Personal Data Policy
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Discovergenoa.com participates in press trips and blog tours and occasionally receives free products or services, such as books and free admittance into events. It also receives payment for reviews of accommodations or services tied to the tourism sector, such as tours, cooking classes or wedding planning, to name a few. All reviews resulting from a paid sponsorship, free gift, blog trip or direct experience express the personal and honest opinion of the author and are explicitly indicated as such in the article itself. In particular, all reviews resulting from a paid sponsorship will be indicated as “sponsored article”.
Our Discovergenoa.com team strives to provide high quality, up to date and correct content, but it is still possible that you might find errors within our pages. Discovergenoa.com and Andrea Semonella accept no responsibility for the consequences of decisions made based on errors found on this website.
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Italian newspaper disclaimer
“Questo sito non rappresenta una testata giornalistica poichè viene aggiornato occasionalmente e senza alcuna periodicità. Pertanto, non può essere considerato in alcun modo un prodotto editoriale ai sensi della Legge n. 62 del 07.03.2001.”
Introduction: the GDPR and privacy
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a European Commission Regulation (EU 2016/679) with which the European Union strengthens and standardizes the protection of private personal data of citizens and residents of the European Union, both within and outside its borders. This regulation replaces the laws of the individual Member States in terms of privacy and enters into force May 25, 2018.
For more details, you read the official text of the GDPR, visit Italy’s Data Protection Authority website and and the page on Wikipedia.
In accordance to the GDPR, this privacy statement serves to clearly and simply explain which personal data is collected through this site, where it is stored, for how long, with what purpose and how you can update it or request it deletion.
Who is the data controller
Discovergenoa.com belongs to:
- Andrea Semonella
- VAT# IT02427150996
- via Cesare Corte 25G – 16122 Genova (Italy).
- +39 340 7896 495
Andrea Semonella manages the site listed above and controls the management of personal data as described in this statement, in accordance with the current privacy laws (General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – EU Regulation 2016/679).
You can contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org (PEC) or email@example.com
On what legal basis does Discovergenoa.com collect and manage personal data?
Andrea Semonella uses as a legal basis the need to process personal data for the execution of its services, which include responding for requests for information on Genoa, accommodation recommendations, itinerary help and general information on visiting the region. Without collecting the requested data on forms, it would not be possible for us to respond to the requests of the site user.
Andrea Semonella relies on its legitimate commercial interest to provide its services, promote them, prevent fraud and spam and improve its services.
Where required by applicable law, we ask for your consent before processing your personal data for direct marketing purposes.
What type of data do we collect on Discovergenoa.com?
Andrea Semonella collects the information you send us through the contact forms on this site.
For users who request information, such data includes your name, email, website and telephone number, in addition to any other information you choose to add to your request.
The same form is used by anyone interested in promoting their services on our sites so the requested information is the same.
For each form sent, we collect data related to the browser and operating system used and the IP address, both of which serve to fight spam and to identify any usability problems on our sites in relation to particular browser settings and devices.
When you visit our site, we also automatically collect information related to your visit. Your IP address, the date and time of access to our site, hardware, software or browser you use and information about your computer’s operating system and language settings is recorded. We also collect information about your clicks and the pages you’ve viewed on our sites, as well as information that tells us which sites or marketing campaigns you used to visit our sites.
Why do we collect this data on Discovergenoa.com?
The data you send us through the form on our site are first of all used to provide the information you request.
Data sent through the form is collected to provide, through email or by phone, additional information and personalized offers for advertising on our sites. Only in the case of explicit consent would we use the data to send additional offers related to our sites aimed solely at service providers in Liguria.
Andrea Semonella keeps a copy of requests in its archives for statistical purposes and as a backup.
Andrea Semonella sends an email confirming that the request has been correctly sent and this email may include additional information, including links to articles or offers on Discovergenoa.com sites or partner sites. Only in the case of explicit consent would Discovergenoa.com send further communications via email containing information and offers of interest for those planning a visit to Genoa.
Finally, the data sent through compiled forms can be used to show you personalized online advertising campaigns (remarketing) rather than generic advertisements, through specialized platforms such as Google Adwords and Facebook Advertising. In this case, users of the sites are grouped into virtual lists, in aggregate form not traceable to individual users, based on the location of the accommodation facility (in the case of facility managers) or on the dates of planned stays, on the site and pages visited and the actions performed (such as sending a request or subscription to the newsletter). This information is to provide advertisements targeted to your interests rather than generic ads through advertising platforms such as Google and Facebook.
Where is the collected data stored and for how long?
The data collected through our forms and browsing of our sites is collected through the following platforms:
- Google Analytics – data related to site navigation.
- Google Gmail – each completed form generates an email sent to Discovergenoa.com, stored on Google’s Gmail servers (Google Suite).
- Google Docs – data can be exported to documents stored in again on Google servers, through the Google Suite services.
- Mailchimp – registration to our newsletters is handled directly through Mailchimp forms.
- On databases stored on our hosting servers provided by Siteground.com
- On documents and databases stored locally in our office in Genoa, Italy.
- On documents and databases stored on cloud services provided by Amazon AWS
Which third parties does Discovergenoa.com share your data with?
The data collected through forms is sent through email to Andrea Semonella, which manages Discovergenoa.com. Your data is not share with any other third party.
Data relating to browsing history and use of our sites is collected through tools such as Google Analytics and shared only in aggregate form (not attributable to individual users) with Andrea Semonella, its collaborators and partners.
We share only some personal data, such as your e-mail address, with advertising partners for the sole purpose of advertising Discovergenoa.com (to ensure that the most appropriate users receive relevant and targeted ads). We share e-mail addresses only in an encrypted format so that they can be matched to existing customer databases.
How does Discovergenoa.com treat personal data of minors?
Services offered by Andrea Semonella are only for users over the age of 16. Any user under the age of 16 can use our services only with explicit parental consent (or that of a legal guardian). If we learn we have personal data for someone under 16 years of age without the valid consent of a parent or legal guardian, we reserve the right to delete such data.
How to check, update and possibly delete the personal data you have shared with Andrea Semonella?
In accordance with current privacy laws (General Data Protection Regulation (GDRP) – EU Regulation 2016/679) and upon request, you have the right to review the personal data Andrea Semonella keeps about you. You can send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com where you can ask us for a copy of the personal data we hold about you, inform us of any changes or corrections you want made or ask us to permanently delete or restrict the processing of the personal data we have about you from our archives.
Every communication we send through the Mailchimp platform also provides a link to update or unsubscribe from any future mailings. We will always do our best to respond promptly and exhaustively to each request as is our duty. The user always has the right to file a complaint with the supervisory authority.
In order to learn of updates or changes to the current policies, upon further changes in laws, it is best if users consult this page periodically.
Terms and Conditions
Bookings with recommended services and other third party resellers.
Andrea Semonella is not a travel agency and is not involved in the management of bookings of accommodation, museum tickets, bus tickets, guided tours or car rentals. Andrea Semonella reviews these types of services to provide a useful start for users interested in planning their vacations in Genoa, offering links to official websites and affiliated partners to facilitate such bookings. In this manner, users plan independently their itineraries and book directly with the third party for services they are interested in, with no intervention/involvement by Andrea Semonella.
Website content and Review Criteria
Andrea Semonella is not responsible for the content of any external sites not belonging to Andrea Semonella.
Andrea Semonella writes its own reviews of accommodations and other services it has experienced in first person, often times also using information found on official websites and other external websites. Andrea Semonella is not responsible if such information is found to not correspond to the truth or is not updated. The user is invited to always check the information through other sources on the Web. Our reviews are based on subjective editorial criteria established by Andrea Semonella.