Paul Ekman Group Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Your privacy and user data protection is very important at Paul Ekman Group, LLC and in this Privacy Policy we detail how we collect, use, disclose, transfer, and store your information. Included is also your choices and rights regarding the use, access and correction or deletion of your use information. Please take a moment to read about our practices and contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Collection and Use of Personal Information

Personal information is data that can be used to uniquely identify or contact a specific individual.

You may be asked to provide your personal information anytime you are in contact with us (like when you fill out our contact form or sign up for our newsletter). Although you are not required to provide the information we requested, if you choose not to do so, in many cases this means we will not be able to provide you with our products or services or respond to your inquiries.

What personal information we collect

Here are examples of the types of personal information that we collect:

  • When you visit our website, connect to our services, contact us, use our products such as any of our training materials, create a PEG account, or subscribe to our newsletter, we collect a variety of information, including your email address, IP address, and a record of your communication.
  • When a purchase is made through our site, we collect additional information such as your billing address, phone number (if provided), occupation (if provided), and full name.
  • When taking any of the training tools tests through our site, we collect all of your test scores and the time at which you took them.

How we use your personal information

We collect and process all your personal data in accordance with the relevant data protection regulations, in particular the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This means that we may process your personal information for the purposes described in this Privacy Policy with your consent, if it is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are party or in order to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract, if it is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which Paul Ekman Group, LLC is subject, or when we have assessed it is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by Paul Ekman Group, LLC or by a third party to whom it may be necessary to disclose information.

  • The personal information we collect allows us to keep you up to date on our latest product announcements, software updates, and services. You may at any time opt out of receiving such communications by contacting us as well as being a user of our website. In particular, we only send you our newsletter with your prior consent, and you can opt out of receiving the newsletter anytime by clicking the unsubscribe link we include in each newsletter, or by contacting us.
  • We also use the personal information we collect to help us create, develop, deliver, protect, and improve our products, services, content, and customer communications.
  • We may use your personal information to send important notices, such as communications about changes to our terms, conditions, and policies. As this information is important to your interaction with Paul Ekman Group, LLC, you may not opt out of receiving these specific communications.
  • We may also use personal information for internal purposes such as auditing, data analysis, and research to improve our products, services, and customer communications.

Collection and Use of Non-Personal Information

Non-personal information is data that cannot, on its own, be used to uniquely identify a specific individual. We may collect, use, transfer, and disclose non-personal information for any purpose. We may also combine personal and non-personal information for certain purposes; this data will then be treated as personal information for as long as it remains combined. Conversely, aggregated information, i.e. data that might have originated from personal information, but that has been processed in such a way as to not allow personal identification, is treated as non-personal information.

Cookies and Other Technologies

Our website, services, training tools, and email communications may use “cookies” and other technologies such as “pixel tags” and “click-through URLs”.

We use the information we collect in this manner to better understand our users’ interaction with our website and to optimize the user experience. You can disable cookies in your browser settings, but please note that certain features on our website may not be available as a result.

In our email communications, we may use other technologies like “pixel tags” and “click-through URLs” in order to determine if an email has been opened and which links have been clicked. We use this information to help us determine interest in particular topics and improve the effectiveness of our communications, and to reduce or eliminate messages sent to customers. Pixel tags are small images shown inside an HTML email; you can disable tracking by disabling HTML in your email client. A link with a click-through URL, when clicked, first sends the user to a web server which records the click, and then to the link’s destination. If you prefer not to be tracked in this way, you should not click text or graphic links in the email messages.

As you access our services, we gather some information automatically on our servers and store it in log files. This information includes your browser type, version, and language, your operating system, the referring and exit websites, IP address, a date/time stamp of the request, and the requested resource (file name and URL). We use this information in anonymized form for statistical analysis, to administer our site, and to improve our product and services, without directly associating this data with individual users.

Disclosure to Third Parties

We don’t share personal information with anyone outside of Paul Ekman Group, LLC, except for the few exceptions below.

We work together with other companies who provide information processing services. We only share personal information with these companies if you have agreed to the transfer, or if it is permitted by data protection law. The information we share is limited to the data necessary for the third parties to provide their services. We use these companies for the following services: hosting of our website and support portal, providing our help desk software, sending out newsletters, and analyzing our website traffic. These companies are obligated to protect your information in accordance with data protection law and provide the necessary safeguards if they are outside of the EU. The companies are bound by our instructions, and are not allowed to use the shared data for any other purpose.

We also share personal information if disclosure of such information is reasonably necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request; to enforce applicable Terms and Conditions, including investigation of potential violations thereof; to detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud or security issues; and to protect against harm to the rights, property or safety of Paul Ekman Group, LLC, its users or the public as required or permitted by law.

If Paul Ekman Group, LLC is involved in a reorganization, merger, or sale, the information we collect may be transferred as part of that transaction.

Protection of Personal Information

We take appropriate security measures to protect against unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of data. These include internal reviews of our data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures, including appropriate encryption and physical security measures to guard against unauthorized access to systems where we store personal data.

Inside Paul Ekman Group, LLC, we restrict access to personal information to only those employees who need to know that information in order to deploy and maintain our services. These individuals are bound by confidentiality agreements and may be subject to discipline, including termination and criminal prosecution, if they fail to meet these obligations.

Access to Personal Information

You are entitled to request information about the personal data stored by us, to have incorrect data corrected, or to request the freezing or deletion of your data. For example, you can request the deletion of your Paul Ekman Group account and its associated email address and content by contacting us through our site or emailing us at custserv@paulekman.com. You are also entitled to the portability of your personal data. Further, you may object to the use of your data at any time with effect for the future.

There are, however, cases where we are not allowed to delete your data in its entirety as a result of legal retention periods. We may also decline requests if they risk the privacy of others, would be extremely impractical, or for which access is not required by law.

Your personal information is retained for as long as it is necessary in order to fulfill the purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy, to enforce applicable Terms and Conditions, or to comply with our legal obligations.

Children

We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 16, or equivalent minimum age in the relevant jurisdiction, unless their parent provided verifiable consent. If we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under 16, or equivalent minimum age in the relevant jurisdiction, without consent of their parent, we will take steps to delete this information as soon as possible. Parents or guardians can contact us at custserv@paulekman.com.

Third-Party Sites and Services

Our website or any of our services may contain links to third-party websites or services. We are not responsible for the information collected by those third parties and we encourage you to read their privacy policy before submitting any personal information to them.

Privacy Questions

If you have any questions regarding our Privacy Policy or data processing, or if you would like to make a complaint about a possible breach of local privacy laws, please contact us at custserv@paulekman.com. We would also like to draw your attention to the possibility to file a complaint to the relevant regulator in your jurisdiction.

Our Privacy Policy may change from time to time. When we change the policy, we will post the changes on this page. If the policy changes in a significant way, we will also provide a notice on our website.

Last modified: May 25, 2018