Focus Gaming News recognises the importance of protecting the privacy of all information provided by users of our websites, subscribers to our magazines, registrants for our events, recipients of our email newsletters and all of our customers. We created this policy with a fundamental respect for our users’ right to privacy and to guide our relationships with our users. This privacy statement discloses the privacy practices for all products and services owned by Focus Gaming News.
Use of information
We use the information in the manner prescribed by corresponding applicable law and the General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR (in force as of May 25th 2018).
The use of your information, its collection, processing, and transfer is done following the principles of the GDPR and under one or more of the lawful purposes specified in Article 6 of the GDPR.
A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
Many of our products and services are free to subscribers who meet certain demographic criteria. Independent auditors may need to certify the eligibility of these subscribers. In order to do that, we may collect unique identifiers (such as mother‘s maiden name) that we disclose to the auditors strictly for industry reporting and audit verification purposes.
If users wish to subscribe to our email newsletters, we ask for contact information (such as name, email address and, occasionally, demographic information). We use this information in the same manner as we use contact information in the registration process described above. Recipients of our newsletters can unsubscribe using the instructions listed at the end of the email newsletter.
Surveys and contents
From time to time we invite users to provide information via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether to disclose requested contact information (such as name and mailing address) and demographic information (such as post code or job title). In addition to other uses set forth in this policy, contact information collected in connection with surveys and contests is used to notify the winners and award prizes, to monitor or improve the use and satisfaction of the site, and we’ll not be shared any third parts.
At some of our sites, we offer interactive and community features such as discussion boards, webcasts and user profiles. Note that all personal information sent or posted via such features becomes public information for which we are not responsible.
Communication with us
We have features where users can submit information to us (such as our contact forms). Letters to the editor and similar submissions may be made public. Requests for service, support or information may be forwarded as needed to best respond to a specific request. We may retain emails and other information sent to us for our internal administrative purposes, and to help us to serve customers better.
Communications from us: Service updates, special offers
In order to best serve our customers, we may send updates that contain important information about our sites and services. For example, we send new members a welcoming message, and verify password and username for our password-protected sites. We may also communicate with a user to provide requested services and for account-related issues via email, phone or regular mail.
We offer our users the option to receive information about our company, related products, services and special deals. Users can choose not to receive these communications, as set forth in our Permission section below.
Automatic data collection
Our websites have features that automatically collect information from users, to deliver content specific to user’s interests and to honour their preferences. This information assists us in creating sites that will serve the needs of our users.
We use ‘cookies’ a piece of data stored on the user’s hard drive containing information about the user. Cookies benefit the user by requiring information only once, thereby saving time while on our site. If users reject the cookies, they may be limited in the use of some areas of our site. For example, the user may not be able to participate in sweepstakes, contests or drawings.
For our internal purposes, we gather date, time, browser type, navigation history and IP address of all visitors to our site. This information does not contain anything that can identify users personally. We use this information for our internal security audit log, trend analysis and system administration, and to gather broad demographic information about our user base for aggregate use.
We may combine demographic information supplied by a subscriber at registration with site usage data to provide general profiles, in aggregate non-personally identifiable form, about our users and their preferences in the content of the site and advertising.
Correction / Updating personal information
If a user‘s personally identifiable information changes (such as postcode), or if a user no longer desires our product(s)/service(s), we provide a way to correct or update that user‘s personal data. The user should contact us (through our email address [email protected]) for the applicable product or service.
Anyone wishing to unsubscribe from Focus Gaming News e-newsletter and e-alerts about new products and services from Focus Gaming News and its partners should email: [email protected]. Please note that we will endeavour to implement requests within a reasonable time, although for a time users may continue to receive mailings, etc, transmitted based on information released prior to the implementation of the request.
We use reasonable precautions to protect our user’s personal information and to store it securely. Sensitive information that is transmitted to us online (such as credit card number) is encrypted and is transmitted to us securely. In addition, access to all of our users’ information, not just the sensitive information mentioned above, is restricted. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, a billing clerk or a customer service representative) are granted access to personally identifiable information. Finally, the servers on which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment.
In its capacity as a leading news source, Focus Gaming News gathers and stores what could be classified as personal data. This is used for news reporting, opinion polls and related research. This privacy notice does not focus on that type of use.
Our web sites contain links to other sites. Focus Gaming News is not responsible for the privacy practices or content of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each web site to which we may link that may collect personally identifiable information.
Notification and changes