Privacy Policy

PRIVACY POLICY

Updated: July 2019

Methods+Mastery LLC (“we”, “us” or “our”) respects your privacy.  We are committed to safeguarding your privacy and protecting your information against unauthorized use. 

 

PURPOSE OF THIS POLICY

This privacy policy (“Policy”) explains our approach to any personal information that we might collect from you using this website (the “Site”) and in other situations or interactions described in this Policy, as well as the purposes for which we process your personal information. This Policy also sets out your rights in respect of our processing of your personal information. 

This Policy will inform you of the nature of the personal information about you that is processed by us and how you can request that we delete, update, transfer and/or provide you with access to it.  This Policy is intended to assist you in making informed decisions when using this Site.  

This Policy does not apply to personal information collected from individuals located in the European Union.  See our separate GDPR Privacy Policy on our Site.

UNLESS PROHIBITED BY LAW, BY USING OR ACCESSING THE SITE, YOU SIGNIFY YOUR AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND BY OUR PRIVACY POLICY. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY, YOU MAY NOT ACCESS OR OTHERWISE USE THE SITE.

 

TYPE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION COLLECTED 

Personal information is information that identifies you as an individual. Categories of personal information we collect includes:

  • contact information (e.g. name, physical address, telephone number, email address), 
  • information about your interests or affiliations,
  • information for hiring and human resources (e.g. employment and education history, work eligibility status, date of birth, financial account information, government-issued identification information), and 
  • additional information you submit to us. 

Additional information about the personal information we collect is described in the next section HOW WE USE PERSONAL INFORMATION and the COOKIE POLICY below.

 

WAYS OF OBTAINING PERSONAL INFORMATION

We may collect and receive your personal information using different methods:

  • Personal information you provide to us. You may give us your personal information directly. This will be the case when, for example, you contact us with inquires, complete forms on our Site or in hard copy or participate in a survey, subscribe to receive our marketing communications or provide feedback to us otherwise through your interactions with us.
  • Personal information we collect from you automatically.  When you access and use our Site, we will automatically collect certain technical information about your equipment, browsing actions and patterns. We collect this personal information by using cookies and other similar technologies (see COOKIE POLICY below).
  • Personal information received from third parties. From time to time, we will receive personal information about you from third parties. Such third parties may include analytics providers, payment providers, hotel and transport providers and third parties that provide technical services to us so that we can operate our Site and provide our services.
  • Publicly available personal information.  From time to time we may collect personal information about you from publicly available sources or media reports or personal information about you that you or a third party may make publicly available to us (for example through speaking at events or publishing articles or other news stories).

 

HOW WE USE PERSONAL INFORMATION

Our primary goal in collecting personal information from you is to: 

  • verify your identity,
  • provide our services to clients,
  • help us improve our products and services and develop and market new products and services, 
  • carry out requests made by you to us,
  • investigate or settle inquiries or disputes, 
  • comply with any applicable law, court order, other judicial process, or the requirements of a regulator, 
  • enforce our agreements with you, 
  • protect the rights, property or safety of us or third parties, including our other clients and users of the Site, 
  • provide support for the provision of our Services, and 
  • use as otherwise required or permitted by law. 

 

USES OF PERSONAL INFORMATION COLLECTED THROUGH THIS SITE

The following describes how we use personal information that we collect through this Site:

  • Client information. 

Information we collect with respect to our clients and potential clients is used to enable us to respond to client requests, to administer client accounts with us, to conduct credit checks, and to verify and carry out financial transactions for payments made to us. 

  • Media and informational inquiries. 

We may collect information for interviews requests, for media questions, or requests for information about our company. We may also provide you with the opportunity to sign up for newsletters or to receive copies of blogs and other information that we make available.  Contact information may be requested in each case, together with details of other personal information that is relevant to these inquiries. This information is used in order to enable us to respond to your requests or media requests.

  • Career Opportunities. 

Potential employees and service providers may provide us with information to find out about and apply for career opportunities, including by providing resumes and other related information. This information is used to enable us to review applications, respond to these requests, and to make hiring decisions. 

  • Cookies

We use cookies and similar other technologies to collect information from the computer hardware and software you use to access the Site, or from your mobile.  Please see our Cookie Policy for additional information. 

The information you provide to us may be archived or stored periodically by us according to our standard backup processes and our document retention policy. 

 

OTHER USES OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

We may also collect information in other contexts other than this Site. That information may be used in the manner described above and in other ways, such as:

  • Surveys and voting. 

We may collect personal information from you via surveys or voting polls. Participation is voluntary and you will have the opportunity to decide whether or not to disclose information. At times, you may have to register to vote or to take part in a survey. We would use that information to report the results of the survey or vote.

  • Promotions. 

We may conduct promotions, contests or giveaways, which may require that you register to enter. We collect personal information from you in order to conduct the promotion, contest or giveaway and to deliver prizes or notices. Participation in these events and providing us with your information is voluntary.

  • Industry information. 

We collect and maintain databases containing information about journalists, talent, social media influencers, social media users and other professionals in the public relations, news or media industry collected by us or by our trusted third-party media analytics service providers. Such information may include an individual’s name, business contact details, professional interests and affiliations. This information may be information that is voluntarily supplied to us by those individuals through our Site or in other situations (such as public speaking events), or information that is public or available in third party databases or via third party content platforms (including social media platforms). Further we may collect and/or review other publicly available news stories and other journalistic content including content made available through public news sites and social media sites to understand what people are saying about us and our clients. We use this information to provide our services to our clients, including ensuring we and our clients are fully up to speed on public opinion in any particular area and are fully briefed when it comes to dealing with the press or media. We may also use this information for our own internal administrative and promotional purposes. We make efforts to minimize the use of this information to that which is strictly necessary for our legitimate business interests.

  • Interactive areas. 

We may provide interactive areas, such as message boards, chat rooms or other forums.  Participation in these areas by users is voluntary. We discourage you from submitting any information that may identify you personally when participating in these areas.  Use of these public areas is not secure and we cannot ensure that your information will be protected.

  • Marketing communications. 

We may carry out marketing activities using your personal information.  We may send marketing information to you by mail or email. We may also provide you with information about media and public relations events. It may be necessary to mention the purpose of other marketing communications at the point that we collect that information. We send this information and materials to you where you have consented to receive such information or materials, or where we have another lawful basis to do so to the extent required by law.  

  • Receipt of services. 

If we have engaged you or the organization you represent to provide us with products or services (for example, if you or the organization you represent provide us with services such as IT support or financial advice), we will collect and process your personal information in order to manage our relationship with you or the organization you represent, to receive products and services from you or the organization you represent and, where relevant, to provide our Services to others. 

  • Business administration and legal compliance. 

We may use your personal information for the following business administration and legal compliance purposes:

  • to comply with our legal obligations;
  • to enforce our legal rights; 
  • to protect the rights of third parties; and
  • in connection with a business transition such as a merger, reorganisation, acquisition by another company, or sale of all or a portion of our assets.  

 

PERSONAL INFORMATION OF CHILDREN

Our Site is intended for ages 18 and older.  We do not intend to or knowingly collect personal information from children.

 

SHARING YOUR INFORMATION

We may share your personal information with any of our group affiliates, or with our agents, partners, clients, contractors professional advisors or government or regulatory bodies for the following purposes: (a) provide our services to clients or otherwise receive assistance in processing transactions; (b) fulfilment of requests for information, receiving and sending communications, updating marketing lists, analysing data; (c) provision of IT and other support services; (d) to facilitate the operation and effective management of our group of businesses; (e) comply with a legal obligation or in connection with a legal claim or dispute or to otherwise protect our legal rights; or (f) assistance in other ancillary to the operation of tasks, from time to time. Our agents, partners and contractors will only use your information to the extent necessary to perform their functions.

We will not sell your personal information to other companies and we will not share it with other companies for them to use without your consent, except in the circumstances listed above or in connection with the sale or merger of Methods+Mastery or the division or office responsible for the services.

 

OBTAINING YOUR CONSENT

Where our use of your personal information requires your consent per applicable law, you can provide such consent:

  • at the time we collect your personal information following the instructions provided; or
  • by informing us by e-mail, post or phone using the contact details set out in this Policy. 

Please note that if you specifically consent to additional uses of your personal information, we may use your personal information in a manner consistent with that consent.

 

CHOICE AND MEANS 

To the extent required by law, we offer you the opportunity to choose whether your personal information may be (a) disclosed to third-party controllers or (b) used for a purpose that is materially different from the purposes for which the information was originally collected or subsequently authorized by you. To the extent required by law, we obtain opt-in consent for certain uses and disclosures of sensitive data. Unless we offer you an appropriate choice, we use personal information only for purposes that are materially the same as those indicated in this Policy. To exercise your choices you may contact us as indicated in this Policy. 

We may share personal information with our affiliates and subsidiaries as described above under SHARING YOUR INFORMATION. We may disclose personal information without offering an opportunity to opt out, and we may be required to disclose such information (a) to third-party processors we have retained to perform services on our behalf and pursuant to our  instructions, (b) if we are required to do so by law or legal process, or (c) in response to lawful requests from public authorities, including to meet national security, public interest or law enforcement requirements. We also reserve the right to transfer personal information in the event of an audit or if we sell or transfer all or a portion of our business or assets (including in the event of a merger, acquisition, joint venture, reorganization, dissolution or liquidation). 

 

SECURITY

Methods+Mastery takes reasonable and appropriate measures to protect personal data from loss, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction, taking into account the risks involved in the processing and the nature of the personal data.  Also see CONFIDENTIALITY AND SECURITY OF YOUR INFORMATION below.

 

THIRD PARTY LINKS AND SERVICES 

Our Site contains links to third party websites and services. Please remember that when you use a link to go from our Site to another website or you request a service from a third party, this Policy no longer applies. 

Your browsing and interaction on any other websites, or your dealings with any other third-party service provider, is subject to that website’s or third party service provider’s own rules and policies. We do not monitor, control, or endorse the privacy practices of any third parties.

This Site may integrate with social networking services.  You understand that we do not control such services and are not liable for the manner in which they operate.  While we may provide you with the ability to use such services in connection with our Site, we are doing so merely as an accommodation and, like you, are relying upon those third-party services to operate properly and fairly.

This Policy does not apply to these third-party websites and third party service providers. 

 

OPT OUT AND UNWANTED COMMUNICATIONS 

To opt-out of any future promotional or marketing communications or any other communications from us, you should send a request to us at the contact information in the section entitled CONTACT DETAILS.  We will process your request within a reasonable time after receipt.  Please note that if you opt out in this manner, certain aspects of this Site may no longer be available to you.

 

CONFIDENTIALITY AND SECURITY OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

We are committed to keeping the personal information you provide to us secure. We take reasonable and appropriate measures to protect your personal information, including but not limited to sophisticated software and hardware that prevent personal information from loss, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction, taking into account the risks involved in the processing and the nature of the personal information.

Information regarding job applications is encrypted and transmitted in a secure way. You can verify this by looking for a closed lock icon at the bottom of your web browser, or looking for “https” at the beginning of the URL. Only employees or third parties who need the information to process a specific request are granted access to personally identifiable information.


OUR COOKIE POLICY

What are cookies?

Cookies and similar technologies are very small text documents or pieces of code, which often include an anonymous unique identifier. When you visit a website or use a mobile application, a computer asks your computer or mobile device for permission to store this file on your computer or mobile device and access information from it. Information gathered through cookies and similar technologies may include the date and time of visits and how you are using the particular website or mobile application. 

We use first and third party cookies on our Site. First party cookies are cookies placed by us to collect information about you. However, certain cookies available on our Site are placed by third party website operators. This means that the information about you collected by those third party cookies will be shared with the relevant third party. Please refer to the relevant third party website operator’s privacy notice for more information about how they may use such information.

For more details on cookies and similar technologies, please visit All About Cookies. For the purposes of the remaining sections of this Cookie Policy, we will refer to all technologies using the above features as “cookies”.  

  

How long do cookies last?

All cookies have expiration dates that determine how long they stay in your browser:

Session Cookies – these are temporary cookies that expire (and are automatically erased) whenever you close your browser.

Persistent Cookies – these usually have an expiration date and so stay in your browser until they expire, or until you manually delete them.

More information is provided below about how long cookies from our Site stay in your browser.

The following description sets out more information about the individual cookies we may use on our Site and the purposes for which they are used:

 

Cookies being used for Site users

Cookie Cookie Expiration Cookie Description & Purpose Category
_utma 2 Years These cookies provide us with non-personally identifiable information about your visit to this Site (e.g. the number visits, location from which you visited this Site and the number of pages you visited on this Site). We use this information to improve the presentation and content of this Site. For more information, please visit www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/ If you wish to disable Google Analytics on your browser please visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. Category 2
_utmc End of Session
_utmz 6 Months
_utmt 10 Minutes
_utmb 30 Minutes
_ga 2 Years These cookies are used to throttle the request rate and to distinguishes unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in this Site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. For more information, please visit www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/ If you wish to disable Google Analytics on your browser please visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
_gid 24 Hours
_gat 10 Minutes
wordpress_test_cookie End of session WordPress sets this cookie when you navigate to the login page. The cookie is used to check whether your web browser is set to allow, or reject cookies. Category 1
cookie_notice_accepted 1 Month Records that cookie notice has been accepted Category 3

 

Additional Cookies being used (of a Site visitor who has logged in)

Cookie Cookie Expiration Cookie Description & Purpose Category
wp-settings-time-* 1 Year WordPress sets a few wp-settings-{time}-[UID] cookies. The number on the end is your individual user ID from the users database table. This is used to customize your view of admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface. Category 2
wordpress_* End of session WordPress cookie for a logged in user.
wordpress_logged_in_* End of session Checks whether or not the current Site user is a logged in 

 

Cookie categories

Category 1: strictly necessary cookies – Category 1 cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around this Site and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the Site.

 

Category 2: performance cookies – Category 2 cookies collect information about how visitors use our Site, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages.  These cookies do not collect information that specifically identifies a visitor.  All information that these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous.  It is only used to improve how the Site works. Category 2 cookies only collect information about Site usage for our benefit as the Site operator.  

 

Category 3: functionality cookies – Category 3 cookies allow the Site to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal or customized features.  For instance, our Site may be able to provide you with local or regional product information by storing in a cookie the region in which you are currently located.  These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of the web pages that you can customize.  They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog.  The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and these cookies cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.  

 

Configuration of cookie settings – You may refuse our use of cookies at any point in time, either when you start navigating the Site or after having first accepted the cookies. It is sufficient for you to configure your browser settings to limit or exclude the use of cookies, or to delete the cookies that have already been placed on your computer. However, in such case, you might not be able to use certain functionalities of the Site.

 

Cookie settings can vary from one browser to another. The below hyperlinks provide further guidance on how to disable the use of cookies on your browser, and/or on how to delete cookies:

Furthermore, if you do not want to be tracked by Google Analytics, you can install the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on.

For further information on Google Analytics and its use of cookies, please consult the Google Analytics cookie policy.

 

Cookies used in emails

Please note that any emails you receive from us may contain cookies or similar technologies to help us to see if recipients have opened an email and understand how recipients have interacted with it. Once you click on an email that contains a cookie, your contact information may subsequently be cross-referenced to the source email and/or the relevant cookie. If you have enabled images, cookies may be set on your computer or mobile device. Cookies will also be set if you click on any link within the email.

If you do not wish to accept cookies from any one of our emails, simply close the email before downloading any images or clicking on any links. You can also set your browser to restrict cookies or to reject them entirely. These settings will apply to all cookies whether included on websites or in emails.

In some instances, depending on your email or browser settings, cookies in an email may be automatically accepted (for example, when you’ve added an email address to your address book or safe senders list). Please refer to your email browser or device instructions for more information on this.

 

HOW LONG DO WE KEEP YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION?

We retain personal information only for as long as is necessary for the purposes described in this Policy.

 

CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY

We may make changes to this Policy from time to time.  This Site includes a date on which it was last updated.

To ensure that you are always aware of how we use your personal information, we will update this Policy from time to time to reflect any changes to our use of your personal information. We encourage you to review this Policy periodically to be informed of how we use your personal information.

 

CONTACT DETAILS 

For questions or concerns about this Policy, or to ask questions or express concerns about our collection, management and processing of personal information, you may contact yourprivacy@methodsandmastery.com.