek sites and to customize content.
Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies
We also collect information about your use of AppliTek sites through tracking technologies such as cookies and web beacons. A “cookie” is a unique numeric code that is transferred to your computer to track your interests and preferences and to recognize you as a return visitor. A “Web beacon” is a transparent graphic image placed on a Web site, e-mail or advertisement that enables the monitoring of things such as user activity and site traffic. These technologies help remember your preferences and allow us to bring you the content and features that are likely to be of greatest interest to you on the basis of “clickstream” data that shows your previous activities on AppliTek sites. AppliTek sites utilize WP Statistics and Google Analytics for tracking purposes.
We may share information about your use of AppliTek sites with service providers who assist us with personalizing and delivering online marketing and advertising. We utilize Google Display Advertising (such as Retargeting with Google Analytics, Google Display Network Impression Reporting, DoubleClick Campaign Manager integration, and Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting) to (1) show you our ads on other websites based on your prior visits to AppliTek sites, and (2) better understand our ad impressions and use of ad services. In connection with the Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting service, we may use data from Google’s interest-based advertising or third-party audience data (such as age, gender and interests) with Google Analytics to understand and improve our marketing campaigns and site content.
Some of our online advertising takes place through Google Display Advertising. As part of this program, we use Google Analytics features such as Retargeting. In connection with that feature and others offered by ad networks, we and the operators of ad networks, including Google, may use third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) – and in some cases first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookie) – to inform, optimize and serve ads across the Internet, based on a user’s past visits to AppliTek sites. We also may show you ads from some of our affiliated companies when you visit AppliTek sites.
When we disclose data for business purposes as discussed above, we disclose the categories of data listed above in Types of Information We Collect.
You can opt out of Google Ads by visiting http://www.google.com/ads/preferences. If you do not want your data used by Google Analytics, you can install the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on at the Google Analytics opt-out page.
To learn more about cookies and other tracking technologies, including how to disable them, please visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org/. Please note that some cookies are essential to the functioning of our sites and deleting or disabling them will reduce the site’s functionality .
Some AppliTek sites are available either as mobile applications or mobile sites that you can use on your mobile device. If you use a mobile device to access and use the AppliTek sites, we may collect the following mobile-specific information in addition to the other information described above: device or advertising ID, device type, hardware type, media access control (“MAC”) address, international mobile equipment identity (“IMEI”), the version of your mobile operating system, the platform used to access or download the AppliTek site (e.g., Apple, Google, Amazon, Windows), location information and usage information about your device and your use of the AppliTek sites.
Information Collected from Other Sources
We may combine information about you from AppliTek sites with information that you provide offline, for the purposes specified in this notice. Any Personal Data that we obtain offline from you or others will be processed in compliance with notice requirements and other applicable law.
How We Use Your Information
We use your Personal Data to provide you the product and services you request, communicate with you, improve your experience on the AppliTek sites, generally improve our products and services and for other internal business purposes, including detecting security incidents, debugging to identify and repair errors that impair existing functionality, performing services on our behalf or that you request (such as serving online marketing and advertising), and fulfilling transactions. These uses may also include the recording, organization, structuring, storage, adaptation or alteration, retrieval, consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, alignment or combination, restriction, erasure or destruction of Personal Data. The Personal Data we collect about you will be retained for five years following the most recent interaction we have had with you, after which point it will be archived only for so long as reasonably necessary for the purposes set out above, in accordance with applicable laws.
Providing Product and Services You Request
If you choose to purchase a product or receive our services, we use the Personal Data that you provide through AppliTek sites to manage your orders and invoices, to process payments, to respond to your questions, provide you the services you request and offer an optimal customer experience.
You may also receive marketing information from AppliTek and related affiliates, such as offers regarding AppliTek related products or services, invitations to participate in surveys about our products, or notifications about special promotions. In such cases, we will use your contact and other Personal Data to send you marketing information.
Customized User Experiences
Business and Product Improvement
In order to discover new facts that could help AppliTek better understand customer needs and help improve, develop, and evaluate product, services, materials, and programs. AppliTek analyzes the information that you have provided. For these purposes AppliTek does not use information that can directly identify you.
Site Analytics and Improvement
We may use the information that you provide and the information we collect automatically about your use of the AppliTek sites to monitor user traffic patterns and preferences for site improvement, analytics and optimization.
Legal Basis for Processing
Consistent with applicable law, AppliTek must have a legal basis to process your Personal Data. The legal basis that applies in an instance will depend on which of the specific purposes described above AppliTek is processing your Personal Data:
- In certain cases, and where required by applicable law, AppliTek may ask for your consent to collect and process your Personal Data. Should you choose to provide your consent, you may later withdraw your consent by contacting us as described in the “Your Privacy Choices” section. Please note that the withdrawal of consent will not affect processing which has already occurred.
- In other instances, the processing of your Personal Data may be necessary in order to comply with an applicable law or regulation or for the performance of a contract to which you are subject. You may not be able to opt-out of this processing, or your choice to opt-out may impact our ability to perform a contractual obligation otherwise owed to you.
- In still other instances, AppliTek may process your Personal Data based on AppliTek’s legitimate interests in communicating with you about our products and services, and about scientific research and educational opportunities. You have the right to opt-out of all such processing of your Personal Data. You may do so by contacting us as described in the “Your Privacy Choices” section.
Information We Share
We may share information about your use of AppliTek sites for certain business purposes, as follows:
Third-Party Advertising and Online Behavioral Advertising
You may be provided with online advertisements of AppliTek products and services on third-party websites and mobile services that are tailored to you, for example, on the basis of information that you provide to AppliTek or a third-party website you are visiting, or of your browsing activity, purchases, or interests. These types of tailored online advertisements may come through several sources, such as the following:
- We may share with our advertising service providers your non-identifying information that we have obtained from cookies and other tracking technologies on our AppliTek sites.
Affiliates, Vendors and Suppliers
We have relationships with suppliers and affiliated companies, who help us operate our business and for whom it may be necessary to have access to your Personal Data in the course of providing services to AppliTek. We require these parties to use your Personal Data in accordance with applicable law and reasonable privacy protections, and we do not share Personal Data from countries that require consent, unless consent has been obtained in advance to sharing with related affiliates.
During the last 12 months:
- We have shared with affiliates the following categories of Personal Data specified in the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA): personal identifiers, characteristics of protected classifications, commercial information, and professional or employment-related information.
- We have shared Personal Data (which may be in any CCPA category) with service providers for business purposes.
You can find all related affiliates here.
We may partner with other companies to provide you with content or services on a joint or “co-branded” basis. At a co‑branded site, you will see both the AppliTek logo and the logo of the co-branding partner displayed on your screen. You should read the individual privacy policies of our co-branding partners, as they may differ in some respects from ours. Reading these policies will help you to make an informed decision about whether to provide your information to a given site.
If you contact AppliTek regarding your experience in using one of our products, we may use the information that you provide in submitting reports to the designated government regulatory authority, as required of us by law.
Legal Rights and Obligations
In certain limited circumstances, AppliTek may need to disclose your Personal Data in order to comply with a legal obligation or demand, such as to comply with reporting obligations to our governing regulatory authorities regarding the safety of our products, or in connection with the sale or transfer of one of our product lines or divisions, which includes the services provided through one or more of the AppliTek sites. In such instances, we will take measures to protect your Personal Data to the extent possible. We also reserve the right to use Personal Data to investigate and prosecute users who violate our rules or who engage in behavior that is illegal or harmful to others or to others’ property.
Change in Organization
In the event AppliTek decides to reorganize or divest our business through sale, merger, or acquisition, AppliTek may share Personal Data about you with actual or prospective purchasers. We will require any actual or prospective purchasers to treat this Personal Data in a manner consistent with this policy.
AppliTek does not knowingly collect or use any Personal Data directly from children on AppliTek sites (We define “children” as minors younger than 18). We do not knowingly allow children to order our products, to communicate with us, or to use any of our online services. If you are a parent and become aware that your child has provided us with information, please contact us using one of the methods specified below, and we will work with you to address this issue.
Your Privacy Choices
You have the right to be informed about our data practices, as well as about entities with which we have shared your Personal Data and the possibility of denying consent and the consequences of such denial. You also have the right to see and get a copy of Personal Data about you that we maintain as well as to ask us to make corrections to inaccurate or incomplete Personal Data about you. You have the right to receive data you have provided to us in a machine-readable format and to transmit that data to another controller. You may also request the erasure of your Personal Data or the restriction of its processing, or object to the processing of Personal Data about you. We will comply with any other rights you may have under applicable law in addition to those listed above.
Consistent with applicable law, you also may request access to information about the categories of Personal Data we collect, the sources from which we obtain that Personal Data, why we collected it, and with whom we share it.
To seek access to Personal Data about you, exercise any other rights, to file a concern, complaint, or request for correction, or to opt-out of particular programs, please contact our Privacy Office by clicking on the “Contact Us” link on the AppliTek site you are using, by using the AppliTek contact information on the AppliTek mobile application you are using, or by emailing email@example.com. You may also send a letter to the following address:
Data Protection Office/Privacy
Many countries have a data protection authority to ensure that data protection law is followed. For more information about your privacy rights, or if you are not able to resolve a problem directly with us and wish to make a complaint, contact your local authority.
In all communications to AppliTek, please include your email address, the Web site address, mobile application, and/or the specific AppliTek product to which you provided Personal Data (e.g., AppliTek sites), and a detailed explanation of your request. If you would like to delete, amend, or correct your Personal Data and are contacting us by email, please put “Deletion Request” or “Amendment/Correction Request” in the subject line of the email. We will respond to all reasonable requests in a timely manner and may need to further confirm your identity in order to process certain requests.
Once we receive your request, we may need to contact you to further verify relevant details. You may be entitled, in accordance with applicable law, to submit a request through an authorized agent. To designate an authorized agent to exercise your rights and choices on your behalf, please provide sufficient proof of assignment of authority.
Additional Notice to California Residents
Subject to certain limits under California Civil Code § 1798.83, California residents may ask us to provide them with (i) a list of certain categories of Personal Data that we have disclosed to third parties for their direct marketing purposes during the immediately preceding calendar year, and (ii) the identity of those third parties. To make this request, California residents may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the Privacy Choices listed above, in accordance with applicable law, California residents may also opt-out of the sale of their information by clicking the “Do Not Sell My Personal Information” link or by calling toll free (844) 842-6676. We will not discriminate against you for exercising your rights, and any difference in services as a result of your decision not to provide us with Personal Data is reasonably related to the value of such data.
AppliTek maintains reasonable technical, administrative and physical controls to secure any Personal Data collected through the AppliTek sites. However, there is always some risk that an unauthorized third party could intercept an Internet transmission, or that someone will find a way to thwart our security systems. We urge you to exercise caution when transmitting Personal Data over the Internet, especially your financial-related information. AppliTek cannot guarantee that unauthorized third parties will not gain access to your Personal Data; therefore, when submitting Personal Data to AppliTek sites, you must weigh both the benefits and the risks.
Third Party sites and Social Media Plug-ins
Accessing Our sites Globally
AppliTek may transmit Personal Data about you to related affiliates worldwide. These affiliates may in turn transmit Personal Data about you to other related affiliates. Some affiliates may be in countries that do not ensure an adequate level of data protection. Nevertheless, all of AppliTek’s related affiliates are required to treat Personal Data in a manner consistent with this policy. We only transfer your Personal Data internationally or to a third party when we are satisfied that adequate levels of protection are in place to protect the integrity and security of your Personal Data being processed, in compliance with applicable data protection laws. Where necessary, including for transfers to affiliates, we use Standard Contractual Clauses approved by the European Union to provide such protection. To obtain additional information regarding the safeguards we have in place for cross-border transfers of Personal Data, please contact us using the information provided in the “Your Privacy Choices” section.
Russian Residents Only
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We will carry out the following operations on your Personal Data with and without use of automated means: collection, recording, systematization, accumulation, storage, specification (update, modification), retrieval, use, transfer (provision, access), including cross-border transfers, depersonalization, deletion and destruction.
We share information about your use of AppliTek sites with third parties and transfer your information outside of Russia for certain business purposes. If you would like to get more information on these third parties and the countries to which we transfer your Personal Data, please contact us as described in the “Your Privacy Choices” section and we will provide you with the information on names, locations of those third parties as well as their roles in processing your Personal Data.
- Restriction of access to the Personal Data on a need-to-know basis, i.e. only to individuals who require such data to perform their respective duties;
- Ensuring physical security of premises where our information systems are located;
- Use of hardware and software information security tools, such as state-of-the-art malware protection and firewalls; and
- Appointment of a Data Protection Officer