Collection of Personally Identifiable Information
GDS generally collects personally identifiable information with your specific knowledge and consent. For instance, when you complete a survey, subscribe to our newsletter, or send us e-mail, you will be asked to provide information such as your e-mail address, name, phone number, and sometimes shipping address. Optional information such as your age or gender may also be requested. This information may be collected by third party service providers with whom GDS contracts to host the web site or to fulfill requests for services; in that event, GDS asks such service providers to make the personal information available only to GDS for GDS to use in accordance with the terms of this policy and not to use the information for any other purpose.
- GDS uses this information to provide you with the service you have requested. If you elect to receive our newsletter, we may use your e-mail address to send you a confirmation notice and your mailing address to send you your magazine. Similarly, if you enter online sweepstakes, we will use this information to notify you if you are a winner.
- In addition, GDS uses information you provide us through emails and in response to polls for editorial purposes. Please be advised that any such submissions become the property of GDS, and may be used by GDS for any lawful purpose.
- GDS may share or disclose personally identifiable information about you to other companies or individuals when: we have your consent to share the information (you can refuse consent by deselecting the appropriate box or by notifying GDS; we utilize third party service providers to provide products, services or functions on our behalf (such as sending emails or processing credit cards or fulfilling subscriptions), and ask these service providers to agree to maintain the confidentiality of your personally identifiable information and not to use your personally identifiable information for any reason except to carry out the purpose(s) for which we hired them; the entity to whom the information is disclosed is one under control of, or under common control with GDS (for these purposes, a company controlling twenty (20%) percent or more of the voting stock of another entity shall be deemed to control such entity); the entity to whom the information is disclosed is hosting web sites associated with our magazines or magazines we publish in conjunction with a third party, other than those web sites covered by this policy; we need to protect our legal rights (for example, if we are trying to collect money you owe us); we must comply with applicable laws, regulations, or legal or regulatory process; or in connection with a sale, merger, transfer, exchange, or other disposition (whether of assets, stock, or otherwise) of all or a portion of the business conducted by the web sites to which this policy applies.
GDS also shares web site usage information about visitors to our web sites who have received a targeted promotional campaign with a reputable third party advertising company for the purpose of targeting future campaigns and upgrading visitor information used in reporting statistics. For this purpose, we and our third-party advertising company note some of the pages you visit on our web site through the use of pixel tags (also called clear gifs).
GDS (or third party service providers on our behalf) may from time to time set and access cookies on your computer. A cookie is a small amount of data (often including a unique identifier), that is sent to your browser from a web site's computers and stored on your computer's hard drive.