GearsCritic respects the privacy of website visitors. We also understand that users are concerned about information about them is used or shared. This Privacy Policy sets out our approach to collection, use, storage, and disclosure (collectively, “processing”) of personally identifiable information and the rights and choices you have regarding data we hold about you.

Our Policy also includes updates to account for the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Suppose you are a European Union resident (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA). In that case, this Policy informs you of certain specific rights and choices you can make with regard to personal data (hereafter referred to as “personally identifiable information”) we hold about you. Please read this Policy carefully. Using this website, you will be deemed, to the extent permitted by law, to have consented to this Policy and our data processing activities.

What personal data we collect and why?

Information Collection

When you visit or access our website, we collect certain information in different ways. This includes information you provide directly to us and information collected automatically via cookies and similar technologies.

Information you provide directly to us: If you create a user account at the site, we will require you to provide certain personally identifiable information, including your name, email, and password. If you submit product advertising inquiries or contact us directly, please note that you may be submitting to us certain personal information, and we advise you to take precautions when doing so

  1. Comments: When visitors leave comments on the site, we collect the data shown in the comments form and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. An anatomized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.
  2. Media: If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Information collected automatically. Our website’s server automatically logs certain data about when a user visits or accesses the site “usage data”). This data or information may include your computer’s Internet Protocol address, the type and operating system of your device, type and version of the browser used to access the site, the URL that referred you to our site, pages views, and duration of stay on the site, the time and date of visit, as well as other analytical data.

Cookies and Similar technologies:

This part explains what cookies are, what we use them for, and how you can manage or avoid them. Our website uses cookies. Please note that certain cookies are necessary for the operation of the site and your access to such parts of the site is conditional to your acceptance of the use of cookies.

What are cookies: A cookie is a small text file that a website places in your browser’s cookie file when you visit the site. Cookies help to remember users and make their next visit to the site personalized and useful. They also make our website to function efficiently. If you visit our website, we may place different kinds of cookies on your device, and such cookies can be “session” or “persistent” cookies.

Sessions cookies are temporary and only in use when browsing the site. They automatically disappear when you exit your browser. Persistent cookies can stay in your browser’s cookie file for a longer-term. We use session cookies to remember user actions and make the user experience easier and useful. For example, Session cookies help to remember products you have added to the shopping cart or your login credentials to keep you logged in while navigating different sections of the site. This way, you can avoid having to log in to the site repeatedly every time you guide a separate page.

We use persistent cookies to understand how users use our website, the specific pages that users choose to view, and store user preferences for future visits. For example, persistent cookies remember your language preferences, bookmarks, or favorites and offer you a faster, personalized, and useful access to the site on your future visit. Where cookies constitute personal information in terms of the EU GDPR, we will process cookie data based on your consent.

Controlling cookies: Please note that you can manage cookies by configuring your browser’s settings to accept, block, or delete cookies. You can block all cookies or only from third parties. You can also clear cookies after your browsing session. We rely on some cookies for our website to function properly. If you delete or block all cookies from our site, you may not save your preferences, and certain parts of the site may not work properly.

Web beacons and third party cookies: We allow third parties (like Google Analytics, Google AdSense, and Facebook tags) to collect certain anonymous information when you interact with our website. These companies may set third party cookies or web beacons to collect this information. These companies may use non-personally identifiable information, including, for example, information relating to your click stream, browser type, or the ads clicked on the site). We also use these cookies for affiliate marketing purposes. They help to know if users purchase products through affiliate links on our site, in which case GearsCritic may receive an affiliate commission. We also use the information generated by these technologies to serve ads about goods and services which may of interest to you. To learn more about or opt-out of these cookies and behavioral advertising practices, please visit the Network Advertising Imitative or Digital Advertising Alliance.

Legal Issue

Legal grounds to lawfully process personal data: For EU /EEA residents, MonitorHunt will as a general policy seek to rely on particular lawful bases for personal data processing activities following the EU GDPR. We will only process such data for the specific purpose for which data was obtained or collected. Below are the legal grounds that we rely upon in particular circumstances to process particular personal data.

Compliance with legal obligations: We may process your data to comply with any legal duty for which certain data need to be processed under EU law.

Legitimate interest: To the extent that processing does not override your rights and freedoms, we may process your data as is necessary for a legitimate interest pursued by our suppliers, affiliates, contractors, and service providers or by us.

Sharing and Disclosure: We do not share or disclose your information outside of GearsCritic without your express and verifiable consent. However, please note that we may disclose your information for our business’ legitimate purposes such as mergers and acquisition, dispute resolution, or exercise or defense of our legal rights. We may also disclose your personally identifiable information if we are required to comply with a lawful request by law enforcement agencies or respond to a valid request by public authorities (e.g., court order) or in connection with a fraud crime or violation of our terms of service.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g., videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves exactly 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 tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Data Retention:

GearsCritic will only retain personal data for as long as necessary for the purpose for which it was collected or to comply with any legal obligation. To the extent permitted by law, we may retain your data connected with a request by law enforcement agencies, resolving disputes or claims, or exercising and defending our legal rights. We will erase all data that is no longer needed. We may also retain certain data for internal analysis purposes. We retain such data for a shorter period and to the extent necessary for improving our website’s security and functionality.

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is to recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

Transfer of Data:

If you are an EU resident, your information, including personal data, may be transferred to and stores in computers located outside of your country, where data protection laws may differ from those applicable in your country. If you are located outside the United States and choose to provide personal data to us, please note that we receive such data and process it here. Your consent to the use of such data and this Privacy Policy constitutes your agreement to the handling of personal data in this way.

Data Security:

We care about the security of your personally identifiable information. GearsCritic has adopted technical and organizational measures to ensure that personal information submitted on the site is secure. Our site uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption technology to protect personal data from unauthorized access, disclosure, or acquisition. Nevertheless, we do not guarantee that unauthorized third parties will not be able to defeat our security measures, and accordingly, we do not make any warranty for data security.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Complains and Contact information:

If you have any questions regarding this privacy policy or our data collection and use practices or need information on how to exercise any of your rights specified herein, please contact us.

Important Notice: We may update this Privacy Policy from time to time to accommodate any changes in our information collection policies. We advise you to review this Policy periodically because it applies to information we hold about you.