a-connect (group) ag ("a-connect", "us", "we", or "our") operates http://www.a-connect.com (the "Site"). This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use and disclosure of Personal Information we receive from users of the Site.
We use your Personal Information only for providing and improving the Site (see chapter "Privacy and Use of the Site"). In certain cases, we also use your Personal Information for legitimate business purposes (see chapter "Data Processing for Business Purposes"). By using the Site, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this notice.
Collection, Processing and Use of Data
While using our Site, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you. Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to your name and e-mail address ("Personal Information"). With regard to our legitimate business purposes, Personal Information can also comprise data such as education, business affiliations, job functions etc.
Access and Correction
You have the right to know what Personal Information regarding your person we keep on our servers and you may ask for a copy. You are also entitled to have incorrect data corrected.
You have the right to request that we delete your Personal Information entirely or partially. Please note that in case of a deletion we are – as the case may be – no longer able or limited to communicate with you.
For deletion requests and any questions you may have relating Data Privacy, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The security of your Personal Information is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
Changes To This Privacy Notice
This Privacy Notice is effective as of 06.12.2016 and will remain in effect except with respect to any changes in its provisions in the future, which will be in effect immediately after being posted on this page.
We reserve the right to update or change our Privacy Notice at any time and you should check this Privacy Notice periodically. Your continued use of the Site after we post any modifications to the Privacy Notice on this page will constitute your acknowledgment of the modifications and your consent to abide and be bound by the modified Privacy Notice.
Privacy and Use of Site
Like many site operators, we collect information that your browser sends whenever you visit our Site ("Log Data").
This Log Data may include information such as your computer's Internet Protocol ("IP") address, browser type, browser version, the pages of our Site that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages and other statistics.
In addition, we may use third party services such as Google Analytics that collect, monitor and analyze this.
Currently, we use the following tools:
a-connect uses "cookies" to make your interaction with the platform individually identifiable and optimised. A cookie is a text file that is either stored temporarily in the computer's memory ("session cookies") or saved on the hard drive ("permanent cookie"). Cookies contain information about your previous requests to the appropriate server or information on what offers have been made so far. Cookies are not used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. The main purpose of cookies is to provide a tailor-made offer and make the use of the Service as comfortable as possible.
Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. However, you can configure your browser so that it rejects or requests you to confirm the acceptance of cookies. If you choose to decline cookies, however, this may have the consequence that not all of our offerings are available to you.
a-connect uses session cookies, partner and affiliate cookies and permanent cookies:
a) Session Cookies are not stored on your hard drive and are deleted when the browser is closed. Session cookies are used for login authentication and to balance the system load. b) Partner and Affiliate Cookies are used if you access our services via an external advertising space. These cookies are used to settle accounts with the cooperation partners and do not contain personal information from you. c) Permanent cookies are used to save your personal settings. This allows for personalisation and improves the a-connect service, because you are able to find your personal settings again on subsequent visits.
2. Use of Google Universal Analytics
a-connect analyses members’ online behavior. We create anonymous user profiles in order to improve our service to you. For this we use Google Analytics, among other things (with the feature Universal Analytics), a web analytics service provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA ("Google"), but with the extension "_anonymizeIp ()". Only the shortened IP addresses are processed, excluding direct reference to individuals.
You can object to the collection and analysis of your use of the Service Google Universal Analytics. Please use the browser add-on to disable Google Universal Analytics.
3. Use of Intercom
4. Use of Google DoubleClick
5. Use of Facebook Social Plugins
a-connect uses social plugins ("plugins") provided by the social network facebook.com, operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA ("Facebook"). These plugins are identified by a Facebook logo. If you use a social plugin on an a-connect site, your browser establishes a direct connection with the Facebook servers. Facebook then transmits the plugin content to your browser, and then integrates it into the website.
Thereby Facebook obtains the information that you have accessed on the corresponding a-connect page. If you are logged in to Facebook, Facebook can assign the a-connect visit to your Facebook account. If you interact with the Facebook plugins (e.g. press the "Like" button), the corresponding information is transmitted from your browser to Facebook and stored there. For the purpose and scope of data collection and the further processing and use of data by Facebook, and your rights in this respect and settings options for protecting your privacy, please refer to the privacy policies of Facebook.
If you do not want Facebook to collect data of this kind, we recommend that you log out before your visit a-connect on Facebook.
6. Use of Twitter Social Plugins
If you do not want Twitter to collect data about you, we advise you to log out of Twitter before you’re a-connect visit.
7. Use of Linkedin Social Plugins
This site uses plugins which are provided by LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“LinkedIn”) which can be identified by the LinkedIn logo of the “Share”-Button. If you access a page on our Website that includes this plugin, your browser sets up a direct connection to LinkedIn’s servers. Thereby LinkedIn receives the information that you and your IP address have accessed this Website. If you click on the LinkedIn „Share“-Button while you are logged into you LinkedIn account, you can link the content of this Website on your LinkedIn-Profile which enables LinkedIn to allocate the visit to our Website to your LinkedIn account. We as the Website operator do not know the content of the data transferred to LinkedIn or how LinkedIn uses such data.
Data Processing for Business Purposes
We together with its affiliated companies collects and processes your Personal Information for legitimate business purposes.
Legitimate Business Purposes
We have a legitimate business interest to maintain business contacts and to acquire new business. Therefore, we collect Personal Information when you communicate with us, when you ask us to send marketing materials to you or when you sign up or participate at one of our events. In some cases, we collect Personal Data from other sources such as websites, search engines, social media, third party newsletters.
We maintain a network of independent professionals who assist us in rendering services to our clients. For this legitimation business purpose, we collect and process Personal Information about our independent professionals.
We also collect and process Personal Information of our job applicants and employees.
Use of your Personal Information
In general, we collect your Personal Information to perform our business and to maintain our list of contacts complete and accurate. We do not make your Personal Data available to any third party, unless stated otherwise in this Privacy Notice or upon your prior approval. As we are an international group of companies, your Personal Information may be transferred to other jurisdictions.
If you are a (potential) client of ours, we use your Personal Information to communicate with you and to send you information about us.
If you are an independent professional, we use your Personal Information to communicate with you, to establish and maintain a database of independent professionals, to review your application, to gather references, to verify your information, to communicate with you through our a-reward* program if you have decided to participate and to present you and your expertise to third parties such as our (potential) clients.
If you are a job applicant, we use your Personal Information to communicate with you and evaluate your application. In case we do not offer you a job, we will not keep any personal information on file beyond your name and address.
If you are a supplier, we use your Personal Information to communicate with you and to establish and maintain a network of possible and actual suppliers.
*a-reward is only available to active independent professionals in our pool
Storage of your Personal Information
Your Personal Information is stored on servers in Switzerland, the European Union and US as well as in a cloud. We have implemented and maintain appropriate technical and organizational means to protect your Personal Data against loss and against access by unauthorized persons.