Privacy Policy

Effective date: April 4, 2018

Genetic Affairs ("us", "we", or "our") operates the www.geneticaffairs.com website (the "Service").

This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal data when you use our Service and the choices you have associated with that data. We use your data to provide and improve the Service. By using the Service, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this policy. Unless otherwise defined in this Privacy Policy, terms used in this Privacy Policy have the same meanings as in our Terms and Conditions, accessible from www.geneticaffairs.com. If you do not agree to this privacy policy, please do not use the services.

We have tried to comply with the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2016/679 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Data_Protection_Regulation) which is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy. For any questions concerning this new regulation, please contact us by email: info@geneticaffairs.com.
The information we collect
Genetic Affairs collects a variety of information that you provide directly to us. We process your information when necessary to provide and improve our Service to you that you have requested when accepting our Terms of Service. What Types of Data are Collected:
1a. Personal Data
While using our Service, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you ("Personal Data"). Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to:

  • Email address
  • First name and last name
  • Cookies and Usage Data

1b. Payment information
If you are a user of our paid service, we will utilize a third party credit card payment (https://stripe.com/) processing company to collect payment information, including your credit card number, billing address and phone number. The third party service provider, and not Genetic Affairs, stores your payment information on our behalf.

1c. Website Data
While using our Service, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that is used to login onto certain websites that provide updates of new DNA matches. This information may include:

1d. Genetic Data
While using our Service, updates of new DNA matches are stored in a secure database. This information includes unique identifiers for DNA matches from https://www.ancestry.com, https://www.familytreedna.com and https://www.23andme.com.

1e. Usage Data
We may also collect information how the Service is accessed and used ("Usage Data"). This Usage Data may include information such as your computer's Internet Protocol address (e.g. IP address), browser type, browser version, the pages of our Service that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.

1f. Log Files
When you use the Services, our servers automatically record certain information in server logs. These server logs may include information such as your web request, Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type and settings, referring / exit pages and URLs, number of clicks and how you interact with links on the Services, metadata associated with uploaded Content, domain names, landing pages, pages viewed, mobile carrier, date and time stamp information and other such information.

1g. Tracking Cookies Data
We use cookies and similar tracking technologies to track the activity on our Service and hold certain information. Cookies are files with small amount of data which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a website and stored on your device. Tracking technologies also used are beacons, tags, and scripts to collect and track information and to improve and analyze our Service. You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Service. Examples of Cookies we use:

  • Session Cookies. We use Session Cookies to operate our Service.
  • Preference Cookies. We use Preference Cookies to remember your preferences and various settings.
  • Security Cookies. We use Security Cookies for security purposes.

2. Use of Data
Genetic Affairs uses the collected data for various purposes:

  • To provide and maintain the Service
  • To notify you about changes to our Service
  • To allow you to participate in interactive features of our Service when you choose to do so
  • To provide customer care and support
  • To provide analysis or valuable information so that we can improve the Service
  • To monitor the usage of the Service
  • To detect, prevent and address technical issues

3. Transfer Of Data
Your information, including Personal Data, may be transferred to — and maintained on — computers located outside of your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ than those from your jurisdiction. If you are located outside the United States and choose to provide information to us, please note that we transfer the data, including Personal Data, to the United States and process it there. Your consent to this Privacy Policy followed by your submission of such information represents your agreement to that transfer. Genetic Affairs will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy and no transfer of your Personal Data will take place to an organization or a country unless there are adequate controls in place including the security of your data and other personal information.

4. Security Of Data
The security of your data is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Data, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

5. Service Providers
We employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate our Service ("Service Providers"), to provide the Service on our behalf, to perform Service-related services or to assist us in analyzing how our Service is used.

6. Hosting
We may use third-party Service Providers to host the website and obtain the updates for new DNA matches:

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS): Amazon Webservices offers reliable, scalable cloud computing services. You can visit their Privacy Policy page here: https://aws.amazon.com/privacy/

7. Analytics
We may use third-party Service Providers to monitor and analyze the use of our Service:

We have anonymized the IP address information by removing the last three digits upon allowing it to be send to Google Analytics. In addition, all four sharing options in the Google Analytics account settings have been disabled.

To prevent Google Analytics from using your information for analytics, you may install the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on by visiting this page: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

8. Right of access and erasure
We provide you the right to get access, upon request, to your personal data and information and about how this personal data is being processed. In addition, we provide a right to erasure.<br

9. Links To Other Sites
Our Service may contain links to other sites that are not operated by us. If you click on a third party link, you will be directed to that third party's site. We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of every site you visit.
We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites or services.

10. Changes To This Privacy Policy
We may update our Privacy Policy from time to time. We will notify you of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on this page. We will let you know via email and/or a prominent notice on our Service, prior to the change becoming effective and update the "effective date" at the top of this Privacy Policy. You are advised to review this Privacy Policy periodically for any changes. Changes to this Privacy Policy are effective when they are posted on this page.

11. Contact Us
If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us by email: info@geneticaffairs.com