At Platinum IDS, (“Platinum” “we” “our”) we respect your privacy and know that you care about how your personal information is collected and used. We encourage you to read through our information handling practices as described below so you understand our commitment to your privacy and how you can participate in the handling of your information.
Platinum complies with the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework as set forth by the US Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information from European Union member countries.
Information That We Collect.
Customer Record – When Users become customers they provide us with information such their address, email, phone number, fax number, company affiliation, and billing information. (“Customer Record”).
Inquiries – When Users contact us we may ask for information that allows us to contact them, validate the seriousness of their inquiry and request specific information related to the reason they have contacted us (“User Inquiry Information”). User Inquiry Information may be associated with other information, such as cookies and information from Tracking Software.
Surveys – Users may be offered the opportunity to respond to surveys, questionnaires and other requests for information (“Survey Information”). The types of data that Users provide to us is set out in the survey request.
Statistical Information – All of our servers collect statistical information such as Users’ IP addresses, dates Users visit, computers Users are using, operating system, and other similar types of data (“Statistical Information”). Additionally, processed data may be parsed or analyzed to aid in improvement of existing products or offerings and/or development of future products or offerings.
Tracking Software – We may use software designed to track responses to our advertisements, other promotional activity, and movement throughout our site (“Tracking Software”). Tracking Software includes software such as web beacons and software used by our advertising partners.
How We Use Information That We Collect.
Customer Record – We use the Customer Record to identify Users personally. It is used throughout our business to provide services to Users. Information in your Customer Record will only be shared with third parties if it is necessary to provide Third Party Products to you. However, information in the Customer Record related to payments, such as a User’s credit card number, is only used to ensure we receive payment for services rendered.
Customer Inquiries – We use User Inquiry Information to identify Users personally. It is used throughout our business to provide services to Users. User Inquiry Information is shared with third parties only to identify and fix problems with services we provide when we are unable to do so ourselves.
Survey Information – We use Survey Information to identify Users personally. We use it throughout our business to market new products and services to Users. Survey Information is not shared with third parties in ways that identify Users personally. To the extent we share Survey Information with third parties, it is done in aggregate.
Statistical Information – We do not use Statistical Information to identify Users personally. We use Statistical Information to operate our hardware and software, diagnose problems and administer our website. We may use aggregate Statistical Information to modify the products and services we offer based on who is visiting our website and what they are purchasing.
Tracking Software – Tracking Software does not initially identify Users personally. In general, we use the information provided by Tracking Software to determine the effectiveness of our marketing programs, improve the functionality of our website, and to collect demographic data about where Users go on our website and how they behave. Tracking Software may collect information that when combined with other information we have collected, will enable us to identify Users individually.
In cases of onward transfer to third parties of data of EU individuals received pursuant to the EU-US Privacy Shield, Platinum is potentially liable.
Client and Discovery Information.
Through normal business processes we access volumes of highly confidential client data. Platinum utilizes strict data confidentiality practices to keep this data safe. However, from time to time, Platinum may utilize this data for scientific purposes in order to improve existing products and services, or to develop new ones. Scientific data may be shared confidentially with partner agencies to further advance these initiatives.
Platinum utilizes cloud storage, computing, and sharing technologies. These technologies may be maintained by third parties such as Google, Amazon or others. Should our security team become aware of any potential security incident or breach, Platinum IDS will take appropriate measures to ensure client data is secured and the client is notified as soon as possible.
Data Retention and Security.
Platinum offers individuals the opportunity to choose (opt out) whether their personal information is (a) to be disclosed to a third party or (b) to be used for a purpose that is incompatible with the purpose(s) for which it was originally collected or subsequently authorized by the individual. Platinum IDS will provide readily available, and affordable mechanisms to exercise choice. Interested parties should email firstname.lastname@example.org. Platinum will provide a full manifest of what personal information we hold, how it’s been used and give individuals the ability to opt out or remove information from our records completely.
For ‘sensitive information’ (i.e. personal information specifying medical or health conditions, racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership or information specifying the sex life of the individual), individuals are given an affirmative or explicit (opt in) choice if the information is to be disclosed to a third party or used for a purpose other than those for which it was originally collected or subsequently authorized by the individual through the exercise of opt in choice. In any case, Platinum IDS will treat as sensitive any information received from a third party where the third party treats and identifies it as sensitive.
Privacy Shield Compliance and Recourse.
Platinum IDS commits to cooperate with EU data protection authorities (DPAs) and comply with the advice given by such authorities with regard to human resources data transferred from the EU in the context of the employment relationship.
Platinum has further committed to refer unresolved privacy complaints under the EU-US Privacy Shield Principles BBB EU PRIVACY SHIELD, a non-profit alternative dispute resolution provider located in the United States and operated by the Council of Better Business Bureaus. If you do not receive timely acknowledgment of your complaint, or if your complaint is not satisfactorily addressed, please visit www.bbb.org/EU-privacy-shield/for-eu-consumers/ for more information and to file a complaint.
Please note that if your complaint is not resolved through these channels, under limited circumstances, a binding arbitration option may be available before a Privacy Shield Panel.
Platinum is subject to the investigatory and enforcement powers of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).