The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) is the new legal framework that will come into effect on the 25th of May 2018 in the European Union (“EU”). EU Regulations have direct effect in all EU Member States, meaning the GDPR will take precedence over any national laws.
The GDPR’s focus is the protection of personal data, i.e. data about individuals. In fact, GDPR is one of the biggest shake-ups ever seen affecting how data relating to an individual should be handled—and potentially it affects not just companies but any individual, corporation, public authority, agency or other body that processes the personal data of individuals who are based in the EU. This includes suppliers and other third parties a company might utilize to process personal data.
It has a surprisingly extensive scope, including all Member States of the European Union along with the UK post-Brexit in 2019, as the GDPR will be also incorporated into UK law. Unlike the EU Directive 95/46 personal data protection rules, the GDPR also affects any companies outside of the EU that offer goods or services to individuals in the EU or that monitor their behavior within the EU. For example, website hosting companies in the US that host sites accessible by individuals in the EU are directly affected.
1. MEGA CORP’S COMMITMENT TO YOUR PRIVACY
Mega Corp respects your privacy. We provide this Privacy Notice so you understand how we treat the information we receive from you and about you when you use our websites, content, or mobile applications (collectively the “Sites”), as well as purchase our products, interact with us, visit our premises or otherwise use our services (together with the Sites, the “Services”). This Notice applies, in general, to all Services operated by or on behalf of Mega Corp of 700 Osuna Road NE, Albuquerque NM 87113 and our subsidiaries and business units worldwide (collectively, “Mega Corp”).
Our trademarks & brands include: Mega, Mega Worldwide & DiSCS
Please read this Privacy Notice. By using or visiting the Services, you acknowledge the terms of this Privacy Notice and agree to our Terms and Conditions of Use (the “Terms”). Use of our Services is voluntary. If you do not agree to the Privacy Notice and the Terms, you must immediately cease such use.
2. THE PERSONAL DATA WE COLLECT
There are a few places where Mega Corp gives you an opportunity to voluntarily provide us with information that directly or indirectly identifies you (your “Personal Data”). When you engage in certain activities, such as ordering a product or service; filling out a form to request a quotation or product support; participating in third-party social network service activities whether through the Services or third-party social network services; filling out a survey; applying for a job; sending feedback or product reviews; requesting owners and parts manuals; visiting our facilities or registering your product online, Mega Corp may ask you to provide Personal Data such as your first and last name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, credit card number, and other information. You choose whether to engage in these activities. Depending upon the activity, some of the information Mega Corp asks you to provide is identified as mandatory and some is voluntary. If you do not provide the mandatory data with respect to a particular activity, you will not be able to engage in that activity.
In addition to the information you choose to provide, Mega Corp may automatically collect other information about you through the Sites. Such information may include, without limitation: the unique device identifier of your mobile device, mobile network information, the model and serial number and telephone number of your mobile device, information regarding your access to and use of an App, the Site pages you visit and the time of your visits, your operating system, browser type, the domain name of your internet service provider, and your Internet Protocol (IP) address. We may combine any of the information we collect from or about you and use it in the manner described in this Privacy Notice. For example, Mega Corp may use your IP address, together with other Personal Data that you may provide, such as your email address, to communicate with you directly about products and services that Mega Corp believes may be of interest based on your activity on the Sites.
Mega Corp also may collect information about you from publicly available sources, or from third parties such as our channel partners or credit reference agencies in connection with your purchases. Mega Corp may receive information about your interaction with us and use of our Services through a third-party social networking service.
Except as otherwise stated in this Notice, your IP address, cookies and other technologies (as more particularly described below) are generally used by Mega Corp an anonymous basis (i.e. without directly referring to you by name), among other things to (1) help diagnose problems with Mega Corp’s server, administer the Services, measure the use of the Services, improve the content of the Services; (2) to identify visitors’ domain names, the type of web browsers used, the pages viewed, the websites from which a visitor found this Services, the websites to which a visitor went after leaving the Services; the search terms and search engines used to find this Services; and (3) to gather other web analytics information relating to visitors’ use and navigation of the Services. We will comply with applicable laws regarding our use and processing of your data.
3. COOKIES AND OTHER TECHNOLOGIES
Mega Corp uses various types of cookies:
Strictly Necessary cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around our Sites. Without these cookies, services you have asked for cannot be provided. They are deleted when you close the browser.
Performance Cookies collect information in an anonymous form about how visitors use our Sites. They allow Mega Corp to recognize and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our Sites when they are using it.
Functionality Cookies allow our Sites to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features and to improve your experience when using our Sites.
Targeting Cookies or advertising cookies are used to collect information about your browsing habits in order to enable Mega Corp and its affiliates to provide you with information about products and services that may be of specific interest to you.
Web Beacons are small strings of code (e.g., 1 x 1 pixel) that provide a method for delivering a graphic image on a Web page or in an email message for the purpose of transferring data. You can disable the ability of Web beacons to capture information by blocking cookies.
Persistent Device Identifiers are unique strings that are associated with the mobile device that you use to connect to an App. Persistent device identifiers may be modified or disabled by sophisticated users.
We use service providers to help us analyze patterns of user behavior on our Sites. These providers will collect your IP address and other information by automated means in order to report on your user activity. They may retain and use anonymized, aggregated data collected from users of our Sites in connection with their own businesses, including in order to improve their products and services. Authentication and tracking logs are used to compile user statistics.
Third parties may collect personally identifiable information about your online activities over time and across different Internet services when you visit our Sites.