Privacy Policy

Last Updated: July 2020

Validant is dedicated to protecting the confidentiality and privacy of information entrusted to the company. As part of this fundamental obligation, Validant is committed to the appropriate protection and use of personal information that has been collected by or provided to us through our websites and other online services that link to or post this Privacy Policy.

1. COLLECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

When you use this website (“Site”), we may collect certain information that identifies you as an individual or relates to an identifiable individual (“Personal Information”). The categories of Personal Information Validant may collect via the Site* (or as otherwise specified below) include:

With respect to visitors of the Site, we collect the following categories of information from your browser or directly from you when you visit our Site:

  • Internet activity, such as your browsing activity on the Site, your IP address, cookies, and geolocation data.

With respect to consultant candidates (“Candidates”) and our employees, we collect the following categories of information:

  • Identifiers, such as name and contact information (email, address (mailing and home) and phone number).
  • Professional or employment-related information, such as job search criteria and preferences, availability to work, employment experience, educational history, skills, reference information, background check information, compensation expectations, ability to work in the United States, languages spoken, and other information contained in a resume.
  • Emergency contact information consisting of full name and phone number.
  • Information protected against security breaches such as bank information (e.g. if an employee elects to be paid via direct deposit) consisting of bank account numbers and direct deposit information.

With respect to Validant clients (“Clients”), we collect the following categories of Personal Information:

  • Identifiers such as name, business phone number, and work email.
  • Professional or employment-related information such as company name, department, and job title.
  • Information protected against security breaches such as bank and payment information if we render services to a Client, depending on how the Client elects to pay for services rendered.

With respect to vendors and independent contractors (“ICs”), we collect the following categories of Personal Information from such vendor or IC or Validant’s business contacts who may wish to recommend a vendor or IC:

  • Identifiers such as name, business phone number, and business email.
  • Professional information such as company name, department, and job title.
  • Information protected against security breaches such as bank account information, so we can pay the vendor or IC for providing products or services to Validant.

With respect to prospective clients, while Validant does not utilize any information collected via the Site to engage in direct marketing, the Company may collect the following categories of Personal Information, whether directly from a prospective client or from information that is publicly available on the internet:

  • Identifiers such as name, business phone number, and work email.
  • Professional or employment-related information such as company name, department, and job title.

2. USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

We specify below the business and commercial purposes for which we use Personal Information. We use Personal Information to provide you with information regarding employment/project opportunities, to manage our relationship with you, to develop and carry out business activities, and to otherwise provide you with requested information or services. We may also use Personal Information for other business purposes, such as data analysis, audits, and improving our services.

In addition to the above purposes, we use your information as described in the section below titled “Disclosures of Personal Information for Business Purposes”.

3. NO SALES OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

We do not sell any Personal Information.

4. DISCLOSURES OF PERSONAL INFORMATION FOR BUSINESS PURPOSES

For business and commercial purposes, Validant may disclose to third parties the following categories of Personal Information:

  • Identifiers such as name and email address
  • Characteristics of protected classifications under California or Federal law such as gender
  • Information protected against security breaches like direct deposit or bank account information so that workers can be paid and Clients can pay us
  • Geolocation data
  • Professional or employment-related information
  • Education information

Validant may disclose such Personal Information to the following categories of third parties:

  • Service Providers. We may share Personal Information with our third-party service providers who perform business functions and services on our behalf such as a provider supporting Validant’s consultant and client relationship management.
  • Clients and Prospective Clients. Clients and prospective clients may request professional and employment-related information for purposes of evaluating a Candidate’s credentials, skills and experience. Clients may also need to approve and process timesheet information for Candidates. We may share Personal Information of our Clients or prospective clients to Candidates such as when a Candidate must know information about whom to contact when going on an interview or an assignment with a Client or prospective client.
  • As required or appropriate by law. We may disclose Personal Information to regulatory authorities, government authorities or courts to comply with applicable laws, the service of legal process, or if we reasonably believe that such action is necessary to (a) comply with the law requiring such disclosure; (b) protect the rights or property of Validant or its affiliated companies; (c) prevent a crime or protect national security; or (d) protect the personal safety of the users or the public.
  • Business transfers. We also may disclose or transfer information to a third party in the event of any reorganization, merger, sale, joint venture, assignment, transfer or other disposition of all or any portion of our business, assets or stock (including in connection with any bankruptcy or similar proceedings). DataRevive USA LLC (“DataRevive”) is a regulatory consulting firm that is also a wholly owned subsidiary of Validant. Validant may share Client data with DataRevive (and vice versa) for the business purpose of optimizing service offerings to Clients and prospective clients.

5. COLLECTION AND USE OF OTHER INFORMATION

“Other Information” is any information that does not reveal your specific identity or does not directly relate to an identifiable individual. We may collect Other Information in a variety of ways, including:

  • Through your browser or device: Certain information is collected by most browsers or automatically through your device, such as your Media Access Control (MAC) address, computer type (Windows or Macintosh), screen resolution, operating system name and version, device manufacturer and model, language, and Internet browser type and version. We use this information to ensure that the Sites function properly.
  • Analytics: We use third-party analytics providers such as Google Analytics on the Site. Google Analytics uses cookies and similar technologies to collect and analyze information about use of the Services and report on activities and trends. Google Analytics may also collect information regarding the use of other websites, apps and online resources. You can learn about Google’s practices by going to google.com/policies/privacy/partners/, and opt out by downloading the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on, available at https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
  • IP address: Your “IP Address” is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer by your Internet Service Provider. An IP Address may be identified and logged automatically in our server log files whenever a user accesses the Sites, along with the time of the visit and the pages visited. We use IP Addresses for purposes such as calculating usage levels, diagnosing server problems, and administering the Sites. We may also derive your approximate location from your IP Address.

Please note that we may use and disclose Other Information for our business purposes.

  • Using Cookies:

What Are Cookies?

Cookies are pieces of information stored on the computer or mobile device that you are using. Cookies allow us to collect information such as browser type, time spent on the Site, pages visited, registrations, submissions, demographics, information requests, language preferences, and other traffic data. We use the information for security purposes, to recognize your device, to facilitate navigation, to display information more effectively, and to personalize your experience. We also gather statistical information about use of the Site to enhance its functionality, understand how it is used and assist us with resolving questions about it. We may also use cookies and other technologies in online advertising campaigns to track responses to our ads. If you do not want information collected through the use of cookies, most browsers allow you to automatically decline cookies, or be given the choice of declining or accepting a particular cookie (or cookies) from a particular site. If, however, you do not accept cookies, you may experience some inconvenience in your use of the Site.

Cookies cannot spread viruses or harm your computer. With respect to how long a cookie stays on your computer or mobile device, some cookies are session cookies that expire once you close your browser while others are persistent cookies which stay on your device until you delete them or they expire.

Strictly Necessary Cookies

These cookies are necessary for the Sites to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the Site will not then work. These cookies do not store any Personal Information.

Performance Cookies

These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our Sites. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. The data stored by these cookies never shows personal details from which your individual identity can be established. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our Site and will not be able to monitor its performance. The data stored by these cookies never shows personal details from which your individual identity can be established. Other similar technology we use includes web beacons that are used on some of the Sites’ pages and in emails we send. They allow us to count users who visited these pages. Web beacons collect limited information including a cookie number, time and date of a page view, and a description of the page on which the web beacon resides. We may also carry web beacons placed by third party advertisers. We also use web beacons or similar technology to learn whether or not emails sent to you have been opened. Web beacons are only used to track the effectiveness of a particular marketing campaign. Web beacons do not store any Personal Information.

6. THIRD PARTY SERVICES

This Policy does not address, and we are not responsible for, the privacy, information or other practices of any third parties, including any third party operating any site or service to which the Site links.

7. SECURITY

We use reasonable organizational, technical and administrative measures designed to protect Personal Information within our organization. Unfortunately, no data transmission or storage system can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. If you have reason to believe that your interaction with us is no longer secure, please immediately notify us in accordance with the “Contact Us” section below.

8. USE OF SITES BY MINORS

The Sites are not directed to individuals under the age of eighteen (18) and we do not knowingly collect Personal Information from individuals under 18. If you are a resident of California, under 18 and a user of the Sites, you may ask us to remove content or information that you have provided to Validant via the Sites by writing to info@validant.com.

9. JURISDICTIONAL ISSUES

The Sites are controlled and operated by us from the United States and is not intended to subject us to the laws or jurisdiction of any state, country or territory other than that of the United States.

10. ACCESS OR DELETION REQUESTS FOR CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS

If you are a California resident, you have the right, subject to certain exceptions defined in the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) and other applicable laws and regulations, to request that Validant disclose certain information to you about our collection and use of your personal information over the past twelve (12) months. You will not receive discriminatory treatment for exercising your rights under the CCPA. If you would like to exercise your rights to make an information access request or a deletion request, please click the applicable links below. In order to verify your request, you will need to provide your legal first and last name, email address you use to correspond with Validant, your relationship with Validant, and the state you currently reside in. After you submit the form, you will need to verify your email by clicking on a “Confirm Email” button in the email we will send you.

If you authorize an agent to make an access or deletion request on your behalf, the authorized agent will need to submit documentation evidencing your authorization of this agent to make the request and the authorized agent will need to verify their identity with Validant.

You may make an information access and/or deletion request by contacting us by email at info@validant.com or postal mail at the address in the “Contact Us” section below.

11. EU-U.S. PRIVACY SHIELD FRAMEWORK

Validant complies with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information transferred from the European Union to the United States, respectively. Validant is subject to the investigatory and enforcement powers of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and has certified to the Department of Commerce that it adheres to the Privacy Shield Principles (“Principles”). If there is any conflict between the terms in this privacy policy and the Principles, the Principles shall govern. To learn more about the Privacy Shield program, and to view our certification, please visit https://www.privacyshield.gov/.

In compliance with the Privacy Shield Principles, Validant commits to resolve complaints about our collection or use of your personal information. EU individuals with inquiries or complaints regarding our Privacy Shield policy should first contact Validant at: info@validant.com (attn: Data Protection Officer).

Validant has further committed to refer unresolved Privacy Shield complaints to JAMS, an alternative dispute resolution provider located in the United States. If you do not receive timely acknowledgment of your complaint from us, or if we have not addressed your complaint to your satisfaction, please contact or visit JAMS for more information or to file a complaint. The services of JAMS are provided at no cost to you. Under certain conditions, you may have the ability to invoke binding arbitration.

12. CONTACT US

If you have any questions or complaints about this Policy, or if you would like to update any personal information you have provided to us, please contact the webmaster at the mailing address or email address below.

Mailing Address:

Validant
Webmaster
388 Market Street, Suite 860
San Francisco, CA 94111
Email Address: info@validant.com