Effective: February 27, 2018
Our website at https://vertalo.com/ (the “Site”) is available to the general public (“Site Visitors”) for informational and marketing purposes. We also provide a social networking and data storage platform (the “Platform”) at https://app.vertalo.com (or relevant corporate domain) that enables our registered Platform users (“Users”) to store important information regarding their credentials, qualifications, and employment (“Records”), and make certain choices on how, when, and where to share their Records (the “Platform Services”). As part of the Platform Services, other Users and Platform visitors (“Platform Visitors”) may store, share, view, supplement, and/or retrieve Records with certain limitations set by the User’s privacy settings (collectively, Site Visitors, Users, and Platform Visitors are referred to as “Participants”). Please note that in some cases Site Visitors may also be Users or Platform Visitors.
Information We Collect and What We Do With It
We collect and use the following information from Site Visitors when they interact or link from our Site:
Contact Information: We collect contact information from Site Visitors that e-mail Vertalo via the Contact Us link and/or sign up for our blog feed/update form:
- Contact Us: When contacting Vertalo, we will collect your e-mail address and its contents to provide the requested information, support, to enhance the Site or Platform, and put your e-mail on a contact list for future marketing messages to your inbox.
- Blog Feed/Update Form: By signing up for our blog or filling out our form to receive updates, you will receive our blog feed and other marketing messages to your inbox. See Direct Marketing in III. Platform and Site Generally below.
We collect and use the following information from Users and Platform Visitors, as applicable, when interacting with the Platform and/or using the Platform Services:
Account Profile Information: In order to become a registered User, a person must create an account profile on the Platform. To that end, we collect certain information such as the User’s name, e-mail addresses, an Ethereum address (also referred to as a ‘wallet ID’), phone number, and postal address. In the case of corporate accounts, additional information is collected such as business ID #, business category, admin addresses, etc. We’ll also keep a record of how often Users visits their profile, such as when logging into their account.
Platform Services: Users will be able to share and manage their Records so that they can easily share such information with other Users or Platform Visitors.
The Platform Services’ core component is the ability to have Users request other Users to ‘certify’ (or attest to the truth of) their Records. For example, a User may request a previous employer to certify that the User worked for that employer. If true, the employer would certify this Record and supplement it with other information where necessary. The employer (or any other certifying User) would be able to share such Records downstream to third-parties.
The Platform Services accommodate two types of Users: “Individual Users” and “Organizational Users.” An account for an Individual User provides access for a person. An account for an Organizational User provides administrative access for one or more agents of a company or other institution (academic, governmental, etc.).
Disclosure of Records generated by an Individual User is at the sole and exclusive discretion of the Individual User. The sum total of all Records associated with an Individual User are used to create a Private Profile that contains the entirety of that Individual User’s Records and is viewable solely by the Individual User and, in the case of particular Records, any Users (such as Individual or Organizational Users) that certified that particular Record. The Individual User accesses the Platform Services to designate those she would like to be included on her Public Profile, which is viewable by all Users.
Additionally, Users may, pursuant to their privacy settings, allow other non-certifying Users or Platform Visitors to view Records for potential employment or business opportunities generally.
Finally, Users may choose to give us access to their contacts to make it easy for them to do things like share and collaborate on their Records, send messages, and invite others to use the Platform. If a User allows such access, we’ll store those contacts on our servers for the User to use.
Billing Information: Any payments required by the Platform will use “Talos,” which is Vertalos’ digital token built on the Ethereum blockchain; such payments will originate from your Ethereum address.
III. Site and Platform Generally
We collect and use the following information from Participants generally across both the Site and Platform:
Direct Marketing: We may use a Participant’s personal information provided to us through the Site or Platform for direct marketing purposes, such as e-mails advertising our Platform Services.
A Participant may opt-out at any time from the use of the User’s personal information for direct marketing purposes, and/or the transfer of such personal information to third parties for direct marketing purposes by contacting us at email@example.com. Please allow us a reasonable time to process the request.
Further, a Participant may manage receipt of marketing and non-transactional communications by clicking on the “Manage E-mail Preferences” link located on the bottom of any Vertalo marketing e-mail and following the instructions found on the page that the link brings the Participant to. A Participant cannot opt-out of receiving transactions e-mails related to their account or purchases.
Usage Data: We collect information about Participants regarding how they use our Site or Platform, such as actions Users take in their account profile on the Platform (like sharing, editing, viewing, and moving files or folders).
We also collect information from and about the devices Participants use to access the Site or Platform, such as through Google Analytics. This includes information such as IP addresses, the type of browser and device used, identifiers associated with such devices, and/or the web page visited before coming to our Site or Platform.
We may anonymize usage data and process it in aggregate form to operate, maintain, manage, and improve the Site or Platform. This aggregate information does not identify a Participant personally. We may share this aggregate data with our affiliates, agents, and business partners. We may also disclose aggregated statistics in order to describe our Site or Platform generally to current and prospective business partners and to other third parties for other lawful purposes.
For more information on Google Analytics, including how to opt out from certain data collection, please visit https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245. Please be advised that if a Participant opts out of any service, the Participant may not be able to use the full functionality of the Site or Platform.
Cookie Data: We use technologies such as cookies and pixels to collect information from Participants (including personal information), which we process in order to provide, improve, protect, and promote our Site or Platform. For example, cookies help us with things like remembering a username for a User’s next visit to the Platform, understanding how Site Visitors are interacting with our Site, and improving them based on that information. Participants can set their browser to not accept cookies. Please consult your internet browser’s documentation for information on how to do this, such as by using your browser in private mode to block cookies However, if a Participant decides not to accept cookies, this may limit the Participant’s ability to use the Site or Platform.
How does Vertalo share information?
To the extent not mentioned above, we may share information collected from Participants (or Site Visitors or Users individually) as follows:
Other Users: Our Platform displays information such as Users’ name, profile picture, and e-mail address to other Users (and, depending on a User’s privacy settings, Platform Visitors) in places like a User account profile and sharing notifications. We may also connect Users that provide e-mail addresses from the same organization or company.
Other applications: The Platform will allow third parties to create apps that leverage Records and account profile information in innovative new ways. Users can give third parties access to their Records and account profile information in order to gain access to such apps - Just remember that their use of your information will be governed by their privacy policies and terms.
Governmental Access Requests: Vertalo may be required to disclose personal information in response to lawful requests by public authorities, including for the purpose of meeting national security or law enforcement requirements. We may also disclose personal information to other third parties when compelled to do so by government authorities or required by law or regulation including, but not limited to, in response to court orders and subpoenas.
Other Important Privacy Information
Access to Personal Information: Users can access their personal information by logging into their account within the Platform. If a User deletes its account (or requests that we delete the account), we will comply. However, please note: (1) there might be some latency in deleting this information from our servers and back-up storage; and (2) we may retain this information if necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, or enforce our agreements.
Except in the case of data transfers under an applicable E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework and/or Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework, the Participant’s decision to provide data to us, or allow us to collect such data through the Site or Platform, constitutes the Participant’s consent to data transfers from its country of origin to other countries.
California Residents: We do not monitor any opt-out or do not track mechanism, including general web browser “Do Not Track (DNT)” settings and/or signals.
Have questions or concerns about Vertalo, our Site/Platform, and/or privacy? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.