Privacy Policy

ZS Associates
Web Site Privacy Policy
Last Updated: May 19, 2015

Privacy Policy

ZS Associates is committed to protecting the privacy of our clients and any other visitors to our Web site. This Privacy Policy describes our current practices regarding the personal data that we collect from you when you visit and use our Web site. Personal data is information that identifies you, such as your name, e-mail address, or mailing address.

This Privacy Policy applies to this Web site or any online service we offer that links to this Privacy Policy. Other sites and services we offer may have different privacy policies that apply to them.

If you are a current, prospective, or former ZS employee, please review ZS’s Employee Privacy Notice available when you apply to a job and on the company’s intranet.

By using this Web site and providing us with any of your personal data, you consent to us collecting and processing your data as described below.

Data We Collect

We collect both anonymous and identifiable information about our Web site users. We only collect identifiable information that you voluntarily provide to us. You are not required to provide us with identifiable information to use this Web site.

Sensitive Personal Data

We do not intentionally collect any sensitive personal data through our Web site. Sensitive personal data means the various categories of personal data identified by applicable data privacy laws as requiring special treatment. These categories can include data relating to ethnic origin or race, marital status, political opinions or affiliations, trade union membership, religious beliefs, physical or mental health, sexual orientation, or criminal record. We therefore suggest that you do not provide sensitive personal data of this type to us. If you do provide us with any sensitive personal data, you are consenting to us using this data in the ways described in this Privacy Policy.

Anonymous Data We Collect

We use technologies that collect anonymous information about the use of our Web site. This technology does not identify you personally. We use this information to compile statistics about our visitors and the ways they use our Web site. For example, we log which pages users access and which Web browsers and operating systems they use. We may also determine which domain you are coming from before visiting our Web site to more accurately gauge our users' demographics.

Identifying Data We Collect

If you choose to subscribe to one of our blogs or to receive access to some of our thought-leadership materials, you will be asked to provide us with some personal data, including your name and e-mail address. We will use this information to provide you with the subscriptions and materials you request. With your permission, we may also use this information to provide you with details about our products and services that may be of interest to you.

Portions of our Web site, such as our blogs, allow users to post comments. These comments are reviewed before appearing online, and, once posted, are publicly available. In order to leave a comment, you may be required to enter your name and e-mail address. Your e-mail address will not appear online unless you include it within the text of your comment. Please be careful about including any personal data in any comments you make.

On occasion, we may have surveys available through our Web site that you can voluntarily participate in. We will compile the results of these surveys to create reports available through our Web site or to provide to our clients or third parties. Information we collect from you through these surveys will be anonymized and aggregated so that the final reports will not include any information that can identify you. Please be aware that any information that you provide to us in survey responses will belong to us.

We will also collect your device’s IP address. This data is collected automatically when you access our Web site in order to provide the services to you. This information also helps us to diagnose problems with our server and to improve the services we offer to you.

Tracking Technologies We Use

In order to collect the anonymous data described above, we may use cookies. A cookie is a small piece of information that is sent to your browser and stored in your device’s memory. You may be able to set your browser or device to notify you when you receive a cookie. This would enable you to decide if you want to accept it or not. However, some of the services and features offered through our online services may not function properly if your cookies are disabled.

We use cookies to deliver services requested by you, as well as to improve the quality of our online services by storing user preferences and monitoring user trends. We use several types of cookies:

  • Authentication and authorization cookies allow access to secure areas and specific functionality of the online services. These are strictly necessary for the proper operation of our Web site and the services that we provide to you.
  • Personalization cookies allow our Web site to remember choices you make and provide personalized features. They may also be used to provide services in the way you have specified.
  • Tracking cookies collect information about how you use our Web site, what pages you visit on our Web site, and how often. We use this information to improve our Web site.

At this time due to a lack of industry standards, our Web site does not respond to browser “Do Not Track” signals.

We also use pixel tags (also known as web bugs, web beacons, clear gifs, and other terms) in the marketing e-mails we send. These non-intrusive tags help us know when you view our e-mails. We use this information to understand what kinds of content are of interest to you. You may be able to disable such tracking by setting your e-mail client to display messages as text only or by turning off image display.

Confidentiality of Client Information

Consistent with our client obligations, it has always been our policy to exercise the utmost discretion regarding the information our clients entrust to us. We accept and process confidential client information subject to our client’s direction and control, and we maintain reasonable and appropriate security precautions. Because we operate globally, our systems may make data related to your matters accessible from our various offices around the world, and we often transfer client data between our offices. This data is transferred in accordance with the requirements of our intra-group data transfer agreement based on the Standard Contractual Clauses defined in Directive 95/46/EC.

We never rent, trade, sell, or share your information with any unrelated parties except as necessary or appropriate to conduct our business activities, subject to appropriate confidentiality, privacy, and information security commitments provided by the receiving party; or to further your interests; or as permitted or required by law; or as authorized or directed by you. Please feel free to raise any questions, concerns or specific directions you may have regarding the privacy and security of your information to the ZS Associates Principal who is handling your matter or to dataprivacy@zsassociates.com.

How We Use Your Data

We may use the data you have voluntarily provided us to notify you about our products or services or keep you updated on issues that we think are of interest to you, if you have opted in to receiving such notifications.

We will send you information and materials you request.

We may use the information you have voluntarily provided us for market research purposes.

If we are processing your information on behalf of a third party (such as our client), we will follow the processing instructions that the third party provided us.

We will use your information to administer and improve our Web site.

We may use your information to carry out contracts or comply with applicable laws or regulations.

Disclosures and Transfers of Your Data to Third Parties

We do not rent, sell, share, or otherwise distribute your personal data to unrelated third parties except as required by law and in these circumstances:

  • Your personal data may be shared with other companies within our group of companies or with contractors, service providers, and other third parties we use to support our business and who are bound by contractual obligations to keep personal data confidential and use it only for the purposes for which we disclose it to them, per the purpose and with your consent as set out in this Privacy Policy.
  • We may share, transfer, or disclose the information in our databases and server logs in the event of our sale, merger, reorganization, dissolution, or similar event, as well as to comply with a contractual obligation with our clients, protect your vital interests, and/or protect the security or integrity of our databases or services. We will inform you of any such transfer or disclosure as required by law.

How to Access or Correct Your Personal Data

If you send us a request to view, correct, or delete the personal data we hold about you, we will make every attempt to honor your request within a reasonable period of time. If we are unable to complete your request because we are unable to locate your data or due to legal restrictions, we will let you know. These requests should be sent to us at dataprivacy@zsassociates.com.

Location of Your Data and Transfers of Your Data Abroad

We are a global company, and your data may be transferred throughout our offices worldwide. We are headquartered in the United States, and your data will be stored and processed according to U.S. privacy standards. Data is transferred in accordance with the requirements of our intra-group data transfer agreement based on the Standard Contractual Clauses defined in Directive 95/46/EC. Additionally, we self-certify to the U.S. – EU and U.S. – Swiss Safe Harbor Frameworks, and our certificates can be viewed here:

 

Opting Out

If you no longer wish to receive information you subscribed to or other information that you have previously opted in to receive, you may opt out by clicking the unsubscribe link in any automated e-mail you receive from us or by e-mailing us at dataprivacy@zsassociates.com.

Security

We provide reasonable and appropriate physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards intended to maintain the confidentiality of the personal data we collect. Please be aware that, although we endeavor to provide reasonable security for information we process and maintain, no security system can prevent all potential security breaches.

Governing Law

This Privacy Policy forms part of our Terms of Use and is governed by the laws of the State of Illinois.

Changes

Any updates to this Privacy Policy will be posted here. The date at the top indicates the date of the last update.

Links

When you leave our Web site via links to other sites or services that we do not provide, this Privacy Policy no longer applies to those sites or services.

Children

We do not knowingly solicit data from or market to children under the age of 13. If a parent or guardian becomes aware that his or her child has provided us with information without his or her consent, he or she should contact us at dataprivacy@zsassociates.com. We will delete such information from our files within a reasonable time.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Policy or our privacy practices generally, please contact us via e-mail at dataprivacy@zsassociates.com. You may also mail us at:

ZS Associates, Inc.
Attn. Legal
1800 Sherman Ave. Ste. 700
Evanston, IL 60201

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