Last Updated: Jan 07, 2019
Please read this policy carefully to understand how we handle and treat your personal information.
What information do we collect?
You have choices about the data we collect. When you are asked to provide personal data, you may decline. But if you choose not to provide data that is necessary to enable us to provide the Services, you may not be able to use all or part of those Services.
The data we collect depends on the context of your interactions with GeekHub, the choices you make (including your privacy settings), and the Services you use. The data we collect can include the following:
Name and contact information. We may collect your first and last name, email address, company information, and other similar contact data.
- Payment information. We may collect data necessary to process your payment if you make purchases, such as your payment instrument number (such as a credit card number), the security code associated with your payment instrument, and other billing details.
- GitHub Details. We may collect data necessary to enable your GeekHub account to interface with your GitHub account, such as your GitHub token, your user organization, your GitHub username, and your user role. We integrate tightly with GitHub's API and Open Authentication (OAUTH) system, and observe GitHub's Terms of Service. We do not have access to your GitHub credentials, and we do not read your code, your branches, or the contents of your Issues or Pull Requests.
- Customer information. When you use our Services, you will control what data is sent to and stored on our systems. For example, you might upload photos, files, or other data into GeekHub in order to use the Services in support of your business. In such cases, we act as a data processor, and process your data in order to provide the Services to you.
- Device and Usage information. We may collect data about your device and how you and your device interact with GeekHub and our Services. For example, we may collect:
- Use and location data. We may collect data about the features you use, the Services you purchase, and the web pages you visit. This also includes your interactions on our website, your feature usage patterns, location data, and your interactions with us via email.
- Device, connectivity and configuration data. We may collect data about your device and the network you use to connect to our Services. This may include data about the operating system and other software installed on your device, including product keys. It may also include IP address, browser type, operating system, and referring URLs.
What do we use your information for?
We use the data we collect to operate our business, to provide the necessary GitHub integrations, and to provide the Services to you. This includes using the data to improve our Services, and to personalize your experiences. We may also use the data to communicate with you to, among other things, inform you about your account, provide security updates, and give you information about the Services. We may also use the data to manage your email subscriptions, improve the relevance and security of our website, respond to user enquiries, send you periodic marketing communications about our Services, and improve the relevance of our advertising.
- Providing and improving our Services. We use data to provide and improve the Services we offer, and to perform essential business operations. This includes operating the Services, integrating with GitHub, maintaining and improving the performance of the Services, developing new features, conducting research, and providing customer support. Examples of such uses include the following:
- Providing the Services. We use data to carry out your transactions with us and to provide the Services to you. In certain cases, the Services include personalized features and recommendations that enhance your productivity and enjoyment, and automatically tailor your experience based on the data we have about you.
- Integration with GitHub. The Services operate in conjunction with GitHub, and integrate with your existing GitHub account(s). To that end, we may collect data about you directly from GitHub in order to make the necessary integrations to provide the Services to you. We only use your GitHub data for its intended use: making your GeekHub experience better. This does include storing basic information (GitHub user IDs, Organization name and members, Repo IDs and Issue metadata) in order to increase speed of delivery, facilitate social collaboration, calculating payments, and make inviting your coworkers easier in the future. We store Issue numbers in order to keep track of the way you order / prioritize Issues on GeekHub.
- Technical support. We use data to diagnose product problems, and to provide other customer care and support services.
- Improving the Services. We use data to continually improve our website and our Services, including system administration, system security, and adding new features or capabilities.
- Business Operations. We use data to develop aggregate analyses and business intelligence that enable us to operate, protect, make informed decisions, and report on the performance of our business.
- Recruitment. If you apply for a job with us, we use your data for recruitment purposes.
- Promotions We may use your data to administer contests, promotions, surveys, or other site features.
- Improving Advertising Campaigns. We may use your data to improve our advertising campaigns, primarily in an effort to prevent targeting of impressions via third-party channels when they are not relevant to you.
- Sending Periodic Emails. We may use your data to send you periodic emails. Depending on the marketing preferences you select on your privacy dashboard, we may send you occasional marketing emails about our products and services, which you can unsubscribe from at any time using the link provided in the message.
- Generally. We use data to respond to your enquiries and requests relating to our Services, to create and administer your accounts, and to provide us with information and access to resources that you have requested from us. We also use data for general business purposes, including, among other things, to improve customer service, to help us improve the content and functionality of our Services, to better understand our users, to protect against wrongdoing, to enforce our Terms of Service, and to generally manage our business.
- Communications. We use data we collect to communicate with you, and to personalize our communications with you. For example, we may contact you to inform you when your subscription is ending, to discuss your account, to let you know when updates are available, to remind you about features of the Services that are available for your use, to update you about a support request, or to invite you to participate in a survey. Additionally, you can sign up for email subscriptions, and choose whether you want to receive marketing communications from us.
How do we protect your information?
We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you enter, submit, or access your personal information. We offer the use of a secure server. All supplied sensitive/credit information is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted into our Payment gateway providers database only to be accessible by those authorized with special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential. After a transaction, your private information (e.g., credit cards, social security numbers, financials) will not be stored on our servers.
How do we ensure that our processing systems remain confidential, resilient, and available?
We implement a variety of measures to ensure that our processing systems remain confidential, resilient, and available. Specifically, we have implemented processes to help ensure high availability, business continuity, and prompt disaster recovery. We commit to maintaining strong physical and logical access controls.
- High Availability. Every part of the Services utilize properly-provisioned, redundant servers (e.g., multiple load balancers, web servers, replica databases) in case of failure. We take servers out of operation as part of regular maintenance, without impacting availability.
- Business Continuity. We keep encrypted backups of data every day on Amazon Web Services. While never expected, in the case of production data loss (i.e., primary data stores loss), we will restore organizational data from these backups.
- Disaster Recovery. In the event of a region-wide outage, we will bring up a duplicate environment in a different AWS region. Our operations team has extensive experience performing full region migrations.
- Physical Access Controls. GeekHub is hosted on Amazon Web Services. AWS data centers feature a layered security model, including extensive safeguards such as custom-designed electronic access cards, alarms, vehicle access barriers, perimeter fencing, metal detectors, and biometrics. According to the AWS Security Whitepaper: “AWS’s data centers are state of the art, utilizing innovative architectural and engineering approaches. Amazon has many years of experience in designing, constructing, and operating large-scale data centers. This experience has been applied to the AWS platform and infrastructure. AWS data centers are housed in nondescript facilities. Physical access is strictly controlled both at the perimeter and at building ingress points by professional security staff utilizing video surveillance, intrusion detection systems, and other electronic means. Authorized staff must pass two-factor authentication a minimum of two times to access data center floors. All visitors and contractors are required to present identification and are signed in and continually escorted by authorized staff. ” GeekHub employees do not have physical access to AWS data centers, servers, network equipment, or storage.
- Logical Access Controls. GeekHub is the assigned administrator of its infrastructure on Amazon Web Services, and only designated authorized GeekHub operations team members have access to servers and databases. In order to access them, designated members of the GeekHub operations team connect via an encrypted channel using private keys. Specific private keys are required for individual servers, and keys are stored in a secure and encrypted location.
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You may refuse to accept cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of cookies. You can find information on popular browsers and how to adjust your cookie preferences at the following websites:
- Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Mozilla Firefox
- Google Chrome
- Apple Safari
However, if you choose to disable cookies, you may be unable to access certain parts of our site.
Our web pages may contain electronic images known as web beacons (also called single-pixel gifs) that we use to help deliver cookies on our websites, and to count users who have visited those websites. We may also include web beacons in our promotional email messages or newsletters, to determine whether and when you open and act on them.
In addition to placing web beacons on our own websites, we sometimes work with other companies to place our web beacons on their websites or in their advertisements. This helps us to develop statistics on how often clicking on an advertisement on a GeekHub website results in a purchase or other action on the advertiser's website.
Finally, our Services may contain web beacons or similar technologies from third-party analytics providers that help us compile aggregated statistics about the effectiveness of our promotional campaigns or other operations. These technologies enable the analytics providers to set or read their own cookies or other identifiers on your device, through which they can collect information about your online activities across applications, websites or other products.
Do we disclose any information to outside parties?
We share your personal data with your consent, or as necessary to provide the Services to you. We also share your data with vendors working on our behalf; when required by law or to respond to legal process; to protect our customers; to protect lives; to maintain the security of our Services; and to protect our rights or our property.
We share your personal data with your consent, or as necessary to provide the Services to you. We also share personal data with vendors or agents working on our behalf for the purposes described in this Policy. For example, companies we have hired to provide cloud hosting services, off-site backups, and customer support may need access to personal data to provide those functions. In such cases, these companies are required to abide by our data privacy and security requirements and are not allowed to use personal data they receive from us for any other purpose. The current list of vendors that we use to provide the Services can be found here https://geekhub.codes/static/vendor_services. We will update this list from time to time as the list of vendors changes. If you have questions or concerns about any of our vendors, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
We may disclose your personal data as part of a corporate transaction such as a corporate sale, merger, reorganization, dissolution, or similar event.
Finally, we will access, transfer, disclose, and/or preserve personal data, when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to:
- comply with applicable law or respond to valid legal process, judicial orders, or subpoenas;
- respond to requests from public or governmental authorities, including for national security or law enforcement purposes;
- protect the vital interests of our users, customers, or other third parties (including, for example, to prevent spam or attempts to defraud users of our products, or to help prevent the loss of life or serious injury of anyone);
- operate and maintain the security of our Services, including to prevent or stop an attack on our computer systems or networks;
- protect the rights, interests or property of GeekHub or third parties;
- prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with the Services; or
- enforce our Terms of Service.
We may use and share aggregated non-personal information with third parties for marketing, advertising, and analytics purposes.
We do not sell or trade your personal information to third parties.
How to Access and Control Your Personal Data
You can view, access, edit, delete, or request a copy of your personal data for many aspects of the Services. You can also make choices about GeekHub’s collection and use of your data. How you can access and control your personal data will depend on which Services you use. You can always choose whether you want to receive marketing communications from us. You can also opt out from receiving marketing communications from us by using the opt-out link on the communication, or by visiting your account’s privacy dashboard.
- Data Access. You can access your personal data on your account’s privacy dashboard. Note that since we collect some of your personal data directly from GitHub, you will not be able to change or update that information via the Services; instead, you will need to visit your GitHub profile page.
- Data Portability. You can request a copy of your personal data by submitting an email to us at email@example.com and including “Please send me a copy of my personal data” in the “Subject” line. GeekHub will verify your ability to access that email, then send you a digital export of the data we hold that is associated with your email address. We will use reasonable efforts to respond to your request within 14 days, but in all events within 30 days of our receipt of the request. Note that since we collect some of your personal data directly from GitHub, we will not be able to access or send you a copy of that information; if you want a copy of that information, you will need to reach out to GitHub to request it.
- Data Erasure. You can request that GeekHub delete your personal data by submitting an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and including “Please delete my personal data” in the “Subject” line. GeekHub will verify your ability to access that email, then delete the personal data associated with your email address. Please be aware that we require certain information about you in order to provide the Services; this means that if you want to delete those critical pieces of personal data, you may be required to delete your entire profile and no longer be able to access or use the Services. All customer data stored on our servers is eradicated upon a customer’s termination of service and deletion of account after a 24-hour waiting period to prevent accidental cancellation. We will use reasonable efforts to respond to your request within 14 days, but in all events within 30 days of our receipt of the request. Please note that we retain billing and usage metadata about a company or individual as required for compliance with law and regulation. Note that since we collect some of your personal data directly from GitHub, we will not be able to delete that information; if you want to ensure its deletion, you will need to reach out to GitHub to request it.
- Data Correction. You can modify your personal data on your account’s privacy dashboard. Note that since we collect some of your personal data directly from GitHub, you will not be able to change or update that information via the Services; instead, you will need to visit your GitHub profile page. The Services will sync with GitHub each time you log in, to ensure that your GitHub data is up-to-date.
- Your Communications Preferences. You can choose whether you wish to receive marketing communications from us. If you receive marketing communications from us and would like to opt out, you can do so by following the directions in that communication. You can also make choices about your receipt of marketing communications by signing into your account, and viewing and managing your communication permissions in your account’s privacy dashboard, where you can update contact information, manage your contact preferences, opt out of email subscriptions, and choose whether to share your contact information with GeekHub. Alternatively, you can request that we withdraw consent to use your personal data by submitting an email to us at email@example.com, and including “Please withdraw my consent for marketing communications” in the “Subject” line. GeekHub will verify your ability to access that email, then update our systems to remove your email address from the system we use to send marketing communications. We will use reasonable efforts to respond to your request within 14 days, but in all events within 30 days of our receipt of the request. Please note that these choices do not apply to mandatory communications that are part of the Services, or to surveys or other informational communications that have their own unsubscribe method.
Third Party Links
Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our website or through our Services.If you access other websites using the links provided, the operators of these websites may collect information from you that will be used by them in accordance with their privacy policies. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We, therefore, have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.
Where we Store and Process Personal Data; International Transfers
Personal data collected by GeekHub may be stored and processed in Europe region of AWS or in any other country where GeekHub or its affiliates, subsidiaries or service providers maintain facilities. The storage location(s) are chosen in order to operate efficiently, to improve performance, and to create redundancies in order to protect the data in the event of an outage or other problem. We take steps to ensure that the data we collect is processed according to the provisions of this Policy, and the requirements of applicable law wherever the data is located.
We transfer personal data from the European Economic Area and Switzerland to other countries, some of which have not been determined by the European Commission to have an adequate level of data protection. When we engage in such transfers, we use a variety of legal mechanisms, including contracts, to help ensure your rights and protections travel with your data. To learn more about the European Commission’s decisions on the adequacy of the protection of personal data in the countries where GeekHub processes personal data, please visit: ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/international-transfers/adequacy/index_en.htm
We may retain your personal information as long as you continue to use the Services, have an account with us, or for as long as is necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this Policy. You can ask to close your account by contacting us as described above, and we will delete your personal information on request. We may, however, retain personal information for an additional period as is permitted or required under applicable laws, for legal, tax, or regulatory reasons, or for legitimate and lawful business purposes.
We will retain your personal data for as long as necessary to provide the Services to you, or for other essential purposes such as complying with our legal obligations, resolving disputes, and enforcing our agreements. Because these needs can vary for different types of data in the context of the different Services we provide, actual retention periods can vary significantly. The criteria we use to determine the retention periods include:
- How long is the personal data needed to provide the Services and/or operate our business? This includes such things such as maintaining and improving the performance of the Services, keeping our systems secure, and maintaining appropriate business and financial records. This is the general rule that establishes the baseline for most data retention periods.
- Is there an automated control, such as in your privacy dashboard, that enables you to access and delete the personal data at any time? If there is not, a shortened data retention time will generally be adopted.
- Is the personal data of a sensitive type? If so, a shortened retention time would generally be appropriate.
- Has the user provided consent for a longer retention period? If so, we will retain the data in accordance with your consent.
- Is GeekHub subject to a legal, contractual, or similar obligation to retain the data? Examples can include mandatory data retention laws in the applicable jurisdiction, government orders to preserve data relevant to an investigation, or data that must be retained for the purposes of litigation.
We will update this privacy statement when necessary to reflect customer feedback and changes in our Services. When we post changes to this statement, we will revise the "last updated" date at the top of the statement. If there are material changes to the statement or in how GeekHub will use your personal data, we will notify you either by prominently posting a notice of such changes before they take effect or by sending you a notification directly. We encourage you to periodically review this privacy statement to learn how GeekHub is protecting your information.
How to Contact Us
If you have a technical or support question, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you have a privacy concern, complaint, or a question for the Data Protection Officer of GeekHub, please contact us by sending us an email at email@example.com . We will respond to questions or concerns within 30 days.
Unless otherwise stated, GeekHub is a data controller for personal data we collect through the Services subject to this statement.