Expert360 Terms

Privacy Policy

Last Updated: 11 July 2016

Why your privacy matters to us

This Privacy Policy sets out how and why Expert360 Inc. (“Expert360”, “we” or “us”) collects, stores, uses and discloses your personal information and how you may access personal information about you and seek correction of such information.

We collect a variety of information from visitors to our website, some of which can be confidential. This document explains the types of information we collect, how we collect it and what we do with that information (among other things).

By visiting our website, using any of our services or otherwise providing us with your personal information (or authorising it to be provided to us by someone else), you agree to your personal information being handled as set out in this Privacy Policy.

Expert360may update this Privacy Policy from time to time so please review it regularly for changes on our website at www.expert360.com.

Your continued use of our services, requesting our assistance or the provision of further personal information to us (directly or via an authorised person) after this Privacy Policy has been revised, constitutes your acceptance of the revised Privacy Policy.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, Expert360 collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Expert360's purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Expert360's visitors use its website. The information collected will also help us trouble-shoot problems, analyse our resources and improve our services. There is nothing in that kind of information that could enable anyone to identify who you are.

Expert360 also collects potentially personal information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users. Expert360 only discloses logged in user IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personal information as described below.

In certain circumstances we may be required or permitted by law, court or tribunal order to collect certain personal information about you.

When do we collect personal information?

Visitors to Expert360's website choose to interact with Expert360 in ways that require Expert360 to gather personal information. The amount and type of information that Expert360 gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. We collect personal information in a number of ways, including:

  • when you visit and interact with our website and related software (including any mobile applications);
  • when visitors sign up for a client account, submit our “Get in touch” form or sign up for our newsletter;
  • when you engage in transactions with Expert360;
  • when you seek to register as an Expert;
  • through cookies and other technologies that allow us to give you a better experience on our website; and
  • when you contact us independently of the website, such as by email, phone or in person.

In each case, Expert360 collects such information with the principal objective  to fulfill the purpose of the visitor's interaction with Expert360. Expert360 does not disclose personal information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personal information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities and we may not be able to provide our services or assistance to you or on your behalf.

By providing personal information to us when you create or update an account or profile with us, you are expressly and voluntarily accepting the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy and agreeing to our processing of your personal information in ways set out by this Privacy Policy. Where relevant, you consent to Expert360 posting and using any photographs, content and/or personal information you might upload on our website or have otherwise provided consent to publish on our website, blog, in our marketing collateral or social media channels, which we may use in order to provide our services, the marketing of our services or for the purpose of our functions and/or activities.

You must not provide us with the personal information about another person unless you have first obtained that person’s prior consent .

How do we use your personal information?

We collect your personal information in order that you may receive the benefit of our website and services.

Subject to this Privacy Policy, we may use your personal information as follows:

  • If you are an Expert, we may disclose your personal information including contact details to a Client, but only when such disclosure is in relation to the consideration or potential consideration for the Expert to provide the Consultation to the Client, or otherwise where you have given us permission to make the disclosure to the Client in accordance with this Privacy Policy;
  • If you are a Client, we may disclose your personal information including contact details to an Expert, but only when such disclosure is in relation to further progressing the registration for the Expert to perform the Consultation for the Client, or otherwise where you have given us permission to make the disclosure to the Expert in accordance with this Privacy Policy;
  • establish, maintain and administer your account;
  • send you service or promotional communications, including surveys and information about security updates;
  • create or distribute marketing material that may be relevant to you;
  • conduct verifications of profiles, checking credentials, monitoring and reporting as permitted in the terms and conditions you have agreed with us or under any applicable laws;
  • quality assurance and training purposes;
  • promote and market Expert360, our services , our websites (including any social media pages maintained or operated by us such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook etc) and/or the Experts and Clients registered with Expert360;
  • any other uses identified at the time of collecting your personal information.

Your personal information will also be used by us to enable more direct connectivity between Experts and Clients, and between Experts and members of the public, for the purposes of the services.  In particular:

  • As an Expert, the visibility of certain personal information included in your professional profile to Clients will depend on the extent to which you have opted in to share your personal information via your account settings.
  • As part of the services, Expert360 offers a profile feature that allows portions of an Expert’s profile to be published to the Internet. These portions of your public profile will be indexed and displayed through public search engines such as Google when someone searches for your name, and allow them to click through to your Expert360 profile. You may opt out of this feature entirely in your account settings. However, you should be aware that third-party search engines may not automatically update their caches, which may contain old public profile information.

You consent to us using and disclosing your personal information in any manner that could reasonably be contemplated by this Privacy Policy and our Terms and Conditions.

When we might disclose personal information?

Expert360 may disclose your personal information to other entities or individuals to facilitate the purpose for which information was collected. Such entities and individuals include:

  • Our Clients or Experts, as the case may be;
  • third party service providers for the purpose of enabling them to provide a service such as (but not limited to) payroll, superannuation administration, IT service providers, data storage, web-hosting and server providers, debt collectors;
  • any third party partners or entities with whom Expert360 has a commercial relationship;
  • any related entity of Expert360 including Expert360 Pty Ltd (in Australia);
  • any applicable or relevant regulator or third party for the purpose of legislative or contractual compliance and/or reporting or when Expert360 believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Expert360, third parties or the public at large; or
  • other entities if you have given your express consent. Those entities and individuals will be permitted to obtain only the personal information necessary to deliver the service. Expert360 takes reasonable steps to ensure that these organisations and individuals protect the confidentiality of your personal information.

From time to time, these parties may reside outside Australia. Our contracts with these parties generally include an obligation for them to comply with Australian privacy law and this Privacy Policy. However you acknowledge that, by agreeing to the disclosure of your personal information to these entities outside of Australia, we will no longer be required to take reasonable steps to ensure the recipient’s compliance with the Australian privacy law in relation to your personal information and we will not be liable to you for any breach of the Australian privacy law by these overseas recipients. On this basis, you consent to such disclosure. 

If you conduct any transaction that requires a payment by you, some of your details may be provided to a third party payment processor to allow the transaction to be completed.

Certain information will be disclosed to Customers to allow them to determine which Experts might be suitable. Contact details will only be shared between Customers and Experts insofar as is necessary or appropriate to facilitate the Services that Expert360 provides to Experts and customers.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor's computer, and that the visitor's browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Expert360 uses cookies to help Expert360 identify and track visitors, their usage of Expert360 website, and their website access preferences. Expert360 visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Expert360's websites, with the drawback that certain features of Expert360's websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Business Transfers

If Expert360, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Expert360 goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Expert360 may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

Does Expert360 use personal information for direct marketing?

From time to time we may use the personal information we collect from you to identify particular Expert360 services that we believe may be of interest to you. We may then contact you to let you know about these services, new features and how they may benefit you, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Expert360 and our products.

Direct Marketing from Expert360 generally takes the form of an Electronic marketing email.

Electronic marketing - Where we use your personal information to send you marketing information by email, SMS, MMS or other electronic means we may do so with your express or implied consent. You may give us your express consent by, for example, ticking a box on an electronic or signing in paper form where we seek your permission to send you electronic or other marketing information. Consent may be implied from our existing business relationship or where you have a reasonable expectation of receiving an electronic marketing communication.

Every directly addressed marketing contact sent or made by Expert360 will include a means by which customers may unsubscribe (or opt out) of receiving further marketing information. Additionally, you may instruct us at any time to remove any previous consent you provided to receive marketing communications from us. Requests should be directed to us via the channels provided under 'Contact us' below.

Links to third party websites

Our website may contain links to the websites of other entities. If you click on such links, you will be transferred to the website of these entities. Expert360 has no control over, and is not responsible for, the privacy practices of these entities. You should read the privacy policy of these entities to find out how they handle your personal information when you visit their websites.

Accessing your personal information held by Expert360

You may review, edit, correct or delete any personal information you submit to us at any time. You just need to log into your account to do this.

You normally may access personal information we otherwise hold about you. However, access to your personal information may be denied on certain grounds including, for example: it is unlawful; it may have an unreasonable impact upon the privacy of other individuals; or your request is frivolous or vexatious. If we deny you access we will provide our reason for doing so within a reasonable period of  time after your request is madeIf you wish to access the personal information we hold about you or request correction of it, you should contact the Privacy Officer on the details below who will respond to your request within a reasonable period after the request is made.

While we do not charge you for a request for accessing your personal information you should be aware that we may charge a reasonable fee (which will be notified to you once you make a request) for time and cost in the following circumstances:

  • if an extended amount of time is required to collate and prepare material for you; and
  • if you wish to have your files photocopied for you.

How can you correct and update your information?

We take reasonable steps to ensure that the personal information we hold about you is accurate, complete and up-to-date. However, we also rely on you to advise us of any changes to your personal information by maintaining and updating your profile.

Please contact us using the contact details below as soon as possible if there are any changes to your personal information or if you believe the personal information we hold about you is not accurate, complete or up-to-date so that we can update your file accordingly.

Dealing with us Anonymously or by Pseudonym

In order for us to successfully do business with you it will not, in most circumstances, be practical for us to deal with you without you providing relevant personal information to us.

Storage and security

Expert360 takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorised access, use, alteration or destruction of personal information.

Although we aim to create a safe, secure environment by trying to limit access to the website to legitimate users, we cannot guarantee that unauthorised parties will not gain access. We will not have any liability arising from any unauthorised access to your personal information.

Privacy Complaints or Contact Us

If you would like to obtain further information about the way we manage your personal information or believe that we have acted inconsistently with your privacy rights in any way, or you would like to discuss any issues about our privacy policy please contact us on compliance@expert360.com.

All such enquiries or complaints will be taken seriously and will be handled as soon as reasonably practicable.