In the ordinary course of business, Mehl Partners Ltd., and its affiliates (“Mehl Partners”) collect, use, and share personal information pertaining to its partners, employees, clients, and others. Obtaining this information is important to our ability to conduct our operations and to deliver the highest level of service, but we also recognize that you expect us to treat this information appropriately.
This policy describes the types of personal information that a relevant Mehl Partners entity may collect about you in compliance with applicable legal and regulatory requirements, the purposes for which we use the information, the circumstances in which we may share the information and the steps that we take to safeguard the information to protect your privacy.
HOW WE COLLECT INFORMATION ABOUT YOU
There are parts of this Site where we may need to collect personal information from you for a specific purpose, such as to provide you with certain information you request. If you voluntarily submit information to our Site (for example, in a request for general information or through the submission of a business proposal), we may store and use any personally identifiable information, such as your name, phone number, fax number and e-mail address, for reasonable business purposes including, but not limited to, fulfilling your request and marketing and business communications and you expressly agree with the collection, use, storage and handling of your personal information as set out in this policy. If you do not provide all such information we need, we may not be able to give you the information you request.
When you contact us by email or phone about or in relation to our services or to respond to our communications we may record and use the personal information you provide, such as your name, title, telephone number, email address and content, date and time of your email correspondence and information about your employer or your business.
Please also note we have certain responsibilities under relevant rules and regulations, to verify the identity of clients and may need to make certain inquiries and obtain certain information from you for that purpose. You confirm that all information you supply will be accurate and that we may disclose such information as we consider necessary to comply with any reporting or legal and regulatory requirements.
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USES OF COLLECTED INFORMATION
The purposes for which we use your personal information are:
to monitor, improve and administer the Site and the information and services provided on the Site;
to provide you with information on selected services that we think may be of interest to you (unless you have asked us not to do so);
for the management and administration of our business;
in order to comply with and in order to assess compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations, and internal policies and procedures;
to set you up as a client;
to provide you with our services;
to understand feedback on our services and to help provide more information on the use of those products and services quickly and easily;
to communicate with you in order to provide you with services or information about Mehl Partners and our products and services; or
to understand your needs and interests.
However we use personal information we make sure that the usage complies with applicable law and the law allows us and requires us to use personal information for a variety of reasons. These include where:
we need to do so in order to perform our contractual obligations with our clients;
we have obtained your consent;
we have legal and regulatory obligations that we have to discharge;
we may need to do so in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights or for the purpose of legal proceedings; or
the use of your personal information as described is necessary for our legitimate business interests, such as (i) allowing us to effectively and efficiently manage and administer the operation of our business; (ii) maintaining compliance with internal policies and procedures; and/or (iii) promoting our business and services.
DISCLOSURES OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION WITHIN MEHL PARTNERS
In order to provide efficient and reliable services and to improve service options available to you, we may share your personal information with our subsidiaries or affiliates. For this purpose, we may transfer the information you provide outside your country to a Mehl Partners entity in another country that does not have similar data protection legislation and may provide a lower level of protection for your information. By submitting any information you consent to these transfers. We have taken certain measures outlined below to try to ensure the security of your information.
DISCLOSURES OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION TO THIRD PARTIES
We may share, and have shared over the past twelve (12) months, your personal information with other companies we have hired to provide services for us, or have hired us to provide services to them. These companies – our vendors – are required to maintain the confidentiality of such information to the extent they receive it and to use your personal information only in the course of providing such services and only on our behalf for the purposes that Mehl Partners has hired them and for which it has instructed them.
We may also release information about you if you direct us to do so, or if we are required or authorized by law to make disclosures to the government or private parties in connection with a lawsuit, subpoena, investigation or similar proceeding, or to protect against fraud and to otherwise cooperate with law enforcement or regulatory authorities.
Where you have provided personal information to us, you expressly consent to the sharing of such personal information with third parties for the purposes set out in this section.
RETENTION PERIOD AND SECURITY OF COLLECTED INFORMATION
How long we will retain your personal information for will vary and will be determined by the following criteria:
the purpose for which we are using it – Mehl Partners will need to keep the data for as long as is necessary for that purpose; and
legal obligations – laws or regulation may set a minimum period for which we have to keep your personal information.
Although Mehl Partners endeavors to take steps to provide a secure environment for users accessing the Site, due to the nature of the Internet, Mehl Partners cannot guarantee confidentiality or security of the personal and other information being provided. Mehl Partners makes no warranty whatsoever to you, express or implied, regarding the security of the Site, including with respect to the ability of unauthorized persons to intercept or access information transmitted by you through the Internet.
Mehl Partners welcomes your e-mail correspondence. However, it is possible that information transmitted to Mehl Partners may be read or obtained by other parties. Messages sent over the Internet cannot be guaranteed to be completely secure or error free as they are subject to possible interception, corruption, delays, loss or possible alteration. Mehl Partners is not responsible for them and will not be liable to you or anyone else for any damages or otherwise in connection with any messages sent by you to Mehl Partners or any message sent by Mehl Partners to you over the Internet. If you send e-mail (encrypted or not) to Mehl Partners over the Internet, you are accepting the associated risks, including lack of confidentiality.
Further, despite all possible security measures that Mehl Partners would take to keep this Site free from hacking and other interference, this Site like any other website is not free from such risks. Mehl Partners disclaims all liability on account of any loss or damage that any user may suffer or incur on account of any alteration or manipulation of any data or information accessed or downloaded from this Site.
Whilst Mehl Partners endeavors to take every reasonable precaution to ensure accuracy, security and confidentiality of information available through / on the Site, Mehl Partners cannot be held responsible for any consequence of any action(s) carried out by any authorized or unauthorized user.
CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS’ RIGHTS UNDER THE CALIFORNIA CONSUMER PRIVACY ACT
Where applicable, California residents have the following privacy rights under the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (the “CCPA”). For the purposes of this section of the policy “Personal Information” means any data that defines, relates to, describes, is capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with a particular California resident or household, which is in the possession of, or is likely to come into the possession of any Mehl Partners entity.
These rights include, to the extent required by the CCPA and subject to verification and any applicable exceptions:
the right to request information regarding Personal Information collected about you as described below:
the categories of Personal Information we have collected about you;
the categories of sources from which that Personal Information we have collected;
the specific pieces of Personal Information we have collected about you;
the categories of third parties to whom such Personal Information was disclosed;
the business or commercial purpose for which the Personal Information was collected;
the right to request that we erase your Personal Information in certain circumstances. Please note that there may be circumstances where you ask us to erase your Personal Information but we are legally entitled to retain it; and
the right to be free from unlawful discrimination for exercising any of the rights above.
We will need to verify your identity prior to addressing or fulfilling a request made pursuant to the CCPA. Your request must provide sufficient information that allows us to reasonably verify you are the person about whom we collected Personal Information.
Only you, or someone legally authorized to act on your behalf, may make a verifiable consumer request related to Personal Information collected about you. To designate an authorized agent, the authorized agent must provide sufficient information that allows us to reasonably verify that they have been authorized by you to act on their behalf.
Please note that Mehl Partners does not, and will not, sell Personal Information collected about you.
You can exercise your rights by contacting us using the details listed below under the section titled “Contacting Us.”
PERSONAL INFORMATION HANDLED BY MEHL PARTNERS IN THE EU
For the purposes of this section of the policy “Personal Data” means any data which relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data or from that data and other information which is in the possession of, or is likely to come into the possession of any Mehl Partners entity based in Europe (or its representatives or service providers). In addition to factual information, it includes any expression of opinion about an individual and any indication of the intentions of Mehl Partners or any other person in respect of an individual.
Disclosure of your Personal Data within Mehl Partners
Where we transfer your Personal Data to another country outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”), we will ensure that it is protected and transferred in a manner consistent with legal requirements. We will protect the Personal Data being transferred outside of the EEA in one of the following ways:
the country that we send the data to might be approved by the European Commission as offering an adequate level of protection for Personal Data;
the recipient might have signed up to a contract based on “model contractual clauses” approved by the European Commission, obliging them to protect your Personal Data;
where the recipient is located in the US, it might be a certified member of the EU-US Privacy Shield scheme; or
in other circumstances the law may permit us to otherwise transfer your Personal Data outside Europe.
How long we keep your Personal Data
How long we will hold your Personal Data for will vary and will be determined by the following criteria:
the purpose for which we are using it – Mehl Partners will need to keep the data for as long as is necessary for that purpose; and
legal obligations – laws or regulation may set a minimum period for which we have to keep your Personal Data.
If you are an EU-based individual, in all the above cases in which we collect, use or store your Personal Data, you may have the following rights and, in most cases, you can exercise them free of charge. These rights include:
the right to obtain information regarding the processing of your Personal Data and access to the Personal Data which we hold about you;
the right to withdraw your consent to the processing of your Personal Data at any time. Please note, however, that we may still be entitled to process your Personal Data if we have another legitimate reason for doing so. For example, we may need to retain Personal Data to comply with a legal obligation;
in some circumstances, the right to receive some Personal Data in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and/or request that we transmit those data to a third party where this is technically feasible. Please note that this right only applies to Personal Data which you have provided directly to Mehl Partners;
the right to request that we rectify your Personal Data if it is inaccurate or incomplete;
the right to request that we erase your Personal Data in certain circumstances. Please note that there may be circumstances where you ask us to erase your Personal Data but we are legally entitled to retain it;
the right to object to, or request that we restrict, our processing of your Personal Data in certain circumstances. Again, there may be circumstances where you object to, or ask us to restrict, our processing of your Personal Data but we are legally entitled to refuse that request; and
the right to lodge a complaint with the relevant data protection regulator if you think that any of your rights have been infringed by us.
You can exercise your rights by contacting us using the details listed below.
CHILDREN’S PERSONAL INFORMATION
We do not knowingly collect personal information via the Site from children under 13 years of age. If we learn we have collected or received personal information via the Site about a child under 13, we will delete that information.
CHANGES TO THIS POLICY
We may update this policy from time to time as the Site changes and privacy law evolves. If we update it, we will do so online and follow such other steps as required by applicable law.
If you have any questions about Mehl Partners’ handling of your personal information (including Personal Data), or about this policy, or if you wish to access your personal information or make a complaint about the way we have collected, used, held or disclosed your personal information, please contact us here.