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  • Categories of Personal Data
  • Other Information Provided by You
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  • Collection of Personally Identifiable Information
  • Use of Personally Identifiable Information and Anonymous Information
  • Disclosure of your Personally Identifiable Information and Anonymous Information
  • Payment Data
  • Security
  • Assessing and Updating your Information
  • Your Ability to Opt-out of Information Collection and Use
  • Unsubscribing, Correction and Deletion of Personally Identifiable Information
  • Retention of Your Information
  • Third Party Personally Identifiable Information
  • Content Forwarding
  • Communications from Us
  • Cookies
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  • Links to Other Websites
  • Changes To This Policy
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Privacy

Introduction

This Privacy Policy explains how Askvisory Limited (“we”, “us”, “our”) collects, uses, shares and protects information obtained from Clients, Advisors and other visitors to our website www.askvisory.com (the “Askvisory Website”). You can find our full company and contact details on the Askvisory Website “Contact” page on the Askvisory Website.

We take your privacy seriously. This Privacy Policy describes our privacy terms and conditions, practices and policy regarding the collection and use of information (including personally identifiable information) made available to us through the Askvisory Website.

All personally identifiable information will be held and used by us in accordance with this Privacy Policy and applicable data protection legislation. By registering with us or using the Askvisory Website, you confirm your agreement to the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to this Privacy Policy, please do not register with us or use the Askvisory Website or the services provided over it.

We may update this Privacy Policy from time to time. Any changes to it (including changes that materially affect ways in which your personally identifiable data may be used or shared in the future) will be posted on the Askvisory Website in accordance with the section ‘Changes’ below. Your continued use of the Askvisory Website will indicate your agreement to such changes.

You may visit our website without disclosing any personally identifiable information. We collect personally identifiable information if you register or correspond with us, or update your personal details or process or respond to other information requests over the Askvisory Website.

Registration

When you register with us or enquire about our services we require you to provide certain information (the “Registration Information”).

If you are an Advisor, you will be asked to provide personal data such as your name, email address, telephone number, and contact information. We will also ask you for detailed information in respect to your profession and professional experience (including industry (vertical), business area (horizontal), employers, current and past positions held, etc), your academic and professional background and qualifications and your language skills, as well as any other skills that we may consider necessary in order for you to join our network of advisors.

Finally, if you are engaged on consultation by any of our Clients, we will also require your payment details in order to enable us to effect payment to you for the services you may provide. In any case, the Askvisory Website will clearly indicate the information required to enable us to provide our service to our Clients. For data that is not indicated as necessary you have a choice on whether to communicate it to us or not. You agree and confirm that all information that you provide to us will be true, accurate, and not misleading in any way.

For client enquiry and registration purposes, we require the full name and address of the Client and a brief description of the Client’s business, along with the name, title, position and contact details of the member.

Opt In

When you register with us as a Advisor or client or participate in a consultation you will be asked to confirm your agreement to our Privacy Policy to confirm that you agree to our use of any personally identifiable information that we may collect from you or be provided with by you in connection with your use of the Askvisory Website and the services we provide. By participating in a consultation you agree to our use of your information in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Policy. If you do not provide your consent, you will not be able to become a Advisor or client of the Askvisory Website or use the services. If you wish to withdraw your consent to our use of your personally identifiable information you may do so at any time by contacting us by emailing us admin@askvisory.com.

However, if you do this, you will no longer be able to continue to be a client or Advisor for us. Clients and Advisors may correct or delete any the information they provide to us about themselves online at any time. For more information on opting-out, unsubscribing, or correcting or deleting personal data on the Askvisory Website, please see the sections below titled ‘Your Ability to Opt-out of Information Collection and Use’, ‘Assessing and Updating Your Personal Information’ and ‘Unsubscribing, Correction and Deletion of Personally Identifiable Information’.

Categories of Personal Data Processed through the Askvisory Website

The information that Advisors and clients provide to us or make available on the Askvisory Website may generally be categorised as either anonymous or personally identifiable. Anonymous information is information that cannot be traced back to a specific individual. Personally identifiable information is information from which an individual may be identified. Our Advisors are generally individuals, rather than companies. Our Clients are generally companies or partnerships, rather than individuals. In either case, while we seek to maintain appropriate levels of confidentiality and security in respect of information about companies and partnerships (“Business Information”), such information may not be personal data and the use of such data may not be governed by applicable data protection legislation. Our Advisor Terms and Conditions and Client Agreement for the Supply of Consultancy Services apply to the provision and use of Business Information as applicable.

Other Information Provided by You

As noted above, we require you to submit certain information when you register with us or use our services. Advisors and Clients also have the opportunity to supply additional information if they wish. Providing this additional information is entirely optional, but enables Advisors to better identify themselves and their capabilities and allows Clients to provide more detail on their projects and general requirements.

Collection of Personally Identifiable Information

We collect the details provided by Advisors and Clients on registration or during the sales process together with any additional information provided by them over the Askvisory website or in correspondence with us, as well as personally identifiable information we learn about you through your use of Askvisory and the services provided over it. For example, we may collect additional personally identifiable information through information you submit specifically for the purpose of being considered by a Client for acting as an expert in specific projects.

We also collect additional personally identifiable information from Advisors and Clients about their participation in the Askvisory network, our interactions with them, and their interactions with each other. For example, we may collect feedback from our Clients on the experience and the services provided to them by our Advisors. We may also collect information about current and prospective Advisors and Clients as well as about Askvisory Website users from third parties. We may send “cookies” to your computer when you visit the Askvisory Website. Cookies, which are small files that are stored on your computer, make it easier for you to log on to and use the Askvisory Website during future visits. Cookies also allow us to monitor website traffic and to personalise the content of the Askvisory Website for you. If you like, you can set your browser to notify you before you receive a cookie so you have the chance to accept it and you can also set your browser to reject all cookies. You can find more information about cookies and how we use them in the section ‘Cookies’ below.

Use of Personally Identifiable Information and Anonymous Information

We hold all personal data on our servers in the United Kingdom. Your information will be held by us as above and will be accessed by our staff and third parties working for us for the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy or for other purposes approved by you. We have a global network of Advisors and an international Client base, therefore information may be transmitted across borders both inside and outside the European Economic Area. We use the personally identifiable information that we collect to operate the Askvisory Website, provide our services and communicate with you. We also use and analyse the information we collect so that we can administer, support, improve and develop our services.

If you are a Advisor, we use and analyse the information we collect about you in order to identify projects that would be within your domain of expertise or likely to interest you. If you are a Client, we use and analyse the information we collect about you in order to identify the most suitable Advisors for your project. It is important to know that the more accurate and detailed the information you provide us is, the better able we are to propose the most suitable Advisors for our Clients and the most suitable Client projects for our Advisors.  We may share Advisor information with our Clients, typically in connection with actual or potential projects and consulting opportunities.  Our Clients are generally not permitted to disclose personal information about Advisors to third parties, except with permission from the respective Advisor or as required by applicable law, regulation or pursuant to a court or similar order.

When a Client makes a request for Advisor assistance, they perform a search our Advisor network and identify one or more suitable Advisors as possible candidates. Initially, only anonymous information is disclosed to the Client to enable the Client to select one or more Advisors that are potentially suitable for the Client’s project / advisory requirements. The Client may request more specific information including personally identifiable information for one or more proposed Advisors directly with the advisor through our secure messaging system. Before disclosing any personally identifiable information, we request the Advisors concerned to authorise the disclosure of their personally identifiable information to the Client. This authorisation is typically sought through our secure messaging system or advisory scheduling system. We do not disclose any personally identifiable information to Clients without such authorisaton.
We do not sell or share personally identifiable information with third parties for their marketing purposes.

We and our service providers process personally identifiable information only for the purposes for which it was collected. If you begin but do not complete the registration process, we may contact you based on information you provide us to determine if you wish to complete your registration. We may contact you using personally identifiable information you voluntarily provide. In particular, we may contact Advisors about specific projects or consulting opportunities. Finally, by registering as a Advisor or Client, you agree that we may contact you by email to the address most recently notified by you to us. In addition, unless you have asked us not to, we may contact you by post, electronic messaging service or telephone.

Disclosure of your Personally Identifiable Information and Anonymous Information

The provisions above set out the main circumstances in which we may disclose your personally identifiable information to third parties. We may also disclose your personally identifiable information without further notice to you in the following instances:
(i) if you have already authorised us to do so;
(ii) if we are required to do so by applicable law or pursuant to a court or similar order;
(iii) as deemed necessary, in our discretion, to protect our legal rights or property or the legal rights or property of any Advisor, Client or third party, or to prevent personal injury; and/or
(iv) in connection with a sale, merger, assignment, joint venture or other transfer or disposition of a portion or all of the business, assets or shares in Askvisory Limited (including, without limitation, in connection with any bankruptcy or similar proceedings).

In addition, we reserve the right to allow access to our systems to third parties providing technical services to us when such access is required in order to provide those services, and to provide your personally identifiable information to third parties who provide services on our behalf. We require such third parties to maintain the security of your personally identifiable information and use it only on our behalf in connection with the provision of such services.

Subject to the confidentiality provisions contained in the Advisor Terms and Conditions, we may also disclose a Advisor’s membership and personally identifiable information at the request of other third parties including, but not limited to, a Advisor’s former employer(s) and companies that the Advisor concerned has provided services to or contracted with, if such third party requests that information for purposes of confirming Advisor’s compliance with their legal obligations to their employer or for other legitimate purposes. We will inform the Advisor of such requests by third parties. Employers or such third parties may request that guidelines be placed on a Advisor’s participation in outside business activities, including consulting, arising from duties the Advisor may owe to them. The Advisor concerned will be notified of any such requested guidelines.

We may discuss a Advisor’s participation or proposed participation in a project with third parties for the purpose of confirming any consents or approvals that may be required. We may also disclose personally identifiable information as required by law or a competent regulatory authority. We may also provide anonymous information and aggregated data about the usage of our services to third-parties for such purposes as we deem, in our sole discretion, to be appropriate, but this will not include information that can be used to identify you. If you have any concerns about the anonymous and aggregated information and data that we disclose, please email admin@askvisory.com for more information.

Payment Data

Askvisory confirms that we do not store any financial details (e.g. Credit, debit, bank account details).  Askvisory does not hold any data that would allow us to directly charge or risk the financial data held by members.  To ensure extra security, we also do not store full address details to ensure to ensure that potentially sensitive details such as your postal or zip code are risked in any and all instances.

The Payment form that is used passes data directly to our trusted third party payment processor, to ensure compliance and the highest levels of security.

Security

The security of your personally identifiable information is a priority to us. We employ security measures to protect your information both online and offline from access by unauthorised persons and against unlawful processing, accidental loss, destruction and damage. Please help us to keep your information secure by keeping your password and other account details confidential. However, despite your and our efforts, unfortunately, no security system, or system of transmitting data over the internet, can be guaranteed to be 100 per cent secure. As a result, while we strive to protect personally identifiable information that has been provided to us, we cannot guarantee the security of our servers, the means by which information is transmitted between your computer and our servers, or any information provided to us or to any third party over the Askvisory Website. You provide all such information at your own risk.

Assessing and Updating your Information

You also have a right to request that we make changes to your information so that it is accurate and kept up to date, and we may update your information using data obtained from third parties. Advisors are required regularly to update the biographical and employment information that they provide to the Askvisory Website and Clients should regularly review the contact and other information that has been provided to us to ensure it remains accurate and up to date. You may review the information you have provided to us and make any desired changes, corrections, modifications or updates to the information or to the settings of your the Askvisory Website account at any time by logging on to the site and editing the information on your account settings via the main webpage.

Your Ability to Opt-out of Information Collection and Use

You may choose not to provide personally identifiable information to us. Applicants who do not complete the application to become Advisors may request that we do not retain their personally identifiable information. You may also set up your computer to reject cookies. If you do so, however, you may be unable to use certain features on the Askvisory Website (see further section titled ‘Cookies’ below). Advisors may also opt out of membership of the Askvisory network in accordance with the following section.

Unsubscribing, Correction and Deletion of Personally Identifiable Information

To unsubscribe altogether from our services, please contact admin If you unsubscribe, unless we otherwise specifically agree, you will cease to be a Advisor or client of ours and may no longer use the Askvisory Website or the services provided by us. If Advisors unsubscribe, we will cease contacting them with opportunities to participate in projects and other correspondence. If Clients unsubscribe, we will no longer be able to put them in contact with Advisors for their projects. You should note that in most circumstances, and unless we otherwise specifically agree, it may not be possible or commercially practicable for us to permanently and completely remove or delete all information that you have provided to us, although we will cease to use it for commercial purposes if you unsubscribe. Permanent and complete removal or deletion of such information will be entirely at our discretion. Any such information that is retained may be used, from time to time, to re-contact former Clients, Advisors or visitors to the Askvisory Website in certain limited circumstances – for instance, if required to do so by law.

Retention of Your Information

We will retain your information for a reasonable period or as long as the law requires. In particular, you should note that we may require (or be required) to retain certain data contributed by you if it may be necessary to prevent fraud or future abuse, or for legitimate business purposes, such as analysis of aggregated, non-personally-identifiable data, account recovery, if required for regulatory compliance purposes, or if otherwise required by law. All retained data will continue to be subject to the terms of this Privacy Policy that you have previously agreed to.

Third Party Personally Identifiable Information

No Advisor or Client may disclose personally identifiable information about the other to any third party unless it is with our and the other party’s express consent.

Content Forwarding

We may provide tools on the Askvisory Website to forward content from Askvisory to others through e-mail e.g. where you let us know that you were referred to Askvisory by a friend or colleague we may send that individual correspondence thanking them for such referral. The e-mail address(es) that you supply for content forwarding will be used for that purpose only.

Communications from Us

We may communicate with you through the Askvisory Website, email to the personal email address notified to us by you, and / or notices posted on the Askvisory Website. These may include emails which help inform users about various features of the service or relate to the proper functioning of your account. You are responsible for ensuring that you read them and respond promptly if requested to do so.

Cookies

Use of Cookies on the Askvisory Website A cookie is a text-only string of information that a website transfers to the cookie file of the browser on your computer’s hard disk so that the website can recognise who you are. A cookie will typically contain the name of the domain from which the cookie has come, the ‘lifetime’ of the cookie, and a value, usually a randomly generated unique number. Two types of cookies are used on the Askvisory Website: session cookies – temporary cookies than remain in the cookie file of your browser until you leave the Askvisory website; and persistent cookies – these remain in the cookie file if your browser for much longer (though how long will depend on the lifetime of the specific cookie). Cookies help a website to arrange content to match your preferred interests more quickly. Most major websites use cookies.

How we Use Cookies

We use session cookies: to allow you to carry information across pages of the Askvisory Website and avoid having to log-in many times; as part of the registration process to allow access of stored information. We may use persistent cookies: to help us recognise you when you return to the Askvisory Website and to allow us to tailor content to match your preferred interests or to avoid showing you the same content repeatedly; to compile anonymous, aggregated statistics that allow us to understand how Advisors, clients and visitors use the Askvisory Website and to help us improve the structure of our website; to store registration information so that if registered users only have to re-enter their password (instead of all your registration information) each time they visit the site, and so that the site can recognise you as a registered user. We do not pass any personally identifiable information obtained by cookie use to third party advertising companies.

Disabling or Enabling Cookies

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by modifying the settings in your browser. However, you may not be able to use all the interactive features of the Askvisory Website if cookies are disabled. Managing Cookies There are a number of ways you can manage cookies stored on your computer. If you use different computers in different locations you will need to ensure that each browser is adjusted to suit your cookie preferences. You can easily find for example, if you are using Microsoft Windows Explorer, you can do this by opening Windows Explorer, and searching for cookie files. If you are not using Microsoft Windows Explorer, then you should select ‘cookies’ in the ‘Help’ function for information on where to find your cookie folder. Before you delete any cookies on your computer, you should be aware that some cookies are used to store your privacy preferences and enable website operators to comply with them. For example, if you have told a particular website operator that you do not wish them to provide you with targeted advertising, they may have stored a cookie on your computer so that whenever you visit their website, they know not to do this. If you delete that cookie, they will no longer have a record of your request or the means to ensure that they comply with it.

Links to Other Websites

The Askvisory Website may contain links to other web sites belonging to third parties. Where we provide links to third party websites (whether or not they are affiliated with us and even if the Askvisory Website branding appears on these sites), such sites are not controlled by us and are not covered by this Privacy Policy. These links are provided for your convenience only. If you access these sites by using the links provided, the operators of these sites may collect information from you which will be used by them in accordance with their privacy policy. We cannot guarantee how they will use your information or that they will use it in compliance with applicable data protection law and you are advised to check the privacy policies of such third parties before providing information to them.

Changes To This Policy

We may update this Privacy Policy. Any changes to it will be posted on the Askvisory Website and we will also take all reasonably practical steps to notify you specifically of any changes that materially affect ways in which your personally identifiable information may be used or shared. Subject to the provisions above, we may change this Privacy Policy from time to time without notice (including, without limitation, on the introduction of new services to our users which affect our privacy practices). Any such change will take effect once the revised privacy policy is available on the Askvisory Website home page. You will be bound by any such changes to the Privacy Policy. Therefore, we ask that you bookmark and periodically review this page to ensure your continuing familiarity with the most current version of our Privacy Policy. Your continued use of the Askvisory Website following such changes to this Privacy Policy means that you accept those changes.

Contact

We welcome any comments, queries and requests relating to our use of your information. For any questions about this Privacy Policy or if you think that we do not respect this Privacy Policy you can e-mail us at any time at admin@askvisory.com.