Effective Date: December 1, 2014
We may obtain information about you from various sources, including our site, when you call or email us or communicate with us through social media, or when you participate in events, contests or other promotions. We also may obtain information about you from our business partners and other third parties and publicly available information. The types of information we may obtain include:
We collect information stored in your social media profile that you authorize us to access when you use your social media profile to enact features on the site, such as the ability to pre-populate our registration form.
In addition, when you visit our site, we may collect certain information by automated means, such as cookies and web beacons, as described in more detail below. The information we may collect by automated means includes:
We may use the information we obtain about you to:
We also use non-personally identifiable information and certain technical information about your computer and your access of the site (including your internet protocol address) in order to operate, maintain and manage the site. We collect this information by automated means, such as cookies and web beacons, as described in more detail below. If we seek to use the information we obtain about you in other ways, we will provide specific notice and request your consent at the time of collection.
Additionally, we may combine certain non-personally identifiable Aggregate Data about our users and use such anonymous Aggregate Data to prepare reports for our users. “Aggregate Data” is the demographic information (such as zip code, age, gender, race or ethnicity) and employment information (such as occupation, education and experience) of many individuals that is combined together. Aggregate Data is used to analyze the characteristics of various populations and does not identify any specific individuals. For example, a client may purchase a report from GCES that states the number of cost analysts with at least five years’ experience that live within a certain geographic area. All such reports sold only contain Aggregate Data which cannot be used to identify any individuals.
Other than instances where users opt to publicly post their Personal Information to our resume database or otherwise provide permission to share it, we do not sell our users' Personal Information to anyone for any reason. When posting consulting opportunities and resumes, our users decide for themselves how much contact information they wish to display. All users should be aware, however, that when they choose to display or distribute Personal Information (such as their email address or other contact information on a public resume) via the site or any other distribution method, that information can be collected and used by others. This may result in unsolicited messages from third parties, for which GCES is not responsible.
We also may share Personal Information with our service providers who help us in the delivery of our own services to you. These service providers may only use or disclose the information as necessary to perform services on our behalf or as otherwise required by law.
GCES also may disclose specific user information when we determine, in good faith, that such disclosure is necessary to comply with the law, to cooperate with or seek assistance from law enforcement, to prevent a crime or protect national security, or to protect the interests or safety of GCES or other users of the site.
In addition, Personal Information we have collected may be passed on to a third party in the event of a transfer of ownership or assets or a bankruptcy or other corporate reorganization of GCES.
Posting your resume on the site puts you in front of hundreds of clients with open consulting positions each day. When you post your resume, we automatically create a registration for you using the email address and password that you supply. When you return to the site in the future you will use that same email address and password to access and edit your existing resume.
We attempt to limit access to our searchable resume database to legitimate users such as paying clients, but cannot guarantee that other parties will not gain access to this database. We cannot control the use of resumes by third parties who access such resumes while they are in our searchable database. You may remove your resume from our searchable database at any time. However, clients who have paid for access to that database, as well as parties who have otherwise gained access to the database may have retained a copy of your resume in their own files or databases. We cannot control the retention, use or privacy of resumes or profiles that have been downloaded by third parties. Accordingly, you should not put information you would not want made public in your resume.
A “cookie" is a text file that website send to a visitor‘s computer or other Internet-connected device to uniquely identify the visitor’s browser or to store information or settings in the browser. A “web beacon," is also called a Web bug or a pixel tag or a clear GIF. Used in combination with cookies, a Web beacon is an often-transparent graphic image, usually no larger than 1 pixel x 1 pixel, that is placed on a Web site or in an e-mail that is used to monitor the behavior of the user visiting the Web site or sending the e-mail.
We use third-party advertising companies who may place or access cookies on your computer hard drive to distinguish your web browser uniquely and to keep track of information relating to serving ads on your web browser, such as the type of ads shown and the webs pages on which the ads appeared. These companies may use information about your visits to these sites and to other sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you on our site or on other, third party, sites. We also may give third party advertisers the ability to tailor their advertisements on our site using demographic and preference information we provide to them in aggregate form. This information does not identify you individually.
These companies operate under their own privacy policies and GCES encourages you to be aware of the privacy policies of such companies. GCES does not have control over or access to any information contained in the cookies that are set on your computer by third party advertisers.
You may access, update and amend Personal Information included in your online account at any time by logging into your account and making the necessary changes. You may also delete your account, including your Personal Information and any resumes from our databases at any time by logging in to your account and making an account deletion request. Deleting your account will remove your Personal Information and resumes from our databases. However, if you have applied for a consulting opportunity in the past, that particular client will still be able to access your resume. Further, you will not be able to delete data held by third parties that already have accessed and downloaded your information or resume. In addition, we will retain anonymous Aggregate Data for uses described above. Please allow up to thirty days to process your account deletion request.
Our site may contain links to other sites for your convenience and information. These sites are operated by companies not owned by GCES. These other sites or linked third-party sites may have their own privacy notices, which you should review if you visit those sites. We are not responsible for the content of any site not owned by GCES, any use of those sites, or those sites’ privacy practices.
GCES maintains administrative, technical and physical safeguards designed to assist us in protecting the Personal Information we collect against accidental, unlawful or unauthorized destruction, loss, alteration, access, disclosure or use.
Please note that no electronic transmission of information can be entirely secure. We cannot guarantee that the security measures we have in place to safeguard Personal Information will never be defeated or fail, or that those measures will always be sufficient or effective. Therefore, although we are committed to protecting your privacy, we do not promise, and you should not expect, that your Personal Information will always remain private. As a user of the site, you understand and agree that you assume all responsibility and risk for your use of the site, the internet generally, and the documents you post or access and for your conduct on and off the site.
To further protect yourself, you should safeguard your GCES account user name and password and not share that information with anyone. You should also sign off your account and close your browser window when you have finished your visit to our site. Please note that we will never ask for your GCES account user name or password via email.