Privacy Policy

Hello,

Welcome to https://belong.co (“website”). We are glad to see you. This page is designed to help you understand how we treat your information here on this website. Be sure to also understand our terms of use, as the two together constitute the entire agreement between you and us. Please take a close look, and reach us at privacy@belong.co if you have any questions.

This privacy policy (“policy”) outlines the information we collect, how we use and disclose it, and what our privacy practices are. By visiting, accessing and/ or using this website, you consent to this policy and agree to be bound by it. Please visit this page regularly – we may amend and revise them from time to time.

At the outset, you confirm that you are at least 18 (eighteen) years of age. We do not knowingly capture the data of users under 18 years of age. If we find that you are less than 18 years old, we will delete any and all data we hold about you, except the minimal information necessary to maintain a record of such deletion and reasons for it.

What information we collect and how

When your employer or place of work contracts with us, it provides us with certain information about you. This may include your name, email ID, contact number, social media/ networking webpages, resume, employee IDs and other information relating to your employment (structured or otherwise), professional skills and goals. We require your employer to take your permission before sharing your details with us, and encourage you to acquaint yourself with your employer’s policies, processes and practices, for which we are not responsible. At our end, we process your information, as provided to us by your employer, in accordance with your employer’s instructions.

We may also, further to your employer’s instructions, send you surveys, questionnaires, emails, or communicate with you otherwise, and seek information on your employment and experience. We will always ask for such information in accordance with your employer’s instructions.

Additionally, when you visit the website, register on it, or respond to surveys, questionnaires, emails, or communicate with us over the phone or other modes of communication, (collectively our “services”), we may collect any and all information pertaining to your use of/ interaction with the services, including but not limited to your username, password, content you insert, IP address, browser type, referring page, time of visit, pattern of access, webpages visited, order of accessing different features on the website, We collect your information automatically by using certain tracking programmes and session cookies, which track your access of the services. While you may be able to disable cookies through your browser settings, doing so may prevent you from accessing certain features of the services. (Cookies, for your understanding, are small digital signature files that your web browser stores – they allow for your preferences to be recorded when visiting the website, including at times tracking your return visits to the website.)

All this information that we collect is together referred to as “collected information” in this policy.

The services do not require any payments from you, and we do not ask you to share any information related to making payments.

Under the data protection laws of certain jurisdictions, including specifically the European Union or the United Kingdom, use of personal information is subject to certain grounds like consent, contract performance, legal obligation, legitimate interests and legal claims. For more information, please view your privacy dashboard.

Purpose and use of collected information

Where relevant, the collected information is gathered in accordance with your employer’s instructions and is therefore processed and shared with your employer. In other instances, we may also use the collected information to make the services and our platforms more efficient, intuitive and useful. We use the collected information to enhance your experience on the website, and try to show you more personalized and relevant content. We also use your collected information to power our recruitment related services, curate new products, add features and present updated functionalities to you and others who access the website or our services. We may use the collected information to contact you about news or offers on our services and recruitment possibilities. We may also use the collected information to ease your access and use of the website through features like automatic update of the website, recall of collected information, word or sentence prediction to aid search and for the purposes of marketing of our recruitment related services generally.

We also use automated decision making processes using algorithm based technologies to provide you the services, collect information and process your collected information. When we use these techniques, we subject them to regular checks and use measures to avoid legally discriminatory biases and inaccuracies.

The website may contain third party links and we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such third parties. However, if you share your information with any third parties, we are not responsible for how such third parties treat and use that information. We recommend you review the privacy policy of each third party site to determine its use your information.

Disclosure of collected information

We may share the collected information, its aggregation, and intelligence built upon it with third parties that avail of our recruitment related services. We may also share non-personally identifiable information (like anonymous usage data, referring/ exit pages and URLs, browser/ platform type, number of clicks etc.) with interested third parties, so that they may understand the usage and demographic patterns for certain content, services or other functionality on the website. Additionally, we may disclose limited parts of the collected information to affiliate companies, companies, other businesses or persons to provide website hosting, maintenance, and security services, fulfil orders, conduct data analysis and create reports, offer certain functionalities and assist in improving the website and creating new features on it. In such instances, we contractually require such third parties to process such information in accordance with this policy. We permit a limited use of such information, and we require that such information be subject to reasonable security and confidentiality practices. We may also, at times, provide you with services in combination with third parties, and in such instances, your collected information may be accessible and used by such third parties pursuant to contractual protections we impose on them. Where we process your collected information further to a contract with your employer, we disclose such information to, and only as per the instructions from, your employer where we process your information pursuant to a contract with your employer.

We may, additionally, disclose collected information if, and as, required by law. We also reserve the right to disclose collected information if we believe, in good faith, that it is necessary to do so to take precautions against liability; enforce our terms of use; protect ourselves from fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful uses; to initiate, render, bill, and collect for amounts owed to us; to investigate and defend ourselves against third party claims or allegations; to assist government enforcement agencies; to protect the security or integrity of the website and our services; or to protect your, our and others’ rights, property, or personal safety.

In the event that we are acquired by, merge with, sold or have our control transferred to a third-party entity, we may transfer or assign your collected information as part of the transaction.

Retention of your information

We will retain your collected information only for as long as it is necessary and in accordance with applicable laws. We retain your collected information for legitimate business purposes. In some circumstances, we may continue to retain your collected information for a longer period, for instance, to honour your opt out requests, to defend or exercise our legal rights, or where relevant per instructions from your employer where we process your information pursuant to a contract with your employer. Once we no longer need to retain your collected information (as outlined above), we will delete it, or securely destroy it.

Security practices

We take our security responsibilities very seriously, and therefore we have in place technical and organizational security measures that are legally required and commercially reasonable to protect collected information. However, as we are sure you understand, nothing on the worldwide web is 100% secure. If you identify a vulnerability, we encourage you to contact us at privacy@belong.co with details, so that we may remedy any inadvertent bugs or issues. We would be grateful for your support and disclosure to us in a responsible manner. You understand and acknowledge that you will allow us the opportunity to fix any such vulnerabilities before you make a public disclosure.

International transfer of collected information

Given the global and unfragmented nature of our platforms and service offerings, your collected information may be accessed by our staff, third parties that avail of our recruitment related services, and, where relevant, your employer with whom we have a contract and which contractual obligation requires us to share your processed collected information with them, from locations all over the world. We will put in place appropriate measures to ensure that your collected information is treated in line with this policy and applicable data protection laws. We may also store your collected information on our or third party servers within or outside your jurisdiction.

Your rights

If you have any questions on our use of your collected information, please contact us using the information in the next section. In certain circumstances, you may have the right to require us to do the following:
- provide you with additional information on how we collect and use your information;
- share with you a copy of the information you have provided to us;
- update any inaccuracies in the information we hold about you;
- delete any information we have no lawful ground to use;
- opt out/ withdraw your consent to allow us to process your information (where such processing was based on your consent);
- stop direct marketing or sharing promotional information with you;
- object to processing based on legitimate interest grounds unless our reasons for processing outweigh your data protection rights;
- restrict our use of your information during the investigation of a complaint;
- provide information about our automated decision making processes, where such decision results in the creation of a legal obligation or a similar significant impact. We may reject the request in accordance with applicable laws, including where providing such information would result in the disclosure of a trade secret, or would interfere with the prevention or detection of fraud or other crime. However, we may generally verify that the algorithm is functioning as anticipated without error or bias or if required by law adjust the processing.

Your exercise of these rights is subject to certain exemptions to safeguard public interest and our interests. Whenever you exercise any of these rights, we will confirm your entitlement and respond to most cases within a month.

Grievance/ data protection officer

If you have any concerns or questions about this policy, or if you’d like to exercise your rights outlined above, or if you have any complaints about the website content, please reach us at dpo@belong.co[Saiteja Veera, Ph: +91-9000230982]We will ensure that your email is acknowledged by a system generated response, or via an individual manual email to the extent possible, within 48 hours of us having received it. We will keep you informed of the progress we make in redressing your complaint and/ or the reasons for delay, if any, in such redressal.

Additional information

We may amend this policy at our discretion from time to time. Changes will be effective from the time of their publication here on this page. We may inform you of critical changes over your email ID. Your continued access or use of the website shall constitute your acceptance of the modified policy. Please check back periodically so that you’re aware of any changes made.

This Privacy Policy was last updated on 19th June, 2019