NerdMine Privacy Policy

Your Privacy Matters

At NerdMine, we are dedicated to empowering lifelong learners, job seekers, and professionals. Our mission is to provide a platform that connects individuals to educational resources, career opportunities, and a supportive community. We believe that transparency regarding data collection, use, and sharing is crucial. This privacy policy outlines how we handle your data when you use our services. It’s essential to read this policy and understand how your data is treated. 

Introduction

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NerdMine is an online platform that provides a wide range of services, including career counselling, job offers, educational resources, and more. Users join our platform to explore educational pathways, connect with a community of learners, and discover professional opportunities.

This Privacy Policy is applicable to both registered users (referred to as “Members”) and non-members (referred to as “Visitors”) who interact with our platform. We are committed to providing you with the information you need to understand how your data is managed.

Services

This Privacy policy covers the use of NerdMine’s services, which include, but are not limited to, nerdmine.in and other NerdMine related websites, apps, communications, and services. It also applies to off-site services, such as “Counselling”. Please note that specific services may have their own privacy policies.

Data Controllers and Contracting Parties

If you are in the “Designated Countries,” NerdMine is represented by NerdMine Private Limited.  (“NerdMine “) as the controller of your personal data.

If you are outside of the designated countries, NerdMine Private Limited serves as the controller of your personal data for our Services.

Your use of our services, whether as a member or visitor, is subject to this privacy policy and other referenced documents. It’s important to stay updated with any changes.

 

Change

We may update this Privacy Policy from time to time. If we make significant changes, we will notify you through our services or other means. If you disagree with these changes, you can close your account.

Continuing to use our services after changes to this privacy policy means you accept the updated policy.

1. Data We Collect

1.1 Data You Provide To Us

When you create an account on NerdMine, you are required to provide data such as your name, email address, and password. If you choose to access premium services, you may need to provide payment and billing information.

Your NerdMine profile is an integral part of our platform, and you have the flexibility to decide what information to include, such as your educational background, work experience, skills, photos, and endorsements. We respect your choices regarding sensitive information on your profile.

Additionally, data is collected when you post, provide, or upload content to our platform, such as filling out forms, responding to surveys, or submitting resumes and job applications.

1.2 Data From Others

Other users may post or write about you on our platform, which can include information about your professional achievements and experiences.

When others interact with our services, such as syncing their contacts or calendars, we receive personal data, including contact information, associated with your profile.

1.3 Service Use

We log your visits and use of our services to enhance your experience and provide a personalized service.

1.4 Cookies and Similar Technologies

NerdMine utilizes cookies and similar technologies to collect data and improve our services. You can review our cookie policy for more details on how we use cookies and similar technologies.

1.5 Your Device and Location

We collect data about your device and location to provide a better user experience. You can choose to opt-in before we use GPS or other tools to identify your precise location.

1.6 Messages

When you communicate through our services, we collect information related to your messages. This data helps us provide features like suggested responses and content management.

 

1.7 Workplace and School Provided Information

If your organization, such as your employer or school, purchases premium services for your use, they may provide us with personal data about you and your eligibility to use these services.

1.8 Sites and Services of Others

We may receive data when you visit sites that include our ads, cookies, plugins, or when you log in to other services using your NerdMine account.

1.9 Children’s Privacy

These services do not address anyone under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under 13. In the case we discover that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information, we immediately delete this from our servers. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your child has provided us with personal information, please contact us so that we will be able to do necessary actions.

 

1.10 Other

As NerdMine continues to evolve and introduce new features, we may collect new data and find innovative ways to use it. If we make substantial changes to data collection, use, or sharing, we will inform you and may modify this privacy policy accordingly.

 

2. How We Use Your Data

At NerdMine, your data is essential to providing, supporting, personalizing, and developing our services. The way we utilize your personal data depends on the specific services you use, how you use them, and your settings. Our primary goal is to provide you with a personalized experience that makes our services, including ads, more relevant and useful to you and others.

2.1 Services

NerdMine’s services are designed to help you connect with others, discover career and business opportunities, stay informed, receive training, and increase your productivity. We use your data to facilitate access to our services and to accommodate your preferences.

Stay Connected: Our platform allows you to maintain connections with colleagues, partners, clients, and professional contacts. You can connect with professionals of your choice who wish to connect with you. Data about you is used to help others find your profile, suggest connections, and enable you to invite others to become a member and connect with you. You can also opt-in to allow us to use your precise location for specific tasks, such as suggesting nearby connections or calculating the commute to a new job.

Stay Informed: Our services keep you updated on news, events, and professional topics that matter to you. We use your data to personalize your experience, recommend or rank relevant content and conversations, and suggest skills you could add to your profile. Your actions, such as updating your profile, posting content, or making new connections, may be shared with your network and others.

Career: NerdMine is a platform for exploring careers, evaluating educational opportunities, and seeking and offering career opportunities. Your profile can be found by those looking to hire or be hired. We use your data to recommend jobs, show you relevant professional contacts, and enable you to signal your interest in changing jobs and share information with recruiters.

Productivity: Our services enable you to collaborate with colleagues, search for potential clients, partners, and more. We may scan messages to provide tools that facilitate tasks like scheduling meetings.

2.2 Premium Services

NerdMine offers premium services that provide enhanced features for paying users. These services are designed to help users search for and contact Members through our platform.

2.3 Communications

We use your data to contact you and enable communications between members. You have control over the types of messages you receive and their frequency.

We may contact you through various channels, such as email, mobile phone, messages on our platform, text messages, and push notifications. These messages may include information about the availability of our services, security, service-related issues, tips on using our services, network updates, job suggestions, and promotional messages.

We also facilitate communications between you and others through our services, including invitations, groups, and messages between connections.

2.4 Advertising

NerdMine serves tailored ads both on and off our platform. While you have choices regarding personalized ads, you cannot opt-out of seeing other ads.

We target and measure the performance of ads to members, visitors, and others using various data sources. These data sources include information from advertising technologies on and off our platform, member-provided data, data from your use of our services, information from advertising partners, vendors, and publishers, and data inferred from the information we have.

We may show you ads labelled as “sponsored content” that resemble non-sponsored content. When you take social actions on these ads, such as liking, commenting, or sharing, your actions may be associated with your name and viewed by others, including the advertiser.

2.5 Marketing

In addition to advertising our services, we use members’ data and content to promote membership, network growth, engagement, and our services.

2.6 Developing Services and Research

We use data for the development of our services and to conduct research that benefits our members.

We conduct research and development to provide a better, more personalized experience and to connect professionals to economic opportunities. This includes using data, including public feedback, to enhance our services, drive engagement, and improve your experience.

We also engage in research to understand social, economic, and workplace trends, such as job availability, skills required, and policies that bridge industry and geographic gaps. In some cases, we work with trusted third parties to perform this research while protecting your privacy. This research may be presented as aggregated data, rather than personal data.

Surveys and polls are conducted through our platform, and participation is voluntary. You can opt-out of survey invitations.

2.7 Customer Support

We use data to investigate, respond to, and resolve complaints and service issues.

2.8 Insights That Do Not Identify You

We use data to generate insights that do not identify you personally. These insights provide statistics about our members and other aggregated data.

2.9 Security and Investigations

Data is used for security, fraud prevention, and investigations to protect Members and the integrity of our platform. We may use your data to investigate and resolve complaints or service issues.

3. How We Share Information

NerdMine outlines how it shares information with various parties.

3.1 Our Services

Any information you provide on your profile and any content you post or actions you take (e.g., likes, follows, comments, shares) on our platform will be visible to others based on your settings.

Profile: Your profile is visible to all members and customers of our services. It may also be visible to others on or off our platform, such as visitors to our services or users of third-party search engines. The availability and visibility of your profile, including certain fields, depend on various factors, including your settings, your connection level with the viewer, their subscriptions, usage of our services, access channels, and search types.

Posts, Likes, Follows, Comments, Messages: When you share content, it can be viewed and re-shared publicly, subject to your settings. Content shared publicly can be seen by everyone and re-shared anywhere. Your actions within groups, such as posts, are visible to other group members. When you follow a person or organization, you become visible to them as a follower. We inform senders when you interact with their messages, and we may notify a member when you view their profile. Social actions on others’ content are visible to others.

3.2 Communication Archival

Some Members or their employers need to store their communications outside of our services for legal or professional compliance reasons. They may use external archival services to meet these requirements.

3.3 Related Services

NerdMine shares your data across its various services and affiliated entities. This sharing helps enhance the relevance and utility of the services.

3.4 Service Providers

NerdMine may use third-party service providers to assist in various aspects of its services, including maintenance, analysis, auditing, payments, fraud detection, marketing, and development. These service providers will have access to your information as needed to perform their tasks and are obligated not to disclose or use it for other purposes.

3.5 Legal Disclosures

There may be situations in which NerdMine needs to share your data, for example, when required by law or to protect the rights and safety of individuals.

Legal Requirements: NerdMine might disclose information about you if required by law, subpoena, or other legal processes, or if there is a good faith belief that disclosure is necessary to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, enforce agreements, defend against third-party claims, protect the security or integrity of the services, or protect the rights and safety of NerdMine, its Members, personnel, or others. NerdMine will attempt to notify Members about legal demands for their personal data when appropriate, unless prohibited by law.

Change in Control or Sale: In the event of a sale, merger, or change in control of NerdMine or part of its business, your data may be shared. The entity acquiring NerdMine or part of its business will continue to use your data in accordance with this privacy policy unless you agree otherwise.

3.6 Enterprise Accounts

For users of enterprise services provided by NerdMine, such as recruiter, sales navigator, NerdMine Counselling, or the advertising campaign manager, your employer may offer you access to these services. Your employer can review and manage your use of these enterprise services, and your data may be shared with your employer in certain cases. However, sensitive activities like job searches and personal messages are generally not shared with your employer unless you choose to share them through the services.

When you use workplace tools and services, certain data may be made available to your employer or connected with information received from your employer to enable these tools and services.

4. Your Choices & Obligations

This section outlines your choices and rights regarding your personal data on NerdMine and explains the data retention policy.

4.1 Data Retention

NerdMine typically retains most of your personal data for as long as your account is active. This includes data you or others have provided, and data generated or inferred from your use of the platform. Even if you use the services intermittently, your information will be kept, and your profile will remain open unless you decide to close your account. In some cases, NerdMine may retain specific information, such as insights about your use of the services, in a depersonalized or aggregated form.

4.2 Rights to Access and Control Your Personal Data

NerdMine provides you with various options to control and manage the collection, use, and sharing of your data. You have the following rights regarding your personal data:

Delete Data: You can request the deletion of some or all your personal data. This is particularly relevant when the data is no longer required to provide you with the services.

Change or Correct Data: You can edit certain personal data within your account. You can also request corrections, updates, or fixes to your data, especially if it’s inaccurate.

Object to, or Limit or Restrict, Use of Data: You can request that NerdMine stops using some or all your personal data, for example, when there is no legal basis for its continued use, or to limit the use of your data if it is inaccurate or unlawfully held.

Right to Access and/or Take Your Data: You have the right to request a copy of your personal data and the data you’ve provided in a machine-readable format.

Visitors can find more information about how to make these requests on the NerdMine website. You can also contact NerdMine directly, and your request will be handled in accordance with applicable laws.

Residents in specific regions may have additional rights under their local laws.

4.3 Account Closure

Even after closing your NerdMine account, some of your data may still be retained. NerdMine has the following data retention practices:

Account Closure Process: When you close your NerdMine account, your personal data will generally become invisible to other users within 24 hours. NerdMine typically deletes the information related to closed accounts within 30 days of the account closure, except as noted below.

Retained Data: NerdMine may retain your personal data after your account closure when it’s reasonably necessary to meet legal obligations (e.g., responding to law enforcement requests), fulfil regulatory requirements, resolve disputes, maintain security, prevent fraud and abuse (e.g., in case of account restrictions due to policy violations), enforce the user agreement, or address your request to “unsubscribe” from further communications. De-personalized information may be retained after your account is closed.

Data Shared with Others: Information you’ve shared with others, such as updates, or group posts, may continue to be visible to others even after you’ve closed your account or deleted the information from your profile or mailbox. NerdMine does not control data that other Members may have copied from the platform. Group content and ratings or reviews associated with closed accounts will be attributed to an unknown user as the source. Your profile may still appear in others’ services, such as search engine results, until they refresh their cache.

5. Other Important Information

5.1 Security:

At NerdMine, we take the security of your data seriously. We employ robust measures to monitor and prevent security breaches. We encourage all users to make full use of the security features provided by our Services.

To safeguard your data, we implement security protocols like HTTPS. Our systems undergo regular monitoring for potential vulnerabilities and to thwart potential attacks. However, it’s important to note that while we employ extensive physical, technical, and managerial safeguards, we cannot provide an absolute guarantee against unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction of your information. For additional information on using our services securely, including setting up two-factor authentication, please refer to our Safety Center.

5.2. Cross-Border Data Transfers

Your data is stored and utilized outside the borders of your home country. We process data both within and outside of India. To facilitate lawful data transfers across borders, we rely on mechanisms provided by legal frameworks. You can find further details about this process here.

It’s worth noting that countries where we process data may have data protection laws that differ from those of your own country. These laws might not offer the same level of protection.

5.3 Lawful Bases for Processing

We process your data based on lawful grounds, ensuring that we have a legitimate reason to collect, use, and share information about you. You, as a user, have the power to influence how your data is used. You can, at any time, withdraw the consent you’ve provided by adjusting your settings.

The collection and processing of personal data are done in accordance with lawful bases. These bases encompass instances where consent is granted, processing is necessary for the performance of a contract with you (such as delivering requested services), and situations involving “legitimate interests.” For more in-depth information, refer to our detailed explanation here.

If we’re relying on your consent for processing personal data, you have the right to withdraw or decline that consent at any time. Similarly, if we’re relying on legitimate interests, you can object to the processing. If you have any questions about the specific lawful bases underpinning our data collection and use, please get in touch with our Data Protection Officer here.

5.4. Direct Marketing and Do Not Track Signals

As of now, we do not share personal data with third parties for direct marketing purposes without obtaining your explicit permission. For more insights into this and details regarding our response to “do not track” signals, please consult our dedicated resources.

5.5. Contact Information

If you have queries or concerns about this Policy, we encourage you to first reach out to us online via our NerdMine platform. You can also contact us through physical mail. In case your initial contact does not yield a satisfactory resolution, you have further avenues to explore. Residents in the Designated Countries and other regions may have specific rights under their local laws. Our Data Protection Officer can be reached for additional assistance here.

 

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