At BetterWorldSolutions, our fundamental philosophy is ‘members first.’ That value powers all of the decisions we make, including how we gather and respect your personal information.
We’ve crafted the policy below to be as clear and straightforward as possible. Our aim is for you—our members—to always feel informed and empowered with respect to your privacy on BetterWorldSolutions.
Our mission is to connect the world’s entrepreneurs to enable them to be more successful.
BetterWorldSolutions mission is to connect the world’s entrepreneurs to enable them to be more successful. Our registered users (‘members’) share their products, ideas, concepts and questions, engage with their network, exchange knowledge and professional insights, post and view relevant content, and find business opportunities. Content on some of our services is also visible to unregistered viewers (‘visitors’). We believe that our services allow our members to effectively compete and achieve their full career potential. The cornerstone of our business is to focus on our members first.
Maintaining your trust is our top priority, so we adhere to the following principles to protect your privacy:
When you create an account with us, you provide us with information (including your name, email address, and password) that we use to offer you a personalized, relevant experience on BetterWorldSolutions.
We collect information with your account. We use this information to improve your experience and allow you and your network to be better connected.
BetterWorldSolutions makes tools available to sync information with BetterWorldSolutions, and may also develop additional features that allow members to use their account in conjunction with other third-party services. For example, BetterWorldSolutions mobile applications may allow you to sync your device’s calendar, email and/or contacts apps with BetterWorldSolutions to show you the BetterWorldSolutions profiles of meeting attendees, email correspondents and/or your contacts.
Another example are software tools that allow you to see LinkedIn and other public social media information about the people you email or meet with and leverage BetterWorldSolutions to help you gain insights from and grow your network. If you grant these products (mobile applications or other BetterWorldSolutions services that sync external email and calendar services, such as LinkedIn Connected) permission to access your email and calendar accounts, they will access and may store some of your email header and calendar history information in order to match it to BetterWorldSolutions and other public social media profiles. BetterWorldSolutions’ products that sync with external email services may also temporarily cache message content for performance reasons, in a way that is unreadable by BetterWorldSolutions and its service providers.
When you contact our Help Center, we collect information to respond to your questions and better serve you.
We collect information when you visit BetterWorldSolutions, use our mobile applications, and interact with questions on LinkedIn.
We collect information when you use (whether as a member or a visitor) the BetterWorldSolutions platform technology (such as ‘Share on LinkedIn’ plugins for publishers) or other Services. For example, we collect information when you view or click on ads, join and participate in groups, participate in reviews and ratings, and share articles on BetterWorldSolutions. If you are logged in, your usage information and the log data described in Section 1.10 of this policy, such as your IP address, will be associated with your account. Even if you’re not logged into a Service, we log information about devices used to access our Services, including IP address.
We collect information when you use your BetterWorldSolutions-account to sign in to other sites or services, and when you view web pages that include BetterWorldSolutions plugins.
You can opt out of our collection of plugin impressions anytime.
We receive information when you use your BetterWorldSolutions account to log in to a third-party website or application. Also, when you visit a third-party site that embeds BetterWorldSolutions professional plugins (such as ‘Share on LinkedIn’) we receive information that those pages have loaded in your web browser. If you are logged in as a Member when you visit sites with Lin BetterWorldSolutions plugins, we use this information to recommend tailored content to you. BetterWorldSolutions will use this information to personalize the BetterWorldSolutions-provided functionality on third-party sites, including providing you insights from your BetterWorldSolutions network and allowing you to share information with your network. Users wishing to disable this personalization may opt out here. BetterWorldSolutions retention of this data is addressed in Section 3.2. We do not use this information for advertising. BetterWorldSolutions may provide reports containing aggregated impression information to companies hosting BetterWorldSolutions plugins and similar technologies to help them measure BetterWorldSolutions -generated traffic to their websites.
We target ads to you on and off BetterWorldSolutions, based on information you included in your profile and your use of BetterWorldSolutions. We give you a number of ways to opt out of these ads, including through the Ad Choices icon shown with any BetterWorldSolutions ads on third-party sites. If you do not want to receive BetterWorldSolutions ads on third-party sites, you can opt out.
We target ads to members and visitors both on and off BetterWorldSolutions through a variety of ad networks and ad exchanges, using:
We do not share identifiable information with any third-party advertiser or ad network, although your profile is visible to other members and through public search depending on your settings.
BetterWorldSolutions may show you sponsored content in your Network Update Stream (NUS), which will be designated as sponsored content and will behave like other NUS updates. If you take social action (for example, if you ‘like or ‘comment’ on the sponsored content), your action will be seen by your network and other members who are shown the sponsored content after you have acted on it.
BetterWorldSolutions ads that are delivered on third-party sites contain the label ‘Ads by BetterWorldSolutions.’ You may opt out of (i) these ads served to you on third-party sites and/or (ii) us using information from advertising partners to target ads by going here.
1.10. Log files, IP addresses and information about your computer and mobile device
We collect information from the devices and networks that you use to access BetterWorldSolutions. This information helps us improve and secure our Services.
When you visit or leave BetterWorldSolutions sites or apps by clicking a hyperlink or when you view a plugin on a third-party site, we automatically receive the URL of the site from which you came or the one to which you are directed. We also receive the internet protocol (‘IP’) address of your computer or the proxy server that you use to access the web, your type of web browser, your mobile device (including your mobile device identifier provided by your mobile device operating system), your mobile operating system (if you are accessing BetterWorldSolutions using a mobile device), and the name of your ISP or your mobile carrier. We may also receive location data passed to us from third-party services or GPS-enabled devices that you have set up, which we use to show your local on our mobile applications. Most mobile devices allow you to prevent real time location data being sent to BetterWorldSolutions, and of course BetterWorldSolutions will honor your settings.
We are constantly innovating to improve our Services, which means we may create new ways to collect information on the Services.
BetterWorldSolutions is a dynamic, innovative platform, which means we are always seeking to improve the services we offer you. We regularly introduce new features, some of which may result in the collection of new information. Furthermore, new partnerships or corporate acquisitions may result in new features, and we may potentially collect new types of information.
At BetterWorldSolutions, we take pride in our mantra of ‘Members first,’ which means that above all else we strive to use your information to provide you world-class services in a professional and trustworthy manner.
We communicate with you using BetterWorldSolutions messaging, email, and other ways available to us. We may send you messages relating to the availability of the Services, security, or other service-related issues. You can change your email settings at any time.
Examples of these communications include: (1) welcome and engagement communications – informing you about how to best use BetterWorldSolutions (new) features, updates; (2) service communications – these will cover service availability, security, and other issues about the functioning of BetterWorldSolutions; (3) promotional communications – these include email and may contain promotional information directly or on behalf of our partners. These messages will be sent to you based on your profile information and messaging preferences. You may change your email and contact preferences at any time by signing into your account and changing your email settings. You can also opt out of promotional messages by sending a request to BetterWorldSolutions. Please be aware that you cannot opt out of receiving service messages from BetterWorldSolutions.
We use the information you provide on your profile to customize your experience on BetterWorldSolutions.
We use information that you provide to us to customize your experience and the experiences of others on BetterWorldSolutions. For example, when you sign in to your account, we may display the names of new Members who have recently joined your network or recent updates from your connections and companies you follow. We also use aggregated information from your network and other users to show you content, such as news and presentations relevant to you, your industry, or your profession.
We share your information accross different BetterWorldSolutions Services, among partners from BetterWorldSolutions.
Any information you put on your profile and any content you post on BetterWorldSolutions may be seen by others. We don’t provide any of your non-public information (like your email address) to third parties without your consent, unless required by law, or as described in Sections 2.6 and 2.14 of this Policy. Other people may find your BetterWorldSolutions profile information through search engines (you can choose which parts of your public profile are accessible to public search engines in your settings), or use services like Twitter in conjunction with your LinkedIn account.
LinkedIn supports middleware providers that offer archiving solutions to firms subject to financial services regulation, which, with your permission, facilitate the archiving of your communications and other LinkedIn activity by a third party for compliance purposes. Content distributed through BetterWorldSolutions sharing features and third-party integrations may result in displaying some of your personal information outside of BetterWorldSolutions. For example, when you post content to a BetterWorldSolutions blogp that is open for public discussion, your content, including your name as the contributor, may be displayed in search engine results. Also, if you have bound your LinkedIn account to your Twitter account or your YouTube or Vimeo account, you can easily share content from LinkedIn to Twitter or from SlideShare or to Vimeo, in accordance with your applicable account settings (which you may change at any time) and respective Twitter or Linkedin policies.
If you have given a Platform Application access to your BetterWorldSolutions account, you can revoke that permission anytime. Also, you can opt out of providing information to developers through your connections.
We conduct our own surveys and polls and also help third parties do this type of research. Your participation in surveys or polls is up to you. You may also opt out of getting invitations to participate in surveys.
Polls and surveys may be conducted by BetterWorldSolutions. We may use third parties to deliver incentives to you to participate in surveys or polls. If the delivery of incentives requires your contact information, you may be asked to provide business information to the third party fulfilling the incentive offer, which will be used only for the purpose of delivering incentives and verifying your contact information. It is up to you whether you provide this information, or whether you desire to take advantage of an incentive. Your consent to use any personally identifiable information for the purposes set forth in the poll or survey will be explicitly requested by the party conducting it. You may opt out of participating in surveys by changing your settings to stop receiving these inquiries and requests.
BetterWorldSolutions helps you search for other professionals, companies, groups and professional content.
You can search for members, employment opportunities, information about companies, and community content on BetterWorldSolutions. For example, you can find members with particular expertise or experience, or members that you may know from your industry or profession. We use personal information from LinkedIn, including member profiles, Groups content, and company pages, to inform and refine our search service.
If you provide any testimonials about our goods or services or place advertisements through BetterWorldSolutions, we may post those testimonials you place in connection with our promotion of these services to third parties. Testimonials may include your name and other business information that you have provided.
Companies and other entities can create company pages on BetterWorldSolutions. If you follow one of these pages, you’ll be listed as one of the company’s followers, and non-identifiable information about you will be provided to the page’s administrators.
BetterWorldSolutions allows companies, universities, charities, and other organizations as well as thought leaders and influencers to create pages dedicated to their brand if they have solutions fitting with the themes. These pages are public, and any communications or information shared through them will be accessible by the entity that created them. If you follow a person or organization, you will be listed among its followers, which can be viewed by others. BetterWorldSolutions uses aggregate information about followers and viewers to provide data about its performance (for example, visits and updates).
We may disclose your personal information if compelled by law, subpoena, or other legal process, or if necessary to enforce our User Agreement.
It is possible that we may need to disclose personal information, profile information, or information about your activities as a member or visitor when required by law, subpoena, or other legal process, or if BetterWorldSolutions has 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 the user agreement, investigate and defend ourselves against any third-party claims or allegations, or protect the security or integrity of our Service; or (3) exercise or protect the rights, property, or safety of BetterWorldSolutions, our members, personnel, or others. We attempt to notify members about legal demands for their data when appropriate in our judgment, unless prohibited by law or court order or when the request is an emergency. In light of our principles, we may dispute such demands when we believe, in our discretion, that the requests are overbroad, vague or lack proper authority, but do not commit to challenge every demand. To find out more about how BetterWorldSolutions engages with government requests for data see our Law Enforcement Data Request Guidelines.
We may employ third parties to help us with the Services.
We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate our Services (e.g. maintenance, analysis, audit, marketing and development). These third parties have limited access to your information only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated to LinkedIn not to disclose or use it for other purposes.
You can change your BetterWorldSolutions information at any time by editing your profile, deleting content that you have posted, or by closing your account. You can also ask us for additional information we may have about your account.
You have a right to (1) access, modify, correct, or delete your personal information controlled by LinkedIn regarding your profile, (2) change or remove your content, and (3) close your account. You can also contact us for any account information which is not on your profile or readily accessible to you. If you close your account(s), your information will generally be removed from the Service within 24 hours. We generally delete closed account information and will de-personalize any logs or other backup information within 30 days of account closure, except as noted below.
Please note: Information you have shared with others (for example, through network updates, content sharing, or LinkedIn Groups) or that others have copied may also remain visible after you have closed your account or deleted the information from your own profile.
We keep your information for as long as your account is active or as needed. For example, we may keep certain information even after you close your account if it is necessary to comply with our legal obligations, meet regulatory requirements, resolve disputes, prevent fraud and abuse, or enforce this agreement.
Please respect the terms of our User Agreement, our Policies, and your fellow Members.
As a member, you have certain obligations to other members. Some of these obligations are imposed by applicable law and regulations and others have become commonplace in communities of like-minded members such as BetterWorldSolutions:
Any violation of these guidelines or those detailed in our User Agreement or elsewhere may lead to the restriction, suspension, or termination of your account at the sole discretion of LinkedIn.
We take privacy and security seriously and have enabled HTTPS access to our site (turn on HTTPS), in addition to existing SSL access over mobile devices. Also, please know that the Internet is not a secure environment, so be careful and select strong passwords.
We have implemented security safeguards designed to protect the personal information that you provide in accordance with industry standards. Access to your data on BetterWorldSolutions is password-protected, and sensitive data (such as credit card information) is protected by SSL encryption when it is exchanged between your web browser and the BetterWorldSolutions Services. We also offer secure https access to the BetterWorldSolutions platform. To protect any data you store on our servers, we also regularly monitor our system for possible vulnerabilities and attacks, and we use a tier-one secured-access data center. However, since the Internet is not a 100% secure environment, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information that you transmit to LinkedIn. There is no guarantee that information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards. It is your responsibility to protect the security of your login information. Please note that emails, instant messaging, and similar means of communication with other members are not encrypted, and we strongly advise you not to communicate any confidential information through these means. Please help keep your account safe by using a strong password.