PRIVACY POLICY Our privacy policy discloses how we gather, use and protect your data. Below you can find the legal text.

Updated October 2020

RPACertified.com Privacy Policy This Privacy Policy discloses how we gather, use and protect your personal data.

This Privacy Policy applies to personal data collected by RPACertified.com through its website www.RPACertified.com or, as described below, by other means during the course of its business.

  1. Controller Responsible data controller in the meaning of Art. 4 No. 7 GDPR is:

E-Mail: info-us@RPACertified.com; Website: www.RPACertified.com

You can contact the data protection officer via email at: privacyofficer@RPACertified.com

  1. General Information During the course of carrying out our business and performing our services, RPACertified.com collects personal data to conduct our business, provide and market our services, and meet our legal obligations. Likewise, we may also collect personal data for other purposes, which we would describe in more detail to you at the point we collect the personal data.

You may refuse to provide us with some or all of your personal data; however, this may limit the ways in which we can interact with you, including providing you with our services.

  1. Logfiles We collect personal data through our internet access logs. When you access our website, your internet address is automatically collected and is placed in our internet access logs (i.e., log files on server). We also record the URLs of the websites and pages you visit, the times and dates of such visits, information about the computer hardware and software you use.

This information may include Internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type and version, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and/or clickstream data, number of visits, websites from which you accessed our site (Referrer), and websites that are accessed by your system via our site.

The processing of this data is necessary for the provision and the security of our website. The legal basis for this processing is Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR. We do not link these data to certain individuals. After the processing for the mentioned purposes, the data will be deleted.

  1. Contact On our website we use several contact forms which can be used to get in contact with us electronically. To handle your request it is necessary to provide us with a valid email address, and, in addition, we store your IP address and the time of your request to prevent any misuse of our contact forms. Alternatively, you may contact us via the e-mail addresses cited above (Section 1). If you use one of these channels, the personal data transmitted will be stored automatically by RPACertified.com as data controller to handle our contact with you. The legal basis for this processing is Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR.

In some cases we may ask you for further information, such as name, occupation, address or telephone number. Regarding the processing of this personal data you will be asked to grant your explicit consent. The legal basis for this processing is Art. 6(1)(a) GDPR.

  1. Registration on our website If you make use of our website to register for certain services or events, or to download e-books you will be asked to provide personal data. The information inserted in the respective registration form will be transmitted to RPACertified.com as data controller. The legal basis for the processing of data - which is necessary to provide you with the respective service - is Art. 6(1)(b) GDPR. Regarding the processing of further personal data you will be asked to grant your explicit consent, and the legal basis for that processing is Art. 6(1)(a) GDPR.

In addition, RPACertified uses functional cookies for analytic purposes, see more details in Section 12.9. Any non EU/EEA transfer of your personal data in conjunction with the processing by RPACertified is covered by Model Clause agreement(s). Upon your registration, your IP-address and date and time of your registration will be collected. This allows us to prevent misuse of our services. The legal basis for this processing is Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR.

  1. Application for Jobs Our website offers the opportunity to apply for employment, either via a job advertisement published on our side, or as speculative application. If you make use of these possibilities by providing your personal data, including contact details, experiences, roles, etc. or provide (solicited or unsolicited) special categories of personal data (see Section 7), the information inserted in the application form or otherwise provided (e.g., by you including it in a resume) will be transmitted to RPACertified.com as data controller. With regard to the processing of this personal data you will be asked to grant your explicit consent. The legal basis for this processing is Art. 6(1)(a) GDPR. We store this personal data only for internal use to handle your application. We will delete your personal data on completion of the application process if further retention is not required for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims occurring out of the application process, or unless this personal data are required for the formation of or performance under a contract.

Any non EU/EEA transfer of your personal data in conjunction with the processing by Greenhouse is covered by a Model Clause agreement for the transfer of personal data to third countries.

At your registration on the job application portal, your IP-address and date and time of your registration will be collected. This allows us to prevent misuse of our services. The legal basis for this processing is Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR.

  1. Unsolicited special categories of personal data Other than the information you provide when you apply for a job at RPACertified.com (see Section 6), we do not generally seek to collect special categories of personal data through this site.

“Special categories of personal data” includes the various categories of personal information and data identified by privacy laws of United States, European and other jurisdictions as requiring special treatment, including in some circumstances the need to obtain explicit consent. These categories may include personal data revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership, genetic data, biometric data, data concerning health or data concerning sexual orientation (Art. 9 GDPR).

Therefore, we advise you not to provide any unsolicited sensitive personal data. RPACertified.com applies HTTPS or other appropriate technical and organizational measures to secure the personal data transmitted over its website.

  1. Newsletter We may provide the opportunity to sign-up for a periodic email newsletter by entering in your email address and confirming it by clicking on a confirmation link sent to you by us by e-mail (double opt-in). The legal basis for this processing is Art. 6(1)(a) GDPR.

In some cases we may ask you for further information, such as name, occupation, address or telephone number. Regarding the processing of this personal data you will be asked to grant your explicit consent. The legal basis for this processing is Art. 6(1)(a) GDPR.

If you subscribe for our periodic email newsletter your IP address as well as data and time of subscription will be collected and stored at RPACertified.com as data controller. This allows us to prevent misuse of our services or of the e-mail address of the subscriber. The legal basis for this processing is Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR. This data is only used for the distribution of the newsletter. The subscription may be terminated by you at any time by following the unsubscribe instructions included in each newsletter. We will delete the relevant personal data promptly upon your unsubscribe instruction.

  1. Blogs Our website offers publicly accessible blogs. You should be aware that any information you provide in these areas may be read, collected and used by others who read them. Our blog is managed by a GitHub Pages.

  2. Testimonials We display personal testimonials of satisfied customers on our site in addition to other endorsements. With your consent we may post your testimonial along with your name. The legal basis for this processing is Art. 6(1)(a) GDPR. If you wish to update or delete your testimonial, you can contact us at privacyofficer@RPACertified.com.

  3. Cookies (General Information) RPACertified.com’ websites make use of cookies to save and retrieve information about your visit to our sites. Cookies are small files of software which save and retrieve information about your visit to a website or application. They reside in your internet browser to help remember your preferences and previous activity. You can find more information about cookies at www.allaboutcookies.org and www.youronlinechoices.eu.

Cookies currently used on our site identify you as an anonymized number. We and our partners (e.g., marketing partners, affiliates, or analytics providers) use cookies and log files to analyze trends, administer the website, track users movements around the website, and gather demographic information about our user base. We may receive anonymized reports based on the use of these technologies by our partners on an aggregated basis. We also use this data to provide the site’s content, ensure the functionality of our information technology systems, and to optimize our website. The legal basis for this processing is Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR. The data of log files will be stored separately from your other personal data.

Users can control and refuse the use of cookies at the individual browser level. Cookies installed can be deleted. If you have visited our website in the past and would like to make changes to your cookie preferences, please first clear the cookies from your browser and then update your cookie preferences. If you reject cookies, you may still use our website, but your ability to use some features or areas of our website may be limited. If you are accessing the website from the EU region you can change your cookie settings from here.

When you visit our website, the following categories of cookies will be set in your browser:

11.1 Strictly necessary cookies These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around a site and use its features. Without these cookies services you have asked for cannot be provided.

Registered Visitor Cookie - A unique identifier given to each registered user, used to recognize you anonymously through your visit and when you return to the site.

11.2 Performance cookies These cookies collect information so that we can analyse how our visitors use our site. These cookies do not collect information that identifies you. All information these cookies collect is anonymous and is only used to improve how our site works.

11.3 Functional cookies These cookies allow websites and applications to remember choices you make (e.g., such as your user name or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features.

We may use information collected from functional cookies to identify user behaviour and to serve content based on the user profile. These cookies cannot track your browsing activity on other websites. They do not gather any information about you that could be used for advertising or to record where you’ve been on the Internet outside our site.

11.4 Targeting cookies In order to keep our website services relevant, easy to use and up-to-date, and understand interest in our services we use web analytics services to help us understand how people use the site.

Cookies allow web analytics services to recognize your browser, device, or IP address and, for example, identify whether you have visited our website before, what you have previously viewed or clicked on, and how you found us. The information is only used for statistical purposes, and it helps us to analyses patterns of user activity, user interests, and to develop a better user experience.

  1. Third Party Applications We will respect and protect your privacy as set out in this Privacy Policy. We will share your personal data with third parties only in the ways that are described in this Privacy Policy - and do not and will not sell your personal data.

RPACertified.com shares your personal data with third parties, in particular non-RPACertified.com parties, only with your express consent or under another lawful basis for processing under the applicable law.

Categories of non-RPACertified.com parties with which we share your personal data include vendors such as host and cloud service providers, marketing and mailing agencies, and sub-contractors involved in the fulfillment of our contractual obligations towards our clients. The legal basis for this processing is Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR.

12.4 Facebook conversion pixels We use the “Custom Audience pixel” of Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”) on our website. With its help, we can keep track of what users do after they see or click on a Facebook advertisement. This enables us to monitor the effectiveness of Facebook ads for purposes of statistics and market research. Data collected in this way is anonymous to us, which means we cannot see the personal data of individual users. However, this data is saved and processed by Facebook. Facebook can connect this data with your Facebook account and use it for its own advertising purposes, in accordance with Facebook’s Data Policy which can be found at https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/. You can allow Facebook and its partners to place ads on and outside of Facebook. A cookie can also be saved on your device for these purposes.

Please click here if you would like to withdraw your consent https://www.facebook.com/settings/?tab=ads#=

12.5 Google Analytics Our website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google, Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 USA, www.google.com (“Google Analytics” or “Google”). Google Analytics employs cookies that are stored to your computer in order to facilitate an analysis of your use of the site. The information generated by these cookies, such as time, place and frequency of your visits to our site, including your IP address, is transmitted to Google’s location in the US and stored there.

In using Google Analytics our website employs the extension “anonymizeIp”. In doing so, Google abbreviates and thereby anonymizes your IP address before transferring it from EU/EEA member states. Google uses this information to analyze your use of our site, to compile reports for us on internet activity and to provide other services relating to our website.

Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law or where such third parties process this data on Google’s behalf. Google states that it will in never associate your IP address with other data held by Google. You can prevent cookies from being installed by adjusting the settings on your browser software accordingly as noted elsewhere in this Privacy Policy. You should be aware, however, that by doing so you may not be able to make full use of all the functions of our website.

Google Analytics also offers a deactivation add-on for most current browsers that provides you with more control over what data Google can collect on websites you access. The add-on tells the JavaScript (ga.js) used by Google Analytics not to transmit any information about website visits to Google Analytics. However, the browser deactivation add-on offered by Google Analytics does not prevent information from being transmitted to us or to other web analysis services we may engage.

Google Analytics also uses 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.

You can find additional information on how to install the browser add-on referenced above at the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

For the cases in which personal data is transferred to the US, Google has self-certified pursuant to the EU-US Privacy Shield (https://www.privacyshield.gov/EU-US-Framework).

12.6 Google Tag Manager (GTM) Google Tag Manager (GTM”) is a tag management system to manage JavaScript and HTML tags used for tracking and analytics on websites. Tags are small code elements that, among other things, are used to measure traffic and visitor behaviour: to understand the effect of online advertising and social channels; to set up remarketing and orientation towards target groups; and to test and optimize websites. GTM makes it easier for us to integrate and manage our tags. We use GTM on our website to include the following tracking tools (as in described in detail this Section 12):

● Google Analytics

● RPACertified

● Facebook Conversion Pixels

● Twitter tailored audience

If you have performed deactivation, GTM takes this deactivation into account. For more information about GTM’s privacy practices can be found at https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en and terms of use at https://www.google.com/analytics/tag-manager/use-policy/.

12.7 Greenhouse Tracking Links

When a job application is submitted through our Greenhouse forms, we capture certain pieces of information (see Section 6 for details). In some marketing campaigns, we use ‘Greenhouse Tracking Links,’ which are URL parameters attached to inbound links to our job posts. When a job application is submitted, Greenhouse captures this parameter and is able to determine which advertising or promotional channel directed you to that job posting. This enables RPACertified.com to gauge which channels are most effective.

12.8 Libsyn

Libsyn https://libsyn.com/ is an audio hosting service and publishing tool.

5001 Baum Blvd., Suite 770, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

We use Libsyn to host our external-facing podcasts on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play and other platforms. We also embed a Libsyn-generated web player onto our podcast landing pages.

Ready more on Libsyn’s privacy policy here: https://libsyn.com/privacy-policy/

12.9 LinkedIn Insight Tags

We use the “LinkedIn Insight Tag” of LinkedIn Corporation, 1000 W Maude Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94085, USA (“LinkedIn”) on our website. It helps us with in-depth campaign reporting and insights about our website visitors. It can also be used to track conversions, retarget website visitors, and unlock additional insights about members interacting with our ads on LinkedIn.

The LinkedIn Insight Tag enables the collection of data regarding members’ visits to our website, including the URL, referrer, IP address, device and browser characteristics (User Agent), and timestamp. This data is encrypted, the IP addresses are truncated, and members’ direct identifiers are removed within seven days in order to make the data pseudonymous. This remaining, pseudonymized data is then deleted within 90 days.

LinkedIn does not share personal data with us, it only provides aggregated reports about the website audience and ad performance. LinkedIn also provides retargeting for website visitors, enabling us to show personalized ads off our website by using this data, but without identifying the member. LinkedIn members can control the use of their personal data for advertising purposes through their account settings.

All this in accordance with LinkedIn terms and cookie policies.

12.10 LinkedIn SlideShare

LinkedIn SlideShare is a Web 2.0–based slide hosting service of LinkedIn Corporation, 1000 W. Maude Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94085 USA, www.linkedin.com. Users can upload files privately or publicly in the following file formats: PowerPoint, PDF, or OpenDocument presentations. Slide decks can then be viewed on the site itself, on hand held devices or embedded on other sites. Our website uses the plugins offered by LinkedIn Slideshare to primarily share presentations and PDFs.

Regarding the use of LinkedIn Slideshare’s plugins (and all plugins offered by LinkedIn products) see the LinkedIn Slideshare’s Privacy Policy stating: “We log usage data when you visit or otherwise use our Services, including our sites, app and platform technology (e.g., our off-site plugins), such as when you view or click on content (e.g., learning video) or ads (on or off our sites and apps), perform a search, install or update one of our mobile apps, share articles or apply for jobs. We use log-ins, cookies, device information and internet protocol (“IP”) addresses to identify you and log your use.” More information about LinkedIn’s privacy practices can be read at https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy.

12.14 SoundCloud

SoundCloud is an online audio distribution platform provided by SoundCloud Limited, Rheinsberger Str. 76/77, 10115 Berlin, Germany, c/o JAG Shaw Baker, Berners House, 47-48 Berners Street, London W1T 3NF, UK; www.soundcloud.com, (“SoundCloud”). SoundCloud enables its users to upload, record, promote and share their originally-created sounds. On our website we use SoundCloud to share podcasts in posts, and use SoundCloud plugins on our website. When you visit our website, a connection is established with the SoundCloud servers and the plugin is shown. This provides the SoundCloud server with information about the sites you have visited on our website. If you are logged onto SoundCloud as a member, then SoundCloud may automatically assign this information to your personal user account. When you activate the plugin (e.g., by clicking the start button of an audio file), the corresponding information is also assigned to your user account. You can prevent the automatic assignment of this information by logging out of your SoundCloud account and deleting its respective cookies before logging onto our website.

User interaction with the embedded player includes the following functionality:

• Play

• Pause

• duration of playback

• shares made on the podcast

However, all the information will be at an aggregated level and specificity is abstracted out. More information about SoundCloud’s privacy practices can be found at https://soundcloud.com/pages/privacy.

12.15 SumoLogic Sumo Logic is a cloud-based log management and analytics service of Sumo Logic, Inc., 305 Main Street, Redwood City, CA 94063, USA, www.sumologic.com (“Sumo Logic”) that leverages machine-generated big data to deliver real-time IT insights. Sumo Logic uses a piece of software called an “Installed Collector”. An Installed Collector is a Java agent that receives logs and metrics from its sources and then encrypts, compresses, and sends the data to the Sumo service. As its name implies, an Installed Collector is installed in your environment, as opposed to a Hosted Collector, which resides on the Sumo service. After installing an Installed Collector, you add sources, to which the Installed Collector connects to obtain data to send to the Sumo service.

A Sumo source is an object, configured for a specific collector that scans a particular target periodically and sends newly available data to the Installed Collector. SumoLogic collectors are baked into all the server images used by the website and collect the following information.

● IP address;

● date and time;

● session ID;

● Browser and version; and

● OS and version.

The above information is used by developers on RPACertified.com’ digital team for debugging/monitoring purposes. Sumo Logic’s privacy policy can be found at https://www.sumologic.com/privacy-statement/.

12.16 Twitter tailored audience Tailored audiences is the tool of Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA, www.twitter.com (“Twitter”), used to target existing users and customers to create remarketing campaigns. Targeting activity can include directly reaching out to users or visitors to the RPACertified.com website and campaign pages and/or retargeting previous customer lists. Twitter sets a minimum size limit for a tailored audience to 500 users. If the tailored audience does not match 500 Twitter users, it will display as “audience too small” and will not be available for targeting. Details about Twitter’s policies for conversion tracking and tailored audiences can be found at https://business.twitter.com/en/help/ads-policies/other-policy-requirements/policies-for-conversion-tracking-and-tailored-audiences.html.

12.17 Urchin Tracking Module (UTM) UTM tags are not tools. UTM works as a custom URL for marketing campaigns and reports can be viewed in platforms like Google Analytics. UTM tags are appended as part of the visible URL in marketing programs to understand the specific instance of a link. UTM tag reports are observed in Google Analytics/RPACertified (see Sections 12.7 and 12.9) for understanding visitors to our website – for example, if they have visited the website, clicked on a link or signed up to a conference/event. These details are collected at an aggregated level. Customizing the URL with UTM tags allows us to better understand the marketing activity, which then allows us to better serve our audience.

The tracking occurs via the UTM parameters that are appended in the URL. When a user clicks an UTM tagged URL, based on the parameters set, we will be able to track from which end source the user has interacted with that URL.

12.18 Wistia/Tencent Wistia provides software for creating, managing, and sharing videos for business with a customizable player and detailed analytics. Our website uses Wistia, provided by Wistia, Inc., 17 Tudor Street, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA, www.wistia.com (“Wistia”) to host videos. Wistia includes features such as an integrated CDN (content delivery network) for faster loading, and improved quality control depending on the device type and internet speed of the user. It also features the ability to add subtitles for better clarity of the video content. Whenever you interact with any videos on our website, Wistia automatically receives and records information on its server logs from your browser including your IP address, cookie information, and the page you requested.

As stated in Wistia’s privacy policy, Wistia may also use usage information, in identifiable form, to provide video owners with information directly related to the videos that they make available through the website. Such information may include how many and which videos of a particular video owner were watched by a particular user, from where a particular video was watched by a particular user and how many times a particular video was watched by a particular user. For more information about Wistia’s privacy practices can be found at https://wistia.com/privacy.

Tencent is a video player that is similar to Wistia. Our website uses Tencent to host videos for users who live in China since Wistia is blocked there. Tencent’s privacy policy can be found at https://intl.cloud.tencent.com/document/product/301/9247.

12.19 Zoom Communications

Zoom Video Communications is a remote conferencing services company headquartered in San Jose, California. It provides a remote conferencing service that combines video conferencing, online meetings, chat, and mobile collaboration. Zoom enables us to run virtual events and webinars for our audiences. The information collected during the virtual event / webinar registration process on our website is passed over to Zoom to ensure seamless user experience for the attendees.

Details about Zoom’s policy for collecting and processing the user information can be found at https://zoom.us/privacy-and-legal

  1. Social Media Links You can find RPACertified.com on the following social media:

● Twitter

● Facebook

● Youtube

● LinkedIn

● Weibo

● Instagram

● WeChat

These providers are controllers for the relevant data processing.

  1. Deletion and Term of Storage RPACertified.com processes and stores your personal data only for the time necessary to achieve the stated purpose (unless otherwise stated in this Privacy Policy) and as permitted under the applicable laws or regulations.

As soon as the purpose for data storage is achieved, or the appropriate term of storage provided for by any applicable laws or regulations expires, your personal data will be deleted consistent with this and any other applicable RPACertified.com policies (e.g., document retention and/or records management policy) unless your personal data are required for the formation of or performance under a contract.

  1. Your rights as data subject You have the following rights:

● Right of access (Art. 15 GDPR)

In principle, you have the right to receive information on the points mentioned in Art. 15 GDPR. You also have the right to request a copy of your personal data in accordance with Art. 15 (3) GDPR.

● Right to rectification or erasure (Art. 16 and 17 GDPR)

You have the right to have incorrect personal data corrected. In addition, you have the right to demand that your personal data is deleted if further processing is no longer necessary, if processing is unlawful or if you have withdrawn your consent.

● Right to restriction of processing (Art. 18 GDPR)

If the conditions in Art. 18 GDPR are met, you have the right to have the processing of your personal data restricted, i.e. to prevent further processing for the time being.

● Right to object (Art. 21 GDPR)

If the processing of your personal data is based on Art. 6 (1)e or f GDPR, you have the right to object to the processing if the further requirements of Art. 21 GDPR are met.

● Right to data portability (Art. 20 GDPR)

Within the limits of Art. 20 GDPR, you have the right to receive your personal data in a machine-readable format in order to forward it or have it forwarded to another controller.

You can require this by sending us an email at privacyofficer@RPACertified.com.

Without prejudice to any other administrative or judicial remedy, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the location of your habitual residence, place of work or place of the alleged infringement if you consider that the processing of personal data relating to you infringes the applicable data protection laws and regulations.

  1. Changes to the Policy This Privacy Policy may be updated from time to time and will note the date of any updates. In the event of any material and significant changes we will endeavor to provide a more prominent notice of the changes to this Privacy Policy.
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