This page tells you everything you need to know about how Brier & Thorn and its subsidiary companies protects your personal data and what your rights are in relation to your personal data:
You will also find further information on this page about:
If you have any questions concerning data privacy or you want to let us know about website/marketing permissions, please see how to contact us below.
Any changes we may make in the future to “How Brier & Thorn protects your personal data” or the statements you see here will be posted on this page.
This privacy statement is effective January 13, 2016
How Brier & Thorn protects your personal data
Brier & Thorn protects your personal data through its “Binding Corporate Rules” or “BCR”. These consist of:
Together, these ensure that appropriate data privacy safeguards are in place across our organization. Our BCR reflect the standards contained in European data privacy laws and have been approved by data privacy regulators in Europe (the European Economic Area and Switzerland).
Having BCR means that all our group entities that sign up to our BCR have to comply with the same internal rules. It also means that your rights stay the same no matter where your data are processed by Brier & Thorn (see Your Rights below).
If you would like a full copy of our BCR please contact us.
What personal data do we collect?
We collect personal data of our workers, candidates, suppliers, business contacts and website users.
We will always try to give individuals appropriate notice of what data will be collected and how it will be used. Whatever happens, we will only process that data if we consider it fair and lawful to do so.
Will we share your personal data with outside parties?
We will not sell personal data to third parties. We may transfer personal data to our contracted service providers and advisors who may be located in other countries. Before we do so, we take steps to ensure that your personal data will be given adequate protection as required by relevant data protection laws and Brier & Thorn’s internal policies.
However, there will be other times when we need to share or disclose personal data you provide for a specific purpose, for example:
What about sensitive personal data?
What about data security?
We take appropriate steps to maintain the security of personal data collected. Regarding your use of our websites you should understand that the open nature of the Internet is such that information and personal data may flow over networks connecting you to our systems without security measures and may be accessed and used by people other than those for whom the data is intended.
Our site may, from time to time, contain links to and from the sites of our partner networks, advertisers and affiliates. If you follow a link to any of these sites, please note that these sites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies or sites. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these sites.
Where will your personal data be processed?
As a global organization with global IT systems, personal data we collect may be routed, stored, or transferred internationally throughout Brier & Thorn’s worldwide organization in accordance with our Binding Corporate Rules.
Retention of your data
We will retain your personal data only for as long as is necessary. If you have an account with us, we will only keep the data whilst your account is active or for as long as needed to provide services to you and, as further needed for us to comply with our global legal and contractual obligations.
You are entitled to know whether we hold personal data about you and, if we do, to have access to that personal data and require it to be corrected if it is inaccurate. We generally do not make decisions by purely automatic means, but if we do, you have the right to object.
You can Contact Us to exercise any of your rights or obtain a copy of Brier & Thorn’s BCR.
If your data was originally collected in Europe (the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland) and it is transferred from a Brier & Thorn entity within Europe to a Brier & Thorn entity outside Europe you have the following additional rights under the BCR:
You have a question or complaint
If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, or have a concern about our use of your personal data, please Contact Us.
Web Site Policy
This web site is administered by Brier & Thorn, Inc. on behalf of itself and each Brier & Thorn local operating company.
Your privacy on Brier & Thorn’s web sites
The primary purpose of Brier & Thorn’s web site is to be a dynamic resource and business tool to help you learn more about Brier & Thorn, as well as provide access to our publications and other materials as a global thought leader. We want you to feel secure when visiting our web site and are committed to maintaining your privacy when doing so.
What information do we gather?
Brier & Thorn collects information at its websites in two ways: (1) directly (for example, when you provide information to sign up for a newsletter or register to comment on a forum website); and (2) indirectly (for example, through our web site’s technology).
We may collect and process the following information:
When this information relates to or identifies you, we will treat it as “personal data.”
How do we use information that we collect from the site?
We use personal data to provide you with information you request, process online job applications, and for other purposes which we would describe to you at the point where it is collected or which will be obvious to you. For example:
We analyze your IP and browser information to determine what is most effective about our website, to help us identify ways to improve it and make it more effective. Please see the Cookies section for more information.
The following describes our use of personal data for marketing purposes:
Sources of Marketing Data.
The bulk of the personal data we collect and use for marketing purposes relates to individual employees of our clients and other companies with which we have an existing business relationship. We may also obtain contact information from public sources, including content made public at social media websites, to make an initial contact with a relevant individual at a client or other company.
We send commercial e-mail to individuals at our client or other companies with whom we want to develop or maintain a business relationship. Our targeted e-mail messages typically include web beacons, cookies, and similar technologies that allow us to know whether you open, read, or delete the message, and links you may click. When you click a link in a marketing e-mail you receive from Brier & Thorn, we will also use a cookie to log what pages you view and what content you download from our websites, even if you are not registered at or signed into our site.
Targeted e-mails from Brier & Thorn may include additional data privacy information, as required by applicable laws.
Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Databases.
Like all large companies, Brier & Thorn uses customer relationship management (CRM) database technology to manage and track our marketing efforts. Our CRM databases include personal data belonging to individuals at our client and other companies with whom we already have a business relationship or want to develop one. The personal data used for these purposes includes relevant business information, such as: contact data, publicly available information (e.g. board membership, published articles, press releases, your public posts on social media sites if relevant for business purpose), your responses to targeted e-mail (including web activity following links from our e-mails), website activity of registered users of our website, and other business information included by Brier & Thorn professionals based on their personal interactions with you. If you wish to be excluded from our CRM databases, please use the contact form.
Combining and Analyzing Personal Data.
As described above, we may combine data from publicly available sources, and from our e-mail, website, and personal interactions with you. We combine this data to better understand your needs and the needs of your company, to assess the suitability of our service offerings for your needs, and to perform the other activities described throughout this privacy statement.
You can exercise your right to prevent marketing communications to you by checking certain boxes on the forms we use to collect your personal data, or by utilizing opt-out mechanisms in e-mails we send to you. You can also exercise the right to discontinue marketing communications to you, or to have your personal data removed from our customer relationship management (CRM) databases at any time by using our contact form. In such cases, we will retain minimum personal data to note that you opted out in order to avoid contacting you again.
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