The mission of CertifiedPerson is to connect the world’s professionals to enable them to be more productive and successful in their job search. Being part of CertifiedPerson means sharing information about yourself with other professionals, communicating with them, as well as working privately on your own. By default, your account is set up to share the information that we have found the vast majority of our Users are interested in sharing. But the amount and type of information you decide to share, and with whom you share it, is up to you.
Here are the three main types of information on CertifiedPerson:
Of course, maintaining your trust is our top concern, so we adhere to the following principles to protect your privacy:
We collect your personal information in the following ways:
In order to become a User, you must provide us the following information to create an account: name, email address, country, and password. Without this minimal amount of information, you cannot create a CertifiedPerson account. Like other passwords, you should choose one that is known only by you. CertifiedPerson requests other information from you during the registration process, (e.g., gender, location, etc.) that CertifiedPerson uses to provide better, more customized services such as language-specific profile pages and updates, better ads, and more valuable career opportunities. You acknowledge that this information is personal to you, and by creating an account on CertifiedPerson, you allow others, including CertifiedPerson, to identify you and to allow CertifiedPerson to use your information.
In order to connect with others on CertifiedPerson, you may use the Services to send invitations either to their CertifiedPerson profiles or email addresses of people you know if they have not registered with CertifiedPerson. The names and email addresses of people whom you invite will be used to send your invitations and reminders as well as to allow CertifiedPerson to help expand your network. Please note that when you send an invitation to connect to another User, that User will have access to your email address because it is displayed in the invitation. Your CertifiedPerson connections will also have access to your email address. You may not invite anyone you do not know and trust to connect with you.
We collect information when you interact with CertifiedPerson’s customer service website in order to accurately categorize and respond to customer inquiries and investigate breaches of our terms.
We receive information when you use your CertifiedPerson account to sign in or authenticate to a third-party website or application. Also, if you are logged into CertifiedPerson and visit a third party site that embeds CertifiedPerson professional plugins, like "Share on CertifiedPerson" for web publishers, CertifiedPerson will receive information that those pages have loaded in your web browser. CertifiedPerson will use this information to personalize the CertifiedPerson-provided functionality, including providing you insights from your CertifiedPerson network, allowing you to share information with your network, enabling you to use CertifiedPerson functionality off the CertifiedPerson site and serving you more relevant advertising. Users wishing to disable this personalization may opt-out of this feature as of August 2011. CertifiedPerson’s retention of this data is addressed in Section 1.K.
In the course of serving advertisements or optimizing the Services to our Users, we may allow authorized third parties to place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser. Any information provided to third parties through cookies will not be personally identifiable but may provide general segment information (e.g., your industry or geography, career field, or information about your professional or educational background) for the enhancement of your user experience by providing more relevant advertising. Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies, but you can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. CertifiedPerson does not store unencrypted personally identifiable information in the cookies.
To support the Services we provide at no cost to our Users, as well as provide a more relevant and useful experience for our Users, we target and serve our own ads and third-party ads both on and off the site using ad networks. Ad networks include third party ad servers, ad agencies, ad exchanges, ad technology vendors and research firms.
We target ads to Users based on general profile categories (e.g., "product managers in Texas") or on non-personally identifiable information inferred from a User’s profile (e.g., industry, current or former company, school, compensation bracket, gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, or other aspects of your life) in addition to a User’s use of CertifiedPerson or their clicking on CertifiedPerson ad inventory. CertifiedPerson does not provide personally identifiable information to any third party ad network.
We use ad technology such as web beacons, pixels, anonymous ad network tags, and cookies to more effectively serve ads to our Users on and off CertifiedPerson through ad networks, as well as to collect anonymized, aggregated auditing, research and reporting for advertisers. Because your web browser requests advertisements and web beacons directly from ad network servers, these networks can view, edit or set their own cookies, just as if you had requested a web page from their site.
You have a right to access, modify, correct and eliminate the data you supplied to CertifiedPerson. If you update any of your information, we may keep a copy of the information that you originally provided to us in our archives for uses documented in this policy. You may request deletion of your information at any time by contacting CertifiedPerson customer service. We will respond to your request within 30 days. Please note, however that information you have shared with others, or that other Users have copied, may also remain visible even if you request its deletion.
CertifiedPerson will retain your information for so long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services, except in the case of our professional plugin impression data, which we de-identify after 12 months. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce this Agreement.
As described in the User Agreement, we will communicate with you through email, notices posted on the CertifiedPerson website, messages to your CertifiedPerson inbox, or through other means available through the service, including mobile text messages. We may send you a series of emails that help inform new Users about the features of the Services, and we will also send you service messages relating to the functioning of the Services. We may also send you messages with promotional information directly or on behalf of our partners, unless you have opted out of receiving promotional information.
Please be aware that you cannot opt-out of receiving service messages from CertifiedPerson. Also, if we send communications to you via the carrier service with which you have a mobile communications subscription or otherwise have access, you understand you will pay any service fees associated with your receipt of messages on your mobile device (including text messaging charges).
Many communications you initiate through CertifiedPerson (e.g., an invitation sent to a non-User) will list your primary email address and name in the header of the message. Messages you initiate may also provide aggregate information about your network (for instance how many people are in your network), but will not list the people to whom you’re directly connected. Other communications that you initiate through the CertifiedPerson website, like a request for an introduction, will list your name as the initiator but will not include your personal email address contact information. Your contact information will only be shared with another User if both of you have indicated that you would like to establish contact with each other.
We use information you provide to us (or to third parties with whom CertifiedPerson offers combined services) to customize your experience on our website. For example, when you sign in to your account, we will display the names of new Users who have recently joined your network or recent status updates from your connections.
CertifiedPerson takes the privacy of our Users very seriously, and we do not sell, rent, or otherwise provide your personally identifiable information to third parties, except as described in this policy. We will also not share other personal information not published to your profile or generated through engagement with other CertifiedPerson services (Groups, Answers, Company Pages, etc.) without your explicit consent or to carry out your instructions (for example, to process payment information) unless, disclosure is reasonably necessary in our opinion to: (1) comply with legal process, including, but not limited to, civil and criminal subpoenas, court orders or other compulsory disclosures; (2) enforce this Agreement; (3) respond to claims of a violation of the rights of third parties, whether or not the third party is a User, individual, or government agency; (4) respond to customer service inquiries; or (5) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of CertifiedPerson, our Users or the public.
CertifiedPerson offers a "public profile" feature that allows Users to publish portions of their CertifiedPerson profile to the public internet. This public profile will be crawled by and displayed through search engines when someone searches for your name.
Content distributed through CertifiedPerson’s sharing features and third party integrations may result in displaying some of your information outside of CertifiedPerson. For example, when you post content to a CertifiedPerson Group that is open for public discussion, your content, including your name as the contributor, may be displayed in search engine results. Or, if you have bound your CertifiedPerson account to your Twitter account, you can easily share content into both CertifiedPerson as well as to Twitter.
We may provide aggregated anonymous data about the usage of the Services to third parties for purposes that we deem, in our sole discretion, to be appropriate, including to prospective advertisers on CertifiedPerson.
Polls and Surveys may be conducted by CertifiedPerson, CertifiedPerson Users or third parties. As a User, you may be invited to participate in polls and surveys from the CertifiedPerson website. Your selection may be random, or it may be based on your non-personally identifiable information, such as job title, geography, company size and/or industry. Whether or not you decide to participate in a poll or survey is completely up to you.
After you complete a poll, you will be given access to the aggregate responses of the poll on a results page. Some third parties may target advertisements to you on the results page based on your answers in the poll. Further, CertifiedPerson or third parties may follow up with you via InMail regarding your participation unless you have opted out of receiving InMail messages.
We may use third parties to deliver incentives to you to participate in surveys or polls. If the delivery of incentives requires your contact information, you may be asked to provide personally identifiable information to the third party fulfilling the incentive offer, which will only be used for the purpose of delivering incentives and/or verifying your contact information. It is up to you whether you provide this information, or whether you desire to take advantage of an incentive.
We will not disclose any personally identifiable information to any third parties in connection with the conduct of any polls or surveys. Your consent to use any personally identifiable information for the purposes set forth in the poll or survey will be explicitly requested by the party conducting it.
We offer search services to help find information and learn more about other Users (for example, you can search for Users with particular expertise or consulting experience, or that you may know from your industry or profession), as well as employment opportunities. CertifiedPerson search also allows Users to find jobs, companies, and contributions to the community aspects of the CertifiedPerson Services, such as Groups and Answers that will help Users more effectively use CertifiedPerson and expand their network. We use information from User profiles and contributions to Groups, Company Pages, and Answers to inform and refine our search service.
If you provide any testimonials about the CertifiedPerson Services or place advertisements through the CertifiedPerson Ads, we may post those testimonials and examples of advertisements you place in connection with our promotion of these services to third parties. Testimonials and advertisements may include your name and other personal information that you have provided.
In order to deliver relevant and valuable ads to you and your network, CertifiedPerson may use your name and profile photo in connection with social advertising based on content shared on CertifiedPerson. This advertising may include the fact that you have recommended or endorsed a product or service on CertifiedPerson, followed a company, joined Groups or conversations, established or added content to your profile, etc., and will only be displayed to your CertifiedPerson network.
It is possible that we may need to disclose personal information, profile information and/or information about your activities as a CertifiedPerson User when required by subpoena or other legal process, or if CertifiedPerson has a good faith belief that disclosure is necessary to (a) investigate, prevent or take action regarding suspected or actual illegal activities or to assist government enforcement agencies; (b) to enforce the User Agreement, to investigate and defend ourselves against any third party claims or allegations, or to protect the security or integrity of our site; and/or (c) to exercise or protect the rights, property or personal safety of CertifiedPerson, our Users, employees, or others.
We may also disclose your personal information and other information you provide to another third party as part of a sale of the assets of CertifiedPerson Corporation, a subsidiary or division, or as the result of a change in control of the company. Any third party to which CertifiedPerson transfers or sells CertifiedPerson’s assets will have the right to continue to use the personal and other information that you provide to us.
As a User, you have certain obligations to other Users. Some of these obligations are imposed by applicable law and regulations, and others have become commonplace in user-friendly communities of like-minded members such as CertifiedPerson:
Any violation of these guidelines may lead to the restriction, suspension or termination of your account at the sole discretion of CertifiedPerson.
Children and Minors under the age of 18 are not eligible to use our service.
Using the CertifiedPerson Services after a notice of changes has been sent to you or published on our site shall constitute consent to the changed terms or practices.
In order to help secure your personal information, access to your data on CertifiedPerson is password-protected, and sensitive data (such as credit card information) is protected by SSL encryption when it is exchanged between your web browser and the CertifiedPerson website. To protect any data you store on our servers, CertifiedPerson also regularly audits its system for possible vulnerabilities and attacks, and we use a tier-one secured-access data center. However, since the internet is not a 100% secure environment, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to CertifiedPerson. There is no guarantee that information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards. It is your responsibility to protect the security of your login information. Please note that emails, instant messaging, and similar means of communication with other Users of CertifiedPerson are not encrypted, and we strongly advise you not to communicate any confidential information through these means.
Revised on August 08, 2012
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