Privacy Policy

1. PURPOSE OF THIS POLICY

1. REAL LINKS LIMITED (Company number 10570135) of 5 Dagmar Road, London, United Kingdom SE5 8NZ (we, us or our) provides the products and services offered on our website www.reallinks.io (Real Links) to our clients with white-labelled company branding.

2. For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998 (Act), we are (i) a data controller (registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office for data protection: #ZA362196), and (i) a data processor, in relation to data provided by clients who are the data controller.

3. This policy takes into account application in the European Union of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) with effect from 25 May 2018.

4. We have adopted this Privacy Policy to ensure that we have standards in place to protect the data that we collect and receive about individuals that is necessary and incidental to: providing the services that we offer to our clients; communicating with individuals; and the normal operations of our business.

5. By publishing this Privacy Policy we aim to make it easy for our users, clients and the public to understand what data we collect, receive and store, why we do so, how we receive and/or obtain that information, and the rights an individual has with respect to their data in our possession.

2. WHO AND WHAT THIS POLICY APPLIES TO

1. We handle data in our own right and also for and on behalf of our clients.

2. Our Privacy Policy does not apply to information we collect about businesses or companies, however it does apply to information about the people in those businesses or companies which we store.

3. The Privacy Policy applies to all forms of information, physical and digital, whether collected or stored electronically or in hardcopy.

4. If, at any time, an individual or client provides data or other information about someone other than himself or herself, the individual warrants that they have that person’s consent to provide such information for the purpose specified.

5. We do not provide services to or collect data from children (persons under the age of 18 years).

6. Our website will identify whenever there is a change to this Privacy Policy.

3. VIEWING

1. You can visit our website without telling us who you are or revealing any information about yourself, including your email address. In this case, our server may collect the name, address, the IP address and domain you used to access the website, the type and version of browser and operating system you are using, and the website you came from and visit next. This information is used by us to measure the number of visits, average time spent, page views, and other statistics about visitors to our website in general. We may also use this data to monitor site performance for systems administration purposes, to make our website easier and more convenient to use and to report information in aggregate form to our advisers (e.g. how many visitors log in to our website).

2. Refer to our Cookies Policy (below) for further information about the cookies we use to collect information from visitors to our website.

4. CONSENT – OPT IN, OPT OUT

1. In respect of information that we collect directly, an individual An individual may withdraw consent or opt to not have us collect their data and communicate with them at certain times by not providing express consent. This may prevent us from offering some or all of our services and may terminate access to some or all of the services we provide. They will be aware of this when:

  1. Opt In. Where relevant, the individual will have the right to choose to have information collected and/or receive information from us; or
  2. Opt Out. Where relevant, the individual will have the right to choose to exclude himself or herself from some or all collection of information and/or receiving information from us. An individual may revoke their consent at any time, and the decision to opt out will be made through the same media which allowed the individual to opt in (and potentially other media).

2. If an individual believes that they have received information from us that they did not opt in or out to receive, they should contact us on the details below.

5. THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT AND RECEIVE

1. In the course of our business it is necessary for us to collect and receive data where we have a legitimate interest, pursuant to contract or with your consent. This information allows us to identify who an individual is for the purposes of our business, to provide services to our clients, share data when asked of us, contact the individual in the ordinary course of business and transact with the individual.

2. Where information has been received from a client in accordance with our services, we are not responsible for the collection and monitoring of consent in that information. The burden of obtaining consent rests with the client.

3. Without limitation, the type of information we may collect or receive is:

  1. Personal Information. We may collect or receive personal details such as an individual’s name and other information that allows us to identify who the individual is;
  2. CV Information. Individuals may choose to provide us with their CV, to be viewed by users of our website and employers receiving the CV in connection with an advertised position;
  3. Contact Information. We may collect or receive information such as an individual’s email address, telephone number, mailing address and other information that allows us to contact the individual;
  4. Statistical Information. We may collect or receive information about an individual’s online and offline preferences, habits, movements, trends, decisions, associations, memberships, finances, purchases and other information for statistical purposes;
  5. Digital Information. We may collect or receive your IP address and device-specific information, such as the hardware model, operating system version, advertising identifier, unique application identifiers, unique device identifiers, browser type, language, wireless network and mobile network information (including mobile phone number); and
  6. Information provided to us. We may collect or receive any personal correspondence that an individual sends us, or that is sent to us by others about the individual’s activities, including activities with our clients and partners.

4. We may collect or receive other data about an individual, which we will maintain in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

5. We may also collect or receive non-data about an individual such as information regarding their computer, network and browser.

6. HOW INFORMATION IS COLLECTED

1. Most information will be collected or received in association with:

  1. an individual’s use of our website(s) and/or services, an enquiry about Real Links or generally dealing with us;
  2. our engagement to provide services to clients (including data processing) who provide us with information relating to individuals that are employees, staff or contacts of those individuals.

2. We may receive information from individuals that are employees or alumni of our clients that relates to potential candidates extracted from those employees’ or alumni’s business or social networks.

3. We may also receive data from other sources such as advertising, promotions, public records, mailing lists, contractors, staff, recruitment agencies and our business partners (such as Facebook or Twitter). In particular, information is likely to be collected as follows:

  • Services/engagements. When a client or individual engages our services and/or provides list, account, connection or other process whereby they enter data details or grant access to information in order to receive or access something, including a transaction or services. In particular, we will be provided with information relating to individuals within a client organisation;
  • When an individual grants us access to their accounts with our business partners (such as Facebook or Twitter);
  • Supply/Contact. When an individual supplies us with goods or services. or contacts us in any way;
  • Pixel Tags. Pixel tags enable us to send email messages in a format customers can read and they tell us whether mail has been opened.

4. If, at any time, a third party provides data or other information about any individual, we require that party warrants that they have that person’s consent to provide such information to us for the purpose specified.

5. Real Links will publish changes to the way that information is collected at the point of collection and within this policy.

7. HOW DATA IS STORED

1. The data that we collect from you and data which we receive from clients will be stored in the European Economic Area (EEA), but may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the EEA, with and by third parties.

2. Data may also be processed by third parties and/or staff operating outside the EEA who work for us or for one of our third party partners. Such staff may be engaged in, among other things, the fulfilment of your order, the processing of your payment details and the provision of support services. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing.

3. We will retain data for the period necessary to fulfil the purposes outlined in this policy unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by law.

4. By consenting to our Privacy Policy, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing.

8. WHEN DATA IS USED

1. Except as necessary and we have a legitimate interest:

  1. Where acting as a data controller, we will not use any data other than for the purpose for which it was collected or with the consent from the individual. The purpose of collection is determined by the circumstances in which the information was collected and/or submitted;
  2. Where acting as a data processor, we will not use data for any purpose other than the purpose specified by the data controller.

2. In particular, we provide CV information to our account managers who seek to find you employment with third party employers. Whereas Real Links takes steps to only engage with reputable organisations, we cannot guarantee that all third parties and employers will adhere to the limitations we impose on them. If at any time you would like your CV or details removed from our website, please email support@reallinks.co.uk and it shall be removed.

3. Job postings which are posted on our website allow an individual to follow links to apply (and provide a CV) in response to a specific job posting. Although we use reasonable means to protect your personal information, Real Links is not responsible for any improper use of your personal information that is beyond our reasonable control.

4. Information is used to enable us to operate our business, especially as it relates to an individual or the provision of services to a client – this may include (subject to necessary consent or pursuant to a relevant contract):

  1. The provision of goods and services to a client, including;
    1. The processing of information received from a client, client employee or client alumni;
    2. The analysis of information received from a client, client employee or client alumni;
    3. The presentation and reporting on information received from a client, client employee or client alumni.
  2. Verifying an individual’s identity;
  3. Communicating with a registered user, prospective or current client about:
    1. Their relationship with us and our services;
    2. Job opportunities or related services;
    3. Our own marketing and promotions to customers and prospects;
    4. Competitions, surveys and questionnaires, for which we will get express consent at the point of submission;
  4. Answering inquiries and questions from individuals and communicating with future opportunities and/or registration;
  5. Receiving and processing job applications on behalf of our clients where our clients do not have their own applicant tracking systems;
  6. Giving developers information that is useful in determining appropriate new features, content and services;
  7. Provide advertisers with aggregate, not individual, information about our customers;
  8. Investigating any complaints about or made by an individual or client, or if we have reason to suspect that an individual or client is in breach of any of our terms and conditions or that an individual or client is or has been otherwise engaged in any unlawful activity; and/or
  9. Carrying out regulatory checks and meeting our obligations to our regulators;
  10. As required or permitted by any law (including the Act).

5. If you publicly post about Real Links, or communicate directly with us, on a social media website, we may collect and process the data contained in such posts or in your public profile for the purpose of addressing any customers services requests you may have and to monitor and influence public opinion of Real Links.

9. WHEN DATA IS DISCLOSED

1. It may be necessary for us to disclose an individual’s data to third parties in a manner compliant with the Act in the course of our business, such as for processing activities like website hosting.

2. We will not sell an individual’s data to unrelated third parties, unless applicable consent has been obtained for us to partner with those companies to offer you related services, or employ other companies to perform tasks on our behalf and we need to share your information with them to provide products and services to you.

3. There are some circumstances in which we must disclose an individual’s information:

  1. Where we reasonably believe that an individual may be engaged in fraudulent, deceptive or unlawful activity that a governmental authority should be made aware of;
  2. As required by any law (including the Act) including court orders; and/or
  3. In order to sell our business (as we may transfer data to a new owner).

4. We will not disclose an individual’s data to any entity outside of the EEA, unless that entity operates in an environment governed by requirements that are at least equivalent to the GDPR. We will take reasonable steps to ensure that any disclosure to an entity outside of the EEA will not be made until that entity has agreed in writing with us to safeguard data as we do.

5. We may partner with or utilise third-party service providers (such as Gmail from Google, Inc) to communicate with an individual or client and to store contact details about an individual or client. These service providers may be located outside the United Kingdom, including the United States of America.

6. If Real Links gets involved in a merger, asset sale, financing, liquidation or bankruptcy, or acquisition of all or some portion of the business to another company, you consent to us sharing with that company before and after the transaction closes information: (i) that we hold in our capacity as data controller relating to an individual; and (ii) that we hold in our capacity as data processor subject to any confidentiality provisions between us and our clients.

10. THIRD PARTY SERVICES, WEBSITES AND ACCOUNTS

1. We may share an individual’s information and information received from our clients, client employees or client alumni with third parties for the processing and storage of that information. For example:

  1. all information may be processed and stored with cloud service providers (such as Amazon Web Services);
  2. all payment information may be provided to and processed by a payment gateway (such as www.Stripe.com or paypal.com); and
  3. information may be processed but not stored our by data partners (such as People Data Labs).

2. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of third parties. We recommend that you read the privacy policies of third party service providers so you can understand the manner in which your personal information will be handled by these providers.

3. In particular, remember that certain service providers may be located in or have facilities that are located in a different jurisdiction (including outside the EEA). So if you elect to proceed with a transaction that involves the services of a third-party service provider, then your information may become subject to the laws of the jurisdiction(s) in which that service provider or its facilities are located.

4. As an example, if you are located in United Kingdom and your transaction is processed by a payment gateway located in the United States, then your personal information used in completing that transaction may be subject to disclosure under United States legislation (including the USA Patriot Act).

5. The information we may obtain from those services often depends on your settings or their privacy policies. We recommend that you read any third party privacy policies before entering any personal information.

6. When you click on links on our platform, they may direct you to third party websites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites and encourage you to read their privacy statements.

11. COOKIE POLICY

1. Our website may use cookies to distinguish you from other users of our platform. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our platform and also allows us to improve our website. Your consent will be obtained prior to our use of cookies on our platform and you are able to revoke that consent by following the method below.

2. A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your device if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your device’s hard drive. You block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our website for which we require the use of cookies.

12. THE SAFETY & SECURITY OF DATA

1. We will take all reasonable precautions to protect an individual’s and our client’s data from unauthorised access. This includes appropriately securing our physical facilities and digital networks.

2. The security of online transactions and the security of communications sent by electronic means or by post cannot be guaranteed. Each client and individual that provides information to us via the internet or by post does so at their own risk. We cannot accept responsibility for misuse or loss of, or unauthorised access to, data where the absolute security of information is not always within our control.

3. We are not responsible for the privacy or security practices of any third party (including third parties that we are permitted to disclose an individual’s data to in accordance with this policy or any applicable laws). The collection and use of an individual’s or a client’s information by such third parties may be subject to separate privacy and security policies.

4. If an individual or client suspects any misuse or loss of, or unauthorised access to, their data, they should let us know immediately.

5. To the extent permitted by law, we are not liable for any loss, damage or claim arising out of another person’s use of the data where we were authorised to provide that person with the data.

13. HOW TO ACCESS AND/OR UPDATE INFORMATION

1. The Act gives you the right to request from us the data that we have about you.

2. If an individual cannot update his or her own information, we will correct any errors in the data we hold about an individual within one month of receiving written notice from them about those errors.

3. It is an individual’s responsibility to provide us with accurate and truthful data. We cannot be liable for any information that is provided to us that is incorrect.

4. We may charge an individual a reasonable fee for based on our administrative costs incurred in meeting any of their requests to disclose the data we hold about them if such a request is manifestly unfounded or excessive. We reserve the right to clarify the specific information your request relates to.

5. Information will be provided within one month of receipt of the request.

6. Real Links sources applicants from employees’ social and/or business networks and displays applicant profiles which include key details about applicants’ work histories but exclude any personal identifiers (name, sex, nationality, age etc.) and as such does not give access to personal data about applicants. Real Links uses publicly available information alongside information taken from social and/or business networks provided by employees and alumni to enrich applicant profiles with useful work related information about applicants. Real Links does not display any applicant personal data until an applicant makes the decision to apply for a position and confirms they have read and understood this privacy policy.

14. COMPLAINTS AND DISPUTES

  1. You have the right to object to:
    1. processing based on legitimate interests or the performance of a task in the public interest/exercise of official authority (including profiling);
    2. direct marketing; and
    3. processing for purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics

unless we hold legitimate grounds for processing or the processing is for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.

  1. If an individual has an objection or complaint about our handling of their data, they should address their complaint in writing to the details below.
  2. You have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority if you consider that the processing of your data infringes the General Data Protection Regulation.
  3. If we have a dispute regarding an individual’s data, we both must first attempt to resolve the issue directly between us.
  4. If we become aware of any unauthorised access to an individual’s data which is likely to result in a high risk for the rights and freedoms of the data subjects we will inform the individual without undue delay after becoming aware of it once we have established what was accessed and how it was accessed.

15. ADDITIONS TO THIS POLICY

1. We reserve the right to modify this privacy policy at any time, so please review it frequently. Changes and clarifications will take effect immediately upon their posting on the website. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here that it has been updated, so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we use and/or disclose it.

2. If we decide to change this Privacy Policy, we will post the changes on our website at www.reallinks.co.uk/privacy. It is your responsibility to refer to this Privacy Policy to review any amendments. We may do things in addition to what is stated in this Privacy Policy to comply with the Act and nothing in this Privacy Policy shall deem us to have not complied with the Act.

16. CONTACTING US

All correspondence with regards to privacy should be addressed to:

Real Links Limited

5a Dagmar Road
London
United Kingdom,
SE5 8NZ

info@reallinks.io

We ask that you contact us by email in the first instance.