Privacy & Cookie Policy

Last update: March 2016

Please read this policy carefully to understand our policies and practices regarding your information and how we will treat it. If you do not agree with our policies and practices, your choice is not to use the Consultants 500 
Website. By accessing or using this Website, you agree to this privacy policy. This policy may change from time to time. Your continued use of this Website after we make changes is deemed to be acceptance of those changes, so please check the policy periodically for updates.

Overview

Consultants 500 is
 firmly committed to the privacy of its users. Consultants 500 works hard to earn and keep your trust, so it adheres to the following principles to protect your privacy:
 

·      Consultants 500 does not rent or sell your personally identifiable information to third parties.

·      Consultants 500 does not share your contact information with other users or third parties without your consent.

·      Any personally identifiable information that you provide to Consultants 500 will be secured with industry standard protocols and technology. 


Information Collection

Consultants500.com is an online marketplace that enables buyers of professional services (“Clients”) to search for, compare and review a wide range of professional service providers (“Consultants”, “Freelancers”, “Companies” and, collectively with Clients, “Registered Users”).  When you visit Consultants500.com you provide two types of information: personal information you knowingly choose to disclose that is collected by Consultants 500 and Web Site use information collected by Consultants 500 as you interact with the Consultants 500 web site (the “Website”).

When you register with Consultants 500 as a Registered User, you provide certain personal information, including, your name and your email address. Additionally, when you establish your profile as a Consultant / Freelancer / Company (collectively “Advisor”) you will provide information relating to your skills, experience, education level, compensation, geographic region and self-evaluation. Such information does not identify the specificity of the individual member. Advisors are not required to, but have the option to display their contact information (i.e. name, address, phone number, email address, etc.) to Clients who conduct searches in the Consultants 500 database.

When you enter the Website, Consultants 500 collects your IP address. This information is gathered for all Website visitors. In addition, Consultants 500 stores certain information from your browser using “cookies.” A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user’s computer tied to information about the user. 
Consultants 500 uses session ID cookies to confirm that users are logged in. These cookies terminate once the user closes the browser. By default, Consultants 500 uses a persistent cookie that stores your login ID (but not your password) to make it easier for you to login when you return to the Website. Consultants 500 members must have cookies enabled on their browser. Note, Cookie preferences are set within each browser’s Internet options/preferences.

If you post any information on a bulletin board, or participate in a public message board, you should be aware that any personally identifiable information you choose to provide there can be read, collected, or used by other users of these forums and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. 
Consultants 500 is not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in these forums.

Consultants 500 is
 the sole owner of the information collected through the Website.

Information Use

Consultants 500 will not sell or rent any collected information to third parties. Consultants 500 will not share your contact information with other users or third parties except in connection with the purpose of this Website and with your express consent. By accessing or using this Website, you agree to this Privacy Policy. Accordingly, all Registered Users agree that certain profile information is accessible to other Registered Users and/or Website visitors.

Consultants 500 records IP addresses for system administration purposes. This information is used to diagnose server problems, monitor traffic patterns, analyze trends, administer the Website, track member user patterns, and identify the most popular areas of the Website to deliver content most relevant to Registered Users. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information and are only used to gather broad demographic information for aggregate use, except in the case of fraud.

Google Analytics & AdWords

Google Analytics: We use Google Analytics tracking to review visitor website activities, including: page views, source and time spent on our website. The collected information is depersonalized and is displayed as numbers, meaning it cannot be tracked back to individuals. This will help to protect your privacy. Using Google Analytics, we learn how to give you a better visitor experience.

Google 
AdWords: Using Google AdWords tracking codes, we can see which pages help lead to different conversions on the Website. This allows us to better use our paid advertising budget.

Remarketing With Google Analytics: We use the Google Analytics remarketing code to log when visitors view specific web pages. This allows us to provide targeted advertising in the future.
 

·      Third-party vendors, including Google, may show Consultants 500 ads across the internet.

·      Consultants 500 and third-party vendors, including Google, use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookie) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) together to inform, optimize, and serve ads based on a user’s past visits to Consultants 500.

 
Opting Out:


Visitors can opt out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising and customize Google Display Network ads using their Ads Settings
Additionally, visitors can opt out of the Google Analytics Browser Add-On.

Links

The Website contains links to other websites and is not responsible for the privacy practices of such websites. 
Consultants 500 encourages its members to read the privacy policies of all websites. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by Consultants 500.

Security

Consultants 500 takes great care in maintaining the security of the Website and your information and in preventing unauthorized access to it through industry standard technologies and internal procedures. However, we do not guarantee that unauthorized access will never occur.

Users who have registered to the Website agree to keep their password in strict confidence and not disclose such password to any third party.

Mandatory Communications

Consultants 500 sends all newly registered users a welcome email to verify their email addresses. Account related emails are also 
send to Registered Users when certain changes are made to an account or when a certain occasion happens. At times, Consultants 500 sends service announcements to its Registered Users. Registered Users cannot unsubscribe from these announcements. In addition, we communicate with Registered Users via personal emails or phone calls to provide requested services.

Optional Communications

Registered Users and other users may receive monthly e-newsletters containing information on Consultants 500 products, services, and announcements. Occasionally, Registered Users and other users may receive emails that highlight special Consultants 500 announcements and features. Registered Users and other users can opt-out of the above listed optional communications, via an opt-out option provided in the respective emails and communications.

Changes to the Privacy Policy

Consultants 500 reserves
 the right to modify this privacy policy at any time, so please review it frequently. Changes to this privacy policy are effective as of the stated “Last update”. By continuing to use Consultants 500 after changes have been made to this policy, you are consenting to the changes.

Corporate Change

In the event we go through a business transition such as a merger, acquisition, bankruptcy, or sale of all or a portion of our assets, your information may be among the assets transferred.

You may also want to review the following:

IP Policy

Terms Of Service

Frequently Asked Questions & Help