We self-certify compliance with the U.S.-EU Privacy Shield Framework.
Our registered users share their professional identities, engage with their network, exchange knowledge and professional insights, post and view relevant content, learn and develop skills, and find business and career opportunities. Content and data on some of our Services is viewable to non-registered users (“Visitors”).
We use the term “Designated Countries” to refer to countries in the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), and Switzerland.
Data Controllers and Contracting Parties
If you are in the “Designated Countries”, Maven will be the controller of your personal data provided to, or collected by or for, or processed in connection with our Services.
If you are outside of the Designated Countries, Maven will be the controller of your personal data provided to, or collected by or for, or processed in connection with, our Services.
Your Personal Information
We collect information that you knowingly choose to disclose to us, including your first and last name, email, physical address, resume, employment status, employment history, professional biography, disciplinary history, compensation, and other demographic information. We collect usage information as you interact with our website. We also collect additional information from our users concerning their interactions with each other.
Maven Does NOT
- Share your personal information with 3rd parties for marketing purposes or beyond what is reasonably required to deliver our Services
- Sell your personal information to 3rd parties
- Actively Track your location
- Use your personal information for unsolicited marketing purposes
We will use the information we collect to:
- Verify your identity and/or experience, decide whether to accept you as a user, process your registration, and manage our business relationship with you.
- Enable your access to and use of our Services.
- Publish information about you on the website.
- Supply you with Services or products that you purchase.
- Collect payments from you or pay you for Services you render.
- Send you marketing communications.
- Administer our internal business records.
- Do generalized market research and statistical analysis.
As is true of most web sites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information may include internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and/or clickstream data.
We do not link this automatically collected data to other information we collect about you.
Technologies such as: cookies, beacons, tags and scripts or similar technologies are used by Maven and our marketing partners, affiliates, or analytics or service providers. These technologies are used in analyzing trends, administering the site, tracking users’ movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. We may receive reports based on the use of these technologies by these companies on an individual as well as aggregated basis.
We partner with third parties to either display advertising on our Web site or to manage our advertising on other sites. Our third party partners may use technologies such as cookies to gather information about your activities on this site and other sites in order to provide you advertising based upon your browsing activities and interests. If you are located in the European Union and wish to not have this information used for the purpose of serving you interest-based ads, you may opt-out by clicking here. Please note this does not opt you out of being served ads. You will continue to receive generic ads.
You can log in to our site using sign-in services such as LinkedIn or an Open ID provider. These services will authenticate your identity and provide you the option to share certain personal information with us such as your name and email address to pre-populate our sign up form. Services like LinkedIn give you the option to post information about your activities on this Web site to your profile page to share with others within your network.
Our Web site offers publicly accessible blogs or community forums. You should be aware that any information you provide in these areas may be read, collected, and used by others who access them. If you cannot otherwise remove your information by using the tools available on our website, you can request the removal of your personal information from our blog or community forum, by contacting us here. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why.
Private and Public Status of Your Profile
The profile you create on our site will generally not be publicly accessible, but Maven customers will be able to view limited personal information (such as your professional biography) when deciding whether to consult with you. You may change the privacy settings of your profile through your account portal; in doing so, you may enable other Maven users to view your name and other personal information as you prefer.
Communications You May Receive from Maven
Based upon the personally identifiable information you provide us, we will send you a welcoming email to verify your username and password. We will also send you any invitations for telephone consultations, survey participation, or similar opportunities to participate in Maven interactions. We will send you any communications necessary to schedule or reschedule your participation in these services. We will periodically send you emails to inform you of improvements to our service or to advise you of other Maven news, such as feature roll-outs that may change the way you interact with our service. We will also communicate with you in response to your inquiries, to provide the services you request, and to manage your account. We will communicate with you by email to the extent practicable.
We will also send you service-related announcements on rare occasions when it is necessary to do so. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance, we might send you an email.
We may periodically publish newsletters, and we will use your name and email address to send the newsletters to you. On occasion, these newsletters may provide you with information regarding promotions or special products or services. Out of respect for your privacy, we provide you a way to unsubscribe. See “Opting out of Certain Communications” below for more information.
Opting Out of Certain Communications
You may also opt out of receiving certain email and other information from us by following the unsubscribe instructions included in each communication. Please be aware that unsubscribing from a particular type of Maven communication may not unsubscribe you from all Maven communications; alternatively, you can manage your communication preferences from within your account. You may not opt-out of Customer Service communications, which are not promotional in nature; if you do not wish to receive them, you have the option to close your account.
Invite and Earn
If you choose to use our Invite & Earn referral feature to invite a contact to join Maven, we will ask you for your contact’s name and/or email address. We store this information for the sole purpose of inviting your contact to join Maven, as described below, and to track the success of our Invite & Earn feature. Your referral may contact us here to request that we remove the availability of this information from other users.
We utilize an Import Contacts feature to help you invite contacts to join Maven. Our Site is capable of importing from many different email address book platforms. On the Invite and Earn page, you may select from which email address book you would like to import your contacts to our site. You will then be prompted through a step-by-step process that will allow you to import names and email addresses from your email address book. Once your contacts are successfully imported, you may select or deselect any or all of them to choose whom you wish to invite, and then click “Invite” to send them an invitation.
Each person that you invite will receive three email invitations to join Maven. The first invitation will be sent immediately when you click “Invite”. If the invitee does not respond, a reminder invitation will be sent three days later, and a final reminder invitation will be sent one week after the first reminder. Invitations may indicate that they were sent by you. All invitations contain unsubscribe links through which the invitee may decline the invitation.
Our Security Procedures
We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information you submit to us, both during transmission and once we receive and store it, whether you submit it to us online through the website or offline through other communication. Your account information is located on a secured server behind a firewall. We may collect the following sensitive information to facilitate payments from users to us, or to facilitate our transfer of payments to users: bank account (ACH) and/or wire transfer information and PayPal account information. When you enter sensitive information on our site, we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). However, you should understand that no method of transmission of information over the Internet, or any particular method of electronic storage of that information, is absolutely secure. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
For Non-United States residents: By using our website and our service, you are consenting to have your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. The United States does not have federal data protection laws of the same standard as certain other jurisdictions, such as the European Union. We will make reasonable efforts to keep your personal information secure at all times. Your personal information will be stored on a secure database in the United States which will be accessed only by authorized persons.
When We Will Disclose Your Personal Information
We will disclose your personal information if legally required to do so, if requested to do so by a governmental entity, in response to lawful requests by public authorities, or if we believe in good faith that such action is necessary to: (i) conform to legal requirements or comply with legal process; (ii) protect our rights or property or the rights and property of our affiliated companies; (iii) prevent a crime or protect United States national security; or (iv) protect the personal safety of users or the public.
From time to time, and subject to applicable laws, we may also share your information with third-party vendors who will be authorized to use this information solely to perform services for us (such as ASP hosting services, online identity verification services, payment processing services, marketing services, etc.) We will ensure that any such contractors, agents, vendors, partners or licensees that we hire or enter into transactions with apply an equivalent degree of security and confidentiality regarding your personal information as we do.
We may disclose and transfer information to a third party who acquires all or a substantial portion of our business. In addition, in the event we become the subject of a bankruptcy proceeding, whether voluntary or involuntary, we or our trustee in bankruptcy, may sell, license or otherwise dispose of your personal information in a transaction approved by the bankruptcy court.
Links to Other Sites
This website may contain links to other websites that are not owned or controlled by us. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other websites. We encourage you to be aware of when you leave our website and to read the privacy statements of such other websites that you travel to.
Access to and Modification of Your Information
If you cannot sign in to the service, upon reasonable written request Maven will provide you with information about whether we hold any of your personal information. You may review, correct, update, delete inaccuracies or change your account information at any time. To change your account information, simply log into your account, go to your Maven Profile, review your account information and, if you wish, edit it with the options provided, which edits will be updated when you save them to the site. Residents in the Designated Countries and other regions may have additional rights under their laws.
Closing Your Account
You can close your account with us at any time, in which event we will remove your profile from our profile database. We will respond to your request within a reasonable timeframe. We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.
Our website and services are not intended for anyone under 18 years of age. We do not knowingly collect or store personal information from people under 18 years of age.
Privacy Shield Compliance
In accordance with the U.S. – EU Privacy Shield principles, Maven has a liability in cases of onward transfers to third parties and complies with the Notice and Choice principles for all data disclosed or transferred to a third party.
Maven submits to being subject to the investigatory and enforcement powers of the FTC, the Department of Transportation, or any other U.S. authorized statutory body with regards to our self-certification and implementation of the Principles, and acknowledges the right of the EU individual, under certain conditions, to invoke binding arbitration, at no cost to the individual, in filing a complaint disputing Maven’s adherence to these practices
In the event of any controversy, claim or dispute related to or arising out of your use of the Sites, EU citizens may initiate the following dispute resolution procedure:
- Contact our organization directly at email@example.com; we will respond to your request within 45 days
- Individuals in the European Union may also contact the EU Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) (see below)
- Individuals in Switzerland may also contact the Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC) (see below)
In compliance with the Privacy Shield Principles, Maven commits to resolve complaints about our collection or use of your personal information. Individuals in the European Union or Switzerland with inquiries or complaints regarding our Private Shield policy should first contact Maven at:
Maven Research, Inc.
ATTN: Privacy Shield Compliance
155 Fleet Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are located in the European Union and have an unresolved privacy or data use concern that we have not addressed satisfactorily, please contact the EU Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) at: https://edpb.europa.eu/about-edpb/about-edpb/members_en
If you are located in Switzerland and have an unresolved privacy or data use concern that we have not addressed satisfactorily, please contact the Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC) at https://www.edoeb.admin.ch/edoeb/en/home/the-fdpic/contact.html
Maven Research, Inc.
155 Fleet St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Residents in the Designated Countries and other regions may also have the right to contact our Data Protection Officer here. If this does not resolve your complaint, Residents in the Designated Countries and other regions may have more options under their laws.
Rev. February 8, 2023
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