Privacy Policy

We take your privacy seriously

Introduction

Maintaining your trust is our top priority, so we adhere to the following principles to protect your privacy:
  • We protect your personal information and will only provide it to third parties: (1) with your consent; (2) where it is necessary to carry out your instructions; (3) as is reasonably necessary in order to provide our features and functionality to you; (4) when we reasonably believe it is required by law, subpoena or other legal process; or (5) as is necessary to enforce our User Agreement or protect the rights, property, or safety of Great Minds, our Members and Visitors, and the public.
  • We have implemented appropriate security safeguards designed to protect your information in accordance with industry standards.

We may modify this Privacy Policy from time to time, and if we make material changes to it, we will provide notice through our Service, or by other means so that you may review the changes before you continue to use our Services. If you object to any changes, you may close your account. Continuing to use our Services after we publish or communicate a notice about any changes to this Privacy Policy means that you are consenting to the changes.

Personal and confidential information includes any factual or subjective information, recorded or not, about an identifiable individual. This includes information in any form, such as:
  • age, name, ID numbers, income, ethnic origin, or blood type;
  • opinions, evaluations, comments, social status, or disciplinary actions; and
  • employee files, existence of a dispute between a member and a business, intentions (for example, to acquire goods or services, or change jobs).

Personal and confidential information does not include the name, title, business address or telephone number of an employee of an organization and is not covered by this policy.

1. Collection

We collect your personal information in the following ways:

1.1 Registration

To create an account on findgreatminds.com, you must provide us with at least your name, email address and/or mobile number, a password and agree to our User Agreement and this Privacy Policy. You may provide additional information during the registration process (for example, your address, education, and skills) to help you build your profile and to provide you more customized services. You understand that, by creating an account, we and others will be able to identify you by your findgreatminds.com profile.

1.2 Profile

After you create an account, you may choose to provide additional information on your findgreatminds.com profile, such as descriptions of your skills, educational background, and professional experience. You may also choose to take the Basadur profile (subject to their Privacy Policy), list languages, certifications, and published work. Business feedback from projects you work on will impact your IQ points. Providing additional information enables you to derive more benefit from our Services by helping you appear in more search results and obtain more work offers. Without proof of your PhD, your profile will remain dormant and will not appear in any business search results. It also enables us to serve you ads and other relevant content on and off of our Services.

1.3 Customer Service

When you contact our customer support services, we may have to access your profile information work history to collect the information we need to categorize your question, respond to it, and, if applicable, investigate any breach of our User Agreement or this Privacy Policy. We also use this information to track potential problems and trends and customize our support responses to better serve you.

1.4 Using findgreatminds.com Sites and Applications

We collect information when you use (whether as a Member or a Visitor) our websites, applications, platform technology, or other Services. For example, we collect information when you view or click on ads on and off our Services, perform a search, join and participate in groups, and respond to work offers through our Services. If you are logged in on findgreatminds.com or one of our cookies on your device identifies you, your usage information and the log data, such as your IP address, will be associated by us with your account. Even if you’re not logged into a Service, we log information about devices used to access our Services, including IP address.

1.5 Cookies

A cookie is a small file placed onto your device that enables findgreatminds.com features and functionality. For example, cookies enable us to identify your device, secure your access to findgreatminds.com and our sites generally, and even help us know if someone attempts to access your account from a different device. Cookies also enable you to easily share content on LinkedIn and help us serve relevant ads to you.

We use cookies and similar technologies, including mobile application identifiers, to help us recognize you across different Services, learn about your interests both on and off our Services, improve your experience, increase security, measure use and effectiveness of our Services, and serve advertising. You can control cookies through your browser settings and other tools. By visiting our Services, you consent to the placement of cookies and beacons in your browser and HTML-based emails in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

1.6 Information About Your Computer and Mobile Device

When you visit or leave our Services (whether as a Member or Visitor) by clicking a hyperlink or when you view a third-party site that includes our plugin or cookies (or similar technology), we automatically receive the URL of the site from which you came or the one to which you are directed. Also, advertisers receive the URL of the page that you are on when you click an ad on or through our Services. We also receive the internet protocol (“IP”) address of your computer or the proxy server that you use to access the web, your computer operating system details, your type of web browser, your mobile device (including your mobile device identifier provided by your mobile device operating system), your mobile operating system (if you are accessing findgreatminds.com using a mobile device), and the name of your ISP or your mobile carrier. We may also receive location data passed to us from third-party services or GPS-enabled devices that you have set up, which we use to show you local information (for example, work offers in your location) on our mobile applications and for fraud prevention and security purposes. Most mobile devices allow you to prevent real time location data being sent to us, and of course we will honor your settings.

1.7 Other

Our Services are a dynamic, innovative environment, which means we are always seeking to improve the Services we offer you. We might introduce new features, some of which may result in the collection of new information. Furthermore, new partnerships or corporate acquisitions may result in new features, and we may potentially collect new types of information. If we start collecting substantially new types of personal information and materially change how we handle your data, we will modify this Privacy Policy and notify you.

2. Use

2.1 Consent to Great Minds Processing Information About You

The personal information that you provide to us may reveal or allow others to identify aspects of your life that are not expressly stated on your profile (for example, your picture or your name may reveal your gender). By providing personal information to us when you create or update your account and profile, you are expressly and voluntarily accepting the terms and conditions of our User Agreement and freely accepting and agreeing to our processing of your personal information in ways set out by this Privacy Policy. Supplying to us any information deemed “sensitive” by applicable law is entirely voluntary on your part. You can withdraw or modify your consent to our collection and processing of the information you provide at any time, in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Policy and the User Agreement, by changing your account settings or your profile on findgreatminds.com, or by closing your findgreatminds.com accounts.

2.2 findgreatminds.com Communications

We communicate with you through email, notices posted on Great Minds websites or apps, and other means available through the Services, including mobile text messages and push notifications. Examples of these communications include: (1) welcome and engagement communications - informing you about how to best use our Services, new features, updates about work offers, etc.; (2) service communications - these will cover service availability, security, and other issues about the functioning of our Services; and (3) promotional communications by email, which may contain promotional information directly or on behalf of our partners, including work offers. These messages will be sent to you based on your profile information and messaging preferences. You may change your email and contact preferences at any time by signing into your account and changing your findgreatminds.com settings. You can also opt out of promotional messages by visiting the unsubscribe page.

Please be aware that you cannot opt out of receiving service messages from us.

2.3 User Communications

Many communications that you initiate through our Services (for example, an invitation sent to a non-Member) will list your name and primary email address in the header of the message. Other communications that you initiate through the Services, like responding to a work offer, will list your name as the initiator but will not include your personal email address or contact information. Once you have agreed to a work offer, your contact information will be shared with the business making the work offer.

2.4 Sharing Information with Third Parties

We do not rent or sell personal information that you have not posted on our Services, except as described in this Privacy Policy. We will not disclose personal information that is not published to your profile or generated through engagement with our other services, to carry out your instructions (for example, to process a financial transaction) unless we have your separate consent, or unless we have a good faith belief that disclosure is permitted by law or is reasonably necessary to: (1) comply with a legal requirement or process, including, but not limited to, civil and criminal subpoenas, court orders or other compulsory disclosures; (2) enforce this Privacy Policy or our User Agreement; (3) respond to claims of a violation of the rights of third parties; (4) respond to Member service inquiries; or (5) protect the rights, property, or safety of LinkedIn, our Services, our Members, Visitors, or the public.

2.5 Compliance with Legal Process and Other Disclosures

It is possible that we may need to disclose personal information, profile information, or information about your activities as a Member or Visitor when required by law, subpoena, or other legal process, whether in the United States, Canada, or other jurisdictions, or if we have a good faith belief that disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (1) investigate, prevent, or take action regarding suspected or confirmed illegal activities or to assist government enforcement agencies; (2) enforce the User Agreement, investigate and defend ourselves against any third-party claims or allegations, or protect the security or integrity of our Service; or (3) exercise or protect the rights, property, or safety of LinkedIn, our Members, personnel, or others. We attempt to notify Members about legal demands for their personal information when appropriate in our judgment, unless prohibited by law or court order or when the request is an emergency. In light of our principles, we may dispute such demands when we believe, in our discretion, that the requests are overbroad, vague or lack proper authority, but do not commit to challenge every demand.

3. Choices & Obligations

3.1 Rights to Access, Correct, or Delete Your Information, and Closing Your Account

You have a right to: (1) access, modify, correct, or delete your personal information controlled by Great Minds regarding your profile; (2) change or remove your content; and (3) close your account. You can request your personal information that is not viewable on your profile or readily accessible to you (for example, your IP access logs) by contacting us at privacy@findgreatminds.com. If you close your account(s), your information will generally be removed from the Service within 24 hours. We generally delete closed account information and will de-personalize any logs or other backup information through the deletion process within 30 days of account closure, except as noted below.

Please note: Information you have shared with others or that others have copied may also remain visible after you have closed your account or deleted the information from your own profile. In addition, you may not be able to access, correct, or eliminate any information about you that other Members copied or exported out of our Services, because this information may not be in our control. Your public profile may be displayed in search engine results until the search engine refreshes its cache.

3.2 Data Retention

We retain the personal information you provide while your account is in existence or as needed to provide you Services. We may retain your personal information even after you have closed your account if retention is reasonably necessary to comply with our legal obligations, meet regulatory requirements, resolve disputes between Members, prevent fraud and abuse, or enforce this Privacy Policy and our User Agreement. We may retain personal information, for a limited period of time, if requested by law enforcement. Our Customer Service may retain information for as long as is necessary to provide support-related reporting and trend analysis only, but we generally delete or de-personalize closed account data consistent with Section 3.1.

4. Safeguards

We have implemented security safeguards designed to protect the personal information that you provide in accordance with industry standards. Access to your data on our Services is password-protected, and data such as credit card information is protected by SSL encryption when it is exchanged between your web browser and the Services. To protect any data you store on our servers, we also regularly monitor our system for possible vulnerabilities and attacks, and we use a tier-one secured-access data center. However, since the Internet is not a 100% secure environment, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information that you transmit to us. There is no guarantee that information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards. It is your responsibility to protect the security of your login information. Please note that emails, instant messaging, and similar means of communication with other Members are not encrypted, and we strongly advise you not to communicate any confidential information through these means. Please help keep your account safe by using a strong password.