We’re glad you chose to visit an IDG Communications, Inc. (“IDGC”) site! We care about your privacy and the information you share with us and want you to understand how we are using and protecting the information we collect about you. IDGC is respectful of data privacy and adopts best practice in compliance with applicable privacy law and regulations, including the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”).
This website, and associated IDGC events and publications provide products, content, and services for a professional and consumer audience and is not intended for individuals under the age of 13 years old. We do not knowingly collect or store personal data provided by anyone under 13 years of age.
What information we collect and how we collect it
How we safeguard your personal data
What we do with the personal data we collect
The legal basis we have for processing your personal data
When and how we share your personal data with others
How long we keep your personal data
Your rights and preferences
California Privacy Rights
How can we help? Getting in touch
IDGC collects data about you that is limited to the kind of information that can be found on a typical business card: first name, last name, job title, employer/company name, work address, work email, and work phone number. In some cases, we may ask you to provide additional professional information such as the size of the company you work for, and industry type.
To enhance and/or update the information that you have provided to us, we may combine it with professional information or personal data that we collect from third party sources. The personal data that we refer to in this document is the personal and professional information you provide, as well as information that we obtain from third party sources, both of which we typically combine as one user record.
Similarly, if you are a California consumer, under the CCPA, to the extent that any cookie can uniquely identify you or the device you, or any other person is using, via an IP address or other online identifier, this is also personal data.
We may collect your personal data when you register to receive any of the products, content or services offered by IDGC or its third party sponsors (“sponsors”) such as publications, subscriptions, contests, newsletters, memberships, premium content, webcasts, video, white papers, online seminars, conferences and events.
In order for us to provide the products, content or services you request, we need your personal data. Therefore, if you do not provide such personal data, we cannot deliver the products, content or services.
This website is one of many that IDGC and its group of undertakings operates, all of which we collectively refer to as the IDG Communications Publishing Network. Where permitted by law, we may share the personal data we collect about you with another IDG Communications Publishing Network company so that we can provide you with information about products, content and services that might interest you, and for internal analytical and business development purposes. Please click here for a list of the online and print publications included in the IDG Communications Publishing Network.
IDGC maintains safeguards which include technical and organizational security measures to protect your personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorized use, access, inadvertent disclosure, alteration, and destruction, and we require the third parties we contract with to support IDGC’s business operations to employ reasonable security measures as well (see “When and how we share your information with others” below).
We update and test security on an ongoing basis and restrict access to your personal data to only those who need to know in order to provide IDGC’s products, content or services to you.
We may store your personal data using IDGC’s own secure on-site servers or other internally hosted technology. Your personal data may also be stored by third parties, via cloud services or other technology, to whom IDGC has contracted with, to support IDGC’s business operations (see “When and how we share your information with others” below).
These third parties do not use or have access to your personal data other than for cloud storage and retrieval, and IDGC requires such parties to employ at least the same level of security that we use to protect your personal data (see “Security of your personal data” above).
We use the personal data that we collect to communicate with you, deliver what you request, improve our service, and to present other information and business offers that may be of interest.
We may use your personal data to send you important notices, such as communications about your registration, transactions, and changes to IDGC’s terms, conditions, policies, and/or other internal purposes.
We may use your personal data to provide the products, content or services you request. If you enter a sweepstake, contest, or similar IDGC promotion, we may use your personal data to administer such promotion.
We may use your personal data for auditing, data analysis, and research to improve IDGC’s products, content and services.
We may contact you to offer you additional IDGC or third party products, content or services that may be of interest to you. When we contact you regarding any such business offers, your personal data continues to be held by IDGC, unless you specifically indicate that IDGC can share it, such as when you tell us you wish to receive a business offer from one of our third party sponsors.
The GDPR requires data collectors, such as IDGC, to have a legal basis to use the personal data of EU residents. Therefore, this section shall apply to any such personal data collected by IDGC.
IDGC uses the personal data that you provide to supply you with high-quality products, content and services as you request, to send important notices, and for internal purposes such as auditing, data analysis, and research to provide you with the information you need to make the most informed technology purchasing decisions.
We may also use your personal data to offer you products, content or services that may be of interest to you, based upon your interests or the preferences you shared with us, and may share your personal data with third party sponsors of content, events, and other business services or offers.
The legal basis for processing your personal data is your consent. In certain circumstances we may otherwise process your personal data if IDGC has a legitimate interest in doing so and IDGC is not infringing any of your rights and freedoms.
When IDGC processes your personal data for IDGC’s legitimate interests, IDGC will consider and balance any potential impact on you and your rights under data protection and any other relevant law. Our legitimate business interests do not override your interests. IDGC will not use your personal data in circumstances where your rights and freedoms override our legitimate interests, unless we have your consent or are otherwise required or permitted to by law.
IDGC may share your personal data to deliver content and services from our sites, affiliated companies and third parties services that might interest you, including sponsored content and events, for business operations, and to comply with valid legal processes.
If you are an EU resident, IDGC will only share your personal data with third parties outside of the IDG Communications Publishing Network, with your consent.
As we mention above, your personal data may be shared within the IDG Communications Publishing Network to provide you with information about products, content and services that might interest you and for internal analytical and business development purposes (see “IDG Communications Publishing Network” above). We may also share your personal data with third parties to deliver third party sponsored content or other services that you request (see “third party sponsored content and events” below). As indicated above (see “To present offers that may be of interest to you”), however, your personal data continues to be held by IDGC, unless you specifically indicate that IDGC can share it with the third party sponsor.
We may also share your personal data with third parties we have contracted with to support IDGC’s business operations including delivery, fulfillment, payment processing, email deployment, suppression list management and data processing.
IDGC partners with third party sponsors to make available a large library of content to our users, such as white papers, professional events (live or online), as well as other business services or offers. In return for access to such offers, we may ask you to provide us with personal data as part of the registration.
Your personal data may be shared when authorized by law or necessary to comply with a valid legal process.
If part or all the ownership of IDGC or any of its products or services are sold or transferred, your personal data will be transferred to the new owner.
This section shall apply to any personal data collected by IDGC from EU residents.
We retain your personal data for the duration of your business relationship with us, and we hold your information only as long as necessary for each purpose we use it, unless we have obtained your consent to use for another or similar purpose.
If you inform us that you want IDGC to provide the categories and specific pieces of personal data IDGC collects, your personal data erased (if you are an EU resident) or deleted (if you are a California consumer), that you do not want your personal data sold (if you are a California consumer), that you no longer wish for us to communicate with you for marketing purposes, or to otherwise restrict IDGC’s processing of your personal data, we may retain some basic information in order to avoid sending you unwanted materials in the future, and to keep a record of your request and our response.
This section shall apply to any personal data collected by IDGC from EU residents and California consumers.
To confirm that IDGC is processing your personal data, or to access, update or correct the personal data IDGC holds about you, or to obtain a copy to reuse for your own purposes, please send an email to: DataRequest@idg.com (or the mailing address below).
If, however, you require additional information and/or to otherwise exercise your rights under the CCPA to request the categories and specific pieces of personal data IDGC collects, please send an email to: DataRequest@idg.com (or the mailing address below) and please put CCPA Request in the subject line.
This section shall apply to any personal data collected by IDGC from EU residents or California consumers.
If you want your personal data erased and you are an EU resident, please send an email to: email@example.com (or the mailing address below).
If you are a California consumer, and you want your personal data deleted, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org (or the mailing address below) and please put CCPA Request in the subject line.
If you want IDGC to stop communicating with you for marketing purposes, please visit our Member Preferences Center.
If you want to otherwise restrict IDGC’s processing of your personal data, please send an email to: email@example.com (or the mailing address below).
California consumers can exercise their rights to opt out of the selling of their personal data (as applicable) under the CCPA, as described in Your California Privacy Rights below.
The contact information for IDGC’s Data Protection Officer is:
Mr. John McGill
c/o IDG Direct
Great Strand Street
IDGC has also designated a Representative in the EU:
IDG Communications Media AG
Should you choose to notify us of any of the above preferences by postal service, here is our address:
IDG Communications, Inc.
c/o Member Services
5 Speen Street
Framingham, MA 01701
Last updated: 20 December 2019 [Version PP-201219001]