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Privacy Policy

GENESIS INFO-MEDIA Privacy Policy

GENESIS INFO-MEDIA processes personal information in its capacity as a data controller. We collect and process this information according to the policy described herewith.

GENESIS INFO-MEDIA respects the privacy of your personal information and does not rent, trade, or share it with third-parties for their marketing purposes.

This policy does not apply to web sites linked from the GENESIS INFO-MEDIA site. GENESIS INFO-MEDIA recommends reviewing the privacy policy of those respective third-party web sites in addition to ours.

Collection and Usage of Personal Information

GENESIS INFO-MEDIA only collects personal information that is relevant to its activities and seeks to ensure the personal information is accurate and up-to-date. GENESIS INFO-MEDIA will use your personal information for staying in touch with you and generally for the purposes for which you provided it (as described in more detail below), including in order to:

  • process your request to subscribe to Smart Energy Magazine published by GENESIS INFO-MEDIA, and for the renewal and update (and general administration) of your membership; and
  • process your application and registration for an event, training or other activities.

The personal information that GENESIS INFO-MEDIA collects about your use of our services and that you provide to us may occasionally be used to improve our Web Site and wider offerings (on a confidential basis) or to enable us to comply with our legal obligations.

Personal information collected by GENESIS INFO-MEDIA may include: your name, address, employment details, and contact details, including your IP address, email address and telephone number. You may choose to inform us in confidence about what gender you identify as, whether you identify as a member of an underrepresented group, and if you have a disability.

Team/Member Database

GENESIS INFO-MEDIA maintains member databases that contain mailing, billing, and member profile information (such as your name, address and contact details). The information in these databases is used by authorized GENESIS INFO-MEDIA staff members to process orders; mail invoices, purchases, renewal notices, and announcements; respond to inquiries; and help us improve our offerings. Subscriber records are maintained as long as an individual (or their team) is a subscriber to any of its products and for two years following a membership lapse. Purchases and credit card transactions are retained for as long as required to meet contractual, tax, or auditing needs.

All personally identifiable information contained in GENESIS INFO-MEDIA Subscription and registration databases is treated as confidential and will be used only for the purposes stated in this Policy, except where required by law.

GENESIS INFO-MEDIA Emails

GENESIS INFO-MEDIA maintains various mailing lists and may send out emails to members or previous attendees of events, such as:

  • “Must Have” messages that help to service GENESIS INFO-MEDIA members including answers to member questions, acknowledgments of the receipt of membership applications, renewal notices, and other orders;
  • Occasional “Member Update” announcements about GENESIS INFO-MEDIA services that we believe to be of some importance to Members. These announcements are short, straightforward messages that contain pointers to online resources where members can explore the information more fully; and
  • Email messages that are a part of a program for which a Member has registered (e.g., mailing lists)

GENESIS INFO-MEDIA does not sell, rent, or exchange email addresses of its members and customers, with the exception of sign-ups to events which are organized by a third party and except for the events that explicitly mention so. In latter cases, contact information including name, company name and email address is provided only to those who have registered as a VIP, Speaker or Sponsor to the event.. If at any time you decide that you no longer wish to receive any of the emails described above, you may do so by using the “unsubscribe” instructions set out at the bottom of each email.

GENESIS INFO-MEDIA Identity

Various GENESIS INFO-MEDIA services are access-controlled by the GENESIS INFO-MEDIA identity solution. The account is created either by a successful membership application, or if you are joining GENESIS INFO-MEDIA activities as a non-member (e.g., attending an event, participation in a Special Interest Group, or sponsoring a GENESIS INFO-MEDIA event). A user profile is stored in our membership and account databases. It will consist of the following information: (1) email address, (2) full name, (3) securely stored authentication information (e.g., password or multi-factor authentication secrets), and (4) if provided, additional contact information, such as your public PGP key or other secure communication channels (e.g., Wire, Threema, Signal, Keybase).

Collaboration Platforms

In order to fulfill our mission to bring new energy industry teams together, GENESIS INFO-MEDIA is using various platforms where members can discuss new energy related topics. GENESIS INFO-MEDIA is using self-hosted as well as third-party service providers. GENESIS INFO-MEDIA leverages its identity management solution to connect to third-party providers in order to provide controlled access by authorized users. GENESIS INFO-MEDIA aims to limit the exposure of any sensitive user information. However, it may be necessary to share details with service providers such as full name, user ID, and email address to run the service. Use of third-party collaboration services is opt-in.

Event Registration

When you register for an event, you will provide information, such as full name, address, email, phone number, and payment information. You may also choose, at your discretion, to be listed on the attendee list, state your gender, social media accounts information, and request special meals. We collect this information to register you for conferences, print your badge, and provide other event services. We also share anonymized statistics about job function and industry with businesses that sponsor our events.

Event Attendee List

If you choose to be included on the attendee list for an event, it will include your name, affiliation, and state/country. This list is available for download from our website by the other registered attendees of that conference. You can choose not to be listed on the public list, by choosing the appropriate option during event sign-up.

If a registered attendee contacts us to request another attendee’s email address, we request permission before sharing this information.

Payment Information

When you become a member or register for a GENESIS INFO-MEDIA event, we collect payment information in order to facilitate the processing of payments. Payment information you submit online will be collected directly by third-party payment processors according to their privacy policies and is not shared with GENESIS INFO-MEDIA. If you submit payment information directly to GENESIS INFO-MEDIA by another means, we will provide that information to the payment processor.

Accounting

GENESIS INFO-MEDIA is using a third-party financial service provider to provide accounting, tax preparation, and general financial support. Information is shared only as required to fulfill GENESIS INFO-MEDIA’s legal requirements to provide proper accounting. In addition, a third-party accounting service is leveraged that stores invoice, bookkeeping, and accounting data.

Event Paper Submissions and Talk/Training Proposals

We use third-party processors to collect paper submissions and conference/ webinar presentation proposals. This information is accessible to GENESIS INFO-MEDIA staff as well as event volunteer organizers (e.g., program committees). Successful submissions are posted on our website, in conference proceedings, in conference directories, and other publicly available locations. Comments made by reviewers in these systems are accessible only to GENESIS INFO-MEDIA and conference organizers and are not distributed. Other Voluntarily Shared Data During your interaction with GENESIS INFO-MEDIA, you may choose to provide us with personal information when you email us, chat with us by phone, complete a survey, sign up for event-specific news or a registration waiting list, comment on our blog, communicate with us through social media services such as Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn, use the GENESIS INFO-MEDIA conference mobile application, collaboration platforms, or through other communication methods. We will use this information only for the purposes it was submitted.

Compliance

In order to comply with our legal obligations, GENESIS INFO-MEDIA needs to validate various information for GENESIS INFO-MEDIA teams, their members, and event attendees. This includes the name of the individual, their employer or organization name, address and other contact information. This purpose of this validation is to determine if an organization or individual is listed on a sanctions list or otherwise restricted from participating as a member or attending events. GENESIS INFO-MEDIA uses an external service provider for performing this validation. This external provider performs a “fuzzy match” of the information provided by a registrant, member, member-applicant, or any other individual or organization participating with GENESIS INFO-MEDIA, against government-provided sanctions lists. Results of these checks are returned to GENESIS INFO-MEDIA.

We will ask for your consent before using information for a purpose other than those that are set out in this Privacy Policy.

Technical Personal Information

Other than in the access controlled services that require a GENESIS INFO-MEDIA Account, GENESIS INFO-MEDIA does not log the identity of visitors. However, we may keep access logs, for example containing a visitor’s IP address and search queries. We may analyze log files periodically to help maintain and improve our public services and enforce our online service policies. Raw log files are treated as confidential.

GENESIS INFO-MEDIA does not use any user-specific tracking cookies. A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that is placed on your device. Cookies are only set by GENESIS INFO-MEDIA when you visit restricted portions of our Web Site and help us to provide you with an enhanced user experience.

Third Parties

We may share and disclose your personally identifiable information in these limited circumstances:

  • Vendors and other third-party service providers who require access to your personal information to assist in providing and improving our services. These providers have limited access to your information to perform these tasks on our behalf and are contractually bound to protect and to use it only for the purposes for which it was disclosed and consistent with this Privacy Policy.
  • Where required by law or regulation, court order, or other judicial authorization; in response to lawful requests by public authorities, including for the purposes of meeting national security and law enforcement requirements; to protect or defend our rights, interests, or property, or that of third parties; to investigate any wrong doing in connection with our products and services; and to protect the vital interests of an individual.
  • To any other person with your consent.

We may disclose aggregate, non-identifying information about our members and constituents based on anonymized data.

Legal Basis for Processing Your Information

We collect personal information from you where the processing is in our legitimate interests. As described above, the data is collected to provide services to our members, event attendees, and other interested parties.

We send communications announcing upcoming events, submission deadlines, and other issues of interest to our membership and constituents. You may opt out of these communications at any time.

If you have questions about or need further information concerning the legal basis on which we collect and use your personal information, please contact us at privacy@smartenergymagazine.com.

Security

The security of personal information is very important to GENESIS INFO-MEDIA. GENESIS INFO-MEDIA maintains all personal information with technical, administrative, and physical safeguards to protect against loss, unauthorized access, destruction, misuse, modification, and improper disclosure. No computer system or information can ever be fully protected against every possible attack. GENESIS INFO-MEDIA provides reasonable and appropriate security controls to protect personal information against foreseeable attack. If nevertheless a successful attack was identified, GENESIS INFO-MEDIA will inform the affected persons via email.

Data Retention

GENESIS INFO-MEDIA retains your personal information and a record of membership, event attendance, volunteer service, and related data. As described in the next section, you have the right to request that your personal information be deleted.

Your Data Protection Rights

You have the following rights:

  • If you wish to access your personal information that GENESIS INFO-MEDIA collects, you can do so at any time by contacting privacy@smartenergymagazine.com.
  • You can correct your information by requesting a change by contacting privacy@smartenergymagazine.com . Please note if you request an erasure of personal information, the following may apply:
    • We may retain and use your personal information to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations. For example, we may keep some of your information for tax, legal reporting, and auditing obligations.
    • Because we use backup systems to protect from accidental or malicious loss and destruction, backup copies of your personal information may not be removed from those systems for a limited period of time.
  • If we have collected and processed your personal information with your consent, you can withdraw your consent at any time by contacting privacy@smartenergymagazine.com
  • You have the right to complain to a data protection authority about our collection and use of your personal information.
  • You can object to processing of your personal information for marketing purposes and have the right to opt-out of marketing communications we send you at any time through the functionality in those messages. If you determine functionality to opt out is missing or not functioning as expected, you may make such o request at privacy@smartenergymagazine.com.

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