Last updated: September 1, 2020
We may collect various types of information about you or your employer, including information you voluntarily provide to us when you use this website, send an email to [email protected], or call our office telephone numbers listed on this website. We rely on various legal bases to maintain that information, including your consent, our legitimate business interests, website utility and efficiency, and legal requirements. We use the information we collect to enhance our business and our relationship with potential partner companies.
We collect information in two ways: (a) automatically when you visit our website, and (b) when you voluntarily provide that information, such as in connection with our interactions with your business.
Data Automatically Collected
In general, when you visit our website we may automatically collect certain usage information, such as the number and frequency of your visits, the websites you access immediately after your visit to our website, the Internet browser you are using, and your IP address.
Personal Information We Collect
When you use our website, and in our business dealings with you or your employer, we may collect your “personal information.” Personal information is information that can, either alone or in combination with other information, directly or indirectly identify you. Examples of personal information we collect include your name, company, title, telephone number, mailing address, email address, and other information regarding you or your employer where it is relevant to our interactions with actual or potential partner companies. If you voluntarily submit information to us, for example, by making an inquiry by email or telephone call, we may record and use that information.
We may engage service providers to perform work on our behalf, such as sending postal mail and e-mail. These persons may have access to the personal information you submit to us, but only to perform their duties. We direct these persons not to use your personal information for any other purpose.
Disclosure and Transfer of Personal Information
We will not provide or transfer any of your personal information to any other persons, except (a) to our service providers, (b) with your permission, or (c) if we are required to make disclosures to governmental or private parties in connection with a regulatory examination or inquiry, lawsuit, subpoena, discovery request, investigation, arbitration or other proceeding. We can (and you authorize us to) disclose any such information in those circumstances. We do not sell your personal information as that term is defined under the California Consumer Protection Act.
How and Why We Use Your Personal Information
To the extent you provide us with any personal information, including through or in connection with our website (i.e., via telephone, email or postal mail), we may use such information for the following purposes and to comply with certain legal bases recognized by the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), as indicated in the following table:
Investment Due Diligence: To explore potential investment transactions.
Necessary to perform contracts; and Legitimate interest
Build Relationships: If you are a business owner or investor, we may contact you to provide information about opportunities to partner with us.
Improving Our Website: We use information you provide in visiting our website to understand your interests and consider how we can improve our website.
Legal and Regulatory Compliance: To verify the identity of you or your employer; manage threatened or actual litigation matters; or conduct internal audits or reviews.
Legitimate interest; and to comply with legal obligations
No automated decision-making, including profiling, is used when processing (as defined in the GDPR) your personal information.
Security and Retention of Personal Information
We endeavor to protect the personal information you provide to us. We employ technologies and procedures to protect information we have about you from unauthorized access and improper use, to the extent reasonably practicable. In addition, we limit access to your personal information to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need for the information and whom we instruct to protect it.
This website is only intended for individuals who are at least 18 years of age. We do not knowingly encourage or solicit visitors to this website who are under that age, nor do we knowingly collect personal information from anyone under that age without parental consent. If we learn we have collected or received personal information from an individual under the age of 18, we will delete it.
You may want to visit www.allaboutcookies.org for more information about types of cookies, how they are used, and how you can manage your cookie preferences. Currently, our systems do not recognize browser “do-not-track” requests. You may, however, disable certain forms of tracking as described earlier in this section (e.g., by disabling cookies in your browser).
The European Union (the “EU”), California, and various other jurisdictions provide their residents with certain legal rights regarding their personal information. These laws include the GDPR and California’s Consumer Privacy Act (the “CCPA”). We will comply with our legal obligations under these regulations for residents of those jurisdiction. Generally, the GDPR and CCPA, with certain time limitations depending on the jurisdiction, provide that you have the right to know what personal information we hold or have collected about you within a particular time frame. Among those rights are the following:
- Access: You have the right to ask for a copy of the personal information we hold about you, the categories of personal information we collect about you, the sources from which we collect personal information, the business or commercial purpose for which we collect the personal information, and the categories of third parties with which we have shared your personal information.
- Correction: You may notify us of changes to your personal information.
- Deletion: If you think we should no longer be holding or processing your personal information, you may request that we delete it. We will honor your request unless our legal obligations prohibit us from doing so, or if we otherwise have a right to retain the personal information under applicable law.
- Object: You have the right to object to processing, including: (a) for direct marketing; (b) for research or statistical purposes; or (c) where processing is based on legitimate interests.
- Withdrawal of consent: If you previously gave us your consent (by a clear affirmative action) to the processing of your personal information for a particular purpose, but wish to withdraw that consent, you can do so by notice to us.
We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access your personal information (or to exercise any of your other rights). This security measure helps ensure personal data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it.
If you believe our processing of your personal information violates data protection laws, you have a legal right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority responsible for data protection. You may do so in the EU member state of your habitual residence, your place of work, or the place of the alleged violation.