Last updated: January 1, 2018
Our registered users (“Members”) share their professional identities and optimize their personal brand. Some of our services are available to non-members (“Visitors”).
You are entering into the User Agreement with BrandYourself.com, Inc., who will be responsible for your personal data provided to, or collected by or for, our Services.
Information We Collect
Information You Provide To Us
To create an account, you provide data including your name, email address and/or mobile number, and a password. If you register for a premium Service, we ask you for payment (e.g., credit card) and billing information.
Information From Others
If you choose to provide us with access to an account you have with a social network service, such as Facebook or LinkedIn, then we may collect certain account related information. For example, if you provide us your Facebook account information or permission to access your Facebook account, then we may access the information contained in your account and profile including, without limitation, the primary email address you associate with your Facebook account, your gender, our name, your birthdate, your country or locale, your Facebook friends, information about your Facebook friends, and other such accessible information. One purpose of this is so that we can analyze such information to help you make your profiles more search engine friendly.
We log usage data when you visit or otherwise use our Services, including our sites, app and platform technology (e.g., our off-site plugins), such as when you view or click on content (e.g., learning video) or ads (on or off our sites and apps), perform a search, install one of our mobile apps, share articles or apply for jobs. We use log-ins, cookies, device information (as described below) and internet protocol (“IP”) addresses to identify you and log your use.
Cookies, Web Beacons and Other Similar Technologies
Your Device and Location
When you visit or leave our Services (including our plugins or cookies or similar technology on the sites of others), we receive the URL of both the site you came from and the one you go to next. We also get information about your IP address, proxy server, operating system, web browser and add-ons, device identifier and features, and/or ISP or your mobile carrier. If you use our Services from a mobile device, that device will send us data about your location. Most devices allow you to prevent location data from being sent to us and we honor your settings.
Workplace, School, University or Other Procuring Entity Provided Information
When your employer, school or university buys a premium Service for you to use, they may give us data about you. An employer, school or university (or other person or entity procuring our Services for your use) may provide us information about their students, faculty, staff, employees, affiliates or contractors who make use of these Services.
- Information You Provide To Us
How We Use Your Data
We use your data to provide, support, personalize and develop our Services. How we use your personal data will depend on which Services you use, how you use those Services and the choices you make in your settings. We use the data that we have about you to provide, support, personalize and make our Services (including ads) more relevant and useful to you and others.
We use your data to authenticate you and authorize access to our Services.
We will contact you through email, notices posted on our websites or apps and other ways through our Services, including text messages and push notifications. We will send you messages about the availability of our Services, security, or other service-related issues. We also contact you about how to use the Services, network updates, reminders and promotional messages from us and our partners. You may change your communication preferences at any time. Please be aware that you cannot opt out of receiving service messages from us, including security and legal notices.
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 exchanges, using the following data, whether separately or combined:
- Data from advertising technologies on and off of our Services, like web beacons, pixels, ad tags, cookies, and device identifiers;
- Member-provided information (e.g., contact information, title and industry);
- Data from your use of our Services including as described in Section 1.3;
- Information from others (e.g. advertising partners, publishers and data aggregators);
- Information inferred from data described above (e.g., using job titles to infer age, industry, seniority, and compensation bracket; or names to infer gender).
Info to Advertisers
We do not share your personal data with any third-party advertisers or (other than hashed or device identifiers, to the extent they are personal data in some countries) ad networks for their advertising without your separate permission. However, if you click on an ad, the ad poster will know you visited the page that you clicked on. Also, advertising partners can associate personal data collected by the advertiser directly from you with our cookies and similar technologies.
We use data and content about Members for invitations and communications promoting membership and network growth, engagement and our Services.
We use data, including public feedback, to conduct research and development for the further development of our Services in order to provide you and others with a better experience, drive membership growth and engagement on our Services and optimize our Services.
We use the data (which can include your communications) needed to investigate, respond to and resolve complaints and Service issues (e.g., bugs).
We use your information to produce aggregate insights that do not identify you. For example we may use your data to generate statistics about our users, their profession or industry, the number of ad impressions served or clicked on, or the demographic distribution of visitors to a site.
Security and Investigations
How We Share Information
When you opt to link your account with other services, personal data will become available to them. The sharing and use of that personal data will be described in, or linked to, a consent screen when you opt to link the accounts. For example, you may link your Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter account to log in to our Services.
We use others to help us provide our Services (e.g., maintenance, analysis, audit, payments, fraud detection, marketing and development). They will have access to your information as reasonably necessary to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated to not to disclose or use it for other purposes.
It is possible that we will need to disclose information about you when required by law, subpoena, or other legal process 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 our agreements with you, (3) investigate and defend ourselves against any third-party claims or allegations, (4) protect the security or integrity of our Service (such as by sharing with companies facing similar threats); or (5) exercise or protect the rights and safety of BrandYourself, our Members, personnel, or others. We attempt to notify Members about legal demands for their personal data when appropriate in our judgment, unless prohibited by law or court order or when the request is an emergency. We may dispute such demands when we believe, in our discretion, that the requests are overbroad, vague or lack proper authority, but we do not promise to challenge every demand.
Change in Control or Sale
- Others’ Services
Your Choices & Obligations
We retain the personal data you provide while your account is in existence or as needed to provide you Services. We will retain your information and keep your profile open until you decide to close your account. In some cases we choose to retain certain information in a depersonalized or aggregated form.
Rights to Access and Control Your Personal Data
You can access or delete your personal data. You have many choices about how your data is collected, used and shared.
We generally delete closed account information within 30 days of account closure, except as noted below.
We retain your personal data even after you have closed your account if reasonably necessary to comply with our legal obligations (including law enforcement requests), meet regulatory requirements, resolve disputes, maintain security, prevent fraud and abuse, enforce our User Agreement, or fulfill your request to “unsubscribe” from further messages from us. We will retain de-personalized information after your account has been closed.
Your profile may continue to be displayed in the services of others (e.g., search engine results) until they refresh their cache.
- Data Retention
Other Important Information
We implement security safeguards designed to protect your data, such as HTTPS. We regularly monitor our systems for possible vulnerabilities and attacks. However, we cannot warrant the security of any information that you send us. There is no guarantee that data may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards.
Cross-Border Data Transfers
We store and use your data in the United States where our servers are located and our central database is operated.
We currently do not share personal data with third parties for their direct marketing purposes without your permission.