Last Updated: April 12, 2020
Information We Collect
How we collect and store information depends on the Services you use and the activities in which you participate. You can use some of the Services without providing any information other than what is automatically collected as described below. Visitors who access and browse a Vangst webite without registering are “Site Visitors.” In order to utilize some of the Services offered by Vangst, you must register with Vangst. All users who register with Vangst are “Registered Users.”
Information you provide
All information that you provide to us when registering, posting a job, posting a profile, communicating through the Platform, utilizing our mobile applications or that you otherwise provide on the Platform or by phone, email, postal mail or otherwise, will be stored by us. You may provide us with information in various ways, including:
When you register directly through Vangst, we will collect and store the information that you provide to us on our online registration forms. This may include your: first and last name, email address, home address, birthday, phone number, photo, social security number and industry-related IDs. If you register for a Service that requires you to pay a fee, Vangst will also collect your payment method details and your billing address.
Otherwise through the Platform or by telephone, email, postal mail or chat
Registered Users may provide additional information through other Platform features such as our online communication platforms, groups and payment platforms. In some cases, Site Visitors may have the ability to provide us information through the Platform, such as contact information. In addition, both Registered Users and Site Visitors may choose to provide information by phone, email, postal mail, or chat.
Information provided by others
By Site Visitors, Registered Users and others
Vangst also collects information that Site Visitors, Registered Users and others provide about one another. For example, Job Seekers may invite Site Visitors, Registered Users or others to rate and indicate their relationship to the Employers on the Platform. In addition, Registered Users may communicate directly with one another through Vangst platforms. By third parties to verify your information and representations
By third parties that perform background checks
By other sources
Information you expressly authorize us to collect
We may request permission to collect certain information from or about you. For example, if you use a Vangst mobile application, we may request permission to access information about the contacts listed in your mobile device phone book when you initiate an address book search for friends who have downloaded the application. We may also request permission to access and store your location (e.g., your precise GPS-based functionality on the mobile devices used to access the Platform and Services). If you grant your permission, we will access and/or store such information unless you subsequently opt out by adjusting the settings in your device.
Automatically collected information
We may automatically collect certain information about the computer or devices (including mobile devices) you use to access the Platform and Services as described below.
Log files, IP addresses and information about your computer and mobile device
When you visit the Platform, Vangst receives the internet protocol ("IP") address of your computer (or the proxy server you use to access the internet), your computer operating system, the type of web browser you are using, and browser language. If you are using a mobile device, Vangst may also receive unique device identifiers and other information about your mobile or other device(s), and mobile operating system. We may correlate this information with other information we have about you. We may also automatically collect information related to the ways in which you interact with the Platform and the Services, such as referring and exit pages, URLs, platform type, the number of clicks, domain names, landing pages, pages and content viewed (including ads viewed) and the order of such views, the amount of time spent on particular pages, the date and time you use the Services, error logs, and other similar information.
Cookies and other technologies
When you visit or access our Platform, or open one of our emails, we may allow authorized third parties, such as ad servers, ad agencies, ad exchanges, ad technology vendors, and research firms, to place or recognize a unique cookie, pixel, and/or similar technologies on your browser in order to provide you relevant advertisements. These advertisements, known as interest-based advertising, may be targeted to you based on information these authorized third parties know or infer about you and include in the cookies placed on your browser, and/or on information about your Internet browsing activities gathered through your browser.
Vangst adheres to the Digital Advertising Alliance (“DAA”) Self-Regulatory Principles in connection with this interest-based advertising activity. You can visit https://www.aboutads.info or https://www.youradchoices.com/AppChoices to learn more about interest-based advertising and how to opt out of this advertising by companies participating in the DAA self-regulatory program. If you delete your cookies, reset your device advertising identifier, or use a different browser or mobile device, you will need to renew your opt-out choice. You may also be able to limit data collection for advertising purposes using tools available on your device. Note that electing to opt out will not stop advertising from appearing in your browser. It may make the ads you see less relevant to your interests. Even if you opt out, advertising providers may continue to collect data for other purposes, including analytics and other operational purposes.
Advertising providers may also collect and use information through our apps about the precise location of your mobile device, in order to provide ads that are more relevant to you. If you do not want advertising providers to collect information through our apps about your device’s precise location, you can turn off location services on your device.
We may also work with third parties that collect data about your use of the Platform and Services and other sites or apps over time for non-advertising purposes. Vangst uses third-party services to improve the performance of the Services and for analytics and marketing purposes.
We may also use Google Analytics to measure Platform usage and improve our visitor experience. The relevant data is provided to us by Google in the aggregate and allows us to better understand our Platform audience. The Google Analytics features implemented by us allow us (i) to evaluate and generate reports on certain demographic, behavioral, and interest metrics of users collected by Google, and (ii) to create advertising remarketing audiences and campaigns based on such metrics, which may be segmented into aggregated groups. Visitors can opt-out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising and customize Google Display Network ads using the Ads Settings form at https://www.google.com/settings/ads.
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How We Use Information
In general, the information we collect is used (1) to improve our Services and enhance your experience with Vangst, (2) to enable us to provide a safer community for all of our Registered Users, and (3) to help us communicate with you. For example, we may use your information to:
- register and service your account;
- include in Job Seeker and Employer and profiles;
- contact you in response to questions and solicit feedback and input from you;
- notify you about new features of the Services, special events, or products, services, and special offers, or other information that we believe will be of interest to you;
- administer sweepstakes and contests;
- enable users to search based on the information the other has made available on the Platform, and information others have provided about them;
- connect Job Seekers with Employers that appear to meet their needs and preferences;
- enable Registered Users to search for, find, interact, connect and share information with other Registered Users they may have an interest in interacting with;
- perform analytics and research aimed at improving the accuracy, effectiveness, usability, or popularity of the Services;
- generate and review reports and data about our user base and usage patterns, including to improve the content and features of the Services or develop new Services;
- otherwise help protect the safety and integrity of the Platform and Vangst users; and
- personalize promotional messages or content on the Platform, via email or other ads on Vangst or third party sites.
How We Share Information
In addition to using the information collected by Vangst for the purposes described above, we may also share your information with various third parties, as described below.
With All Site Visitors and Registered Users
If you are a Job Seeker or Employer, we share with Site Visitors and Registered Users the information that is included in your profile or job posting, as well as the following registration information: your first name, first initial of your last name, city, state, and (if provided) your profile picture. With certain exceptions, you choose how much detail you want to include in either your job posting or your profile. We may also share on your profile or job posting any Employer reviews you have posted on our Platform, and any connections you have with other Vangst members, including the nature of those connections. If you are a Job Seeker and have elected to verify certain information with Vangst or to have a background check performed, we may also disclose that information in addition to your response rate and any payment or payroll preferences you have indicated. If you post information in a Vangst online group forum, that information may be viewed by any Site Visitor or Registered User who accesses the forum. We may display personal testimonials of Registered Users and other endorsements on our Platform or in other marketing materials. These testimonials or endorsements may include information such as the Registered User's first name, first initial of last name, town and state. With a Registered User's consent, we may include their full name.
With other Registered Users and corporate providers
In addition to the information that is provided to all Registered Users and Site Visitors, reviews and references are made available to certain Registered Users. If you are a Job Seeker, your phone number may be visible to certain Registered Users if you elect to share it in your profile. If you are a Job Seeker or Employer, you will appear in search result listings if you match the search criteria used by a Job Seeker or Employer, as applicable. Similarly, you may appear in emails sent to Job Seeker and Employers in your area.
If you register for our Vangst Gigs mobile application, other Registered Users of that application may search for you by name, email address, or other information. If they do, your name and profile photo will appear in the search results list and the searcher may contact you through the application to request to join your network or invite you to join theirs. No other information on the application will be shared with the Registered User unless you expressly allow them into your network. However, all information you post to the Vangst Gigs application will be available to all members of your network, including your precise GPS location when you post to the application if you have given us permission to access and collect your precise GPS location information.
If we terminate your registration for any reason, we reserve the right to send a notice of your termination to other Registered Users with whom we believe you have corresponded.
With vendors/service providers
We also share information with vendors with whom we have a contractual relationship and who perform services for Vangst such as, vendors who provide email, demographic information, or geo-location information services, vendors who perform background checks, vendors who process or accept credit card payments, vendors who run classified advertising businesses, vendors who send SMS messages to Registered Users’ mobile phone numbers, vendors who provide services that enable us and other third parties to detect and prevent fraud, in each case to the extent applicable. In certain cases (such as for vendors who help facilitate our online communication services or provide fraud detection and prevention services), the information we share may include the contents of written and audio messages you send through our online communication platforms.
As required by law or for reasons of safety
With our affiliates
You acknowledge that we may disclose any of the information we've collected about you to any of our affiliates or subsidiaries for the purposes of providing you with the Services soliciting you for potential employment opportunities with those affiliates or subsidiaries, and for other commercial purposes, including those of our affiliates and subsidiaries.
With Your Consent
We also may share your information with a third party if you consent to the sharing.
Vangst offers various background check services from consumer reporting agencies. If you authorize a background check to be run on you in response to a request by an Employer who is considering hiring you, the results of the check will be shared directly with the Employer. If you are a Registered User who has requested a background check through Vangst, a statement may be included in your profile to confirm that you have completed that check. The service provider who completes the background check may also send the results to you by email or postal mail. You acknowledge that sensitive material may be included in your background check, and that you are responsible for providing us and our service provider (if applicable) with correct information.
Your Choices Regarding the Sharing of your Personal Information
Registered Users have control over what optional information they choose to share with us when utilizing our Services (such as pictures, certain details in a job description or profile, etc.). In addition, Registered Users have the following opt out choices with respect to the sharing of their information:
- Job Seekers who have chosen to have their phone number made available to other Registered Users can later change their election so that their number is no longer visible.
- Job Seekers can opt out of having their age visible to Registered Users.
- Job Seekers can opt out of appearing in certain Employer search results and in certain Employer emails by adjusting their account settings.
- Users of a Vangst mobile application, who have given Vangst permission to access certain information from their mobile device such as their location or contacts, may subsequently opt out of that information sharing by adjusting the settings in their mobile device.
Except as otherwise provided above, you may email [email protected] or adjust your account settings to opt out of any of the above information sharing that is applicable to your account. Your opt out preferences may not take immediate effect.
Your Communication Choices
By becoming a Registered User, you are consenting to receive certain email communications from us, such as special offers, tips and advice, notifications of new Employers or Job Seekers in your area, customer surveys and administrative notices.
Changing or Removing your Personal Information and Closing your Account
You can update certain of your information by logging into your account and accessing your account settings. If you would like to remove some of the information you have posted on the Platform, such as information you posted in profiles and job postings, you may do so by editing or deleting that item in your My Profile & Setting area. To request removal of other information you have voluntarily posted on our Platform, such as information you may have posted in online group forums, contact [email protected]. In some cases, we may not be able to reasonably accommodate your request to remove your information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why.
If you no longer wish to participate in our Services, you may close your account directly through your account settings. If you close your account, we may delete any or all of your account information without liability. However, we may retain information related to you if we believe it may be necessary to prevent fraud or future abuse, or for legitimate business purposes, such as analysis of aggregated, de-identified information, account recovery, auditing our records, enforcing our rights and obligations under our agreements, or if required by law. Vangst may also retain and use your information if necessary to provide the Services to other Registered Users. Vangst does not control when search engines update their search index or cache, which may contain certain job posts, profiles or other information that have since been removed from Vangst's Platform.
How We Protect Information
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