"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.
b) Date of birth;
d) Business/Company name
e) Job title;
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org;
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;
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
A. ASSOCIATED COMPANIES
B. THIRD PARTIES
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
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.
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.