Last Updated: 1/30/2023
2. Collection of Information
When registering for or using the Services, we may require or ask you to provide certain personally identifiable information (these are referred to below as your “Personal Contact Information”). The Personal Contact Information that we require you to provide in order to access the Services may include, but is not limited to, the following:
– Full Name
– Email Address
– Phone Number
– Personal Address
– Company Name
– Company Address
We will also require your Social Security Number (“SSN”) to facilitate the application for a businessEIN Service, payroll setup and preparation and filing of your personal tax return, if elected by you..
When purchasing the Services, we will require you to provide financial and billing information, such as billing name and address, and credit card number (“Billing Information”). A third-party intermediary is used to manage credit card processing. This intermediary is not permitted to store, retain, or use your billing information for any purpose except for credit card processing on our behalf. Collective stores elements of your Billing Information, but does not store your credit card number.
Your Personal Contact Information and your Billing Information (together with Data, Diagnostic, Login, Usage and Analytics, and Generalized Geo-Location Information, as defined below, that may be used to identify, contact, or locate you individually) are collectively referred to as your “Personal Information.”
We may use your Personal Information to contact you with newsletters, marketing or promotional materials and other information that may be of interest to you. You may opt out of receiving any, or all, of these communications from us by following the unsubscribe link or instructions provided in any email we send.
Data, Diagnostic & Login Information
You may be able to create, upload, publish, transmit, distribute, display, store or share information, data, text, graphics, video, messages or other materials using our Services (this is collectively referred to below as “Data”). Some of this Data may be stored and maintained on our servers. If you run into technical errors in the course of using the Services, we may request your permission to obtain a crash report along with certain logging information from your system documenting the error (“Diagnostic Information”). Such information may contain information regarding your Operating System version, hardware, browser version, and your email address, if provided. Additionally, certain login information may be maintained in a cookie stored locally on your personal computing device, i.e. not on a server, in order to streamline the login process (“Login Information”).
Usage and Analytics Information
As you use our Services, we may also collect information through the use of commonly-used information-gathering tools, such as cookies, log files, and Web beacons, each as further described below. Collectively, this information is referred to as “Usage and Analytics Information.”
As is true of most websites, we gather certain information automatically to analyze trends in the aggregate and administer the Services. This information may include your Internet Protocol (IP) address (or the proxy server you use to access the World Wide Web), device and application identification numbers, your location, your browser type, your Internet service provider and/or mobile carrier, the pages and files you viewed, your searches, your operating system and system configuration information, and date/time stamps associated with your usage. Due to Internet communications standards, when you visit or use our websites and Services, we automatically receive the URL of the website from which you came and the website to which you go when you leave our website. This information is used to analyze overall trends, to help us improve the Services, to track and aggregate non-personal information, and to provide the Services. For example, we use IP addresses to monitor the regions from which customers and visitors navigate the Sites.
We use web beacons alone or in conjunction with cookies to compile information about your usage of the Services and interaction with emails from us. Web beacons are clear electronic images that can recognize certain types of information on your computer, such as cookies, when you viewed a particular website or Service tied to the web beacon, and a description of a website or Service tied to the web beacon. For example, we may place web beacons in marketing emails that notify us when you click on a link in the email that directs you to one of our websites. We also use web beacons to operate and improve the Services and our email communications.
We do not use GPS technology to collect any information regarding your precise real-time geo-location while using the Services. However, we may use elements of your Usage and Analytics Information (such as your IP address) to determine your generalized location. This information is referred to as “Generalized Geo-Location Information.” Please be aware that some of our third party contractors may utilize applications that require location services. For additional information regarding our third party contractors, please see Section 12 below.
3. Use of Information
We use the information we collect in the following ways:
Personal Contact Information
We use this information to manage your account, to provide the Services, to maintain our customer/visitor lists, to respond to your inquiries or provide feedback, for identification and authentication purposes, for service improvement, and to address issues like malicious use of the Services. We may also use Personal Contact Information for limited marketing purposes, namely, to contact you to further discuss your interest in the Services, and to send you information about us or our partners. Any use of your Personal Contact Information for these limited marketing purposes will comply with applicable laws.
We use Billing Information to manage your account, to provide the Services, and to check the financial qualifications of prospective customers and to collect payment for the Services.
Data, Diagnostic Information and Login Information
We use this information for the purpose of administering and improving our Services to you. We may also use this information in a de-identified, anonymous way in conjunction with an analytics service such as Google Analytics to monitor and analyze use of the Services, for the Services’ technical administration, to increase the Services’ functionality and user-friendliness, and for other legitimate business purposes.
Usage and Analytics Information
We may use your Usage and Analytics Information in conjunction with an analytics service such as Google Analytics to monitor and analyze use of the Services, for the Services’ technical administration, to increase the Services’ functionality and user-friendliness, to enable more effective responses to support requests, to ensure compliance with customer subscription and service limitations, and to inform company research and development.
Generalize Geo-Location Information
4. Do Not Track
5. Disclosures & Transfers
We have put in place contractual and other organizational safeguards with our agents and contractors (see further below) to protect a proper level of protection of your Personal Information (see further “Security” below). Your information, including Personal Information, may be transferred to — and maintained on — computers located outside of your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ from those from your jurisdiction.
If you are located outside the United States and choose to provide information to us, please note that we transfer the data, including Personal Information, to the United States and process it there.
From time to time we may employ third parties as contractors to help us provide and/or improve the Services. These third parties may have limited access to databases of user information or registered member information solely for the purpose of helping us to provide and/or improve the Services and they will be subject to contractual restrictions prohibiting them from using the information about our members for any other purpose. Such agents or third parties do not have any rights to use Personal Information beyond what is necessary to assist us. For additional information regarding our third party contractors, please see Section 12 below.
We may also disclose your Personal Information with your consent.
6. Important Exceptions
We may disclose your Personal Information to third parties without your consent if we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) our rights or property, other users of the Services, or anyone else (including the rights or property of anyone else) that could be harmed by such activities. We may disclose Personal Information when we believe in good faith that such disclosure is permitted or required by and in accordance with the law.
The security of your Personal Information is important to us. Taking into account the state of the art, the costs of implementation, and the nature, scope, context and purposes of processing as well as the risk of varying likelihood and severity for the rights and freedoms of natural persons, we have and continue to implement commercially reasonable technical and organizational measures designed to ensure a level of security reasonably appropriate to the risk to those whose Personal Information we process. We also use commercially reasonable technical, administrative, and physical safeguards designed to preserve the integrity and security of the Personal Information that you provide to us. We have implemented procedures designed to limit the dissemination of your Personal Information to only such designated staff as are reasonably necessary to carry out the stated purposes we have communicated to you.
You are also responsible for helping to protect the security of your Personal Information. For instance, never give out your password, and safeguard your user name, password and personal credentials when you are using the Services, so that other people will not have access to your Personal Information. Furthermore, you are responsible for maintaining the security of any personal computing device on which you utilize the Services.
If we learn of a security breach, we may attempt to notify you electronically so that you can take appropriate protective steps. We may also post a notice on our website if a security breach occurs. Depending on where you live, you may have a legal right to receive notice of a security breach in writing.
8. Sharing Information with Other Users Third Parties
We will retain copies of the records you have supplied to us along with work papers for your engagement for a minimum period of seven years from the original due date of the applicable return. Please notify us within this period if you need copies of any of these materials. After seven years, work papers and engagement files will be destroyed. Your original records will be returned to you at the end of this engagement. Working papers and files that we or the Service Provider maintain are not a substitute for your original records, and you should arrange for secure storage of the originals.
11. Access and Accuracy; Correcting Personal Information
You have the right to access the Personal Information we hold about you in order to verify the Personal Information we have collected with respect to you and to have a general account of our uses of that information. Upon receipt of your written request, we will provide you with a copy of your Personal Information, although in certain limited circumstances we may not be able to make all relevant information available to you, such as where that information also pertains to another user. In such circumstances we will provide reasons for the denial to you upon request. We will endeavor to deal with all requests for access and modifications in a timely manner.
We will make every reasonable effort to keep your Personal Information accurate and up-to-date, and we will provide you with mechanisms to correct, amend, delete, or limit the use of your Personal Information. As appropriate, this amended Personal Information will be transmitted to those parties to which we are permitted to disclose your information. Having accurate Personal Information about you enables us to give you the best possible service.
In certain circumstances, you have the right:
– To access and receive a copy of the Personal Information we hold about you
– To rectify any Personal Information held about you that is inaccurate
– To request the deletion of Personal Information held about you
You have the right to data portability for the information you provide to us. You can request to obtain a copy of your Personal Information in a commonly used electronic format so that you can manage and move it.
Please note that we may ask you to verify your identity before responding to such requests. Please also note that should you request some information deleted, we may need to request this information again to continue providing services. Please note that we will require each individual to request their own information, even in the cases of spouses.
12. Service Providers
We may employ third-party companies and individuals to facilitate our Services (“Service Providers”), to provide the Services on our behalf, to perform Service-related services or to assist us in analyzing how our Services is used. These third parties have access to your Personal Information only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files containing a string of characters that can be placed on your computer or mobile device that uniquely identify your browser or device.
What are cookies used for?
Cookies allow a site or services to know if your computer or device has visited that site or service before. Cookies can then be used to help understand how the site or service is being used, help you navigate between pages efficiently, help remember your preferences, and generally improve your browsing experience. Cookies can also help ensure marketing you see online is more relevant to you and your interests.
What types of cookies do we use?
There are generally four categories of cookies: “Strictly Necessary,” “Performance,” “Functionality,” and “Targeting.” We routinely use all four categories of cookies on the Service. You can find out more about each cookie category below.
1. Strictly Necessary Cookies. These cookies are essential, as they enable you to move around the Service and use its features, such as accessing logged in or secure areas. Because these cookies are essential, they cannot be disabled.
3. Functionality Cookies. These cookies allow us to remember how you’re logged in, whether you chose to no longer see advertisements, when you logged in or out, and the state or history of Service tools you’ve used. These cookies also allow us to tailor the Service to provide enhanced features and content for you and to remember how you’ve customized the Service in other ways. The information these cookies collect are anonymous, and they are not used to track your browsing activity on other sites or services.
4. Targeting Cookies. Us, our advertising partners or other third party partners may use these types of cookies to deliver advertising that is relevant to your interests. These cookies can remember that your device has visited a site or service, and may also be able to track your device’s browsing activity on other sites or services other than ours. This information may be shared with organizations outside of ours, such as advertisers and/or advertising networks to deliver the advertising, and to help measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign, or other business partners for the purpose of providing aggregate Service usage statistics and aggregate Service testing.
How long will cookies stay on my device?
The length of time a cookie will stay on your computer or mobile device depends on whether it is a “persistent” or “session” cookie. Session cookies will only stay on your device until you close your browser. Persistent cookies stay on your computer or mobile device until they expire or are deleted.
How to control your cookie settings.
If you do not want cookies to be dropped on your device, you can adjust the setting of your Internet browser to reject the setting of all or some cookies and to alert you when a cookie is placed on your device. For further information about how to do so, please refer to your browser ‘help’ / ‘tool’ or ‘edit’ section or see www.allaboutcookies.org. Please note that if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including strictly necessary Cookies) you may not be able to access or use all or parts or functionalities of our Services.
If you want to remove previously-stored cookies, you can manually delete the cookies at any time. However, this will not prevent the Services from placing further cookies on your device unless and until you adjust your Internet browser setting as described above.
For more information on the use of targeting/advertising cookies, please see www.aboutads.info/choices.
14. Contact Us
You can help by keeping us informed of any changes such as a change of email address or telephone number. If you would like to access your information, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions or if you find any errors in our information about you, please contact us at collective.com/contact.
If you have a complaint concerning our compliance with applicable privacy laws, we will investigate your complaint and if it is justified, we will take appropriate measures.
15. Important information for California residents
This section applies only to California residents. It describes how we collect, use and share Personal Information of California residents in operating our business, and their rights with respect to that Personal Information. For purposes of this section, “Personal Information” has the meaning given in the California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 (CPRA) but does not include information exempted from the scope of the CPRA.
Your California privacy rights. As a California resident, you have the rights listed below. However, these rights are not absolute, and in certain cases we may decline your request as permitted by law.
Information. You can request the following information about how we have collected and used your Personal Information during the past 12 months:
– The categories of Personal Information that we have collected.
– The categories of sources from which we collected Personal Information.
– The business or commercial purpose for collecting and/or selling Personal Information.
– The categories of third parties with whom we share Personal Information.
– Whether we have disclosed your Personal Information for a business purpose, and if so, the categories of Personal Information received by each category of third party recipient.Whether we’ve sold your Personal Information, and if so, the categories of Personal Information received by each category of third party recipient.
Access. You can request a copy of the Personal Information that we have collected about you during the past 12 months.
Limiting Use of Sensitive Information. You can ask us to limit the use of sensitive information to only fulfill a specified purpose, i.e. to provide the ordered services. Sensitive information categories further described below.
Deletion. You can ask us to delete the Personal Information that we have collected from you.
Correction. You can ask us to rectify any inaccurate information we maintain about you.
Opt-in. If we know that you are younger than 16 years old, we will ask for your permission (or if you are younger than 13 years old, your parent’s or guardian’s permission) to sell your Personal Information before we do so.
Nondiscrimination. You are entitled to exercise the rights described above free from discrimination in the form of legally prohibited increases in the price or decreases in the quality of our Service.
HOW TO EXERCISE YOUR RIGHTS
You may exercise your California privacy rights described above as follows:
Right to information, access and deletion. You can request to exercise your information, access and deletion rights by visiting www.collective.com/contact or emailing [email protected]
We reserve the right to confirm your California residence to process your requests and will need to confirm your identity to process your requests to exercise your information, access or deletion rights. As part of this process, government identification may be required. Consistent with California law, you may designate an authorized agent to make a request on your behalf. In order to designate an authorized agent to make a request on your behalf, you must provide a valid power of attorney, the requester’s valid government-issued identification, and the authorized agent’s valid government issued identification. We cannot process your request if you do not provide us with sufficient detail to allow us to understand and respond to it.
Personal information that we collect, use and share
We have not sold your personal information in the preceding 12 months.
|Category of Personal information (PI)||PI we may collect||Source of PI||Purpose for collection||Third parties to whom we “disclose” PI|
|Identifiers||Contact data, Identity data||You, Public resources, Business partners||Service delivery, R&D, marketing, compliance and automations||Service providers, professional advisors, authorities, business transferees|
|Sensitive Personal Information||SSN, geo-location||You, Automatic collection||Service delivery , compliance and automations||Service providers, professional advisors, authorities, business transferees|
|Commercial Information||Contact data, identity data, transaction data, communication, marketing data||You||Service delivery, R&D, marketing, compliance & operations||Service providers, professional advisors, authorities, business transferees|
|Financial Information||Financial data||You||Service delivery, compliance & operations||Service providers, advertising partners, professional advisors, authorities, business transferees|
|Online Identifiers||Device data, identity data||Automatic collection||Service delivery, R&D, marketing, compliance & operations||Service providers, advertising partners, professional advisors, authorities, business transferees|
|Internet or Network Information||Device data, online activity data||Automatic collection||Service delivery, Research & development||Service providers, advertising partners, professional advisors, authorities, business transferees|
|Inferences||May be derived from your device data, online activity data||Automatic collection||Service delivery, R&D, marketing, compliance & operations||Service providers, advertising partners, professional advisors, authorities, business transferees|
|Professional or Employment Information||You||Service delivery, Research & development, marketing||Service providers, advertising partners, professional advisors, authorities, business transferees|
|Protected Classification Characteristics||Marital status, dependency information||You||Service delivery, marketing||Service providers, advertising partners, professional advisors, authorities, business transferees|
Commercial Information: Records of personal property, products or services purchased, obtained, or considered, or other purchasing or consuming histories or tendencies.
Financial Information: Bank account number, debit or credit card numbers, insurance policy number, and other financial information.
Identifiers: Real name, alias, postal address, unique personal identifier, online identifier, IP address, email address, account name, social security number, driver’s license number, passport number, or other similar identifiers.
Inferences: The derivation of information, data, assumptions, or conclusions from any other category of Personal Information to create a profile about a person reflecting the person’s preferences, characteristics, psychological trends, predispositions, behavior, attitudes, intelligence, abilities and aptitudes.
Internet or Network Information: Browsing history, search history, and information regarding a person’s interaction with an internet website, application, or advertisement.
Online Identifiers: This term is not defined in the CPRA, but likely includes any information that can be used to recognize a person, family or device, over time and across different services, including but not limited to, a device identifier; an Internet Protocol address; cookies, beacons, pixel tags, mobile ad identifiers, or similar technology; customer number, unique pseudonym, or user alias; telephone numbers, or other forms of persistent or probabilistic identifiers (i.e., the identification of a person or a device to a degree of certainty of more probable than not) that can be used to identify a particular person or device.
Professional or Employment Information: This term is not defined in the CPRA, but likely includes any information relating to a person’s current, past or prospective employment or professional experience (e.g., job history, performance evaluations).
Protected Classification Characteristics: As defined under California law: age (40 years or older), race, color, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, religion or creed, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, sex (including gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy or childbirth and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, veteran or military status, genetic information (including familial genetic information).
Sensitive Personal Information: Personal information that reveals a person’s (a) Social Security or other state identification number; (b) account log-in, financial account, debit card, or credit card number in combination with any required security or access code, password, or credentials allowing access to an account; (c) geolocation; (d) racial or ethnic origin, religious or philosophical beliefs, or union membership; (e) mail, email, or text message content directed to third parties; and (f) genetic data.