Effective Date: July 1, 2019.
Information we collect
The Profit Link collects personal data in the course of its business activities, including in connection with some client services. We also collect personal data on certain areas of the Sites when you register for or apply for jobs through the The Profit Link Recruitment Portal, create a user profile, register for The Profit Link newsletters and alerts, participate in our alumni activities through our Alumni Center Website, sign up for conferences and events, and/or participate in public user posting areas (such as bulletin boards, discussion forums and surveys). The personal data collected varies and may include information that you provide, such as your name, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number, fax number, and background information required to apply for a job.
We may also automatically collect information about the devices you use to interact with our Sites. The information we automatically collect may include IP address, device identifier, web browser, and browsing information collected through cookies, web beacons, pixels, clear gifs, and other similar technologies (collectively “Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies”) on our Sites. We may also automatically collect information about how you use the Sites, such as what you have searched for and viewed on the Sites. The information automatically collected will be associated with any personal data you have provided. The Profit Link may also collect personal data about you from third parties, such as data brokers or aggregators, in the course of its business activities including in connection with some client services. We may combine this data with existing information we have about you or use it independently, for the purposes of our benchmarking and data analytics activities (e.g., analysis of recruiting practices across an industry, detecting fraud patterns in connection with financial transactions, foot traffic in retail environments). We will always seek to confirm that the third party has informed you in advance about its, and The Profit Link, use of this data.
Use of information
Use of information collected via mobile devices
In connection with our mobile applications, The Profit Link may use third party service providers to analyze user activity to fix errors, monitor usage, and improve the performance of the mobile applications. For example, McKinsey receives reports on some of our mobile applications’ aggregate usage and browsing patterns, including information about the type of device used, articles accessed, and other events occurring within our apps. The Profit Link also receives reports on certain errors occurring within mobile applications. In addition, our The Profit Link Insights app offers a personalized list of recommendations (called “Insights for you”) directing you to The Profit Link content that we think you will find interesting. Recommendations are based solely on what you have viewed in the Insights app. A unique user identifier that is generated by the app helps personalize your app experience and tracks the articles that you read in the app. We do not share your viewing history or trends with other users or any external third parties (i.e., persons or entities that are not affiliates or third party service providers of The Profit Link).
The legal basis by which we process your personal data
Our processing of your personal data for the purposes mentioned above is based:
in part, on our legitimate interests in promoting and protecting The Profit Link, building and maintaining relationships. recruitment, and providing our services;
in part, on your consent, for example if you create a user profile, or register for our newsletters or alerts, or for business purposes that support web operations such as understanding and enhancing the quality of your experience on our web-sites;
in part, to comply with the law, when certain information is necessary to satisfy our legal or regulatory obligations.
Data recipients and international data transfers
We also may share your personal data with third party service providers who perform services and functions on our behalf to support our interactions with you, including, for example, processing recruitment materials, administering surveys or contests, or communicating with you.
In addition, we may disclose information about you:
If we are required to do so by law or legal process;
To law enforcement authorities or other government officials;
When we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to prevent physical harm or financial loss or in connection with an investigation of suspected or actual illegal activity;
If disclosure is necessary to protect the vital interests of a person;
To protect our property, services and legal rights;
To prevent fraud against The Profit Link, our subsidiaries, affiliates and/or business partners;
To support auditing, compliance, and corporate governance functions; or
To comply with any and all applicable laws.
In addition, we may disclose or transfer your personal data in the event of a re-organization, merger, sale, joint venture, assignment, or other transfer or disposition of all or any portion of our business.
You should be aware that whenever you publicly disclose information online, that information could be collected and used by others. The Profit Link is not responsible for any action or policies of any third parties who collect information that users publicly disclose in any such forums on the Sites.
Link to third party sites
If you would like to disconnect a social media account from us, refer to the settings of that social network account and its provider.
The Profit Link has implemented generally accepted standards of technology and operational security to protect personal data from loss, misuse, alteration, or destruction. Only authorized The Profit Link personnel and third party service providers are provided access to personal data, and these employees and service providers are required to treat this information as confidential. Despite these precautions however, The Profit Link cannot guarantee that unauthorized persons will not obtain access to your personal data.
The Profit Link retains personal data, as necessary, for the duration of the relevant business relationship.
The Sites are not designed for or directed at children 13 years of age or younger, and The Profit Link does not intentionally collect or maintain personal data about anyone under this age.
The Profit Link Recruitment portal/The Profit Link Recruiting Program/Alumni Center website
Through the The Profit Link Recruitment portal, you can apply for positions with The Profit Link or sign up for a The Profit Link Recruiting Program where you can be notified of any potential job openings or other similar opportunities that might be of interest. The Recruitment Privacy Notice describes more in detail how The Profit Link and our subsidiaries and affiliates handle and protect the personal data that we collect in connection with the recruitment process.
If you are a former The Profit Link employee, you may be eligible to join our Alumni program and have access to the Alumni Center website. The Alumni Center website is accessible only to current and former The Profit Link colleagues and the relevant conditions are set forth in the Alumni Center website.
Where granted by applicable law, you may have the right to request access to the personal data that we have collected about you for the purposes of reviewing, modifying, or requesting deletion of the data. You may also have the right to request a copy of the personal data that we have collected about you and to have any inaccuracies in that data corrected. In certain circumstances, you may also request that we cease processing your personal data.
If you would like to make a request to access, review, or correct the personal data we have collected about you, or to discuss how we process your personal data. To help protect your privacy and security, we will take reasonable steps to verify your identity, such as requiring a password and user ID, before granting access to your personal data. We will make reasonable attempts to promptly investigate, comply with, or otherwise respond to your requests as may be required by applicable law. Different laws may prevent us from providing access to your personal data or otherwise fully complying with your request depending upon the circumstances and the request, such as for example, where producing your information may reveal the identity of someone else. We reserve the right to charge an appropriate fee for complying with your request where allowed by applicable law, and/or deny your requests where they may be manifestly unfounded, and/or excessive, or otherwise objectionable or unwarranted under applicable law.
In addition, and where granted by local law, you have the legal right to lodge a complaint with a competent data protection authority.
If you have registered for The Profit Link newsletter or alerts, or you receive invitations to survey or events from The Profit Link and you prefer not to receive future email communications from us, please review the communications settings in your profile on theprofitlink.com, follow the instructions on the page of the Site where you have provided such information, subscribed or registered or write to firstname.lastname@example.org from all The Profit Link communications.
Your California privacy rights
Pursuant to California Civil Code Section 1798.83(c)(2), McKinsey does not share your personal data with third parties for those third parties’ direct marketing use.
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