Last updated March 15, 2016
Your Privacy Matters. The Atlas team developed the policy below to be as clear and straightforward as possible. Our aim is for you – our members and customers – to always feel informed and empowered with respect to your privacy on Atlas Certified.
The mission of Atlas Certified is to verify the world’s professionals to enable them to be more productive, successful and differentiated. To achieve our Mission, Atlas Certified makes services available through our website, mobile applications, and developer platform, to help you, your connections, and millions of other professionals verify, monitor, learn, certify, find opportunities or employees, work and make decisions in a network of trusted organizations and groups.
Being part of Atlas Certified means sharing information about yourself with other professionals, corporations, as well as working privately on your own. By default, your account is set up to share the information that we have found the vast majority of our Users are interested in sharing. But the amount and type of information you decide to share, and with whom you share it, is up to you.
These are the three primary information and communication functions of Atlas Certified Resources:
Information about yourself that you share. This is the information that your connections, other professionals, and companies see about you. This may include your profile, qualifications, experience, certifications and your contributions to discussions on Atlas Certified Groups or other community features Atlas Certified may offer such as “Profile Stats” which, if you choose to opt-in, can show your verified certifications or skills. You have control over what you share, and you can update your information at any time.
Communication. We help you communicate with connections and other professionals. Some of this is one-to-one, some of it is in groups, and some of it may be a public discussion. You decide how much or how little you wish to communicate to individuals, groups, or the public.
Private activity. We also provide tools that you can use privately on Atlas Certified (for example, searching). These actions and information are private and we don’t share or distribute them to others on the website.
Of course, maintaining your trust is our top concern, so we adhere to the following principles to protect your privacy:
The mission of Atlas Certified is to verify the world’s professionals to enable them to be more productive, successful and differentiated. To achieve our Mission, Atlas Certified makes services available through our website, mobile applications, and developer platform, premium services, and other information provided as part of the Atlas Certified services (“Services”) to help you and millions of other professionals verify, monitor, learn, certify, find opportunities or employees, work and make decisions in a network of trusted organizations and groups.
We collect your personal information in the following ways:
In order to become a User, you must provide us the following information to create an account: name, email address or mobile number, country, and password. Without this minimal amount of information, you cannot create an Atlas Certified account. Like other passwords, you should choose one that is known only by you. Atlas Certified requests other information from you during the registration process, (e.g. , gender, location, etc. ) that Atlas Certified uses to provide better, more customized services such as language-specific profile pages and updates, better ads, and more valuable career opportunities. You acknowledge that this information is personal to you, and by creating an account on Atlas Certified, you allow others, including Atlas Certified, to identify you and to allow Atlas Certified to use your information in accordance with our User Agreement.
We collect information when you interact with Atlas Certified’s customer service website in order to accurately categorize and respond to customer inquiries and investigate possible breaches of our agreement terms.
We receive information when you interact with and use the Atlas Certified website, Atlas Certified Applications (e.g. Atlas Certified for iPhone, Android, etc. ), and Atlas Certified platform technology (such as “Share on Atlas Certified” plugins for publishers). For example, we know when you click on ads, verify or monitor certifications, upload your address book, join groups, participate in polls, install an Atlas Certified mobile application, share articles on Atlas Certified, etc.
We receive information when you use your Atlas Certified account to log in or authenticate to a third-party website or application. Also, if you are logged into Atlas Certified and visit a third party site that embeds Atlas Certified professional plugins, like “Share on Atlas Certified” for web publishers, Atlas Certified will receive information that those pages have loaded in your web browser. Atlas Certified will use this information to personalize the Atlas Certified-provided functionality, including providing you insights from your Atlas Certified network, allowing you to share information with your network, enabling you to use Atlas Certified functionality off the Atlas Certified site and serving you more relevant advertising. Atlas Certified’s retention of this data is addressed below in Section 1.K.
In the course of serving advertisements or optimizing the Services to our Users, we may allow authorized third parties to place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser. Any information provided to third parties through cookies will not be personally identifiable but may provide general segment information (e.g. , your industry or geography, career field, or information about your professional or educational background) for the enhancement of your user experience by providing more relevant advertising. Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies, but you can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. Atlas Certified does not store unencrypted personally identifiable information in the cookies.d.
To support the Services we provide at no cost to our Users, as well as provide a more relevant and useful experience for our Users, we target and serve our own ads and third-party ads both on and off the site using ad networks. Ad networks include third party ad servers, ad agencies, ad exchanges, ad technology vendors and research firms.
We target ads to Users based on general profile categories (e.g. , “product managers in Texas” or “certification”) or on non-personally identifiable information inferred from a User’s profile (e.g. , industry, current or former company, school, compensation bracket, gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, or other aspects of your life) in addition to a User’s use of Atlas Certified or their clicking on Atlas Certified ad inventory.
We use ad technology such as web beacons, pixels, anonymous ad network tags, and cookies to more effectively serve ads to our Users on and off Atlas Certified through ad networks, as well as to collect anonymous, aggregated auditing, research and reporting for advertisers. Because your web browser requests advertisements and web beacons directly from ad network servers, these networks can view, edit or set their own cookies, just as if you had requested a web page from their site.
Due to the communications standards on the internet, when you visit the Atlas Certified website we automatically receive the URL of the site from which you came and the site to which you are going when you leave Atlas Certified. Additionally, advertisers receive the URL of the page you were on when you click on an ad on Atlas Certified. Atlas Certified also receives the internet protocol (“IP”) address of your computer (or the proxy server you use to access the World Wide Web), your computer operating system and type of web browser you are using, email patterns, your mobile device (including your UDID) and mobile operating system (if you are accessing Atlas Certified using a mobile device), as well as the name of your ISP or your mobile carrier. Atlas Certified may also receive location data passed to it from third-party services or GPS-enabled devices that you have enabled. Also, as described above in Sections 1.E. and 1.F. , Atlas Certified receives information when you access web pages containing Atlas Certified interactive plugins, such as “Share on Atlas Certified” or “Apply with Atlas Certified” functionality. The link between your IP address and your personally identifiable information is not shared with third parties without your permission, except as described in Section 2.L (“Compliance with Legal Process”), below.
You have a right to access, modify, correct and eliminate the data you supplied to Atlas Certified. If you update any of your information, we may keep a copy of the information that you originally provided to us in our archives for uses documented in this policy. You may request deletion of your information at any time by contacting customer service. We will respond to your request within 30 days. Please note, however that information you have shared with others, or that other Users have copied, may also remain visible even if you request its deletion.
Atlas Certified will retain your information for so long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services, except in the case of our professional plugin impression data, which we de-identify after 12 months. If you wish to close your account, you may do so by contacting customer service. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce this Agreement.
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