11. How We Use Your 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 advertisements) 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, and be more productive. We use your data to authorize access to our Services and honor 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 connect with the professionals whom you choose, and who also wish to connect with you. Subject to your and their settings, when you connect with other Members, you will be able to search Member connections in order to exchange professional and personal opportunities.We use data about you (such as your account data) to help others find you, suggest connections for you and others (e.g., Members who share your contacts or job experiences), exchange virtual cards, and enable you to invite others to become a Member and connect with you. You can also opt-in to allow us to use your precise location or proximity to others for certain tasks (e.g., to suggest other nearby Members for you to connect with, calculate the commute to a new job, or notify your connections that you are at a professional event).It is your choice whether to exchange a virtual card, send a connection request, or allow another Member to become your connection, or receive a virtual card from you. When you invite someone to connect with you, your invitation will include your network and basic account information (e.g., name, profile photo, job title, region). You can choose whether or not to share your own list of connections with your connections.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 Members, exchange virtual business cards with them, and schedule and prepare meetings with them. If your settings allow, we scan messages to provide “bots” or similar tools that facilitate tasks such as scheduling meetings, drafting responses, summarizing messages, or recommending next steps.
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 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 also enable communications between you and others through our Services, including transmitting messages between connected Members, for example.
We may serve you customized advertising both internally and externally from our Services. We offer you choices regarding personalized advertisements, but you cannot opt-out of seeing other kinds of advertisements. We target (and measure the performance of) advertisements to Members, Visitors, and others directly or through a variety of partners, using the following data, whether separately or in combination:- Data from advertising technologies internal or external to our Services, pixels, ad tags, cookies, and device identifiers.- Member-provided information (e.g., name, contact information, title and industry).- Data from your use of our Services (e.g., search history, feed, content you read, connections, group participation, page visits, videos you watch, clicking on an ad, etc.).- Information from advertising partners, vendors and publishers.- Information inferred from data described above (e.g., using job titles from a profile to infer industry).We will show you advertisements called sponsored content which look similar to non-sponsored content, except that they are labeled as advertising (e.g., as “ad” or “sponsored”). If you take action (such as to like, comment or share) on these advertisements, your action is associated with your name and viewable by others, including the advertiser. Subject to your settings, if you take action through the Services, that action may be mentioned with related advertisements.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 advertisements by advertisers not listed with these self-regulatory tools. 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 advertisement internal or external to our Services, the advertisement provider will get a signal that someone visited the page that displayed the advertisement, and they may be able to 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 Members’ data and content for invitations and communications promoting membership and network growth, engagement, and our Services, such as by showing your connections that you have used a feature on our Services.
15. Developing Services and 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. 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.
16. Customer Support
We use data (which can include your communications) to investigate, respond to, and resolve complaints and for performance issues (e.g., bugs) associated with the Services.
We use your data to produce and share insights that do not personally identify you. For example, we may use your data to generate statistics about our Members, their profession or industry, to calculate advertisement impressions served or clicked on, or to publish visitor demographics for a Service or create demographic workforce insights.
18. Security and Investigations
We may need to use your data (including your communications) for security purposes or to prevent or investigate possible fraud or other violations of our Terms of Service and/or attempts to harm our Members, Visitors, or others.
19. How We Share Information - General
Any data that you include on your account, any content you create or post publicly, or any action (e.g., likes, follows, comments, shares) you take through our Services will be seen by others, consistent with your settings.Subject to your settings, your account data may be visible internally or externally to the Services (e.g., Visitors to our Services or users of third-party search engines). Your settings, degree of connection with the viewing Member, the subscriptions they may have, their usage of our Services, access channels, and search types (e.g., by name or by keyword) impact the availability of your account information and whether certain data can be seen.
20. Shared Content, Posts, and Messages
When you share content or a post publicly (e.g., a virtual card, image, video or article), it can be viewed by everyone and re-shared anywhere (subject to your settings). Members, Visitors, and others will be able to find and see your publicly shared content, including your name (and photo if you have provided one).
21. Other Service Providers
We may 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.
22. 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 (1) investigate, prevent or take action regarding suspected or actual illegal activities or to assist government enforcement agencies; (2) enforce our agreements with you; (3) investigate and defend ourselves against any third-party claims or allegations; (4) protect the security or integrity of our Services (such as by sharing with companies facing similar threats); or (5) exercise or protect the rights and safety of Tomson Scrap Metal, our Members, personnel or others. We attempt to notify Members 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.
24. Your Choices and Obligations – General
We generally retain your personal data as long as you keep your account open or as needed to provide you with the Services. This includes data you or others provided to us and data generated or inferred from your use of our Services. Even if you only use our Services occasionally or infrequently, we will retain your information and keep your profile open, unless you close your account. In some cases, we choose to retain certain information (e.g., insights about Services use) in a depersonalized or aggregated form.We provide many choices about the collection, use and sharing of your data, from deleting or correcting data you include in your content and controlling the visibility of your posts to advertising opt-outs and communication controls. We may offer you settings to control and manage the personal data we have about you.For personal data that we have about you, you can request that we:- 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.
25. Account Closure
If you choose to close your account with us, your personal data will generally stop being visible to others on our Services within three (3) business days. 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 Terms of Service), enforce our Terms of Service, or fulfill 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., through messages to other Members) 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. Groups content and ratings or review content associated with closed accounts will show an unknown user as the source. Your account data may continue to be displayed in the services of others (e.g., search engine results) until they refresh their cache.
We implement reasonably security safeguards in accordance with industry standards and designed to protect your data. 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.27. Lawful Basis for Processing DataWe will only collect and process personal data about you where we have a lawful basis to do so. 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 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.
28. Direct Marketing and Do Not Track Signals
We currently do not share personal data with third parties for their direct marketing purposes without your permission.
29. California Privacy Disclosure
29.1 We Do Not Sell Your Personal Information
The CCPA requires us to disclose whether we sell your personal information. We do not sell your personal information.
29.2 Your Rights Under the CCPA - The CCPA provides Californians with the following rights:
- Requests for Information - Like all of our Members or Visitors, you (or your authorized agent) can request a copy of your personal information. Under the CCPA, you can also request that we disclose how we have collected, used, and shared your personal information over the past 12 months, including the categories of personal information we collected and our purposes for doing so; the categories of sources for that information; the categories of third parties with whom we shared it for a business purpose and our purposes for doing so. Companies that sell personal information must make additional disclosures.- Your Right to Opt Out of Sales - We do not sell personal information, so we don’t have an option for you to opt out.- Your Right to Notification – We won’t collect new categories of personal information or use them for materially different purposes without first notifying you.- Nondiscrimination for exercising your CCPA Rights - The CCPA prohibits businesses from discriminating against you for exercising your rights under the law. Such discrimination may include denying services, charging different prices or rates for services, providing a different level or quality of services, or suggesting that you will receive a different level or quality of goods or services as a result of exercising your rights.- Your Right to Delete Personal Information - Like all of our Members, you can request that we delete your personal information by closing your account. You also can request that we delete specific information. We honor such requests, unless an exception applies, such as when the information is necessary to complete the transaction or contract for which it was collected or when it is being used to detect, prevent, or investigate security incidents, comply with laws, identify and repair bugs or ensure another consumer’s ability to exercise their free speech rights or other rights provided by law.
29.3 The CCPA Categories of Personal Information We Collect and the Sources
29.4 The CCPA Categories of Personal Information We Share for a “Business Purpose”
30. Contact Information
Effective Date: April 1, 2020