At AIMS, we understand the value of user privacy and are committed to ensuring that collecting personal data through this Website is done in accordance with best practices, standards and applicable laws as required by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, EU 2016/679) and California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), therefore protecting the rights and freedoms towards your personal information. We place privacy at the core of our Website and understand that good relationships are based on trust.
2.1. “Cookies”. Cookies are small files that We or our service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your web-browser that enables the Website’s or service provider’s tracking system to identify your web-browser and capture certain information. Cookies can also be used to remember arbitrary pieces of information that you previously entered into form fields, such as Name, Location, Email.
2.2. “Personal information”. Personal information is an information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, locate or contact an individual, or to identify an individual in context.
3. Data Collection
When you use or access AIMS, we collect the following information in order to provide you with better services:
3.1. Personal Data Collection
While using or accessing our Website, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact and identify you (“Personal Data”). This is the data that you affirmatively choose to submit to us.
This Personal Data that we collect may include, but is not limited to:
3.1(a). Personal Information:
- Your name
- Your email
- Other information you decide to provide to us, such as a photo
We do not collect Personal Information from your visit to AIMS, unless you intentionally send it to us via Contact Form or Subscription Form in our blog, and give us your explicit consent. In this case, we collect the Personal Information identified above to respond to your query and send you emails for promotional or informational purposes. Should you wish not to receive such emails, the option to unsubscribe will be included in the message.
3.1(b) Non-personally identifying Information:
- Browser type
- Access time
- OS version
- Geographical location & IP address
- User-actions taken on the Website
- Referring/exit pages
- Platform type (desktop, mobile, etc.)
We may use your Personal Data to contact you with our marketing and promotional materials, newsletters, and other information that may be of interest to you.
When you visit our Website, we may collect and store information about you and your device in server log files. This information may be shared with our 3rd-party partners like Google Analytics, Matomo, Facebook, and similar traffic analytics service providers that help us analyze overall activity trends and maintain our Website. We may receive reports based on the use of these analytics technologies on an individual or aggregated basis.
We do not collect or process any special category of personal information, including billing information and payment details. Our Website is not targeted to and should not be used by individuals under the age of 13.
You may opt out of receiving any, or all, of these communications from us by following the unsubscribe link provided in any email message we send, at any time.
3.2. Usage Data Collection
We may also collect information on how AIMS is accessed and used by you (“Usage Data”). This data may include date and time of your visit, the pages of this Website that you visit, time spent on those pages, number of clicks, domain name, and location information (country/state), and other statistics.
3.3. Miscellaneous Data Collection
We collect any information that you intentionally and voluntarily share with us by sending it via our Contact Form or by corresponding with us by email, online, or otherwise. To note: this information may include your Personal Data.
3.4. Cookies and Advertisement Data
- Google’s use of advertising cookies enables it and its partners to serve ads to users based on their visit to our Websites and/or other websites.
- Users may opt out of personalized advertising by visiting Google Ads Settings (learn more about ad personalization).
You can configure your browser to accept or reject cookies. If you reject our cookies, we will not collect any of your Personal Data. By rejecting cookies, you may still use AIMS, but some functionality may be restricted.
If you would like to reject the cookies that you have previously accepted, you need to clear your cookies in your browser settings.
In order to record and analyze how visitors use our Website as well as to improve visitors’ experience, AIMS collects details of your visits by using Google Analytics, Matomo, and Facebook. These solutions providers place and use their own cookies that allow us to track the Website’s traffic and/or users’ interaction with our Website (if applicable).
3.4(c) Cookies Notice
4. Use of сollected data
The Website processes collected data on our servers both within and outside of the United States of America.
- Personalize user’s experience and deliver the type of content you are most interested in
- Ensure continuous improvement and development of AIMS
- Ensure our Website remains relevant to end-user needs and is easy to access and use
- Ensure our Website is safe and secure for end-user and to fight spam, malware or security risks
- Send you update newsletters and marketing proposals when permitted by law and/or when you have agreed
In addition to these cases described above, we may use the information collected from you when you register on our Website, sign up for our newsletters, respond to surveys, or to our general outreach communication.
We will retain your personal information for as long as your registration is active or the records about you are relevant, unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by law.
We may also use any non-personal information we gather to enhance our Website, run diagnostics, and provide Website’s administration to help us better tailor our interactions with you.
You may refuse or revoke your consent to use personal information for the described purposes at any time by sending an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, we provide you the possibility to unsubscribe from our electronic mail (e-mail) newsletters and marketing proposals.
5. Data Retention
6. Disclosure of Data
The Website does not and will not sell, share, or rent your data, for commercial or non-commercial purposes, to any person or organization.
However, under certain circumstances, the Website may be legally required to disclose your Personal Data if necessary to do so according to the applicable laws or by a request from public authorities (such as a court or a government agency). Such actions may be necessary in the following cases:
- To comply with a legal obligation
- To resolve disputes
- To protect the rights of the website’s stakeholders
- To prevent a wrongdoing in connection with the website and its stakeholders
- To protect the personal safety of users
The Website’s stakeholders shall disclose your Personal Data where required to do so by law or subpoena, if such action is necessary to comply with the law and the reasonable requests of law enforcement, or to protect the security and integrity of AIMS.
7. GDPR Rights
If your personal information is protected under EU laws, GDPR gives you various rights in connection with our processing of your Personal Data.
You can correct, update, or delete inaccuracies to your information by contacting us at any time. We will handle your request promptly.
You have the right to request the access to information that we have on you. You may do it by contacting us at any time.
We do not share the personal data you provide to us upon submission of your inquiry through our Website. However, you have the right to request that we rectify or delete your Personal Data or restrict the processing of your Personal Data, if you think it is inaccurate. Furthermore, you have the right to object against the processing and request your data to be completely erased from all our systems. We are required to assess and act on your request. If you wish to withdraw and erase your data from our database you can request its deletion. To do so, please contact us at any time.
You have the right to opt-out of marketing communications we send you at any time. You can exercise this right by clicking on the “unsubscribe” in the informational and promotional emails we send you.
Similarly, if we have collected and processed your Personal Data with your consent, then you can withdraw your consent at any time. Withdrawing your consent will not affect the lawfulness of any processing we conducted prior to your withdrawal, nor will it affect the processing of your personal information conducted in reliance on lawful processing grounds other than consent.
We respond to all requests we receive from individuals wishing to exercise their data protection rights in accordance with applicable data protection laws.
8. California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA)
Without being discriminated against for exercising these rights, California law gives its residents the right to request that we disclose what personal information we collect from you, to delete that information, and to opt-out of the sale of your personal information, subject to certain restrictions.
For security purposes, we will verify your identity – in part by requesting certain information from you — when you request to exercise your California privacy rights. You also have the right to designate an agent to exercise these rights on your behalf. This section describes how to exercise those rights and our process for handling those requests.
8.1. Right to Know:
If you are a California resident, you may submit, free of charge, a verifiable request for the following information:
- The specific pieces of personal information we have about you;
- The categories of personal information we collected or disclosed for a business purpose about you within the last 12 months;
- The categories of sources from which the personal information was collected;
- The purposes for which the information was collected; and
- The categories of parties to whom the information was disclosed for a business purpose, or otherwise shared.
If we need additional information to verify your identity, we will contact you to request that information, which may include personal information about you or information about your past experiences of using the Website. If we deny your request, even if only in part, we will explain the reason in our response.
8.2. Right to Data Portability:
Data portability is the ability to move data from one company to another (for instance, when you transfer your mobile phone service to another carrier). While this right is not applicable to the Website, we will provide you with an electronic file with your most basic information, should you request it.
8.3. Right to Delete:
If you are a California resident, you may submit a verifiable request for us to delete the personal information we have collected about you. If we need additional information to verify your identity, we will contact you to request that information. If we deny your request, even if only we will explain the reason in our response.
8.4. Right to Opt-Out:
We take your privacy very seriously. We have not sold, shared, or rented your data, for commercial or non-commercial purposes, to any person or organization and currently have no plans to do so in the future. However, we support the CCPA by allowing California residents to opt out of any future sale of their personal information.
8.5. Authorized Agents:
If you would like to designate an authorized agent to make a request on your behalf, please be sure the agent can (i) demonstrate you have provided written permission for the agent to submit the request on your behalf, and (ii) provide proof of his or her own identity. If the agent does not satisfy these requirements, we will deny the request.
9. Outbound links and 3rd-party websites
Our Website contains outbound links to third party websites whose user privacy practices may differ from those of AIMS, for example, with our solution providers such as Google Analytics, Matomo, WordPress, MailChimp, SendInBlue, etc. If you choose to visit any 3rd party websites we refer to, subscribe to their services, or submit personal information to any of those websites, we encourage you to carefully read their privacy policies before taking any action on their websites.
This Website is based on WordPress, a third-party content management system.
10. Children’s Privacy
Our Website is not intended for use by anyone under the age of thirteen and doesn’t address users under the age of sixteen. We do not knowingly collect any Personal Data from users under the age of sixteen and we delete any Personal Data of such users if we discover that such data has been shared with us.
If you are a parent or guardian and are aware a child under the age of thirteen has disclosed Personal Data to us, please contact us. We will delete any Personal Data immediately if we discover that a user younger than the age of thirteen has provided it to us.
At AIMS, we are committed to industry-standard physical, electronic and procedural safeguards designed to protect personal information in our possession from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access.
When we collect personal information, we protect it through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol. However, no method of data collection or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. We regularly test and update our website to help protect personal data.
However, such precautions do not guarantee that our Website is invulnerable to hacking and will not be subject to a security breach. We make no warranty, guarantee, or representation that our Website is or will be protected from all viruses, security threats or other vulnerabilities or that your information will always be secure.