Effective/Last Updated: April 1, 2022
BNI Worldwide Development Ltd, controls your personal data for and on behalf of BNI Global, LLC, Business Networking & Referrals Limited and Networking & Business Referrals Limited, together with its related affiliates BNI Connect Global, LLC, BNI Enterprise Business Network (Guangzhou) Co Ltd, BNI Franchising, LLC, BNI Global Holdings LLC, BNI Holdings, LLC, BNI Hong Kong Enterprises Pvt Ltd, BNI India Enterprises Pvt Ltd, BNI Intermediate Holdings, LLC, BNI International Holdings CTB, BNI Lanka Enterprises Pvt Ltd, BNI Networking & Referral Ireland Holdings Limited, BNI Singapore Enterprises Pvt Ltd, BNI Ultimate Holdings LLC, Brec S.r.l, Business Network France, Chapters France, CorpConnect Enterprises India Pvt Ltd, Corporate Connections Franchising, LLC, Corporate Connections Global, LLC, Corporate Connections Worldwide Development Ltd, Netwerk Organisatie Nederland en Vlaanderen B.V, Network Organization Benelux Ltd, Scion Social Holdings LLC, Scion Social Pvt Ltd, and Scion Social Pte Ltd (“BNI”, “our” or “we”).
If you have any questions about this Policy or our personal data processing practices, or if you would like to request information about our disclosure of personal data to third parties for their direct marketing purposes, please contact us by email, telephone, or mail as follows:
BNI Worldwide Development Ltd
Phone: +353 94 902 1553
Email: [email protected]
BNI’s Data Protection Officer can be contacted at the above address or phone number, or by email at [email protected].
We encourage you to read this Policy carefully when using our Site and services or transacting business with us. Site includes bni.com, BNI’s related websites, SMS, APIs, email notifications, applications (web and/or mobile), buttons, widgets, ads, commerce services (“Site”), and any other related services that can be accessed via our BNI Site or that link to this Policy, and any information, text, links, graphics, photos, videos, or other materials or arrangements of materials uploaded, downloaded or appearing on the Site (collectively referred to as “Content”).
We gather certain information about you based upon where you visit on our Site, and what other sites may have directed you to us. This information, which is collected in a variety of different ways, is compiled and analyzed on both a personal and an aggregated basis. This technology enables us to determine (i) your IP Address of your computer and its geographic location from installing the applications onto your computer or mobile device; (ii) your search terms or interactive behavior via BNI Site; (iii) your purchasing behavior; (iv) source of the information sought by you during your search; and (v) the age of your results data (collectively, “Shared Information”).
We primarily use your personal data to provide support or service offerings to you.
You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time by emailing us at [email protected]
Your data will only be retained for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes for which it was obtained and/or to meet any applicable legal obligations. Please see our Data Retention Policy, accessible at http://bnitos.com/retention.html for more information.
We may share your personal data with:
Any third parties to whom we may disclose personal data may have their own data protection and privacy notices/policies, which we encourage you to view on the websites of those third parties.
There are a number of places on our Site or through our services where you may click on a link to access other websites that do not operate under this Policy. For example, if you click on an advertisement or a search result on our Site, you may be taken to a website that we do not control. These third-party websites may independently solicit and collect personal data from you and, in some instances, provide us with information about your activities on those websites. We recommend that you consult the data protection and privacy notices/policies of all third-party websites you visit.
Under GDPR, you have the following rights:
If you are not satisfied with our responses or are otherwise concerned with how we process your personal data, you also have the right to make a complaint to our supervisory authority, the Information Commissioner’s Office (www.ico.org.uk) or you can make a compliant to the Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (www.dataprotection.ie).
We may provide areas on our Site where you can post information about yourself, including your name and email address, communicate with others; upload content; and post comments. Such postings are governed by our Terms of Service. Also, whenever you voluntarily disclose personal data on our Site, that data will be available and can be collected and used by others who have authorized access to your content.
We encourage you to exercise discretion and caution with respect to your personal data. Once you have posted data, you may not be able to edit or delete such data.
Any personal data that you disclose through our Site, or other online forums hosted on our Site, may be collected and used by others. We recommend caution when giving out personal data to others in these online forums.
Our Site is a general audience site not intended for use by children, and we do not knowingly collect personal data from children. You may access our Site only if you are of legal age to lawfully form a binding contract.
The global extent of BNI’s business necessitates the transfers of personal data to its franchisees, members, and business partners and service providers on a worldwide basis. When personal data is transferred from the United Kingdom or the European Economic Area (EEA), at least one of the following safeguards to protect your personal data to a similar level as within the EEA will be applied:
Although the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks are no longer valid mechanisms to comply with EU and Swiss data protection requirements when transferring personal data from the European Union or Switzerland to the United States, BNI continues to adhere to the Privacy Shield Framework recommendations pertaining to the transfer of information to third parties, access, security, data integrity and purpose limitation and enforcement. BNI’s U.S. subsidiaries adhering to the Privacy Shield Principle are: BNI Connect Global, LLC, BNI Franchising, LLC, BNI Global, LLC, BNI Global Holdings LLC, BNI Holdings, LLC, BNI Intermediate Holdings, LLC, BNI International Holdings CTB, BNI Ultimate Holdings LLC, Corporate Connections Franchising, LLC, Corporate Connections Global, LLC, and Scion Social Holdings LLC.
Additional information on the Privacy Shield Program can be viewed at https://www.privacyshield.gov. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has jurisdiction over BNI’s compliance with the Privacy Shield. While the U.S. Department of Commerce continues to administer the Privacy Shield program, BNI will annually renew its Privacy Shield certification to help ensure the treatment of all personal data continues to be accurate and processed in accordance with the Privacy Shield Framework and applicable Principles. In cases of onward transfer to third parties of EU and Swiss Personal Data received pursuant to the EU-US and Swiss-US Privacy Shield Framework, BNI is potentially liable. All questions or complaints regarding the processing and use of personal data should be directed to [email protected].
BNI has elected JAMS as its independent dispute resolution mechanism in accordance with requirements set forth by Privacy Shield. If questions or complaints are not resolved satisfactorily through contacting BNI, users can file a complaint with JAMS at https://www.jamsadr.com/eu-us-privacy-shield.
You may have the option to select binding arbitration for the resolution of your complaint under certain circumstances, provided you have taken the following steps: (1) raised your complaint directly with BNI and provided us the opportunity to resolve the issue; (2) made use of the independent dispute resolution mechanism identified above; and (3) raised the issue through the relevant data protection authority (DPA) and allowed the US Department of Commerce an opportunity to resolve the complaint at no cost to you. For more information on binding arbitration, see US Department of Commerce’s Privacy Shield Framework: Annex I (Binding Arbitration).
BNI has implemented security measures to protect your personal data from unauthorized access and use. We follow appropriate security procedures while retaining and disclosing your personal data to prevent unauthorized access by third parties and accidental loss of your data. We limit access to your personal data to those who actually need to access it for business purposes. Persons who have access to your data will be subject to a duty of confidentiality towards BNI.
We also have procedures in place to deal with any suspected data breach. We will notify you and any relevant regulatory authority of a suspected data breach where it is required by law to do so. We also require those to whom we transfer your personal data to comply with the above.
Unfortunately, data transmission via the Internet is not fully secure. Therefore, BNI cannot guarantee the security of your personal data that you have transmitted to us via the Internet. Any such transmission is at your own risk and you acknowledge and agree, to the extent permitted by law, that BNI will not be liable for any unauthorized use, distribution, damage or destruction of your data. Once we receive your personal data, we will apply the abovementioned security measures.
We will occasionally update this Policy to reflect changes in our practices and services. When we post changes, we will revise the “Last Updated” date at the top of the Policy. If we make any material changes in the way we collect, use, and/or share your personal data, we will notify you by email to the email address you most recently provided us in your account, profile or registration, if we have such an email address, and/or by prominently posting notice of the changes on our Site. We recommend that you check our Site from time to time to inform yourself of any changes in this Policy.
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