Last revised and effective as of: January 1st, 2020
WHAT INFORMATION ABOUT ME IS COLLECTED?
We may collect two types of information from you: personally identifiable information and non-personally identifiable information.
Personally Identifiable Information
Personally identifiable information is information that identifies you or can be used to identify or contact you. Such information may include your first name, last name, title, company name, workplace address, email address, telephone number(s), and internet protocol address.
Personally identifiable information amounts to ‘personal data’ for the purposes of and as defined in the GDPR. All references to personally identifiable information shall be deemed to include ‘personal data’ as defined and used in the GDPR (to the extent applicable).
Non-Personally Identifiable Information
Non-personally identifiable information is information, any single item of which, by itself, cannot be used to identify or contact you, including analytics/audit logging features (logins, file views, modifying data); browser type and version, time zone setting and location, username, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform and other technology on the devices used to access LinkSquares’ website, website usage data, website user marketing and communication preferences, non-identifiable demographic information, unique device identifiers, device types, requested URL, referring URL, browser language, the pages you view, the date and time of your visit, domain names, and statistical data involving the use of the Site. Certain non-personally identifiable information may be considered a part of your personally identifiable information if it were combined with other identifiers (for example, combining your zip code with your street address) in a way that enables you to be identified. However, the same pieces of information are considered non-personally identifiable information when they are taken alone or combined only with other non-personally identifiable information (for example, your viewing preferences) in a way that would not enable you to be identified.
We will collect personally identifiable information that you submit to us. We may also receive information (including personally identifiable information) about you from third parties providing us with analytics, lead generation, or other services. We may also collect personally identifiable information about you that is publicly available from sources such as LinkedIn and company websites.
In the Course of Using the Site.
We may obtain your personally identifiable information from you if you identify yourself to us by sending us an e-mail with questions or comments or if you engage in an instant message “chat” with one of our representatives on the Site. Also, we will have access to any personally identifiable information that you choose to share through the Site or during Networking Activities.
Cookies and Action Tags.
We may collect information passively using “cookies” and “action tags.”
“Cookies” are small text files that can be placed on your computer or mobile device in order to identify your web browser and the activities of your computer on the Site and other websites. Cookies can be used to personalize your experience on the Site (such as dynamically generating content on webpages specifically designed for you), to assist you in using the Site (such as saving time by not having to reenter your name each time you use the Site), to allow us to statistically monitor how you are using the Site to help us improve our offerings, and to target certain advertisements to your browser which may be of interest to you or to determine the popularity of certain content. In addition to cookies that we may place on your computer or mobile device, cookies might also be placed on your computer or mobile device by third parties that we use to display or serve advertisements for our products and services or to collect non-personally identifiable information in order to provide advertising-related services to us. In the course of serving advertisements, such third parties could place or recognize unique cookies on your browser.
You do not have to accept cookies to use the Site. Although most browsers are initially set to accept cookies, you may reset your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie or to reject cookies generally. Most browsers offer instructions on how to do so in the “Help” section of the toolbar. However, if you reject cookies, certain features or resources of the Site may not work properly or at all and you may experience some loss of convenience. For the avoidance of doubt, the Site may use third-party service platforms (including to help analyze how users use the Site). These third-party service platforms may place cookies on your computer or mobile device. If you would like to disable “third party” cookies, you may be able to turn them off by going to the third party’s website.
Here is a link to the main third-party platforms we use:
“Action tags,” also known as web beacons or gif tags, are a web technology used to help track website usage information, such as how many times a specific page has been viewed. Action tags are invisible to you, and any portion of the Site, including advertisements, or e-mail sent on our behalf, may contain action tags.
By using cookies and action tags together, we are able to gain valuable information to improve the Site and measure the effectiveness of our advertising and marketing campaigns. Information collected from some cookies placed on the website may be used to deliver advertisements to LinkSquares site visitors when such visitors are visiting other websites, including Facebook and LinkedIn.
We also collect information through our Internet log files, which record data such as user IP addresses, other addressing information, the date and time of your request, browser types, domain names, and other anonymous statistical data involving the use of the Site. This information may be used to analyze trends, to administer the Site, to monitor the use of the Site, and to gather general demographic information. We may link this information to personally identifiable information for these and other purposes such as personalizing your experience on the Site and evaluating the Site in general.
DOES LINKSQUARES COLLECT INFORMATION FROM CHILDREN UNDER 13 YEARS OF AGE?
We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. The Site is not designed for or directed to children under the age of 13. We do not collect personally identifiable information from any person we actually know is under the age of 13. In fact, as currently operated persons under the age of 18 may not use the Site. By providing information to LinkSquares, you represent that you are 18 years of age or older.
WHAT DOES LINKSQUARES DO WITH THE INFORMATION IT COLLECTS?
We will only use your personally identifiable information to the extent that the law allows us to do so. Pursuant to the GDPR, legal bases for our processing your personally identifiable information may include (without limitation):
(a) where you have given consent to the processing, which consent may be withdrawn at any time without affecting the lawfulness of processing based on consent prior to withdrawal;
(b) where it is necessary to perform the contract we have entered into or are about to enter into with you (whether in relation to the provision of the Site or otherwise); and/or
(c) where it is necessary for the purposes of our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) in providing the Site, or engaging in Networking Activities, and your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms do not override those legitimate interests.
We use the information collected to provide the Site to you, to engage in Networking Activities, to help us understand who uses the Site, for internal operations such as operating and improving the Site, e and, unless you “opt out”, so that we can contact you about products and services that may be of interest to you.
We may send you electronic newsletters and contact you about the Site, Networking Activities, products, services, information and news that may be of interest to you, If you no longer desire to receive these communications, we will provide you with the option to change your preferences in each communication we send to you. You may also inform us by email to: email@example.com.
If you identify yourself to us by sending us an e-mail with questions or comments, we may use your information (including personally identifiable information) to respond to your questions or comments, and we may file your questions or comments (with your information) for future reference.
We may also use the information gathered to perform statistical analysis of user behavior or to evaluate and improve the Site. We may link some of this information to personally identifiable information for internal purposes or to improve your experience with the Site.
WHEN DOES LINKSQUARES DISCLOSE INFORMATION TO THIRD PARTIES?
Laws and Legal Rights.
We may disclose your information (including personally identifiable information) if we believe in good faith that we are required to do so in order to comply with an applicable statute, regulation, rule or law, a subpoena, a search warrant, a court or regulatory order, lawful requests by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements, or other valid legal process. We may disclose personally identifiable information in special circumstances when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be violating a contract with us, to meet contractual obligations, to protect our rights or our property, to detect fraud, or to protect the safety and/or security of our users, the Site or the general public.
Third Parties Generally.
We may provide to third parties non-personally identifiable information, including where such information is combined with similar information of other users of the Site. For example, we might inform third parties regarding the number of unique users who use the Site, the demographic breakdown of our users of the Site e. In addition to the above, when users use our Site, third parties (including without limitation analytics and other service providers) may directly collect personally identifiable and non-personally identifiable information about our users’ online activities over time and across different websites. The third parties to which we may provide or who may independently directly collect personally identifiable and non-personally identifiable information may include providers of services (including vendors and website tracking services), analytics service providers, merchants, affiliates and other actual or potential commercial partners, and other similar parties. Please note in particular that the Site may use Google Analytics, including its data reporting features. Information collected by Google Analytics includes but is not limited to web metrics. For information on how Google Analytics collects and processes data, please see the site “How Google uses data when you use our partners’ sites or apps”, currently located at www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/. For information on opting out of Google Analytics, we encourage you to visit Google’s website, including its list of currently available opt-out options.
Sale of Business.
We want your information (including personally identifiable information) to remain secure. We strive to provide transmission of your information from your computer or mobile device to our servers through techniques that are consistent with commercially reasonable standards and to employ administrative, physical, and electronic measures designed to protect your information from unauthorized access.
Notwithstanding the above, you should be aware that there is always some risk involved in transmitting information over the Internet. There is also some risk that others could find a way to thwart our security systems. As a result, while we strive to protect your information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security or privacy of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk.
COULD MY INFORMATION BE TRANSFERRED TO OTHER COUNTRIES?
FOR HOW LONG WILL MY PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION BE KEPT?
We will only retain your personally identifiable information for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes for which we collected it.
To determine the appropriate retention period for personally identifiable information, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of that information, the potential risk of harm from unauthorized use or disclosure, the purposes for which we process your personally identifiable information and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.
WHAT CHOICES DO I HAVE REGARDING MY PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION?
Under certain circumstances and in compliance with the GDPR, you may have the right to:
Request access to your personally identifiable information (commonly known as ‘subject access request’). This enables you to receive a copy of the personally identifiable information we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it;
Request correction of the personally identifiable information that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate information we hold about you corrected;
Request erasure of your personally identifiable information. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove your personally identifiable information where there is no good reason for us to continue processing it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove all of your personally identifiable information in certain circumstances;
Object to processing of your personally identifiable information where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or that of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground;
Request the restriction of processing of your personally identifiable information. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of your personally identifiable information, for example, if you want us to establish its accuracy or the reason for processing it;
Request the transfer of your personally identifiable information to another party; and
Lodge a complaint with the relevant supervisory authority (as defined in the GDPR). If you have any complaints about the way we process your personally identifiable information, please do contact us. Alternatively, you may lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority which is established in your country.
If you want to review, verify, correct or request erasure of your personally identifiable information, object to the processing of your personally identifiable information, or request that we transfer a copy of your personally identifiable information to another party, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You should be aware that it may not be technologically possible to remove each and every record of the information you have provided to us from our system. The need to back up our systems to protect information from inadvertent loss means that a copy of your personally identifiable information may exist in a non-erasable form that will be difficult or impossible for us to locate. After receiving your request, we will use commercially reasonable efforts to update, correct, change, or delete, as appropriate, all personally identifiable information stored in databases we actively use and other readily searchable media as appropriate, as soon as and to the extent reasonably practicable.
DO NOT TRACK
The term “Do Not Track” refers to a HTTP header offered by certain web browsers to request that websites refrain from tracking the user. We take no action in response to automated Do Not Track requests. However, if you wish to stop such tracking, please contact us with your request, using our contact details provided below.
WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE ANY PRIVACY QUESTIONS?
By postal mail or courier:
Attn: Privacy Agent
1 Lincoln Street,
Boston, MA 02111
PRIVACY NOTICE FOR CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS
As used in this Privacy Notice for California Residents, “sell” (including any grammatically inflected forms thereof) means selling, renting, releasing, disclosing, disseminating, making available, transferring, or otherwise communicating orally, in writing, or by electronic or other means, consumer information (as defined below) to another business or a third party for monetary or other valuable consideration.
“Selling” does not include (i) disclosing consumer information to a third party at your direction, provided the third party does not sell the consumer information except in accordance with the California Consumer Privacy Act (the “CCPA”), (ii) where you intentionally interact with a third party through the Site, provided the third party does not also sell the consumer information, (iii) where you have opted out in accordance with this Privacy Notice for California Residents, disclosures to third parties for the purposes of alerting such third parties that you have opted out of the sale of your consumer information, (iv) using or sharing your consumer information with a service provider as necessary to perform business purposes, provided that such service provider provides its services on LinkSquares’s behalf and provided that the service provider does not further collect, sell or use the consumer information except as necessary to perform the business purpose, or (v) transfers of your consumer information to a third party as an asset that is part of a merger, acquisition, bankruptcy, or other transaction in which the third party assumes control of all or part of LinkSquares, provided that information is used or shared consistently with the CCPA.
Consumer Information Collected: Through the Site and in connection with Networking Activities, we may collect information that identifies, relates to, describes, references, is capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with particular California residents, devices or households (“consumer information”). In particular, we have collected the following categories of consumer information from California residents, households or devices within the last twelve (12) months:
|Category||Examples||Business or commercial purposes for which we use consumer information|
|A. Identifiers.||Name, postal (business) address, email, IP addresses, business phone||
|B. Internet or other similar network activity.||Browsing history||
|C. Professional or employment-related information.||Current job title||
Use of Consumer Information
We use consumer information for the business or commercial purposes described in the table above and in the manner described above under the heading “WHAT DOES LINKSQUARES DO WITH THE INFORMATION IT COLLECTS?”.
Disclosures of Consumer Information for a Business Purpose
LinkSquares may disclose your consumer information described in the table above to a third party for a business purpose, as described under the heading “WHEN DOES LINKSQUARES DISCLOSE INFORMATION TO THIRD PARTIES?”. In the preceding twelve (12) months, LinkSquares has disclosed the following categories of consumer information for a business purpose:
- .Internet or other similar network activity.
- Professional or employment-related information.
In the preceding twelve (12) months, LinkSquares has not sold your consumer information, nor does it or will it sell your consumer information.
California Residents’ Rights and Choices
The CCPA provides California residents with specific rights regarding their consumer information. This section of the California Privacy Notice describes your CCPA rights (to the extent applicable to you) and explains how to exercise those rights.
Access to Specific Information and Data Portability Rights You may have the right to request that LinkSquares disclose certain information to you about our collection and use of your consumer information over the past 12 months. Once we receive and confirm your verifiable consumer request (in the manner described in below under the heading “Exercising Access, Data Portability, and Deletion Rights”), to the extent required by the CCPA, we will disclose to you:
- The categories of consumer information we collected about you.
- The categories of sources for the consumer information we collected about you.
- Our business or commercial purpose for collecting that consumer information.
- The categories of third parties with whom we share that consumer information.
- The specific pieces of consumer information we collected about you (also called a data portability request).
- If we disclosed your consumer information for a business purpose, two separate lists disclosing (i) sales, identifying the consumer information categories that each category of buyer purchased; and (ii) disclosures for a business purpose, identifying the consumer information categories that each category of recipient obtained.
Deletion Request Rights You have the right to request that LinkSquares delete any of your consumer information that we collected from you and retained, subject to certain exceptions. Once we receive and confirm a verifiable request from you (if you are a California resident) in the manner described in below under the heading “Exercising Access, Data Portability, and Deletion Rights”) (“verifiable consumer request”), we will delete (and direct our service providers to delete) your consumer information from our records, unless an exception applies. We may deny your deletion request if retaining the information is necessary for us or our service provider(s) to:
- Complete the transaction for which we collected the consumer information, provide a product or service that you requested, take actions reasonably anticipated within the context of our ongoing business relationship with you, or otherwise perform our contract with you.
- Detect security incidents, protect against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity, or prosecute those responsible for such activities.
- Debug products or services to identify and repair errors that impair existing intended functionality.
- Exercise free speech, ensure the right of another consumer to exercise their free speech rights, or exercise another right provided for by law.
- Comply with the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (Cal. Penal Code § 1546 et. seq.).
- Engage in public or peer-reviewed scientific, historical, or statistical research in the public interest that adheres to all other applicable ethics and privacy laws, when the information’s deletion may likely render impossible or seriously impair the research’s achievement, if you previously provided informed consent.
- Enable solely internal uses that are reasonably aligned with consumer expectations based on your relationship with us.
- Comply with a legal obligation.
- Make other internal and lawful uses of that information that are compatible with the context in which you provided it.
Exercising Access, Data Portability, and Deletion Rights
To exercise the access, data portability, and deletion rights described in above under the heading “Deletion Request Rights”, please submit a verifiable consumer request to us by either: (1) calling us at 857-997-0022; (2) visiting linksquares.com/privacy-policy; or (3) contacting us in the manner provided under the heading “WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE ANY PRIVACY QUESTIONS?”. Only you, or a person registered with the California Secretary of State that you authorize to act on your behalf, may make a verifiable consumer request related to your consumer information. You may also make a verifiable consumer request on behalf of your minor child. You may make a verifiable consumer request for access or data portability no more than twice within a 12-month period. The verifiable consumer request must: (i) provide sufficient information that allows us to reasonably verify you are the person about whom we collected consumer information or an authorized representative; and (ii) describe your request with sufficient detail that allows us to properly understand, evaluate, and respond to it. We cannot respond to your request or provide you with consumer information if we cannot verify your identity or authority to make the request and confirm the consumer information relates to you. Making a verifiable consumer request does not require you to create an account with us. We will only use consumer information provided in a verifiable consumer request to verify the requestor’s identity or authority to make the request. We will provide email receipt acknowledgement to verify consumer requests.
We endeavor to respond to a verifiable consumer request within forty-five (45) days of its receipt. If we require more time (up to ninety (90) days), we will inform you of the reason and extension period in writing. If you have an account with us, we may deliver our written response to that account. If you do not have an account with us, we will deliver our written response by mail or electronically, at your option. Any disclosures we provide will only cover the 12-month period preceding the verifiable consumer request’s receipt. The response we provide will also explain the reasons we cannot comply with a request, if applicable. For data portability requests, we will select a format to provide your consumer information that is readily useable and should allow you to transmit the information from one entity to another entity without hindrance. If your requests are manifestly unfounded or excessive, in particular because of their repetitive character, we may either charge a reasonable fee, taking into account the administrative costs of providing the information or communication or taking the action requested, or refuse to act on the request and notify you of the reason for refusing the request.
We will not discriminate against you for exercising any of your CCPA rights, including, unless permitted by the CCPA, by:
- Denying you goods or services.
- Charging you different prices or rates for goods or services, including through granting discounts or other benefits, or imposing penalties.
- Providing you a different level or quality of goods or services.
- Suggesting that you may receive a different price or rate for goods or services or a different level or quality of goods or services.