Updated: 27th of March, 2023
Effective: 27th of March, 2023
This brief summary of certain information in this Policy is intended to help you quickly understand who Veridion is, how you can opt-out of our database, and the potential outcomes of remaining in our database.
Veridion collects publicly available information on companies, displayed on the web, on company websites, company social media profiles, and in the press, to create profiles of businesses. We provide this information to our customers, who are businesses trying to reach business professionals for their own business-to-business activities such as marketing, private market investments, and procurement activities.
You can opt out of our database by contacting us at privacy@Veridion.com. At the Privacy Center you can also submit an access request or update your profile information. If you prefer to email or call us, our contact information is listed under the “Contact Us” section at the end of this Policy.
By remaining in our database, you may be contacted by our customers when they are conducting their business-to-business sales, marketing, and procurement activities. Communications you receive from our customers may be relevant to your profession or employment role, but we cannot guarantee that you will find such communications to be relevant or of interest to you.
A. Where does Veridion get the Business Information for its Company Profiles?
Veridion creates profiles of companies. Once we have collected Business Information about a company, we may combine multiple data points regarding a single person or company into a Business Profile. The resulting directory of Company Profiles (the “Directory”) is then made available to the users of the Site and our customers and strategic partners. Personal Information that may be provided in a Business Profile may include name, email address including business and/or other email addresses (including “freemails” such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.), job title and department, phone number (general or direct business numbers, faxes, and/or mobile numbers), company name, and postal address of the company. Company Profiles may also include links to articles by, about, or quoting an individual, and links to an individual’s social media profiles.
Veridion obtains the data for its Company Profiles by scanning the web and gathering publicly-available information.
B. Customer Information
Customer Information Collected. Veridion may collect the following information from or regarding its customers: (1) personal contact information regarding users of the Services (“User Information”); (2) information uploaded or otherwise provided to our system by a user of the Services (“Uploaded Information”); (3) usage logs regarding the use of the Site and Services, including logins and other actions taken, time stamps, IP address, and other usage data (“Usage Logs”); and (4) any other information from or relating to users of our Services (“Related Information”) (collectively, “Customer Information”).
Certain users may be provided access to the Site through a company’s license agreement. Such a company may require that one or more users have global rights to access any and all information of every user that has access through that company’s Veridion account. Questions or concerns regarding the rights of other individuals in your company to access your information should be addressed to your company.
Use of Customer Information. Customer Information may be used for Veridion’s legitimate business interests in connection with a customer or its users’ use of the Site, including to respond to user inquiries and fulfill user requests, complete transactions, provide customer service, send administrative information, and to personalize user experience with the Site. We may use Customer Information to better understand our users in general and to test, develop, improve, and enhance our Services and Site. We may use Customer Information to contact customers or its users in the future about services, promotions, opportunities, and other general information about Veridion. We may use Customer Information to investigate and prosecute potential breaches of Veridion’s security or license agreements.
Veridion will not disclose Customer Information to any third party except in connection with a legitimate use as set forth in this Policy, in connection with a bona fide legal dispute to which such information is relevant, in response to valid, compulsory legal process, in response to a valid data subject request where required by applicable law, or as otherwise required by law. Veridion will, whenever possible, obtain confidentiality agreements from any service provider to whom Customer Information is disclosed and ensure any recipient service providers are committed to employing appropriate technological security measures.
Veridion employs reasonable security and back-up procedures to protect Customer Information.
C. How else does Veridion Collect Information?
Information submitted through our Site. Visitors to our Site may choose to submit their name, email address, phone number, and/or other information so that they can learn more about our Services, register to take part in a Veridion-sponsored event, participate in a survey, contest, or sweepstakes, or apply to Veridion’s open job positions, among other things. By accessing, using, and/or submitting information through the Site, including by filling out forms on our website, regardless of whether the form is ultimately submitted, a user of the Site consents to the practices described in this Policy with regard to the information collected about them. If you do not agree with this Policy, you should not submit any information through our Site and you must delete all cookies from your browser cache after visiting the Site and refrain from visiting or using the Site.
Use of our Services. In order to use certain Veridion Services, users may be required to register. From time to time, we may use a user’s email address to send information about our products and services. Recipients are provided with an opportunity to opt out of receiving such emails. We may also communicate with users regarding their use of our Services or Site, including changes to this Policy.
Purchasing our products and Services. Purchasers of our online subscription-based Services may need to provide credit card or other payment information. We will use that information solely for the purpose of fulfilling the purchase request. We will store credit card or other payment information in an encrypted form and will not sell, share, or use it again without prior consent. (The only exceptions are described in the sections below on “Disclosures to Service Providers,” “Disclosures for Legal Reasons,” and “Disclosures to a Buyer of the Company”).
Automated information collection. We also collect information using cookies and similar technologies, as described below under the “Cookies and Similar Technologies” section.
D. How do other companies use Veridion to collect information?
Veridion solutions help our customers manage their existing content and get new insights from that content as well as from the new content available online; improve the performance of their business efforts. For example, these customers may use our solutions to collect and analyze information about existing providers in a certain industry or understand how well they perform in a certain market. A company that uses Veridion may also use third party services to perform related services, such as Google. For more information, please review the company’s privacy disclosure.
In addition to the uses described in the above section, we may also use Business Information and/or personal information for one or more of the following purposes:
Disclosures of Company Profiles. We may make any Business Information available to users of the Site, to our strategic partners, and to our customers.
We will share your data with Experian Ltd, who will use it to create products and services to help organisations better understand their customers; communicate with them more effectively; and find others like them across a range of marketing channels. This may mean that you receive advertising that is more relevant to you via direct marketing. The data may also be used for business identity purposes within financial crime solutions and credit risk solutions. To understand more about Experian products and services that may contain Veridion Business Information, and how Experian Ltd manages personal data, please click through to their website.
Disclosures to Service Providers. Veridion may from time to time disclose Business Information or other collected information to service providers, solely for providing functions related to our operation of the Site and provision of the Services and for no other purpose. For example:
Disclosures for Legal Reasons. We may disclose collected information, including Business Information, to a third party if we believe in good faith that such disclosure is necessary or desirable: (i) to comply with lawful requests, subpoenas, search warrants, or orders by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements; (ii) to address a violation of the law; (iii) to protect the rights, property, or safety of Veridion, its users, or the public; (iv) to allow Veridion to exercise its legal rights or respond to a legal claim; or (v) to respond to data subject requests for access to data to the extent necessary to comply with applicable laws.
Disclosures to a Buyer of the Company. If our company or substantially all of our assets are acquired, or in the event of a merger or bankruptcy, information about you and/or information you provide to Veridion may be among the transferred assets.
Most websites, including our Site, use a feature of browsers to set a small text file called a “cookie” on a computer. The site placing the cookie on a computer can then recognize the computer when the user of the computer revisits the site to allow auto login and track how the user is using the site.
When individuals visit our Site, our servers and/or those of our service providers automatically record certain information that the web browser sends, such as web request, Internet Protocol address, browser type, referring/exit pages and URLs, page loads and clicks, domain names, landing pages, pages viewed, time and date of use, and other information. We may link this information to information that individuals submit while on our Site, which does allow such individuals to be personally identified.
Individuals are free to decline cookies and can configure their browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies, erase cookies, or notify the user when a cookie is set. Electing to reject or disable cookies may substantially limit an individual’s ability to use our Site.
Veridion may also adopt other technologies that serve similar functions as cookies.
A. Third Party Cookies
To disable or reject third-party cookies generally, please refer to the third-party’s relevant website or configure your browser settings appropriately. Individuals can also reject third-party analytics cookies by clicking the “Close” button on the cookie banner when visiting our Site.
B. Google Analytics
C. Web Beacons
Our Site contains electronic images known as “web beacons” (sometimes called single-pixel gifs) and are used along with cookies to compile aggregated statistics to analyze how our site is used, and may be used in some of our emails to let us know which emails and links have been opened by recipients. This allows us to gauge the effectiveness of our customer communications and marketing campaigns.
D. Advertising Choices and Control
To opt-out of interest-based advertising by participating companies in the following consumer choice mechanisms, please visit:
A. How To Change or Delete Professional Information
Request Access to Information Veridion has Collected. Individuals who want to access the information that Veridion has collected about them can send an email to email@example.com to submit an access request. Once we have verified an individual’s identity, we will send a report with the information we have collected about such individual.
Remove Veridion Profile Completely. If you wish to completely remove your existing data from the Site, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you make this choice, your information will be removed from our search results as soon as possible.
If you do not wish to, or cannot for any reason, send an email to email@example.com, you may submit a request using the contact information listed in the “Contact Us” section below, or Click here
B. How To Change or Delete Company Information
Update a Business Profile on Veridion. An authorized individual can verify their Veridion Business Profile to update its company description, industry, company location, and more. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to view, verify, and update a Veridion Business Profile.
Removal of Company Profiles. Veridion is a specialized web search engine focused on finding information about companies and professionals. We gather information about companies from corporate web sites, press releases, and/or SEC documents filed with the US government. The company summaries are created automatically by Veridion’s software based on the information we find on those documents and from other sources such as our affiliates, partners, or service providers.
As a company policy, Veridion does not remove company information from our search engine. If you are aware that any of the company information is incorrect, please update the Business Profile or contact us using the information listed in the “Contact Us” section below.
C. How To Opt-Out of Certain Uses of Information
Veridion gives individuals the opportunity to “opt out” of having their information used for certain purposes.
Individuals who no longer wish to receive our newsletter and promotional communications may opt-out of receiving them by following the instructions included in each newsletter or communication. After we receive a request, we will send the requestor an email message to confirm that the individual has been unsubscribed.
Information security is important to us. We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. However, no method of Internet transmission or electronic storage is 100% secure. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
This Site contains links to other sites that are not owned or controlled by Veridion. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. When individuals leave our Site, we encourage them to be aware and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. This Policy applies only to information collected by this Site or in the method(s) otherwise discussed herein.
Individuals who use our Site outside of the United States should understand that we may collect, process, and store their personal information in the United States and other countries in which we or our affiliates or subcontractors maintain facilities. The laws in the U.S. regarding personal information may be different from the laws of such individuals’ state or country.
A. Users in the European Economic Area (EEA), the UK, and Switzerland
The following information applies to residents of the EEA, the UK, or Switzerland.
Veridion endeavors to comply with the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) as to any information in its possession regarding EEA-, UK-, and Switzerland-based persons (“data subjects”). As such, Veridion only processes personal information on data subjects where it has a lawful basis to do so, which may include the consent of the person (especially in the case of website visitors who provide their information), performance of a contract, compliance with a legal obligation, or the legitimate interest of Veridion or a third party. Veridion provides notice to all data subjects as required by GDPR Article 13 or 14, as appropriate, and honors the rights of data subjects provided in Articles 12-23, including the right to be forgotten. For any opt-out requests or other inquiries related to privacy, please email privacy@Veridion.com.
Purposes of processing and legal basis for processing: As explained above, we process personal information in various ways depending upon data subjects’ use of our Sites. We process personal information on the following legal bases:
Veridion has put in place safeguards to protect personal privacy and individual choice, including disclosures of its data processing activities and the use of consent or opt-outs wherever possible.
Right to lodge a complaint: Users that reside in the EEA, the UK, or Switzerland have the right to lodge a complaint about our data collection and processing actions with the supervisory authority concerned. Contact details for data protection authorities are available here.
Transfers: Personal information we collect may be transferred to, and stored and processed in, the United States or any other country in which we or our affiliates or subcontractors maintain facilities. Per the applicable requirements of the GDPR, we will ensure that transfers of personal information to a third country or an international organization are subject to appropriate safeguards as described in Article 46 of the GDPR, such as the UK or EU Standard Contractual Clauses, as applicable.
Individual Rights: Individuals who are a resident of the EEA, the UK, or Switzerland are entitled to the following rights under the GDPR. Please note: In order to verify an individual’s identity, we may require them to provide us with personal information prior to accessing any records containing information about them.
When Veridion is a Controller. Veridion acts as a data controller when we collect and use information about data subjects who are visitors to our Site, as well as when we collect and use information about data subjects for purposes of creating and maintaining our Company Profiles and providing the Services. Veridion’s Data Protection Officer can be contacted by email at privacy@Veridion.com.
When Veridion is a Processor. When our customers use our Services, they are acting as the data controller and are responsible for ensuring that personal information collected about data subjects is being processed lawfully. In those circumstances, we are acting as the data processor, and receive personal information as agents of our customers merely for processing as instructed by our customers. Our customers are solely responsible for determining whether and how they wish to use our Services, and for ensuring that all third-party individuals that are a visitor to or user of a website, application, or service on which a customer uses our Services have been provided with adequate notice regarding the processing of their personal information, have given informed consent where such consent is necessary or advised, and that all legal requirements applicable to the collection, use, or other processing of personal information through our Services have been met by such customers. Our customers are also responsible for handling data subject rights requests under applicable law, by their users and other individuals whose data they process through the Services. Veridion’s obligations with respect to personal information for which we are solely a data processor are defined in our agreements with our customers and are not covered by this Policy. In certain circumstances, Veridion may act as an independent controller of personal information in connection with its provision of the Services to customers, such as when customers agree to contribute data to our database.
B. Privacy Shield Frameworks
While Veridion continues to be certified by and adhere to the principles of the Privacy Shield Frameworks, in light of the Court of Justice of the European Union decision regarding the legal effect of the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework, Veridion does not rely upon the Frameworks to ensure the lawful transfer of data from EEA to non-EEA countries.
Veridion complies with the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework as set forth by the US Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information transferred from the EU and Switzerland to the United States. Veridion has certified to the Department of Commerce that it adheres to the Privacy Shield Principles. If there is any conflict between the policies in this Policy and the Privacy Shield Principles, the Privacy Shield Principles shall govern. To learn more about the Privacy Shield program, any rights to binding arbitration before a Privacy Shield Panel, and to view our certification page, please visit https://www.privacyshield.gov.
For information received under the Privacy Shield, Veridion will require third parties to whom we disclose personal information to safeguard that personal information consistent with this Policy by contract, obligating those third parties to provide at least the same level of protection as is required by the Privacy Shield Principles. EU and Swiss citizens may choose to opt-out of such disclosures. Veridion may have liability to individuals in case of failure to comply with the law or this Policy in handling onward transfer of such individuals’ information to third parties.
In compliance with the Privacy Shield Principles, Veridion commits to resolve complaints about privacy and its collection or use of your personal information. European Union or Swiss individuals with inquiries or complaints regarding this Policy should first contact Veridion at privacy@Veridion.com. European Union and Swiss individuals have the right to access their personal information.
Veridion further has committed to refer unresolved privacy complaints under the Privacy Shield Principles to JAMS (Judicial Arbitration & Mediation Services), an independent alternative dispute resolution provider located in the United States and recognized for this purpose by the US Department of Commerce. If you do not receive timely acknowledgment of your complaint, or if your complaint is not satisfactorily addressed, please visit https://www.jamsadr.com/eu-us-privacy-shield for more information, and to file a complaint.
The Federal Trade Commission has enforcement authority regarding Veridion’s compliance with the Privacy Shield Principles.
California law permits California residents to request certain information regarding the disclosure of their personal information by us to third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please send the request, by mail or email, to the address at the end of this Policy under the “Contact Us” section.
Browsers or devices may include ‘Do Not Track’ functionality. Our information collection and disclosure practices, and the choices that we provide to visitors, will continue to operate as described in this Policy, whether or not a Do Not Track signal is received.
Our Site is not directed to or intended for individuals under the age of 16. We do not knowingly collect or use any personal information from users of our Site who are under the age of 16. No personal information should be submitted to our Site by individuals who are under 16 years of age. If we learn that we have collected information from someone who is under 16, we will take steps to delete the personal information as soon as possible. Individuals who believe we may have collected personal information from someone under 16 should contact us at privacy@Veridion.com.
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