The United States Department of Commerce and the European Commission have agreed on a set of data protection principles and frequently asked questions to enable U.S. companies to satisfy the requirement under European Union law that adequate protection be given to personal information transferred from the EEA to the United States (the “U.S.-EU Safe Harbor”). The EEA also has recognized the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor as providing adequate data protection (OJ L 45, 15.2.2001, p.47). The United States Department of Commerce and the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC) of Switzerland have agreed on a similar set of principles and frequently asked questions to enable U.S. companies to satisfy the requirement under Swiss law that adequate protection be given to personal information transferred from Switzerland to the United States (the “U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor”). Consistent with its commitment to protect personal privacy, Beacon adheres to the principles set forth in the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor and the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor (the “Safe Harbor Principles”).
Beacon Participates in the Safe Harbor Program
Information Beacon Collects
You can choose not to provide Personal Data to us. However, if you do not provide such information, you will not be able to register to use the Sites, so your ability to use the Sites will be limited to those web pages available to unregistered users of the Sites. Additionally, you will not be able to place orders on the Sites, exchange information via the Sites, nor contact us with questions via email or otherwise through the Sites.
Beacon uses internet tags (also known as action tags, single-pixel GIFs, clear GIFs, invisible GIFs and 1-by-1 GIFs) and cookies at these Sites and may deploy these tags/cookies through a third-party web analytical service partner which may be located and store the respective information (including your IP-address) in a foreign country. Beacon uses this technology to measure the visitors’ experience of the Sites and to improve our technology and service offerings. The web analytical service partner may be able to collect data about visitors to our and other sites because of these internet tags/cookies, may compose reports regarding the Site’s activity for us and may provide further services which are related to the use of the Sites and the internet. They may provide such information to other parties if there is a legal requirement that they do so, or if they hire the other parties to process information on their behalf.
Automatic Information may be tied to your Personal Data after Personal Data has been submitted and, therefore, will be treated as Personal Data to the extent it may be tied to Personal Data.
The term “Information” as used herein means, collectively, Personal Data, Automatic Information, and Electronic Files. “Information” also encompasses non-personal company data such as drawings, plans, designs, specifications, project plans and schedules, as well as other company data; some of which may be considered sensitive.
Intended Use of Information
Most of Beacon’s services offered on the Sites require you to provide us with Information (i.e. Beacon SharePoint customer portal). In these situations, if you choose to withhold any Personal Data requested by us, it will not be possible for us to grant you access to certain parts of the Sites and for us to respond to your query.
You provide Automatic Information to us merely by visiting the Sites. Beacon may collect and use Automatic Information to customize your Sites experience, to generally help us learn about the usage of the Sites, to help us run and maintain the Sites, to study traffic patterns, to help us recognize visitors when they visit our Sites again, and other similar uses.
Non-disclosure of Information
Beacon may disclose Information in special cases when Beacon has reason to believe that disclosing the Information is necessary to identify, contact, or bring legal action against someone who may have breached our Terms and Conditions of Use or who may be causing injury to or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) our rights or property, other users of the Sites, or anyone else who could be harmed by such activities. Beacon may also disclose Information when Beacon reasonably believes that the law requires it (in the US or abroad).
Right of Access, Correction and Objection
Disputes & Resolution
If Beacon cannot resolve any complaint or dispute with you regarding your Information, the dispute or complaint may be submitted to a 3rd-party mechanism for resolution. Beacon has identified the American Arbitration Association for 3rd-party mediation and then, if necessary, for binding arbitration for final resolution (in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association). Information about the American Arbitration Association’s services can be found at its website at www.adr.org.
Security and Confidentiality
To ensure the security and confidentiality of Information that Beacon collects, Beacon uses data networks protected by, among other things, industry standard firewalls and password protection. Beacon takes measures reasonably designed to protect your Personal Data from loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration or destruction. Unfortunately, information transmitted on the Internet and/or stored on systems attached to the Internet is not 100% secure. As a result, Beacon does not ensure, warrant or guarantee the security or integrity of such information. Beacon will not be responsible for disclosure of any Information due to errors in transmission or the unauthorized acts of third parties. You help to maintain the security of your Personal Data and Company Data stored in our systems by keeping your username and password confidential and protecting against unauthorized access to your password and to your computer.
Data Transfer Abroad
Links to Other Sites
Choices Available to You
As discussed above, you can always choose not to provide Information, even though it might be needed to access the Beacon SharePoint Customer Portal or needed by Beacon to perform services or provide product.
EFFECTIVE DATE: July 23, 2012