Privacy Policy

–This policy was substantially updated on May 25, 2018 to increase transparency and comply with new laws.–

Who We Are

Welcome to GearLeather.com.

Your privacy is important to us. It’s our policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect from you across our website, https://gearleather.com, and other sites we own and operate.

Our corporate address is:

Gear Leather & Fetish
650 E Sunny Dunes #1
Palm Springs, CA 92264
info@gearleather.com

 

A Word About Store.Gearleather.Com

Https://store.gearleather.com is a subdomain of https://gearleather.com. It is where our shopping pages are hosted. These pages are administered by Mr. S Leather in San Francisco, CA under an affiliate agreement.

When you shop with us online, Mr. S is the agent which collects the personal information necessary to fulfill your order, including your shipping and payment information. Although we receive a notice of your transaction, we do not receive any personal information related to it.

Mr. S Leather’s Privacy Policy (https://store.gearleather.com/help/privacy-policy) governs the data collected within the store.gearleather.com pages of our site.

This Gearleather.com Privacy Policy document describes our use of, and your rights regarding, the personal data that you share with us outside of the store.gearleather.com subdomain pages of our website.

 

What Personal Data We Collect and Why We Collect It

In order to run our site and provide you with an excellent experience, we collect certain information from you. This section tells you what we collect and why we collect it.

Email

If you sign up for our email newsletter, we collect your email address. If at any time you no longer wish to receive our email, you may click the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any message to be automatically removed from our list.

Cookies

We use “cookies” to collect information about you and your activity across our site. A cookie is a small piece of data that our website stores on your computer, and accesses each time you visit, so we can understand how you use our site. Cookies enable certain site functionality and enhance your experience with us. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your web browser, however if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of our website or make a purchase.

We use cookies to aggregate anonymous analytical data about how our website is being used. This data is described in the Analytics section below.

Analytics

Our website uses Google Analytics, a service which transmits website traffic data to Google servers in the United States. Google Analytics does not identify individual users or associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. We use reports provided by Google Analytics to help us understand website traffic and webpage usage.

You can learn more about Google Analytics here: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/. You may opt out of participating in Google Analytics by installing a browser add on which may be found here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

 

Who We Share Your Data With and What We Share

We may share your data with select other firms in order to conduct business and/or provide you with requested services. We only work with firms that share our high commitment to security and privacy.

Email

If you subscribe to our email list, we share your email address with our email management company, YNOT Mail, which delivers our email newsletters to you. If at any time you no longer wish to receive our email, you may click the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any message to be automatically removed from our list.

YNOT Mail is authorized to use your personal information only as necessary to provide this specific service to us.

Legal Disclosures

We may disclose your personal information to our legal counsel or certain government entities:

  • As required by law, such as to comply with a subpoena, or similar legal process;
  • When we believe, in good faith, that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, enforce our terms and conditions, protect your safety or the safety of others, investigate fraud, or respond to a government request;
  • If Gear Leather & Fetish is involved in a merger, acquisition, or sale of all or a portion of its assets.

 

Who On Our Team Has Access

Members of our team have access to the information you provide us. For example, our President, Vice President and Shop Manager can access your email address in order to send you newsletters and sale alerts about our products and services.

 

How Long We Retain Your Data

We generally store information about you for as long as we need the information for the purposes for which we collect and use it, and we are not legally required to continue to keep it. For example, we will store the order information that we receive from Mr. S for 7 years for tax and accounting purposes.

We retain your email newsletter subscription indefinitely or until you decide to unsubscribe.

 

Where We Send Your Data

In addition to the ways that we share data that we’ve mentioned above, we may also send certain data to third parties which provide us with business services. We only work with firms that share our high commitment to security and privacy. We do not sell or rent your personal information to marketers or third parties.

Site Backups

We back up our entire web site, including its component databases, on Amazon web servers twice daily. Retired backups are deleted after 90 days.

Except as noted above, we do not currently share or supply personal information to third parties.

 

What Rights You Have Over Your Data

You can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

To contact us for these purposes, please write to:

John McBain
Data Protection Officer
Gear Leather & Fetish
650 E Sunny Dunes Rd #1
Palm Springs, CA 92264
info@gearleather.com

Please include your name, email address, postal address and phone number in your correspondence. We reply to such requests via email.

 

 

Additional Information

Children’s Privacy

This website is not directed to anyone under the age of 18 and we do not knowingly collect personal information from anyone under the age of 18 on the site. If we become aware that we have inadvertently received personal information from a visitor under the age of 18 on this site, we will delete the information from our records.

How We Protect Your Data

Protecting your personal information is a priority at Gear Leather & Fetish. Our site uses Full 2048-bit encryption technology and meets all PCI Security measures to protect your identity and information.

We maintain reasonable administrative, technical and physical safeguards to protect Personal Information from loss, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction.

Firewall

We have hardened our website with a robust firewall which protects it and your information from hacking, malware installation and DDoS attacks.

SSL

We use Secure Sockets Layer (“SSL”) technology to protect the transmission over the Internet of your data. You can check the security of your connection by looking at the URL line of your browser. When accessing a secure site, the first characters of the site address change from “http” to “https.”

Digital certificates secure communications between your browser and our secure servers. Through electronic credentials, digital certificates help identify and encrypt electronic messages over networks like the Internet, company intranets or extranets. SSL encrypts your communication to avoid the decoding of that information by anyone other than us.

Passwords

We force all users of this site, including our staff, to maintain strong passwords to access their accounts.

Staff Training

Our staff participates in annual privacy training to ensure that everyone who has access to Personal Data understands how to maintain and protect it.

 

What Data Breach Procedures We Have in Place

We have internal procedures in place to immediately revoke data access privileges and the employment status of anyone in our organization who is discovered to be misusing personal data. We regularly conduct data audits in order to ensure that such activities are not occurring.

In the unlikely event that our site is hacked, we have contracts in place with web professionals who will begin to restore functionality and data integrity within hours. Should any data breach occur, we will contact you as soon as possible and recommend any steps that you should take.

 

Limits of Our Policy

This privacy policy only covers Gear Leather & Fetish’s own collecting and handling of data. We only work with partners, affiliates and third-party providers whose privacy policies align with ours, however we cannot accept responsibility or liability for their respective privacy practices.

Our website links to external sites that are not operated by us. Please be aware that we have no control over the content and policies of those sites and cannot accept responsibility or liability for their respective privacy practices.

 

Changes to This Policy

At our discretion, we may change our privacy policy to reflect current acceptable practices. We will take reasonable steps to let users know about changes via our website. If you are subscribed to our email newsletter, we will also notify you of major changes using the contact details saved in your account. Your continued use of this site after any changes to this policy will be regarded as acceptance of our practices around privacy and personal information.