Last Revised: August 9, 2017
1.1. Data Controller
1.3. Profile Information
A complete profile that includes professional details – like your job title, education, and skills – helps you get found by other people and/or companies for opportunities. After you create an account, you may choose to provide additional information on your Site profile, such as a profile photo, current and previous employers, education, and awards, and other personal information. Subject to the settings you choose, your connections may provide recommendations and endorsements of you. Providing additional information enables you to derive more benefit from our Services by helping you express your professional identity; find other professionals, opportunities, and information; and help recruiters and business opportunities find you. It also enables us to serve you ads and other relevant content on and off of our Services.
1.4. Customer Service
1.5. Using the Site, Services and Applications
We collect information when you visit our Services and interact with advertising on and off our Services. We collect information when you use (whether as a Member or a Visitor) our websites or other Services. For example, we collect information when you view or click on ads on and off our Services, perform a search, import your address book, join and participate in groups, participate in polls, share articles on our Services and apply to jobs through our Services. If you are logged in on the Service, one of our cookies on your device identifies you, your usage information and the log data described in Section 1.9 of this policy, such as your IP address, will be associated by us with your account. Even if you’re not logged into a Service, we log information about devices used to access our Services, including IP address.
1.6. Using Third-Party Services and Visiting Third-Party Sites
We collect information when you use your account to sign in to other sites or services, and when you view web pages that include our cookies. You allow us to receive information when you use your account to log in to a third-party website or application. We will use this information to personalize the functionality we provide on third-party sites. Our retention of this data is addressed in Section 3.2. We may provide reports containing aggregated impression information to third parties to help them measure traffic to their websites, but no personal data.
1.8. Advertising Technologies
We use advertising technologies to collect information.
We target (and measure the performance of) ads to Members, Visitors and others both on and off of our Services through a variety of ad networks and ad exchanges, using the following, whether separately or combined:
We do not share your personal information with any third-party advertisers or ad networks for advertising without your separate permission. Note that your profile may be visible to other Members and through public search depending on your settings.
From time to time we may display sponsored content in your activity stream. When we do so we will designate such content as sponsored content and it will behave like other activity stream updates. If you take action (for example, if you "like" or "comment" on the sponsored content), your action will be seen by your network and other members who are shown the sponsored content after you have acted on it.
If you wish to not receive targeted ads from most third party companies, you may opt-out by, as applicable, clicking on the AdChoice icon link in or next to the ad or by visiting http://preferences-mgr.truste.com/ and http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp. Please note this does not opt you out of being served advertising. You will continue to receive generic ads or targeted ads by companies not listed within these opt-out tools.
1.9. Log Files, IP Addresses, and Information About Your Computer and Mobile Device
When you visit or leave our Services (whether as a Member or Visitor) by clicking a hyperlink or when you view a third-party site that includes our cookies (or similar technology), we automatically receive the URL of the site from which you came or the one to which you are directed. Also, advertisers receive the URL of the page that you are on when you click an ad on or through our Services. We also receive the internet protocol ("IP") address of your computer or the proxy server that you use to access the web, your computer operating system details, your type of web browser, your mobile device (including your mobile device identifier provided by your mobile device operating system), your mobile operating system (if you are accessing Our Services using a mobile device), and the name of your ISP or your mobile carrier. We may also receive location data passed to us from third-party services or GPS-enabled devices that you have set up, which we use to show you customized information and for fraud prevention and security purposes. Most mobile devices allow you to prevent real time location data being sent to us, and of course we will honor your settings.
2.1. Consent to Process Information About You
2.2. The Company and Services Communications
We communicate with you through email, notices posted on the Services, and other means available through the Services, which may include mobile text messages and push notifications. These messages will be sent to you based on your messaging preferences. You may change your email and contact preferences at any time by signing into your account and changing your messaging preferences. You may also opt-out of promotional messages. Please be aware that you cannot opt out of receiving service messages from us. We track the open rate of all messages sent to our users to better understand the effectiveness of our messaging services.
2.3. User Communications
Many communications that you initiate through our Services will list your name and primary email address in the header of the message. Messages you initiate may also provide the recipient with other information about you (for example, the number of people in your network). Other communications that you initiate through the Service, like a connection request or introduction, will list your name as the initiator but will not include your personal email address or contact information. Once you have connected with an individual, regardless of who sent the invitation, your contact information will be shared with that individual. We use automatic scanning technology to help protect you and other Members. Such technology checks links and other content in your Services mail or chats, network updates and Group contributions to help us identify and block malicious links and malware, reduce spam and optimize the delivery of our Services.
2.4. Customized Content
We use information that you provide to us to customize your experience and the experiences of others using our Services. For example, when you sign in to your account, we may display the names of new members who have recently joined your network or recent updates from your connections and companies you follow. We also use aggregated information from your network and other users to show you content, such as news and presentations relevant to you, your industry, or your profession.
2.5. Sharing Information with Third Parties
We don’t provide any of your non-public information (like your email address) to third parties without your consent, unless required by law, or as otherwise described in this Policy. Other people may find your profile information through search engines (you can choose which parts of your public profile are accessible to public search engines in your settings), or use services like Twitter in conjunction with your account. You can elect to have portions of your professional profile made available to the public Internet through the Services. This public profile will be indexed and displayed through public search engines when someone searches for your name. You may choose the parts of your profile that search engines index or completely opt out of this feature in your account settings. However, third-party search engines may not automatically update their caches, which may contain old public profile information. Unless you delete them, your profiles on the Service will remain viewable on the respective Services.
Also, if you have opted to connect any of your Service accounts to your Twitter, Facebook or other similar account, you can easily share content from our Services to these third party services, in accordance with your account settings (which you may change at any time) and respective policies of these third parties. Further, we allow third parties to look-up profile information (subject to your privacy settings) using your email address or first and last name information through its profile API.
2.6. Talent Recruiting, Marketing and Sales Solutions
We offer customized people-search functionality along with organizational and communications tools as part of our talent recruiting, marketing and sales solutions. These services allow subscribers - generally, businesses and professional organizations - to export limited information from Members’ public profiles, such as name, headline, current company, current title, and location (for example, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Area), in order to effectively manage candidate sourcing. You may limit or prevent such subscribers from exporting your profile information by configuring your public profile visibility settings to restrict access to these fields. We do not provide email or other contact information to these subscribers. However, if you post that information as part of your profile it will be available to them and others. A recruiter or other such subscriber may also manage and store information it has independently obtained about you outside of our Services, such as a resume, in connection with our platform. Any personal information obtained independently of our Services will not be added by us to your profile and is not under our control but is subject to the policies of our recruiting, marketing or sales solution subscriber. We store such information on behalf of such subscriber who can remove it at any time. We do not further process such information.
2.7. Pages for Companies and Other Entities
Certain pages on the Services are public (e.g., company pages), and any communications or information shared through them will be accessible by the entity that created them. If you follow a person or organization, you will be listed among its followers, which can be viewed by others including the page owner. We use aggregate information about followers and viewers to provide data about such pages’ performance (for example, visits and updates).
2.8. Compliance with Legal Process and Other Disclosures
It is possible that we may need to disclose personal information, profile information, or information about your activities as a Member or Visitor when required by law, subpoena, or other legal process, whether in the United States or another jurisdictions, or if we have a good faith belief that disclosure is reasonably necessary to (1) investigate, prevent, or take action regarding suspected or actual illegal activities or to assist government enforcement agencies; (2) enforce the User Agreement, investigate and defend ourselves against any third-party claims or allegations, or protect the security or integrity of our Service; or (3) exercise or protect the rights, property, or safety of the Company, our Members, personnel, or others. We attempt to notify Members about legal demands for their personal information when appropriate in our judgment, unless prohibited by law or court order or when the request is an emergency. In light of our principles, we may dispute such demands when we believe, in our discretion, that the requests are overbroad, vague or lack proper authority, but do not commit to challenge every demand.
2.9. Disclosures to Others as the Result of a Change in Control or Sale of the Company
2.10. Service Providers
We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate our Services (e.g. maintenance, analysis, audit, marketing and development). These third parties have limited access to your information only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated to the Company not to disclose or use it for other purposes.
2.11. Data Processing Outside Your Country
We may transfer your information and process it outside your country of residence, wherever the Company, its affiliates and service providers operate.
3.1. Rights to Access, Correct, or Delete Your Information, and Closing Your Account
You have a right to (1) access, modify, correct, or delete your personal information controlled by the Company regarding your profile, (2) change or remove your content, and (3) close your account. You can request your personal information that is not viewable on your profile or readily accessible to you (for example, your IP access logs) from the Services. If you close your account(s), your information will generally be removed from the Service within 24 hours. We generally delete closed account information and will de-personalize any logs or other backup information through the deletion process within 30 days of account closure, except as noted below.
Please note: Information that you have shared with others may remain visible after you have closed your account or deleted the information from your own profile. Groups content associated with closed accounts will show an unknown user as the source. In addition, you may not be able to access, correct, or eliminate any information about you that other Members copied or exported out of our Services, because this information may not be in our control. Your public profile may be displayed in search engine results until the search engine refreshes its cache.
3.2. Data Retention
We keep your information for as long as your account is active or as needed. For example, we may keep certain information even after you close your account if it is necessary to comply with our legal obligations, meet regulatory requirements, resolve disputes, prevent fraud and abuse, or enforce this agreement.
4.1. Qualifications for Use of the Services
We have implemented security safeguards designed to protect the personal information that you provide in accordance with industry standards. Access to your data on our Services is password-protected, and data such as credit card information is protected by SSL encryption when it is exchanged between your web browser and the Services. We also offer secure HTTPS access to the Services. To protect any data you store on our servers, we also regularly monitor our 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 that you transmit to us. 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 Members are not encrypted, and we strongly advise you not to communicate any confidential information through these means. Please help keep your account safe by using a strong password.
4.4. California’s Shine the Light Law
California Civil Code Section 1798.83, known as the "Shine the Light" law, permits our customers who are California residents to request and obtain from us a list of what personal information (if any) we disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes in the preceding calendar year and the names and addresses of those third parties. Requests may only be made once a year and are free of charge. Under Section 1798.83, the Company currently does not share any personal information with third parties for their direct marketing purposes.