As an entity CONNEC aims to Discover, Find and Connect anyone with any entity of the construction development industry. Critical to our operation are factors such as security, privacy and transparency with our users and guests.
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B. Data Collection
C. Use of Data
D. Shared Information
E. User Choices & Obligations
Our registered users share their professional identities, engage with their network, exchange knowledge and professional insights, post and view relevant content, learn and develop skills, and find business and career opportunities. Content and data on some of our Services is viewable to non-members (“Guests”).
B. Data Collection
I) Data You Provide To Us
You provide data to create an account with us.
To create an account, you need to provide data including your name, email address, operating level (student, freelancer etc.) and a password.
You have choices about the information on your profile, such as your education, work experience, skills, photo, city or area and endorsements. You don’t have to provide additional information on your profile; however, profile information helps you to get more from our services, including helping entities and business opportunities find you. It’s your choice whether to include sensitive information on your profile and to make that sensitive information public. Please do not post or add personal data to your profile that you would not want to be publicly available.
You give other data to us, such as your operational location etc. Connec collect’s personal data from you when you provide, post or upload it to our services, such as any profile or account information, respond to a survey, or submit a resume for example.
II) Data From Others
You and others may post content that includes information about you (as part of articles, posts, comments, videos) on our services. We also may collect public information about you, such as professional-related news and accomplishments, and make it available as part of our services, including, as permitted by your settings, in notifications to others of mentions in the news. Customers and partners may provide data to us. We receive personal data (e.g., your job title and work email address) about you when you use the services of our customers and partners.
Related Companies and Other Services. We receive data about you when you use some of the other services provided by us or our affiliates.
III) Service Use
We log your visits and use of our services, including mobile apps.
We log usage data when you visit or otherwise use our services, including our sites, app and platform technology, such as when you view or click on content or ads (on or off our sites and apps), perform a search, install or update one of our mobile apps, share articles or apply for jobs. We use log-ins, cookies, device information and internet protocol (“IP”) addresses to identify you and log your use.
IV) Cookies and Similar Technologies
We collect data through cookies and similar technologies.
V) Your Device and Location
We receive data from your devices and networks, including location data. When you visit or leave our services (including some plugins and our 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 and the time of your visit. We also get information about your network and device (e.g., IP address, proxy server, operating system, web browser and add-ons, device identifier and features, cookie IDs 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 based on your phone settings. We will ask you to opt-in before we use GPS or other tools to identify your precise location.
If you communicate through our services, we learn about that. We collect information about you when you send, receive, or engage with messages in connection with our services. We also use automatic scanning technology on messages to support and protect our site. For example, we use this technology to suggest possible responses to messages and to manage or block content that violates our User Agreement or Professional Community Policies from our Services.
VII) Workplace and School Provided Information
When your organization (e.g., employer or school) opts for a service, in their profile or account information, information pertaining to you may be provided. They may give us data about you.
Others buying our services for your use, such as your employer or your school, provide us with personal data about you and your eligibility to use the services that they purchase for use by their workers, students or alumni. For example, we will get contact information for “Company Page” administrators and for authorizing users who decided it fit to offer any such information.
VIII) Sites and Services of Others
We get data when you visit sites that include our ads, cookies or some of our plugins or when you log-in to others’ services with your CONNEC account. We receive information about your visits and interaction with services provided by others when you log-in with CONNEC or visit others’ services that include some of our plugins, ads, cookies or similar technologies.
We are constantly improving our services, which means we get new data and create new ways to use data.
C. Use of 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 and personalize our Services, including with the help of automated systems and inferences we make, so that our Services (including ads) can be more relevant and useful to you and others.
Our services help you connect with others, find and be found for work and business opportunities, stay informed, get training and be more productive. We use your data to authorize access to our services and honour your settings. Our Services allow you to stay in touch and up to date with colleagues, partners, clients, and other professional contacts. To do so, you can “CONNEC” with the professionals who you choose, and who also wish to “CONNEC” with you. We use data about you (such as your profile, profiles you have viewed) to help others find your profile, suggest connections for you and others (e.g. Users who share your discipline, field or job experiences) and enable you to invite others to connect with you. You can also decide to allow us to use your precise location or proximity to others for certain tasks (e.g. to suggest other nearby Users for you to connect with, calculate the commute to a new job, or notify your connections that you are at a professional event). Guests have choices about how we use their data.
Our services also allow you to improve your professional skills, or learn new ones. We use the data we have about you (e.g., data you provide, data we collect from your engagement with our services and inferences we make from the data we have about you), to personalize our services for you, such as by recommending or ranking relevant content and conversations on our services. We also use the data we have about you to suggest skills you could add to your profile and skills that you might need to pursue your next opportunity. We use your content, activity and other data, including your name and photo, to provide notices to your network and others. For example, subject to your settings, we may notify others that you have updated your profile, posted content, took a social action, used a feature, made new connections or were mentioned in the news. Our services allow you to explore careers, evaluate educational opportunities, and seek out, and be found for, career opportunities. Your profile can be found by those looking to hire (for a job or a specific task) or be hired by you. We will use your data to recommend jobs or mentees, show you and others relevant professional contacts (e.g., who work at a company, in an industry, function or location or have certain skills and connections). We will use your data to recommend jobs to you and you to recruiters. We may use automated systems to provide content and recommendations to help make our services more relevant to our Users and Guests. Keeping your profile accurate and up-to-date may help you better connect to others and to opportunities through our services.
Our services allow you to collaborate with colleagues, search for potential clients, customers, partners and others to do business with. Our services allow you to communicate with other Users.
We contact you and enable communications between Users and Guests. We offer settings to control what messages you receive and how often you receive some types of messages.
We will contact you through email, mobile phone, notices posted on our websites or apps, messages to your CONNEC inbox, 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 send messages about how to use our services, network updates, reminders, job suggestions 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 serve you tailored ads both on and off our services. We offer you choices regarding personalized ads, but you cannot opt-out of seeing other ads.
We target (and measure the performance of) ads to Users, Guests and others both on and off our services directly or through a variety of partners, using the following data, whether separately or combined:
- Data from advertising technologies on and off our services, pixels, ad tags, cookies, and device identifiers;
- User-provided information (e.g., profile, contact information, title and industry);
- Data from your use of our services (e.g., search history, feed, content you read, page visits, videos you watch, clicking on an ad, etc.), including as described previously;
- Information from advertising partners, vendors and publishers; and
- Information inferred from data described above (e.g., using job titles from a profile to infer industry, seniority, and compensation bracket; using graduation dates to infer age or using first names or pronoun usage to infer gender; using your feed activity to infer your interests; or using device data to recognize you as a User).
We will show you ads called sponsored content which look similar to non-sponsored content, except that they are labelled as advertising (e.g., as “ad” or “sponsored”). We adhere to self-regulatory principles for interest-based advertising and participate in industry opt-outs from such ads. This does not opt you out of receiving advertising; you will continue to get other ads by advertisers not listed with these self-regulatory tools. You can also opt-out specifically from our uses of certain categories of data to show you more relevant ads. We do not share your personal data with any third-party advertisers or ad networks except for: (i) hashed IDs or device identifiers (to the extent they are personal data in some countries); (ii) with your separate permission (e.g., in a lead generation form) or (iii) data already visible to any users of the Services (e.g., profile). However, if you view or click on an ad on or off our Services, the ad provider will get a signal that someone visited the page that displayed the ad, and they may, through the use of mechanisms such as cookies, determine it is you. Advertising partners can associate personal data collected by the advertiser directly from you with hashed IDs or device identifiers received from us. In such instances, we seek to contractually require such advertising partners to obtain your explicit, opt-in consent before doing so.
We promote our services to you and others. In addition to advertising our services, we use Users’ data and content for invitations and communications promoting membership and network growth, engagement and our services.
V) Developing Services and Research
We develop our services and conduct research. We use data, including public feedback, to conduct research and development for our Services in order to provide you and others with a better, more intuitive and personalized experience, drive membership growth and engagement on our services, and help connect professionals to each other and to economic opportunity. We seek to create economic opportunity for Users of the global construction development workforce and to help them be more productive and successful. We use the personal data available to us to research social, economic and workplace trends, such as jobs availability and skills needed for these jobs and policies that help bridge the gap in various industries and geographic areas. In some cases, we work with trusted third parties to perform this research, under controls that are designed to protect your privacy. We publish or allow others to publish economic insights, presented as aggregated data rather than personal data. Polls and surveys are conducted by us and others through our Services. You are not obligated to respond to polls or surveys, and you have choices about the information you provide. You may opt-out of survey invitations.
VI) Customer Support
We use data to help you and fix problems. We use data (which can include your feedback and communications) to investigate, respond to and resolve complaints and for service issues (e.g., bugs).
VII) Insights That Do Not Identify You
We use your data to produce and share insights that do not identify you. For instance, we may use your data to generate statistics about our Users, their profession or industry, to calculate ad impressions served or clicked on, or to publish visitor demographics for a service or create demographic workforce insights.
VIII) Security and Investigations
We use data for security, fraud prevention and investigations.
We use your data (including your communications) for security purposes or to prevent or investigate possible fraud or other violations of our User Agreement and/or attempts to harm our Users, Guests or others.
D. Shared Information
I) Our Services
Any data that you include on your profile and any content you post or social action you take on our services will be seen by others, consistent with your settings. Your profile is fully visible to all Users and customers of our services. Subject to your settings, it can also be visible to others on or off of our services (e.g., Guests to our services or Users of third-party search engines).
- When you share an article or a post (e.g., an update, image, video or article) publicly it can be viewed by everyone and re-shared anywhere (subject to your settings). Users, Guests and others will be able to find and see your publicly-shared content, including your name (and photo if you have provided one).
- In a group, posts are visible to others in the group. Your membership in groups is public and part of your profile, but you can change visibility in your settings.
- Any information you share through companies’ or other organizations’ pages on our Services will be viewable by it and others who visit those pages.
- When you follow a person or organization, you are visible to others and that “page owner” as a follower.
- We let senders know when you act on their message, subject to your settings where applicable.
Subject to your settings, when you use workplace tools and services (e.g., interactive employee directory tools) certain of your data may also be made available to your employer or be connected with information we receive from your employer to enable these tools and services.
II) Communication Archival
Regulated Users may need to store communications outside of our service.
Some Users (or their employers) need, for legal or professional compliance, to archive their communications and social media activity, and will use services of others to provide these archival services. We enable archiving of messages by and to those Users outside of our services. For example, a University lecturer needs his or her class to use the platform as a viewing database to grade work etc.
III) Others’ Services
Subject to your settings, other services may look up your profile. 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 Twitter or WeChat account to share content from our services into these other services. Third-party services have their own privacy policies, and you may be giving them permission to use your data in ways we would not. You may revoke the link with such accounts.
IV) Related Services
We share your data across our different services and CONNEC affiliated entities.
V) Service Providers
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 not to disclose or use it for other purposes.
VI) Legal Disclosures
We may need to share your data when we believe it’s required by law or to help protect the rights and safety of you, us or others.
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 a) investigate, prevent or take action regarding suspected or actual illegal activities or to assist government enforcement agencies; b) enforce our agreements with you; c) investigate and defend ourselves against any third-party claims or allegations; d) protect the security or integrity of our services (such as by sharing with companies facing similar threats); or e) exercise or protect the rights and safety of CONNEC, our Users, personnel or others. We attempt to notify Users 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.
VII) Change in Control or Sale
E. User Choices & Obligations
I) Data Retention
We generally retain your personal data as long as you keep your account open or as needed to provide you Services. This includes data you or others provided to us and data generated or inferred from your use of our Services. In some cases, we choose to retain certain information (e.g., insights about Services use) in a depersonalized or aggregated form.
II) 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 provide many choices about the collection, use and sharing of your data, from deleting or correcting data you include in your profile and controlling the visibility of your posts to advertising opt-outs and communication controls. We offer you settings to control and manage the personal data we have about you.
For personal data that we have about you, you can:
- Delete Data: You can ask us to erase or delete all or some of your personal data (e.g., if it is no longer necessary to provide Services to you).
- Change or Correct Data: You can edit some of your personal data through your account. You can also ask us to change, update or fix your data in certain cases, particularly if it’s inaccurate.
- Object to, or Limit or Restrict, Use of Data: You can ask us to stop using all or some of your personal data (e.g., if we have no legal right to keep using it) or to limit our use of it (e.g., if your personal data is inaccurate or unlawfully held).
- Right to Access and/or Take Your Data: You can ask us for a copy of your personal data and can ask for a copy of personal data you provided in machine readable form.
Visitors can learn more about how to make these requests here. You may also contact us using the contact information below, and we will consider your request in accordance with applicable laws.
Residents in the Designated Countries and other regions may have additional rights under their laws.
III) Account Closure
We keep some of your data even after you close your account.
If you choose to close your CONNEC account, your personal data will generally stop being visible to others on our Services within 24 hours. 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 (e.g., if we have restricted your account for breach of our Professional Community Policies), enforce our User Agreement, or fulfil your request to “unsubscribe” from further messages from us. We will retain de-personalized information after your account has been closed.
Information you have shared with others (e.g., insights and other non-personalised trends) will remain visible after you close your account or delete the information from your own profile or mailbox, and we do not control data that other Members have copied out of our Services. Group content and ratings or review content associated with closed accounts will show an unknown user as the source. Your profile may continue to be displayed in the services of others (e.g., search engine results) until they refresh their cache.
We monitor for and try to prevent security breaches. Please use the security features available through our Services. 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.
II) Lawful Bases for Processing
At any time, you can withdraw consent you have provided by going to settings. We will only collect and process personal data about you where we have lawful bases. Lawful bases include consent (where you have given consent), contract (where processing is necessary for the performance of a contract with you (e.g., to deliver the CONNEC services you have requested) and “legitimate interests.” Where we rely on your consent to process personal data, you have the right to withdraw or decline your consent at any time and where we rely on legitimate interests, you have the right to object. We currently do not share personal data with third parties for their direct marketing purposes without your permission.
CONNEC does not, collect, use or store user’s credit card information. All user banking and credit card information is handled via third party hosts selected by the user or users themselves for safety measures.
III) Contact Information
If you have questions or complaints regarding this Policy, please first us at email@example.com. You can also reach us by physical mail. If contacting us does not resolve your complaint, you have more options. Residents in the Designated Countries and other regions may have more options under their laws.