Your privacy

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.

Introduction

Our Privacy Policy has been updated primarily to also cover, as part of BetterWorldSolutions.

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.

We protect your personal information using industry-standard safeguards. We may share your information with your consent or as required by law as detailed in this policy, and we will always let you know when we make significant changes to this Privacy Policy.

Maintaining your trust is our top priority, so we adhere to the following principles to protect your privacy:

  • We protect your business information and will only provide it to third parties: (1) with your consent; (2) where it is necessary to carry out your instructions; (3) as reasonably necessary in order to provide our features and functionality to you; (4) when we reasonably believe it is required by law, subpoena or other legal process; or (5) as necessary to enforce our User Agreement or protect the rights, property, or safety of BetterWorldSolutions, its members and visitors.
  • We have implemented appropriate security safeguards designed to protect your information in accordance with industry standards.

This Privacy Policy applies to BetterWorldSolutions.eu and the BetterWorldSolutions mobile application, LinkedIn platform technology (such as ‘Share on BetterWorldSolutions plugins for publishers) and all other BetterWorldSolutions websites, apps and other products and services (collectively ‘BetterWorldSolutions’ or the ‘Services’). We may modify this Privacy Policy from time to time, and if we make material changes to it, we will provide notice through our Service, or by other means so that you may review the changes before you continue to use LinkedIn. If you object to any changes, you may close your account. Continuing to use BetterWorldSolutions after we publish or communicate a notice about any changes to this Privacy Policy means that you are consenting to the changes.

1. What information we collect

1.1. Data Controllers

Our Privacy Policy applies to any member or visitor

Personal information provided to or gathered by BetterWorldSolutions is controlled by BetterWorldSolutions Corporation. If you have any concern about providing information to us or having such information displayed on the BetterWorldSolutions services or otherwise used in any manner permitted in this Privacy Policy and the User Agreement (together also referred to as BetterWorldSolutions Terms of Service), you should not become a member of BetterWorldSolutions, visit our websites, apps or otherwise use our Services. If you have already registered, you can close your account here. We collect your personal information in the following ways:

1.2. Registration

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.

To create an account on BetterWorldSolutions, you must provide us with at least your business name, email address and/or mobile number, and a password. You can choose to provide further information about yourself during the registration process (for example, your gender and location). We use this information to provide you with more customized services like updates, and content, more relevant ads, and more valuable business opportunities, and it may appear on your BetterWorldSolutions profile that is viewable by others. You understand that, by creating an account, BetterWorldSolutions and others will be able to identify you by your BetterWorldSolutions profile, and you allow BetterWorldSolutions to use this information in accordance with this Privacy Policy and our User Agreement. We may also ask for your credit card details if you purchase certain BetterWorldSolutions services.

1.3. Services that sync with 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.

Any information that you upload or sync with BetterWorldSolutions is covered by the User Agreement and this Privacy Policy. You can remove your information at your convenience using the features BetterWorldSolutions makes available or in accordance with Section 3. You can remove your address book and any other synced information at any time.

1.5. Customer Service

When you contact our Help Center, we collect information to respond to your questions and better serve you.

When you contact our customer support services Help Center, we collect information that helps us categorize your question, respond to it, and, if applicable, investigate any breach of our User Agreement or this Privacy Policy. We also use this information to track potential problems and trends and customize our support responses to better serve you.

 

1.6. Using the BetterWorldSolutions platform and applications

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.

 

1.7. Using and visiting third-party sites

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.

1.8. Cookies

We use cookies to help personalize your BetterWorldSolutions experience and show you relevant ads.

We use cookies and similar technologies, including mobile application identifiers, to help us recognize you across different Services, improve your BetterWorldSolutions experience, increase security, measure use and effectiveness of our Services, and serve advertising. You can control cookies through your browser settings and other tools. For more information, including the types of cookies found on BetterWorldSolutions, please read BetterWorldSolutions Cookie Policy. By visiting BetterWorldSolutions, you consent to the placement of cookies and beacons in your browser and HTML-based emails in accordance with this Privacy Policy and BetterWorldSolutions Cookie Policy.

1.9. Advertising Technologies and Web Beacons

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:

  • Advertising technologies like web beacons, pixels, ad tags, cookies, and mobile identifiers as permitted by mobile platforms both on and off BetterWorldSolutions;
  • Member-provided profile information and categories;
  • Information inferred from a member’s profile (for example, using job titles to infer age, industry, seniority, and compensation bracket; or names to infer gender);
  • Your use of BetterWorldSolutions (for example, your search history) or clicking on a BetterWorldSolutions ad;
  • Information from advertising partners which we use to help deliver ads more relevant to you.

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.

1.11. Other

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.

2. How we use your personal 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.

2.1. Consent to BetterWorldSolutions processing information about you

When you join BetterWorldSolutions, you acknowledge that information you provide on your profile can be seen by others and used by us as described in this Privacy Policy and our User Agreement.

The information you provide to us may reveal or allow others to identify aspects of your life that are not expressly stated on your profile. By providing personal information to us when you create or update your account and profile, you are expressly and voluntarily accepting the terms and conditions of BetterWorldSolutions User Agreement and freely accepting and agreeing to our processing of your personal information in ways set out by this Privacy Policy. Supplying to us any information deemed ‘sensitive’ by applicable law is entirely voluntary on your part. You have the right to withdraw or modify your consent to BetterWorldSolutions collection and processing of the information you provide at any time, in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Policy and the User Agreement, by changing your account settings.

 

2.2. BetterWorldSolutions Communications

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.

2.3. Customized Content

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.

2.4. Sharing Information with Affiliates

We share your information accross different BetterWorldSolutions Services, among partners from BetterWorldSolutions.

We may share your information with our BetterWorldSolutions affiliates (meaning entities controlled by, controlling or under common control with BetterWorldSolutions) outside of the BetterWorldSolutions entity that is your data controller (for example, BetterWorldSolutions Corporation may share your information with other BetterWorldSolutions operating entities) as necessary to provide the Services. By agreeing to this Privacy Policy, you are consenting to this sharing.

2.5. Sharing Information with Third Parties

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.

2.6. Third Parties Using LinkedIn Platform Services

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 collaborate with and allow third parties to use BetterWorldSolutions developer platform to offer services and functionality in conjunction with BetterWorldSolutions. These third-party developers have either negotiated an agreement to use LinkedIn platform technology or have agreed to our self-service API and Plugin terms in order to build applications (‘Platform Applications’). Both the negotiated agreements and our API and Plugin terms contain restrictions on how third parties may access, store, and use the personal information you provide to BetterWorldSolutions. If you choose to use a Platform Application, you will be asked to confirm acceptance of the privacy policy and user agreement of the third-party developer. To revoke permission granted to a Platform Application, please visit your setting. Note, however, that even if you revoke the permission granted to a Platform Application, your connections may still be using the Platform Application, so the Platform Application may still have access to certain information about you, just as your connections do.

2.7. Polls and surveys

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.

2.8. Search

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.

 

2.9. Testimonials

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.

2.10. Pages for universities, influencers, and other entities

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).

2.11. Compliance with legal process and other disclosures

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.

 

2.12. Service providers

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.

 

3. Your Choices & Obligations

3.1. Rights to access, correct or delete your information and closing your account

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.

 

3.2. Data Retention

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.

We retain the personal information you provide while your account is in existence or as needed to provide you services. BetterWorldSolutions may retain your personal information even after you have closed your account if retention is reasonably necessary to comply with our legal obligations, meet regulatory requirements, resolve disputes between Members, prevent fraud and abuse, or enforce this Privacy Policy and our User Agreement. We may retain personal information, for a limited period of time, if requested by law enforcement. BetterWorldSolutions Customer Service may retain information for as long as is necessary to provide support-related reporting and trend analysis only, but we generally delete or de-personalize closed account data consistent with Section 3.1., except in the case of our plugin impression data, which we will try to de-personalize at the time of collection, but in any event, we will de-personalize within 7 days.

 

3.3. Your Obligations

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:

  • You must, at all times, abide by the terms and conditions of the current Privacy Policy, User Agreement, and other policies of BetterWorldSolutions. This includes respecting all intellectual property rights that may belong to third parties, such as trademarks or copyrights.
  • You must not upload or otherwise disseminate any information that may infringe on the rights of others or which may be deemed to be injurious, violent, offensive, racist, or xenophobic, or which may otherwise violate the purpose and spirit of BetterWorldSolutions and its community of Members.
  • You must keep your username and password confidential and not share it with others.

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.

 

4. Important Information

4.1. Changes to this Privacy Policy

We will notify you when we change this Privacy Policy.

We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time. If we make significant changes in the way we treat your personal information, or to the Privacy Policy, we will provide notice to you on the Services or by some other means, such as email. Please review the changes carefully. If you agree to the changes, simply continue to use our Services. If you object to any of the changes to our terms and you no longer wish to use LinkedIn, you may close your account(s). Unless stated otherwise, our current Privacy Policy applies to all information that BetterWorldSolutions has about you and your account. Using BetterWorldSolutions after a notice of changes has been communicated to you or published on our Services shall constitute consent to the changed terms or practices.

4.2. Security

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.

How to contact us

If you have questions or comments about this Privacy Policy, please contact us online or by mail at: services@betterworldsolutions.eu

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