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Higg.org Privacy Policy

Last Updated: July 25, 2019

This Privacy Policy (“Policy”) explains how the information you submit to higg.org and higg.com (the “Sites”)  is collected, used, and disclosed by Higg Co, and its subsidiaries and affiliated companies (“Higg Co” or “we” or “us”). This Policy applies to all users of Higg Co’s website (“Users”) located at the Sites and the services and resources available via the Site (“Services”).

 

INFORMATION WE COLLECT

We collect information about you in various ways when you use our Site:

  • We may collect personal information such as your first and last name, professional title, company name, email and mailing addresses, and password if you create an account to log in to our network (“Account”);
  • If you provide information into the Higg Index or other Higg Co tools (“User Content”), we will collect all information you submit;
  • If you order certain Services on our Site, we will collect all information necessary to complete the transaction, including your name, credit card information, billing information and shipping information;
  • We retain information on your behalf, such as files and messages that you may store if using your Account;
  • If you provide us feedback or contact us via email, we will collect your name and email address, as well as any other content included in the email;
  • We may also collect other types of personal information that you provide to us voluntarily if you contact us, e.g., via email regarding support for the Services.

When you visit our Site, some information is automatically collected. For example, when you visit our Site your computer’s operating system, Internet Protocol (IP) address, access times, browser type and language, and the website you visited before our site are logged automatically. We also collect information about your usage and activity on our Site.

We may automatically collect information using “cookies.” Cookies are small data files stored on your hard drive by a website. Among other things, cookies help us improve our Site and your experience. We use cookies to see which areas and features are popular and to count visits to our Site.

We may collect information using Web beacons. Web beacons are electronic images that may be used on our Site or in our emails. We use Web beacons to deliver cookies, count visits, understand usage and campaign effectiveness and to tell if an email has been opened and acted upon.

We use Google Analytics to help analyze how users use the Site. Google Analytics uses Cookies to collect information such as how often users visit the Site, what pages they visit, and what other sites they used prior to coming to the Site. We use the information we get from Google Analytics only to improve our Site and Services. Google Analytics collects only the IP address assigned to you on the date you visit the Site, rather than your name or other personally identifying information. We do not combine the information generated through the use of Google Analytics with your personal information. Although Google Analytics plants a persistent Cookie on your web browser to identify you as a unique user the next time you visit the Site, the Cookie cannot be used by anyone but Google. Google’s ability to use and share information collected by Google Analytics about your visits to the Site is restricted by the Google Analytics Terms of Use and the Google Privacy Policy.

 

USE OF CONTENT AND INFORMATION WE COLLECT

We use information collected through our Site for purposes described in this Policy or disclosed to you on our Site or in connection with our Services. For example, we may use your information to:

  • Provide, maintain and improve our products, tools, indices, and Services;
  • Identify leading industry practices;
  • Improve content and scoring frameworks for future versions of the Higg Index (e.g., identifying gaps, guidance needed, faulty scoring, etc);
  • Identify industry opportunities for collective action;
  • Identify you as a user in our system;
  • Understand you and your preferences to enhance your experience using our Site, products, tools, indices, and Services;
  • Respond to your comments and questions and provide customer service;
  • Send you related information, including confirmations, invoices, technical notices, updates, security alerts, and support and administrative messages;
  • Detect, investigate and prevent fraudulent transactions and other illegal activities and protect the rights and property of Higg Co and others;

Fulfill any other purpose described to you at the time the information was collected. You acknowledge that any User information, data, or other content submitted to Higg Co, via the Site or otherwise (collectively, “User Content”), will be used by Higg Co in aggregate with the User Content of other Higg users, and in the process your identity or your company or organization’s identity may be revealed to other Higg users.  Higg Co’s use of User Content is defined in the Higg Co Terms of Use.

Higg Co may store and process personal information in the United States and other countries. Therefore, we and our service providers may transfer your information to, or store or access it in, jurisdictions that may not provide equivalent levels of data protection as your home jurisdiction.

You acknowledge that your personal information such as your name and contact information may be revealed to other Higg Users.  

 

INFORMATION WE SHARE

We may disclose your User Content and information about you as described below and as described elsewhere in this Policy:

  • with affiliates;
  • with third party vendors, contractors, consultants and other service providers who work for us and need access to your information to do that work;
  • to (i) comply with laws or to respond to lawful requests and legal process, (ii) to protect the rights and property of Higg Co, our agents, customers, members, and others including to enforce our agreements, policies and terms of use, (iii) fulfill the purpose for which you provide it, or (iv) to protect the property and safety of Higg Co, its customers, or any other person or entity;
  • in connection with or during negotiation of any merger, financing, acquisition, dissolution, transaction or proceeding involving sale, transfer, divestiture, or disclosure of all or a portion of our business or assets to another company. In the event of an insolvency, bankruptcy, or receivership, User Content and information about you may also be transferred as a business asset. If another organization acquires Higg Co, its business, or assets, that organization will possess the license to the User Content and information about you and may assume the rights, permissions, and obligations as described in this Policy.
  • to create anonymized data records from your User Content and other information about you by excluding information that makes the data identifiable to you. Higg Co uses this anonymized data to create and enhance the content of our Services. We may share this anonymized data on an aggregated basis with the public or with third parties at our sole discretion.

SECURITY OF YOUR CONTENT AND IDENTIFYING INFORMATION

Higg Co and its third party vendors, consultants and other service providers who work for us and need access to your User Content and other information about you will take reasonable steps to protect this information in an effort to prevent loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction.

 

COOKIES

Most Web browsers are set to accept cookies by default. If you prefer, you can usually choose to set your browser to remove cookies and to reject cookies. If you choose to remove cookies or reject cookies, this could affect certain features or services of our Site. To opt-out of interest-based advertising by advertisers on our Site visit http://www.aboutads.info/choices/.

 

ACCOUNT INFORMATION

You may update certain account information you provide to us at any time by logging into your account. If you wish to delete or deactivate your account, please email us at support@higg.org but note that we may retain certain information as required by law or for legitimate business purposes. We may also retain cached or archived copies of information about you for a certain period of time.

INDIVIDUALS IN THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA

If you are in the European Economic Area (“EEA”), you have certain rights and protections under the law regarding the processing of your personal data.

LEGAL BASIS FOR PROCESSING

If you are in the EEA, when we process your personal data we will only do so in the following situations:

  • We need to use your personal data to perform our responsibilities under our contract with you (e.g., processing payments for and providing the products or services you have requested).
  • We have a legitimate interest in processing your personal data. For example, we may process your personal data to send you marketing communications, to communicate with you about changes to our products and Services, and to provide, secure, and improve our products, tools, indices, and Services.
  • We find such processing is necessary to comply with our legal obligations.
  • We have your consent to do so. When consent is the legal basis for our processing, you may withdraw such consent at any time.

DATA SUBJECT REQUESTS

You have the right to access personal data we hold about you and to ask that your personal data be corrected, erased, or transferred.  You may also have the right to object to, or request that we restrict, certain processing.  If you would like to exercise any of these rights, you can log into your account.  Alternatively, you may contact us as indicated below.

DATA RETENTION

We store the information we collect on you for as long as is necessary for the purpose(s) for which we originally collected it, or for other legitimate business purposes, including to meet our legal, regulatory, or other compliance obligations.

QUESTIONS OR COMPLAINTS

If you have a concern about our processing of personal data that we are not able to resolve, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the data privacy authority where you reside.  For contact details of your Data Protection Authority, please see:

 http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/article-29/structure/data-protection-authorities/index_en.htm.

CHANGES TO THIS POLICY

This Policy is subject to occasional revision, and if we make any material changes in the way we use your User Content or other information about you, we will notify you via our website. Any changes to this Policy will be effective immediately. Please note that at all times you are responsible for updating your personal information to provide us with your most current e-mail address. Continued use of our Site or service, following notice of such changes shall indicate your acknowledgement of such changes and agreement to be bound by the terms and conditions of such changes.

QUESTIONS

If you have any questions about this Policy, please contact us at support@higg.org

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