TrustedPeer Privacy Policy

Effective Date: July 12, 2013
This privacy policy explains how TrustedPeer Inc. ("TrustedPeer," "we" and "us") collects, uses, shares and protects information obtained from TrustedPeer Experts, TrustedPeer Editors and Peer Review Board Members and from visitors to its websites, www.trustedpeer.com (each, a "Site" and collectively, the "Sites"). If you are a TrustedPeer Expert, TrustedPeer Editor or Peer Review Board Member, you have agreed to and are additionally subject to TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF TRUSTEDPEER EXPERTS, TRUSTEDPEER EDITOR AND PEER REVIEW BOARD MEMBERS (“TERMS AND CONDITIONS”), which expressly incorporates this Privacy Policy. If you are not a TrustedPeer Expert, TrustedPeer Editor or Peer Review Board Member, by visiting the Sites you consent to the collection and use of your information under the terms of this Privacy Policy.

Collection of Personal Information
TrustedPeer collects information that you voluntarily provide to us, including your name, contact details, and professional biography. TRUSTEDPEER may also collect information about TrustedPeer Experts, TrustedPeer Editors and Peer Review Board Members from our clients and third parties.

Use of Your Information
We use your information to process and administer details of TrustedPeer Experts, TrustedPeer Editors and Peer Review Board Members and to keep you up to date with new developments at TrustedPeer. We also use and analyze the information we collect so that we can administer, support, improve, and develop our business. We will share your personal information with third parties only in the ways that are described in this privacy policy. We may provide your personal information to companies that provide services to help us with our business activities such as payment processing and customer service. These companies are authorized to use your personal information only as necessary to provide these services to us. TrustedPeer may contact you using personal information you voluntarily provide. In particular, we may contact TrustedPeer Experts, TrustedPeer Editors and Peer Review Board Members about specific projects or consulting opportunities.  If you begin but do not complete the application process, TrustedPeer may contact you via email or phone based on information you provide us to determine if you wish to complete the process of becoming a TrustedPeer Expert, TrustedPeer Editor or Peer Review Board Member. If you wish to opt out of these communications, you can either use the unsubscribe link in the email or you can contact support@trustedpeer.com.

Disclosure of Your Information
Your information will be held by TrustedPeer in the United States. If your information is gathered outside the United States, it may be transferred to TrustedPeer's United States offices to be used for these purposes. You may request a full list of all subsidiaries and affiliates of TrustedPeer, Inc. TrustedPeer may disclose your information:

  • as required by law, such as to comply with a subpoena, or similar legal process
  • when we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, protect your safety or the safety of others, investigate fraud, or respond to a government request,
  • to any other third party with your prior consent to do so,
  • if TrustedPeer is involved in a merger, acquisition, or sale of all or a portion of its assets, you will be notified via email and/or a prominent notice on our Website of any change in ownership or uses of your personal information, as well as any choices you may have regarding your personal information, to any other third party with your prior consent to do so.

Additional provisions applicable only to TrustedPeer Experts, TrustedPeer Editors and Peer Review Board Members:

  • TrustedPeer may disclose your information to Clients
  • TrustedPeer may disclose your information to third parties, such as current and former employers and companies that you have provided services to or contracted with, for the purpose of confirming any consents or approvals that you may need to participated in the TrustedPeer or specific Project(s).
  • TrustedPeer's Clients, if required by law or the Client's compliance policies, may disclose information about their projects with you, for example your name and the amount you were paid on the project ("Required Client Disclosures"). For example, a pharmaceutical company may be required to publicly disclose certain of its interactions with health care professionals.
  • TrustedPeer reserves the right to conduct background checks on you, including through a third-party service. TrustedPeer may seek to verify your employment history and check for any criminal history. TrustedPeer may seek to verify the duration and accurate invoicing and description of Projects you conduct for Clients.
  • TrustedPeer may share your information with non-Client third parties for the purpose of promoting TrustedPeer's business, including without limitation by displaying such information on TrustedPeer's websites, print media and other materials (collectively, "Marketing Materials"), subject to your right to opt-out, as provided in the Terms and Conditions of TrustedPeer Experts, TrustedPeer Editors and Peer Review Board Membership

Cookies
When you visit our Sites, we send one or more cookies a small file containing a string of characters to your computer that uniquely identifies your browser. Cookies make it easier for you to log on to and use the Sites during future visits. You can configure your browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies, or notify you when a cookie is set. (Each browser is different, so check the "Help" menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.) TrustedPeer's servers automatically record information when you visit our Sites. These servers' logs include information such as your web request and Internet Protocol address. Collectively, the information that TrustedPeer collects about you, including personal information, is referred to in this Privacy Policy as "your information."

Third Party Cookies
The use of cookies by third parties is not covered by our privacy policy. We do not have access or control over these cookies.

Clear Gifs (Web Beacons/Web Bugs)
Our third party advertising partner employs a software technology called clear gifs (a.k.a. Web Beacons/Web Bugs), that help us better manage content on our site by informing us what content is effective. Clear gifs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of Web users. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive, clear gifs are embedded invisibly on Web pages and are about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. We do not tie the information gathered by clear gifs to our customers’ personally identifiable information.

Social Media (Features) and Widgets
Our Website includes Social Media Features, such as the Facebook Like button and Widgets, such as the Share this button or interactive mini-programs that run on our site. These Features may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our site, and may set a cookie to enable the Feature to function properly. Social Media Features and Widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our Site. Your interactions with these Features are governed by the privacy policy of the company providing it.

Public Forums
Our Website 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. To request removal of your personal information from our blog or community forum, contact us at support@trustedpeer.com. 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.

Testimonials
With your consent we may post your testimonial along with your name. If you want your testimonial removed please contact us at support@trustedpeer.com.

Accessing & Updating Your Information
You are entitled to see the personal information held about you, subject to TrustedPeer's confidentiality obligations to its clients. You may also request that we make changes to your personal information so that it is accurate and kept up to date by contacting us at support@trustedpeer.com. If you no longer desire our service, you may also request to have your account deactivated at the above email address. TrustedPeer Experts, TrustedPeer Editors and Peer Review Board Members are required regularly to update the biographical and employment information that they provide to TrustedPeer.

Your Ability to Opt-Out of Information Collection & Use
You may choose not to provide personal information to TrustedPeer. TrustedPeer Experts, TrustedPeer Editors and Peer Review Board Members may opt-out of membership in TrustedPeer by contacting us at support@trustedpeer.com whereupon we will use reasonable efforts to cease contacting such persons. You may set up your computer to reject cookies. However, in that case, you may not be able to use certain features on our Sites.

If you wish to subscribe to our newsletter(s), we will use your name and email address to send the newsletter to you. Out of respect for your privacy, you may choose to stop receiving our newsletter or marketing emails by following the unsubscribe instructions included in these emails, accessing the email preferences in your account settings page or you can contact us at support@trustedpeer.com.

Content Forwarding
TrustedPeer may provide tools on the Sites to forward content from the Sites to others through email or other means. Email address(es) that you supply for content forwarding will be used for that purpose only.

Refer A Colleague
If you choose to use our referral service to tell a colleague about our site, we will ask you for your friend’s name and email address. We will automatically send your friend a one-time email inviting him or her to visit the site. TrustedPeer stores this information for the sole purpose of sending this one-time email and tracking the success of our referral program.

Your friend may contact us at support@trustedpeer.com to request that we remove this information from our database.

Security
We employ security measures to protect your information both online and offline from access by unauthorized persons and against unlawful processing, accidental loss, destruction and damage. When you enter sensitive information (such as a credit card number) on our order forms, we encrypt the transmission of that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). We follow generally accepted standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. If you have any questions about security on our Website, you can contact us at support@trustedpeer.com.

Information Retention
We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. If you wish to cancel your account or request that we no longer use your information to provide you services contact us at support@trustedpeer.com. If you are a TrustedPeer Expert, TrustedPeer Editor or Peer Review Board Member, TrustedPeer may retain your information for its business purposes if you cease to be a member of TrustedPeer, provided that TrustedPeer will protect all such information about you in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Links
Our Sites may contain links to other websites belonging to third parties. Please make sure when you leave our Sites that you have read that website's privacy policy as this Privacy Policy applies solely to information collected at our Sites.

Changes To This Policy
TrustedPeer may update this policy to reflect changes to our information practices. If we make any material changes we will notify you by email (sent to the email address specified in your account) or by means of a notice on this Site prior to the change becoming effective. We encourage you to periodically review this page for the latest information on our privacy.

Contact
All comments, queries and requests relating to our use of your information are welcomed and should be addressed to the following:

Legal Department
TrustedPeer Inc.
887 Noe Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 218-3203

support@trustedpeer.com