RESEARCH CENTRAL'S APPROACH TO PRIVACY
For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998, we are the data controller of the personal information we hold about you.
PERSONAL INFORMATION WE HOLD ABOUT YOU
Contact details: such as your name, phone number and email address.
Public profile information: such as name, the company you work for, the sector your company is active in, the position you hold in the company, the department you work in and your profile picture.
Follows, comments and opinions: such as topics or publisher channels you follow, comments and opinions you leave on the service or when you respond to our surveys, promotions or other user and publisher content.
Private messages to us: private messages you send to us that you do not make publicly available on the service.
Payment and transaction information: we will keep records of the products and services you purchase from us and the payment method you use for the transaction.
Your preferences: choices you make such as notification preferences or choices about how the service are displayed.
Information about how you use and connect to the online service
We collect information about how you use the service such as the pages and links you access, the time you access the service and duration you are on it, the website you come to the service from or go to after leaving the service and selections and choices you make when using the service.
We also collect information about the computer or other electronic devices you use to connect to the service such as details about the type of device (which can include unique device identifying numbers), its operating system, browser and applications connected to the service through the device, your Internet service provider or mobile network, your IP address and your device's telephone number (if it has one).
Typically, the information we collect about how you use or connect to the service is associated with your device and not you as a named individual. However, if you are logged into a registered account this information may also be associated with your account.
Information about your location
Other than information you choose to provide to us, we do not collect information about your precise location. Your device's IP address may help us determine an approximate location but this will be no more precise than the city, state or country you are using your device in.
Information provided by other users
Other users provide information that is associated with you such as comments and opinions they post on the service that identify you or their responses to your comments and opinions or messages. For example, other users could provide information that is associated with you when responding to a comment you have made on the service or when addressing queries you have about an item they have published. Other users may also provide information that is associated with you when they invite you to use our service.
Information provided by other organisations
Other organisations may provide information that we associate with you where they are lawfully permitted to share it, such as contact details, demographic data, or Internet navigation information.
Information from fraud and crime prevention organisations
If fraudulent or other criminal activity is suspected relating to your account, we may be provided with information by credit reference, fraud and crime prevention organisations.
HOW WE USE YOUR INFORMATION
We will also use your personal information for the purposes specifically described below:
Contact details: we will use your contact details so that we can communicate with you directly about the service and about queries, issues or concerns you or other users have. We may also use your contact details to send you information about products and services that may be of interest to you (such communications will be in accordance with your marketing preferences). Your contact details will also be shared with publishers of content that you follow or request to follow through the service so that they can respond appropriately to follow requests and manage their followers.
Public profile information: we will use your profile information to create a public profile for you on the service. Your public profile will be shared with publishers of content and users of the Service.
Comments and opinions: we will display your public comments, opinions and responses on the public areas of the service. We will not publicly display your private messages or private interactions with us or another user. We will also use your follows, comments and opinions to determine topics, products and services that may be of interest to you.
Payment and transaction information: we will use payment and transaction information you provide to process payment for any service or product you purchase from us. We may also use the history of your transactions with us to determine topics, products and services that may be of interest to you.
Private messages to us: we will use private messages you send to us to help us respond to any query, issue or concern you raise.
Your preferences: we will use your preference settings for the purpose of providing notifications, displaying the service and following other choices you are able to make about how the service is delivered.
Information about how you use and connect to the service: we use this information to present the service to you on your device. We will also use this information to determine topics, products and services that may be of interest to you. We may also share analytics information with the publishers.
Information about your location: we may use an approximate location to ensure content on the service is relevant to the city, state or country you are using your device in. We will not collect or track your exact location without your consent.
Information provided by other users: we will display comments and opinions posted by other users in the service which may contain personal information about you. If you are concerned about any content which contains personal information about you please report it to us. We will use your personal information that is contained in private messages sent to us by other users to respond to any query, issue or concern they raise.
Information about fraudulent or criminal activity relating to your account: we will use information about fraudulent or criminal activity relating to your account for the purposes of preventing fraud or crime.
All personal information: we will use all the personal information we collect to: (i) monitor and improve the service and our procedures and processes; and (ii) to help us develop new products and services. Our use of your personal information in this way will not result in information that was not previously publicly available being made public on the service. We will also not use information about fraudulent or criminal activity relating to your account in the development of new products and services.
We may anonymise and aggregate any of the information we collect (so that it does not directly identify you). We may use anonymised information for purposes that include testing our IT systems, research, data analysis, improving the service and developing new products and features.
INFORMATION WE SHARE WITH THIRD PARTIES
We may share your personal information with the following parties:
Service providers and advisors: third parties who provide a service to us, for example, we use third party email provider to help us deliver your email notifications to you. These third parties will only be allowed to use your personal information in accordance with our instructions and will be required to keep your information secure.
Other users of the service: your public follows comments and opinions, your public profile information and other content you generate and supply will be available to other users of the service.
Publishers: your contact details and public profile information will also be shared with publishers of content that you follow/access or request to follow/access through the service so that they can appropriately respond to follow/access requests and manage their followers and access to their content. We may also share information with them about the industry you work in, the company you work for, the name of any contact or sales person at the Publisher who directed you to their content (if you have provided this information), the content you accessed and when you accessed it (real-time or on an embargo'ed basis). We may also share analytics data with the Publishers.
Purchasers of our business: personal information may be disclosed or transferred to buyers or perspective buyers of our business or any of our assets as part of the sale.
Law enforcement, regulators and other parties for legal reasons: third parties who we are under a legal obligation to disclose your personal information to or who we need to disclose your personal information to protect our rights, property or safety or the rights, property or safety of others, detect and investigate illegal activities and breaches of any agreement we have with you.
We do not disclose information about identifiable individuals to anyone else except as set out above. We may provide third parties with aggregate statistical information and analytics about users of the service but will we make sure no one can be identified from this information before we disclose it.
MARKETING AND ADVERTISING
Email Marketing - From time to time we may contact you by email with information about our products and services. If you do not want us to send you email marketing, please let us know by sending an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also unsubscribe from our marketing emails by clicking on the unsubscribe link (where available) in the emails we send to you.
Notifications About Activity on the Service - We will send you email and push notifications when certain actions take place on the service. Such notifications will be sent in accordance with your notification settings under your user profile. If you want to stop or change the notifications you receive you can do so by amending your notification setting in your user profile.
Advertising on the Service and other Websites - We or our advertising partners may show advertisements to you on the service or on other websites. To do this we or our advertising partners may collect information about how you use the service or the types of other web pages, content and ads you, or others who are using the device you connect to the service, interact with, visit or view. The information collected might also include the IP address of the device you connect to the service.
We or our advertising partners use the information that is collected to make sure adverts you see either on the service or other websites or apps (where our partners have advertising space) are more relevant to you.
The techniques our advertising partners use recognise the device you are using but are not aimed at you as a named individual.
STORING AND TRANSFERRING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
Timeframe: your personal information will be kept by us for as long as your account remains active. If you deactivate your account your personal information will be kept for a reasonable period of time after this so that we can complete any activities it is being used for. Your comments on the service will be associated with your account as long as your account remains active. If you deactivate your account, your comments will be kept (as they form part of the discussions on the service) but will no longer be associated with your account.
ACCESSING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
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