Privacy Policy

1. Introduction

Networkme is a career services platform where people use our Services to find and be found for jobs, internships, and/or business opportunities, to connect with others, and to find a variety of information. Our Privacy Policy applies to any user or visitor to our Services.

Our registered users share their professional identities, engage with our partner companies, learn from our content, develop skills and find career opportunities. The content and data of some of our services can be viewed by unregistered users.

1.1 Services

This Privacy Policy, which includes our Cookies Policy, applies to the use of our Service.

This Privacy Policy applies to the main platform, Networkme branded applications, our partner platform, and other Networkme related websites, applications, communications, and services ("Services"), including external Services.

1.2 Data Controllers and Signatory Parties

All web services used to create the Networkme Product are hosted on AzureCloud and therefore the entire hosting infrastructure is built on fundamental principles of security, privacy, compliance, transparency, and reliability, in accordance with the standards of the region where the services they are located.

At the application level, all APIs are adequately protected against common attacks such as throttling, DOA, and unauthenticated access, among others, and other security features configured through APIM (AzureAPI management platform)

The databases have only one Admin user (CTO of Networkme) and all other accesses are properly managed with RBAC and firewall protection.

The user's identity is managed through a third-party service called Azure AD B2C, which handles the security of sensitive user information such as passwords.

The most relevant passwords and keys used across the different services are stored in the Azure Key Vault service, ensuring secure access and storage.

1.3 Amendments

Changes to the Privacy Policy apply to your use of our Services after the "effective date".

Networkme (sometimes referred to as "we" or "us") may modify this Privacy Policy and, if there are changes, we will notify you through our Services or otherwise to provide you with an opportunity to review the changes before they become effective. If you object to any changes you may terminate your account.

You acknowledge that if you choose to continue to use our Services after we post or send you notice of our changes to this Privacy Policy it means that the collection, use and sharing of your personal data is subject to the updated Privacy Policy as of its effective date.

2. Data collected

2.1 Data provided by the user

2.1.1 Registration

To create an account, the user needs to provide details including their name, email address and a password.

You can also add more information to your Networkme profile (a complete profile helps you to get the most out of our Services).

2.1.2 Profile

You can choose what information you put in your profile, such as your education, work experience, skills, photo and languages. While this information is not mandatory, profile information helps you get more out of our Services, including by helping recruiters, students and other business opportunities find you. You have a free choice to include sensitive information in your profile and to make that sensitive information public. However, you should not post or add personal data to your profile that you would not want publicly available.

2.2 Data from others

2.2.1 Content and news

The users and others may post content that includes information about them (as part of articles, posts, comments, and videos) on our Services. We may also collect public information about the users, such as news and professional accomplishments, and make it available as part of our Services, including, as permitted by your settings, in notifications to others about mentions in the news.

2.2.2 Partners

We receive personal data (e.g. job title and professional email address) about you when you use the services of our customers and partners, such as recruiters or prospective recruiters, and applicant tracking systems, which provide us with job application data.

2.2.3 Related companies and other services

We receive data about you when you use some of the other services provided by us or our affiliates, including Microsoft, Facebook, and Google. For example, you may choose to send us information about your contacts in Microsoft applications and services, such as Outlook, for enhanced professional networking activities on our Services.

2.3 Service use

We store usage data when you visit or use our Services, including our websites, applications, and platform technology, such as when you view or click on content (e.g. videos) or advertisements (on or off our websites and applications), conduct a search, install or update one of our mobile applications, share articles or apply for jobs. We use logins, cookies, device information, and internet protocol ("IP") addresses to identify you and record your usage.

2.4 Cookies and similar technologies

We use cookies and similar technologies (e.g. pixels and ad tags) to collect data (e.g. device IDs) to recognise you and your device(s) on, off and across different services and devices on which you have engaged with our Services.

2.5 Device and location

When you visit or leave our Services (including some plugins and our cookies or similar technology on others' websites), we receive the URL of the website you came from and the time of your visit. We also obtain information about your network and device (e.g., IP address, proxy server, operating system, web browser and add-ons, device identifier and features, cookie and/or ISP IDs or your mobile carrier). If you use our Services from a mobile device, that device will send your location data based on your mobile phone settings. We will ask you to opt-in before we use GPS or other tools to identify your precise location.

2.6 Messaging

We collect information about you when you send, receive or engage with messages related to our Services. For example, if you receive a connection request from Networkme, we will check if the user has reacted and send you notifications.

2.7 Information provided in the workplace and at school

When your organisation (e.g. company or institution) purchases a premium service for you to use, they provide us with data about you.

Others who purchase our Services, such as your company or institution, provide us with personal data about you and your eligibility to use the Services they purchase for use by their employees, students, or alumni. For example, we will obtain contact information for administrators of the “Company” and authorize users of our premium Services, such as our recruiting, sales, or learning products.

2.8 Other

We are constantly improving our Services, which means we get new data and create new ways to use data.

Our Services are dynamic and we frequently introduce new features, which may require the collection of new information. If we collect materially different personal data or materially change the way we collect, use or share your data, we will notify you and we may also modify this Privacy Policy.

3. How we use the data

How we use your data will depend on the Services you use, how you use those Services, and the choices you make in your settings. We use the data we have to provide and personalize our Services, with the help of automated systems and inferences we make, so that our Services can be more relevant and useful to users.

3.1 Services

Our services help you to connect with others, find and be found for employment/internship and/or business opportunities, stay informed, gain learning opportunities and be more productive.

We use your data to authorize access to our Services and honor your settings.

3.1.1 Stay connected

Our Services allow you to stay in touch and up-to-date with colleagues, partners, customers, and other professional contacts. Thus, the user can “connect” with the professionals he chooses and who also want to “connect” with him.

We use data about you (such as your profile, profiles you have viewed, or data provided through address book uploads or partner integrations) to help others find your profile, suggest connections to you (e.g. members who share the same contacts or work experiences) and allow the user to invite others to become members and connect. You may also choose to allow us to use your precise location or proximity to others for certain tasks (for example, to suggest other nearby members to connect, calculate commute to a new job, or notify your connections that you are at a professional event).

It is your choice to invite someone to our activities, submit a connection request, or allow another Member to become your connection. When you invite someone to connect, your invitation will include your network and basic profile information (eg name, profile picture, job title, region). We will send invitation notifications to the person you invited.

3.1.2 Stay informed

Our Services allow you to stay informed about news, events and ideas on professional topics that interest you and professionals you respect. Our Services also allow you to improve your professional skills or learn new ones. We use user data (e.g. data provided, data collected from your engagement with our Services, and inferences we make from the data) to personalize our Services, such as recommending or rating relevant content and conversations on our Services. We also use user data to suggest new skills to add to your profile and skills you may need for your next opportunity. Therefore, when you inform us that you are interested in a new skill (for example, when watching a video), we will use this information to personalize the content of your feed, to suggest that you follow certain members of our site, or suggest related content from learning to help you with this new skill. We use user content, activity and other data, including your name and photo, to provide notices to your network and others. For example, subject to your settings, we may notify others that you have updated your profile, posted content, taken a social action or used a feature.

3.1.3 Career

Our Services allow you to explore careers, evaluate educational opportunities and search and be found for career opportunities. The user profile can be found by anyone looking to hire or be hired. We will use your data to recommend jobs or mentees and to show you and other members relevant professional contacts (for example, those who work in a company, industry, function, or location or have certain skills and connections). The user can signal that they are interested in changing jobs and share information with recruiters. We will use your data to recommend jobs to you and to recommend you to recruiters. We may use automated systems to provide content and recommendations to help make our Services more relevant to our Members, Visitors, and customers. By keeping your profile accurate and up to date, you may have the opportunity to better connect with other people and opportunities through our Services.

3.1.4 Productivity

Our services allow you to collaborate with colleagues and look for potential customers, partners, and others to do business with. Our Services allow you to communicate with other Members, and schedule and arrange meetings with them. If your settings allow, we scan messages to provide “bots” or similar tools that facilitate tasks such as scheduling meetings, composing responses, summarizing messages, or recommending the next steps.

3.2 Premium services

Our premium services help users (who have paid for these services), namely company representatives or recruiters, to search for and contact members through our services, such as searching for and contacting job/internship candidates, users who have interacted with a specific resource, manage talent and promote content.

3.3 Communications

We will contact you by email, through notices posted on our websites or applications, through messages in your Networkme inbox, and in other ways through our Services, including text messages and 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 our Services, network updates, reminders, job suggestions, and promotional messages from us and our partners. You can change your communication preferences at any time. You should be aware that you will not be able to opt-out of receiving service messages, including legal and security notices.

3.4 Advertising

We provide users with personalized advertisements on and off our Services. We offer options regarding personalized advertisements, but you cannot opt out of seeing other advertisements.

We target (and measure the performance of) advertisements to Members, Visitors and others, on and off our Services, directly or through various partners, using the following data, separately or in combination:

  • Data from advertising technologies within and outside our Services, pixels, ad tags , cookies and device identifiers;
  • Information provided by members (e.g. profile, contact information, job title and sector);
  • Data about your use of our Services (e.g. search history, feed, content you read, who you follow or followers you, connections, group participation, page visits, videos you watch, click on an ad, etc.);
  • Information from advertising partners, suppliers and publishers;
  • Information inferred from the data described above (e.g., using job titles from a profile to infer industry, expertise level, and range; pay range; using graduation dates to infer age or using proper names or pronouns to infer gender; using feed activity to infer interests, or use device data to recognize you as a Member).

3.5 Marketing

We promote our Services to users and others.

In addition to advertising our Services, we use Members' data and content for invitations and communications that promote membership and network growth, engagement, and our Services, for example by showing user connections that they have used a feature on our Services.

3.6 Service development and research

3.6.1 Development of services

We use data, including feedback from the public, to conduct research and development of our Services, to provide users with a better, more intuitive, and personalized experience, drive member growth and engagement with our Services, and help connect professionals. and economic opportunity.

3.6.2. Other surveys

We seek to create economic opportunities for members of the global workforce and help them be more productive and successful. We use available personal data to research social, economic and workplace trends, such as availability of jobs and skills needed for those jobs and policies that help fill gaps in various industries and geographies. In some cases, we work with third parties to conduct this research, under controls designed to protect user privacy. We publish or allow others to publish economic insights presented as aggregated data rather than personal data.

3.6.3 Questionnaires

Surveys and questionnaires are conducted by us and others through our Services. The user is not obliged to respond to surveys or questionnaires and is free about the information provided.

3.7 Customer support

We use data (which may include your communications) to investigate, respond to and resolve complaints and service issues (e.g. bugs).

3.8 Non-identifying Insights

We use user data to produce and share insights that do not identify you. For example, we may use this data to generate statistics about our members, their profession or industry, to calculate ad impressions viewed or clicked on, or publish demographic data of visitors to a Service or create workforce demographic insights.

4. How we share information

Any data you include in your profile and any content you post or social action (e.g. "likes", followers, comments, shares) you take on our Services will be seen by others according to your settings.

4.1 Profile

The user profile is fully visible to all Members and customers of our Services. Subject to your settings, it may also be visible to others on or off our Services (for example, visitors to our Services or users of third-party search engines).

4.1.1 Posts, likes, followers, comments, messages

Our Services allow you to view and share information through posts, "likes", followers and comments.

a. When you share an article or post (e.g. an update, image, video or article) publicly, that share can be seen by everyone and re-shared anywhere (subject to your settings). Members, visitors and others will be able to find and view publicly shared content, including your name (and photo if provided).

b. In a group, posts are visible to other people in the group. The user's participation in groups is public and is part of their profile, but the user can always change the visibility in their settings.

c. Any information you share through the pages of companies or other organizations on our Services may be viewed by you and others who also visit those pages.

d. When the user follows a person or organisation, they are visible to other people and to the "page owner" as a follower.

e. We notify senders when you take action on your messages, subject to your settings, where applicable.

f. Subject to your settings, we inform a Member when you view their profile.

g. When the user “likes” or re-shares or comments on someone else's content (including advertisements), other people will be able to view those “social actions” and associate them with the user (e.g. your name, profile and photo, if provided).

4.1.2 Corporate accounts

Your employer may offer you access to our corporate services, such as access to our partner's back office. Your employer may review and manage your use of these Corporate Services.

Depending on the Corporate Service, before you use that Service, we will ask for permission to share with your employer relevant data regarding your profile or use of our non-corporate Services. We understand that certain activities, such as job search/internships and personal messages, are confidential, so we do not share this information with your employer unless you choose to share it with them through our Services (for example, by applying to take a new position at the same company or mentioning your job search in a message to a co-worker through our Services).

4.2 Related services

We share your personal data with our affiliates to provide and develop our Services. We may combine information internally across the different Services covered by this Privacy Policy to help our Services be more relevant and useful to you and others. For example, we may customize your feed or job recommendations based on your learning and browsing history.

4.3 Service providers

We use others to help us provide our Services (eg maintenance, analysis, auditing, 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 not to disclose it or use it for other purposes.

4.4 Legal disclosures

We may 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 against any third party claims or allegations; (4) protect the security or integrity of our Services (such as by sharing with companies that face similar threats); or (5) exercise or protect the rights and safety of Networkme, our members, employees or others. We attempt to notify Members of legal demands for your personal data where appropriate in our judgment, unless prohibited by law or court order or when the request is an emergency.

5. User's choices and obligations

5.1 Data retention

We generally retain your personal data for as long as you keep your account open or as needed to provide Services. This includes data that you or others have provided to us and data generated or inferred from your use of our Services. Even if you only use our Services to look for a new job every few years, we will retain your information and keep your profile open unless you close your account. In some cases, we choose to retain certain information (eg insights about your use of the Services) in a depersonalized or aggregated form.

5.2 Rights of access and control of personal data

We offer many choices about user data collection, use, and sharing, from deleting or correcting data that has been included in your profile and controlling the visibility of your posts to disabling advertising and communication controls. We offer you settings to control and manage your personal data.

For the personal data we hold about you, you can:

h. Deleting your data: You may ask us to delete or erase all or some of your personal data (for example, if we no longer need to provide you with Services).

i. Changing or correcting data: You can edit some of your personal data through your account. You may also ask us to change, update or correct your data in certain specific cases, particularly if it is inaccurate.

j. Oppose, limit or restrict the use of data: You can ask us to stop using all or some of your personal data (for example, if we do not have the legal right to continue using it) or limit our use of them (for example, if your personal data is inaccurate or held illegally).

k. Right to access and/or obtain your data: You may request a copy of your personal data from us and you may request a copy of the personal data provided in machine-readable format.

5.3 Closing the Account

If you choose to close your Networkme account, your personal information will generally no longer be 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 information 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 comply with your requests to "unsubscribe" from other messages from us. We will retain the de-personalised information after the account has been closed.

To close your account you can enter in you account settings and go through the account deletion flow, detailed in the following page:

On the settings page there is a “Delete account” button, on click you’ll be prompt to a confirmation modal. After clicking the confirm button the account will be closed and the data deleted.

Information you have shared with others (for example, by mail, updates or group posts) will remain visible after account closure or after deletion of information from your own profile or mailbox, and we do not control the data that other Members have copied from our Services. Group content and ratings or review content associated with closed accounts will show an unknown user as the source. A user's profile may continue to be displayed on others' services (for example, search engine results) until they update their cache.