Your Privacy Matters
Last Modified: January 4, 2019
Our registered users (“Members”) and employers (“Customers”) share their professional identities, exchange knowledge and professional insights, post and view relevant content, learn and find business and career opportunities. Content on some of our services is available to non-members (“Visitors”).
If you reside in the United States, you are entering into the User Agreement with Better Weekdays, Inc., who will be responsible for your personal data provided to, or collected by or for, our Services. If you reside outside the United States, you are entering into the User Agreement with Better Weekdays, Inc., who will be the controller of your personal data provided to, or collected by or for, our Services.
This Privacy applies to TheWhether.com, The Whether branded apps, The Whether’s Soft Skills & Values Survey and other Better Weekdays-related sites, apps, communications and other services that state that they are offered under this Contract (“Services”), including the offsite collection of data for those Services, such as “The Whether Pulse” plugin. Registered users of our Services are “Members” and unregistered users are “Visitors”. This Contract applies to both.
If you as a Customer (or “Subscriber”) have entered into a Subscription Services Agreement with The Whether, the Subscription Services Agreement supersedes the User Agreement and no further consent has to be made to the User Agreement referenced in this clause.
1. Information We Collect
1.1 Information You Provide To Us
You provide data to create an account with us.
To create an account you provide data including your name, email address and/or mobile number, and a password. If you choose to take the Soft Skills & Values Survey, we may ask you for payment (e.g., credit card) and billing information.
You create your The Whether profile (a complete profile helps you get the most from our Services).
You have choices about the information on your profile, such as your education, degree program, city or area and endorsements. Profile information helps you to get more from our Services, including helping recruiters and business opportunities find you. It’s your choice whether to include sensitive information (such as your resume) on your profile. Please do not post or add personal data to your profile that you would not want to be publicly available. You can choose to keep your profile private from your account.
Posting and Uploading
We collect personal data from you when you provide, upload it to our Services, such as when you fill out a form, respond to a survey, submit a resume and apply for or save jobs or send invitations.
1.2 Information From Others
Customers and partners may provide data to us.
We receive personal data about you when you use the services of our customers and partners, such as prospective employers and applicant tracking systems providing us job application data.
1.3 Service Use
We log your visits and use of our Services.
We log usage data when you visit or otherwise use our Services, including our sites, app and platform technology (e.g., our off-site plugins), such as when you view or click on content (e.g., learning video) or ads (on or off our sites and apps), perform a search, install one of our mobile apps, share articles or apply for jobs. We use log-ins, cookies, device information and internet protocol (“IP”) addresses to identify you and log your use.
1.4 Cookies, Web Beacons and Other Similar Technologies
We collect data through cookies and similar technologies.
1.5 Your Device and Location
We receive data from your devices and networks, including location data.
When you visit or leave our Services (including our plugins or cookies or similar technology on the sites of others), we receive the URL of both the site you came from and the one you go to next. We also get information about your IP address, proxy server, operating system, web browser and add-ons, device identifier and features, and/or ISP or your mobile carrier. If you use our Services from a mobile device, that device will send us data about your location. Most devices allow you to prevent location data from being sent to us and we honor your settings.
If you communicate through our Services, we learn about that.
We collect information about you when you send, receive, or engage with messages in connection with our Services. For example, if you get a message from someone on the platform, we track whether you have acted on it and will send you reminders. We also use automatic scanning technology on messages.
1.7 Workplace Provided Information
When your employer buys a Subscription Service for you to use at work, they may give us data about you.
An employer (or other person or entity procuring our Services for your use) may provide us information about their employees or contractors who make use of these Services. For example, we will get contact information for “Company Page” administrators and for authorizing users of our Subscription Services, such as our recruiting, sales or learning products.
1.8 Sites and Services of Others
We get data when you visit sites that include our plugins, ads or cookies or log-in to others’ services with your The Whether account.
We receive information about your visits and interaction with services provided by others when you log-in or visit others’ services that include our plugins (such as “The Whether Pulse”), ads, cookies or similar technologies.
We are improving our Services, which means we get new data and create new ways to use data.
2. How We Use Your Data
We use your data to provide, support, personalize and develop our Services.
How we use your personal data will depend on which Services you use, how you use those Services and the choices you make in your settings. We use the data that we have about you to provide, support, personalize and make our Services (including ads) more relevant and useful to you and others.
Our Services help find and be found for work and business opportunities, get advice, market your employer brand and be more productive in the job search or recruiting process.
We use your data to authenticate you and authorize access to our Services.
Our Services allow people to communicate with each other such as recruiters and job seekers.
We will use data about you (such as profiles you have viewed or data provided) to suggest companies and candidates and enable you to invite others to become use The Whether. It is your choice whether to invite someone to our Services. We will send invitation reminders to the person you invited.
Visitors have choices about how we use their data.
Our Services allow you to post and stay informed about company news, events and advice regarding professional topics you care about. Our Services also allow you to improve your professional soft skills. We use the information about you to recommend relevant content across our Services, suggest skills you may have and skills that you might need to pursue your next opportunity. So, if you let us know that you are interested in a new skill, we will use this information to personalize content in your feed, or view related learning content to help you towards that new skill. We use your content, activity and other data to provide notices to your employers and others. For example, subject to your settings, we may notify others that you have updated your profile or took an action.
Our Services allow you to explore careers, evaluate educational opportunities, and seek out, and be found for, career opportunities. Your profile can be found by those looking to hire (for a job or a project) or be hired by you. We will use your data to recommend jobs, show you and others who work at a company, in an industry, function or location or have certain skills. You can signal that you are interested in applying to jobs and share information with job recruiters. We may use your profile and activity to recommend jobs to you and you to recruiters.
2.2 Premium Services
Our Full-Service Subscription allow paying employers to search for and contact Members through our Services, such as searching for and contacting job candidates, manage talent and promote content through social media.
We sell Full-Service Subscription that provide our customers customized-search functionality and tools (including messaging and activity alerts) as part of our talent, marketing and sales solutions. These subscribers can export limited information from your profile, such as name, headline, school, degree program, graduation year, GPA, and general location preferences (i.e. Chicago, IL), in order to manage talent, unless you make your profile private. We do not provide contact information to these subscribers as part of these Full-Service Subscription without your consent. A Full-Service Subscription subscriber can store information he/she has about you in our Full-Service Subscription, such as a resume or contact information. The data provided about you by these subscribers is subject to the policies of those subscribers.
We contact you and enable communications between Members and Customers. We offer settings to control what and how often you receive some types of messages.
We will contact you through email, messages to your The Whether inbox, and other ways through our Services, including text messages and push notifications. We will send you messages about the availability of our Services, security, or other service-related issues. We also send messages about how to use the Services, network updates, reminders, job suggestions and promotional messages from us and our partners. You may change your communication preferences at any time. Please be aware that you cannot opt out of receiving service messages from us, including security and legal notices.
We also enable communications between you and others through our Services, including for example messages between job seekers and employers.
We serve you tailored ads both on and off of our Services. We offer you choices to opt out of interest based ads, but you cannot opt out of seeing generic ads.
We target (and measure the performance of) ads to Members, Visitors and others both on and off of our Services through a variety of ad networks and exchanges, using the following data, whether separately or combined:
- Data from advertising technologies on and off of our Services, like web beacons, pixels, ad tags, cookies, and device identifiers;
- Member-provided information (e.g., contact information and industry);
- Data from your use of our Services (e.g., search history, feed, content you read, page visits, videos you watch, clicking on an ad, etc.), including as described in Section 1.3;
- Information from others (e.g. advertising partners, publishers and data aggregators);
- Information inferred from data described above (e.g., using job titles to infer age, industry, seniority, and compensation bracket; or names to infer gender).
We will show you ads called sponsored content which look like similar non-sponsored content, except that they are labeled ads or sponsored. If you take an action (such as like, comment or share) on these ads, your action is associated with your name and viewable by others, including the ad provider.
Info to Advertisers
We do not share your personal data with any third-party advertisers or (other than hashed or device identifiers, to the extent they are personal data in some countries) ad networks for their advertising without your separate permission. However, if you click on an ad, the ad poster will know you visited the page that you clicked on. Also, advertising partners can associate personal data collected by the advertiser directly from you with our cookies and similar technologies. In such instances, we seek to contractually require such advertisers to obtain your explicit, opt-in consent before doing so.
We promote our Services to you and others.
We use data and content about Members and Customers for invitations and communications promoting membership and user growth, engagement and our Services.
2.6 Developing Services and Research
We develop our Services and conduct research.
We use data, including public feedback, to conduct research and development for the further development of our Services in order to provide you and others with a better, more intuitive and personalized experience, drive growth and engagement on our Services, and help connect people to economic opportunity.
We seek to create economic opportunity for members of the global workforce and to help them be more productive and successful. We use the data available to us to research social, economic and workplace trends such as jobs availability and skills needed for these jobs and policies that help bridge the gap in various industries and geographic areas. In some cases, we work with trusted third parties to perform this research, under controls that are designed to protect your privacy. We publish or allow others to publish economic insights, presented as aggregated data rather than personal data.
Polls and surveys are conducted by us and others through our Services. You are not obligated to respond to polls or surveys and you have choices about the information you provide.
2.7 Customer Support
We use data to help you and fix problems.
We use the data (which can include your communications) needed to investigate, respond to and resolve complaints and Service issues (e.g., bugs).
2.8 Aggregate Insights
We use data to generate aggregate insights.
We use your information to produce aggregate insights that do not identify you. For example we may use your data to generate statistics about our users, their profession or industry, the number of ad impressions served or clicked on, or the demographic distribution of visitors to a site.
2.9 Security and Investigations
We use data for security, fraud prevention and investigations.
3. How We Share Information
3.1 Our Services
Any information you include on your candidate or company profile and any content you post on our Services will be seen by others.
Your candidate or company profile is visible to all Members and Customers of our Services unless private setting is selected from settings
Posts, Likes, Follows, Comments, Messages
Our Services allow viewing and sharing information including through articles, follows and likes.
- When you like, share another’s article, others will see it, including the person who initiated the post.
- Any information you share through companies’ or other organizations’ pages on our Services will be viewable by it and others who visit those pages.
- When you follow a company or category, you are visible to others and that “page owner” as a follower. We provide aggregate insights about the followers and viewers to the respective page owners.
- We let senders know when you act on their message.
Your employer can see how you use Services they provided for your work (e.g. as a recruiter) and related information. We will not show them your job searches or personal messages.
The Whether Employer Subscription Accounts
Employers have access to enterprise Services such as The Whether Recruitment Marketing platform. Companies can access online products like Soft Skills & Values Survey for their employees. employer can review and manage your use of such enterprise Services.
3.2 Communication Archival
Regulated Members and Customer may need to store communications outside of our Service.
Some users need, for legal or professional compliance, to archive their communications, and will use services of others to provide these archival services. We enable such archiving outside of our Services.
3.3 Others’ Services
You may link your account with others’ services so that they can look up your contacts’ profiles or post your shares on such platforms.
Subject to your preference, other services may look-up your profile.
When you opt to link your account with other services, personal data will become available to them. The sharing and use of that personal data will be described in, or linked to, a consent screen when you opt to link the accounts. For example, you may link your Twitter or Facebook account to share content from our Services into these other services.
Excerpts from your profile will appear on the services of others (e.g., search engine results and mail). “Old” profile information remains on these services until they update their data cache with changes you made to your profile.
3.4 Related Services
We share your data across our different Services and Better Weekdays entities.
3.5 Service Providers
We may use others to help us with our Services.
We use others to help us provide our Services (e.g., maintenance, analysis, audit, payments, fraud detection, marketing and development). They will have access to your information as reasonably necessary to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated to not to disclose or use it for other purposes.
3.6 Legal Disclosures
We may need to share your data when we believe it’s required by law or to protect your and our rights and security.
It is possible that we will need to disclose information about you when required by law, subpoena, or other legal process or if we have a good faith belief that disclosure is reasonably necessary to (1) investigate, prevent, or take action regarding suspected or actual illegal activities or to assist government enforcement agencies; (2) enforce our agreements with you, (3) investigate and defend ourselves against any third-party claims or allegations, (4) protect the security or integrity of our Service (such as by sharing with companies facing similar threats); or (5) exercise or protect the rights and safety of The Whether, our Members, Customers, personnel, or others. We attempt to notify Members and Customers about legal demands for their personal data when appropriate in our judgment, unless prohibited by law or court order or when the request is an emergency. We may dispute such demands when we believe, in our discretion, that the requests are overbroad, vague or lack proper authority, but we do not promise to challenge every demand.
3.7 Change in Control or Sale
4. Your Choices & Obligations
4.1 Data Retention
We keep most of your personal data for as long as your account is open.
We retain the personal data you provide while your account is in existence or as needed to provide you Services. Even if you only use our Services when looking for a new job every few years, we will retain your information and keep your profile open until you decide to close your account. In some cases we choose to retain certain information (e.g., visits to sites carrying The Whether plugins without clicking on the plugin) in a depersonalized or aggregated form.
4.2 Rights to Access and Control Your Personal Data
You can access or delete your personal data. You have many choices about how your data is collected, used and shared.
4.3 Soft Skills & Values Survey Data
We will not sell, rent or lease any personal information you submit to our website, except:
in scoring your survey, or
- in solving technical problems or issues with The Whether, Soft Skills & Values Survey, or
- to inform you about new options and services that are available to you.
The Whether will not distribute or make available your Soft Skills & Values Survey results or other information to any third party.
As an exception to the above, if you are using The Whether through a site license, your site license administrators will also have access to your results and demographic information.
The Whether reserves the right to use, without any personal identification, test results and demographic and other aggregate information for research and training purposes.
The Whether also reserves the right to assign its rights and obligations under this policy in connection with the sale or merger of its business.
4.4 Account Closure
We keep some of your data even after you close your account.
If you choose to close your The Whether account, your personal data will generally stop being visible to others on our Services within 24 hours. We generally delete closed account information within 30 days of account closure, except as noted below.
We retain your personal data even after you have closed your account if reasonably necessary to comply with our legal obligations (including law enforcement requests), meet regulatory requirements, resolve disputes, maintain security, prevent fraud and abuse, enforce our User Agreement, or fulfill your request to “unsubscribe” from further messages from us. We will retain de-personalized information after your account has been closed.
Information you have shared with others will remain visible after you closed your account or deleted the information from your own profile or mailbox, and we do not control data that other Members copied out of our Services. Groups content associated with closed accounts will show an unknown user as the source. Company profiles and Member profiles may continue to be displayed in the services of others (e.g., search engine results) until they refresh their cache.
5. Other Important Information
We monitor for and try to prevent security breaches. Please use the security features available through our Services.
We implement security safeguards designed to protect your data, such as HTTPS. We regularly monitor our systems for possible vulnerabilities and attacks. However, we cannot warrant the security of any information that you send us. There is no guarantee that data may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards.
5.2. Direct Marketing and Do Not Track Signals
Our statements regarding direct marketing and “do not track” signals.
We currently do not share personal data with third parties for their direct marketing purposes without your permission.
5.4. Contact Information
You can contact us or use other options to resolve any complaints.