Privacy Policy

Effective as of December 20, 2020

BlueRipple Technologies LLC and its global subsidiaries and successors (collectively “BlueRipple”) are committed to protecting the privacy of individuals who visit our public, private, and/or restricted-use websites, including but not limited to www.blueripple.com and my.blueripple.com (collectively, the “Sites “), as well as individuals who register to use our Services as defined below or who register to attend BlueRipple events.

This Privacy Policy describes how and why BlueRipple collects, uses, and shares the personal information we receive or that you make available to us by using our Sites or applications, services, events, and programs offered by BlueRipple (collectively, the “Services”). It also describes the choices available to you regarding BlueRipple’s use of your personal information, the steps you can take to access this information, and, where applicable, to request that we correct or delete it. We can be contacted by using the details in the “How to contact us” section below.

BlueRipple may also provide further privacy notices based on applicable regions and other interactions with you (e.g., specific services requests). Those terms are to be read in conjunction with this Privacy Policy.

Topics:

—Personal information we collect
—How we collect personal information
—How we use personal information
—How we share personal information
—How long we keep personal information
—Our legal basis for processing personal information
—International transfer of information collected
—How to access and control your personal information
—Communication preferences
—Cookies and Pixel Tags
—Links to Other Websites
—Changes to This Privacy Policy
—How to contact us

Personal information we collect

BlueRipple collects personal information in a variety of ways described in this Privacy Policy. The types of personal information we collect will depend on how you interact with us, your location, and applicable law. In addition to any other privacy notices you might have received, BlueRipple has collected the following types of information in the past 12 months: 

Site users

Contact details and other identifiers: First and last name, email address, postal address, phone number, an online identifier such as Internet Protocol (IP) address, or other similar identifiers.
Business information: Company name and contact details, number of employees, and annual revenue.
Location data: Physical location (city, state, country) which you may provide to us or which can be inferred by an IP address.
Internet and electronic network activity information: Browsing history, search history, operating system, date and time information, and other technical information about your device.

Employees, Independent Contractors, and Candidates

Employees and independent contractors have received separate privacy notices informing them of the types of information that BlueRipple collects, the purposes for such collection, and a link to this Privacy Policy. 

The following personal information may be collected regarding candidates for employment and independent contractor positions:
—Additional contact details and other identifiers: in addition to the information described in the “Site Users” section above, BlueRipple may also collect residency and work permit status, Social Security Number (SSN), driver’s license number, government identification numbers, and/or other similar identifiers.
—Protected classifications and other demographic data: age, gender, race, ethnicity, and/or similar demographic information. We will use this information to comply with anti-discrimination laws and government reporting obligations to ensure equal employment opportunities and/or conduct internal research on company demographics.
—Background information: academic and professional qualifications, education, CV/resume, credit history, and/or civil/criminal records data (utilized for a background check and vetting purposes where permissible and under applicable law).
—Location data: physical location (e.g., city, state, country).

BlueRipple Community Members

When you become a BlueRipple member (directly or through a BlueRipple affiliate), BlueRipple alumni, independent contractor, employee, or affiliate (“BlueRipple Community Member”), BlueRipple may ask you for additional personal information. Depending on your relationship with us, and in addition to any previous privacy notice you received, relevant personal information may include:

—Account credentials: username, password, and similar account authentication information.
—Financial information: credit card, billing, bank account details, and other payment information.
—Commercial information: records of services purchased, obtained or considered, or other purchasing or consuming histories or tendencies.
—Inferences from other personal information: profile reflecting preferences, characteristics, predispositions, behavior, attitudes, abilities, and aptitudes.

How we collect personal information

BlueRipple collects the personal information described above from the following sources: 

Directly from you

BlueRipple collects personal information about you when you provide us with your personal information. Examples include when you register with any of our Sites, enter into a contract with us for Services, or voluntarily provide personal or business details via online or paper submission forms, surveys, or when you subscribe to BlueRipple newsletters. 

Indirectly from you

When you visit our Sites, BlueRipple automatically receives certain internet and electronic network activity information. This personal information is automatically recorded on our server logs from your browser, including unique identifiers such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address, BlueRipple cookie information, and the page you request. This information is collected to help us improve our Sites and to provide relevant content. 

See the “Cookies & pixel tags” section below for more details on how BlueRipple uses cookies and pixel tags. 

Our partners and advertisers share information with us.

BlueRipple may receive personal information about you from our affiliates, advertisers, partners, independent contractors, and other authorized third parties or service providers who are working on our behalf. 

How we use personal information

BlueRipple uses personal information to operate, manage and improve our Services and Sites. BlueRipple may use the personal information we collect to: 

Fulfill your requests

When you make requests of BlueRipple, BlueRipple will use the information you provided to fulfill these requests. For example, if you share contact and business information to request more details about our Services, we will use that personal information to respond to your inquiry. 

Provide Services

If you are a BlueRipple Community Member, your personal information is used to administer your account and enable you to connect with fellow BlueRipple Community Members. This includes our directory of members and team leaders, made available to all BlueRipple Community Members worldwide. 

Operate, maintain, and improve our Sites

BlueRipple will record your Sites’ use to operate and improve our Sites, thus helping us better understand your needs and interests. BlueRipple uses certain tools to improve and personalize your experience (e.g., Google Analytics). 

Communicate with you

Your personal information may also be used to send additional information about BlueRipple’s Services, updates, promotions, and events (“Communications”) unless you opt-out from receiving such Communications. We will seek your advance permission to send Communications if legally required. 

Administer the BlueRipple alumni program

Like a university, BlueRipple relies on long-lasting relationships with its community to operate, grow and maintain accurate records. To complement and extend the BlueRipple experience for BlueRipple Community Members, BlueRipple runs an alumni program. BlueRipple may send Communications to former members, independent contractors, and employees to provide information on developments and possible opportunities. You will have the right to opt-out of or to unsubscribe from Communications if you wish.

General business and legal obligations

BlueRipple also collects personal information described above to conduct audits, comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, enforce our agreements and conduct mergers or acquisitions. 

The personal information you have provided to BlueRipple is used for the purposes described in this Privacy Policy or for purposes disclosed in a separate privacy notice. 

How we share personal information

BlueRipple may share your personal information with affiliates for business purposes related to customer support, technical operation, and/or account management. 

We may also make your personal information available to authorized third parties or service providers for BlueRipple business purposes, such as acting on our behalf to provide services, technical support, and account management.

These authorized third parties are permitted to use your personal information solely to provide services to BlueRipple. BlueRipple will not otherwise share your personal information with other individuals or companies except when you have otherwise authorized this information to be shared, as required by law, in the exercise of our legal rights, to effect a merger/acquisition, to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding actual or suspected illegal or malicious activities, or to address actual or suspected violations of BlueRipple’s Terms of Use, Confidentiality Pledge, and Standards. 

BlueRipple does not sell personal information about you.

How long we keep personal information

BlueRipple retains your personal information for the duration of the time consistent with the original purpose of collection. For example, we may retain your personal information while your account to use our Sites or Services is active. We may also retain personal information for a period of time thereafter to:

—allow for the recovery of accounts if requested by you,
—analyze the data for BlueRipple’s business operations,
—administer the BlueRipple alumni program, and/or
—conduct audits, address our ongoing legal rights/obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.

Our legal basis for processing personal information

BlueRipple may rely on various legal means or legal bases for collecting and processing personal information, including:

—your consent (where necessary),
—a legitimate interest,
—the necessity to enter into and perform contracts, and
—to comply with our legal obligations.

The legal bases BlueRipple is required to use to collect and use your personal information will depend on your interaction with us, applicable law, and your location. 

Site users

When you visit our Sites, BlueRipple collects your personal information through cookies and similar technologies for the business purposes described in this Privacy Policy. Your personal information may also be used to send Communications as described above unless you opt-out from receiving such Communications. 

BlueRipple has a legitimate interest in attracting new Members and understanding how our Sites are being used. 

We will seek your advance permission to use cookies or to send Communications where legally required. 

BlueRipple Community Members

In addition to the uses applicable to all Site users, your personal information will be used to administer your account and provide requested Services. The legal basis for administrating your BlueRipple account and providing related Services is necessary to perform our contractual obligations. 

Additionally, we have a legitimate interest in providing BlueRipple Community Members with a global directory. As a part of the BlueRipple Community Member experience, we enable you to connect with other BlueRipple Community Members by storing your business information in a directory made available to all BlueRipple Community Members worldwide. 

BlueRipple will also send Communications in furtherance of our legitimate business interest to maintain relationships, obtain referrals, and promote our range of Services and events. Again, Communications will cease if you choose to opt-out.

International transfer of information collected

BlueRipple has its global headquarters in the United States, and BlueRipple’s primary storage of personal information collected is in the United States. Depending on where you are located and applicable law, BlueRipple will rely on certain legal bases to transfer your personal information into the United States, such as your consent (if required), to perform a contract with you or to fulfill BlueRipple’s legitimate interest, which does not outweigh your rights and freedoms. 

We take precautions to keep your personal information secure. Where necessary to comply with applicable law, BlueRipple also enters into data processing agreements and model clauses with its authorized third parties and service providers. 

When you become a BlueRipple Community Member, your personal details will be visible to the international BlueRipple Community network. You may update visibility preferences at any time by logging into your personal account on my.blueripple.com and selecting the “Edit Profile & Privacy” link.

How to access and control your personal information

Your rights to access and control your personal information may vary depending on your location and applicable law. If you are a European resident, see the “European residents” section below for specific details. 

To learn how to exercise your rights under this Privacy Policy, see the “How to exercise your rights” section below. In general, since BlueRipple provides services around the world, we acknowledge the following core privacy rights: 

Access to your personal information

You have the right to request disclosure of certain information to you about our collection and use of your personal information. Any limits or exceptions under applicable law will be explained in our response to your verified request. 

Deletion request rights

You have the right to request deletion of your personal information that BlueRipple collected and retained. Upon receipt of your verifiable request, we may delete (and direct our service providers to delete) your personal information from our records to the extent required by law. There are certain exceptions where applicable law either allows or requires us to deny your deletion request. Such denial will be explained in our response to your verifiable request. 

No discriminatory treatment

When you choose to exercise your privacy rights listed in this section, you will not receive any discriminatory treatment from BlueRipple. This is not only a legal requirement, but it is in line with BlueRipple’s operational principle of “respect for the individual.” 

How to exercise your rights

To exercise the rights described above, please submit a verifiable request to us by either contacting us using the information in the “How to contact us” section below or using our web form. 

Only you, or a person that you authorize to act on your behalf, may make a request related to your personal information; BlueRipple must be able to verify such requests through the exercise of reasonable diligence. To be verifiable, your request must:

—Provide sufficient information that allows us to reasonably verify you are the person about whom we collected personal information or an authorized representative; and
—Describe your request with sufficient detail that allows us to understand, evaluate and respond to it properly.

We cannot respond to your request or provide you with personal information if we cannot verify your identity or authority to make the request. We will use personal information provided in a request solely to verify the requestor’s identity or authority to make the request.

Communication Preferences

You may manage your Communications preferences via email by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link located on the bottom of BlueRipple emails. Additionally, you may opt-out of Communications by filling out our web form or emailing us at legal@blueripple.com. 

BlueRipple may retain some of your personal information solely to know your wish not to be contacted again in the future or for other purposes that are legally permitted or required.

Cookies & Pixel Tags

We collect visitor information by using cookies and pixel tags. 

Cookies

Cookies are files or pieces of information that may be stored on your device when you visit a website. This file or piece of information allows a user to move quickly and easily around our Sites and identify returning users. We also use cookies to track a user’s sessions, store preferences and settings, provide interest-based advertising, determine what site features are most popular, and develop our Sites and content and fulfill other legitimate interests. 

The use of cookies is an industry-standard and commonly done on websites. However, we do not use cookies to retrieve involuntary information about your computer. 

Accordingly, if you would prefer, you can set up your browser to refuse cookies or to alert you to their presence and thereby allow you to remove them from your computer. If you reject cookies, you may have difficulty navigating parts of our website and may need to enter identifying information each time you access a password-protected page. 

Pixel Tag

A pixel tag, also known as a clear GIF or web beacon, is an invisible tag or tiny graphic image placed on certain pages of our website or in emails but not on your computer. When you access these pages, pixel tags generate a generic notice of that visit. They usually work in conjunction with cookies, registering when a particular computer visits a particular page. If you turn off cookies, the pixel tag will detect an anonymous website visit. Pixel tags help us analyze our visitors’ online behavior and measure our websites and advertising effectiveness. We work with service providers that help us track, collect and analyze this information. 

Pixel tags on our sites may be used to collect information about your visit, including the pages you view, the features you use, the links you click, and other actions you take in connection with the Sites. This information may include your computer’s Internet protocol (IP) address, browser type, operating system, date and time information, and other technical information about your computer. We may also track certain information about the identity of the websites you visit immediately before and after coming to our site. We do not otherwise track any information about your use of other websites. 

Pixel tags and cookies in our emails may be used to track your interactions with those messages, such as when you receive, open, or click a link in an email message from us. 

We also work with third-party companies that use tracking technologies to serve advertisements on our behalf across the Internet. These companies may collect information about your visits to our websites and your interaction with our advertising and other communications.

Links to Other Websites

Our Sites contain links to other third-party websites; however, we are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites and cannot verify the existence, sufficiency, accuracy, or completeness of the privacy policies of such websites. Please see the website’s privacy policy for more information on the website owner’s data protection practices.

Changes to This Privacy Policy

BlueRipple may update this Privacy Policy at any time, for any reason, without notice to you other than posting the amended Privacy Policy to this Site. We will notify you about significant changes in how we treat personal information by sending a notice to the primary email address we have on file for you or by placing a prominent notice on the applicable Sites. 

BlueRipple endeavors to ensure that this Privacy Policy is fully compliant with all applicable laws; however, the world’s laws are constantly evolving and changing. To the extent any part of this Privacy Policy is not compliant with applicable law, the non-compliant part shall be deemed automatically amended to the extent necessary to permit this Privacy Policy to be compliant.

How to Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact BlueRipple at legal@blueripple.com.