Privacy Policy


Privacy Policy:  This site is provided and maintained by Empower Freelancers; your visit to this Website is subject to this User Agreement, Privacy Policy and our Terms and Conditions. Our Site, Empower Freelancers is owned and operated by Empower IT Systems Pvt. Ltd.

Cookie Policy:  Please read this Privacy Policy carefully and ensure that you understand it. Your acceptance of Our Privacy Policy is deemed to occur upon your first use of our website and you will be required to read and accept this Privacy Policy when signing up for an Account. This Privacy Policy applies only to your use of our website. It does not extend to any websites that are linked to from our website (whether We provide those links or whether they are shared by other users). We have no control over how your data is collected, stored or used by other websites and we advise you to check the privacy policies of any such websites before providing any data to them.

Empower Freelancers respects and values the privacy of everyone who visits our website and will only collect and use information in ways that are useful to you and in a manner consistent with your rights and our obligations under the law. If you do not agree to this Privacy Policy, you must stop using our website immediately.

Definitions and Interpretation:  In this Policy the following terms shall have the following meanings: "Empower Freelancers" who shall be referred in this Privacy Policy as "we" or "us" and "our" shall be construed accordingly and our affiliates.

"Our website"   means this website, empowerfreelancers.com
"Account" means an account required to access and/or use certain areas and features of our website;
"Cookie" means a small text file placed on your computer or device on our website, when you visit certain parts of our website and/or when you use certain features of our website. Details of the Cookies used by our website are set out in section 2, below;

UK and EU Cookie Law:  means the relevant parts of the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 as amended in 2004, 2011 and 2015; and


"Data":  Data means some info will be collected automatically by Our Site, other data will only be collected if you voluntarily submit it and consent to Us using it for the purposes set out in section 1, for example, when signing up for an Account.
a) Name;
b) Date of birth;
c) Gender;
d) Business/Company name
e) Job title;
f) Profession;
g) Contact information such as email addresses and telephone numbers;
h) Demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests;
i) The IP address (automatically collected);
j) Web browser type and version (automatically collected);
k) Operating system (automatically collected);
l) a list of URLs starting with a referring site, your activity on Our Site, and the site you exit to (automatically collected);

Information Collection and Use


We may collect both personal data (such as your name and contact details) and also sensitive personal data (such as some of the information contained in the CVs of consultants) about you when you complete a registration form.

All personal data is stored securely in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) (GDPR). For more details on security see section 4, below. We use your data to provide the best possible products and services to you. This data may include company name, contact details and information regarding project assignments or recruitment needs.

"This includes:": 
a) Providing and managing your Account;
b) Providing and managing your access to our website;
c) Personalising and tailoring your experience on our website;
d) Supplying our services to you;
e) Personalising and tailoring our services for you;
f) Responding to communications from you;
g) Supplying you with email newsletters, alerts etc. that you have subscribed to (you may unsubscribe or opt-out at any time by clicking unsubscribe link to emails or writing an email to info@empowerfreelancers.com;

Once you have registered with us, we will use your data to communicate with you by post, email or telephone. Any personal data or sensitive personal data you provide to us will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act. The personal data and sensitive personal data will be stored, processed, used and disclosed by us to provide our services to consultant and client companies. We will use the data to assess particular consultant suitability for project assignments and vacancies, including interim and full-time vacancies. We use your email and Telecommunication records to communicate better with you for better business practices and business development. Telecommunication will be used to send you SMS messages to your secure phone number for operational purposes, such as notifying you about the status of your project. We may send you a welcome email to verify your account and other transactional emails for operational purposes, such as billing, account management, or system maintenance. You may only stop those emails by terminating your account. We may also send you promotions, product announcements, surveys, newsletters, developer updates, product evaluations, and event information or other marketing or commercial e-mails. You can opt out of receiving these email and Telecommunications from Empower Freelancers at any time by unsubscribing the services from registration database or emailing us to have your contact information removed from our email and Telecommunication list. However, the electronic transmission and processing of data are inherently insecure and we cannot absolutely guarantee the security of any data you provide to us. There may be instances where we cannot grant you access to the personal information we hold. For example, we may need to refuse access if granting access would interfere with the privacy of others or if it would result in a breach of confidentiality. If that happens, we will give you written reasons for any refusal.

Sharing your Information


Analysing your use of our website and gathering feedback to enable us to continually improve our website and your user experience; we do not disclose your personal information to third parties for their marketing purposes without your explicit consent. You can control and limit your data used in this way by adjusting your web browser's privacy settings.

In some cases, the collection of data may be a statutory or contractual requirement, and we will be limited in the [products and] services we can provide you without your consent for us to be able to use such data with your permission and/or where permitted by law, we may also use your data for marketing purposes which may include contacting you by email and telephone with information, news and offers on our services.

We may compile statistics about the use of our website including data on traffic, usage patterns, user numbers, sales and other information. All such data will be anonymised and will not include any personally identifying information. We may from time to time share such data with third parties such as: prospective investors, affiliates, partners and advertisers. will only be shared and used within the bounds of the law.

Advertisers whose content appears on our website may engage in what is known as "behavioural advertising" - advertising which is tailored to your preferences, based on your activity. Your activity is monitored using Cookies, as detailed below in section 12. Please note that we do not control the activities of such advertisers, nor the information they collect and use. Limiting the use of your data in this way will not remove the advertising, but it will make it less relevant to your interests and activities on our website. We will not, however, send you any unsolicited marketing or spam and will take all reasonable steps to ensure that we fully protect your rights and comply with our obligations under the GDPR and the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003, as amended in 2004, 2011 and 2015.

Under GDPR we will ensure that your personal data is processed lawfully, fairly, and transparently, without adversely affecting your rights. We will only process your personal data if at least one of the following cases applies:


a) You have given consent to the processing of your personal data for one or more specific purposes;
b) Processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are a party or in order to take steps at the request of you prior to entering into a contract;
c) Processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject;
d) Processing is necessary to protect the vital interests of you or of another natural person;
e) Processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller; and/or
f) Processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by us or by a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject which require protection of personal data, in particular where the data subject is a child.

Some or all of your data may be stored or transferred outside of the European Economic Area ("the EEA") (The EEA consists of all EU member states, plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein). You are deemed to accept and agree to this by using Our Site and submitting information to us. If We do store or transfer data outside the EEA, We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that your data is treated as safely and securely as it would be within the EEA and under the GDPR. Such steps may include, but not be limited to, the use of legally binding contractual terms between us and any third parties we engage and the use of the EU-approved Model Contractual Arrangements. If we intend at any time to transfer any of your data outside the EEA, We will always obtain your consent beforehand and we have put in place safeguards to protect your data.

Summary of Your Rights under GDPR


a) the right to request access to, deletion of or correction of, your personal data held by us; If you believe your personal information is inaccurate, unlawful, no longer necessary for our business purposes, or if you object to our processing of your personal information, you also have the right to instruct us to restrict the processing of your data pending our investigation and/or verification of your claim.
b) be informed of what data processing is taking place;
c) the right to restrict processing; If you wish to object to our processing of your personal information, we will comply unless we demonstrate a compelling legitimate grounds for processing such that it overrides your rights;
d) the right to data portability;
e) object to the processing of your personal data;
f) Rights with respect to automated decision-making and profiling.
g) Receive a copy of your personal data; Withdraw your consent to the processing of your personal information at any time without penalty;
h) the right to complain to a supervisory authority;

To enforce any of the foregoing rights or if you have any other questions about Our Site or this Privacy Policy, please contact us using the details set out in contact us section 9 below.

Automated Decision-Making and Profiling


a) In the event that We use personal data for the purposes of automated decision-making and those decisions have a legal (or similarly significant effect) on You, You have the right to challenge such decisions under GDPR, requesting human intervention, expressing their own point of view, and obtaining an explanation of the decision from us.
b) The right described in section (a) does not apply in the following circumstances:
a) The decision is necessary for the entry into, or performance of, a contract between you and us;
b) The decision is authorised by law; or
c) You have given you explicit consent.
d) Where We use your personal data for profiling purposes, the following shall apply:
e) Clear information explaining the profiling will be provided, including its significance and the likely consequences;
f) Appropriate mathematical or statistical procedures will be used;
g) Technical and organisational measures necessary to minimise the risk of errors and to enable such errors to be easily corrected shall be implemented; and
h) All personal data processed for profiling purposes shall be secured in order to prevent discriminatory effects arising out of profiling.

We may contract with third parties to supply services to you on our behalf. These may include payment processing, delivery of goods, search engine facilities, advertising and marketing. In some cases, the third parties may require access to some or all of your data. Where any of your data is required for such a purpose, we will take all reasonable steps to ensure that your data will be handled safely, securely, and in accordance with your rights, our obligations, and the obligations of the third party under the law.

We may release account and other personal information when we are required to do so by law, court order or other government or law enforcement authority or regulatory agency; to enforce or apply our Services Agreement or other agreements; or when we believe in good faith that disclosing this information is necessary or advisable, including, for example, to protect the rights, property, or safety of Empower freelancers, our users, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for fraud protection and credit risk reduction. Such information will be disclosed in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. We may disclose your personal information to entities located outside of India in our sole discretion, to comply with any applicable law or on the request of any appropriate authority across World.

We may share aggregate data with advertisers and other third parties. Empower Freelancers uses industry-standard encryption technologies when transferring and receiving consumer and transaction data exchanged with our site. We may disclose personal information to our related bodies corporate and third party suppliers and service providers located overseas for some of the purposes listed above. We take reasonable steps to ensure that the overseas recipients of your personal information do not breach the privacy obligations relating to your personal information. We only keep your data for as long as we need to in order to use it as described above in section 5, and/or for as long as we have your permission to keep it. In any event, we will conduct an annual review to ascertain whether we need to keep your data. Your data will be deleted if we no longer need it in accordance with the terms of our Data Retention Policy

Cookie Policy.


Cookies

You have right to withhold information and your right to withdraw information after you have given it to our website. You may restrict your internet browser's use of Cookies.

We may place a "cookie" on your computer's hard drive so we can recognize you as a return user. The cookie will be stored on your computer's hard drive until you remove it. You can have your browser notify you of, or automatically reject cookies. If you reject our cookie, you may still use our Website, but you may be limited in the use of some of the features. In addition, we may use IP addresses to analyse trends, administer our Website, track users' movement, and gather broad demographic information for our use. For more information about cookies on our site, please read our Cookie Policy.

If you access our Services with your login credentials from a social networking site (e.g., Linkedin / Facebook, Google+, Twitter etc) or if you otherwise agree to associate your Empower Freelancers account with a social networking account, we may receive personal information about you from such social networking site, We may add this information to the information we have already collected from you via other aspects of the Site in accordance with the terms of use and privacy policy of the social networking site.

A. ASSOCIATED COMPANIES

Our Site may place and access certain First-party Cookies on your computer or device. First party Cookies are those placed directly by us and are used only by us. We use Cookies to facilitate and improve your experience of Our Site and to provide and improve our services. Although we currently do not have associated companies, we may in the future. We may share some or all of your data with our associated companies, in which case we will require our associated companies to comply with this policy.

B. THIRD PARTIES

Third-party Cookies on your computer or device are those placed by websites, services, and/or parties other than us. We use third-party Cookies on our website for providing users with best offers we can get for them, provide the feature of getting in touch also on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin. We may retain other companies and individuals to perform functions on our behalf in relation to the purposes set forth in this Privacy Policy.

Our Site uses analytics services, which also use Cookies. Website analytics refers to a set of tools used to collect and analyse usage statistics, enabling us to better understand how people use our website. For more details, please refer to our Cookie Policy. Examples include data analysis firms, customer support specialists, web hosting companies, and companies we use to provide marketing services. Such third parties may be provided with access to data needed to perform their functions, but may not use such information for any other purpose.

Security


Data security is of great importance to us, and to protect your data we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure data collected through our website.

We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. We implement various security measures both technological and physical safeguards to protect your personal information from loss, both online and offline, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction. We do NOT share any information received by our website. All your information is kept confidential and will NOT be passed to any other third party.

Empower Freelancers does not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 13. If you are under 18, you may use Empower Freelancers only with involvement of a parent or guardian

BUSINESS TRANSFERS


As we continue to develop our business, we might sell or buy entities or assets. In such transactions, user information, including personal data, generally is one of the transferred business assets, and by submitting your personal information on the Website you agree that your data may be transferred to such parties, in these circumstances your personal information may be among the items sold or transferred, and the new owner or newly controlling party will, under the terms of this Privacy Policy, be permitted to use the data for the purposes for which it was originally collected by us.

In the event that any of your data is to be transferred in such a manner, we will contact you and inform you about it.

UPDATING YOUR INFORMATION


You have the ability to review, change or remove your personal data contained in our database. You can update your information through your account profile settings. If you believe that personal information we hold about you is incorrect, incomplete or inaccurate, then you may request us to amend it. You can change your personal data or request that we remove your personal data from our database at any time. However, this may limit our ability to provide the best possible service to you.

NOTIFICATION OF CHANGES TO OUR PRIVACY POLICY


Due to the constantly changing nature of our business, we reserve the right to change, update or modify this policy at any time at our sole discretion, and will post any new privacy policy here. Any such change, update or modification will be effective immediately upon posting on the Empower Freelancers website. Use of information that we gather now will be subject to the Privacy Notice in effect at the time of use. By using or navigating around the website or utilizing any of the services we provide here, you acknowledge that you have read and understand and agree to be bound by this Privacy Notice and you will be deemed to have accepted the terms of the Privacy Policy on your first use of Our Site following the alterations.. If you do not agree to be so bound, do not remain on the website. You are responsible for checking our website empowerfreelancers.com frequently to keep apprised of recent changes.

By choosing to visit Empower Freelancers, you agree that your visit and any dispute you may have regarding the protection of your privacy during such visit is subject to this Privacy Notice and our Disclaimer, including, but not limited to, the provisions regarding limitations on damages and the application of the law of India. Please note that if you enter into other agreements with Empower Freelancers, such other agreements may supersede this policy. If you have any concerns about your privacy at Empower Freelancers, please contact us and we will attempt to resolve it.

OPT-OUT


When you submit information via our website, you may be given options to restrict our use of your data. If you do not agree to our processing of your data in the manner outlined in this Privacy Policy, please do not submit any personal data or sensitive personal data to us. You can request that we remove your personal data, including sensitive personal data, from our database at any time. We will delete your data from our systems. However, you acknowledge this may limit our ability to provide the best possible service to you. We aim to give you strong controls on our use of your data including the ability to opt-out of receiving emails from us which you may do by unsubscribing using the links provided in our emails or contact us directly.